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Valerie Van Ee of Eldridge Inducted into Huntington University Honor Society PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Smith   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:42

HUNTINGTON, IN (11/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Valerie Van Ee of Eldridge, IA, was inducted into the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi during a convocation held Oct. 31. Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor at Huntington University and represents both a recognition of scholastic achievement and a commitment to promoting academic excellence and integrity on and off campus as well as service.

The Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society was established in 1967 and is one of more than 300 chapters in Alpha Chi. It is active in the regional and national activities of Alpha Chi and was named the National Chapter of the Year in 2001. This year, for the 17th consecutive year, The Indiana Beta Chapter was selected as a Star Chapter of Alpha Chi. It is one of four chapters to have received this award every year since its inception in 1996.

Van Ee is a senior Animation & Computer Science major.

Maggie Brown Returns to the Quad Cities for Blues in the Schools November 26-30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:37

Chicago singer and educator Maggie Brown will be the MVBS Blues in the Schools artist-in residence in Quad City area schools during the week of November 26-30. She will also appear at four open-to-the-public performances:

·         Monday Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.—Davenport Public Library Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave.,

·         Wednesday Nov. 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m.—CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly, Davenport

·         Thursday Nov. 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m.—River Music Experience Café , 2nd and Main, Davenport

The MVBS Education Committee was introduced to Maggie Brown originally when Nate Lawrence brought her to Davenport for the Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz program at the River Music Experience.  We were so impressed with her performance that we asked Maggie to come back to conduct three days of workshops for kids the week of the 2012 BluesFest, and then to bring those kids and her talent to BlueSKool at the festival.

Maggie Brown is a tremendously talented singer and performer using her gift to not only entertain, but educate as well. Maggie is the daughter of the late Oscar Brown, Jr. a world renowned composer, social activist, and legendary giant of the jazz music scene. Mr. Brown passed on his artistic integrity to his daughter, who now uses her own voice to create images that excite and inspire. For 20 years, Maggie has nationally toured her one-woman show, “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music,” which follows the history and evolution of African American music and covers a wide range of musical forms.

Mother of three young boys, Maggie sees the need to work through the arts to make an impact on young lives. Her message fosters care and respect for words, music, history and life. Maggie describes what she does as “edutainment.”  She calls on all of her talents to demonstrate how black people courageously and virtuously responded to the horrors of slavery, segregation and disenfranchisement by creating inspiring and thriving art forms which have become part of our American cultural heritage.

Maggie is called upon by various arts organizations and schools to serve as artist-in-residence.  Maggie enjoys using those classroom opportunities to engage young minds with poetry and songs that help them recognize and hopefully value their place in the world. Tracing the history of African-American creativity, Maggie examines the roots of black musical culture and its greatest flowerings, from African chant to early ragtime, from blues to jazz.

Major funding for Maggie Brown’s Blues in the Schools residency comes from the Riverboat Development Authority.  Thanks also to our sponsors The Iowa Arts Council, The Moline Foundation, Alcoa, The Lodge, River Music Experience, and KALA radio.

Rivermont Collegiate 1st Quarter Honor Roll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:28

Congratulations to the following students who have made the Rivermont Collegiate 1st Quarter Honor Roll!

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

High Honors

(All grades B+ or higher; B or higher for courses designated as Upper School level)

Genevieve Solange Bolger

Spencer Brown

Elizabeth Decker

Giavanna Eckhardt

Jessica Elliott

Shivani Ganesh

Andrea Gamble

Olivia Gamble

Aislinn Geedey

Mahum Haque

Azariah Hughes

Megan Lindle

Mary Aisling McDowell

Naina Ninan

Benjamin Nordick

Manasa Pagadala

Emilia Porubcin

Collin Smith

Nikhil Wagher



(All grades B- or higher; C+ or higher for courses designated as Upper School level)

Hema Chimpidi

Kenton Fee

William Heaney

Molly Lewis

Carly Miller

Elizabeth Paxton

Bhavana Purighalla

Maryam Rasheed

Lauren Schroeder

Timothy Jacob Vaughn

Jack Westphal


Upper School (Grade 9-12)

Headmaster’s List – GPA 3.85-4.00

Adam Dada

Summer Lawrence

Victoria Mbakwe

Amanda McVey

Michal Porubcin

Shravya Pothula

Kelsey Qu

Darsani Reddy

Suhas Seshadri

Alexander Skillin

Loring Telleen


Distinction – GPA 3.50-3.84

Vishal Bobba

Rebecca Cupp

Christian Elliott

Alejandra Martinez

Tejasvi Kotte

Margaret Martens

Ashish Tadepalli


Merit – GPA 3.00-3.49

Anastasia Eganova

Ryan Howell

Nathan McVey

Hayley Moran

MingSui Tang

On the eve of Halloween….John Deere Middle School Students are learning Zombie Survival Skills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chad Potter   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:40

(Moline, IL) Just in time for Halloween….. John Deere Middle School has created a “Zombie Survival Club”. Zombie Survival Club is made available through a partnership between Lights ON for Learning 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Moline Public Library.

The program was created by Jan Laroche, the teen services librarian who has an interest in Zombie movies and recognized the trends in teen literature about zombies. She says the club will focus on STEM lessons (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in a fun setting. “Zombie Survival Club is intended to be a lighthearted, activity based program that develops educational skills through a fun after school curriculum.”

Some of the lessons being taught to zombie so they can survive include:

•  Come up with list of essential needs for zombie survival-- water, food, first aid, tools, safe locations, transportation, power/electricity. Create list for an emergency kit.

•  Discuss types of zombies and spread of infection.

•  Discuss safe drinking water and food supplies. Include how much water is needed, how to find it, and how to make it.

•  Use CDC guidelines to figure out how much water would be needed for a short-term stay.

•  Use math skills to figure out different sizes of bottles and groups of people.

•  Use survival books to discuss how to find safe water in different locations, and discuss purification methods.

•  Discuss food supplies. Include what food to keep on hand in your kit, where to find additional food in both urban and rural settings, and how to grow food.

•  Use calorie guidelines and nutrition information to figure out how long a supply would last. Discuss where food stores might be found and use survival books to identify edible wild plants. Plan a garden for future food supplies. (If necessary, discuss hunting and trapping skills.)

•  Discuss safe locations. Include being prepared to fortify for the short term, ideal locations for immediate retreat, and long-term plans for relocation. Also include discussion about transportation.

•  Discuss power/electricity issues. Include ways to survive without electricity and ways to generate power.

•  Have students research how long electricity would continue after an apocalypse. Make a potato battery and look at plans for a bicycle generator.

•  Discuss power/electricity issues. Include ways to survive without electricity and ways to generate power.

• Discuss long-term survival plans. Include ways to communicate with other survivors, finding information, and the pros and cons of joining with others.

The John Deere Zombie Survival Club meets every two weeks for one hour (4:15-5:15).

Who: John Deere Middle “Lights ON” Students

What: Zombie Survival Skills class

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Where: John Deere Middle School Moline-- Room 17 ground floor

2035 11th Street, Moline.

Why: It’s ghouly fun…and the students learn science, technology,
engineering and math skills

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