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Governor Quinn Announces Over $34 Million in Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Federal Funding to Strengthen Early Learning Programs in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:02

Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge funds will target the state’s neediest children

CHICAGO – December 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced Illinois has been awarded a $34.8 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support quality early childhood education in Illinois.

Illinois was one of only 14 states selected for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. The grant funds will help Illinois connect children most at risk of school failure with high-quality early learning programs.

“Illinois has been a leader in early learning for decades and we will now be able to further strengthen that leadership through the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge,” Governor Quinn said.  “The achievement gap begins before a child steps into kindergarten. Empowering our children with a solid education foundation before they begin kindergarten is the most crucial investment we can make in a future workforce that will drive economic growth in Illinois.”

The Illinois State Board of Education, Department of Human Services and Department of Children and Family Services will work together to improve the quality of all early learning and development programs in the state through this grant.  The federal grant will be used to: create a new Quality Rating and Improvement System to inform parents about program quality through a website that will be fully implemented in July 2014. In addition, the grant will help communities connect children with the greatest needs to high-quality programs, strengthen the quality of early learning programs, and support the development of great teachers for early learning programs.  These funds will also allow the state to make important one-time investments to improve efficiency, streamline program administration and data systems and evaluate effectiveness for early childhood programs.

“Making sure young children and their families get the support they need to prepare children for success in school and later life requires coordinated effort from all of our agencies,” said Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler.

"Early childhood funding is one of the best investments we can make for the success and prosperity of future generations and our Illinois economy,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “These funds will allow us to improve our infrastructure to better serve early learners and make more efficient use of state resources toward that purpose."

Illinois was one of five states eligible to compete for the second round of the grant, which was submitted in October to the U.S. Department of Education.  The state was one of 35 states to apply for the first round of funding and was found eligible to apply for the second round based on its performance.

Illinois’ application is designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of early childhood education in Illinois by taking a patchwork of early learning programs and integrating them into a unified system and increasing early childhood program quality—making sure that all programs provide quality education and helping already good programs become great.

To learn more about the Illinois plan for the Early Learning Challenge, please visit:  http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/OECD/Pages/EarlyLearningChallenge.aspx

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QC Students Recognized as IL State Scholars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:28

RIVERMONT SENIOR RANKS TOP IN ILLINOIS

Rivermont Collegiate is ecstatic to announce senior Darsani Reddy has been named a 2013-14 Illinois State Scholar by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Darsani is the daughter of Dr. Bouyella and Mrs. Kamala Reddy of Moline, IL.  The State Scholar Program recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement.  Approximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools are recognized as State Scholars each year.

A list of State Scholars in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas is attached.

About the Illinois State Scholar Program

To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Illinois and perform in the top one-half of their class (at the end of their junior year) and/or score in the 95th percentile on the ACT, SAT, or Prairie State Achievement Exam.  Once all students who meet these criteria are identified, a formula based on standardized test scores and performance-based academic data is used to select State Scholars.  While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary award, recipients are encouraged to cite the award on college admission applications.  For additional information, visit http://www.isac.org.

About Darsani Reddy

Darsani, who was also recently named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program, is a member of National Honor Society and President of the Rivermont Computer Club.  She is a member of the Varsity Basketball team and Show Choir and enjoys participating in Rivermont theater productions and volunteering at Trinity Medical Center.  Currently, Darsani is exploring The University of Chicago, Syracuse University, and Washington University in St. Louis, among other schools.

Congratulations to Darsani – the entire Rivermont community is extremely proud of this accomplishment!

 
JORDAN ENGINEERING PROGRAM EVENTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:19
Jordan is the first school in the area to establish a K-8 STEM program. The following ground-breaking events are planned:

“STEM-stirs” Show and Share Night
Jordan Catholic School, Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm Jordan Catholic School is the first school in the Quad Cities to sponsor 11 junior FLL teams (K through 4th grade Junior First Lego League) and is having a Show and Share Night to show
our community the students’ projects and their journey to learn more about “Super Seniors” and how the senior citizen’s lives have changed since they were kids. Please join us and view the first ever Jr. FLL projects to be displayed in the Quad Cities area. The event will take place in the lower level of the school. Please enter via the South doors and turn left down the stairs.

JET to host 2012 First Lego League Regional Competition – Senior Solutions
Jordan Catholic School, Saturday, December 15th from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Jordan Catholic School, in support of First Lego League, offers an Engineering and Technology program. JET (5-8th grade) has participated in FLL successfully for four years and is taking the next step- hosting the first ever Illinois FLL Regional Qualifier in the Quad Cities. Fifteen teams from around the area will compete in the 2012 FLL Senior Solutions Challenge for four coveted spots to advance to the state competition in Arlington Heights on January 19, 2013. The event will take place in Farrell Hall. Please enter via the Farrell Hall doors around the back of the school.


 
USA Network and Mediacom Award Quad Cities Principal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Khalan Boyer   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:16

USA NETWORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MEDIACOM HONOR QUAD CITIES TEACHER WITH A CHARACTERS UNITE AWARD FOR HIS EFFORTS TO COMBAT PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION

 

Phillip Ambrose, Principal of Thurgood Marshall Learning Center in Rock Island, to Be Recognized at an Awards Ceremony on December 7; Also Featured on USA Network On-Air and Online as Part of Characters Unite Campaign

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Continuing its highly successful multiplatform public service campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides, USA Network, along with its distribution partners, have selected ten winners for the 2012 Characters Unite Awards. The winners were selected from hundreds of nominees for their extraordinary efforts in combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance in their communities. 

Each honoree will be acknowledged during a hometown award ceremony and will receive a $5,000 grant from USA Network and participating local distribution partners to support his/her project or related nonprofit organization. Additionally, honorees will be featured on-air in a PSA and online at charactersunite.com.

Local Davenport resident Phillip Ambrose is among the ten winners selected and will be recognized at an award ceremony in Rock Island, IL. Phillip Ambrose is a Principal at the Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, an alternative school serving the Rock Island/Milan School District in Illinois.  Under the leadership of Principal Ambrose, the school pursues and engages in compelling projects to increase awareness of diversity, tolerance and respect through innovative cross-curricular activities.  Most recently, with the school’s Tuskegee Airmen Project, students studied how the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first squadron of African-American pilots, overcame prejudice to achieve their goal of fighting for their country. The next project the school plans to undertake is entitled Beyond the Dream; 50 years (1963-2013), which studies tolerance in America and the impact of significant events and people over the course of the last 50 years, from Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech to Barack Obama’s presidency.

Mediacom Communications is the local distribution partner for USA Network, and will be co-hosting the awards program and lunch at Thurgood Marshall Learning Center.

 
United Way and Russell Construction Partner with Jordan Catholic School to Build Rain Garden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:44
Russell Construction will be at Jordan on Tuesday December 4th beginning at 1pm to help the school build a rain garden. The school is participating in the City of Rock Island’s rain garden program and made the connection with Russell Construction volunteers through The United Way of the Quad Cities.

 
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