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Creative Arts Academy students recently explored the life of world-renowned artist Louise Nevelson and developed a collaborative art piece with visiting artist Gail Ray. Ms. Ray and her assistant John provided students the opportunity to build and construct individual abstract works of art that combine to produce a final piece in the style of Louise Nevelson. Students considered composition as they created their works with a variety of shapes and textures. The final artwork, installed at the Creative Arts Academy, looks amazing!
Congratulations to West High Beak ‘n’ Eye newspaper editors Kelly Snawerdt and Zack Misner, who both had pieces selected for publication in an anthology of writing from Iowa high school students. The anthology, Past Notes, will be sold at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, and both Kelly and Zack have been invited to a public reading of their writing at Prairie Lights.
Congratulations to Central High student Victoria Young, a 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medalist. In February, we highlighted the Central students who received 33 Scholastic Art and Writing awards, including 5 Gold Keys, 11 Silver Keys, and 17 honorable mentions. In the national-level recognition, Victoria has received a silver medal for her wooden piece, titled Arrow. Victoria will be recognized at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in New York City.
The Iowa Department of Education has awarded schools statewide for their work on implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a triple-tiered system of support for behavior, giving teachers a framework to provide and monitor prevention and intervention practices. Wilson Elementary has been implementing PBIS since 2012, and the Iowa Department of Education has bestowed Wilson with the highest award, Honors Plus. The Wilson Elementary community is very proud of the hard work that their staff, students, and families have done to earn this very high award!
West High’s new HOSA-Future Health Professionals Club attended the Iowa HOSA State Competitions in Des Moines, and students won several awards! At the competition, Mia Nelson placed 1st in Prepared Speaking, Mason Dunn placed 1st in Medical Terminology, Kyle Swanson placed 3rd and Emma Bernick placed 5th in Epidemiology, and Emily Ratermann placed 4th in Medical Math. Congratulations, students! To learn more about HOSA, a student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, please visit: https://iowahosa.org/about-hosa/mission-statement/
Our Davenport Community Schools are getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to all students in grades 3-12. An email letter has been sent out to our parents and guardians. In case you did not receive this email, please click on the following link that will take you to a page on this website that provides additional information Conditions for Learning Survey-2019 Additional Information.
A copy of the survey will be available at your child’s school, if you would like to see the questions. The survey is anonymous and confidential. Every district in the State of Iowa is required to administer this survey as a part of the state’s plan to meet requirements for a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA. If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s school.
Congratulations to Central High alumnus Jared Svoboda on being cast to play the role of Jesus in the critically acclaimed National Geographic television series, The Story of God. Jared, a 2014 graduate, continued his education and training in New York at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently pursuing his acting, modeling, and musical career in Los Angeles. Best wishes to Jared as he continues to turn his dreams into realities!
Congratulations to the Central High TAG (Talented and Gifted) team on their 1st place finish in the Iowa State University Quiz Bowl Club Virtual Quiz. This is the second year in a row that Central has been named Champion. Congratulations, scholars!