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Online Education Coming to Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cydney Wuerffel   
Monday, 20 February 2012 09:01


  • Iowa Virtual Academy invites Davenport area parents and students to  information session
  • Families can explore education options prior to the school’s Open Enrollment deadline


Iowa Virtual Academy (IAVA), a new tuition-free online program of the Clayton Ridge Community School District that offers highly individualized online education for Iowa students in grades K-6, is holding an information session in Davenport this Thursday, February 16. Parents and students are invited to attend the informal meeting to learn more about whether learning through an online public school might be a good alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar public school.


Enrollment in Iowa Virtual Academy is open to students in grades K-6 who reside anywhere in the state of Iowa; however, they must submit an Open Enrollment Application by March 1, 2012 to be eligible to attend IAVA for its inaugural school year in 2012-2013. More details about the enrollment process can be found here:


Iowa Virtual Academy might be the right choice for a variety of students, including:

  • Advanced learners who are either performing above grade level in one or more subjects or are motivated to increase their knowledge beyond the basic course offerings in specific subjects.
  • Students who are seeking relief from bullying, or who have other safety concerns and need a safe and comfortable learning environment.
  • Students from military families, who might be prone to moving and changing schools more often than the average student.
  • Athletes and performers who need classes that can travel with them during practices, rehearsals, and competitions.
  • Struggling students who need more time to grasp concepts, or who may need an environment with fewer distractions.
  • Students looking to get more out of their education

Specific times and dates in the Davenport area are as follows:


Thursday, February 16

Hotel Blackhawk

200 E. 3rd Street


7:00 p.m.


Session attendees will be able to enjoy a short presentation about the program, meet school staff and have all their questions answered by knowledgeable Iowa Virtual Academy staff. For those unable to attend, there is a Live Online Information Session on Tuesday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. Visit for details or call 855.652.3931 with any questions.


*If a student is entering school for the first time as a kindergarten student, the Open Enrollment application deadline is September 1, 2012.


About Iowa Virtual Academy

Iowa Virtual Academy is an online public school program authorized of the Clayton Ridge Community School District, which uses the award-winning K¹² curriculum to offer Iowa students in grades K-6 an exceptional learning experience. Iowa Virtual Academy’s individualized approach gives Iowa kids in grades K–6 the chance to learn in the ways that are right for them.



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Grassley congratulates three young Iowans tapped by West Point Military Academy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:43

WASHINGTON – Three Iowa high school seniors have been selected for admission to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, according to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.


Andrew Meyers of Reinbeck, Jindalae Suh of Iowa City, and Sean Steil of Oelwein have been offered places for the 2012-2013 school year.  Grassley nominated these students for appointments.


“Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said.  “Young people like Andrew Meyers, Jindalae Suh and Sean Steil work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity, and I join many others, no doubt, in wishing them well and expressing appreciation for their commitment to serving our nation.”


Meyers will graduate in May from Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School.  He is the son of Laura and Joel Meyers.  He is a member of National Honor Society, a class officer, and active in youth group, football, basketball, and soccer.


Suh will graduate in May from City High School in Iowa City.  She is the daughter of Laura Ctow.  She is a member of National Honor Society and the student council.  She participates in the symphony and concert orchestra, speech, the school newspaper, diving, swimming, and soccer.


Steil will graduate in May from Wapsie Valley High School.  He is the son of Karla and John Steil.  He is a member of National Honor Society and the student council.  He is active in talented and gifted programs, the school musical, speech, and golf.


For more than 200 years, the U.S. service academies have educated and trained the best and the brightest to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.


Information about seeking an academy nomination is posted at



Carl D. Schillig Memorial Scholarship Available for PV and Bettendorf Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Lange   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:31

Applications are now being accepted for the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides $2,000 for two-year community college or $4,000 for four-year college/university. Interested high school graduating seniors at Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley Community High School are encouraged to apply by March 2, 2012. Finalists are required to complete an in person  interview with the selection committee. The scholarship is open to students meeting the criteria below.

• Be a graduating senior at Pleasant Valley Community High School or Bettendorf High School

• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 after seven semesters of high school
• Exemplify Carl Schillig’s spirit and interests
• Plan to attend a two-year or four-year college upon graduation

Deadline: March 2, 2012

How to apply: Applications are available online or in the guidance counselors offices at Pleasant Valley Community High School or Bettendorf High School

About Carl D. Schillig:
Carl Schillig, a student at Pleasant Valley High School, was 15 years old when he died in a car-pedestrian accident while participating in the Civil War Reenactment at the Village of East Davenport, Sept. 17, 1994. Carl was active in numerous school, community and church activities. The memorial fund was established by Carl’s family to perpetuate his memory and enthusiasm for life by providing college scholarships to graduates of Pleasant Valley. The first scholarship was awarded in 1998. In 2002, the scholarship award was extended to include graduates of Bettendorf High School

About the scholarship:
The scholarship was first awarded to 1998 graduates of Pleasant Valley High School. (Carl’s intended year
of graduation) In 2002, it was extended to graduates of Bettendorf High School. The scholarship is given to a
student with at least a 2.3 grade point average who exemplifies Carl’s spirit through participation in a variety of
school, community and church-related activities. Recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee
in each school.

Funding for the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Scholarship is generated from proceeds from the annual Labor Day Run with Carl held in Bettendorf, IA.

To download a scholarship form and for a listing of past scholarship recipients, please visit The deadline for the scholarship application is March 2, 2012.

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Jordan Catholic School’s Preschool, Kindergarten, and Daycare Round-Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine A. H. Parr   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:30
Jordan Catholic School will host Kindergarten, Preschool, and Daycare Round-up on Thursday, March 8, 2012 for the 2012-13 school year. Children ages 3 to 5 years old and their families and caregivers are welcome to come and discover how Jordan is “Shaping the Future”. Tour the facilities, enjoy a treat, and discover how Jordan’s thoughtful and caring approach to a well rounded education can impact a child.

For more information, call 793-7350, extension 201 or visit

William Penn College Honor Lists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:23

William Penn University announces academic honors:

Oskaloosa, Iowa - William Penn University is pleased to announce that Ivy Rostenbach of Davenport, Iowa, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester. To be included on the Dean's List, a student must complete at least 12 hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.5 - 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.

William Penn University is also pleased to announce that Dania Bebber, Etaf Elkhatib and Sophia Farooqui, all of Bettendorf, Iowa, and   have been named to the President's List for the fall 2011 semester. To be included on the President's List, a student must complete at least 12 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale.

William Penn University was founded by Quakers in 1873 and is located in Oskaloosa, Iowa. William Penn has one of the most diverse student populations in Iowa and has recently expanded both programming and facilities. For more information, visit the university's website at or call 1-800-779-7366.

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