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Lewis University honors December 2014 graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathrynne Skonickia   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:17

ROMEOVILLE, IL (01/07/2015)(readMedia)-- Lewis University honors over 500 undergraduate and graduate students at December 13-14 graduation in Romeoville, Ill.

Brady Seei of Geneseo (61254) graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor of science in Air Traffic Control Management.

Alexander Slaby of Davenport (52804) graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor of science in Marketing.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

 
Illinois High Schools Invited to Participate in Poetry Out Loud PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy White   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:55

Quad City Arts partners with the Illinois Arts Council inviting Illinois High Schools to participate in a free national program- Poetry Out Loud created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation

Poetry Out Loud has served as an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of students. Now entering its 10th year of national competition, POL has helped students to develop skills in public speaking, self-confidence, and poise while interpreting great poetry through memorization and performance.

POL may be implemented in the classroom or as an after school program in as little as 2 to 3 weeks and does not require full class periods. Students are only required to memorize and recite 2 poems at the school and regional level. This program also meets most of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards and Illinois English Language Arts Standards.

State Awards: Each winner at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to Washington, DC, to compete at the National Finals. The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. One runner-up in each state will receive $100; his or her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books. National Awards: A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be given at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.

Please call Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, Tracy Alan White at (563) 579-7630 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register. Tracy will provide any materials you will need, answer any questions you may have, and support you in implementing this program in your school. Other information and materials are available on the Poetry Out Loud website: www.poetryoutloud.org .

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 
Great events this week at Pleasant Valley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beth Marsoun   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:23

It’s cold.  Don’t you want to do a story INSIDE?  Pleasant Valley Schools has some great INSIDE events going on this week.

HONORING STUDENTS FOR THE ARTS:  PTA REFLECTIONS AWARD CEREMONY

When: Thursday, January 8th 6:30pm

Where: Pleasant Valley High School Cafeteria

Why: Razzle, Dazzle!  From dance to art, students will show off their creative side at this year’s PTA Reflections Open House and Award Ceremony.  Reflections is a nationwide PTA initiative and contest to encourage students’ creative expression.  Students submitted entries in six categories in October:  dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts.  Since then, local judges have been looking at their work.  Thursday, the students will perform and find out who advances to state.  It’s a great chance to celebrate the arts!!!

More Info à  http://www.pta.org/programs/ArtsinEducation.cfm?navItemNumber=510

Really, if you don’t come, still watch some of these. Kids are amazing à  http://onevoice.pta.org/?p=4462

TEACHING THE ‘BRAD PITT’ OF THE FUTURE

When: Saturday, January 10th all day – Kids perform at 1:00; High Schoolers perform at 3:30.

Where: Pleasant Valley High School

Why: A Star will be born this Saturday at PVHS!  The Drama Club is having an all-day Children’s workshop.  High School thespians will teach the little ones how to act, dance, sing, stage fight and more!  It all culminates in what could be the first performance for the “next big thing” (a showcase at 1:00pm and don’t you want video and pictures of Brad Pitt’s first performance… this is your chance at that chance!)   After the showcase, the High Schoolers will perform a musical version of “Snow White.”  The play’s not the only thing; students learn how to work as a team, mentor younger students, and try something new!

More Info à  https://sites.google.com/a/student.pleasval.k12.ia.us/pvspartandrama/

Also a note from our Activities Director.  Your sports department has this information already, but you may also think it’s worth a news story!

Head Coach Steve Hillman earns his 100th career win tonight with a 64-28 victory over Burlington.

This link is an article Matt Coss (QC Times) wrote a about Coach Hillman in his battle with prostate cancer.

http://qctimes.com/sports/high-school/basketball/boys/cancer-puts-life-in-perspective-for-pv-coach/article_6546c0cb-73ed-5c3f-aa23-fed173a6d8b8.html

It really does put things in perspective…………………..

Thank you for keeping Coach Hillman in your thoughts and prayers!

 
State Treasurer Fitzgerald Announces 2015 College Savings Iowa Deduction Amount PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Friday, 02 January 2015 16:15

DES MOINES, IA (01/02/2015)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that the Iowa income tax deduction has once again been raised for those saving with College Savings Iowa.* "Iowa taxpayers can deduct the first $3,163 they contribute per beneficiary account from their state taxable income," Fitzgerald said. "This means a married couple with two children will be able to deduct up to $12,652 in College Savings Iowa contributions on their 2015 state taxes."

"One of the best features of College Savings Iowa is how easy it is to get started," Fitzgerald added. "All you need is $25 and ten minutes of your time to start saving for a loved one's future educational expenses. I encourage all families to save whatever they can today to help offset what has to be borrowed in the future."

College Savings Iowa lets parents, grandparents, friends and relatives invest for college on behalf of a future scholar. Investors in the plan can withdraw their investment tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses, which include tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.** While participants do not need to be an Iowa resident to invest in the plan, they do need to be an Iowa taxpayer to take advantage of the Iowa income tax deduction.

or visit CollegeSavingsIowa.com and connect with the plan on Facebook and Twitter (@Iowa529Plan) to stay up to date on current giveaways and events.

*If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. Amount adjusted annually for inflation.

** Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax on the earnings, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

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Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as the responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116, or visit collegesavingsiowa.com to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing. Vanguard Marketing Corporation, Distributor.

College Savings Iowa is an Iowa trust sponsored by the Iowa state treasurer's office. The treasurer of the state of Iowa sponsors and is responsible for overseeing the administration of the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as Investment Manager and Vanguard Marketing Corporation, an affiliate of The Vanguard Group, Inc., assists the treasurer with marketing and distributing the plan. Ascensus Investment Advisors, LLC, provides records administration services. The plan's portfolios, although they invest in Vanguard mutual funds, are not mutual funds.

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/State-Treasurer-Fitzgerald-Announces-2015-College-Savings-Iowa-Deduction-Amount/10049908

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News from Arizona State University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by ASU Social Media   
Friday, 02 January 2015 10:17

More than 12,000 students graduate at ASU spring commencement

TEMPE, AZ (01/01/2015)(readMedia)-- More than 12,000 ASU undergraduate and graduate students had their degrees conferred at the May commencement ceremonies.

The following local students were awarded diplomas from Arizona State University:

Samuel Russell of Bettendorf, IA

Linda Taylor of Bettendorf, IA

ASU announces Fall 2014 Dean's List

TEMPE, AZ (12/31/2014)(readMedia)-- Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean's List. A notation regarding Dean's List achievement appears on the unofficial transcript.

The following local students were named to the Fall 2014 Dean's List at Arizona State University:

Aaron Betczynski of Geneseo, IL

Destini Goodwin of Davenport, IA

Mikala Malmgren of Bettendorf, IA

Hannah Mcatee of Davenport, IA

William Murphy of Davenport, IA

ASU announces Spring 2014 Dean's List

TEMPE, AZ (12/31/2014)(readMedia)-- Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean's List. A notation regarding Dean's List achievement appears on the unofficial transcript.

The following local students received academic honors from Arizona State University by making the University's Dean's List for the Spring 2014 semester:

Hannah Mcatee, a Davenport, IA native.

Linda Taylor, a Bettendorf, IA native.

Arizona State University is a New American University-a major public educational institution, a premier research center and a leader in innovation. Our vision is described by our three core principles: excellence in scholarship, access to education and impact in our global community. As a New American University, ASU is intellectually vibrant, socially conscious and globally engaged.

 
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