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Iowa’s First Statewide K-12 Virtual Public School, Iowa Connections Academy, to Host Free Information Sessions for Families in Davenport on Feb. 8th and Feb. 29th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allison Bazen   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:30

—Local families invited to learn about innovative public school option that delivers a high quality, individualized education to students online—

Anita, IA (Feb. 7, 2012)— Iowa Connections Academy, a new statewide K-12 virtual public school, will host a free information session in Davenport for families interested in learning more about its tuition-free online public school program and customized approach to learning.

Iowa Connections Academy has begun enrollment as part of the state’s open enrollment period for the 2012–13 academic year - interested families should be aware of the March 1, 2012 deadline.

The Davenport  Information Sessions will take place:

Wednesday, February 8 and February 29  -  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
Hampton Inn and Suites
5290 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport

Families unable to attend the in-person session are invited to attend a real-time online session with a Connections Academy representative. More information below and at www.IowaConnectionsAcademy.com.

Iowa Connections Academy combines the expertise and accountability of public education and the flexibility of online classes and learning at home. As a public school, there are no fees to attend. Hallmarks of the program include Iowa-licensed teachers, a standards-aligned curriculum and unique technology tools to help students succeed. Social growth will be encouraged through electives, clubs and community events.

Learning outside of the traditional classroom can be a great fit for all types of students including those who are ahead or behind in the classroom, those who require a flexible schedule, as well as those who live in rural settings. Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive in Connections Academy’s program.

At the in-person and online information sessions families can meet and talk to a representative of Iowa Connections Academy, explore the program and curriculum, and learn more about the enrollment process. For more information, visit www.IowaConnectionsAcademy.com.

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSIONS

Friday, February 10, 12:00 pm

Monday, February 13, 7:00 pm

Friday, February 17, 12:00 pm

Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm

Friday, February 24, 12:00 pm

Monday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 29, 12:00 pm

 

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011-2012 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 23 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com. Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO) www.Pearson.com.

 

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Braley Urges House Leadership to Act Now to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:28

If Congress fails to act, student loan interest rates will double in July

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today urged House leaders to begin working immediately to pass legislation to stop the looming increase in federally subsidized student loan interest rates.  Unless Congress acts, student loan interest rates will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012.

Last month, Braley introduced a bill to indefinitely keep the interest rate for federally subsidized Stafford loans at their current rate of 3.4 percent.

“Iowa college graduates have the 3rd highest student debt load in the nation,” Braley said.  “Piling thousands of dollars more in debt on them puts Iowa students even further behind at graduation. Our colleges and universities are avenues of economic opportunity, and we need to keep higher education affordable for every person who wants to attend.

“That’s why I’m urging House leaders to begin working now to pass legislation keeping student loan rates low.  After witnessing the debacle over extending the middle class tax cut, we don’t need college affordability to devolve into another down-to-the-wire partisan shouting match.”

Braley made the request in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, which can be read below and downloaded at the following link: http://go.usa.gov/QrW

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February 7, 2012

 

The Honorable John Boehner                       

Speaker                       

U.S. House of Representatives               

H-232, U.S. Capitol                       

Washington, DC 20515                         

 

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Minority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives

H-204, U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi:

As you may know, interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans are scheduled to double on July 1st, 2012, unless congressional action is taken.  Please work together to pass legislation to prevent this drastic increase.

Currently, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set at 3.4%, as a result of legislation passed into law in 2007.  If this provision expires, then interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans will double to 6.8% on July 1st.  This increase would add tens of thousands of dollars in extra cost for students trying to pay for college.  For example, a student taking out the maximum $23,000 in subsidized student loans would see an increase of $5,200 over a 10-year repayment period and $11,300 over a 20-year repayment period.

As college tuition continues to drastically rise, students cannot afford thousands of more dollars in bills because Congress failed to act.  After witnessing the debacle that occurred over the payroll tax extension, I would hate to see a similar scenario occur with this issue.  Please pass legislation to prevent an increase in student loan interest rates before July 1st.  I stand ready to work in any way possible to make sure we keep student loan interest rates at their current level.

 

Sincerely,

Bruce L. Braley

 

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Area Students Make Dean's and President's Lists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:11

Local residents named to Dean's List at Drake University

DES MOINES, IA (02/08/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local students have been named to the Dean's List at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher during the Fall 2011 semester at Drake.

Kelsey Brandt of Bettendorf

Amanda Cleppe of Bettendorf

Erika Milas of Bettendorf

Anthony Milas of Bettendorf

Nicholas Oestreich of Bettendorf

Sydney Schermer of Bettendorf

Steven Soseman of Bettendorf

Stephanie Merrick of Eldridge

Steven Merrick of Eldridge

Kelly Kretschmer of Davenport

Daniel Pelletier of Davenport

Hayley Thomson of Davenport

Ryan Hendricks of Rock Island

Marlana Kulig of Coal Valley

Taylor Larson of Coal Valley

Lindsey Garner of East Moline

Talor Gray of Port Byron

Tori Groves of Port Byron

Jamie Harrmann of Silvis

The following local students have been named to the President's List at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a grade point average of 4.0 during the Fall 2011 semester at Drake.

Kelsey Berneking of Bettendorf

Caitlin Pryor of Bettendorf

Cameron Christoff of Donahue

Jordan Porter of Eldridge

Marshall Phares of Princeton

Matthew Van of Coal Valley

Claire Vandercar of East Moline

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 full-time undergraduate students from 50 states and 50 countries. Drake University's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

 

AREA STUDENT MAKES UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DEAN'S LIST
Minneapolis, Minn. - Cresston D Gackle of Bettendorf, enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts has made the dean's list for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus 2011 Fall Semester.

 

WORCESTER, MA (02/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Julie Eagle of Rock Island, IL, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the fall 2011 semester.

 

DICKINSON, ND (02/08/2012)(readMedia)-- Ivy Pokorny of Davenport was among the 171 students recently named to the Dickinson State University Fall 2011 President's List.  In order to be selected to the President's List, a student must have a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed at least 12 credits during the semester.

 

CHAMPAIGN, IL (02/08/2012)(readMedia)-- Benjamin P Martens of Orion was among approximately 1,060 students named to the Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, Dean's List for fall semester 2011. The Dean's List honors those students whose scholastic achievement has been outstanding. To be named to the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the Dean's List by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more cumulative hours in the academic year.

 
2nd Quarter Honor Roll at Jordan Catholic School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine A. H. Parr   
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 15:19
CONGRATULATIONS TO JORDAN CATHOLIC'S HONOR ROLL STUDENTS

GRADE 6
OUTSTANDING
Zoe Arvanitis
Alyssa Carpita
Ethan Castellaw
Madeline Chambers
Bailey Estes
Amber Guzzo
Brendan Hird
Mindy Hoang
John Huntley
Kyle Hyder
Cloie Jennings
Alyssa Klauer
Ben Luppen
Will Mihm
Rebecca Nonnenmann
Jenna Pauley
Jessica Pauley
Lauryn Praet
Collin Rogiers
Clare VanSpeybroeck
David Willaert
Brenon Wilson

Megan Beckwith
Maris Boelens
Sidney Boelens
Conner Boyd
Augie Darrow
Brian Do
Lisa Do
Samuel Dodson
Michael Elliott
Peter Moens
Emily Ostrowski
Ashley Slaight
Miranda Zinke

THESE SECOND QUARTER

Kate Florence
Kathy Hougland
Bryce Humphrey
Grace Maloney
Katie Maloney
Andy Maynard
Marina Pickslay
Abby Springsteen

GRADE 7
DISTINGUISHED
Noel Huntley
Samantha Sharp
Peyton Tanghe

GRADE 6
DISTINGUISHED
Justin Bost
Bridget Ferguson
Makenna Freyberger
Allison Hannah
Erik Hoffman
Zachary Larson
Anna Marlof
Daniel Powers
Caden Punkiewicz
Luke Trondson

GRADE 8
DISTINGUISHED
Emily Bauer
Lily Coleman
Lilia Darrow
Jenna Fisher
Dominic Huntley
Andy Maloney
Peter Mihm
Ali Milani
Jasmine Moseley
Rachel Patting
Brooke Sheraden
Cassie Wales
Kyler Yodts

GRADE 8
OUTSTANDING
James Becker
Matthew DiIulio
Maria Do
Sam Fernandez

GRADE 7
OUTSTANDING
Lucy Adlfinger

The Outstanding Honor Roll requires more A’s than B’s with no C’s. The Distinguished Honor Roll requires more
B’s than A’s with no more than one C.

 
Rivermont Collegiate Academic Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 06 February 2012 14:03

 
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