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2016 Living the Mission Employees and Volunteer of the Year awards announced

The 2016 Living the Mission Employees and Volunteer of the Year were introduced at the May Board of Education meeting.

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From left: Kelly Sangster, Denise Hoag

Congratulations to Bloomer Elementary paraeducator, Kelly Sangster, the Support Staff Member of the Year, and Thomas Jefferson High School teacher Denise Hoag, the Licensed Staff Member of the Year!

Each received a glass sculpture and a cash award from the C.B. Community Education Foundation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to 2016 Substitute Teacher of the Year, Tyler McGee!

Tyler McGee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to 2016 District Volunteer of the Year, Mrs. Lori Poldberg, longtime parent volunteer at Carter Lake Elementary, Wilson Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School!

Lori Poldberg

The 2016 Living the Mission Employees and Volunteer of the Year were introduced at the May Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Bloomer Elementary paraeducator, Kelly Sangster, the Support Staff Member of the Year, and Thomas Jefferson High School teacher Denise Hoag, the Licensed Staff Member of the Year! Each received a glass sculpture and […]

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Change in School Start Times for 2016-17 School Year

school_bus_stop_paddleAs we prepare to wrap up the school year on June 7th, we wanted to share with all families there will be a change in the school day start and end times for next school year. This change is 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.

We realize this new schedule will prompt some changes to family and employee schedules, but our hope in communicating this several months in advance, is that everyone will have adequate time to plan.

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:  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.  

As we prepare to wrap up the school year on June 7th, we wanted to share with all families there will be a change in the school day start and end times for next school year. This change is being made after careful consideration and in light of the opportunity to gain significant cost-savings of […]

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Council Bluffs Teacher Nominated For The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

maskerMrs. Debora Masker of Kirn Middle School was awarded the junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for Iowa. As a winner of this award Masker is nominated for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June 2016. The National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award is awarded to one junior division (grades 6-8) and one senior division (grades 9-12) teacher who has shown outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing student interest in history education.
Each of the 56 affiliates of National History Day® awards one teacher in each division $500 and nominates him or her for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Masker is the junior division winner from Iowa and is now nominated for the national award.
The winners of the national award receive $10,000 in honor of their outstanding efforts to encourage and support history education. The affiliate and national awards are sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students and to encourage creative and inspiring instruction in classrooms around the world. The two national winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 16, 2016.
“National History Day firmly believes that quality teachers are the best educational resources students have,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The teachers selected as Behring Award recipients are a credit to their discipline, and exemplify what it takes to be a quality educator.”
Teachers can be nominated by their administrators, peers, or themselves.
To qualify for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award, teachers must participate in the National History Day Contest and demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Winners are chosen by a team of teachers, administrators, and historians. Their work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

Mrs. Debora Masker of Kirn Middle School was awarded the junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for Iowa. As a winner of this award Masker is nominated for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June 2016. The National Patricia […]

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Parents/Guardians Invited To Participate In School Survey

All parents and guardians in the Council Bluffs Schools are invited to participate in a survey about the school experience. If you did not already participate in the phone survey,  please take a few moments to complete the online survey for each of the schools your children attend.  We value and appreciate your feedback and will use the information to continue to enhance the school experience for children and families. The survey will remain open until Friday, May 13th, at noon. Thank you!

 

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All parents and guardians in the Council Bluffs Schools are invited to participate in a survey about the school experience. If you did not already participate in the phone survey,  please take a few moments to complete the online survey for each of the schools your children attend.  We value and appreciate your feedback and […]

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Autism Awareness Event April 30

2016 Autism Event FlyerThe 4th Annual Council Bluffs Autism Support Group Awareness Event on Sat, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Iowa School for the Deaf campus. Join us for the 5K, 1-Mile Fun Walk, the Pancake man, other food for sale, specialty vendors,bounce houses, raffles, face painting, crafts, photo booth and more! Registration OPEN NOW!

For more information, to volunteer or to register for the 5K/Run or Fun Walk, please visit www.cbautism5krun-walk.com

 

The 4th Annual Council Bluffs Autism Support Group Awareness Event on Sat, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Iowa School for the Deaf campus. Join us for the 5K, 1-Mile Fun Walk, the Pancake man, other food for sale, specialty vendors,bounce houses, raffles, face painting, crafts, photo booth and more! Registration OPEN […]

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2nd Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

The second 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

Abraham Lincoln High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

The second 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 Abraham Lincoln High School Thomas Jefferson High School

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Council Bluffs recognized as Iowa Technology Community of the Year Finalist

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Pictured in the back row, from left, are Don Kohler, Chris Russell, Michelle Bandur, Craig Carlsen, Jay Killion, Dan Kinney, Matt Walsh, Mark Howard, Jon McGreevey, David Fringer and Bob Mundt. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Diane Ostrowski, Lori Shields, Martha Bruckner, Kristine Plunkett, Wendy Schultz and Mike Wolf.

The Council Bluffs Community School District is proud to be a part of the effort that earned the city the honor of being named a finalist for the Iowa Technology Community of the Year Award presented by the Iowa Technology Association. A group of community representatives represented the city at the Association’s Prometheus Awards on April 14th to be recognized as a finalist.

The Council Bluffs Community School District is proud to be a part of the effort that earned the city the honor of being named a finalist for the Iowa Technology Community of the Year Award presented by the Iowa Technology Association. A group of community representatives represented the city at the Association’s Prometheus Awards on […]

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Former Walnut Grove Building Update Session-Monday, April 18th

Are you interested in hearing how the Walnut Grove Elementary School property will be transformed?

Monday, April 18th
6-7 pm
Franklin Elementary School
3130 Avenue C

As you may know, the Council Bluffs Community School District sold the Walnut Grove Elementary School property in the fall of 2015. The City of Council Bluffs Planning and Community Development Department, Neighborhood Works Home Solutions and Iowa Western Community College will be partners in transforming the property into new family housing.

To provide additional information and insight into the plan, members of each of the partner organizations will host an informational meeting.
No need to register for the meeting. If you have any questions, or would like additional information following the meeting,
please call 712-328-6443 or email dostrowski@cb-schools.org.

Are you interested in hearing how the Walnut Grove Elementary School property will be transformed? Monday, April 18th 6-7 pm Franklin Elementary School 3130 Avenue C As you may know, the Council Bluffs Community School District sold the Walnut Grove Elementary School property in the fall of 2015. The City of Council Bluffs Planning and Community […]

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Grade 8-11 Students/Parents Particpated to College Crossroads Event

College Crossroads Road SignHundreds of parents of students in grades 8 through 11 in the Council Bluffs Schools attended an important district-wide college and career planning event at Abraham Lincoln High School on Tuesday, April 19th. At the 2nd annual College Crossroads evnt, students and parents gained valuable insight by visiting with representatives from more than 20 colleges, universities and the military at a College Fair, and participating in a variety of helpful sessions, featuring expert presenters.

Here is a link to the full program so you can plan to attend next year’s event:  College Crossroads Session Booklet 2016

Hundreds of parents of students in grades 8 through 11 in the Council Bluffs Schools attended an important district-wide college and career planning event at Abraham Lincoln High School on Tuesday, April 19th. At the 2nd annual College Crossroads evnt, students and parents gained valuable insight by visiting with representatives from more than 20 colleges, universities […]

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Thomas Jefferson Booster Club 10th Anniversary Jacket Backer Dinner and Auction A Success!

12718184_776533529117303_8317032397085673572_nThank you to everyone who organized and attended Thomas Jefferson’s Booster Club’s 10th Anniversary Jacket Backer Dinner and Auction on April 9th, 2016.

Photos from the event can be found on Facebook at this link.

Thank you to everyone who organized and attended Thomas Jefferson’s Booster Club’s 10th Anniversary Jacket Backer Dinner and Auction on April 9th, 2016. Photos from the event can be found on Facebook at this link.

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