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Davenport Schools’ Summer Meals Begin June 21

June 6th, 2021
Davenport Schools’ Summer Meals Begin June 21

DAVENPORT, IA – Summer should be a fun time for kids to enjoy family gatherings and vacation time. But for children in some families, summer can bring hunger. The Summer Food Service Program of the Iowa Department of Education provides meals for those hungry children. This program was previously administered in the Davenport Community School District (DCSD) in the summer of 2020, and this year, the program will again offer numerous sites for students, ages 18 years and younger, to receive breakfast and/or lunch. “When school is out, many people forget that for some students, their main source... Read More

Davenport Schools’ Christa Andersen Wins Iowa Manager of the Year Award

June 1st, 2021
Davenport Schools’ Christa Andersen Wins Iowa Manager of the Year Award

Christa Andersen, Food and Nutrition Services Manager for the Davenport Community School District, has received the Iowa Manager of the Year Award from the Iowa School Nutrition Association. The honor was announced at a Davenport Community School District board meeting on May 24. According to Coni Dobbels, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services at Davenport Community School District, Andersen was selected from managers throughout the state of Iowa to receive this award. “Christa was selected based on her ability to provide staff development and leadership within our district, school and community... Read More

Quad-Cities Hiring Fair For 10th-12th Graders Coming Up Thursday

May 31st, 2021
Quad-Cities Hiring Fair For 10th-12th Graders Coming Up Thursday

The Quad Cities Chamber and IowaWORKS have partnered with local school districts to hold a QCA Hiring Fair for 10th to 12th grade students. The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA. Masks are recommended. Whether students are looking for a summer job or a future career, the QCA Hiring Fair offers an excellent resource for them to begin their search. Representatives from more than thirty companies will offer opportunities in a variety of career areas. Students can find full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs to fit their skill... Read More

Davenport Schools Launching New Website For Parents And Students

May 22nd, 2021
Davenport Schools Launching New Website For Parents And Students

To better serve the needs of students, staff and the community, the Davenport Community School District (DCSD) has launched a new website at davenportschools.org. The site features more videos, social integration, and other engaging features to inform and inspire visitors. “It was time to replace the previous website with a cutting-edge online experience,” said TJ Schneckloth, DCSD Superintendent. “The new website needed to speak to multiple audiences – students, parents, school staff, the community and government. Keeping the world informed about all of our news and developments is always... Read More

Quad-Cities High Schools, Companies Celebrate New Apprentices

April 18th, 2021
Quad-Cities High Schools, Companies Celebrate New Apprentices

Taking a page from the college sports signing days, there will be a signing day Monday celebrating Quad-Cities academic and career excellence. The invitation-only event is the Quad-Cities-Wide High School Apprenticeship Day, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf. Q-C schools and the companies that will host their apprentices will celebrate the efforts of their 50-plus 2021 apprentices, all energetic young people, excited about their futures. The apprentices are from schools all over the Q-C, including Davenport, Rock Island, Moline, North... Read More

Unicorn Library Keeps Quad-Cities Kids Reading During Pandemic

April 9th, 2021
Unicorn Library Keeps Quad-Cities Kids Reading During Pandemic

Across the country, the destinies of many of America’s school libraries are on hold. They have been closed during the pandemic and it is not known when they will be able to reopen. But, two Davenport Community School District educators are dedicated to making sure that area kids still have quality books to read. Shari Larsen, principal at Wilson Elementary School in Davenport, IA, and Amber Cravens, teacher of English Language Learners, developed a project that is putting books in the hands of children who are eager to read. That project, the Unicorn Library, became available to all students... Read More

Davenport Teacher And Coach Ira Dunsworth Honored With Quad-Cities Track Named After Him

April 3rd, 2021
Davenport Teacher And Coach Ira Dunsworth Honored With Quad-Cities Track Named After Him

For 36 years, Davenport Schools teacher and coach Ira Dunsworth has provided support and guidance to students and athletes in the Quad Cities area. To honor him for his achievements and community spirit, the board of the Davenport Community School District has agreed to name the track at Brady Street Stadium after him. The decision was made at a regular school board meeting on March 22. Dunsworth served as the head track and cross-country coach at Central High School from 1965 to 1995. His accomplishments include 15 State Championships and receiving the title of Iowa State Coach of the Year four... Read More

Davenport Schools Need More Substitute Teachers

March 7th, 2021
Davenport Schools Need More Substitute Teachers

Davenport schools need more substitute teachers, and this problem is not unique to the Quad-Cities. According to the Chicago Tribune, a lack of available subs has reached a crisis level at many school districts across the Chicago area, and a nationwide shortage of substitute teachers was a chronic problem long before the arrival of the pandemic. The New York Times reports that “The nation’s schools need thousands of more teachers, full-time and substitute, to keep classrooms open during coronavirus outbreaks.” Some states and districts have even suspended college course requirements, or permitted... Read More

Quad Cities Chamber Hosts Four Superintendents to Discuss Education Changes

February 5th, 2021
Quad Cities Chamber Hosts Four Superintendents to Discuss Education Changes

Last week, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new law mandating schools offer 100% in-person education, and on Friday morning, three Iowa Quad-Cities superintendents discussed that impact – as well as other school changes in an online forum hosted by the Quad Cities Chamber. The United Township district superintendent also participated in the webinar on Iowa and Illinois priorities in education. Bettendorf students will return to 100% in person (from a hybrid model) on Tuesday, Feb. 16, said district superintendent Michelle Morse. A recent parent survey showed 83 percent supported returning their... Read More