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ICCSD still drawn to magnet school concept

Task force will gather more information, community feedback

IOWA CITY– When it comes to magnet schools, officials from the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) are keeping the option on the table and asking for feedback.
At the Sept. 8 school board meeting, the ICCSD Board of Directors heard an update from the Magnet School Task Force, formed last year to explore the possibility of a magnet school in the district. Becky Furlong, the district’s Chief Academic Officer, presented the committee’s plan for seeking community feedback as a two-step process: educate and engage.

Join the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk Sunday, Sept. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the Annual North Liberty Fun Run / Walk Sunday, Sept. 20. Everyone is invited to participate in this family-friendly 5K and $100 will be donated to the school with the highest participation.

Beginning at North Bend Elementary, and sponsored by Sean McIntyre Real Estate, the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk features a 5K route and a free kids race for children ages 12 and under. Registration is $15 before Sept. 18, and $20 on race day. To register online visit GetMeRegistered.com.

Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace concert in North Liberty on Sept. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Matthew Smith and the band Indelible Grace will perform on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2707 Dubuque St. NE, North Liberty. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Fall Festival set for Oct. 3

Colony Pumpkin Patch to kick off picking season Sept. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– A twisty 5-acre corn maze. Pumpkins. A climb-aboard spider web. Pumpkins. A corncob blasting cannon, and, yes, more pumpkins.
Toss in a barrel train, a bouncy house and tons of other kids’ activities, and it adds up to a day of family fun at the Colony Pumpkin Patch’s annual Fall Festival, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., in North Liberty.
But pumpkin lovers won’t have to wait until October for the fun to begin.
Colony Pumpkin Patch, located at 2780 Front St., will launch its annual pumpkin-picking season Saturday, Sept. 19, with pumpkins available through Oct. 30.

Utility work delays Tiffin’s Ireland Avenue project

TIFFIN– Nobody enjoys traffic delays; sometimes least of all, those who help create them.
As is the case in Tiffin, where U.S. Highway 6 has seen construction crews since June 1, and the Ireland Avenue extension project has been an ongoing endeavor for nearly eight years now.
City officials are as eager to get to the end of the road construction as commuters.

No Child Left Behind results reinforce need for new system of federal accountability, says Wise  

DES MOINES– Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said this year’s report on student performance under the federal No Child Left Behind law reflects a flawed system of school accountability rather than the work of Iowa’s classrooms, and he expressed optimism that a long-overdue revision of the federal law is on the horizon.

West wins annual battle against City High, 3-2

We like the spike!

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY– They took back The Spike.
West High’s Women of Troy took possession of the traveling trophy, consisting of a golden railroad spike mounted on a plaque, after defeating rival City High, 3-2, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the West High gymnasium. The City High Little Hawks won the coveted trophy last year, by the same margin, in their gym.
City was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the Women of Troy were 10th.

Clippers football falls to 0-3 with 28-7 loss to Washington

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WASHINGTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sank to an 0-3 record in the 2015 varsity football season as they opened district play with a 28-7 loss on the road to the Washington Demons Friday, Sept. 11.
Washington’s Ryan Reighard challenged the Clipper defense running for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Aaron Akers ran for 126 yards to lead the CCA offensive effort. Evan Downes, sporting his Clipper-blue Mohawk, returned a Demon punt 17 yards for a touchdown to prevent the shutout.

Clipper boys win Tipton Invitational

Hinricks wins JV race, Douglass takes third in varsity cross country

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TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys cross country coach Ben Robison called his team’s performance in the Tipton Invitational “one of, if not the best, top-to-bottom meets I’ve ever seen.”
The Clipper boys won the meet, besting a field of 18 teams plus four incomplete teams.
Eric Douglass took third place in the varsity race with a time of 17:35, with teammate Jacob Tener not far behind in seventh place.

West boys second, girls fourth at CR Invitational

Greiner leads boys, Gabby Skopec sets the pace for the ladies

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s cross country squads competed in the 2015 Cedar Rapids Invitational hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Thursday, Sept. 10, at Noelridge Park.
The Trojan guys placed second in overall team points behind winner Cedar Rapids Prairie. Kolby Greiner was the fastest Trojan with a fifth-place finish in 16:26.01. The Women of Troy were fourth in team points behind Pleasant Valley, Muscatine and Bettendorf with Gabby Skopec’s eighth-place finish leading the way for West in 19:14.86.

Women of Troy soak Little Hawks in swimming

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy took on rival City High in a swimming dual meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center.
West High swept the Little Hawks in both junior varsity (JV) and varsity competition. The JV squad splashed City High, 105-32, while the varsity won, 116-69.
West High swimmers won all but four events: the JV 50-yard freestyle, JV 100-yard backstroke, varsity 1-meter diving and the varsity 100-yard breaststroke.

A major invitation

CCA marching band, color guard to travel to nation’s capitol in May

TIFFIN– Brighten the brass, shine up the sousaphones and unfurl the flags. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Marching Band is going to Washington.
The 106-piece marching band, under the direction of John Smith, along with the CCA Color Guard led by Crys Smith, were selected to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade to be held May 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.