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Davenport Community Schools recognizes and appreciates the many contributions of volunteers by presenting those who serve with the annual Helping Us Grow (H.U.G.) Award. Over 100 parent and community volunteers were nominated this year by school staff and each received a certificate, lapel pin, and formal recognition at volunteer appreciation events in our schools. The H.U.G. Award has been a part of the Davenport Community Schools for nearly 20 years and recognizes those who go above and beyond to help the district continually improve and strive for excellence and distinction. Volunteers make a difference! For a complete list of 2016 H.U.G.
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From Monday June 13th through Wednesday June 15th, the Creative Arts Academy hosted its first ever Summer Workshop titled “On Stage!” Done in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley and hosted at their Teen Center in Moline, Club members and other students participated in dance classes, a design and modeling experience, and theatre opportunities. This workshop was done in collaboration with Rock Island hip hop duo Re-fl3x, salsa dance instructors from Arthur Murray in Davenport, and local theatre professionals. Students also created costumes, hair, and make-up designs for a fashion show, and participated in theatre games and a short modernized production of Romeo and Juliet as part of the workshops.
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Hayes Elementary School 5th graders read about Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama this school year through the Treasure’s Reading Series and decided to fund-raise enough money to send 21 students to the camp this June. The 5th grade teachers, Carey Smysor, Lisa Whalen, and Stacy Smith went with the students and expanded their learning on space exploration through this incredible experience!
Recent Central High graduate Emily Delleman and her teammates captured a third consecutive title over the weekend at the USRowing Youth National Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey. Read more about this amazing accomplishment by visiting this Quad City Times news story. Congratulations Emily, and best of luck as you further your education at Stanford University!
Over 10,000 books for all ages for sale from a nickel to a dollar each!
The Davenport Community Schools will hold a HUGE public book sale featuring over 10,000 books being rotated out of library collections across the district. The sale is from Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016 in the parking lot of the District Warehouse, 1008 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. The public is invited to come and shop to stock up for a summer of reading! Books will range in price based on the condition from $1 to just a nickel, but all purchases are cash only. This is the first library book sale that the district has held in at least a decade with a wide selection of hard copy and soft back, fiction and non-fiction for all ages from Kindergarten through high school… don’t miss it!
The Wood Intermediate Olweus Bully Prevention Committee led a school-wide activity with students called “Chalk the Walk” on May 24th. After students shared stories about acts of kindness and positivity at school and in the community, encouraging messages were written in chalk outside the schools front doors. Go here to see more of the messages.
Central High’s Margaret Carr, Becca Frederick, and Kennedy Hill were invited to perform at the Iowa High Scool Music Association (IHSMA) Best in Center Showcase and the Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention. In addition to being selected to perform at the Showcase, Becca Frederick was named the top high brass player at IHSMA State Solo and Ensemble for the MAC Conference in April, the highest honor a soloist can achieve in our state. Also pictured are Director Brian Zeglis, John McAtee, Claire Norberg, Spenser Pfannenstiel, Elizabeth Rome, and Taylor Wells who performed later that day in Des Moines.