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On Saturday, May 25th, ten Quad City area high school art student teams competed on a live draw off. Students designed and drew on an 8 x 8-foot square made up of two 4 x 8-foot masonite panels. They competed for awards to fund and improve education in the participants’ art departments. They started at 9:30 on Saturday morning and drew until 4:00 p.m. at the EICC (Eastern Iowa Community College) Downtown Campus. The drawings from this competition that will be on display at MidCoast’s Gallery West, 1629 2nd Ave, Rock Island, from June 5th through July 20th. All participating schools receive a cash award for their art department. The public is invited to an awards reception on Friday, June 14th, at Gallery West at 7:30 p.m.
West High’s Pastel Team (upper left): Mylagro Duran, Alexa Christensen, Connor Russell, Alexis Beamer, and Skylar Hintze.
Tuesday, June 4th marked the Open House for the Davenport Community Schools ProStart Culinary Arts program’s new 1,750 sq. ft. commercial kitchen. ProStart students prepared appetizers that were enjoyed by community partners, students, and administrators. Until now, ProStart students have worked out of a high school home economics classroom. Now our high school students will train is a kitchen that will prepare them to work in a restaurant kitchen. The new kitchen is located on the first floor of the J.B. Young Opportunity Center, 1702 N. Main Street.
The renovation project took approximately 7 months to complete and the $750,000 cost was paid out of SAVE funds (State-wide penny sales tax). Some of the new equipment includes a 50 lb. gas fryer, griddle/charbroiler, commercial range/oven, salamander broiler, combi oven, commercial microwave, 20 and 30-quart mixers, and a walk-in cooler.
ProStart students are juniors and/or seniors in high school who are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts.
On Thursday, May 23th, Mr. Zinn and his West High Intro to Electronics students visited Hamilton Tech in Davenport and the Electrical Union Testing Center in Moline. Students were able to practice wiring and hear about what it’s like to work in the field.
In addition, Mr. Baldry took Mr. Achs’ West High fourth-block Government class to the Davenport Police Station and City Hall (pictured) where they spent an hour with Mayor Klipsch and took a tour with Officer Berger.
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.