Prybil Promoted to Assistant Superintendent
At the March 9, 2020 meeting, the Moline School District Board of Education approved an administrative recommendation to promote Dr. Brian Prybil to Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Teaching & Learning, effective July 1, 2020. Prybil has served as the Principal at Washington Elementary for the past six years.
Prybil began his career in Moline in 1998 as a high school science teacher and served as activities director. Prior to his appointment as Principal at Washington Elementary, he served as Assistant Principal at Wilson Middle School from 2010-2014.
His professional experience includes working with students and teachers across all levels of Pre-K through 12th grade public education. In 2015, he was recognized state wide as a Digital Leader Now (DLN) for transforming classrooms and creating new learning opportunities for students. Prybil was recently presented with the Illinois Principals Association Elementary Principal of the Year Award for the Blackhawk Region. He has coached many sports including middle school and high school basketball, middle school tennis, and middle school and high school swimming. Dr. Prybil helped start and co-coach the IHSA 2014 State Champions and 2012 State Runner-Up Moline High School bass fishing team.
Prybil earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and an Educational Specialist degree from Western Illinois University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biology for Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.
Dr. Prybil’s primary responsibilities will include evaluating elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment, administrators and staff, evaluating and supervising PreK-5 principals, managing federal, state, Title I, II, III, IV, and Preschool for All grants, supervising the implementation of the district’s PreK-5 education programs, testing and assessment programs, and curriculum development oversight.
This position is a result of district administrative restructuring after an early retirement and is cost neutral. A search has been opened to replace Prybil at Washington.
Moline High School Students Named as Illinois State Scholars
Moline High School Principal Trista Sanders is pleased to announce that thirty students from the Moline High School graduating class of 2020 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank. View names of the 2020-21 Illinois State Scholars.
“In this 61st year of the Illinois State Scholar Program, we commend another class of outstanding students that will lead us into the future,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “Congratulations to these Scholars for their hard work and accomplishments, and congratulations to the families, principals, teachers, counselors, coaches, mentors, and all of the other individuals who not only help our students find the path that will allow them to flourish, but also support them every step of the way.”
While the State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, honorees will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Honorees can also download a digital Illinois State Scholar badge that can be displayed on their online profiles and social media platforms, and shared with high school counselors, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others. A complete list of the 2020-21 Illinois State Scholars can be found on ISAC’s website.
Bicentennial Elementary Teacher Selected as Golden Apple Finalist
Moline-Coal Valley School District elementary teacher Christine Watts has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2020 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Christine teaches 4th grade at Bicentennial Elementary in Coal Valley.
Fellow educators, students, parents and community members nominate teachers for the Golden Apple Award. Following a highly competitive process, 30 4th-8th grade educators were selected as finalists for the award. This is just 4 percent of 732 nominations received from 64 counties in Illinois.
Award finalists will be honored on Saturday, February 22nd at a special Celebration event at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Award recipients will be notified in the spring with surprise visits at their schools.
A 21-year veteran teacher of Moline-Coal Valley School District, Christine began her teaching career at Roosevelt Elementary, teaching 4th-6th grade for twelve years, and at Franklin Elementary for six. In 2017, she transferred to Bicentennial Elementary to teach 4th grade.
The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching honors outstanding teachers for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and school communities. The organization’s mission is to prepare, honor and support great educators who advance educational opportunities for students in Illinois. For more information about the Golden Apple Awards, visit https://www.goldenapple.org/awards.
MHS Celebrate new CNC Manufacturing Program with Open House
It is projected that over the next decade, 3½ million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled around the nation. This need also impacts our local community. To help prepare high school students who want to enter the manufacturing world upon graduation, Moline High School has created a new CNC (Computer Numerical Control Manufacturing) course and program, complete with a modernized equipment lab.
In celebration of the new program, Moline High School will host an open house on Wednesday, November 13, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The public is invited to attend beginning at 7:00 pm and tour the new CNC lab featuring state-of-the-art CNC lathes, CNC vertical mills, and FANUC simulator stations. Guests should park and enter at the southeast corner of the building near the baseball diamond. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony for program sponsors, business partners, and staff will take place at 6:30 pm.
Effective with the fall 2019 semester, Moline High School students have the unique opportunity to take courses in the new CNC Lab, ultimately qualifying for one of twelve apprenticeships with local businesses in the manufacturing industry. Apprentices who successfully complete the high school coursework will earn an Introductory CNC Machining certificate from Black Hawk College upon graduation, and after completing all apprenticeship competencies will be Department of Labor certified as a CNC Set-Up Programmer for Milling and Turning. A unique opportunity in the Illinois Quad Cities, Moline's CNC Machining program boasts FANUC simulators and Neway VMC's and lathes, along with a range of manual machines, providing students a full complement of skills and hands-on practice with machining and programming machines for industry-level production.
Moline’s new lab equipment and curriculum are made possible through generous gifts and support from the Harris Family Charitable Giving Trust, Chris Ontiveros, John Deere Cylinder Division, The Moline Foundation, Moline Public Schools Foundation, and Title I federal grant funds.
New Physical Education Facility at Moline High School
The Moline-Coal Valley Board of Education has approved a plan for a new multi-purpose physical education facility at Moline High School. The $14 million physical education facility will feature a six-lane track, four multi-use courts, improved locker rooms, and a new weight room. Funding for new weight room equipment is included in the project cost.
The facility design will be an open concept and multi-use, allowing for improved physical education opportunities. It will also include recreational space for health and wellness activities.
With student safety as a top priority, the new facility will create a safer physical education space for Moline High School students. The need for additional physical education space at the high school is great. The three gymnasiums are in constant use. Often PE classes and sports practices are held outside or indoors in hallways, or where space allows. Moline’s weight and locker rooms are in need of updating, and limited space has caused overcrowding.
The District has selected Shive-Hattery as the architect and Russell as construction manager for the project. A timeline is being established and a facility rendering will be created during the design phase. The target date for having students using the completed facility is December 2020.
The new multi-purpose physical education facility will be funded through bond repayment over eight years. With bond funding, Moline residents will not see tax increases related to the new facility.
A committee is also being established to seek a cooperative partnership to build a new swimming pool. The committee will include representatives from the Board of Education and the Moline community and will discuss ideas and funding options for a new swimming pool. The current pool was built in the 1950s.
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