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Singer-songwriter and violinist with folk, pop, and R&B influences, JM James, who has played at several major venues across the United States, including at the Grand Ole Opry, visited Mid City High and Truman Elementary from Nashville. At Mid City, he played a set for the students in the gymnasium and then held a writing workshop for the music students in the music room. At Truman, he sang, taught the students how to beat box, and involved some students in the program. He’s also scheduled to visit other Davenport schools soon.
Miss Nelson’s honors biology class at Central High used the wonderful world of Harry Potter to investigate complex genetic traits. After being sorted into their Hogwarts houses, students explored genetic traits in the Harry Potter world, such as firepower in dragons (incomplete dominance), tail color in merpeople (codominance), blood type (multiple alleles), and magical ability (regulatory genes). Then they created fantastic beasts by completing genetic crosses using these complex genetic rules. After the beasts were created, all of the genetic data was compiled and analyzed to make claims using evidence.
The West High WINGs girls, sponsored by Junior League of the Quad Cities and led by Mrs. Iavarone, volunteered their time Friday, December 2nd, after school to organize winter clothes for Closets 2 Closets, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping foster children find clothes they need and want to wear. The girls had fun collaborating with each other and felt good about spending their time to help spread holiday cheer to others.
On December 6th, 2016, our high school student musicians and teaching staff collaborated for the 65th Annual Davenport Community Schools Holiday Concert. Every year, this concert showcases students from each of our high school band, choir, and orchestra programs as they perform seasonal music, including selections from G.F. Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, written in 1741. The following video is the final performance of the night, “Hallelujah Chorus.” Great job, students!
Wood Intermediate sixth, seventh, and eighth grade select choirs returned to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Friday, December 9th, to perform for patients, families, and staff. The hour-long performance featured secular and sacred holiday favorites, as well as solos and small group songs. This was the third consecutive year the choirs were invited to perform. The transportation to Iowa City was made possible in part through a Great Minds grant from the Davenport Schools Foundation.
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The North High girls basketball team started off the season ranked number one in Class 5A in the state of Iowa. Their record going into tonight’s game is four wins and one loss. We wish them continued success throughout the season.
Wind Chill Advisories or Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. It’s helpful to understand what these terms mean in terms of possible late starts or school cancellations, and even more importantly, to have information on some best practices in helping students dress appropriately for very cold weather. Past practice has been that the Superintendent would only call a two-hour late start or a cancellation due to weather if a wind chill warning is issued by the National Weather Service.
Wind Chill Advisory is issued by the National Weather Service when the wind chill is low enough (near 20-25 degrees below ) that it poses a threat if adequate precautions are not taken. Frostbite can occur within 30 minutes on exposed skin
Wind Chill Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when the wind chill reaches 30 degrees below zero or lower.
North High chamber singers have been helping the Quad Cities ring in the holiday season by singing at various events, including Dillard’s at South Park Mall and Logomarcino’s in the Village of East Davenport. They were also recorded for KWQC’s Choirs for Christmas. The ninth grade orchestra also performed for an enthusiastic crowd on December 2nd at the Village of East Davenport’s Christmas Walk.