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On April 10th, Fillmore Elementary presented at the School Board Showcase on Enrichment, a program for the most proficient kindergarten through fifth-grade readers. Jordyn Allen, Taylor Houser, and Skylee McKenzie shared their presentations, and fifth graders, Hope Clark and Emily Kellenberger, presented on Virtual Reality goggles and how they connect to what they’re currently learning in the classroom. They read Number the Stars, a historical fiction book about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during World War II.
Central/Creative Arts Academy (CAA) student, Karlie Westmoreland (pictured above left), was awarded a gold medal at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. After receiving a Gold Key at the regional level, her work was judged again at the national level. “Just Say Cheese” (pictured above right) was one of only four pieces from Iowa to be awarded the Gold Medal. Additionally, it was the only photography piece representing Iowa at the national level. Karlie will attend the national ceremony to accept her award in person at Carnegie Hall in New York City during the first week of June. Art teacher, Mr. Balsar, will also be there to be recognized and awarded a national medal as Karlie’s educator.
West High’s Cami Schrier spent the week of March 18th to 26th with 11 missionaries in Haiti. She returned a different person after experiencing what the children endure, and her adventure has caused her to question what Americans seem to take for granted. Go here to read Emma Bernick’s WHS Today article about Cami.
Over the weekend of April 15th and 16th, Central High’s Cederick Thomas (pictured bottom right), Natasha Moore-Louis (pictured top left), and Mireya Mendoza (pictured top right) won in the Iowa State Golden Gloves Championship. Cederick will advance to the Men’s National Golden Gloves Championship in May in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he will be matched against nationally ranked boxers.
On April 12th, the Well-Suited Leadership group from Hayes Elementary visited KLJB-TV in Rock Island and Central High. At KLJB, they toured the studio and listened to messages from several guest speakers. At Central, the students spoke with some students from the Legacy Leaders Club and learned Michael Jordan’s 10 Rules For Success, the importance of making good choices, and what to expect when they get to high school.
Fourth-grade string orchestra students from Harrison, Truman, Fillmore, and Buchanan Elementary schools, under the direction of Kris Kendell and Paula Hartmann, were invited to participate in the Wood area “Teach a Parent to Play” night held at Wood on April 10th. The students taught the adults about beginning strings, concluding the evening with the adult students performing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
The North High Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) Club hosted its first trivia night fundraiser on April 7th, raising over $300 for various projects completed throughout the year, including, but not limited to, emergency bags for the Red Cross, Thanksgiving baskets, and Dance Marathon. A group of North teachers, Team “We Teach Your Children,” won the trivia night.
On April 11th, West High’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, part of the INSPIRE Academy, became official as the ribbon was cut by students and community dignitaries. This program was made possible by Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Genesis Health System, and Scott Community College. Principal Jenni Weipert opened the ceremony, followed by brief speeches by Davenport School Board President Ralph Johanson, President and CEO of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Tara Barney, Chief Marketing Officer of Genesis Health System Ken Croken, and Eastern Iowa Community College Dean of Concurrent Enrollment and CTE and Blong Tech Center Director Dr. Daniel Marvin. Go here to see KWQC’s coverage of the ribbon cutting.