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Creative Arts Academy (CAA) students involved in the Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA) program will exchange art and ideas with girls at the Education Resource Center in the villages of Morra, Madara, and Sakrawas-Rajasthan, India. JIVA, which means “livelihood” or “life” in the local dialect, focuses on improving agricultural productivity, bolstering educational opportunities, and building basic infrastructure to improve the quality of life for the villagers in this area. Students are creating art and a brief description to exchange with another person near their age to build a connection with others. Their topic for the first exchange is food; students will create a work of art depicting the experience of food used at celebrations, traditional holidays, religious ceremonies, and to bring people and communities together.
Lexie Reiling, Youth Services Supervisor for the Davenport Public Library, came to Buchanan Elementary on Friday, September 15th, with a very special surprise, the Summer Reading Program trophy. Of the schools with less than 400 students, Buchanan had the highest percentage of students join the Summer Reading Program. Their achievement was also recognized at the September 20th Davenport City Council meeting. Congratulations, students!
West High’s Mortal Combots spent 23 hours at school this weekend building a robot in response to the FTC 2017-18 game that was released last week. Students studied the problem and worked all weekend to solve it and build the robot. Go here to view the FTC Relic Recovery Game Animation.
The North High String Quintet, with members, Jordan Colton (violin), Kiefer Hammill (violin), Dania Green (viola), Sophia Heller (cello), and Jackson Blubaugh (bass), performed at the Beaux Arts Fair at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday, September 9th. The group played for an hour, creating a lovely ambiance that enhanced the experience for those browsing the art booths.
Central High’s Marching Blue Devils competed in Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 16th, where they placed first in their class at both contests. In Fort Madison, they were awarded best percussion, best color guard, best drum majors, and best horn line. In Mt. Pleasant, they also won best percussion, best horn line, and best drum majors. They also came home with the Sweepstakes award by having the highest combined score from the two competitions.
Central High junior, Donna Diggs, recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) State Leadership Seminar at Drake University in Des Moines where she joined like-minded students dedicated to learning more about their leadership skills and talents and how to apply them as they become ethical leaders in their schools and communities. Based on the Social Change Model of Leadership, the seminar offered Donna the opportunity to develop skills in personal, group, and society leadership. Donna was nominated by her counselor to attend the seminar, and her performance as a role model earned her the opportunity to attend the HOBY Worlds Seminar at Loyola University in Chicago. In addition, Donna was invited to return to serve as a group facilitator and mentor.
Several West High students achieved high scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams. There were 12 AP Scholars who received scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams, and six AP Scholars with Honor who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and had scores of three or higher on four or more exams. Madison Cousins (pictured) received the AP Scholar with Distinction designation which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of three or higher on five or more exams.
Hayes Elementary held its first monthly Morning Meeting celebration of the year on August 30th, welcoming several honored guests, including four veterans who will soon participate in the Honor Flight program. Toni Reimers, fifth-grader, introduced each guest, highlighting their branch of service, combat tours, and awards/service medals earned. The West High Falcon Cheer Squad also revved up students with some of their favorite cheers.