Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
A cool pair of All-State Jazz musicians pose together to celebrate the achievement.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Consultants BLDD architects have provided a number of scenarios for what the district should do with the more than $100 million the district will spend on facilities in the next five to ten years.
Remember that Revenue Purpose Statement vote in February where Iowa City voters approved renewing a revenue statement that will, among other things, allow the school district to borrow up to $100 million against future sales tax revenue in order to build and remodel facilities at an expedited rate? Well here is an opportunity for you to give some input on how that money will be spent, as BLDD has presented several different plans to the facilities steering committee that will advise the board on what they believe should be done and in what order. From the district press release with information on when the meetings will be. All will be held at Parkview Church. SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOLD THREE FACILITY MASTER PLAN WORKSHOPS The public invited…
Iowa Department of Education names City High School #1 in Iowa in the category of ‘College and Career Readiness”.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Cornell and University of Iowa to Team Up to Study Biological Links Between Obesity and High Blood Pressure
Researchers at the University of Iowa and colleagues at Cornell University have received a five-year, $10.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue their work.
By Jennifer Brown Iowa Now Researchers at the University of Iowa and colleagues at Cornell University have received a five-year, $10.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue their work investigating the biological links between high blood pressure and obesity. According to the American Heart Association, one in three Americans, or about 100 million people, has high blood pressure, and nearly 75 million adults are obese. Hypertension and obesity increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases including stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure, and obesity promotes diabetes, which also promotes cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that 300,000 …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Iowa City School District May Partner with Police Looking to Expand Armed Community Officer Presence to Schools
If such an arrangement were made the officers would be paid for at least partially by federal dollars for the first three years.
The Iowa City School District and Iowa City Police Department are having discussions about potentially expanding the police department's community resource officer program, currently in place with an officer in downtown Iowa City, to include a few officers with a presence in Iowa City Schools. Two important caveats: One, the grant that the police department is applying for has an application deadline of May 22 with a lot of details to be ironed out by the district, the department, and the city of Iowa City; and two, one of those details happens to be the fact that those officers would likely be armed with something, potentially guns-- an idea that has come under heavy fire by community members when it was considered in the past. The …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Teachers at Lucas Elementary in Iowa City are greeted with chalk drawings and descriptions of how they help students.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day. Show appreciation for your favorite teachers by posting a picture to the article, or thank them in the comment section below. Blogger Amy Weisberg writes that she thinks teacher appreciation shouldn't be confined to one week or one day. Teacher Appreciation Week is a week teachers look forward to and treasure but more frequent acts of appreciation and gratitude would be a welcome addition. There is a saying that those who can't do, teach, yet really teachers have to be prepared to do many things: teach, educate and advise parents and students, nurture, create, listen, comfort and learn. Teachers do all of this for a salary that makes pleasures like owning a …
Election turnout so far is ranking slightly ahead of the Johnson County Supervisor Election as of 6:00 p.m.
Update 6:39 p.m. From Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert, the 6:00 p.m. turnout is in: 6 PM call in 7802 voters 8.5% Last update before results at 8 PM. This is up from 3,423 votes for the Board of Supervisors election. I'll have the final results in after 8:00 p.m. Update 6:15 p.m. The turn out numbers are still coming in for the Johnson County Justice Center special election and so far Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert has the numbers slightly ahead of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors special election on March 5, 2013. As of the 3:00 p.m. turnout count that has been finalized, 4,408 voters had already voted in the election in the county, with 2,202 of Iowa City 4.63 percent of the population. This is higher than the county…
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday. City High and West High both made the list.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked two Iowa City high schools among the top 2,000 high schools in the country. West High was Iowa's top ranked school, placing at No. 327 in the country. City High also faired well, coming in at No. 997. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Iowa City's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. This is a nice change of pace after City High and West High both missed the cut off for top high schools in a recent U.S. News and World Report ranking system. The Newsweek survey scores were then weighted…
Monday, May 6, 2013
A letter leaking a white powdery substance was delivered to the University of Iowa residence hall.
A letter leaking a white powdery substance caused the closure of the Mayflower Residence Hall at the University of Iowa Monday, according to a brief report in the Press Citizen. The mail room and the front desk area has been closed and evacuated so the HazMat team can inspect it, the report said. The University was alerted to the letter about 2 p.m. Monday. Police are speaking with the package's sender, the report said.