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Fifteen students from the World Champion Robotics teams of West High’s INSPIRE Academy are visiting Kaiserslautern Germany. The three-week experience is a youth exchange with the Junior Engineers program of Kaiserslautern’s Heinrich-Heine Gymnasium. The two groups of students are collaborating on German robotics competitions, visiting German business and industry, and touring iconic German destinations. TO learn more about their itinerary visit their student blog. The Kaiserslautern students will reciprocate the exchange, visiting Davenport for a three-week exchange at West High in April 2019. Congratulations, students… you are ready for the world!
Davenport serves as setting for Mary Lewis’ first book, “Second Chance: A Family’s Love Story.” The book is historical fiction and draws from her own family’s genealogy and life in Davenport beginning in the 1880s. Mary is a third generation Davenport Schools student, with her grandmother Emily Bowers beginning in the Davenport Schools in 1892. Mary, maiden name Mary Lu Weiss, was a student at Jefferson Elementary and JB Young Junior High and graduated in 1962 from Central High School. Mary will be presenting her book at the Davenport Public Library, Friday, June 22 at 2 p.m. and again at Barnes and Noble at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. The author will speak about using historical fiction in the classroom and about her genealogical research. The Barnes and Noble book signing will serve as a fundraiser for the Davenport School Museum when the purchaser indicates that they would like the Davenport School Museum to receive a percent of the sale.
Davenport Community Schools recognizes and appreciates the many contributions of volunteers by presenting those who serve with the annual Helping Us Grow (H.U.G.) Award. Over 100 parent and community volunteers were nominated this year by school staff and each received a certificate, lapel pin, and formal recognition at volunteer appreciation event in our schools. The H.U.G. Award has been part of the Davenport Community Schools for over 20 years and recognizes those who go above and beyond to help the district continually improve and strive for excellence and distinction. Volunteers make a difference!
On May 22nd, 156 Wood Intermediate choir members sang our national anthem at Modern Woodmen Park for the Quad Cities River Bandit’s baseball game. It was the largest ensemble to sing the anthem in the history of the stadium!
On May 22nd, North High and Student-Built Home Students participated in Masonry Day, hosted by King’s Material and The Masonry Institute of Iowa. Students toured King’s Material, laid bricks, and worked side by side with industry professionals to learn about different types of bonds and the history of masonry.
Each year, the Central High School Hall of Honor awards scholarships to deserving graduating seniors based on academic performance, community involvement, and participation in co- and extra-curricular activities. Since the inception of the Hall of Honor in 1994, 124 scholarships have been awarded, providing $170,800 to further the educational endeavors of deserving Blue Devils. The 2018 Hall of Honor scholarship winners are, from left to right:
Hunter Boldt: Groenenboom Scholarship
Olivia Tobin: Don Fisher At-Large Scholarship
Andrew Shie: Don Fisher At-Large Scholarship
Logan Myers: Jurgens Scholarship
Zahria Flake: Hester Scholarship
Martin Leyhe: Kneipp Scholarship
Maria Duran Sanchez (not pictured): Meyer Scholarship
The recipients and their families were recently honored at the Central High School Senior Awards Night.
Mr. Greg Smith, West High INSPIRE Academy teacher, received a special donation of two manual lathes and a manual mill along with all the tooling and parts from MA Ford. The equipment will be used in the school’s Advanced Metals and Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes as well as the school’s award-winning robotics clubs. The equipment complements the school’s Computer Numerical Control, or CNC, machinery to offer students a real-world experience in the manufacturing field.
Last November, Buffalo elementary began work on their “FarmBot” project – a CNC farming machine that can plant seeds, measure soil moisture content, and water crops. Over the winter, West High students pitched in by assembling and calibrating FarmBot, and students from Mid City High helped out by building the raised garden beds and benches for students to sit on. Everything was installed this spring, and we’re happy to announce that FarmBot is up and running! KWQC created a feature video on the project to show how FarmBot helps Buffalo students explore technology integration in agriculture. Check it out here: http://www.kwqc.com/video?vid=484575811