Ann Nicholson named 2011 Linn County Educator of the Year

A technology and curriculum integration facilitator at the Educational Service Center, has been named the 2011 Linn County Educator of the Year. She will be recognized at the Linn County Educator of the Year Awards on Tuesday, May 3. Farmers State Bank sponsors the Linn County Educator of the Year Awards, which began in 1991. This …

Virtual-reality program helps E. Iowa students become the educators

Lisbon seventh grader James Cannon (right) tries to help eighth grader Tait Larson figure out how to mirror a shape in Blender, an open-source virtual reality program, during class on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Students in the Virtual Reality Education Pathfinders class work with other students and teachers to create virtual reality programs that can …

Slice of Jazz the only Iowa high school ensemble chosen for American Choral Directors Convention

From the Cedar Rapids school district: Washington High School’s “A Slice of Jazz” was the only Iowa high school music ensemble chosen to perform at the 2011 American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Chicago. The select choir will perform March 11 as part of “Jazz Night” events also featuring five other select ensembles, chosen …

Transportation Mural at Harrison Elementary School to Be Restored

CEDAR RAPIDS – A piece of history at Harrison Elementary School will have a face lift, so to speak. “Transportation,” a mural created by William Henning for Harrison, will be restored this spring. Tony Rajer, an art conservation and restoration professional from Wisconsin, will discuss the upcoming project during a community presentation at 2:30 p.m. …

31 CR Wash performing arts students earn All-State honors

The Iowa High School Music Association held auditions on October 23rd at West Delaware High School in Manchester for local high school students to select All-State Music Festival participants.   31 students from Cedar Rapids Washington High School earned All-State honors this year.  Of course we are pleased when any student is selected for All-State, but …

Student Volunteers Make a Difference

A team of 33 Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School students spent Sept. 15 sharing their skills as part of the local “Block By Block” flood recovery program.   “The student service group wanted to help fellow citizens who are still recovering from the flood of 2008,” explained Brian Reynolds, teacher and service group advisor. “The …

Viola Gibson students wrap up Great Depression unit with hobo lunch

Viola Gibson fourth grader Ben Bjornsen listens as school principal Kevin Uhde plays guitar during the first annual Hobo Lunch at the school on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, in Cedar Rapids. Fourth graders at the school have been studying the Great Depression, and dressed as hoboes, sang hobo songs and ate a typical meal of …

Students take control with virtual reality program

150 particpants from 21 school districts demostrate what they learned creating vitual reality and 3D applications at a Virtual Reality Education Pathfinders event at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids on Friday, August 6, 2010. (Cliff Jette/Sourcemedia Group) CEDAR RAPIDS — A bunny composed of squares and rectangles did a somersault on …

Class Sizes key in College Community Bond Vote for New Elementary School

CEDAR RAPIDS — With less than a week left until the April 3, 2012, $15 million bond election, College Community School District residents are making up their minds on whether or not the district should build a new elementary school. A handful of voters came out to an open house at Prairie Ridge Elementary School for more …

About 40 Percent of Local School Bus Drivers Have at Least One Traffic Ticket

More than 40 percent of school bus drivers in the corridor’s four largest school districts have at least one traffic violation since 2000, according to a Gazette and KCRG-TV9 investigation. A Cedar Rapids school bus driver was charged Sept. 21 with failure to yield to a pedestrian after she struck an 84-year-old woman in a …