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West High junior, Michael Davis, was accepted into the University of Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Program for the summer residency, Between the Lines Identity & Belonging, taking place in July. This is quite the honor for Michael, an editor for the Beak ‘n’ Eye and a passionate, articulate, and innovative writer.
Fifty students in West High’s stagecraft classes worked on sound, lighting, set design, costumes, acting, directing, stage managing, and publicity in performing live radio plays for several classes on May 26th in the auditorium during first and second blocks.
Davenport Community Schools recognizes and appreciates the many contributions of volunteers by presenting those who serve with the annual Helping Us Grow (H.U.G.) Award. Over 100 parent and community volunteers were nominated this year by school staff and each received a certificate, lapel pin, and formal recognition at volunteer appreciation events in our schools. The H.U.G. Award has been a part of the Davenport Community Schools for nearly 20 years and recognizes those who go above and beyond to help the district continually improve and strive for excellence and distinction. Volunteers make a difference! For a complete list of 2017 H.U.G. Award nominees, please visit this link: 2017 H.U.G. Award nominees, PDF
Students from Mrs. Killian’s General and Advanced Placement Chemistry courses at Central High toured Deere & Co.’s Moline Technology and Innovation Center (MTIC). They saw the labs, including paint, chemical analysis, polymers, metallurgy, sound/vibration, and advanced manufacturing. They also met with engineers to learn about their work and explore the many career options in engineering.
During charity week at West High, Zeglin’s donated a washer and dryer, and Student Senate raised money to help with plumbing installation costs to add laundering options to the school’s full-service food pantry. A clothing closet will also be added, and an open house to showcase all available services will be held next fall.
Several Davenport Schools graduates visited their elementary schools, including West students who visited Buchanan, Buffalo, Hayes, and Wilson; and Central students who visited Garfield. At Buffalo Elementary (pictured), the students were the first class to enter the newly built building as kindergartners. They were joined by Mid City, Muscatine, and North graduates. All of the elementary school visitors received high fives and cheers as role models for the younger students.
Central High senior, AJ Smith, recently took the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2016 exam and was named as Iowa’s State Champion. As a result, AJ has qualified to compete in Certiport’s 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations, AJ, and good luck!
Mrs. Snarr’s fifth grade class at Harrison Elementary received a grant from the Realtor Foundation of Iowa in memory of Jack Lindaman, a six-year-old boy who passed away from Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 2010. The money was used for a rewarding and memorable “Pay It Forward” project where students made fleece blankets and delivered them to Harrison’s neighbors who reside at the Lutheran Home Care Center.