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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:

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

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 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



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




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!


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.




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.





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.


Governor Quinn Surprises Outstanding Teacher with Golden Apple Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:43

CHICAGO – May 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today surprised Elizabeth Luna, a kindergarten teacher at Murray Language Academy, with a 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The governor presented the award, which is one of the education community’s most prestigious, during National Teacher Appreciation Week. As part of his commitment to protect and improve education in Illinois, the governor also emphasized the need for legislative action this spring to stabilize the state’s Medicaid and pension systems to ensure adequate funding for education.

“An outstanding teacher can have more influence on a student than almost anyone else,” Governor Quinn said. “The best economic tool a state can have is a solid education system. That’s why we must work together to address our financial challenges today, so that we can invest in education and the futures of our children tomorrow.”

Governor Quinn recently proposed bold plans to restore fiscal stability to Illinois, which would protect funding for education. Governor Quinn recently proposed a plan to fundamentally restructure the Medicaid system and save it from collapse by creating $2.7 billion in savings. The governor’s plan cuts waste, fraud and abuse, and raises the price of cigarettes to bring back dollar for dollar federal matching funds and help make people healthier. The governor also recently proposed a bold plan to stabilize the pension system, which is expected to save taxpayers $65 to $85 billion, eliminate the unfunded liability and allow public employees who have faithfully contributed to the system to continue to receive pension benefits. Pension and Medicaid costs currently account for 39 percent of the budget, which will continue to grow and take away resources from education.  If nothing is done this spring, they will account for 50 percent of the budget next year.

Luna began teaching in Chicago Public Schools in 2003 as a substitute, leaving the restaurant industry for a second career in education. After joining Murray Language Academy to teach intermediate grades, she was placed in kindergarten, a move that allowed her to find her calling in early childhood education. Luna is also a teacher of future teachers. She works with The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (Chicago UTEP) as a mentor teacher. Luna is one of ten teachers to win the award, out of 560 Pre-Kindergarten-3rd grade teachers nominated this year in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties.

Golden Apple winners receive an honorarium, a tuition-free semester sabbatical at Northwestern University and become lifetime members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, which supports and assists teachers in developing their skills and encourages students to pursue a career in education. John Quinn, the Governor’s younger brother and long-time history teacher and boys basketball coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, received the Golden Apple award in 1992.


Statement by Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:38

On the Education Reform Package

DES MOINES, IA (05/08/2012)(readMedia)-- "The ISEA is pleased with the steps taken giving educators more time to collaborate and work together to improve their craft. Preparing and supporting quality teachers in the classroom is an integral part of student success and the ISEA has supported this concept from the beginning of our discussions on education reform. Iowa has a long history of great schools and outstanding teachers in the classroom. We have high graduation rates and test scores and our teacher mentoring program is one of the best. We can be proud of the work our educators are doing and continue to do on a daily basis. The education reform package also takes some important first steps toward early literacy and kindergarten readiness programs which are important building blocks on the road to high student achievement. However, it is very important to remember that there also has to be a willingness to invest the resources needed for our students to succeed. The education reform package falls short in finding those resources."

The ISEA is a professional organization made up of nearly 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality public education for all Iowa students. Great Education. It's an Iowa Basic!

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