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Davenport students in third through sixth grades were among the approximately nine hundred students in record attendance at the Midwest Writing Center, Bi-State Literacy Council, and Davenport Public Library Children’s Literature Festival on October 3rd at the River Center in Davenport, including ten Buchanan fourth- and fifth-graders, pictured. Students heard about the writing process and author’s inspiration from several authors, including Jill Esbaum, Bruce Coville, Gary Metivier, and Kelly Milner Halls. Students also learned how to use their five senses as well as strong verbs to strengthen their writing, and that if the reader doesn’t care about the character, they won’t care about the story.
Congratulations to the talented vocalists selected to the OPUS Honor Choir for the State of Iowa from over 1000 auditions. They will be part of the 180-member, state-wide OPUS Honor Choir concert on November 16th at Iowa State University. Those selected include Angela Torres and Meredith Sloat from Central High; Eli Benson, Cory Howard, and Nasaih Kolwey from Walcott Intermediate; Jordan Colton, John Glasgow, and Casey Scott from North High; Michael Nguyen and Matt Reis (alternate) from West High; and Vivian Bonde, Ella McMahon, Luke Haugen, Trevor Milne, and Angel Taylor from Wood Intermediate (pictured).
West High’s Combustible Lemons celebrated #Dayofthegirl by highlighting 50/50 male/female team membership. Day of the Girl-US is a 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights by working to dismantle patriarchy and fight for social justice, using October 11th as a day of national action.
Fillmore Elementary had a great time at its Fab 5 assembly, presenting Optimist Club awards, handing out Fillmore swag, sharing 4th graders’ essays about why it’s important to use hallway procedures, and having a conversation with North High football players about the importance of Fab 5 rules during game time. Two new trophies were also introduced for best and most improved attendance, along with a light up JiJi penguin (the ST Math mascot) that the class with the highest ST Math gains will get to keep in their classroom for the month.
ProStart students served a pozole with chorizo stew at Hogtober Fest on October 12th at the River Center, a fundraiser that benefits the Friendly House and the wide variety of programs and services it offers to the community. Recently, ProStart students also prepared and served over 320 plates of food at Madison Elementary’s Family Fun night (pictured).
North High’s Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) club volunteered at Gilda’s Club Noogiefest the weekend of October 14th and 15th, a Halloween fun night for the community and families going through cancer treatments. The club sponsored a room with a ring toss, spider hunt, and bullseye contest. Pictured are Katie Sturmer, Samuel Rosario, and Mikeyia Taylor.
Davenport Schools’ Jay Swords has won the 2017 Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Distinguished Service Award. Jay has been involved in gifted education for three decades. Over the years, he has counseled gifted college students through the Belin Blank Center, led site visits, provided summer enrichment programs, co-hosted an award-winning history radio show, presented at ITAG numerous times, directed a statewide creative problem-solving competition, and, most importantly, impacted the lives of thousands of students who have passed through his classroom. Congratulations to Jay on receiving this well-deserved award!
Fourth-graders in Mrs. Lindell’s class at Garfield Elementary are learning about the research and inquiry process with a project to create and present a newscast about a natural disaster. To bring their project to life, James Stratton from KWQC TV-6 News talked to students about their different roles to play as anchor, reporter, or citizen. Using Mr. Stratton as a model, students identified the research components needed to create a newsworthy story, explained why the integration of visuals is critical to their newscast, delivered vital information to the community about their natural disaster, and gave any cautionary measures needed for safety. Mr. Stratton also talked about how teamwork between roles is important for a smooth broadcast and urged students to work together to create a successful newscast.