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The Gateway to Technology engineering program is offered in all Davenport intermediate schools. As part of the program, Walcott Intermediate students in the sixth- and seventh-grade Design and Modeling class recently tackled a real-world design project. The recess cart was too tall for the Walcott Elementary students to reach the toys, so Mrs. Alexander volunteered her classes to find a solution. The students assessed the situation, brainstormed ideas, chose the best one, and converted the existing cart.
Central students, Emma Berger, Sophie Cornish, Sara Holtam, Neah Howlett, Brady Kakert, Chloe Logsdon, Molly Marsengill, Shamaa Nassr, and Ava Soliz braved the rain, sleet, and wind to pick up trash in local creeks and streams in the City of Davenport Garbage Gobble.
Twenty North High Ambassadors visited Fillmore Elementary the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break for Fillmore’s very special Breakfast with Buddies event. North Ambassadors were grateful to be included in this yearly event that welcomes parents, guardians, and other community members. (Pictured: Emma Saskowski with her second-grade buddy.)
Congratulations to Wesh High student, Spencer Fillman, for placing first in Congressional Debate in the Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, November 11th. This two-day event included multiple events for varsity and novice competitors across ten categories, including the prestigious Student Congress debates.
Congratulations to all the students who won awards in the Festival of Trees art display. Central High’s Branden Leon won Best in Show with his Peter Rabbit sculpture (pictured). Central’s Lauren Pearson won second place in Photography; West High’s Andre Garcia won first place in the Photography category for his piece, Favored One; West’s John Vernon won second place in the Drawing and Painting category for his Untitled piece; and North High’s Alexia Ogden won third place for her painting. In addition, West Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates students ran the Reindeer Games section at the festival as volunteers during their Thanksgiving break. Go here to see more photos.
The district’s ProStart culinary arts program students were invited to attend The Craft of Butchering a Beef Forequarter taught by Master Butcher Kari Underly. Students learned how to break down meat to create more marketable cuts. This event was held at the Waterfront Convention Center and sponsored by Eastern Iowa American Culinary Federation and Iowa Beef Council.
Working artist and Quad City Symphony member, Aren VanHouzen, visited seventh- and eighth-grade Creative Arts Academy (CAA) students. He presented on the trumpet and gave fantastic practical advice on how to be a working artist, advising students to “Keep your schedule busy. As an artist, it’s up to you to book your next gig or show; no one else will do it for you. It’s because of this that I’m able to be a working musician and I’m grateful for that every day.”
On Thursday, November 2nd, North High Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students attended the Leadership Development Conference at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. iJAG Career Association Officers (pictured) Ebony Baylor (VP of Fundraising/Media Relations), Demeia Johnson (VP of Career Development), Trace Wruck (VP of Community Awareness), and Marissa Gomez (VP of Leadership Development), learned more about their roles within the association, polished their leadership skills, and collaborated with students from the other 48 iJAG programs within the state about action plans in their own classroom and community. They also interacted with Keynote Speaker Bill Cordes during his “You Only Get What You Put In” program, which is designed to engage students, enrich school culture, and build relationships.