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“Step It Up Iowa” event promoted awareness, wellness

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Nearly 140 Council Bluffs Community School District staff, family and community members participated in the statewide “Step It Up Iowa” event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Step It Up 16

The annual event is organized by Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, whose goal is “to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.” Each year, hundreds of 30-minute walk events take place across the state on one selected day. According the to Iowa Healthiest State Initiative website, organized, public walks took place in all 99 Iowa counties, totaling more than 900 walks throughout the state on October 5.

The Council Bluffs Community School District’s “Step It Up Iowa” walk took place at the newly-renovated Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex. Each participant received a free T-shirt and pedometer. A grand prize drawing also awarded five participants with wellness prizes, including a Fitbit, MIRA insulated water bottle, digital food scale, NutriBullet and Fitbit Smart Scale. Step It Up 26

The CB Schools event was coordinated by the District’s Human Resources team as part of the ongoing wellness program events. “We wanted to host a fun event to get people active and raise awareness about both the District wellness program and the need to exercise, even if it is non-strenuous and just for brief periods each day,” said Greg Anderson, benefits specialist for the District.

 

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Nearly 140 Council Bluffs Community School District staff, family and community members participated in the statewide “Step It Up Iowa” event on Wednesday, Oct. 5.  The annual event is organized by Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, whose goal is “to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.” Each year, hundreds of 30-minute walk events take […]

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Iowa Youth Survey for Students in Grades 6, 8 and 11

Students in 6th, 8th and 11th grades will be asked to take the Iowa Youth Survey at school sometime between October 15th and November 4th.  Participation in the survey is anonymous and strictly voluntary, and no student is required to complete the questionnaire.

The 2016 Iowa Youth Survey is directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the purpose of the survey is to collect information about Iowa youth so we can better understand their beliefs, values, and decisions about what makes them feel secure, strong, and safe in their communities, schools, and families. In addition, information is collected about their ideas on alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bullying and harassment, and violence prevention. The information collected will help the state planning agencies, our schools, and local community task forces put together valuable future programming.

As a parent, you can request to preview the survey and have the authority to notify us by October 14th if you do not want your child to take the survey. If we do not hear from you that you object to having your child participate, then your child will be given the survey.

Link to Parent Letter regarding Iowa Youth Survey

Here is a link to the survey questions: Click here

Students in 6th, 8th and 11th grades will be asked to take the Iowa Youth Survey at school sometime between October 15th and November 4th.  Participation in the survey is anonymous and strictly voluntary, and no student is required to complete the questionnaire. The 2016 Iowa Youth Survey is directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, […]

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Fine Arts Faculty Present Art Show

staff art show 2016 flyerThe Council Bluffs Community School District Fine Arts Faculty invite you  during October to view the “Artists for Future Artists” show at Beauty Operators, located at 156 W. Broadway on the 100 Block in downtown Council Bluffs. The salon is open generally from 10 am – 7 pm weekdays, and most Saturdays.

The Council Bluffs Community School District Fine Arts Faculty invite you  during October to view the “Artists for Future Artists” show at Beauty Operators, located at 156 W. Broadway on the 100 Block in downtown Council Bluffs. The salon is open generally from 10 am – 7 pm weekdays, and most Saturdays.

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Voters Renew Levy for Ten More Years to Maintain Schools

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Thanks to everyone who voted in the Special School Election on September 13th 
to renew longstanding levy that funds building maintenance and technology. The renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy will not raise taxes, just extend the existing levy for 10 years.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Special School Election on September 13th to renew longstanding levy that funds building maintenance and technology. The renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy will not raise taxes, just extend the existing levy for 10 years.

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

All Our Kids 2016-17-compressedThe school year is off to a great start!  All Council Bluffs Community School District staff members are working as a team to provide engaging learning experiences for All Our Kids!!

The school year is off to a great start!  All Council Bluffs Community School District staff members are working as a team to provide engaging learning experiences for All Our Kids!!

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School Bus Schedule Updated

The updated school bus schedule is now available.  Parents are encouraged to review the schedule to confirm the location of the bus stop nearest home, and the time the bus will pick up in the morning and arrive after school.  Click on Read More to access link to the online schedule.

 

 

Click here to see the building-level schedule

Questions?  Email transportation@cb-schools.org or call 712-320-8999.

The updated school bus schedule is now available.  Parents are encouraged to review the schedule to confirm the location of the bus stop nearest home, and the time the bus will pick up in the morning and arrive after school.  Click on Read More to access link to the online schedule.     Click here to see […]

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Summer Exploration and Summer School Parents Invited to Take a Survey

survey-clipart-cliparti1_survey-clip-art_10Parents of students who are participating in the Middle and High School Summer Exploration Program classes are invited to take an online survey about your child’s experience in the program of the Council Bluffs Schools. Your feedback will be valuable in our efforts to continuously enhance or programs for students.  Thank you, in advance, for your time. Click on the following links to take the survey:

Elementary School Parent Survey

Middle School Parent Survey

High School Parent Survey

Parents of students who are participating in the Middle and High School Summer Exploration Program classes are invited to take an online survey about your child’s experience in the program of the Council Bluffs Schools. Your feedback will be valuable in our efforts to continuously enhance or programs for students.  Thank you, in advance, for your time. […]

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Change in School Start Times for 2016-17 School Year

school_bus_stop_paddleDid you know there are changes to the school day start and end times for this school year? These changes are being made after careful consideration and in light of the opportunity to gain significant cost-savings of $400,000 each year for bus transportation. This is one way the school district can counter several years of reduced financial support from the state and help maintain class sizes and student programs.

 

Tuesdays through Fridays

Middle School:  7:30 am- 2:30 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)
High School:  8:10 am-3:10 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)
Elementary School: 8:55 am-3:45 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

Mondays

Middle School:  7:30 am- 12:50 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)
High School:  8:10 am-1:30 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)
Elementary School: 8:55 am-2:05 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

With these new start and end times, each bus can be used for three routes instead of for two routes, decreasing the need to lease as many buses or employ as many drivers.

We considered several time shifts, and planned to ask our staff and families about which option in schedules was preferred.  However, our study and the estimates from our bus company, First Student, showed that this one specific schedule option would have the most significant positive impact on the school district budget, so it makes sense to implement that change for the 16-17 school year.

We appreciate your support and flexibility as we attempt to find cost-saving measures that will not interfere with the programs that help all children succeed. If you have any questions about this, please contact your child’s school. You are also welcome to call the school district’s office at 712-328-6446.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What will be the new start and end times for schools next school year for Tuesdays through Fridays?

A:  Middle School:  7:30 am- 2:30 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)

     High School:  8:10 am-3:10 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)

     Elementary School: 8:55 am-3:45 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

Q:  What will be the start and end times for Mondays?

A:  Middle School:  7:30 am- 12:50 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)

     High School:  8:10 am-1:30 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)

     Elementary School: 8:55 am-2:05 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

Q:  What time will breakfast be served?

A:  Middle School: 7:00-7:25 am
High School: 7:20-8:00 am
Elementary School: 8:30-8:50 am (times slightly different for some buildings)

Q:  How much money will this save?

A:  This change to the school start and end times will result in a savings of at least $400,000 annually due to the reduction of the number of busses and drivers needed for the daily morning and afternoon routes.  In a time when funding from the state is inadequate to pay for increasing costs of operating a school district and paying fair wages to employees, this $400,000 is significant since that money can instead be used to maintain programs for students as well as to retain teachers and other staff members who serve students.

Q:  Why not have high school start much later based on the research that shows sleeping in is good for teenagers?

A: The option considered with high school starting at 8:45 a.m. would save only about half of the amount of money of the chosen option.  In addition, parents, students and staff members expressed concerns about after-school activities and work obligations for high school students.

Q: Why didn’t you seek input from parents and staff?

A: We considered several time shifts, and planned to ask our staff and families about their preferred change.  However, our study and the estimates from our bus company, First Student, showed that this one specific option would have the most significant positive impact on finances, so it makes sense to implement that change for the 16-17 school year.

Q:  Were there any other schedules that were considered?

A:  It would be possible to save even more money by changing three elementary schools’ schedules to match the high school schedule. However, varied elementary schedules would be too disruptive for traveling teachers who serve multiple elementary buildings, so we didn’t seriously consider the option.

Q:  What will be the work hours for employees at each school level?

A:  The work schedules will shift accordingly with the earlier or later start times to provide the appropriate coverage during student hours. Elementary licensed staff work 7.5 hours per day and Middle/High licensed staff work 8 hours per day. Building administrators as well as the directors of the Nutrition and Custodial departments will determine schedules of the full and part-time staff in those departments.

Q:  How will the change the schedules of traveling teachers for specials, etc?

A:  The schedules of traveling teachers will be set as soon as possible to account for the changes in school start and end times. The master schedules may change based on teachers who serve both middle and high schools, for example, to account for the 40- minute difference in schedules rather than the current 5-minute difference.  

Did you know there are changes to the school day start and end times for this school year? These changes are being made after careful consideration and in light of the opportunity to gain significant cost-savings of $400,000 each year for bus transportation. This is one way the school district can counter several years of reduced financial support […]

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Retiring Chief HR Officer Janet Reiners Receives Recognition

Janet Reiners Special Congressional and Iowa Awards Congressional Record Award to Reiners Iowa House of Representatives Special Award

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Janet Reiners, longtime Chief Human Resource Officer in the Council Bluffs Community School District! She was surprised with a few special honors on July 21st, during her last week of service to the District. U.S. Congressman David Young presented a copy of the Congressional Record from July 13th, honoring Janet upon her retirement and for having received the Iowa State Education Association’s TEAM Award “Together, Educators and Administrators Make it Happen.” Iowa Representative Mary Ann Hanusa also presented Janet with a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives.

          Congratulations to Janet Reiners, longtime Chief Human Resource Officer in the Council Bluffs Community School District! She was surprised with a few special honors on July 21st, during her last week of service to the District. U.S. Congressman David Young presented a copy of the Congressional Record from July 13th, honoring Janet […]

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3rd Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

The third trimester for the 2015-16 school year is complete!  Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll!

Gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher, silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79, and bronze level represents a GPA of 3.0-3.49.

Kirn Middle School

Wilson Middle School

Abraham Lincoln High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

The third trimester for the 2015-16 school year is complete!  Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll! Gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher, silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79, and bronze level represents a GPA of 3.0-3.49. Kirn Middle School Wilson Middle School Abraham Lincoln High School Thomas Jefferson […]

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