November 11, 2015, Bettendorf, IA - After an extensive international search, Rivermont Collegiate's Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Max Roach as the school's Headmaster, beginning in June 2016. Mr. Roach is an experienced leader and has extensive experience working with independent schools like Rivermont and we believe he has the skills in academic leadership and a track record of success in building enrollment and fundraising that we need in the coming years.

With an administrative career spanning from the elementary through high school levels, Mr. Roach is well suited to lead our PreK-12th grade programs. He is an experienced teacher and understands that all members of an independent school faculty must take on various roles. As an academic administrator, Mr. Roach has been involved in curriculum and program development and faculty development. Mr. Roach's academic passion is Japanese history and the samurai sword's iconography. While his teaching of Japanese martial arts (aikido and iaido) is quite serious, his passion for ukulele and Frisbee reveal his relaxed and approachable nature.

Mr. Roach says, "I am thrilled and humbled to join the Rivermont Collegiate community. I was deeply impressed by the quality of the school's faculty and students. In addition to the programmatic distinctions,the school's culture is one of genuine warmth and palpable commitment to excellence. The charm of the Quad Cities cemented our commitment to join the Rivermont Collegiate community. My wife Alethea and I look forward to serving the school while watching our children grow up among its outstanding students."

Prior to being appointed Headmaster of Rivermont Collegiate, Mr. Roach held various positions at a number of independent schools including Jackson Hole Community School (WY), the Darlington School (GA) and his high school alma mater, Wasatch Academy (UT).

Mr. Roach earned a B.A. from Westminster College (Utah) in education, an ESL teaching endorsement, and Master of Educational management and innovation. In addition, Mr. Roach is a Vanderbilt Peabody Fellow of Independent School Leadership.

Until June of 2016, Mr. Curtis Fee will continue to serve as Interim Headmaster.

The Board of Trustees is grateful to Melissa Sears and members of the search committee for their great work in developing and cultivating a talented pool of applicants from which we were able to select Max Roach as Rivermont's Headmaster.

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only Private College Prep School for PreSchool through 12th Grade. For more information visit: www.RivermontCollegiate.org

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November 3, 2015, - Congratulations to the following students who have made the Rivermont Collegiate 1st Quarter 2015-16 Honor Roll!

 

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

 

High Honors (All grades B+ or higher or B or higher for courses designated as High School level or advanced track math)

Rohan Abernathy-Wee                 

Asha Alla

Harris Ciaccio

Annika Didelot

Nayana Gowda

Jacob Hansen

Gunner Johnson

Sofia Hunner Rojas

Karin McDonald

Dwira Nandini

Nandini Reddy

Grace Sampson

Ava Satterfield

Peyton Seberg

Anna Senjem

Genevieve Strasser

Shannyn Vogler

Keval Wagher

Claire Westphal

Ella Zillmer

 

Honors (All grades B- or higher or C+ or higher for courses designated as High School level or advanced track math)

Riley Bicknese

Nicholas Jennings

Angela Jones

Susan Longstaff

Jozef Porubcin

Madeline Schulz

 

Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Headmaster's List (GPA 3.85 - 4.00)

Chris YiKang Dong

Clayton Douglas

Faith Douglas

Jessica Elliott

Benjamin Nordick

Manasa Pagadala

Emilia Porubcin

Alexander Skillin

 

Distinction (GPA 3.5 - 3.84)

Spencer Brown                         

Anastasia Eganova

Maram El-Geneidy

Christian Elliott

Kenton Fee

Shivani Ganesh

Andrew Laufenberg

Hannah Laufenberg

Jacob Olson

Thomas Rodgers

Jack Westphal

 

Merit (GPA 3.00 - 3.49)

Evan Didelot

Jacob Engelke

Aditya Gohain

Allyson Lewis

Brittany McDonald

Bhavana Purighalla

Joseph Rodgers

Lauren Schroeder

Elias Sheumaker

Nikhil Wagher

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Congratulations to Nikhil Wagher and Hannah Laufenberg who took 1st place in their age group for their 3D 3R sculpture titled, Refunction, Dysfunction! They created a prosthetic arm holding hands with a real arm to exhibit the importance and growing advances in prosthetics that help people who have lost limb function in their daily lives. They repurposed over 20 different materials including items such as copper sheeting, cardboard, aluminum cans, old keys and hair curlers.

Congratulations to Laylon Baucom! His team's sculpture titled, Not Half Bad, took 1st place in their age group for their 3D 3R sculpture. Not Half Bad was created using items such as milk cartons, egg cartons, soda bottles, toothbrushes, and junk food adds. Students juxtaposed the positive impacts of a healthy lifestyle and the negative impacts of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Students had 2 hours to create a sculpture out of repurposed, recycled, re-useable materials following the theme "Technology for Health". This event took place at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday, October 17th and was organized by Global Awareness Citizens.

All of the students' sculptures will be on exhibit at Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street, Suite 102 & 104, Davenport, Iowa 52801 at the Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio.

Great collaborative efforts and fun at the Figge!

Visit www.RivermontCollegiate.org

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The press is invited to attend as Rivermont celebrates the Middle Ages on Monday, September 14th

Chris Szymanski, a former Navy Seal and member of Team USA for the Medieval Battle World Championship in 2013, will be here on Monday, September 14th, along with his wife Toni, who recently completed her doctorate in gifted education at UI and has been appointed to Western Kentucky University's faculty. They will share their love of history, honor, and making international friends.

An Elizabeth I costume along with various 14th-century reproduction items of clothing will be on display and students will have the opportunity to try on various pieces of armor.
Mr. Szymanski, who travels the world competing in medieval battle competitions, (They were in Russia this summer.) is planning to demonstrate a real medieval battle.

Presentation are scheduled in various PE classes during the day, the schedule is a follows:

9:25-10:15
10:40-11:35
11:40-12:30
1:05-2:00
2:00-2:40

It promises to be an exciting day!

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August 12, 2015, Bettendorf, IA - Workers from Bi-State Masonry have begun a $25,000 masonry and brick repair project at the historic Joseph Bettendorf Mansion that overlooks downtown Bettendorf. The grant from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation was received by Rivermont Collegiate, the current owners, and is the first-phase in a total repair and restoration project that will cost an estimated $180,000. All funds are being privately raised and any company, group, or individual wishing to contribute should contact the school.

The 100 year-old structure built between 1914 -15 is listed on the National Historic Register and holds great significance in the Quad Cities community. It has served since 1972 as the home of Rivermont Collegiate (formerly St. Katharine's-St. Mark's) the only independent and religiously unaffiliated college prep school in the Quad Cities.

Contact Rivermont Collegiate at 563-359-1366. Visit www.RivermontCollegiate.org<http://www.RivermontCollegiate.org

"A Taste of Rivermont"

An event celebrating the diversity of our students and faculty.

Date: June 7, 2015

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf (Rain or shine)

An alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

FEATURING "TASTES" FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Also included: Silent Auction, cash raffle, live entertainment
from the RME Winter Blues All-Stars, the Barley House Band, and Rivermont students
as well as a kid's "Fun Zone" with bounce house, face-painting, balloon clowns and stilt-walking juggler.

Proceeds to benefit the school.

Friday, May 29, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Becherer Hall Auditorium

1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA

 

Commencement Speaker: Chad Pregracke - Founder and President of Living Lands & Waters and a winner of CNN's 2013 Heroes of the Year awards. Pregracke was also featured on Mike Rowe's "Somebody's Gotta Do It" CNN program last April.

 

Graduates

 

Raza Adam Dada, son of Aisha and Sohail Dada

To attend University of California-Berkeley, California

Sukhmani Gill, daughter of Gupreet and Sohan Gill

To attend St. Ambrose University, Iowa

Ryan Howell, son of Deb and Brad Howell

To attend Edgewood College, Wisconsin

Tejasvi Kotte, daughter of Madhavi and Ramana Kotte

To attend University of Iowa, Iowa

Hayley Moran, daughter of Deena Harroun and Ken Moran

To attend University of Iowa, Iowa

Michal Porubcin, son of Chae Hee and Michal Porubcin

To attend Columbia University, New York

Lauren Sears, daughter of Melissa and James Sears

To attend Lake Forest College, Illinois

Suhas Seshadri, son of H.M. Rathna and T.V. Seshadri

To attend University of Miami- Coral Gables, Florida

Loring Telleen, daughter of Amy and John Telleen

To attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Gwyneth Vollman, daughter of Colleen Small-Vollman and Brant Vollman

To attend Lindenwood University, Missouri

 

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With a 2015 Iowa AP (Advanced Placement) Index of 5.33, Rivermont Collegiate is again the top ranked AP school in Iowa.

The Belin-Blank Center of The University of Iowa College of Education annually releases the Iowa AP Index to recognize Iowa high schools for providing Advanced Placement opportunities. The 2015 Iowa AP Index is based on May 2014 AP exams and graduation data. The formula is the number of AP exams given divided by the number of students in the graduating class. A high AP Index is a reflection that a school has a culture that is supportive of and places emphasis on student participation in AP courses and exams.

It's important to note that Magnet schools, Specially Accredited College Preparatory schools (Rivermont Collegiate), non-accredited schools, and home schools are not included in the AP Index Top 50 ranking. These schools, however, can receive special recognition for their score, as Rivermont has. Furthermore, because all schools are scored using the same formula, the Iowa AP Index provides a fair comparison across all school sizes and types, whether schools are included in the AP Index Top 50 ranking or not.

 

For more information on the Iowa AP Index, visit http://www.iowaapindex.org/index.htm

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only Private College Prep School for PreSchool through 12th Grade.

Visit www.rivermontcollegiate.org or call 563-359-1366.

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We are excited to announce that Rivermont Junior Alexis Shaheen was recently awarded a $500 Atlee Hendricks Memorial Scholarship for outstanding vocalist from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Atlee Hendricks was a physician in the Quad Cities. Upon his death, a youth ensemble scholarship fund was created in his memory. Two Hendricks Scholarships have been awarded this season, one to an outstanding instrumentalist, the other to an outstanding vocalist.

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only Private College Prep School for PreSchool through 12th Grade.

Visit: www.RivermontCollegiate.org

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On Monday, May 4th, Rivermont Collegiate students competed amongst 700 students from 110 schools across Iowa in the state's National History Day contest in Des Moines. State competition champions are invited to compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland June 14-18, 2015.

The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will comprise nearly 3,000 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea and South Asia for scholarships and prizes.

We are exceptionally proud to announce that Rivermont students will be representing the state of Iowa at the national competition. Among those recognized include :

·         Manasa Pagadala (10th Grade), Shivani Ganesh (10th Grade), Emilia Porubcin (10th Grade), Kenton Fee (9th Grade), Hema Chimpidi (10th Grade)

National Competition Qualifier

Division: Senior

Category: Group Performance (topic: Women's Suffrage)

  • Lauren Schroeder (8th Grade)
    National Competition Qualifier
    Division: Junior
    Category: Individual Documentary (topic: Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

·         Anastasia Eganova (11th Grade)

National Competition Alternate, Women's History Award

Division: Senior

Category: Individual Paper (topic: Mother Jones)

Rivermont students worked tirelessly on their projects and presentations and we could not be more proud and excited for this exceptional opportunity. Good luck to our National Qualifiers as they prepare for the competition in June.

For more information about The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, visit: www.nhd.org

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only Private College Prep School for PreSchool through 12th Grade. For more information visit: www.RivermontCollegiate.org

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