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U.S. District Court Declares Mass Student Searches & Random Lockdowns in Missouri High Schools To Be Legal, Dismisses Fourth Amendment Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nisha N Whitehead   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 08:34

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri has declared that school officials at a Missouri high school did not violate students’ constitutional rights when they imposed a “lockdown” of the school for the purpose of allowing the local sheriff’s department, aided by drug-sniffing dogs, to perform mass inspections of students’ belongings. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute had filed a lawsuit in Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools, et al., asking to court to declare that officials at Central High School in Springfield violated their students’ Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Institute attorneys plan to appeal the ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Rutherford Institute’s complaint in Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools is available at www.rutherford.org.

“We have moved into a new paradigm in America where young people are increasingly viewed as suspects and treated as criminals by school officials and law enforcement alike. To then be denied justice by the courts only adds to the wrongs being perpetrated against young people today,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Such random, suspicionless lockdown raids against children teach our children a horrific lesson—one that goes against every fundamental principle this country was founded upon—that we have no rights at all against the police state.”

According to the complaint filed by attorneys for The Rutherford Institute, on April 22, 2010, the principal of Central High School announced over the public address system that the school was going into “lockdown” and that students were prohibited from leaving their classrooms.  Deputies and agents of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department thereafter ordered students and teachers to leave all personal belongings behind and exit the classrooms. Dogs were also brought in to assist in the raid. Upon re-entering the classrooms, students allegedly discovered that their belongings had been rummaged through. Mellony and Doug Burlison, who have two children at Central High School, complained to school officials that the lockdown and search were a violation of their children’s rights. According to the complaint, school officials responded that this was a “standard drill” and policy of the school district which would continue.

The lawsuit, filed by Rutherford Institute attorneys on behalf of the Burlisons and their two children, asked the court to declare that the practice of effecting a lockdown of the school and conducting random, suspicionless seizures and searches violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the similar provision of the Missouri Constitution. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri rejected the Institute’s argument, finding that the students’ belongings were not subject to an illegal seizure when ushered away from their classroom and told to leave their possessions behind before police entered to conduct a search. Affiliate attorney Jason T. Umbarger of Springfield, Mo., assisted the Institute with its defense of the Burlisons.

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Bettendorf School Counselor Named Top Six in the Country PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Adams   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:01

NEIL ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR

NAMED AS FINALIST FOR SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR

Shelley Klaas from Bettendorf, Iowa Among Top Six  

Alexandria, VA, January 30, 2012 –Shelley Klaas, a school counselor from Neil Armstrong Elementary School, has been named one of the top six school counselors in America. Klaas is one of more than 270 elementary, middle, and secondary school counselors nationwide who were nominated for the School Counselor of the Year award. The award, which is presented by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates and often lifesavers for the nation’s students.

A counselor for 27 years, Klaas is widely regarded as a mentor, a leader and a tireless advocate for children and the counseling profession, not only in her district but across the state of Iowa.  Armstrong Elementary has a suburban population of approximately 60% of students live in poverty.  After noticing that many students at the school were experiencing hunger as a barrier to learning, Klaas initiated the Backpacks for Snacks program.  Participating families receive a backpack of nutritious, child-friendly food for their students; often students eat these foods for dinner or on the weekends when school food programs are not available.  The program currently serves 81 families and has spread to four other schools within her district.

Another of Klaas’s major accomplishments is the development and implementation of the Bettendorf Community School District Clinical Review Team (CRT).  Established on the “it takes a village” concept, each month staff members anonymously present histories of high risk students and families to various local agencies and community groups for assistance with intervention plans.  The CRT program is so successful it has been in place for 17 years.

Klaas is a member of both her school and district Leadership Teams and is co-facilitator for the Iowa Department of Education’s Counseling Transformational Design Team (TDT). She was also one of the first two counselors in the state of Iowa to receive National Board Certification in School Counseling and has won both the University of Iowa’s and Chick-Fil-A’s Teacher of the Year awards.

“Everything I do as a school counselor, I learned from Shelley Klaas. I still often ask myself, ‘What would Shelley do?’” said Jan Powers, Prairie Crest Elementary School counselor. “Shelley provides mentorship, leadership, inspiration and a tremendous example of what it means to be a professional school counselor.”

“Shelley Klaas has a special gift – something that cannot be taught in any classroom or gained by any amount of experience,” said Nicky Stevenson of St. John Vianney Church. “Thanks to Shelley our district and community has a leader that knows what kids need to be successful and works tirelessly to achieve it. She is the golden thread that holds us all together.”

The School Counselor of the Year awards program was open to the more than 107,000 members of the school counseling profession. The top six school counselors were nominated by their peers and administrators and judged by a select panel to be the “best of the best.”

The candidates were judged on several criteria, including: creative school counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership skills, and contributions to student advancement.

“School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well-being of students and their success,” said Richard Wong, Executive Director, American School Counselor Association. “They have unique qualifications and skills that allow them to address students’ academic achievement, personal/social and career development needs.”

Klaas, along with the other five finalists, will be flown to Washington, D.C., on February 1, 2012, for three days of celebratory events. The honorees will have meetings with their members of Congress, attend a congressional briefing, tour the White House, participate in a briefing at the Office of the Vice President and be formally recognized at a black-tie gala.

Co-chairs of the 2012 School Counselor of the Year program are U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI – 6th), and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL – 23rd).

For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, please visit www.schoolcounselor.org.

About the American School Counselor Association

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, VA.  ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of professional school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, personal and social development, and career planning to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society.  Founded in 1952, ASCA currently has a network of 50 state associations and a membership of nearly 30,000 school counseling professionals.

 

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Truman State University Fall Honors Lists PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:39

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Truman State University has released the Fall 2011 President's List. To qualify for this list, an undergraduate student must attain a semester 4.0 grade point average and must complete 12 semester hours of credit.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri's only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of "Best Colleges" ranked Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for the 15th consecutive year. Truman was ranked No. 1 by Consumers Digest on its list of "Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities" released in the magazine's June 2011 edition. In its "2011 College Rankings," Washington Monthly listed Truman No. 3 among master's universities nationwide based upon the institution's contributions to the public good, with student service as one of three criteria. Kiplinger's Personal Finance placed Truman at No. 23 on its list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 2012. Truman has the highest graduation rate among Missouri's public colleges and universities, according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The University, located in Kirksville, has an enrollment of 6,200 students.

Andy Wang Yang of Bettendorf majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science;

Aubrey Ann Crowley, majoring in Health Science and Brendan Patrick O'Brien, majoring in Psychology, English; both of Davenport.

Truman State University has also released the Fall 2011 Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs List. To qualify for this list, an undergraduate student must attain a semester 3.50-3.99 grade point average and must complete 12 semester hours of credit.

Bettendorf, IA
Andrew Keith Piotter from Bettendorf, majoring in Exercise Science.

Margaret Alyson Schutte, majoring in Exercise Science and Chelsea Kathleen Wagschal, majoring in French and Pre-Education/Secondary; both from Davenport.

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THE MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:43
Ten scholarships are now offered through the Moline Foundation. The following is a list of scholarships, criteria and deadlines:

1. Srikanth Yerra Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012, $500 non-renewable
Must live within Moline School District No. 40 boundaries. Graduate of Class of 2012 or Community College student preparing to transfer to a 4 year college or university. Minimum 3.5 grade point. Based on financial need, potential for future personal achievement.  Submit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay (200 words) and Parents’ IRS 1040 tax form.

2. Lee McAllister Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012, $1,000 non-renewable
Graduate from Moline High School Class of 2012, plan to major in education. Minimum 2.75 grade point. Based on financial need, potential for future personal achievement, abilities, school & community activities and strong academic record. Submit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay (200 words on “Why are you entering the field of education?”)

3. Moline High School Class of ’59 Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Amount and number of awards determined annually.  Graduate from Moline High School Class of 2012.  Minimum 2.8 grade point.  Based on service-oriented activity in place of worship, school, or community.  Submit: Transcript, brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) “What do you anticipate your life to be like in 50 years?”

4. Clement T. Hanson/Butterworth Center Arts Scholarship ** – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Three $1,500 four year scholarships renewable based on continued financial need and scholastic achievement (Total: $6,000).
Two $2,000 four year scholarships renewable based on continued financial need and scholastic achievement (Total: $8,000).
Must live within Moline School District No. 40 boundaries.  Graduate from Class of 2012 or Community College student preparing to transfer to 4 year university.  Minimum 2.5 grade point.  Based on financial need, potential for future personal achievement, and personal interview.  Submit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, Parents’ IRS 1040 tax form, brief essay about yourself (200 words or less).

** Two scholarships share same application. Emphasize arts and music involvement if you wish to be considered for the Butterworth Center Arts Scholarship.

5. Dolores A. Hulse-DiIulio Scholarship – Due Wed., February 15, 2012, $1,000 renewable (eligible to reapply annually and compete with incoming freshmen candidates and other previous scholarship recipients)
Must be a female and graduate of Class of 2012 at Moline High School.  Must intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis in the fields of chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-medicine.  Must attend a public university or college located in Illinois Applicant must be in upper one-fourth of class. Based on desire to achieve, abilities, strong academic record, possible personal
interview, potential for future personal achievement, and letters of reference.  Submit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay (200 words or less) “Why are you entering your chosen field of study?”

6. Maggie Webb Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Amount and number of awards to be determined annually.
Must be graduating senior from Moline High School Class of 2012.  Minimum 2.8 grade point.  Based on community involvement (with at least one service oriented activity in place of worship, school or community) and essay Submit: Transcript, Essay (2-3 pages long) “If you were to leave this earth tomorrow, what would be your legacy?”

7. Lee Womack Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Amount and number of awards to be determined annually.
Must be graduating senior from Moline High School Class of 2012 with planned major in Education. Special preference will be given to applicants planning to major in Special Education.  Minimum 3.0 grade point.  Based on community involvement (with at least one service-oriented activity in place of worship, school or community), and letter.  Submit: Transcript, Letter (state why you want to obtain an Education degree and your goals and how they feel this would be an asset to yourself and your community), three letters of recommendation.

8. Stan Woods Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012, $1,000 scholarship annually non-renewable.
Must be graduating senior from Moline High School Class of 2012.  Minimum 3.0 grade point.  Based on community involvement and leadership, academic achievement and essay (“Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live and give an example or one or more of specific projects that have benefited from your involvement.”).  Submit: Transcript, essay, and three letters of recommendation

9. D.A.R.E. Scholarship – Due Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2012.
Must be graduating senior and living in the boundaries of Moline School District No. 40.  Applicant must be a former student of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program.  Minimum 3.0 grade point.  Based on academic merit, good citizenship, attendance, active involvement in school and community, and essay (300 words or less) “Talk about good choices you have made in your life. Choose an activity you have been involved in and describe how it has impacted your life.” Submit: Transcript, essay, and three letters of recommendation.

10. Mike Wendt, Sr. Scholarship Award, $500 award given to one student winner of oratorical contest sponsored by the Moline Breakfast Optimist Club.  Further information will be available in the Moline High School Counselors’ Office after February 1, 2012.

All application forms are currently available in the Counselors’ Offices of local high schools and community colleges. If you need further information, check the Moline Foundation website: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily at (309) 764-4193.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for all citizens in a seven county region including Rock Island,  enry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson and McDonough in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa.

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Local Students named to Dean's List from Various Colleges and Universities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various sources   
Monday, 30 January 2012 09:11

St Paul, MN -- Sydney Quandt, a senior at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., has been named to the Dean's List for academic excellence for the winter 2011 semester. Sydney is the daughter of Jim and Julie Quandt from East Moline, IL.

Des Moines, IA. Recognition for outstanding academic achievement has been given to the following Grand View University students for the 2011 fall semester:  Amber Bloch and Jordan Alexander Garrow, both from Davenport, IA.  The students are named to the Dean's List for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying at least 12 hours of classes.

Kansas City, MO. - Rockhurst University has announced the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester. This honor recognizes Gabriella Binion of Davenport who has achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or above. 

Cedar Rapids, IA - Ashley Jipp, daughter of Gary and Wendy Jipp has been named to the Coe College Dean's List for the fall 2012 term.  LindseyJipp, daughter of Gary and Wendy Jipp has been named to the Coe College Dean's List for the fall 2012 term. The Jipps are from Pleasant Valley, IA.
Full-time students who rank in the top 10 percent of the student body are named to the Dean's List. For the past fall term, students achieving a grade point average of 3.875 or higher earned this high honor.

Morehead, KY (01/27/2012)(readMedia)-- Jami Whitcomb has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester. Whitcomb is from Taylor Ridge, IL. To be eligible for Dean's List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Huntington, IN (01/30/2012)(readMedia)-- Huntington University has announced that the following students were named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2011-12 school year:

  • Valerie Van Ee, a junior Animation major from Eldridge, IA.
  • Jenna Johnson, a freshman Nursing major from Davenport, IA.
  • Christopher Burton, a senior Broadcasting major from Rock Island, IL.

 
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