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Kindergarten information night for parents – April 4

Are you prepared for your first child to attend kindergarten?

All first-time kindergarten parents are invited to learn what kindergarten is like in the Council Bluffs Community School District. If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 15, please join us for an informational presentation about kindergarten entrance requirements, what your child will learn, and the routines your child will encounter with the school experience.

Tuesday, April 4
6 to 7 p.m.
Council Bluffs Schools Educational Service Center
in the Omni Business Centre
300 West Broadway, Suite 1600

Also, save the date for kindergarten roundup on Thursday, April 20. This is when you’ll visit your child’s school, meet the kindergarten teachers, and register your child for next school year.

Questions can be directed to 712-328-6446.

 

Are you prepared for your first child to attend kindergarten? All first-time kindergarten parents are invited to learn what kindergarten is like in the Council Bluffs Community School District. If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 15, please join us for an informational presentation about kindergarten entrance requirements, what your […]

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College Crossroads set for March 27

Parents of 8th-11th grade students are invited to join the CB Schools on March 27th at 5 pm as we host more than 60 colleges, universities and military representatives at the biggest college planning event of the year. College Crossroads 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School will bring to life the possibilities your child can pursue following high school. It’s not too soon to visit college representatives or attend a few sessions to learn about scholarships and financial aid, plus much more! There will be a chance for prizes and give-aways! We don’t want you to miss this! Please view this FLYER for more information about the events from 5-7:30 pm, and Click here to pre-register. Even if you are not sure you can attend, register now.

You can view the College Crossroads information booklet here.

Parents of 8th-11th grade students are invited to join the CB Schools on March 27th at 5 pm as we host more than 60 colleges, universities and military representatives at the biggest college planning event of the year. College Crossroads 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School will bring to life the possibilities your child can […]

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District-wide Preschool Screening for 2017-18 school year set for April 3

A district-wide preschool screening will be held at the Council Bluffs elementary schools listed below on Monday, April 3, for the 2017-18 school year. The screenings will take place from 12 to 6 p.m. at each location. No appointments are necessary for the April 3 screening. This screening is ONLY for children who will be 4-years-old by September 15, 2017.

Please bring the following to the screening:

  • Your child for assessment
  • Your child’s birth certificate with a raised seal
  • A copy of your child’s immunization record
  • Your income verification for 2016, which could be your Federal Income Tax form (form 1040), that must list your child and reflect the adjusted growth income OR verification of Family Investment Program (FIP) assistance OR a food stamps card

What to expect at the screening:

  • Educators will have each child participate in activities to assess the child’s social skills, language skills, and large and small motor skills. The screening should take approximately one hour. The information gathered during the screening will be reviewed for eligibility.

Locations for Screenings:

  • Bloomer Elementary*
  • Carter Lake Elementary*
  • College View Elementary
  • Edison Elementary*
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary
  • Longfellow Elementary*
  • Roosevelt Elementary*
  • Rue Elementary*

*Interpreter will be present from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Council Bluffs Community School District makes every effort to provide as many opportunities as possible for children in our preschool programs. Please keep in mind that the Council Bluffs Community School District must follow certain eligibility criteria for students. Space in the preschool program is limited.

Please call the Preschool Department at 712-227-0098 with questions.

A district-wide preschool screening will be held at the Council Bluffs elementary schools listed below on Monday, April 3, for the 2017-18 school year. The screenings will take place from 12 to 6 p.m. at each location. No appointments are necessary for the April 3 screening. This screening is ONLY for children who will be 4-years-old […]

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Specialized Programs for Students with Special Needs Patron Tour Scheduled for March 17

The public is invited to learn more about the Council Bluffs Community School District during a Patron Tour on Friday, March 17. The event, which includes a multi-stop tour, will focus on the District’s programs and community partnerships to serve students with special needs.

Attendees will begin the tour at 9 a.m. at the District’s Educational Service Center (300 West Broadway, Suite 1600, Council Bluffs) with a continental breakfast. Following a brief introduction, the tour will continue with visits by school bus to Heartland Family Service Therapeutic School, Wilson Middle School and CHI Mercy Hospital. The event will conclude at the Educational Service Center at 12 p.m., with a sack lunch.

The patron tour is free to attendees, and those interested are asked to RSVP to Melissa Chalupnik by Tuesday, March 14 (mchalupnik@cb-schools.org or 712-328-6489 x. 6).

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The public is invited to learn more about the Council Bluffs Community School District during a Patron Tour on Friday, March 17. The event, which includes a multi-stop tour, will focus on the District’s programs and community partnerships to serve students with special needs. Attendees will begin the tour at 9 a.m. at the District’s Educational […]

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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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2016-17 School Year Trimester 1 Honor Rolls Announced

The first trimester for the 2016-17 school year is complete!  Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll!

For Abraham Lincoln High School and Thomas Jefferson High School:

  • Gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher
  • Silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79
  • Bronze level represents a GPA of 3.0-3.49
For Kirn Middle School and Wilson Middle School:
  • Gold level represents a GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.74
  • Bronze level represents a GPA of 3.25-3.49

Kirn Middle School

Wilson Middle School

Abraham Lincoln High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

 

 

The first trimester for the 2016-17 school year is complete!  Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll! For Abraham Lincoln High School and Thomas Jefferson High School: Gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher Silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79 Bronze level represents a GPA of 3.0-3.49 For Kirn Middle […]

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