Seventeen Sudlow Intermediate students participated in the National History Day District Competition at St. Ambrose University on March 5th. Jacob Fee (pictured left) won first place in the Junior Division from the NAACP for his individual exhibit on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Jack Norton (pictured right) won The Arthur and Rachael Serianz Award for Excellence in the History of Science for his historical paper on Erwin Schrodinger and the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
Central High's Blue Vibrations show choir team finished first in the Prep Division at Spotlight Spectacular in Janesville, Wisconsin. They also received Best Choreography, Best Vocals, and Best Band. Central Singers, Incorporated (CSI) finished first in Open Class and was named overall Grand Champion and received caption awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, Best Closer, Best Spirit, and Best Female Soloist for the third time this year, Peyton Reese. Five CSI members also took part in a solo/duet competition; Peyton Reese and Jeremy Weinstein took home first place in the Duet Division and Lucas Thompson placed first in the Male Solo Division. Congratulations to all 150 Central show choir members on a fantastic season.
West High's FRC Robotics team, Disruptive Innovation, competed at the Heartland Regional in Kansas City over the weekend of March 10th and 11th. They finished with a record of 5-7, 27th out of 43 teams and had a top ten autonomous (runs on its own) robot. The team will compete in the Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls over spring break. Watch their alliance match here: https://www.thebluealliance.com/match/2018mokc2_qm13
On March 8th, Central, Mid City, North, and West High's Future Teacher Clubs toured Chicago State University to get a preview of college life and learn how to be successful in college.
Governor Reynolds was at Central High to sign SB455 into law, the funding formula that will help even the funding for Davenport and 136 other school districts in Iowa. She asked that a representative from Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) attend the ceremony, so Mid City students, Ayiana Litt and Jade Arnold, attended to witness the event. They each received one of the pens Governor Reynolds used to sign the bill into law as tokens of appreciation for all of their hard work.
On February 28th, Washington Elementary held an assembly in honor of Black History Month and all of the contributions from African-Americans throughout the centuries in America. The assembly was presented in a narrative style with cameos from students who shared the contributions from African-Americans. Students were also treated to a traditional African story featuring drum storytelling, some blues/jazz performances, and a beautiful ending song featuring Washington students.
Creative Arts Academy (CAA) seventh- and eighth-grade Communication & Media Arts students visited the Moline Public Library on March 12th to experience the "I-74 River Bridge: A Virtual Experience," a virtual reality tour of the new I-74 bridge. The intense, immersive virtual environment makes it possible for the Iowa DOT and other agencies to provide a more complete understanding of how infrastructure projects will look and interact with the surrounding environment.
Congratulations to Central High's JJ Andrews for being selected by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association as a Team First recipient. This award is given out to a select few in the state of Iowa who demonstrate the importance of putting their teams before themselves.
Central students, Keshawn Pegues and Antonio Maldonado, and West students, Dakota Tello-Goossens and Austin Manley, attended the annual Legislative Day in Des Moines on March 8th. While there, students met with their legislators about their stories to demonstrate the importance of the Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG) program and lobbied for continued funding. Pictured left: Dakota and Austin; pictured right: Keshawn; Iowa State District 93 Representative, Phylis Thede, Antonio, and Mr. Porter.
Congratulations to the students of the Central High Outlaw and Max Suspension teams who took part in the Quad Cities Science and Engineering Tech Challenge Series' kickoff event, BotB, at the Putnam Museum. In this highly competitive event, the Outlaws, with team members, Rachel Eckert, Sarah Van Liere, Nick Vazquez, and Jackson Richter, built a bridge that massed 0.48 l and held 130 pounds, for an efficiency of 271%, earning them second place in the high school division. The Max Suspensions, with members, Brady Kakert, Conor Walsh, and Will Flemming, built a bridge with an efficiency score of 101%.
On March 1st, Washington Elementary held its annual Literacy Night, where families celebrated the love of reading with the animal theme of "Reading is Paw-Some!" Dinner was provided and the importance of reading was stressed with informational posters. Parents were able to watch a poetry slam by third graders, and in the gym, students participated in various activities like making a kindness rock and pet origami. Pick a Better Snack helped with healthy Dr. Seuss-themed snacks. The book fair provided a great backdrop for the night, and students chose great books to read at home and to Teddy the therapy dog, a highlight of the night.
Mid City High Junior Jade Arnold built a Windows 10 64bit computer that she will be able to take with her to college. She completely assembled and repaired the donated computer. Jade learned how the computer functions as well as how to test and install components, set up a network connection, and find and install software. This class is offered when computers are available; Mid City is always willing to take used computer donations for additional students to build into their own first computers.
A touching moment as Sudlow’s 8th grade band plays a song dedicated to Mrs. Ciccotelli, their band director who could not attend on the night of the performance: https://youtu.be/3lthSRvgtRc
On February 16th, North High's Miss Blanchard and Miss Ingle hosted a Spanish Escape Room where four teams competed in five different tasks designed to test them on vocabulary, grammar, and logic. They had to solve each puzzle before they could move onto the next, earning a sticker for each one that was completed. Three teams were tied with four stickers with about a minute left, but one team, with members Daniel Reyes, Ally Greenwood, and Matthew Hutcheson, pulled through at the last second to claim victory.
Congratulations to all the basketball players who made the 2018 MAC Boys Basketball All-Conference Team. Trey Sampson from West High made the first team. Central High's Nate Tyson, North's VJ Wilmington and Max Taylor, and West's Brett Erwin and Kenny Clay made the second team. Honorable mentions included Central's Diontrel Wommach, North's Keenan Hollingshed and TJ Vesey, and West's Balene Mitchell.