Did You Know?

All elementary and middle schools had greater than 96% average daily attendance throughout the 2013-14 school year!


High School DECA Students Qualify for State DECA Competition

Many of our students at Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson High Schools participated in the DECA District Competition this past Tuesday, January 20th, in Sioux City. All students qualified for the state competition, which will be held February 22nd-23rd. Students who earn 1st-3rd place in the state competition will qualify for the national competition.


20150120_140146ALHS DECA District Results 2015:

Brittany Hutchens: Restaurant & Food Services Marketing, 1st Place

Paige Wholers & Lauryn Kenkel: Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Event, 1st Place

Alex McGee: Restaurant & Food Services Marketing, 2nd Place

Brett Egner & Billy Ehrenberg: Sports Marketing Team Event, 2nd Place

Luci Villarreal:  Apparel & Accessories Marketing, 3rd Place

Maddi Valdivia: Food Marketing, 3rd Place

Megan Floerchinger & Caye Schnackel: Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Event, 3rd Place

Lexie Bates: Retail Merchandising, 7th Place

Emily Scheffler: Principles of Business Administration, 9th Place

Abby Groepper: Principles of Business Administration, 10th Place


TJ DECATJHS DECA District Results 2015: 

Brittney Snipes: Retail Merchandising, 1st Place

Devon Kermoade & Logan Hotz: Sports Marketing Team, 1st Place

Wayne Wakehouse & Chase Hayden: Travel & Tourism, 2nd Place

Caitlyn Bowe: Apparel & Accessories, 4th Place

Libby Havenridge: Restaurant & Food Services, 4th Place

Erick Avalos: Principals of Business Management and Administration, 5th Place

Updated School Calendar Reflects Snow Make-Up Day

As indicated on the school calendar, “snow” days are to be made up in March.  At this point, March 5th will be a day of school, and serve as the last day of the 2nd trimester, making up for the missed day of school we had on January 7th.  We have posted a revised calendar on the calendar link above.

Thank you!

No School on Wednesday, January 7th, Due to Extremely Cold Temperatures

School is cancelled for Wednesday, January 7th, due to the forecast and extremely cold temperatures.  Students are invited to stay warm and read at least 30 minutes!

Nominate a Teacher for the 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 13, 2015. 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: 
Joan VonTersch-Crampton, Roosevelt Elementary
Albert Hudek, Ed.D., Thomas Jefferson High School
Mary Reid, Lewis & Clark Elementary
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
Jane Burgett, Carter Lake Elementary
Deb Goodman, Thomas Jefferson High School
Jim Misner, Kirn Middle School
Kristy Courter, Abraham Lincoln High School
Karla Hughes, Thomas Jefferson High School
Terry McNeal, Edison Elementary
Deb Carlson, Hoover Elementary
Deb Masker, Kirn Middle School
Diane Storey, Thomas Jefferson High School
Kay Durfey, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Sandy Leaders, Thomas Jefferson High School
Dirk Waller, Abraham Lincoln High School
Brooke Bunten, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Marleen Peterson, Thomas Jefferson High School

Students Perform Good Deeds Throughout Council Bluffs

Students at Thomas Jefferson High School, Kirn Middle School, and Franklin Elementary School were all featured this past weekend in the Omaha World Herald for their good deeds throughout the holidays! Their stories are listed in the “Have You Heard the Latest?” section under Quicklinks on the bottom right on the page. We know there are many other service projects being performed at all of our schools, and we are proud of the work and service in which our students are participating!

Along with the stories included in the Omaha World Herald article (found here), we have heard about:

  • The Carter Lake Community Resource Center (housed at Carter Lake Elementary) sponsored Christmas baskets for needy families. Students brought non-perishable items to donate.
  • Edison Elementary collected diapers for the diaper drive.
  • Hoover Elementary had a Project Hope bin and collected items for Junior League.

Keep up the great work!

National Honor Society Contribute to Community Basket Project

On Thursday, Dec 12 Thomas Jefferson National Honor Society students helped with the Community Basket Project. DECA collected over 1000 cans for this project and the NHS students assisted families while they filled their baskets with food, clothes, and toys. Over 400 families were helped through the Community Basket project.

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Students Earn Trimester 1 Honor Roll

The first trimester for the 2014-15 school year is complete! Many of our outstanding students got a GPA of 3.25 or higher in middle school, and 3.5 or higher in high school. Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll!

For middle school, gold level represents a GPA of 3.75-4.0, silver level represents a GPA of 3.74-3.50, and bronze level represents a GPA of 3.25-3.49.

For high school, gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher, and silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79.

Congratulations honor roll students!

Click the links below to read each school’s honor roll list:

Kirn Middle School

Wilson Middle School

Abraham Lincoln High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

Kirn Middle School Students Qualify for Honor Band

KIRN SWIBACongratulations to the Kirn Middle School students who qualified to participate in the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association (SWIBA) Honor Band! They are Jacob Smith (Eb Alto Clarinet), Robert Hoag (Trombone), Gabe Albertus (Percussion), Justin Herrington (Trombone), Abigail Gray (Bb Clarinet), Riley Pope (Flute), Evelyn Zuniga (Bb Bass Clarinet), Ashley Hipnar (Alto Saxophone), and Mia Kawamitsu (Oboe)

Wilson Band Students Participate in Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association

Five students from Wilson Middle School qualified to participate in the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association (SWIBA) Honor Band November 14th at Lewis Central Middle School.  They were selected through an audition process involving over 500 students from all over Southwest Iowa.

Additionally, at the 8th grade level, students who are at the top of their section qualify for the All-Iowa Honor Band.  This band is formed with the top students from all of the districts in Iowa.  Kegan Wiley was selected for this prestigious honor to be a part of the All-Iowa Band in Des Moines, IA, in May 2015.

From left to right: Maxine Mass, clarinet, Charity McDaniel, flute, Kegan Wiley, trumpet, Hailie Aleksiak, flute, Kaylee Diamond, clarinet. photo (1)

Thomas Jefferson Drama Performs Night of One-Act Entertainments

Don’t miss Thomas Jefferson’s evening of one-act entertainments! Tonight and Saturday night at 7:32 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.ACM Color Poster Final (1)