Rivermont is thrilled to welcome award-winning Chicago poet Elise Paschen to campus Friday, April 19th in celebration of Poetry Month.

Elise joins us for an entire day devoted to poetry, including:

  • 2 presentations by Elise Paschen for Rivermont students
  • Rebecca Wee, published poet and English Professor at Augustana, along with upper-level Augustana students, will lead activities including:
    • Interpreting famous authors through a pop-culture persona
    • Incorporating science terminology into poetry
    • Composing poetry in response to sounds - kazoos, ukulele, banjo
    • Exercises in renga, the paired exchange of Japanese tanka or haiku
  • Rivermont faculty-led poetry recitations and workshops
  • On-campus book sale hosted by Barnes & Noble
  • Book signing and reception on the South Patio of the Historic Bettendorf Mansion

Elise Paschen is the co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nation-wide program which places poetry in subways and buses, putting "poetry at the crossroads of American life."  She is the author of Bestiary, Infidelities (Winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts, as well as editor of The New York Times best-selling anthologies Poetry Speaks to Children and Poetry Speaks Who I Am.

For additional information on Elise Paschen, visit http://elisepaschen.com/

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, visit www.RivermontCollegiate.org

From Dr. Seuss to Weather Investigators:  Rivermont Summer Enrichment Camp Has It All!               

Rivermont Collegiate's Summer Enrichment Camp is now accepting registrations! Classes are open to the entire Quad City community and are only $80 each.  Over 85 week-long classes are offered beginning June 10 for preschool through high school.  Students have the option of attending morning, afternoon, or the entire day.

Rivermont Summer Camp is a fantastic opportunity for local students to spend their summer doing everything from exploring computer programming to creating unique artwork to experimenting with science.  Popular classes include Robotics, Anatomy Academy, Olympic Sports, Spy Camp, Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter-ology, Young Actors' Studio, Web Design, and Photography.  Don't delay - classes will fill up!

Classes will be held on the Rivermont campus, located directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.  The entire catalog may be viewed online at www.RivermontCollegiate.org or contact Linda Paget at (563) 359-1366 for more information.

When: Wednesday, March 13th - 6:00 p.m.

Where: Rivermont Collegiate - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

RSVP: Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admission & Marketing - chamberlain@rvmt.org or (563) 359-1366 ext. 302

Why:  Do you have a student entering Middle School (grades 6-8) next year?  The Middle School years, more than any other time of life, are filled with dramatic life experiences, intellectual growth, and emotional expansion.  Rivermont Collegiate recognizes that Middle School students have unique needs!  Join us for an informational meeting to explore our curriculum, extracurricular activities, and comprehensive advising system.  Join us for a light dinner and discussion of the who, what, when, where, and why of Rivermont Middle School!

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school, with students from throughout the Quad City community.  Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!

This event is open to the community - anyone interested in Rivermont's Middle School program is invited to join us.

March is Theatre in Our Schools Month!

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) designated March as Theatre in Our Schools Month to advocate and celebrate the benefits of theatre education.

Rivermont Collegiate Middle School Play

Comic Book Artist by Pat Lydersen

Performances: Saturday, March 9th & Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m.

Discover Kindergarten at Rivermont!

When: Friday, March 8 - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Families are invited to join us to learn all about what makes Rivermont Collegiate's Kindergarten so special. This informal setting
is the perfect opportunity to meet the teachers, discover what to expect as your child advances to Kindergarten, and hear about Rivermont's unique philosophy. Lunch will be provided from the Rivermont cafeteria. Students are welcome to attend and may either eat lunch with their parents during the presentation or join our current Junior Kindergarten students in supervised care.

What Makes Rivermont Kindergarten Unique?

Subject-specific teachers in science, foreign language, music, art, & library

Wide variety of field trips & events extend learning beyond the classroom "Centers" facilitate socialization & development of teamwork skills Science curriculum focusing on exploration into insects & spiders, solar system, color & light, and more
Foreign language curriculum including songs, games, & cultural celebrations creates a language-rich environment

Please RSVP by Thursday, March 7th
Rachel Chamberlain, Admissions Director
563-359-1366 ext. 302 - chamberlain@rvmt.org

What: International Week at Rivermont Collegiate


When: Monday, 2/25 - Friday, 3/1


Why: To celebrate the diversity of our school community!  This year, theme days will be celebrated by continent.


Mon. - South America

Tues. - Europe

Wed. - Asia

Thurs. - Africa

Fri. - Australia


Special Events with GREAT Photo Opportunities:


Zumba! - Monday, 2/25 (South America Day)

(with Rivermont parent and owner of local studio Salsa Touch Latin Dance, Bettinna Bolger)

Grades 6-12 - 1:45-2:30 p.m.

Grades K-5 - 2:45-3:15 p.m.


African Dance - Thursday, 2/28 (Africa Day)

(with Rivermont parent Karen Roebuck)

Grades K-12 - 8:20 a.m.


International Food Festival - Friday, 3/1

A Carnival of Continents - take your tummy around the world with cooking demonstrations, parade of nations, and more - see attached flier!

3:30 -5:00 p.m.

11th Grade Service Project Presentations - Tuesday, 2/12 - 1:00 p.m.

Community service projects, including a minimum of 15 hours of service, are completed by each 11th grade student.  During these formal presentations, students explain how they applied academic learning to real human and community needs and how the experience not only benefitted others, but affected them personally.


7th Grade Living Biography Performances - Thursday, 2/14 - 11:40 a.m.

Celebrated athletes, distinguished presidents, legendary musicians, and more - see them come to life on stage as students perform Living Biographies!


Academic Fair - Thursday, 2/14 - 6:00 p.m.

Students in grades 2-11 present academic projects on display in the gym - the culmination of months of research and preparation - prepare to be amazed! 



11th Grade Service Projects

Student presentations: Tuesday, 2/12 - 1:00 p.m.

Café on Vine, Davenport

Guanacaste Conservation Area, Costa Rica

Imani! Dancers & Studio for Cultural Arts, Davenport

St. Augustine's Primary School, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island

Skip-a-Long Child Development Services, Quad Cities

7th Grade Living Biographies

Performances for judging: Thursday, 2/14 - 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Elvis Presley

Eric Clapton

Bethany Hamilton

Anne Sullivan

Abraham Lincoln

Hershel Williams

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Dean Martin

Pat Miletich

Natalie Coughlin

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Marilyn Monroe

Cristiano Ronaldo

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

Elizabeth Decker

Clayton Douglas

Faith Douglas

Giavanna Eckhardt

Shivani Ganesh

Andrea Gamble

Olivia Gamble

Mahum Haque

Azariah Hughes

Megan Lindle

Naina Ninan

Benjamin Nordick

Manasa Pagadala

Elizabeth Paxton

Emilia Porubcin

Maryam Rasheed

Collin Smith

Natalie Springborn



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

Spencer Brown

Adam Chamberlain

Hema Chimpidi

Jessica Elliott

Kenton Fee

Aislinn Geedey

Mary Aisling McDowell

Carly Miller

Bhavana Purighalla

Lauren Schroeder

Timothy Jacob Vaughn

Nikhil Wagher

Jack Westphal


Upper School (Grade 9-12)

Headmaster's List - GPA 3.85-4.00

Adam Dada

Victoria Mbakwe

Michal Porubcin

Shravya Pothula

Kelsey Qu

Suhas Seshadri

Alexander Skillin

Loring Telleen


Distinction - GPA 3.50-3.84

Vishal Bobba

Rebecca Cupp

Christian Elliott

Summer Lawrence

Amanda McVey

Nathan McVey

Alejandra Martinez

Tejasvi Kotte

Margaret Martens

Darsani Reddy

Ashish Tadepalli

MingSui Tang


Merit - GPA 3.00-3.49

Anastasia Eganova

Ryan Howell

Hayley Moran

Nell Meier

Rivermont Collegiate is thrilled to introduce Todd Zachary as our new Headmaster.  Mr. Zachary joins our school from Pennsylvania, where his most recent position is Department Chair and Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA.  Mr. Zachary is an extraordinary educator and respected leader - a retired Colonel in the Air Force with over 20 years of military experience and education, including serving as Head of School for the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, CO.  Mr. Zachary believes in strong community relations, expanded professional development, innovative technology in classrooms, and a team approach to improving programs and curriculum.

"I was drawn to Rivermont Collegiate because of the unsurpassed passion and commitment of the entire school community - staff, faculty, and parents - to the education and development of its energetic student body." Zachary said.  "I am truly honored to join this remarkable school with its rich tradition and bright future.  I am eager to lead an incredibly dedicated and capable staff in taking the next step forward in guiding children to success, both academically and in life.  Go Lions!"

Rivermont has been educating students in the Quad Cities since 1884 and we are eager to welcome Mr. Zachary.  This is an exciting step for the future of our school, which holds such a rich history.  Mr. Zachary's role as Headmaster at Rivermont will begin in July 2013.

Rivermont, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for preschool through 12th grade, with students from throughout the Quad City area.  The school was originally organized as St. Katharine's School, an Episcopal school for girls located in Davenport.  In 1968, St. Katharine's dropped its boarding program, became co-educational, and added St. Mark's to its name.  In 1973, St. Katharine's - St. Mark's moved to its present location and the name was changed to Rivermont Collegiate in 2001.  At Rivermont, students are encouraged to develop their potential and take risks in academics, leadership, athletics, arts, and service.  With a challenging academic experience in a family-like environment, Rivermont students build a solid foundation, nourish personal talents and passions, and develop a lifelong love of learning.  Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!

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