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Moline High School puts on the popular musical, Grease, this week!!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Friday, 20 March 2015 09:44
The T-Birds and Pink ladies will be out in force this week when the Moline High School Theatre Department puts on Grease!!!

(Moline, IL)   The Moline High School stage is turning into Rydell High School.  The popular musical is being put on this year with the help of a community member who is well known to local theatre goers-- Erin Platt,  She is directing the show and has handpicked a choreographer.  It’s been 23 years since MHS has done the production.

The show runs Thursday (March 19), Friday (March 20) and Saturday the 21st at 7:30 pm in the school auditorium.  Tickets are $6.00 for students, $8.00 for adults.

Any publicity for the show is appreciated.  If you would like to interview Erin or a student please contact me at the above number

Affordable Care Act Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wendy Kelly   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:13

There may still be an opportunity to enroll in Marketplace coverage for 2015 for those who are uninsured and were unaware that a penalty would be assessed on their 2014 tax return. This special enrollment period is from March 15th to April 30th, 2015, and is specifically for individuals who are not currently enrolled in a Marketplace plan AND have a penalty on their taxes for 2014 for not having insurance, AND were unaware, or did not understand the penalty and its implications.

The Project of the Quad Cities has trained Illinois-licensed navigators providing FREE in-person enrollment assistance to Illinois residents and tax preparation firms to help them to better understand the special enrollment period and exemptions. For information call (309)762-5433, or visit us at 2316 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265.


Wendy Kelly

Executive Director

The Project of the Quad Cities

Office: 309-762-5433

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions March 13, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:55
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

Opinions released before April 2006 and available in the archives are posted in Word format. Opinions released after April 2006 are posted to the website in PDF (Portable Document Format).   Note: To open a PDF you must have the free Acrobat Reader installed. PDF format preserves the original appearance of a document without requiring you to possess the software that created that document. For more information about PDF read: Using the Adobe Reader.

For your convenience, the Judicial Branch offers a free e-mail notification service for Supreme Court opinions, Court of Appeals opinions, press releases and orders. To subscribe, click here.

NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 13–0543


No. 13–1226


No. 13–1241


No. 13–2022


Cultural Clashes In The Classroom PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:05
Are Cultural Misinterpretations A Root Cause For
Disproportionate Discipline Of African-American Students?

Numerous studies have revealed that African-American students are more likely than their white peers to face referrals to the office, suspension, expulsion or other forms of discipline at school.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Renae Azziz, founder and director of Virtuoso Education Consulting (, which provides professional development training to teachers and school district leaders.

Azziz, a school psychologist who helps districts across the nation resolve disproportionality in discipline, says in many cases it’s a clash of cultures, and not necessarily racism, that leads to disproportionate punishment for minority students.

“Teachers need to understand that sometimes what they see as misbehavior is not viewed the same way by African-American students,” Azziz says. “It’s just that in these cases the educators come from different cultures than their students. The teachers need to increase their knowledge about those differences and improve their skills for handling the situations.”

Azziz says there are a number of promising strategies schools can and are using to reduce disproportionality in discipline.

• Develop supportive relationships among and within school staff and students through the implementation of restorative-justice frameworks, which use conflict resolution and open dialogue. Restorative justice focuses students on the ramifications of their actions so that they take ownership of those actions and learn from their poor decisions.

• Engage in culturally relevant and responsive instructions and interactions to make the curriculum engaging for all learners.

• Change disciplinary codes of conduct to align with positive school climates through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that are culturally responsive.

• Commit to ongoing professional development for teachers focused on developing their awareness, knowledge and skills related to culture.

African-American students often have more negative views of their schools than white students because they perceive them as being less fair and consistent with discipline. That this perception exists, Azziz says, reinforces the idea that educators need to be culturally responsive so that the school environment meets the needs of students from all cultural backgrounds.

It’s not that schools have failed to make an effort to address problems with discipline. For two decades, the method known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been implemented across the nation as a way to decrease suspensions and expulsions, Azziz says.

That worked – sort of, she says.

Data indicates PBIS does indeed reduce the overall rates for those disciplinary actions, but there’s a caveat.  Minority students, especially African Americans, still receive the majority of the punishments.

“That tells me that PBIS is not as effective for African-American students as it is for other ethnic groups,” Azziz says. “So why is that?”
The answer may lie in those cultural differences, she says.

Here’s an example: Teachers who expect students to raise their hands before responding in class often send African-American students to the office for repeatedly talking out.

But many of those students see classroom discussions as more informal, Azziz says.

“Some students, particularly African-American students, show that they are listening and engaged by blurting out their thoughts instead of raising their hands,” Azziz says. “This is a communication-response style called back-channeling and it’s often seen in the African-American culture.”

Teachers who understand that back-channeling is a cultural pattern of behavior can better teach the students when that behavior is appropriate in the classroom and when they need to raise their hands, she says.

“When teachers don’t know about this communications style,” Azziz says, “all they see is a student who disrupted their class and it becomes a top reason for discipline referrals.”

About Renae Azziz

Renae Azziz is the Founder and Director of Virtuoso Education Consulting ( She and her team of consultants support educators nationally in the areas of Response-to-Intervention, Data-Based Decision Making, Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Culturally Responsive Practices. Before starting Virtuoso Education Consulting, Renae practiced as a school psychologist in Indiana. Renae also worked on grants funded by the Indiana Department of Education supporting Indiana’s Initiatives on Response to Intervention, Culturally Responsive PBIS, and Minority Disproportionality in Special Education. She was also appointed by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services, which resulted in several legislative outcomes. Further, Renae and her team of consultants have served as project evaluators for statewide initiatives and Corrective Action Plans in Indiana and Louisiana.

Renae received her educational training at Indiana University earning an Ed.S. in School Psychology, an M.S. in Educational Psychology, and a B.A. with honors in Psychology and is working towards completion of her Doctorate in Education at The Johns Hopkins University specializing in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education.

Everyday Heroes Can Ride Proud with New Kingdom Trailriders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:23

IA/IL QUAD CITIES – Since 1984, New Kingdom Trailriders (NKT) has been giving affordable riding lessons to people with accident-related injuries, mental handicaps, cerebral palsy and other physical, mental, and emotional challenges, as well as development and learning disorders. Now NKT provides services to military veterans through their Equine Services for Heroes Program, in conjunction with the Wounded Warriors Project. To celebrate this program and provide vital financial support, NKT will hold the Big Impact for Everyday Heroes Fundraising Banquet, and the public is invited.

The Big Impact for Everyday Heroes Fundraising Banquet will be held 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza, 111 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA. The evening starts with registration and a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the banquet and entertainment, which ends at 9 p.m. The cost is $25 per ticket and funds raised will go toward the Equine Services for Heroes Program. For online registration, visit
“The Equine Services for Heroes Program is free to any military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, limb loss and other combat-related issues,” said Alexandra Dirck, Marketing Volunteer for NKT. “Wounded Warriors can contact NKT directly to participate. We want the public to know about this program and encourage potential participants to get in touch.”
The event will be hosted by emcee Jason Fechner, WQAD-TV anchorman. One of the special guests at the event will be NKT Ambassador Sarah Hitchcock, who was once a rider with the program. She has since graduated from the program and now volunteers. She will talk about her experiences with NKT and tell how they helped her. Another special guest will be SFC Scott Smith, a local wounded veteran who will share his story at the event.

In addition to dinner, the evening will include a wine pull, a blind silent auction and live auction, and a “Diamond Dig” courtesy of Necker’s Jewelers. Gracie the Comfort Dog from Trinity Lutheran Church and School and representatives of Military Cost Cutters will be there, along with live music.
NKT annually serves 90 to 100 students representing ages ranging between three and adult, with a variety of challenges. The program operates four evenings a week. During the day, private classes are available, as well as field trip experiences for group homes, agencies and schools. In addition to group classes, private classes are available as well as one-day field trip experiences for group homes, agencies and schools. NKT is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.
For more information on New Kingdom Trailriders, call (309) 764-4220 or visit

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