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Branstad signs Executive Order 83 to ensure local control in the development of Iowa Core standards and assessments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:38

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad yesterday signed Executive Order 83, ensuring local control in determining Iowa Core’s state academic standards and assessments. The executive order reads as follows:

Executive Order Number Eighty-three

WHEREAS, the Iowa Constitution encourages a strong educational foundation by providing that, “[t]he General Assembly shall encourage, by all suitable means, the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement” (Iowa Const. art. IX, 2d, § 3); and

WHEREAS, rigorous state standards detailing expected academic achievement are essential to provide a high-quality education, which is key to students’ futures and the future of this state; and

WHEREAS, the adoption of state standards should be done in an open, transparent way that

includes opportunities for Iowans to review and offer input; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of local school districts to make decisions related to

curricula, instruction, and learning materials consistent with state academic

standards; and

WHEREAS, it is inappropriate for the federal government to require as a condition of

application of federal grants the adoption of any federally developed standards; and

WHEREAS, the protection of student and family privacy is paramount and Iowa must protect its citizens against intrusive, unnecessary data collection and tracking.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, declare the following:


The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall determine the content of Iowa’s state academic standards, which are known as the Iowa Core.  The Iowa Department of Education shall develop a regular review cycle for the Iowa Core, including public comment, to determine the contents of and to continually improve state academic standards.

The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall choose the statewide assessments that will measure how well students have mastered the Iowa Core.  School districts may also choose to use additional assessments to measure student academic progress.

The collection of student data by school districts and the Iowa Department of Education shall be done in a manner consistent with state and federal laws intended to protect student and family privacy.  Only aggregate student data shall be provided to the federal government to comply with federal laws.

No Constitutional right of Iowa children and their families shall be violated through an overreach by the federal government into Iowa’s educational system.









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15th Annual Noogiefest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gilda's Club QC   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:17

Gilda's Club Quad Cities

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 4:00pm until 6:00pm.

Come join us for a hauntingly good time with themed rooms, games, crafts, door prizes and more ! Themed rooms featuring QC Raiders, QC River Bandits, QC Family Entertainment Center and many more!

Family Fun for all ages!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged. Free family event open to the community. For questions about this event, please call Anita at 563-326-7504.

Gilda's Club Quad Cities, 1234 East River Drive, Davenport.  For directions, visit

A Special Thanks to our Donors:

  • Lynn & Craig Allen
  • Bettendorf High School Key Club
  • Casey's General Stores
  • Cookies by Design
  • Davenport Central Key Club
  • Davenport Evening Optimists
  • Andrea Diercks
  • Domino's Pizza @ Utica Ridge
  • JoAnn Ehrecke & Family
  • Godfather's Pizza
  • HyVee (all stores)
  • Marco's Pizza
  • Modern Woodmen
  • Denise Mohr
  • QC Family Entertainment Center
  • QC Raiders
  • QC River Bandits
  • Carol Shudder & Family
  • Roxanne Steffens & Linda Harkey
  • Wise Guys Pizza & More

"Steampunk" Romeo and Juliet in Moline! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 14 October 2013 13:28
Moline High School students are adding a little STEAM to the classic Romeo and Juliet…STEAMPUNK, that is.  PREVIEW THIS WEEK!

(Moline, IL)  Moline High School is presenting its fall play, Romeo and Juliet,  next weekend, but it is not going to be your typical Romeo and Juliet.  First of all, the school has hired Tristan Tapscott, Director of District Theatre in Rock Island, to run the show.  Typically the plays are produced by high school English teachers, but the teacher who usually directs the fall play left this summer to take a job in Libertyville, Illinois. MHS hired Tapscott as a guest director and the students are enjoying being directed by a working professional.

Secondly, Tapscott is producing the play in what is known as "Steampunk" style so you will see lots of metal and funky stuff on the set and part of the costumes. Here is an explanation of steampunk : Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner".

Thirdly, Romeo and Juliet are dating in real life.  Christian Frieden is a junior boy who is dating a sophomore girl, Carolyn Wehr who is playing Juliet.
***The media is invited to a preview of the play on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm. in the school auditorium. The director will be available for interviews as will the students actors.

WHO:  Moline High School Students
WHAT:  Media Preview of fall play Romeo and Juliet—Steampunk version
WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 pm
WHERE:  MHS Auditorium   3600 Avenue of the Cities


October Classes, Trivia, New Services & More from Your Library... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Monday, 14 October 2013 12:38
Monday: The Imagination of Edgar Allen Poe!

Actor Dan Haughey in EA Poe E. A. POE: Edgar Allan Poe's Imagination!, a one-man show on the work of Edgar Allen Poe with Dan Haughey is Monday, Oct. 14, 6:00 pm at the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Actor Dan Haughey becomes a modern literary critic for a Edgar Allen Poe prominent newspaper as he interprets excerpts from some of Poe's most entertaining and creative works. In this 45-minute drama some of Poe's greatest poems, short stories, and satires, including   The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Bells, and The Tell Tale Heart  Haughey both performs and critiques Poe's work in the guise of a skeptical critic.


The program is free and open to the public.

Questions about signing up for Health Care Act coverage?

Enroll now logo Rock Island Public Library will provide space to two community agencies to assist people in signing up for health insurance coverage. All questions answered by trained representatives of the participating agencies. The service is available on a walk-in basis.


No appointments  necessary.


Rock Island County Health Department counselors will help members of the public sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Health Department representatives will be available at the Rock Island Southwest Branch library on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and at the Rock Island Main Library on Thurs. Oct. 17,from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Also starting Oct. 15, health insurance navigators from the Enroll Quad Cities project of Genesis Health System will be at the Rock Island Main Library on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, and at the library's Southwest Branch on Wednesday afternoons. Dates and times include:


Rock Island Main Library

401 19th Street, Rock Island, 2nd Floor rotunda area

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 28, from 9:00 am to noon
  • Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Rock Island Southwest Branch Library -9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island

Community Room  -

Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from noon to 3 pm.


The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.The weekly drop-in sessions will continue as long as there is adequate demand. For more information, visit or call (563) 421-ENRL (3675) to speak with a Genesis navigator.


More Ways to Learn at Your Library!

Getting Started with the Internet, Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 11:00 am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. This class will help you to use the Internet more effectively. Learn about some of the Library's databases, search engines, and how to move around online. Reservation is required - space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Getting Started with Email, Monday, Oct. 21st, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Need help setting up an email account or learning how to use yours?  This class should help!  Learn how to send email, attach files, and more!  Registration required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Monday, Oct. 28th, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about Microsoft Word?  Learn how to create letters, papers, and work on your resume.  Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Library How-To: Download Books, Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Southwest Branch, Learn how to use the Library's ebook and eaudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer.

Still Time to Sign Up! Trivia for a Good (Library) Cause

Books for Kids Trivia Night, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island. Event is an annual fundraiser for the Rock Island Library Foundation's Lorene Evans Watts fund for children's books, materials and supplies at the Rock Island Public Library.  $10 per per player; teams of eight. Light snacks may be brought in; beverages must be purchased at cash bar. To sign up for a table, call the library at 309-732-7305 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


More Events for Teens

Teen Iron Chef contest: Tues, Oct. 15, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Teens ages 12 to 18 can take part in a monthly Iron Chef competition. Choose your ingredients and test your culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. Ages 12-18 only.


Teen Allegiant Party, Tues, Oct. 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Celebrate the release of the final book in the popular "Divergent" teen book trilogy by Veronica Roth. Snacks, trivia, plus a movie, for ages 12 to 18.


happy-halloween2.jpg Teen Halloween Party, Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Celebrate Halloween at the Rock Island Public Library. Snacks, scary movie, costume contest & games for ages 12 to 18.

Art by Dee Schricker at Main Library

Works by Dee Schricker will be on display at the Main Library from Oct. 2-31.


Entitled "Unique Techniques," the show is open for viewing during regular library hours.  Works include paint, raku clay work, fabric and metal. Ms. Schricker is a partner in the Boho Chic Fine Arts gallery at Bucktown Center for the Arts,  225 E 2nd Street, Davenport.


"Creating, whether it is clay, painting, fabric art or even a new glaze recipe, is my daily passion.  To make something beautiful out of a lump of clay, a blank canvas, odd pieces of cloth or found objects, gives a satisfaction I cannot find anywhere else.  When someone purchases a piece of my art to display in their home, to me it is an honor like no other," Dee Schricker.



Frieze Lectures Explore Global Connections

Lectures on "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture" will be offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5 and 12.

Join us in October for:


Tuesday, October 22: Dr. Peter Kivisto, who holds Augustana's Richard A. Swanson Chair in Social Thought and was this year named Distinguished Professor at Finland's University of Turku, will speak on the role of ethnicity in the 21st century, setting the stage for a series that explores the gradual erosion of racial and societal dividing lines.


Tuesday, October 29: Dr. Margaret Morse, a member of Augustana's Department of Art History, will provide an overview of African Art from the College's collection, examining these works in their original contexts while discussing how Western perceptions of African masks and sculpture have influenced traditional and current artistic production on the continent.


The fall partnership has brought Augustana College professors into the Rock Island Main Library since 1998 for college-level lectures on literature, art, music and the sciences with no tests or grades. This year's series is dedicated to the memory of late library board member Ruth Evelyn Katz, who created the series as part of the Library's 125th anniversary. (The name refers to an architectural feature surrounding the top of the Main Library building.)

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Lt. Governor Simon, Verizon to present $10,000 to domestic violence shelters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Friday, 11 October 2013 09:34

Domestic Violence Awareness Month cell phone drive supports shelters in need

CARBONDALE – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Friday Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will end her third annual cell phone drive with a check presentation in Carbondale. Simon will join officials from Verizon to present $5,000 to both the Cairo Women’s Shelter and HOPE, located in Rochelle.

“Each year we’ve done this cell phone drive, I have been so impressed by the generosity of Illinois residents,” said Simon, a former Jackson county prosecutor who helped found the domestic violence legal clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law. “Because so many people donated their old phones, we are able to help two shelters that are assisting survivors in underserved parts of our state.”

Simon received 1,000 cell phones collected at her offices in Carbondale and Chicago, the Illinois State Fair, the Du Quoin State Fair and from the Department of Central Management Services. For every phone collected, Verizon donates $10 - up to $10,000 - to domestic violence shelters.

Since its recycling program was launched in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million wireless phones and has awarded more than $18.1 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations throughout the country. More than 151,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of more than 453 million minutes of airtime have been provided to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations since the program’s inception.

Donations are also accepted year-round at Verizon Wireless stores.

DATE: Friday, Oct. 11

TIME: 11 a.m.

LOCATION: Kaplan Hall, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1205 Douglas Drive, Carbondale


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