October 30, 2014

OK, is it me or does this year seem to be whizzing by at an astonishing clip? It seems like yesterday we were all sitting on the lawn at Unpack Your Backpack night. It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

Faculty Spotlight - John Kvapil 

John KvapilLast week I began highlighting our exceptionally bright and talented Information Technology (IT) staff by spending a little time with Laura McDonald. This week we get the opportunity to meet Mr. John Kvapil, who joined Rivermont just this year. An avid runner who competes in both marathon and run/bike competitions, John has really made his mark as our Director of Technology. Coming to us from the Preston and Andrew Community School Districts where he served as the District Technology Director while also teaching a variety of graphics and technology courses, John is equally at home designing an entire integrated computer network or teaching students the latest graphics design program. In addition to his work at Preston School District, John has also taught at Assumption High School and was a High School Student Transition Advisor at Black Hawk College. An outstanding addition to the Rivermont faculty, John is already taking our technology department to incredible new heights!

New Marketing Manager

We are also welcoming a new member to the Rivermont family! Ms. Jill Weitzel will be starting next week as our new Marketing Manager. With more than 30 years in marketing, communications and graphic design, Jill brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position. As a member of the Family Resources leadership team, Jill knows the non-profit world and the Quad Cities community exceptionally well. The selection committee was very impressed with her experience and multi-media background. If you have a moment, please stop by the business office and welcome Jill to the Rivermont team! 

Iowa Assessments and CogAT Tests

Next week starts our annual Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities testing cycles which are spread out across a two week period. 

The Cognitive Abilities Test (commonly referred to as CogAT) is an aptitude test given to 7th and 9th graders measuring a student's learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal, which are closely tied to academic success. Rivermont uses CogAT scores as one of many tools to assist us in better understanding a student's cognitive strengths, weaknesses and learning styles so as to tailor curriculum to their individual learning needs.

At Rivermont, the Iowa Assessment Exams are given to grades 2 through 8 and help our faculty identify student performance strengths and areas for improvement. In addition to individual student results, testing data is analyzed as part of the many tools we use to review and assess our curriculum scope and rigor.

The scores of both the CogAT and Iowa Assessment tests are shared with parents once we receive the official results. Typically Rivermont students perform exceptionally well on both tests. If you have any questions regarding either the CogAT or the Iowa Assessment exams, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the administrative or faculty staff.

Pancake Breakfast

Don't forget to come to the NHS Pancake Breakfast in support of the Student Hunger Drive is this Friday starting at 7:00 am. $5 or 10 cans of food is the admission price for a delicious breakfast for a great cause!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend,

Todd Zachary



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