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Fillmore Elementary’s Jr. First Lego League presented their group builds and individual creations to the smiling and supporting onlookers at the Davenport Works John Deere Plant. Students have worked all year on Kindergarten through third grade teams to create construction projects representing Waste Wise decisions that would positively impact the earth. Older students in the club serve as mentor builders and work on robotics. Team One Time Use made a garbage can with a mechanical lid as an extension of their study of materials that can only be used once, Team Recycle made a mechanical conveyor belt to sort materials for recycling awareness, and Team Reuse created a sewing machine with moving parts to represent their study of repurposed materials. The program is supported by a generous donation from Deere & Company.
On February 19th to 20th, the show choirs and vocal booster organizations from Central and West High hosted their annual, nationally acclaimed Great River show choir competition at the River Center and Adler Theater. Nine middle school show choirs competed on Friday, and 20 high school show choirs competed on Saturday. Attendance reached a new record with more than 3,000 people, and the caliber of competition was higher than ever with teams from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Congratulations to the West High speech and debate team for a great showing at the East Iowa District Tournament. Two students will represent West at Nationals in Salt Lake City in June: Jim Heinrichs qualified in Humorous Interpretation and Alleyah Melendez qualified in Original Oratory. Wylie Halferty is first alternate in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and Emma Bernick is third alternate in Original Oratory.
The Davenport Digital Innovators (DDI) class participated in an event at Deere & Company where they did a team building activity, talked about course expectations, and created a timeline for getting their DDI team projects completed on time.
On February 23rd, the North High girls basketball team beat Cedar Rapids Kennedy 68-64 to earn the school’s first ever trip to the state tournament. The Wildcats (21-3) play third-ranked Ankeny Centennial (20-3) in a state quarterfinal on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 5 p.m. in Des Moines. Congratulations to the girls, their coaches, and the entire North High family! Go here to view the Quad City Times story, which also contains a wonderful photo gallery and video interviews of Jinaya Houston and Jacionna Stowers.
The Central High freshman boys basketball team won the North Freshman Basketball Tournament, finishing with a 14-2 conference record and as MAC champs. They beat United Township by 33 points, Pleasant Valley by 10, and Moline in the championship game by 19 points. The team finished with an overall 17-4 record, showing team work, discipline, and great character throughout the year. The varsity boys team, which finished its season with overall 15-6 and 12-4 conference records, will begin tournament play February 26th at Central.
Davenport Community School District’s Legislative Advocacy Committee will host an Education Forum following the Iowa Quad Cities Legislative Forum on February 27, 2016 in the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University. The Education Forum will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the same room. Area legislators invited to attend. For those who wish to attend the Iowa Quad Cities Legislative Forum, that event will begin at 10:30 .am.
The Education Forum will address the State of Iowa’s school foundation formula and the financial inequity resulting for over half of Iowa’s public school districts. The forum will be student-focused; however it is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
On Saturday, February 13th, Central High held its first Powerlifting competition, which isn’t part of the normal high school athletics schedule. An impressive turnout of teams from as far away as Waterloo competed, including in an “open” category for adults. Two world class lifters also interacted with competitors and watched. The competition was successfull thanks to the work of Charlie Driscoll, Hans Krueger, Scott McKissick, Brian Ehlinger, Jon Flynn, Scott Behmetuik, Tom Ferguson, Ellen Fairfield, Julie Bolick, June Jones, and platform manager, Duane Sleet, as well as student volunteers, Steven Doung, Rick Johnson, Will Flemming, Zack Burton, Evan Balk, and Anna Flemming.