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ProStart students, along with Central High teacher, Mrs. Cross, recently experienced a unique learning opportunity by learning what it takes to work in the food service industry at the National Restaurant Association Chairman’s Breakfast and Career Expo at DesMoines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. The most important job advice of the day was, “Come with passion.”
As a result of the district’s “Strive for Less than Five” Initiative involving staff, students, and families, Fillmore Elementary has an all-time high of 96.1% attendance. To help reach this goal of five or less absences each school year, Fillmore provides the following initiatives: attendance trophies for the classrooms with the best attendance and most improved monthly attendance at the February assembly, recognition celebrations for perfect quarterly attendance, individual prizes to classrooms for students attending five and ten consecutive days as well as perfect monthly attendance, and daily announcements of classrooms with perfect weekly attendance. Mrs. Specht’s fifth grade class (pictured) had perfect attendance the week of October 3rd through 7th and received perfect attendance pencils.
An artist from the American Academy of Art visited North High’s Art Portfolio class and Art Club on October 6th. Students learned about art careers and received critiques on their prepared portfolios. American Academy of Art representative, Sarah Kasch, also talked with West High students about pursuing art education after high school and what the Academy has to offer.
On Friday, September 30th, artist Paige Hernandez visited Walcott Elementary students. Paige is a dancer, composer, and performer from Washington, D.C., known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance, and education. The Quad Cities Art Council funded her visit that taught students about salsa and hip hop dancing, diverse music, and Cuban culture. Paige is pictured here with Walcott Principal, Mike Lawler.
Greg Wolf, Education Director at the Quad City Botanical Center, recently visited Wilson Elementary’s Stepping Stones program to provide a fun and educational science enrichment to students. During the visit, students learned about the biology of worms (specifically their sensitivity to daylight) and embarked on a scavenger hunt related to the process of “vermicomposting,” or using worms to aid in creating compost. Enjoy the photos!
On Monday, October 3rd, nearly 1,000 choir members from Bettendorf, Assumption, North Scott, Pleasant Valley, and the Davenport high schools participated in Metrofest. During the festival, the singers spent the afternoon rehearsing with guest conductors, and then they put on a stunning concert that evening in the Pleasant Valley gymnasium for friends, family, and community members. In addition, on October 6th, 28 North All-State Chorus candidates and the Wood Intermediate seventh and eighth grade choir members performed for each other in a great music exchange.
Garfield Elementary fourth graders visited the Nahant Marsh Education Center on October 4th where they learned about survival methods in nature, river mussels, river ecosystems, and water quality.
Mid City High hosted Christy Bailey and Michael Tharp while West High hosted Christy Bailey and Dale Lienemann from Estes Construction to promote construction industry careers in conjunction with National Construction Week, which aims to draw attention to the many great careers available in the commercial construction industry. Master Builders of Iowa created a website, buildiowa.org, allowing educators, students, and parents to learn about the many different construction jobs, career paths, and related post-secondary education.