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Superintendent, Dr. Art Tate; District CFO, Marsha Tangen; and State Representative, Phyllis Thede, visited Mid City High’s Iowa Youth Congress students to discuss a bill they’re working on to address funding equality for Iowa students.
Congratulations to Army JROTC on their financial award from the American Legion. Mr. George Reyes (left) presented Blue Devil Battalion Commander, Matt Gonzales (right), with a $1,000 check from the American Legion of Iowa.
North High Drama students are hard at work preparing for their fall play, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which tells the story of Joe Keller, whose lies about his business partner’s committing a crime during World War II are about to be unraveled. Stagecraft students have designed the show posters and logo, and are currently building the set, while the actors are rehearsing their roles. The show takes place Oct. 13, 15, and 16; students will also perform it as a studio cut at the Iowa Thespian Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in November.
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Several student dancers with Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico stopped by the district’s Achievement Service Center today, to perform traditional dances as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15th – Oct 15th). Ensemble members included Matthew and Michael Garcia from Williams Intermediate, Nayeli Calzada from West High, Alexandrea Williams from Monroe Elementary, and Isaiah Solis, a student at Scott Community College. Please enjoy the photo gallery, and visit this YouTube link to view a video of one of their performances: https://youtu.be/h2u6Oyi1upE
Maddie Gowey was nominated by her Talented and Gifted Adviser, Mrs. Heninger, and after a rigorous interview process, was selected to spend a week representing Central High at Girls State at Drake University. During her experience, Maddie learned about college life as well as about local and state government operations through simulated cities that had to function independently and together at a state level.
School Counselor, Mrs. Reed (left), received an award in New Orleans on July 12th from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to celebrate Garfield Elementary as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). RAMP designations are given at the culmination of a school’s implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. Congratulations, Garfield, for this accomplishment!
Central High’s Travis Stanger (left) and Logan Van Itallie (right) were two of the only three students from Iowa selected to compete for scholarship money and the chance to attend the world competition at the U.S. National Microsoft Office Specialist competition in Orlando, Florida; they were among the 108 total chosen from the 600,000 submitted U.S. student tests. Logan competed in the Office 2013 PowerPoint software. Travis competed in the Office 2013 Word software, taking third in the nation, winning $750 and a bronze medal.
Garfield Elementary kindergarten parents/guardians attended “Kindergarten 101” on August 30th. Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Pearson, Miss Thomas, and Mrs. Snyder, presented information on expectations, daily schedules, school/home communications, and curriculum. They also provided tips on what parents can be doing at home to help their child be successful at school. Attendees also received a “Kindergarten Homework Helper Kit” with items to support home learning.