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West’s National Honor Society Wraps Gifts for Brittany’s Gifts

West students wrapping gifts Every year, West High donates to Brittany’s Gifts to honor Mr. and Mrs. Manders’ daughter. Mr. Manders is a retired Davenport teacher, and Mrs. Manders was West High’s nurse. This year, West High’s National Honor Society wrapped the gifts to be donated to the Handicapped Development Center.

West Students See Wicked in Chicago

West group at Wicked On December 7th, 112 West High music students and staff traveled to Chicago to attend the Broadway show, Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. The choir, marching band, and orchestra participants have all performed the show’s music, and this educational opportunity brings the experience full circle with an incredible finale.

Central Attracts New Donors to Blood Drive

Central student giving blood Central High students and staff, along with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, helped to save up to 405 lives this holiday season by collecting 102 units during its blood drive, including from 54 first-time donors.

Buchanan Participates in Hour of Code

Buchanan students working in hour of code. On December 6th, with Deere & Co. volunteers, Buchanan Elementary third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders participated in the Hour of Code. This one-hour introduction to computer science is designed to demystify “code,” show that anybody can learn the basics, and broaden participation in the computer science field.

West Student Places in One of Largest Speech Tournaments in Region

Madison Cousins and Spencer Fillman Two West High seniors, Madison Cousins and Spencer Fillman, competed at the Dowling Catholic Paradigm, one of the largest speech tournaments in the region with students from 13 states and 81 schools participating. Spencer advanced to the semi and final rounds in Spontaneous Speaking, only one of three Iowa students to do so; he placed sixth in the final round.

North Club Learns about Local Hispanic Culture with Trumpet Players

Trumpet players and North musicians playing instruments North High’s Taco Club, designed to teach students about the food and culture of our local Hispanic community, hosted trumpet players, Tony Ramirez and Dave Navarro, members of local bands such as Trio del Río, Los Mocambos, and the Crooked Cactus Band. The duo sang songs in Spanish backed by their impressive trumpet playing. They also talked about their history as local musicians. Students listened to songs like “Rosa Maria” and “Oye Como Va” and helped by playing some percussion for the band. To finish the show, everyone joined the group for a rendition of “Feliz Navidad.”

Mid City Students Complete Nine-Week Healthy Eating Course

Mid City students with new appliances Mid City teen moms participated in a nine-week program called “Buy Eat Live Healthy” in collaboration with Iowa State Extension. Each Monday for nine weeks, students received a healthy eating lesson, and then on each Tuesday, they learned how to prepare a healthy meal or snack. They earned a certificate and cookbook as well as their choice of a crock pot or skillet purchased with Teens for Tomorrow grant funds from the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Wood Choirs Invited to Perform at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for Fourth Consecutive Year

Wood choir singing at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics For the fourth consecutive year, the Wood Intermediate Select 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Choirs, under Mr. Tadlock’s and Mrs. Valle’s direction, were invited to sing for the patients, families, and staff of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To be invited as the only intermediate choir in the state is a huge honor, and to be invited for the fourth consecutive year is a recognition the student-musicians take with great pride as ambassadors of Wood Intermediate, Davenport Schools, and the Quad Cities. On December 8th, they sang for almost 90 minutes nonstop, providing the audience with a variety of sights and sounds from the large group, single and mixed choirs, solos, and small group ensembles.
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