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All eight Quad Cities school districts and the United Way of the Quad Cities are working together to get every child in the Quad Cities in school every day. The Challenge 5 Initiative means that students, with the support of their families, will strive for less than 5 absences during the school year. Join us in rallying to have 100% attendance in our Davenport schools on Wednesday, August 30!
On any given day in the Quad Cities, 1 in 10 students is not in school. A student is considered chronically absent when they miss 18 days of school per year – only 2 days per month! No one would want a child to come to school when they are ill, however missing school can have a negative impact on a child’s learning and success in school.
The following statistics show why it’s so important for students to attend school every day:
More than 8 in 10 chronically absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of third grade.
Robin Thede, a graduate of Davenport North and alumna of Buchanan Elementary and Williams Intermediate, will host her own late-night talk show co-produced by comedian Chris Rock. “The Rundown with Robin Thede,” described as a 30-minute news satire series, will appear on the BET network beginning in October. Robin is no stranger to television or comedy, with an on-screen resume including The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, E! News, and the Teen Choice Awards, and she also has been a Head Writer on several projects, including Wilmore’s 2016 White House Correspondents Association Dinner appearance.
To watch a fun promo of Robin’s new series (hint: she’s riding a unicorn), please visit:
The first day of the 2017-2018 school year will be Thursday, August 24th. Our elementary schools are hosting their 2017 Unpack Your Backpack Night on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at their buildings. It’s a good opportunity for you to visit the school with your child and help them get some of their supplies unpacked before the first day of school. You can also see the classroom and visit with your child’s teacher. The times for each school are:
Adams Elementary 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Blue Grass Elementary 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Buchanan Elementary 4:30-6:00 p.m.
West High sophomores Maureen Campbell (L) and Kaylee Wulf (R) competed in the Iowa State Fair Cowgirl Queen contest in the Junior Division with 85 other girls. Maureen represented the Rock Star Saddle Club and Kaylee represented the Muscatine Saddle Club. Nice work, Students!