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The DCSD Food & Nutrition Services department held a contest among DCSD high schools to develop a new logo for the district’s food service uniforms, etc. Central High’s Anthony Jack was the successful artist selected for the redesign. As his prize, not only will Anthony see his design districtwide, but he also won a pizza party for his class and a $100.00 gift card. Congratulations, Anthony!
Alex Koch and Nic Schaedig, of Mid City High School, have been accepted into the competitive Midwest Writing Center’s 2019 Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program. YEW focuses on young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about writing. This seven-week program develops the interns’ writing abilities. The culmination of the program is the production and distribution of a literary journal representing the best work of the participants at a launch party in August.
On May 24th, Jackson Elementary students celebrated a day filled with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Science) activities. Students viewed the feature film on engineering, Dream Big. They learned about rocket building and launching; along with participating in hands-on inquiry of interesting phenomenon; Dr. Toto from Absolute Science demonstrated chemical reactions for the students. Davenport West High’s Project Lead the Way students with taught students about robotics; and the first LEGO League Jr. Expo where teams shared their Mission Moon Bases with the entire school (and parents, too).
Central High senior, Ellis Carlson, was named the Louis Armstrong “King Bee” Award recipient. This award recognizes the top jazz band senior in honor of musical achievements and dedication to the program. The band directors chose to honor Ellis because of his incredible talent and leadership skills. This year, Ellis was the first Central student to be named to the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) Honor Jazz Band in nearly a decade. Congratulations, Ellis!
Congratulations to the Iowa Seal of Bi-literacy award recipients! From Central High: Emma Berger, Madison Carmoega, Julia Chavez, Martha Fey, Kevin Garcia, Inna Gomez, Jair Hernandez, Annie Hollonbeck, Aron Mitchell, Cole Mitchell, Jennifer Perez, Emmanuel Villafana, and Madison Wheat. The Seal of Biliteracy is a way to recognize students who are proficient in two or more languages, one of which is English.
Central and North High Industrial Tech students went on a field trip to construction job sites. They first went to Acentra Credit Union’s new national headquarters under construction in Bettendorf. Students then traveled to Davenport to visit Russell Construction. While there, they ate lunch and employees from Russell Construction told them about their jobs and how to get a job in construction. After lunch, students toured the new Hotel Home2 Suites on the former The Lodge site.
On May 18th, Smart Intermediate’s Women’s Choir competed in the Music in the Parks competition in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The choir took first place and then spent the day celebrating at Six Flags Great America.
Legacy Leader members from Central High, Keshawn Pegues, Alonzo Rios Wilkinson, and Anthony Jack, were part of the Men Empowerment Panel at Williams Intermediate School on May 20th. They spoke to forty eighth-grade boys about the importance of high school, building positive relationships, and getting involved in positive activities. Other male mentors on the panel included Rob Leveridge, Pastor, who spoke about character and preparing for success; Ryan Saddler, Director of Diversity from St. Ambrose University, who spoke about college and trade opportunities; and Dwayne Hodges, Substance Abuse Counselor, who spoke about the importance of making good choices.