Superintendent’s Message: Welcome Back!

Dr. Art Tate, Superintendent

Dr. Art Tate, Superintendent

Welcome back to a new school year! We seem to have gotten off to a smooth start again this year. I always fee a sense of wonder and pride at the beginning of a new school year. Wonder, when I think of the many pieces that have to come together to have our schools ready for students on that first day of school. Pride, when I see district employees working together focused a common goal – a great start to the school year for our students and their families.

We have much that is new in the 2014-2015  school year. The former Kimberly Center is now Mid City High and housed in a new location at 3801 Marquette Street. Truman Elementary School has undergone a complete interior renovation that is practical and beautiful. The Creative Arts Academy and CITI High at Davenport West have held their first classes. The second cohort of students has begun the Dual Graduation program at Davenport North. The Keystone Academy has welcomed our students back to the Davenport Community Schools. Keystone Academy is in the Davenport Learning Center, formerly the Kimberly Center. These are just a few of the many changes for 2014-2015.

Our district has also launched its Teacher Leadership program which has more than 120 of our teachers beginning their new roles as lead or mentor teachers. You may see  more lessons that are co-taught by a mentor and an initial teacher, offering the new teacher an opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of their mentor. Pockets of excellence that have always existed in our schools will be identified and their best practices shared district-wide.  We believe our students will benefit because instead of having an exceptional teacher stay in just one classroom, those exceptional teachers will be available to many classrooms throughout our district to offer their support and skills.

Whether you’re an employee, a new student, or perhaps a student whose family has had a long history of attending Davenport Community Schools, I want to welcome you to a new school year and wish you success.

Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur W. Tate, Superintendent