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Mayor Frank Klipsch was the Junior Achievement (JA) volunteer for Mrs. Beebe’s fourth-grade class at Truman Elementary. JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services. Mayor Klipsch invited guest speakers into the classroom, including Tiphanie Cannon, owner of Oh So Sweet Bakery, to share her story of how she started her business. Students created their own business plans and presented them to Mayor Klipsch. They also learned about profit and loss by playing a game where the students owned a fictional hot dog stand.
Mid City and Central High Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students toured Scott Community College on December 14th. Students toured the entire campus and checked out various departments, including culinary, hospitality, and dentistry. The West High iJAG class toured Midwest Technical Institute where they learned about the different programs and explored the different materials they use to teach. The West iJAG class also volunteered to assist Hayes Elementary fifth graders with their businesses and jobs at Junior Achievement’s Biztown. (Pictured top left: West at Biz Town, top right: West at MTI, and bottom: Mid City and Central at SCC.)
Isabelle Brown, Kristal Thomas, Heather McCleary, and Hannah Price from North High were selected to attend “The Next Step” Girls Leadership Conference at Western Illinois’ Quad City campus where they enjoyed keynote speaker, Nicole O’Brien, who discussed empowerment of women and finding the drive to pursue dreams. The students also attended sessions on the reality of teen parenting, how to dress for future job opportunities, and how to avoid being a victim of sexual assault.
Central High’s D.C. Leadership Team’s fifth annual holiday dinner box drive was a huge success. They collected enough food to assemble a record-shattering 113 boxes to help Central families in need.
Three Central High Honors Biology students were selected to have their proposed projects funded through the River Action Student Grant Program. Congratulations to Nia Walker for her Electronics Recycling Project and Sam O’Boyle and Alea Beecher on their combined project to plant a pollinator garden. Good luck to these students as they take their projects to the next phase.
Hayes Elementary fourth graders’ second quarter writing assignment was “When I Grow Up.” Kaitlynne Conger chose to write about her grandma who works at Farm and Fleet. Her paragraph was forwarded to the company’s CEO, Jane Blain Gilbertson, who sent a letter to Kaitlynne thanking her for the kind words about her grandma and the Farm and Fleet store where she works. Kaitlynne was presented with a hat, T-shirt, and the letter at the store.
Our district is investigating the possibility of using solar power to meet as much of our need for electrical power as possible. We’ve been working for a number of years to lower energy costs with a strong focus on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Two solar power informational forums have been planned for January 4 and January 5, 2017. Learn more at http://www.davenportschools.org/solar-power/
As part of the Fab 5 celebration for the winners from Fillmore Elementary’s random high 5 drawing for the month of November, students played deck hockey with the Quad City Mallards.