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Solon Economist

What can be done to protect Randall park?

Council hesitant to repeat flood damage

SOLON– What will happen to Randall Park?
Damage caused by the flooding of Mill Creek in April has rendered Randall Park unusable, and council members began considering options at a meeting last week.
The tone was not hopeful for a short-term solution.
Facing a minimum of $25,000 in repairs and the possibility of a $100,000 project to protect the vulnerable area, council members recommended the cancelation of June events at the park and its shelter.

Sommers witness to American tragedy in Boston

Local woman shares marathon experience

NORTH LIBERTY– A runner for 13 years, none of the races previously undertaken by Iowa City pharmacist Stacy Sommers ended quite like the one on April 15, the most prestigious of America’s footraces, the Boston Marathon.
Moreover, this was Sommer’s very first Boston Marathon.

Solon Public Library

Area-wide garage sale registration open now

Solon School News

School calendar reminders

Thursday, May 16: Early dismissal, 1 p.m. for district in-service.
Sunday, May 19: Commencement exercises, HS gymnasium, 2 p.m.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day holiday.
Monday, June 3: Last student day, 11:30 a.m. dismissal.
Wednesday, June 4: Teacher work day.
Please check out the school’s on-line calendar for many other upcoming events and schedules.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10

Misel breaks school shot put record as girls roll

Lady Spartans double-up the competition at Monticello Invite

Team depth, placing in all 19 events– including wins in eight– had the Lady Spartans doubling up again April 30 at the Monticello Invitational. Solon cashed in with double-place winners in eight of the 12 individual events.
The girls rolled to196 points, more than twice what runner up Anamosa (73) could muster. They, Monticello (72), Mount Vernon (69) and West Branch (59.5) chased each other, battled for second through fifth place. Rounding out the field were Regina (34), North Cedar (32), Dyersville Beckman (29½) and Prince of Peace-Clinton (10).

Lady Spartans shut-out Maquoketa, Central DeWitt

SOLON– The Lady Spartans fell to the No. 1 team last week, but followed it up with two home conference victories.
Solon’s girls defeated Maquoketa 2-0 and Central DeWitt 1-0 last week after being beaten by No. 1 Davenport Assumption on the road last Monday.
Assumption handed the Lady Spartans a 5-0 loss in Davenport, but Solon remained ranked ninth in Class 1A, according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU).

Spartans defeat West Liberty

Solon moves to 10-2-2 after tie with Assumption

SOLON– The Spartans took on two powerhouses in one day and came out without a loss last week.
The boys’ soccer squad defeated West Liberty 3-1 at West Liberty Saturday and then traveled to Davenport Assumption later that day for a scoreless tie.
Tim Lance scored twice for the Spartans and Nick Brown added a goal on a penalty kick against the Comets. Brandan Childs was credited with an assist. Joe Weeks had four saves in the goal.
Weeks had five saves in the 0-0 battle against Assumption.
The two games capped a successful week for the Solon boys.

Solon Spotlight Schwann’s fundraiser through May 10

SOLON– Do you love ice cream? Or any of Schwann’s other great products? Solon Spotlight is sponsoring a Schwann’s fundraiser to help raise dollars to support the performing arts in Solon. Solon middle and high school music students will be around asking for your help. To help, just order some of Schwann’s delicious and convenient items from any student, and then pick up your order at the high school on May 15. Spotlight will receive a percentage of every Schwann’s order placed for this fundraiser. You can also place an order online at www.schwanns.com.

PTO to discuss standards based grading May 7

SOLON– The Solon Middle School PTO will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the middle school media center. Director of instructional support Matt Townsley will be the featured guest and will speak about standards based grading at the start of the meeting. There will be time for questions. This is an opportunity to learn about the grading system that is now active in all classes in the Solon Community School District.

Old Gold Dining to move May 6 through May 10

SOLON– Old Gold Senior Dining will be served at the Family Life Center, Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 while the floor in the fellowship hall is being replaced. The sponsored meal scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, May 15. Call 319-624-2251 for information and reservations.

MS schedule works- if you’re in band or choir

Administrators lament lack of flexibility for non-music students

SOLON– Sixty-four percent of Solon’s middle school students participate in either band or choir.
But for the remaining 35 percent, there are no options except study hall.
The scheduling dilemma was discussed at the April 8 meeting of the Solon school board and options will be explored in the coming months as administrators attempt to align possible academic changes with a long-range facilities plan.
The Solon Middle School operates on an eight-period day, but the periods are now arranged in a adjusted block to allow for a transition to the high school’s block schedule.

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