Each year Art Educators of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council host a juried show to celebrate Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally during the month of March to highlight the importance of art and arts education programs across the country. Each member of AEI can select ten artworks to represent their school at the judging.
An artwork from each student on our team was sent to state. Judging took place in January and three students from Clarke had work accepted into the 2017 Youth Art Month Show. Jessica Vazquez (11), Alena Allen (10), and Lauren Mickle (8) will have their artwork on display with over 200 other pieces of student work from across Iowa.
A reception will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Johnson Wellness Center at Grandview University (1500 Morton Ave, Des Moines). You are invited to attend to celebrate their achievement. Registration and activities will begin at 1 PM, and the awards ceremony will begin at 2 PM.
The Youth Art Month show will be on display at Grandview University’s Rassmussen Center (2800 E 14th St) beginning March 10 until the celebration is complete.
If you are in Des Moines, stop by to visit the show and see their work as well as some of the best K-12 artwork from across the state!
FCCLA members, Brittany Beckett and Shelby Kentner, are competing in the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event category National Programs in Action. For their project, they set a goal of teaching a minimum of three lessons to 3rd graders. They taught the kids about MyPlate, healthy nutrition, and helped the kids learn how to make healthy snacks. The kids really enjoyed having Brittany and Shelby come to class, and they loved making the healthy snacks!
NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK
October 16-22, 2016
Des Moines, IOWA – Today’s youth are busier and more engaged than ever. Unfortunately, this also means they have more things to distract them, especially while they are driving. Iowa’s young drivers travel many miles over local, state and interstate highways. Many of these miles are before and after school as well as late at night after work or sporting events, in all kinds of weather.
October 16-22, 2016, is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road. National Teen Driver Safety Week was established by Congress in 2007 and is held annually on the third week of each October, its goal is to focus the country’s attention on this serious issue. In Iowa, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is asking law enforcement, parents, educators and other influencers to be vigilant in helping keep our youth safe through the awareness, experience and education of teen drivers.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In fact, in 2014, there were 2,614 teen passenger vehicle drivers (15-19 years old) involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. Older teen drivers (ages 18-20) are twice as likely as young teen drivers (ages 15-17) to be involved in fatal crashes between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving even as their teen gets older and gains more driving experience. Those dangers include alcohol, not wearing seat belts, texting, speeding, and extra passengers.
Research indicates which behaviors contribute to teen-related crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, drowsy driving; nighttime driving and other drug use aggravate this problem. Perhaps the most significant cause of teen crashes is multiple non-related teen passengers. This situation causes a high degree of distractions with minimal concentration on the road ahead. Often times this leads to lane departure resulting in serious or fatal crashes. Texting and driving continues to be a national epidemic, and teens are some of the worst offenders. Iowa’s electronic device law prohibits all drivers from texting while driving and also prohibits drivers under 18 from using any electronic device while driving that was not from the vehicle’s manufacturer.
Parents, teachers, mentors and adult influencers are encouraged to help keep our teen drivers safe by setting a positive example while driving. Drive responsibly by buckling up, driving the speed limit, not drinking and driving and not driving distracted. Remember- you are modeling driver behavior for those around you!
“It is our hope that Teen Driver Safety Week will get the word out to all parents of teens, and help them discuss these important issues,” said Mick Mulhern, Youth Coordinator for the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “I get it,” he added. “You probably think your teens aren’t listening, but if this one conversation could save a life, isn’t it a conversation worth having?”
Please contact your county sheriff’s office or local police department for local crash statistics. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IowaGTSB/ or Twitter: @IowaGTSB.
For more statistics and information involving Iowa’s youth, contact:
Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E. 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
The University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education administers the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy, or IOAPA, which provides Iowa students who are in schools without a traditional AP course the opportunity to enroll in online AP coursework through Apex Learning without paying the $350/student course fee. Clarke is fortunate enough to be one of these school districts, and we have had a growing number of students take AP classes each semester. Check out the infographic below to learn a little more about IOAPA. If you have any questions about the program, contact Paula Reece (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Scott (email@example.com).
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