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Last year’s winter weather was a challenge for all of us. We all hope this year we will have less cold and snow. As we get closer to the winter season, I hope this article is a reminder of how we handle calling off school. more
Did you know one in five children has a learning or attention issue? In a classroom of 20 students, at least four of them may have learning challenges. more
Love is mysterious, full of beauty, and can leave us breathless in wonder and often love can start with a song. A melody on a romantic night, the tune that was playing at the dance when you caught her eye, and the song from home that made him seem close even when you were far apart and all seemed hopeless. more
When we file our tax returns, we don’t want is to learn that someone already filed for us and tried to claim our refunds! more
My internship at The NSP has taught me more than I could have imagined. I never thought I’d professionally write and publish newspaper articles, become a photographer, and use Adobe Indesign to edit pictures and stories. My work was diverse and ever-changing. more
Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week will be held Sept. 15-21 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week.This year’s national theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.” more
According to the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey, 22.4 percent of 11th-grade students, 8.3 percent of eighth-grade students and 2.4 percent of sixth-grade students currently use e-cigarettes. The long-term health consequences for youth using these products are unknown. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) now offers a special program for teens who want to quit using tobacco, including e-cigarettes. more
Manufacturing is critical to our national and state economies. We rightfully take pride in seeing a “Made in America” label because it represents not only a high-quality product, but the prowess of our workers and the economic success and prosperity they bring to our country. From farm and construction equipment to medical devices and wind turbines, Iowans have brought innovation and ingenuity to America’s manufacturing industry. more
Last month the state of Iowa issued yet another extension to Strategic Behavioral Health for its proposed 72-bed psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf. Readers may remember that SBH is a for-profit company based in Memphis.  Founded in 2006, the company operates 10 psychiatric hospitals in six states with plans to open facilities in Bettendorf and Middleton, Wis., an affluent community northwest of Madison. Despite delays and the 20 percent projected cost overrun of the Bettendorf project, the vote by the Iowa State Health Facilities Council was unanimous and without question or comment. more
With the recently announced two-year federal Budget Deal, discretionary spending will increase $2.7 trillion over the next two years. Knowing Iowa Republican Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley along with Iowa Democrat House of Representatives Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer and David Loebsack voted yea, they have proven they no longer care about a balanced budget or deficits. Only Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) opposed the legislation. more
I am so excited about the upcoming school year and looking forward to seeing all of our staff and students. I am sure we are in for a great year. The buildings are in great shape, and our teachers have been working all summer on updating their curriculum. As always, it is a privilege to serve the North Scott Community School District. more
You may have read recently that scientists in Switzerland have determined that in order to battle climate change, we would need to plant 1 trillion trees globally. more
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