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Jordan Catholic School Religion Bee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine A. H. Parr   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:53
ROCK ISLAND- Congratulations to Jordan Catholic’s Brendan Hird, who won his school’s Religion Bee on Wednesday, April 11th.  Seven students in grades five through eight competed as finalists in the bee.  In addition to Brendan, the finalists were Lisa Do, Hannah Luppen, Olivia Manternach, Andy Maynard, Will Mihm, and Brittani Solorzano.  The competition was judged by Jordan faculty: Julie Bushre, Jackie Braet, Dawn Coyle, Debbie Patronagio, and Heather Roman.  The questions for each round were given by Sister Marlene Miller.

 
Rivermont Collegiate News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rivermont Collegiate   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:21

 

 

Dear Rivermont Community,

 

580 students from 56 schools around Iowa traveled to Iowa State University on March 30th-31st for the Iowa State Science and Technology Fair.  Of those, 11 students from Rivermont won an impressive 27 awards and scholarships.

 

For the third time in her high school career, top honors went to senior Pavane Gorrepati, winner of the prestigious Grand Championship award for her project on the impact different genes have on the nutritional characteristics of rice.  Pavane will represent the State of Iowa at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May, 2012.  Pavane also won 1st place in the Plant Sciences category, 3rd place in the Senior Individual Biological Seminar, and was awarded several prizes and scholarships for her project.

12th grader Maghana Pagadala and 10th grader Shravya Pothula also had impressive projects that made them Semi-finalists for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  Meghana won first place in the Cellular & Molecular Biology category and was awarded several prizes and scholarships for her project on the Mechanism By Which CD8+ FoxP3+ T-Cells Regulate Osteoclast Activity.  Shravya won second place in the Medicine and Health Science category for her project on how Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Reduces Mitral Valve Regurgitation.

 

But the high schoolers weren't the only winners at the competition!  Not to be outdone by her older sister, 7th grader Manasa Pagadala was the winner of the Grand Champion award in the Overall Junior High Biological division for her project titled How Do Spices Affect the Growth of Bacteria and Fungi?  Manasa also won 1st place in the 7th Grade Biology division, a University of Iowa College of Engineering scholarship, and she will compete at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) National Middle School Science Fair in Washington DC in the fall, 2012.  Sixth grade Rivermont students Collin Smith, Klaus Storl-Desmond, and Aviana Zahara will also compete at the Broadcom MASTERS.

 

Other Rivermont Collegiate students at the Iowa State Science and Technology Fair include:

  • Klaus Storl-Desmond (6th grade) - Do Moon Phases or Weather Factors Affect Different Coyote Calls? - 2nd place winner in 6th Grade Biological division and Broadcom MASTERS Junior High Finalist.
  • Naina Ninan (6th grade) - How Does Temperature Affect Scindapsus Plants? - 10th place winner in 6th Grade Biological division.
  • Lana Meier (6th grade) - Do Background Distractions Influence a Person's Hand-Eye Reaction Times? - 8th place winner in 6th Grade Biological division.
  • Collin Smith (6th grade) - Do the Number of Magnets on a Guitar's Pick-Up Influence the Sound Frequency? - 4th place winner in 6th Grade Physical Science division, BroadcomMASTERS  Junior High Finalist, and Student Incentive Prize Winner.
  • Aviana Zahara (6th grade) - Which kinds of Bacteria Do We Find in the Mouths of Cats, Dogs, Horses, and Humans - 3rd place winner in 6th Grade Biological division, Broadcom MASTERS Junior High Finalist, and Horizon Award winner.
  • Sophia Xiao (6th grade) - Phototropism, Geotropism, Hydrotropism: Which has a Greater Effect on Plant Growth?
  • Sarah Bowman (8th grade) - How Does Road Run-Off Affect the Germination and Growth of Common Seeds?- 5th place winner in 8th Grade Biological division.
  • Marta Storl-Desmond (8th grade) - Does Precipitation Influence the pH, D.O. or Nitrate Levels in a Local River? - 9th place winner in 8th Grade Biological division and winner of special award from the Association for Women Geoscientists.
  • Hannah Hansen (8th grade) - Can Photocatalysis Allow Concrete to Self-Clean?
  • Bailey Mangan (8th grade) - Do low Voltage Currents in the Soil Influence Pea Plant Growth?
Rick St. Laurent
Headmaster
KUDOS!

 

Congratulations! Sixth grader Collin Smith has been selected for the Junior Scholars Institute (JSI) class: Leadership for Students Who Want to Make a Difference which will be held on The University of Iowa campus June 17 - 22, 2012. Many outstanding applications for JSI were received. Selection teams, composed of faculty and staff from The University of Iowa, reviewed all applications and selected students from across the US and around the world to attend.


Welcome to our newest Rivermont Lion!  Max Hauser was born on April 10.  Congratulations to PreSchool teacher Sara Hauser and her husband Matt.  
Max


It's SATURDAY!

 

Congratulations to our Lower School students for a great program Thursday evening.  You were amazing!

Thanks go to our Music Director Sally Schulz, our special guest performers, and all the Lower School teachers who helped put on a great show!
Saturday - piano teacher
Way to rock the house!

Saturday - Ensemble

Summer Enrichment Camp
Coming to Rivermont!
Stay tuned!  We are putting the finishing touches on our new and improved summer camp at Rivermont!  Classes will include Harry Potter-Ology, Electricity and Magnetism, Cultural Food and Art, Greeks, Romans & Percy Jackson, The Seas & Me, and much more!

 

Classes will run from 8:30-3:30 Monday-Friday for 8 whole weeks!  Sign up for just one class, or the whole summer.  Classes will be available for PreSchool-Kindergarten, 1st-3rd Grades, and 4th-8th Grades.  We hope you will join us!
Sports camps will also be offered. Basketball, Volleyball, Archery, LaCrosse, Martial Arts, and more!

More info coming next week.



NJHS Garden

In preparation for a successful growing season and an opportunity for outdoor learning and service opportunities, National Junior Honor Society members, advisor and parents filled 6 container gardens full of dirt. The garden will be used in all divisions to extend outdoors learning and increase the service opportunities that Rivermont students have. The produce grown will be given to local food pantries.

Congratulations to Rivermont Collegiate High School senior, Christine Mbakwe, on winning a National Achievement Scholarship!  Christine is among the highest scoring students in the National Achievement Scholarship Program competition which is based on performance on the PSAT examination administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.  With more than 160,000 students who enter the National Achievement® Program each year, Christine was one of only 700 in the nation to win this prestigious award.
Way To Go
6th Grade Math Bee Team!

 

Did you see them in the Bettendorf News?  Rivermont's 6th grade Math Bee Team placed 3rd in the regional Math Bee on March 6th!  They will be advancing to the state competition on April 27th.  Good Luck

 

KUDOS!

 

Congratulations! Sixth grader Collin Smith has been selected for the Junior Scholars Institute (JSI) class: Leadership for Students Who Want to Make a Difference which will be held on The University of Iowa campus June 17 - 22, 2012. Many outstanding applications for JSI were received. Selection teams, composed of faculty and staff from The University of Iowa, reviewed all applications and selected students from across the US and around the world to attend.


Welcome to our newest Rivermont Lion!  Max Hauser was born on April 10.  Congratulations to PreSchool teacher Sara Hauser and her husband Matt.  


It's SATURDAY!

 

Congratulations to our Lower School students for a great program Thursday evening.  You were amazing!

Thanks go to our Music Director Sally Schulz, our special guest performers, and all the Lower School teachers who helped put on a great show!
Way to rock the house!



Summer Enrichment Camp
Coming to Rivermont!
Stay tuned!  We are putting the finishing touches on our new and improved summer camp at Rivermont!  Classes will include Harry Potter-Ology, Electricity and Magnetism, Cultural Food and Art, Greeks, Romans & Percy Jackson, The Seas & Me, and much more!

 

Classes will run from 8:30-3:30 Monday-Friday for 8 whole weeks!  Sign up for just one class, or the whole summer.  Classes will be available for PreSchool-Kindergarten, 1st-3rd Grades, and 4th-8th Grades.  We hope you will join us!
Sports camps will also be offered. Basketball, Volleyball, Archery, LaCrosse, Martial Arts, and more!

More info coming next week.



NJHS Garden

In preparation for a successful growing season and an opportunity for outdoor learning and service opportunities, National Junior Honor Society members, advisor and parents filled 6 container gardens full of dirt. The garden will be used in all divisions to extend outdoors learning and increase the service opportunities that Rivermont students have. The produce grown will be given to local food pantries.

!

 
Dedication, Leadership, and Passion on Extensive List of Roles Filled by Local Educator PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa State Education Association   
Friday, 13 April 2012 14:30

DES MOINES, IA (04/12/2012)(readMedia)-- Thomas Wolfe, a retired junior high school teacher from Davenport, will receive the Iowa State Education Association's (ISEA's) top honor, the Charles F. Martin Award for Association Leadership. Wolfe will accept the honor Friday, April 13, before a group of nearly 400 educators attending the ISEA Delegate Assembly at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.

The Charles F. Martin Award has been presented annually since 1972 to recognize an ISEA member who has made significant contributions to the teaching profession through Association involvement. Named in honor of the late Charles F. Martin, who served as ISEA president in 1945 and then as executive director from 1946 to 1961, the award is given to an educator who embodies the link between the Association's mission and the impact it has in the classroom.

"Tom is truly one of the most committed and compassionate leaders the ISEA has had the privilege of working with," said Chris Bern, president of the ISEA. Tom spent his professional life dedicated to being the best in his classroom and a leader in his professional association. He has helped shape the face of public education and we will be eternally grateful for the many leaders he inspired. While he is retired today after years in the classroom and working alongside his colleagues strengthening his local association, he can still be found actively promoting public education, the ISEA, and the NEA at all levels," Bern added. "Tom truly embodies the Charles F. Martin award."

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

 
DISCOVER WIU-QC OPEN HOUSE APRIL 13 AT RIVERFRONT CAMPUS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:19
APRIL 11, 2012 

MOLINE, IL -- The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Admissions department will host an open house for interested students and their families  from 1-3:30 pm. Friday, April 13 at the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus Alvin & Elaine Goldfarb Grand Atrium. 

"The open house is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to meet with admissions professionals and WIU-QC instructors, while learning about the programs offered at the Riverfront Campus," said Kassie Daly, assistant director of admissions. "There will be a variety of campus representatives available to discuss resources, career development, academic assistance, dual enrollment with community colleges, financial aid and more." 

According to Daly,  during the open house, students will be able to sit in on a class, meet with faculty, explore different majors and interact with current students. 

Reserve a spot at the Discover Western Illinois University-QC Event by logging on to wiu.edu/qc/discover. Free prizes and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact Daly at 309-762-1495 or kj-daly@wiu.edu.

 
To Ensure a Bright Future, Your Teen Needs to be Reading PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:45
Author Offers Tips for Getting Adolescents to Turn the Page

Being able to read well is more important than ever for young adults to achieve economic success. But more than 60 percent of middle and high school students score below “proficient” in reading achievement, according to a December 2011 report by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

“Teen literacy is a huge problem in the United States – its 15-year-olds rank 14th among developed nations in reading – behind Poland, Estonia and Iceland,” says Rhiannon Paille, 27, an advocate for teen literacy whose new fantasy novel, Flame of Surrender (www.yafantasyauthor.com) targets young adults. (South Korea, Finland and Canada rank 1st, 2nd and 3rd.)

“Kids need strong reading skills if they hope to graduate from high school AND they really need to plan for college – 59 percent of U.S. jobs today require some postsecondary education, compared to 28 percent in 1973.”

The best thing parents can do to help boost their 12- to 18-year-olds’ literacy is to get them reading – anything.

She offers these suggestions:

• Buy them comic books. Boys persistently lag behind girls in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, Paille says. If your son isn’t a reader, try getting him hooked on comic books. “Stephen King started off reading comics, ‘Tales from the Crypt.’ Hey, if it was good enough for him …!’’ From comic books, they may move into graphic novels, a popular young adult genre. As long as they’re reading, they’re building comprehension skills and vocabulary, so it needn’t be “War and Peace.”

• Look for book-to-film novels. Chances are, if it was a great movie, they saw it, and that’s often enough to get a non-reader curious. This is another especially good hook for boys, Paille says.

• Tune into what they’re interested in. What kinds of video games do they play? Some popular games have spawned novels, including Halo, EverQuest, ElfQuest and Gears of War. Even gaming guides, which players read to unlock new clues to advancing in the game, can motivate a teen to crack a book.

• Read the same book your teen is reading. Book clubs are popular because people like talking to others who’ve read the same book. Your teen may not be ready for an evening of petit fours and grape juice while discussing the pacing of “Hunger Games,” but it can make for some interesting conversation on the way to soccer practice. And you can always nudge them along with comments like, “Oh, you haven’t gotten to that part yet? It’s really good!”

“People tend to think their young adults aren’t reading if they’re not reading novels,” Paille says. “But novels aren’t for everyone, and whether it’s a comic book or a gaming guide, all reading helps build comprehension skills and vocabulary.”

Good magazines, with shorter articles suited for distractible adolescents, might include Sports Illustrated, People, Seventeen or Mad.

“When you’re out shopping, think about what they’re interested in and pick up something just for them. Sometimes, it’s as simple as putting the right reading materials right into their hands.”

About Rhiannon Paille

Rhiannon Paille is an active advocate for youth literacy and an avid reader of young adult novels. Her first book, the non-fiction Integrated Intuition: A Comprehensive Guide to Psychic Development, remains a popular seller on amazon.com. Paille is the founder of the Canadian Metaphysical Foundation. She’s married and the mother of two children.

 
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