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Archive

July 30th, 2012

Upcoming dates

Aug. 10 and 13: New staff orientation.
Aug. 16, 17, 20: District workshops.
Aug. 21: First day of school.
Monday Sept. 3: Labor Day; no school.
Please visit the school’s website at www.solon.k12.ia.us under the calendars tab for the online calendar listing all activities, times, and locations. Events may be changed so this calendar is updated as changes do occur.

New staff
We are pleased to welcome the following new staff to the Solon Community School District:
Samantha Burdick– Pre-K

Middle school girls break track records during 2012 season

SOLON– Two school records and a season of first and second place finishes marked the 2012 season for Solon’s eighth grade girls track team. Solon’s seventh graders nearly matched those team finishes– and have their sights set on middle school records in 2013.

District to begin selling parking spaces at new stadium

SOLON– Beginning Aug. 6, the Solon Community School District will be selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. The new stadium will include a parking lot directly behind the home side bleachers that will have 41 parking spaces. The Solon Board of Education has approved a plan to reserve 12 of these spaces for handicapped parking (double the six handicapped spaces required) and these will be available on a first come-first serve basis at each home football game for those cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit.

Recommendations for tree watering during drought conditions

DES MOINES– As drought conditions continue, Iowans are concerned about the amount of water their yard trees need. Drought conditions can lead to tree decline, pest problems and, in extreme cases, tree mortality. Supplemental watering for mature trees will help maintain tree health during drought.
The best way to provide supplemental water to trees during a drought is manually. A bucket to measure how many gallons is best, but a garden hose, moved often, can provide a good soil soaking. Sprinklers are less efficient.

Disappearing ink

NORTH LIBERTY– Although this newspaper has a website with recent articles archived, you’re probably reading this on paper. You’re probably still reading your books by turning physical pages made of paper, hardcover or paperback, bought or borrowed, fiction or non-fiction.

ICCSD long-range facilities plan will wait for more data

IOWA CITY– At the next Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) facilities meeting on Aug. 7, three vendors will pitch their services and tools for determining school capacity, making enrollment and demographic projections, and mapping school boundaries.
University of Wisconsin-based Applied Population Laboratory (APL) does similar work to that already being done for the schools by the University of Iowa geography department.

Volunteer now

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty needs you. You are invited to take this opportunity to volunteer your time to serve on any one of the following. Applications are available at the city administration building at Three Quail Creek Cir., or on the city’s website: http://northlibertyiowa.org, and must be turned in as soon as possible. Iowa State Code requires that cities have gender balance on all boards and commissions. With appointments and reappointments, gender balance will be considered. Applications will be sought for the next two months to seek to achieve the required gender balance.

NL working to become a ‘cool city’

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2010, the City of North Liberty was the first town in Iowa selected to participate in Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program. The goal of the Hometown Rewards program is to reduce energy usage and improve the environment on a community-wide basis by encouraging residents, government, businesses and industries to develop and implement energy initiatives that save money and promote sustainability.

DeGowin blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center Aug. 12

IOWA CITY— The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive on Monday, Aug. 6, from 4 until 7 pm in the Gerdin Conference Rooms 1 and 3 at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
In an average week, UIHC patients need nearly 600 units of blood products. One pint of donated blood can help save the lives of several people.

Tigers maul Trojans in tournament

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– The West High Trojans rallied back from a 6-0 deficit last Wednesday at the state baseball tournament, but couldn’t tame the Tigers of West Des Moines Valley in a 10-5 Class 4A quarterfinal loss.
The Tigers put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning and enjoyed a four-run barrage in the fifth. West was shut-out until the bottom of the fifth when they staged a come-back with a four-run rally. A run in the sixth narrowed the gap to one run, but a four-run assault by the Tigers in the seventh sealed the Trojans’ doom.