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Local students elected Central College leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Billingsley   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 16:00

PELLA, (11/05/2014)(readMedia)-- Area students have been elected to leadership positions in student government at Central College.

Dan Dankert of Davenport has been elected as a senator to student senate at Central College.

Karl Weaver of Davenport has been elected as a senator to student senate at Central College.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Learn more at

Kirkwood Community College Earns NIMS Accreditation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Catherine Ross   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:13
Fairfax, VA - NIMS is pleased to announce accreditation of the CNC Machining Technology Program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Officially accredited as of September 25, 2014, the staff and faculty at Kirkwood have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for higher education in the state of Iowa.

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Wartburg inducts 68 into Phi Eta Sigma first-year honor society PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Christensen   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:06

WAVERLY, IA (11/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Wartburg College recently inducted 68 students into Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for college freshman.

Inductees include:

Emma Evans-Peck, daughter of Dennis Peck and Christine Evans of Geneseo, majoring in Music Therapy.

Breanna Walczyk, daughter of Dr. Jeffrey S. and Paula K. Walczyk of Bettendorf, majoring in Business Administration.

Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest freshman honor society. A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and be in the top 20 percent of their class by the end of their first year.

Wartburg College's Phi Eta Sigma members have the opportunity to win additional scholarships through the honor society as well as participate in a variety of social and service events on campus.

Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls about 1,700 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge disguised as a knight during the stormy days of the Reformation, while translating the Bible from Greek into German.

Jordan Catholic School Celebrates All Saints Day & Mexican Day of the Dead on Monday November 3, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:10

Today, Students and Staff of Jordan Catholic School celebrated “All Saints Day” (November 1st) and honored the “Day of the Dead” (November 2nd) celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries. This is a wonderful way to share the Mexican/Latin culture of many within our Jordan Catholic School community and in our Quad Cities community.

The note below was sent home to our Jordan Catholic School families from Ms. Salavarria and explains more about our celebration:

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican Holiday that is celebrated in honor of those who have passed away. The celebration begins on the last week of October and culminates on All Soul's Day, November 2nd. The tradition is to create an altar with memories of those in our family who have died and to pray for them, for them to watch over us and protect us. Along with many decorations, food and drink; the altar is composed of pictures of family members for whom we pray.

This year, we are creating a school-wide altar for the Day of the Dead. We encourage your family to participate, as our school community, to acknowledge this wonderful holiday. Please send with your child/children a picture or pictures of family members for whom you would like to pray for. Also, please list below names of deceased family members that you would like for us to sign into our prayer book. We will locate the altar at the entrance of the school by Ms. Leonard's office. Please have pictures brought to school between October 31 and November 7.

The Day of the Dead helps us acknowledge that we must live our lives with awareness and meaning. It expresses appreciation for life, the cycle of life and beauty for all of the blessings from God. May we too celebrate the life God has given us and remember in prayer those who have departed.

Today is 3rd Anniversary of Former Top Iowa Educator Glass' Call to Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Narcisse   
Monday, 03 November 2014 14:29


DES MOINES, IOWA | November 1, 2014 –  “Three years after former Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass announced ‘We have a system problem that we need to address,’ Iowa’s education system still needs reform,” says Jonathan Narcisse.

[Below these comments is the November 1, 2011 news release issued by the Iowa Department of Education.]

Narcisse, is running for governor on the Iowa Party ticket and has been a long time observer and critic of Iowa’s education system. He has called for the end of over $500 million of annual funding for public school students that do not exist.  While on the Des Moines School Board, he exposed the lack of transparency and accuracy in drop out and graduation statistical reporting.  And, his “Restoring Iowa’s World Class Education System” white-paper includes a state education funding mechanism that follows the teacher and empowers families to take responsibility for their children’s futures.  Click here to download white paper.

“Jason Glass was one of the few ‘merit’ hires in the most recent Branstad administration,” says Narcisse referring to the national search conducted to find the top educator in America. “Three  years ago today, he issued a call to action in light of Iowa’s massive stagnation, and he cited the fact that white kids were falling behind kids nationally, too.”

Less than two years after this call to action, Jason Glass left his position as Education Director to be a superintendent of schools in Colorado.  “Jason Glass told the truth and he was shown the door for his honesty,” says Narcisse. “No education chief leaves the state that has the school house on it’s quarter to be a superintendent by choice,” says Narcissse.
In an open letter to Iowa Educators, Narcisse outlined the top three reasons to vote for him and summarized Restoring Iowa’s World Class Education System under ten categories:

1. Opting out of No Child Left Behind
2. Ending Common Core
3. Restoring True Local Control
4. Shifting from Age Grade Progression to Skill Based Progression
5. Restoring Balance Shifting the Focus From Funding High Priced Bureaucrats to Investing in Principals and Teachers As Instructional Leaders
6. Investing in Vocational and Technical Education
7. Expanding to K-14 and then Front Loading
8. Funding Should Reach The Classroom, Not Just the District Level
9. End The Over-Building Boom!
10. Provide No Cost College Education in Exchange for Community Service, and a Residency Commitment

Iowa Department of Education News Release
For Immediate Release
Nov. 1, 2011
For More Information:
Staci Hupp
Director Glass: Iowa’s NAEP results are a call to action
Des Moines, IA – The nation’s students took significant strides on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, while Iowa’s results show a continued pattern of stagnation, Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said today.
“I had hoped that today’s results would show the tide is turning in Iowa – that the state had begun accelerating and improving on these key measures,” Glass said. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case.”
NAEP, known as the nation’s report card, is the only state-by-state comparison of student progress. Assessments are administered to a sampling of students periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history.
Today’s NAEP results cover mathematics and reading for grades 4 and 8. The nation’s results show substantial gains in those key measures from 2009 to 2011. The long-term trend for Iowa shows a troubling pattern of students falling to the middle of the pack across the board, from disadvantaged and minority students to white, relatively affluent students, since the early 1990s.
White students, who make up about 80 percent of Iowa’s student population, have fallen behind their white peers nationally. This problem persists across the assessed grade levels and content areas.
“No single demographic group is to blame for our relative stagnation,” Glass said. “We have a system problem that we need to address.”
Findings from today’s 2011 NAEP results include:
·         Iowa’s average score in fourth-grade reading (221) is lower than the state’s score in 1992 (225) and is unchanged from the state’s score in 2009 (221).
·         Iowa has posted a two-point gain in eighth-grade mathematics since 1992, the smallest increase in the country. The largest gains have been made in North Carolina (28 points) and in Texas and Massachusetts (26 points).
·         Iowa’s white students rank in the bottom 10 percent of states and jurisdictions nationally in eighth-grade reading and in the bottom 25 percent in fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade math and eighth-grade math.
·         The gap in achievement between students in Iowa with and without disabilities is among the worst in the nation.
The 2011 NAEP results represent a call to action. On Oct. 3, the Branstad-Reynolds administration and Director Glass introduced a bold set of reforms to improve Iowa’s education system. The education blueprint focused on great teachers and leaders, high expectations for students with fair measures, and rekindling a spirit of innovation in schools.
Assessments on NAEP are administered to about 3,000 students in 100 schools in Iowa and other states for each grade and subject – a large enough sample to draw valid inferences about Iowa’s population in comparison to other states.
“We should never over-rely on any standardized measure to tell us the complete story of the quality of a school system, but NAEP gives us the best state-to-state comparison information available,” Glass said. “When we have several years of data consistently pointing in the same direction, we must take note and act on results.”
NAEP 2011 results can be found at

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