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Davenport Insurance Agents Attend Cleaning and Restoration Continuing Education Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mandi Clark   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:30

Local insurance agents learned about the successful mitigation practices of fire, water and smoke damage during continuing education (CE) training by Rainbow International of the Quad Cities, owned by Kevin Beirne on October 16. CE class credits are required every two years for agents to keep their licenses.

More than 20 people attended the class, which was taught by Ron Clawson, System Sales Manager.

“Our presentation is designed to teach attendees about the dynamics of fire, water and smoke damage and the related customer service issues involved. The behavior of smoke and how it effects the built environment, the continuing damage effects of smoke residue when not mitigated quickly and industry standard methods required to reduceloss settlement time and costs,” Clawson said.

Clawson explained that after the course, the students should be able to describe the damage fire, water and smoke causes in a building and understand the health, safety and hazard issues involved relevant to all who came in contact with the damaged environment.

For more information about cleaning and restoration services, or to schedule an appointment, contact Rainbow International of the Quad Cities at (563)386-7220 or visit


Acceptance of Special Ed Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 29 October 2012 12:54

Special Ed Students, Diversity & the Benefits of Inclusion
Friendship, Learning are a Two-Way Street, Says Doctor

For orthopedic surgeon Sean Adelman – a father of three, including Dev, a high-school age daughter with Down syndrome – life lessons are not the exclusive province of the young.

“As a dad, I have often been reminded of the poet William Wordsworth and his line, ‘The child is father of the man,’ ” says Adelman, author of Sam’s Top Secret Journal (, the first in a the first in a Nancy Drew-style children’s book series featuring a protagonist with Down syndrome.

“I think most parents have this experience that, while it’s our job to teach our children how to grow up and function in a society, we are constantly learning ourselves. They force us to rethink the basics as we help mold them into mature human beings.”

Of course, much of a child’s development is out of the hands of parents, he says. School and other social functions provide many first worldly experiences that are so important to developing students. And that makes diversity so important.

Various studies have shown that not only do those with learning challenges benefit from “inclusive education” – a movement that integrates special-ed students with non-special-ed students – but also the rest of the student body.

Adelman explores how inclusion benefits the entire student body:

• Empathic development: To a significant extent, society is a social contract among citizens. That means, at the very least, good behavior is required of individuals. At best, however, citizens recognize that we are social creatures who need each other, and the best way to a better society is to have empathy for our fellow human beings. During the 1990s, inclusion of special-ed students jumped from 48 percent to 70 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Despite concerns at the time about teachers’ ability to attend to the needs of all their students in such classes, a Zigmond and Baker study showed teachers did not lose their effectiveness. The famous study also showed that the students treated each other better in general. Children learn that everyone needs help from time to time, and it’s as gratifying to provide it as to receive it.

• Diversity and the real world: Children who attend inclusive schools, where all children are mainstreamed, are better able to navigate the complexities of our diverse adult society. Students with and without special needs benefit from exposure to classmates who face different life circumstances. Studies from the National Center for Special Education Research, among others from throughout the world, support claims of mutual benefit from special-ed and non-special-ed students with integration. For a well-rounded character and personality, young people need to be exposed to the many faces of humanity in terms of race, economic background and those with special needs. In addition to this personal edification, a professional career demands social grace and comfort in a diverse work environment.

• The meaning of friendship: Children need to develop social skills and to know how to create and sustain meaningful friendships for a healthy adult life. We may lose wealth, youth, health, and spouses. Friends, however, are often the most reliable emotional resource in life. Friends must learn to accept one another’s limitations and flaws, and to complement one another’s weaknesses by contributing their strengths. Friends also quickly learn that superficial differences are far less important than shared values, trust and humor.

About Sean Adelman

Sean Adelman is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and advocate for exceptional kids in Seattle. He and his wife, Susan, have three children. Adelman wrote the “Sam’s Top Secret Journal” series to show the similarities the protagonist shares with other children, and to explore how differently-abled individuals benefit society.

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Written by Barb McBreen   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:49

Students Awarded Scholarships from Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

AMES, Iowa - The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University recently recognized its scholarship recipients for the current academic year, 2012-2013.

The college and its departments award more than $2 million in scholarships each year. Students interested in enrolling in the college and applying for scholarships should go to

Along with scholarship support for students, the college continues to increase its enrollment and maintain high placement rates for graduates.

This fall the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences reached a record enrollment number of 3,900 undergraduate students, which surpassed a previous record set in 1977 when enrollment totaled 3,623.

The latest survey of graduates found that nearly 98 percent were employed, furthering their education or serving in the military six months after graduation. Employers nationwide are attracted to the largest annual Ag Career Day in the nation, which was held Oct. 16 with more than 2,000 students and 200 employers attending.

Scholarship awards for this academic year were presented to:

Catherine Mullen of Bettendorf, Future of Agriculture Scholarship Program
Amrinder Singh of Bettendorf, Future of Agriculture Scholarship Program
Brianka Morgan of Davenport, Agriculture General Scholarship

Rivermont Collegiate Highest Ranking College Prep School on Iowa AP Index PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:39

The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center annually releases the Iowa AP Index to recognize the Top 50 Iowa accredited high schools (public and nonpublic) for providing Advanced Placement opportunities.  Magnet Schools, Specially Accredited College Preparatory Schools, non-accredited schools, and home schools are not included in the Top 50 ranking.  Rivermont, being considered a Specially Accredited College Preparatory School, is not included in the Top 50 list.  However, all schools are scored using the same formula, so numerical scores provide a clear comparison.

Based on a 2012 Iowa AP Index score of 2.73, Rivermont Collegiate ranks 4th in the state overall, behind Des Moines Central Campus High School (7.62 – Magnet School), George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids (3.08), and Regina Junior/Senior High School in Iowa City (2.93).

We are extremely proud of our record of excellence with AP!  Rivermont students are encouraged to customize their education with a wide variety of both AP and Independent Study options.  The following list is only a sampling of AP courses offered at Rivermont:

ü  English Literature and Composition

ü  English Language and Composition

ü  French Language and Civilization

ü  Spanish Language and Civilization

ü  Calculus AB

ü  Calculus BC

ü  Statistics

ü  Physics

ü  Biology

ü  Chemistry

ü  Environmental Science

ü  United States Government & Politics

ü  United States History

ü  Psychology

ü  Microeconomics

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college prep school for preschool through twelfth grade.  For additional information on Rivermont, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Chief Administrator Retiring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith   
Monday, 22 October 2012 15:37
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Board of Directors Organizational Meeting, Regular Board Meeting and Board Retreat, Dr. Glenn Pelecky, who has served successfully as Chief Administrator for the past 25 years, was released from his current contract at the end of 2012-2013 for the sole purpose of retirement.

Dr. Glenn Pelecky has served as Chief Administrator since 1988, retiring with a 43 year career that has demonstrated a high level of commitment, trust and mutual respect.

In reflection, Dr. Pelecky stated that although he will be leaving an organization to which he has dedicated the majority of his professional life, he is looking forward to being able to pursue several lifelong professional and personal goals that full time work has not allowed him to take on and move to the next chapter of his life.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of nine area education agencies in the state of Iowa. The Agency area includes all of Clinton, Muscatine and Scott counties, as well as part of Cedar, Louisa and Jackson, serving more than 50,000 students in public and approved non-public schools in 153 buildings and 5500 administrators and teachers.

In 2007, Dr. Pelecky was notified by SAI that he had been nominated by his peers and selected as the 2007-2008 Iowa Superintendent of the year for consistently providing innovative and visionary leadership to the educators and students in the area. In reply, Dr. Pelecky stated, “I am comfortable accepting this honor as recognition of the work of the staff and board of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, not an individual effort on my part.” We have accomplished a great deal together.

The Mission of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is to improve teaching and learning for all students through active partnerships and assertive leadership in a climate of mutual respect.

The Board of Directors will be reviewing search firm applicants and make a selection that represents the level of integrity, professionalism and custom-designed service required to select a Chief Administrator for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.


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