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Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Connect Rural Schools to the Digital World PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:56

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack recently introduced legislation that will target rural schools to ensure they have access to the latest digital learning technologies.  The Schools of the Future Act will provide grants to transform the typical classroom experience into one that is more student-centered and provides teachers with more accurate information and feedback on student progress so that they can better address the needs of struggling students. Loebsack is co-chair of the bipartisan Rural Education Caucus.

“Technology has the power to vastly expand the educational options available to students in rural areas, providing students with a cutting-edge 21st Century education regardless of geography,” said Loebsack.  “Digital technology holds great potential for rural schools, which often have trouble recruiting and retaining teachers and offering a variety of electives or advanced coursework.”

This legislation builds off of the work already being done in Iowa.  For example, the Iowa Department of Education is working with the University of Iowa to develop the Iowa Online Advance Placement Academy to deliver Advanced Placement courses to high school students across the state, particularly rural and small schools that may not have the capacity to provide these courses themselves, using online technology. The Iowa Department of Education also runs Iowa Learning Online (ILO), which allows students from across the state to enroll in any number of distance education courses, including high school credit classes and post-secondary courses available through Iowa community colleges and universities.

Specifically, the legislation Loebsack introduced will provide funding for schools to implement digital learning strategies such as:

· providing expanded curriculum opportunities,

· providing accelerated or advanced coursework, or

· personalizing the learning experience by providing content that is tailored to an individual student’s learning style, ability, and needs.

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A Message from State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:52

DES MOINES, IA (05/15/2012)(readMedia)-- With summer just around the corner, parents and children alike are ready for a well-deserved break from the demands of homework, practice schedules and carpools. However, before packing away the books and pencils and leaving for summer vacation, I have an important message for parents – start saving now for your child's future college education. It will be here before you know it!

Saving for college is one of the most significant things you can do for your loved ones. With the cost of a college education rising faster than inflation, the majority of families will have to plan ahead in order to meet the challenges of paying for their children's higher education. My advice is to start saving early and to save regularly. Even a small amount of money, saved on a regular basis over an extended period of time, can grow into a substantial amount. Saving early may help reduce a family's need to borrow to cover educational expenses, which will help parents – and their children – get through college with less debt.

While any form of saving for college is better than not saving at all, there are advantages to using a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa. Administered by the State Treasurer's Office, College Savings Iowa offers multiple investment choices, including four age-based options that take into account the child's age and the account owner's tolerance for risk. As a general rule, age-based accounts opened for younger beneficiaries are heavily invested in stocks early on; these accounts try to maximize returns by taking advantage of the longer time horizon. As the beneficiary nears college age, the assets are automatically shifted to more conservative portfolios. This allows you to protect your capital and reduce the market risk before you begin making withdrawals for college expenses.

In addition, 529 plans offer significant federal and state tax benefits to help grow your savings even more. Contributions and earnings grow free of federal and Iowa state income taxes while invested and remain tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. Iowa sweetens the deal for investors in College Savings Iowa by allowing in-state tax payers who are participants to deduct up to $2,975 in contributions per beneficiary account from their 2012 adjusted gross income.*

With initial and ongoing contribution amounts as low as $25, College Savings Iowa is an affordable way for families to save in order to meet the rising costs of higher education. College Savings Iowa's multiple contribution methods, including electronic investment options that allow you to transfer money directly from an existing checking or savings account, make it easy for busy families to save regularly and manage their accounts.

As a way to help families start saving, we are celebrating "529 Day" on May 29 and giving away a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account. For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit www.my529iowaplan.com anytime during the month of May.

While a college education is an investment that lasts for a lifetime, the season to save for it is a lot like summer vacation – much shorter than you think. Start saving today and help make college a reality for a child in your life – you'll be glad you did! For more information about College Savings Iowa, visit www.my529iowaplan.com or call 888-672-9116.

* Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

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Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit www.collegesavingsiowa.com to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.

 
Local Students Graduate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by newsMedia   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:21

Kayle Ziegenhorn from Illinois City, Ill., Graduates from Brenau University

GAINESVILLE, GA (05/18/2012)(readMedia)-- Kayle Ziegenhorn from Ill. City, Ill., graduated from Brenau University with a Master of Business Administration degree after focusing studies on accounting.

Brenau conferred 786 degrees on 762 undergraduate and graduate recipients – some of whom have completed dual degree programs for both bachelor's and master's degrees. All told Brenau awarded 341 graduate diplomas and 430 undergraduate diplomas at commencement ceremonies May 4 and May 5 at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville.

Local Students Graduate from Creighton University

OMAHA, NE (05/15/2012)(readMedia)-- The following area students from your area were awarded degrees from Creighton University during the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May. 12, 2012.

Stephanie Haas of Davenport earned a Bachelor of Science degree .

John Dunn of Eldridge earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree .

Jill Schmidt of Eldridge earned a doctor of occupational therapy degree .

CNN news anchor and former White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux was the commencement speaker and received an hororary Doctor of Humane Letters.

About Creighton University: Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,100 undergraduate and 3,200 professional school and graduate students.  For more information, visit our website at: www.creighton.edu

Kaitlyn Gutheil Graduates During Culver-Stockton College Commencement

Bettendorf, IA, native Kaitlyn Gutheil received a BA degree during the 156th Commencement held Saturday, May 12, 2012 on the campus of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. Gutheil majored in English while attending Culver-Stockton.

A photo slideshow of Culver-Stockton's 2012 graduation ceremony is available online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/c-sc/sets/72157629695727472/with/7183378908/.

Local Student Graduates from Azusa Pacific

AZUSA, CA (05/14/2012)(readMedia)-- The following students graduated from Azusa Pacific University on Sat., May 5, 2012. They joined nearly 1,400 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.

Bettendorf resident Matthew Atha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 51 undergraduate majors, 30 master's degrees, 13 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 14 certificates, the university offers its more than 9,900 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.

Local students graduate from Huntington University

HUNTINGTON, IN (05/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Local Huntington University students participated in the 114th Commencement exercises on May 12.

The following local students were members of the Class of 2012:

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America's Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its "Best in the Midwest" list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

 
News from Rivermont Collegiate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick St. Laurent   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:01

We are growing!

 

We are very excited to announce some new additions for the 2012-13 school year.  I am especially excited to announce that in the fall Rivermont will be adding additional Early and Lower School classes!

 

PreSchool - In addition to our existing PreSchool and Junior Kindergarten class, we are adding another PreSchool class that will include a 2 year old program!

 

Kindergarten - We are also adding a second Kindergarten classroom! Erin DeSplinter will join Cindy Corrigan as Kindergarten teacher this fall.  Erin is a current Rivermont parent and has teaching experience at independent schools in both Illinois and Virginia. She graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Erin will make an excellent addition to our staff and we are thrilled that she will be joining us next year.

 

Fourth Grade - Plans are in the works to also add a second Fourth grade classroom!  This class is bursting at the seams and we look forward to being able to accept more new students in this grade.

 

We are all excited by the possibilities of this growth.  There will be some rearranging of classrooms as we accommodate our new students and new teachers.

 

Thanks to support from Fund-A-Need and the Parents' Council we will continue to expand our experiential and electronic learning.  During Labor Day week the Upper School will travel once again to Camp Manito-wish in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin for an outdoor leadership experience while the Middle School will travel to Kampsville, Illinois to learn about archaeology first hand.  In addition, we hope to announce a trip for our fourth and fifth graders.  More on that as plans solidify.

 

Technology never sleeps and we will continue to enhance our capabilities.  Over the summer the bandwidth available to the campus will double and interactive devices will be upgraded.  Plans are also in the works to launch a new website over the summer.  We are pleased that as we move into the second year of our iPad Pilot Program more textbooks are available digitally.  This should lighten some backpacks!

 

As this year quickly comes to a close work is well underway to prepare for the new school year.  Keep your eyes on the calendar because there are many special events to wrap up this year.  You won't want to miss them.  One in particular is the Senior Project Presentations.  After many requests to make these presentations accessible to more families we have scheduled them for Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 PM in the Auditorium.  Consider coming to campus and hearing about the exciting projects the Class of 2012 undertook as they conclude their Rivermont Experience.  Our 125th Commencement exercises will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, June 1.

 

Intellect, Character, and Creativity!

 

Rick St. Laurent

Headmaster

 

P.S.  Could we have had any better day for Lunch on the Lawn?  The weather was great!

 


KUDOS!

 

Great News! Fourth Grader Dwira Nandini has been selected as a finalist for this week's "Artist of the Week" award for the 4th-6th age group. The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday May 12 will be selected as our "Artist of the Week."

To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below. Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group!

 

http://www.artsonia.com/aotw/vote/0/18639247

 

The "Artist of the Week" will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia. In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning teachers and $50 to the winning artists.

 

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Freshman Michal Porubcin  won the finals in the #3 singles match at the MAC meet and he and his partner Forrest Campbell won the playoffs to get third in #1 doubles last weekend.

 


Zoo for the day?!?!

 

Would any LS student like to bring a toy or stuffed animal to school? For our final spring service project, LS Student Council would like to Adopt-an-Animal from the Niabi Zoo. Our donations would help an animal receive nutritious snacks and toys that help them exercise and PLAY! In order to raise money, we need you to donate at least 50¢ to bring your stuffed animal/toy to school and introduce them on stage during morning meeting on Tuesday, May 15th. We hope you will participate and make Rivermont a Zoo for the Day!

 

Middle and Upper School students are welcome to participate for a $1.00 donation.  (age inflation)

 





Rivermont's first All School Art Exhibition featured over 500 works of student art.  The gym was transformed into a gallery or as one student called it, "The Art Museum."  Thanks to all our Rivermont artists and special thanks to Rivermont art teacher Colleen McCarty for all the creativity!

Watch the calendar for
next year's exhibit!





Rivermont Bus Service Update

 

Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Rivermont will no longer be able to provide morning and afternoon bus route service. Extremely low utilization and high costs have caused us to suspend this service. In order to alleviate some of the inconvenience this creates, we will be extending our morning hours. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Early Supervision for K-12 will start at 7:00AM. This allows parents time to drop their student(s) off and still get to work in a timely manner.

 

 

Early Supervision Extended Hours!

Rivermont would like to announce that we are extending our Early Supervision hours. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Early Supervision for K-12 will start at 7:00AM. Early Supervision will run until 7:45AM at which time students will be allowed to go to their respective buildings. Middle and Upper School students can proceed to the Mansion Reading Room and Lower School students will proceed to the Media Center/Library. Light breakfast items will be available for purchase for during the Early Supervision hours.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE, THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO BUS SERVICE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

 



Camp classes are filling up!

All classes are a go this summer! Register with confidence knowing that none of these classes will be cancelled. Many are filling up! These classes are open to the entire Quad City community so invite your friends! Click the brochure for more information.

 

8 Full Weeks of Enrichment, Sports, Art, and Music Classes!

 
State Treasurer Fitzgerald is Proud of Iowa's Participation in Financial Literacy Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 14 May 2012 13:23

DES MOINES, IA (05/10/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is excited to announce Iowa schools and students had excellent participation in a new financial literacy program. The National Financial Capability Challenge, which ran from March 12 to April 13, was designed to help students increase their financial knowledge in areas like earning, spending, saving, borrowing and risk protection.

"I'm happy to say that Iowa had excellent participation in the Challenge," said Fitzgerald. "Nearly 3500 students from eighty-eight schools took part in the program. By doing so, they made a big step towards creating a secure financial future for themselves. It's very exciting to see so many young adults take their financial educations into their own hands."

The average Challenge score for participating Iowa students was 72% which was 3% higher than the national average. Twenty-three students received perfect scores. They, along with other top-scoring students, will be presented with personalized award certificates.

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