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News for January, 2017

Board Welcomes Comments on Crescent Elementary School Closure Proposal

Crescent and Lewis & Clark parents and staff members, along with Crescent community members, attended an informational meeting at Lewis & Clark Elementary on January 30th. The purpose of the meeting was to share enrollment and student achievement statistics and other factors considered in preparing a recommendation to move Crescent Elementary students to Lewis & Clark Elementary next school year.  The Board of Education will hear a similar presentation at the Board meeting at 6:30 pm on February 14th.

Copy of presentation:  Crescent Parent Meeting Presentation.pdf

In advance of the meeting, comments or questions regarding the proposal may be submitted here:   Comment Form

Crescent and Lewis & Clark parents and staff members, along with Crescent community members, attended an informational meeting at Lewis & Clark Elementary on January 30th. The purpose of the meeting was to share enrollment and student achievement statistics and other factors considered in preparing a recommendation to move Crescent Elementary students to Lewis & […]

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Seeking Input on Superintendent Search

The Board of Education invites participation from the community to help determine the qualities, skills and experience desired in the next superintendent of the Council Bluffs Community School District.

You may attend an upcoming input session, facilitated by representatives of the search firm of Ray & Associates, or take an online survey (open through 8 a.m. on February 2). There are four sessions set for input from parents and the community.  There is no need to register in advance. Members of the Board of Education will appreciate this feedback as they work with the search firm in the recruitment and selection process for the best possible candidates.
Schedule of Meetings:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017:
  • 6:00-7:00 pm.. at Wilson Middle School (715 N. 21st Street)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017:
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Educational Service Center (300 W. Broadway, Suite 1600)
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m.  in the Abraham Lincoln High School Cafeteria (1205 Bonham Avenue)
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson High School Commons (2501 W. Broadway)
Link to the survey (CLOSED):  Click Here

Enlace de la encuesta (CERRADO):  Click Here

The Board of Education invites participation from the community to help determine the qualities, skills and experience desired in the next superintendent of the Council Bluffs Community School District. You may attend an upcoming input session, facilitated by representatives of the search firm of Ray & Associates, or take an online survey (open through 8 a.m. […]

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Remembering Walnut Grove Elementary event set for January 21

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A celebration of Walnut Grove Elementary School will take place on January 21, 2017. Individuals and families who attended the elementary school and those with memories of the school are invited to attend the event at Thomas Jefferson High School from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For those interested in owning a piece of the school’s history, 200 bricks from the original building will available to own at the celebration. The District is asking for voluntary donations for the bricks, with the money raised going to fund the Walnut Grove Elementary School Scholarship. “Right now, it has some funds, but it would be wonderful if the donations allowed us to continue the scholarship through the year of the last graduating seniors from Walnut Grove,” said Diane Ostrowski, Chief Communications Officer for the District.

The contents of a time capsule, which was recovered during the demolition process, will be revealed at 11 a.m. The time capsule was placed inside a cornerstone of the building on August 17, 1926.

Individuals who are unable to attend the event but are interested in obtaining a brick or supporting the scholarship fund are encouraged to make a donation via the Community Education Foundation using this link. When making a donation, leave a note indicating “Walnut Grove Scholarship” or “Walnut Grove Brick.” Donors will need to pick up their brick at the Foundation office (300 West Broadway, Suite 212) following the January 21 event.

A celebration of Walnut Grove Elementary School will take place on January 21, 2017. Individuals and families who attended the elementary school and those with memories of the school are invited to attend the event at Thomas Jefferson High School from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For those interested in owning a piece of the […]

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Nominate a CB Educator for the 2017 Nelson Family Foundation “Excellence in Teaching Award”

The H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes those individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and vision in our schools.

Nominations for these awards will be accepted through February 17, 2017. Making a nomination is a fantastic way to give a teacher the recognition he/she deserves. Five teachers will each receive a $5,000 check, a specially designed trophy and public recognition. You may nominate your favorite teacher online only by Clicking Here.

Nominees must have a minimum of two years experience as a certified teacher or counselor in the Council Bluffs Community School District (K-12). Nominations will be accepted from students (current and former), parents, fellow teachers, school administrators and the general public. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

The H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award Program is administered by The Omaha Community Foundation. Neither the Nelson Family nor administrators from either of the eligible school districts are involved in the process. Judges are independently selected by The Omaha Community Foundation and neither the Nelson Family nor school district administrators are aware of their identity. Recipients of the Nelson’s Excellence in Teaching Award Program are at the sole discretion of the judges.

Past Council Bluffs recipients include: 

2008
Joan VonTersch-Crampton, Roosevelt Elementary
Albert Hudek, Ed.D., Thomas Jefferson High School
Mary Reid, Lewis & Clark Elementary

2009
Christy Boldt, Longfellow, Pusey, and Washington Elementary Schools
Terry Hanzlik, Abraham Lincoln High School
Barbara Schmid, Longfellow Elementary School
JoAnn Tews, Walnut Grove Elementary School

2010
Jane Burgett, Carter Lake Elementary
Deb Goodman, Thomas Jefferson High School
Jim Misner, Kirn Middle School

2011
Kristy Courter, Abraham Lincoln High School
Karla Hughes, Thomas Jefferson High School
Terry McNeal, Edison Elementary

2012
Deb Carlson, Hoover Elementary
Deb Masker, Kirn Middle School
Diane Storey, Thomas Jefferson High School

2013
Kay Durfey, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Sandy Leaders, Thomas Jefferson High School
Dirk Waller, Abraham Lincoln High School

2014
Brooke Bunten, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Sandy Leaders, Thomas Jefferson High School
Marleen Peterson, Thomas Jefferson High School

2015
Sharon Crawford, Abraham Lincoln High School
James Giles, Thomas Jefferson High School/Wilson Middle School
Charissa Haney, Thomas Jefferson High School
Carolyn Ridenour, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center

2016
Mary Aney, College View Elementary
Tracy Bellamy, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Gjoa King, Carter Lake Elementary

The H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes those individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and vision in our schools. Nominations for these awards will be accepted through February 17, 2017. Making a nomination is a fantastic way to give a teacher the recognition he/she deserves. […]

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Calendar Approved for 2018-19 School Year

The Board of Education has approved the 2018-19 School Year calendar. The calendar is set typically a year and a half in advance so that families and employees can plan accordingly. You can find the calendars on the District’s website in the upper right hand menu bar under Calendar.  Read more to see and download the 2018-19 calendar.

2018-19 Calendar link

The Board of Education has approved the 2018-19 School Year calendar. The calendar is set typically a year and a half in advance so that families and employees can plan accordingly. You can find the calendars on the District’s website in the upper right hand menu bar under Calendar.  Read more to see and download […]

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