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Archive

December 27th

Kindergarten planning changes

Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Lakeview Elementary so we are in the process of collecting the names of children in the Solon Community School District who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2012. Children must turn five by Sept. 15, 2012, to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten.
If you have a child who will attend kindergarten next fall collecting information is going to be a little different this year.

SCSD professional development

Solon Community School District (SCSD) staff members regularly engage in their own learning during 1 p.m. early dismissals. Staff development time is an opportunity for individuals and teams to focus on areas in which our data indicates we could do a better job helping students learn essential concepts and skills. In order to monitor our own progress, a website was created at the beginning of the 2010 to 2011 academic year. The SCSD professional development website has received multiple updates and revisions over the past year.

Standards-based grading

The 2011 to 2012 district study states, “SCSD stakeholders will analyze and study aspects of standards-based grading and reporting at all grade levels.” At the Dec. 8 SIAC meeting, committee members listened to the perspectives of middle school and high school teachers and students as it relates to standards-based grading. Interested parents and community members are invited to view a video outlining the proposed changes at www.tinyurl.com/scsdsbgvideo
A parent/community forum focusing on standards-based grading will be held in the spring at a date to be determined.

School board meetings

The regular January meeting of the Solon Board of Education will be Monday, Jan. 9, in the central office conference room beginning at 6 p.m.

Dorian Vocal Festival

Congratulations to Ashley Holubar, Hillary Kaefring, Robbie Jedlicka and Kyle Stewart who have been selected to participate in Luther College’s 62nd annual Dorian Vocal Festival to be held Sunday, Jan. 9 and Monday, Jan. 10, 2012, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus in Decorah. Attending the Vocal Festival will be 1,400 high school singers from eight states, representing over 350 high schools. The Dorian Vocal Festival is claimed to be the largest high school honor choir in the world. Allen Hightower, conductor of the Nordic Choir, will conduct the festival.

Spartans rebound with win

SOLON– There’s nothing like a big win against a traditional opponent to help heal the sting of two consecutive conference losses.
The Solon boys managed just that Thursday night, leaping out to a 24-2 first quarter lead and then burying the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks, 63-27, as part of a home non-conference doubleheader.
Just about everything went well for the Spartans, who dropped two games on the road the week before.

Girls lose in OT

SOLON– Kirsten Purdy’s three-pointer with less than a minute in regulation tied the game, but Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t pull it out in overtime.
Solon’s girls fell to the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie Thursday night, 31-29, as part of a home non-conference doubleheader before winter break.
Purdy’s three, her only basket of the game, came on a designed play after a timeout late in the game when the Lady Spartans had fallen behind on a night when both teams were struggling to score.

Caught and cuffed after burglary in NL

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department apprehended three individuals suspected in a home invasion and robbery Friday morning.
North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin said North Liberty officers responded to a report of a home invasion at 745 N. Front St. at 10:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, where property was taken from the residence. The victim told police she was assaulted, and the suspects indicated they were armed with handguns.

GOP Caucus Jan. 3 at Solon Middle School

IOWA CITY– The Republican Party of Johnson County has announced the locations of the Tuesday, Jan. 3, Republican Precinct Caucuses for Johnson County.

Extension offers free monthly parenting newsletter

AMES– Any parent, new or seasoned, may have questions regarding his or her children. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a free monthly newsletter, Just in Time Parenting, with helpful information on parenting young ones.
According to Kimberly Greder, an extension specialist and associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, the newsletter is written by a team of university researchers and educators and is based on the latest research.
Each month parents will get information specific to their child’s age and needs.