Our Amazing Students, Staff, and Programming
Every day the students, staff and programs of the Davenport Community Schools have an impact in the community and garner national recognition for excellence and innovation in education. The district has received national accolades for its staff, including an Iowa Teacher of the Year, Iowa Principal of the Year, Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year, Iowa Administrator of the Year and two national Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winners. The district’s programming is also groundbreaking, with fifteen schools and programs having received Iowa’s First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Award and one of the elementary schools recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
We’re extremely proud of our students. The good work they do is a testament to our robust curriculum, technological capabilities, and inspirational environment, but the innate character strengths we see within each student is what is truly remarkable. Across our district, student groups have taken their own initiative to help out community members in need of assistance. There are an abundant number of award-winners within our ranks; our students routinely earn accolades related to sports, the arts, core academics, and extracurricular activities.
The hard work that is being done on our data teams is paying dividends. Everyone — from our most recent graduates to our distinguished alumni — is taking what they have learned from Davenport Community Schools and putting it to work in a world they are helping to shape for the better.
We are Davenport Community Schools… A District of Distinction.
Recent Awards and Accolades
The following twenty awards and achievements by students and teachers are only a small sampling of the last year in Davenport Community Schools. To view a comprehensive list of accolades and awards from the 2012-2013 school year, click here.
1. Award-winning Teachers: Laura McCreery, North High School, won the 2012 award for Outstanding Iowa Biology Teacher of the Year. The State of Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Commission Teacher of the Year for 2012 is West High School’s Kim Strunk, and the 2013 recipient is West’s Jodi Zimmerman. The 2012 Iowa ProStart Teacher of the Year Central High School’s Jenee Cross.
2. The North High School Boys Bowling Team won both the Mississippi Athletic Conference and the Iowa State Championship.
3. The “Combustible Lemons” robotics team from West High won the State Championship for the second year in a row, and participated in the World Championships in St. Louis, where they advanced to be one of the top 24 teams in the world.
4. Central High School won the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl competition for the state of Iowa.
5. “The Avengers,” a Wood Intermediate scholastic team, took first place in the Rivermont Academic Invitational held in Bettendorf, Iowa. The competition features events in engineering, math, science, geography, global awareness and literature.
6. The Davenport Schools Foundation awarded $56,000 in scholarships to nearly three dozen students, a new record for the Foundation.
7. Northside Establishment, North High’s Varsity show choir, won Grand Champion for the sixth consecutive year at Fort Madison High School’s “Stars in the Spotlight” invitational. The group also received the Best Vocals caption award, and junior Jared DeFauw was chosen best male soloist. These performances capped off a very successful season in which Northside made finals at each competition it attended and Senior Teria Litman was recognized as best female soloist on three separate occasions.
8. West High’s Noah Kirschbaum and Greg Windeknecht finished in the top 21 in Public Forum at the National Tournament of Champions for Speech and Debate. They also won first place in the Dowling Catholic Paradigm, one of the biggest public forum tournaments in the country.
9. An academic team from Central High won the state of Iowa “Battle of the Books” competition.
10. Central High’s Angela Bartosch and Alexis Hamma, and West High’s Nathan Clark, had artwork included in The Photographic Society of America’s nation-wide “Youth Photography Showcase” and exhibition.
11. Garfield Elementary’s counseling program was honored with a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation from the American School Counselor Association. Only four other schools in the state of Iowa received the certification, which is awarded to schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.
12. North High School earned the distinguished honor of being invited to present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” at the 2013 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, a second consecutive year for the honor.
13. “Falcon Fever,” a West High engineering team, was crowned 2013 Real World Design Challenge State Champions for their design of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle built to save a child who is injured and missing. Due to their prowess, the team was invited to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Championships.
14. The Central Varsity History Bowl team made it all the way to the National Tournament in Washington, DC.
15. Student teams from Williams Intermediate won medals at the 2013 Mousetrap Car Engineering & Design Competition. Twenty-two teams from the Davenport Community, Moline, and Pleasant Valley school districts competed in the contest. The “Green Gators” team from Williams Intermediate took 3rd place overall, and the “Speed Turtles” team from Williams Intermediate won the award for longest distance.
16. Madison Elementary’s Calvin Moulton and Eisenhower Elementary’s Zeke Wynsma and Calvin Jantzi made it to the state finals of Invent Iowa. Calvin and Zeke’s project won at the state level, earning the boys a $500 scholarship to University of Iowa or Iowa State engineering department.
17. Alisha Jones, North High senior, was honored at the Quad City Times 32nd Annual Salute to Sports. Jones was undefeated in the 400-meter dash this season, defending her state 400m title at the Iowa State Track Meet. This marks the first time since 2002 that a runner has been a repeat champion in this event.
18. West High Senior Tracy Vo received the highly prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award. Tracy is the only recipient in the entire state of Iowa.
19. Central High School student Joshua Byrne earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2013. Joshua and the other top 1% of high school art students in the nation were honored at the world-famous Carnegie Hall.
20. The Davenport Community Schools Army JROTC received the accolade of “Honor Unit with Distinction” (the highest rating given by The Higher Army Headquarters Agency) for the 5th consecutive year. The Marine JROTC Team won three 3rd place trophies at the 13th Annual Bellevue Drill Competition.
Some of our Outstanding Alumni
Jim Skinner, class of 1962, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation
Roger Craig, class of 1979, 3-time Super Bowl champion
Dana Davis, class of 1997, television actress
Jim Leach, class of 1960, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Susan Glaspell, class of 1894, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet
Julian Vandervelde, class of 2006, professional football player
Jim Zabel, class of 1939, radio and television broadcaster; announcer for Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games
Tom Hudson, class of 1990, co-host of PBS national broadcast “Nightly Business Review”
Elmer Layden, class of 1921, football player and NFL commissioner