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At Garfield Elementary, twenty-one families recently completed a six-week “Born Learning Academy,” sponsored by United Way of the Quad Cities Women’s Leadership Council. Garfield kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Lisa Pearson and Ms. Kari Thomas, led the sessions where parents learned about parental engagement, nutrition, health, brain development, and other important topics related to early childhood learning. Free child care and a family meal was included at each session. Upon completing the six week course, parents were awarded a free tablet loaded with age appropriate software, courtesy of the Women’s Leadership Council.
Mid City High biology classes took a field trip to Nahant Marsh Education Center where they transitioned through three stations demonstrating state ecology learning standards. One station was a hike to show wetland characteristics; the second showed wetland animal adaption with skulls, skins, and a microscope; and the third was a hands-on live interaction with reptiles and amphibians.
Congratulations to Central High’s 2015-2016 Advanced Placement (AP) students. In this year’s graduating class, 116 students (approximately 1/3 of all students) completed at least one AP course during their high school career.
On Saturday, May 21st, Davenport Community Schools partnered with Davenport Public Works on the Davenport Community Showcase of Applied Learning. Held at the Public Works Center, the event featured over 200 displays by fifth through eighth grade students from the Davenport Community Schools. Students presented and discussed their findings around a series of environmental topics, such as water pollution, invasive species, waste and energy, and more. Public Works also hosted a series of displays for families and the general public showing the science application in a variety of careers in the public works field.
On May 18th, West High’s Kameron Houston spoke at the John Deere World Leadership meeting about his life and his time with the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program at West. Kameron greeted business professionals from around the world and spoke one-on-one with Sam Allen, Deere & Company CEO. Nate Clark (VP of the John Deere Foundation), Melissa Wogomon (West iJAG’s mentor), and Cynthia Safford (West iJAG Education Specialist) also spoke in support of Kameron.
Davenport’s high schools were well represented at the State Track Meet May 19th through 21st in Des Moines. Forty-eight athletes competed, and many personal bests were set at the “Blue Oval.” Congratulations to state place winners: Duane Sleet (Central), taking third in the 110 M High Hurdles and Corey Lamonte (North), taking third in the long jump and fourth in the 200 M Dash. We are proud of all of our participants’ efforts.
Nearly 30 Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry students from West High and Central High judged the fourth and fifth grade Science Fair at Blue Grass Elementary School. Over 100 students presented their projects, which explored life science, earth science, and physical science. The event also included an after school open house for families.
Buchanan Elementary fifth graders participated in a pen pal letter exchange with teacher education majors from St. Ambrose University (SAU). The students exchanged handwritten letters with their pen pals to meet writing and language state standards. They met at a lunch hosted by Dr. Tom Carpenter, Department Chair of the Teacher Education Program at SAU. The SAU students guided the fifth graders on a campus tour where the students learned about SAU and participated in a college class.