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The Davenport Community School District has been working hard to find ways to save on energy costs and we’re making good progress. We formed an Energy Conservation Committee, a broad-based group including staff from all areas, students, administrators, and others.
During the 2014-2015 school year, our district saved approximately $191,000 in energy costs that are directly attributable to direct actions by individuals. Our employees ensure that lights in offices/conference rooms are turned off when the rooms are not in use and shut down computers/printers at the end of the work day. In the summer of 2015, our employees went to a four day work week at 10 hours per day, which we’ll do again this summer because it saved us money.
Three West High Speech and Debate Team students qualified for Nationals in Salt Lake City: Jim Heinrichs in Humorous Interpretation, Alleyah Melendez in Original Oratory, and Wylie Halferty in Extemporaneous Speaking. The Davenport Speech and Debate Parent Boosters have started a donation site on EdCo to raise the over $5,000 in out-of-pocket expenses it will cost for the West and Assumption High students and adviser to attend.
This year, along with twelve area restaurants, ProStart students and their adviser, Mrs. Cross, hosted the 9th Annual Taste of ProStart event. In addition to the amazing food, guests enjoyed a silent auction, a jewelry pull contest, a raffle, and live music. At the end of the sold-out evening, 430 guests and additional sponsors helped the ProStart program raise nearly $12,000.
On Wednesday, March 30th, three registered nurses from the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Burn Unit performed a puppet show for second and third graders at Walcott School. This entertaining and engaging show is designed to teach children about burn prevention and fire safety; students learned about having an exit plan; stop, drop, and roll; and being safe.
The last day of school for Davenport Community Schools students for the 2015-2016 school year will be Wednesday, May 25, 2016 with a two-hour early dismissal. This year we built extra time into the school calendar to ensure we met the minimum of 1080 instruction hours for our students. We don’t have to make up any snow/inclement weather days which will allow our students to finish their school year a couple of days earlier than originally planned. Enjoy your Summer!
Mid City’s iJAG students volunteered at Living Lands and Waters on April 4th, wrapping over 2,000 trees to be planted across rivers throughout the United States. The students were treated to Happy Joe’s pizza for their outstanding efforts.
West High’s Kameron Houston and Marcus Seay were on WHBF’s Channel 4 News at 5 on April 6th to promote iJAG’s Trivia Night. After seeing how a newscast is filmed, they took their turn in front of the camera. Go here to see the clip on WHBF’s website.
Congratulations to Central High’s Noah Miller for winning first place at the Midwest Technical Institute Welding contest and receiving $500 in prize money. The competition involved written and hands-on components; the hands-on welding portion tested students’ welding capabilities on two “flights” as well as their knowledge of out of position welds, 6010 rod, MIG, TIG, and others. More than ten schools from Iowa and Illinois competed at this year’s event.