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Davenport Community Schools is proud to announce the launch of a new S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) lab at Buffalo Elementary School with the start of the 2016-2017 academic year!
With this new lab, Buffalo teachers are integrating S.T.E.A.M. into the curriculum, enhanced by a learning environment where the furniture and technology fully support the curriculum and offer the opportunity for personalized learning. The lab allows students to solve real-world problems in a collaborative environment. Students are exploring robotics, software engineering, coding, mechanics and structures, circuitry, scientific data/analyses, alternative energy, computer graphics, and digital media arts. This new learning environment provides an opportunity for students to discover a wide range of applied technologies that provide real-world learning experiences, and may lead them to a career in the future. Please enjoy a photo gallery of the ribbon cutting, plus a video courtesy the QC Chamber and Mickle Communications!
Seven members of West High’s “Combustible Lemons” student engineering team traveled to Kenya this summer to teach robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for two weeks. The team members taught between 700-1000 Kenyan youth, working on projects such as building and programming NXT LEGO robots and constructing solar panels that power a motor. Coach Greg Smith said, “It was exciting to see the Kenyan students learn about STEM, many of them for the first time. We were able to offer a hands-on activity to help them apply what they had learned.” Besides teaching, students also experienced Kenyan culture by visiting several open air markets to purchase gifts, and by going on a safari at a Kenyan national park. Please enjoy a photo and video slideshow that West High made to document the trip!
As the 2016-2017 school year begins, we need to share a new rule regarding bags and backpacks carried into the Davenport Community Schools athletic venues, including the Brady Street Stadium. Effective August 1, 2016, non-athletes attending Davenport Community Schools athletic events will no longer be allowed to bring in backpacks, book bags, duffel bags, string bags, or oversize purses. This change has been made to provide the safest possible environment for our students, families, and fans.
For more details see our website at Backpacks & Bags at DCSD Events.
Central High School choir students traveled to Europe this summer as a part of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music tour. During their flight home, the pilot announced that a service member was onboard, escorting the remains of a WW2 soldier back to his hometown. After landing, the pilot directed passengers to allow the service man and the WW2 soldier’s remains to be repatriated, leading everyone off of the plane. It was at this point that students joined together to sing The Battle Hymn of the Republic as a touching act of respect and honor. The song was caught on video by Diane Cupp, who was on her way home from Germany to Tennessee. Diane’s video has since gone viral, even to be featured by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on The Today Show. Please click here to view Diane’s original footage.
Welcome to a new school year! One of the exciting changes coming to the Davenport Community Schools for the 2016-2017 school year is the district’s move from its current analog phone lines to digital VoIP. VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol and is commonly pronounced “voyp”. VoIP is a communications technology that allows voices to be transmitted over a digital network using the same protocols as the internet. There are new opportunities coming to our schools with this change and the district will save money, too. The biggest change for families will be that the phone numbers at our buildings will change this school year. To learn more about what this change will bring us and download a list of the new phone numbers go to Changes in District Phone Numbers 2016-2017.
The first day of school for our Davenport Community Schools students’ 2016-2017 academic year will be Tuesday, August 23rd. Please feel free to take advantage of our online registration option starting now. Secretaries, principals, and associate principals will be back on duty at our schools on August 1st.
You can still register at your child’s school, if you prefer. Elementary and intermediate registration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on August 9th. High school registration dates and times are can be found by viewing the following Registration & Back to School Information document.
Unpack Your Backpack dates and times can be found by viewing the Unpack Your Backpack Information document.
Check out the following link for information on registration, suggestions for school supplies, and more at Registration Information. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!
The Quad City Times announced their picks for their All-Metro softball teams today: http://tinyurl.com/jcg7ce3
Congratulations to West High’s Rachel Stewart and Lexy Monty for being named to first team! You’ll also notice other DCS players listed as second team and honorable mentions. Great job, students!
The Davenport Community School District (DCSD) has preschool openings for the 2016-2017 school year. Children who will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 15, 2016 are eligible to attend. Half-day and full day programs are available at a number of different sites. Preschool has become increasingly important to ensure that all children have certain basic skills as they enter kindergarten. Our students will take part in research-based age appropriate literacy and math activities aligned with the DCSD curriculum. Children also engage in play activities that promote creativity and problem solving skills, as well as learning to regulate their own behavior. The deadline for registration is August 15, 2016. For more information or to register, please call 823-2086.