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GET CAUGHT READING! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 25 April 2011 07:42

The love of reading takes center stage next month with Get Caught Reading Month, part of a nation-wide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read!  Launched in 1999, the Get Caught Reading Campaign is promoted throughout the year by the Association of American Publishers.  Some of the nation’s most celebrated public figures, celebrities, and beloved characters have championed the campaign with their visions of getting caught reading – from Laura Bush to Rosie O’Donnell to Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Research shows that the development of literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read and overall success in school, yet fewer than half of young children in the U.S. are read to daily.  Research shows that children who aren’t fluent readers by the end of third grade may never catch up to their peers.  Early reading experiences are recognized as being of such importance that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pediatricians prescribe reading activities along with other instructions given to parents at well-child visits.

Get Caught Reading Month is a terrific opportunity to give thought to the role of books and literacy in your child’s life.  Rivermont Collegiate prepares young children to read by laying a strong foundation in oral and written experiences prior to kindergarten.  In preschool and junior kindergarten, lessons in Open Court Reading present rich language experiences through fingerplays, rhymes, songs, and poems.  At Rivermont, all first grade students read chapter books by the end of the year.  As students move into the Middle and Upper Schools (grades 6-12), they are challenged daily to participate in in-depth discussions of texts and understand the relevancy of literature to both individuals and the global community.

What are you waiting for?  Get a head start on your celebration of Get Caught Reading Month by joining us for an Open House to discover Rivermont Collegiate!  No appointment required – drop in Thursday, April 28th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to tour campus and explore our curriculum and programs.  Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month by sharing the love of the written word with a child you know – and explore what Rivermont has to offer your young scholar.

Rivermont Collegiate is located at 1821 Sunset Drive, directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.  Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate or Thursday’s Open House, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For additional information on Get Caught Reading Month, visit www.getcaughtreading.org

 
U.S. DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND TREASURY RECOGNIZE IOWA STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE 2010-11 NATIONAL FINANCIAL CAPABILITY CHALLENGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Dept of Education   
Monday, 25 April 2011 07:32

Total of 2,541 Iowa Students Take “Challenge”

State-by-state Results Available at www.challenge.treas.gov


WASHINGTON – As part of an ongoing effort to mark national Financial Literacy Month, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of the Treasury today recognized the 2,541 Iowastudents and 71 Iowa educators who participated in the National Financial Capability Challenge for the 2010-11 school year. The Challenge, which includes a voluntary online exam for high school students, helps teach young Americans about saving, budgeting, investing, and other important skills critical to building a secure financial future.

The average score for Iowa students on the exam was 70 percent – compared to 69 percent nationally. A total of 574 Iowa students scored in the top 20 percent nationally and nine Iowa students received perfect scores.State-by-state results and sample questions from the exam are included below and at www.challenge.treas.gov.

“It's critical for our young people to develop smart financial skills,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "If we're going to prepare our students for 21st century success, we have to teach them about earning and spending, saving and investing. Otherwise, they're going to learn the hard way: by making mistakes. I'm encouraged to see the steps that teachers and states are taking to make basic financial education a priority and congratulate these students on their great work."

“Empowering students with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about saving, budgeting, and investing is critical to helping them build secure financial futures,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin. “I want to congratulate these students on their achievements and thank them for serving as examples to their peers about the importance of financial education.”

Education Secretary Duncan and Treasury Deputy Secretary Wolin honored top-scoring students today at a national awards ceremony today at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. Nationwide, more than 84,000 high school students and 2,500 educators in all 50 states, as well as in U.S. Department of Defense schools for children of military members around the world,participated in the 2010-11 Challenge. Students who scored in the top 20 percent nationally and those who were among the top scorers in their school will receive official award certificates.

The Challenge is one of many important steps the Obama Administration has taken to help empower Americans through improved financial capability. In November, the Administration unveiled a new coordinated National Strategy for Financial Literacy to help guide the ongoing efforts of the federal government and private organizations to empower Americans with the financial skills they need to strengthen their long-term economic security. Additionally, the Administration established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to provide advice on how to maximize the effectiveness of existing private and public sector efforts, and to identify new approaches to increase financial capability.

State-by-state results from the 2010-11 Challenge are included below:

 

State

State Average Score

Participating Students

Perfect Scores

Students Who Scored in the Top 20%

Participating Educators in the State

Alabama

66.26%

1,712

5

264

43

Alaska

70.28%

154

2

32

7

Arizona

65.14%

900

1

133

26

Arkansas

68.61%

656

2

117

25

Armed Forces (Europe)

73.59%

110

0

32

11

Armed Forces (Pacific)

74.46%

165

0

51

5

California

66.12%

1,801

13

368

81

Colorado

68.13%

1,476

15

355

44

Connecticut

72.32%

1,675

13

469

62

DC

56.33%

217

0

22

4

Delaware

65.25%

348

0

29

9

Florida

69.51%

4,477

47

1024

85

Georgia

64.60%

1,612

13

268

54

Guam

75.29%

14

0

4

3

Hawaii

73.62%

171

4

58

12

Idaho

80.82%

100

1

44

7

Illinois

71.17%

1,989

26

567

71

Indiana

68.21%

2,186

18

479

63

Iowa

70.02%

2,541

9

574

71

Kansas

70.26%

455

1

121

22

Kentucky

67.75%

607

9

127

23

Louisiana

67.69%

367

1

55

9

Maine

74.14%

234

5

72

15

Maryland

66.83%

2,955

19

533

71

Massachusetts

69.06%

2,642

19

577

71

Michigan

70.51%

1,835

17

514

66

Minnesota

70.88%

1,104

16

290

38

Mississippi

67.00%

123

1

18

9

Missouri

71.81%

2,061

20

568

60

Montana

68.23%

323

1

77

20

Nebraska

72.02%

567

3

142

25

Nevada

64.38%

1,276

6

171

19

New Hampshire

70.28%

655

5

177

24

New Jersey

66.49%

4,876

18

882

106

New Mexico

66.04%

157

1

26

9

New York

69.11%

4,296

20

936

143

North Carolina

66.22%

1,438

7

245

67

North Dakota

70.26%

399

3

94

13

Ohio

67.57%

4,513

23

827

134

Oklahoma

67.03%

1,057

0

163

29

Oregon

75.60%

229

2

77

24

Pennsylvania

68.33%

7,155

40

1563

200

Rhode Island

61.72%

794

3

120

17

South Carolina

67.50%

654

4

128

29

South Dakota

76.28%

145

0

54

12

Tennessee

69.32%

1,602

8

353

38

Texas

66.02%

4,326

21

762

128

Utah

73.35%

631

7

157

22

Vermont

79.88%

145

5

80

7

Virginia

69.07%

7,328

47

1521

180

Washington

71.43%

1,830

16

449

53

West Virginia

61.51%

813

2

120

21

Wisconsin

73.23%

4,399

44

1280

123

Wyoming

69.55%

77

0

23

7


Example questions from the Challenge’s online exam include the following:

1.      Carolina has $5,000 saved from working at different jobs.  She puts her money in a savings account that pays 4 percent per year in interest. How much money will be in her account at the end of the first year and at the end of the second year?

A.     End of first year: $5,100; end of second year:  $5,400.

B.      End of first year: $5,200; end of second year:  $5,400.

C.      End of first year: $5,200; end of second year:  $5,408.

D.    I don’t know.

(Answer: C)

2.      Marco went to the grocery store to buy a box of cereal.  The type of cereal he liked came in three different brands and three different size boxes.  To select the brand and the box with the lowest unit cost, he should look at the:

A.    largest cereal box on the shelf.

B.     most popular brand of cereal.

C.     price per ounce of cereal in each box.

D.    I don’t know.

(Answer: C)

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Ms. Brown’s Best Books: Story Time at Rivermont PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 18 April 2011 13:44

Don’t miss your opportunity for a story, snack, and new friends!  It’s all happening at Rivermont Collegiate on Tuesday afternoons!  Children ages 3-5 and an accompanying adult are invited to join Rivermont Junior Kindergarten Teacher and Librarian, Shalar Brown, for a story and snack on select Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  Reading aloud to young children is one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills and builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. In fact, it is the single most important activity parents and teachers can do to build the knowledge required for eventual success.  Story Time is a terrific opportunity to explore Early School (preschool and junior kindergarten) at Rivermont!

Ms. Brown’s Best Books: Story Time at Rivermont

Tuesdays – April 19th and 26th

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Media Center – Rivermont Collegiate Campus

1821 Sunset Drive – Bettendorf, IA 52722

(located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf)

Early School at Rivermont Collegiate provides children with their first step in formal education and, through a developmentally sensitive approach, weaves experiences throughout the day that foster creativity, self-confidence, and critical thinking in a family-like learning environment.  Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate or the Story Time events, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Grassley, Casey sponsor bill to foster high achievement in public education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 18 April 2011 13:18

Friday, April 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – In anticipation of the upcoming debate to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known in its current form as No Child Left Behind, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania introduced legislation last night which would make sure that federal education policy no longer overlooks the needs of high-ability students.

The new proposal is called the TALENT Act, or the To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation's Teachers Act.

The senators said the provisions in their bill, S.857, are designed to correct the lack of focus on high-ability students, especially those students in underserved settings, including rural communities, by including them in the school, district, and state planning process that already exists under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The bill would raise the expectation that teachers have the skills to address the special learning needs of various populations of students, including gifted and high-ability learners.  It would provide for professional development grants to help general education teachers and other school personnel better understand how to recognize and respond to the needs of high-ability students.

The legislation also retools and builds upon the goals and purpose of the existing Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act so that education policy makers would continue to explore and test strategies to identify and serve high-ability students from underserved groups.  The senators said that these strategies should then be put into the hands of teachers across the country.

“America can no longer afford to ignore the needs of our brightest students and, by doing so, squander their potential.  Our legislation would make the modifications needed to federal education policy to develop and encourage the high achievement that’s possible for so many gifted and talented students and, in turn, enhance the future prosperity of our nation,” Grassley said.

“We must train our teachers to identify and encourage gifted and high-ability learners, particularly in underserved communities,” said Casey.  “The potential of our children must be maximized for their sake and for the sake of our long-term economic growth.”

Casey serves on the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, which is currently working through a bipartisan committee process to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Grassley has been a leading advocate in Congress for gifted and talented children.  Among other efforts, he sponsored legislation that became part of the original No Child Left Behind Act to expand the availability of gifted education services.

 
RIVERMONT STUDENTS MAKE EARTH WEEK EFFECTIVE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Friday, 15 April 2011 14:01

Circuit boards, hard drives, and cell phones – Oh, my!  In honor of Earth Week, students in the Rivermont Collegiate Environmental Club are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Drive.  Students have collaborated with the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline to bring bins to the Rivermont campus to collect e-waste free of charge for Rivermont students and their families, as well as faculty and staff.  Items will be collected all week, beginning Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd.  Items that can be recycled include cameras, CD players, computers, copiers, printers, DVD players, keyboards, printers, televisions, cell phones, and more.  Students in the Environmental Club have created a fantastic opportunity for members of their school community to dispose of e-waste responsibly, easily, and free of charge!  What a terrific (and effective) way to observe Earth Week!

E-waste is a major environmental concern because it contains lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, lithium, and numerous other hazardous materials that may be released into the environment if not properly managed.  E-waste also contains valuable resources such as glass, scrap metal, wire, circuit boards, and fluorescent tubes.  When equipment is thrown away, these valuable resources cannot be recovered and additional pollution is generated to manufacture new products of virgin materials.  Reclaiming these materials helps save both our landfills and our environment.

How can I dispose of e-waste if I’m not a member of the Rivermont Community?

The Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility (EDF), located at 1048 East 59th Street in Davenport, provides residents and businesses an environmentally sound disposal option for e-waste.  All material is demanufactured and, to ensure data security, is not refurbished or reused.

Ø      Bettendorf and Davenport residents that receive curbside collection can put e-waste out as bulky waste on recycling day.  This is a service included in the solid waste fee and no call-ins or appointments are required.  E-waste collected at the curb is delivered to the EDF.

Ø      Residents of Scott County can bring e-waste to the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Residential e-waste from Scott County residents is charged at 20 cents per pound for TVs, monitors, and laptops, with all other e-waste being free of charge.

Ø      Rock Island County residents can bring e-waste to the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for no charge with a valid Rock Island County address.  Rock Island County Waste Management Agency covers the cost of processing and disposal for its residents.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, nonsectarian, independent, multicultural college-prep school for students in preschool through twelfth grade.  At Rivermont, a nurturing, stimulating, and structured environment maximizes the potential of each student, preparing them to engage fully in their local, national, and global communities.  Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!

 

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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