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Reminder! Rivermont Collegiate Kindergarten Round-Up will be held this Thursday and is open to the Quad City community! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marrietta   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:09

When: Thursday, March 6th – 5:30 p.m.

Why:  Explore Rivermont Kindergarten! Meet teachers and experience curriculum with hands-on activities! Parents are encouraged to bring their future Kindergarten students. Childcare will be provided for siblings. This event is open to the community – join us!

Where:  Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive – Bettendorf, IA 52722 (located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware)

For additional information contact Karen Roebuck, Director of Admissions & Marketing, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Area students named to University of Kansas honor roll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christy Little   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:04

LAWRENCE, KS (03/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Approximately 4,620 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2013 semester.

The students, from KU's Lawrence campus and the schools of health professions and nursing in Kansas City, Kan., represent 93 of 105 Kansas counties, 45 other states and 40 other countries.

Area honorees are as follows:

Joseph Boland, of Rock Island. He is the son of Mary Dewitte, Rock Island, Ill. Boland was named to the honor roll for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca Townsend, of Muscatine. She is the daughter of Betsy and James Townsend, Muscatine, Iowa. Townsend was named to the honor roll for the School of Music.

Rachel Rauch, of Leclaire. She is the daughter of Rebecca Rauch, Leclaire, Iowas. Rauch was named to the honor roll for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Caitlin Doornbos, of Dewitt. She is the daughter of William Doornbos, Dewitt, Iowa, and Shannon Stuckert, Hutchinson. Doornbos was named to the honor roll for the School of Journalism.

The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of allied health; architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering; journalism; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare.

Honor roll criteria vary among the university's academic units. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average and others raise the minimum GPA for each year students are in school. Students must complete a minimum number of credit hours to be considered for the honor roll.

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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:32

By 2016-17, all districts will have option to participate

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the first group of Iowa school districts selected to launch teacher leadership systems next school year.

Top teachers taking on leadership roles to improve instruction and raise student achievement is the centerpiece of Iowa’s landmark 2013 education reform package. New teacher leadership systems across Iowa will allow teachers to work in greater collaboration with colleagues and learn from each other instead of operating largely in isolation in their classrooms. Teacher leadership systems will be phased in over three years, with the goal of all districts participating by 2016-17, although whether to do so is a local decision.

Based on the recommendations of the 19-member Commission on Teacher Leadership and Compensation, Director Buck selected 39 school districts out of 146 applicants from across the state. The districts - serving a mix of urban, suburban and rural communities - enroll about one-third of Iowa students. Two of the districts will share teacher leadership systems. Selected districts are listed at the end of this press release.

Teacher leadership systems promise to help students learn more by better meeting their individual needs. They also will attract and retain more effective teachers by enhancing career opportunities and paying stipends for taking on extra responsibilities. With higher expectations for students, it’s no longer realistic for one principal to provide all the instructional leadership in a school. Teacher and principal leadership teams can support the more complex work required to prepare students for a knowledge-based economy.

Districts were selected for the first round based on the strength of their application as well as geographic and size diversity.

“Selection of this first group of school districts to launch teacher leadership systems is an important step forward as Iowans work to restore our schools to best in the nation,” said Branstad. “Iowans are committed to giving students a world-class education. Better utilizing teacher leadership to leverage other reforms moves us in the right direction.”

“We are pleased that 146 school districts applied to be in the first group,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Great teaching is the most critical factor affecting learning inside schools, and the teacher leadership systems recognize that teacher collaboration can be a game-changer.”

“This first group of school districts will help transform education across Iowa,” said Buck. “The state’s role is to provide leadership and support so they can implement their teacher leadership systems in a way that best meets local needs.”

Districts that applied to start teacher leadership systems next fall were required to set a vision and goals for what they plan to accomplish. They also had to address “must-haves,” such as setting a minimum teacher salary of $33,500, improved entry into the profession, including mentoring for new teachers, and a rigorous selection process for leadership roles.

Districts selected will receive about $309 per pupil next school year to implement their teacher leadership systems. The annual cost statewide is nearly $50 million in FY15, growing to about $150 million annually in the third year. After the initial year of district implementation, the teacher leadership funding rolls into the Iowa school finance formula.

The next step for school districts is selecting their teacher leaders. Branstad’s FY15 budget recommendations include $4 million for the Iowa Department of Education, working with Area Education Agencies, to provide technical assistance and leadership development for the districts in the first group implementing teacher leadership systems in 2014-15.

The selected districts are:




Cedar Rapids


Council Bluffs





East Marshall

East Union


Greene County


Humboldt (in collaboration with Twin Rivers)


Le Mars



Mount Pleasant


North Polk






Rock Valley



Sioux City

Southeast Polk

Twin Rivers (in collaboration with Humboldt)

Van Meter


West Des Moines

Western Dubuque



Jordan 4th Graders Celebrate Mardi Gras! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:30
Jordan fourth grade students will be celebrating Mardi Gras on Tuesday March 4th wear jeans and green, purple, or yellow shirts that day. The celebration will begin with a party at 2:00pm and the crowning of the King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Then the children will parade through the school with the mardi gras masks that they made. This is a fun and colorful event! The children will have a King’s cake and goodies.

Grassley: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Selects Marion Student PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 08:56

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said today that John Mark Gorman of Marion has received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, N.Y., for the 2014-2015 school year.

Gorman is the son of Cathy and Joseph Gorman.  He will graduate in May from Marion High School.  Gorman is a member of National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Council on Youth Leadership and is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America.  He lettered in basketball and football, as well as served as captain of the football team.  Gorman’s hobbies also include fishing, camping and archery.

“Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said.  “Students work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity.  I wish John well and thank him for his commitment to serve our nation.”

Gorman was among the 55 Iowans Grassley nominated this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies.  Information about seeking nominations can be found on Grassley’s website.

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


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