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West High INSPIRE Capstone students from Mr. Brosius’s computer science and Mr. Schlichting’s first block business class attended BYTE JAM at Indian Hills Community College on November 15th, placing fifth out of 17 high school teams. Their presentation included a game they called “NAVAR, The Great Unknown,” which uses Visual Basic programming language. Their artwork, music, 30-second commercial, and Power Point presentation were offered for the judges’ and public’s viewing.
The Davenport Community School District is looking at adopting a new language arts curriculum for K-5 students for the Fall of 2017. This is the first new language arts curriculum adoption at the elementary school level in ten years and we’d like to have feedback from parents and interested community members.
Please join us to learn about the “Journeys” and the “Wonders” curricula from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13 at the Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady Street (enter on the Main Street side of the building). We’ll have an hour long session covering the advantages of each curriculum from a parent perspective and offer the opportunity to ask questions. At the end of each session, attendees will take a brief online survey to provide feedback on that that curriculum.
On Friday, November 18th, Fillmore Elementary was surprised and excited when the Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math mascot, JiJi, made an appearance at the Fab 5 assembly. JiJi was happy to share the excitement and celebration of students’ hard work at making it to 100% in ST Math, an online math program game that students use to creatively solve math puzzles.
Congratulations to the Central High Special Olympics bowling team consisting of Jonathan Lorber, Jalynn Nunnally, Nick Laster, and Hunter Songaila. They won gold medals at the state competition on Saturday, November 19th.
On November 17th, Dr. TJ Hitchman, Dr. Catherine Miller, and Dr. Heather Gallivan from the University of Northern Iowa visited Miss Mastalio’s classroom at Mid City High as part of the Panthers Exploring Fields of Opportunity program, which UNI is using to try to improve its teacher education program. The professors participated in math classes all day and asked the students about what they think makes a good teacher. The students enjoyed brief introductions to college level mathematics like topology and knot theory and interacted with experienced mathematicians to see how they view problems.
West High seniors, Kyleigh Emery and Jamie Henderkott, were selected to play in the 2nd Annual Iowa vs Illinois Girls Senior All Star Volleyball Match on Monday, November 21st, at Carver Center on the Augustana College Campus in Rock Island.
McKinley Elementary fourth grade students have been studying the properties of electricity during STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) time. Recently, the students were challenged to make an LED light work with just lemons, pennies, nails, and alligator clips.
Central High junior, Logan Myers, collaborated with other area musicians on a song, “Freedom,” written by Steve Sandoval, that will be the title track for a film about Hero Street in Silvis, Illinois. Logan, a drummer, attended the CD release party for the film’s soundtrack on November 12th, surrounded by family, friends, and supporters. Go here to listen to their song.