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"Cool history" tour for UT students on spring break PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:40
Some United Township high schoolers are spending one of their spring break days on a bus learning about the “cool” history of the Quad Cities

(East Moline, IL)  While on spring intersession, approximately 65 United Township students will be on a Quad Cities tour of “cool and historic” places led by their history teacher, Heather Monson.

The Lights ON for Learning students will board a bus Friday (March 15th) morning and tour such local landmarks as the Deere/ Wieman house, Lagomarcinos,  Ross’s restaurant, Campbell’s Island, the Looney House, etc.  Monson says she wants the students to realize the cultural history of the area and develop an interest in local history.  “As a history teacher, I find history dazzling and think when people know the background of their area they can appreciate it more and become more interested in the current events of our area”.

***The media is invited to visit with Monson and the students at any of their stops along the tour—see schedule below***

The Rock Island County Regional Office of Education and the 21st CCLC grant funds the “Lights ON For Learning” program at UT.


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Itinerary for 2013 Cool QC History Tour

8:50 am  Meeting the UTHS parking lot
9:00am Load the bus/take lunch orders/Call Ross’s
9:10am Head out/first stop Campbell’s Island
9:20am  Arrive at Campbell’s Island Monument
9:30am Debrief about Battle/Monument/Resort discuss the prison
9:40am  Load Bus Head to Deere/Wieman House
10am Arrive at Deere Wieman House for 1 hour tour
11am  Head to Ross’s Restaurant for lunch
11:20am Arrive at Ross’s for Lunch
12:3pm0 Finish Lunch Head to Arsenal Bridge/Bucktown/LeClaire Park Bix
12:45pm Bucktown area/ On bus begin background of Bucktown and the start of Citadal of Sin
1:10pm  Head to Rock Island for driving House tour
Downtown: Market Square/Argus Building
Begin with Looney House on Hill/20th then to 16th then Bel Air
Business tour: Van Dale and her businesses/Barber shop
2:20pm Lagomarcinos for drinks/green river and history of Lagos (tentative)
3:00pm head to school Wrap up with other historical events and places for next time
3:30pm arrive back at UTHS

 
WIU-QC HOSTS GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:29
MOLINE, IL -- The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Graduate Studies Program will host an open house for interested students, their families and business professionals from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the WIU-QC 60th Street Campus, room 102A. 

"The open house is an excellent opportunity for current students and business professionals to meet and network while learning about the our graduate programs," said Antoinette Murphy, assistant director of admissions for Graduate Studies. "There will be a variety of campus representatives available to discuss resources, career developm ent and financial aid assistance." 

The event will include guest speakers from financial aid and career services, as well as individual program and break-out sessions about program requirements and graduate assistant opportunities. The event will also feature student panel discussions, faculty question-and-answer sessions and a tour. 

For more information, contact Murphy at (309) 762-9481 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Learn more about WIU-QC Graduate Studies athttp://www.wiu.edu/qc/future_students/grad.php.

 
Classrooms First legislation passes House committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:22

SPRINGFIELD – March 13, 2013. After hearing testimony from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Wednesday morning, the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee unanimously passed Classrooms First Commission legislation that will make it easier for school districts to voluntarily consolidate. House Bill 2267, sponsored by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), now moves to the full House for consideration.

Simon, the state’s point person on education reform, served as the chairperson of the bipartisan Classrooms First Commission, which examined ways school districts could reduce duplicative spending and improve educational offerings. Based on the Commission’s findings, legislation approved by committee would allow non-contiguous school districts to consolidate, small schools to dissolve voluntarily without referenda and high school districts to tie consolidation dates to capital funding.

“We want Illinois to lead the nation in education performance, not bureaucracy,” said Simon. “This legislation will make it easier for school districts to put their students first by dedicating resources to expanding classroom opportunities, and I would like to thank Rep. Gordon-Booth for her continued work to move this bill though the House.”

The Classrooms First Commission was comprised of P-20 stakeholders including teachers, administrators and parents and it held public hearings across the state on school district consolidation last year. You can learn more about the commission’s recommendations here.

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Iowa Learning Farms host cover crops workshop in Welton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:06
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crops workshop, along with the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association (EIHPA), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Thursday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Buzzy’s Pizza in Welton. The workshop will focus on cover crops for feed, soil and nutrient management.

Topics covered at the event include strategies and goals for cover crop implementation, incorporating cover crops for rotational grazing and row crops with livestock; and includes a field tour at the Neal Engel farm, in Jackson County. The workshop will have presentations and discussion with Sarah Carlson, research and policy director at Practical Farmers of Iowa; Mark Carlton, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist; Bruce Van Laere with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Clinton County and a panel including Neal Engel and other area cover crop farmers.

The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. This workshop is in conjunction with the EIHPA annual meeting. The EIHPA will collect annual dues as part of the business meeting at the workshop. The public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is  recommended. To register for this event, please call one of these county NRCS offices: Cedar County, 563-886-6214; Clinton
County, 563-659-3456; Dubuque County, 563-876-3418; Jackson County, 563-652-3237; Jones County, 319-462-3196. All numbers will use extension 3.

The workshop will be held at Buzzy’s Pizza, 414 Main Street, Welton. The field tour will be to the Neal Engel farm, 25439 Iowa Highway 64, Maquoketa. The farm is located four miles southeast of Maquoketa at the junction of Highway 64 and County Road Y-60; approximately 10 miles north of Welton on Y-60.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of  conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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Simon to present Classrooms First legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:08

SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will testify before the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday, presenting legislation created from her Classrooms First Commission.

Simon, the state’s point person on education reform, served as the chairperson of the bipartisan Classrooms First Commission, which examined ways school districts could reduce duplicative spending and improve educational offerings. Based on the Commission’s findings, legislation being presented on Wednesday would allow non-contiguous school districts to consolidate and small schools to dissolve without referenda.

“We want Illinois to lead the nation in education performance, not bureaucracy,” said Simon. “This legislation will make it easier for school districts to put their students first by dedicating resources to expanding classroom opportunities.”

Later Wednesday, Simon will address more than 100 representatives from Illinois’ Main Street communities. This year marks the 20th year of Illinois Main Street, a program dedicated to revitalizing local economies through investment and job creation. Simon is the state ambassador for Main Street.


Committee Testimony

DATE: Wednesday, March 13
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
PLACE: Room D-1, Stratton Building, Springfield

Illinois Main Street Rally

DATE: Wednesday, March 13
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Capitol Rotunda, Springfield

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