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Nominations for Nelson Excellence in Teaching Awards Due Feb 15th

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

Nominating a teacher is a fantastic way to give the recognition he/she deserves. Five teachers will each receive a $5,000 check, a specially designed trophy and public recognition.

Nominees must have at least 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.

The deadline for submitting nominations is February 15, 2016.

Click here for the online nomination form.

Past Council Bluffs recipients include: 

2015

Sharon Crawford, Abraham Lincoln High School
James Giles, Thomas Jefferson High School | Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Charissa Haney, Thomas Jefferson High School
Carolyn Ridenour, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
2014
Brooke Bunten, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Marleen Peterson, Thomas Jefferson High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and vision in our schools. Nominating a teacher is a fantastic way to give the recognition he/she deserves. Five teachers will each receive a $5,000 check, a specially designed trophy and […]

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Snow Make-up Days Set For March 7 and 8. School Calendars Updated

The February 2nd and 3rd snow days will be made up on March 7 and 8. The last day of the 2nd trimester will be March 8. There will be a one-day break on March 9 before the start of the third trimester.

March 9 remains the only other make-up day designated in the calendar before the end of the school year. If there is another snow day, there will be no days off that week in March.

Revised 2015-2016 school calendars have been published reflecting these changes. Please check under the Calendar tab on the district homepage for school and Pre-school calendars or visit or the En Español page for a Spanish version of the calendar.

The February 2nd and 3rd snow days will be made up on March 7 and 8. The last day of the 2nd trimester will be March 8. There will be a one-day break on March 9 before the start of the third trimester. March 9 remains the only other make-up day designated in the calendar before […]

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Roosevelt Elementary opens Money Savers, student-run branch of Veridian Credit Union

IMG_1618Students, teachers and administrators of the Council Bluffs Community School District joined Veridian Credit Union staff to celebrate the opening of Roosevelt Money Savers, Council Bluffs’ first in-school, student-run credit union, on Wednesday, January 20.

The credit union was named by Roosevelt Elementary School students who spent the first half of the school year preparing for the credit union to open with a naming contest, job applications, interviews and more. On Wednesday, at the conclusion of a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration, Roosevelt Money Savers accepted its first deposits.

“We know that financial literacy plays an important role in future success,” said Veridian Branch Manager Haley Mace. “As a credit union, we want to be a resource for creating those successful futures. It’s a goal we share with the Council Bluffs Community School District, and we’re grateful for their partnership.”

Roosevelt Money Savers will be open in the school every Wednesday morning throughout the school year. The savings accounts will be managed by 10 fifth-grade tellers with assistance from Veridian Credit Union staff. Students are encouraged to save money for a specific purpose with a reminder that no amount is too small, and prizes are awarded for achieving savings goals. Deposits will remain in the savings account until the student reaches the end of fifth grade. At that time, the student will receive a check for all the money he or she deposited throughout elementary school.

“We are thrilled to partner with Veridian Credit Union at Roosevelt Elementary as our students will learn about and practice saving money as a life-long skill,” Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent Martha Bruckner said. “I am grateful to the Roosevelt staff members and administration and to Veridian representatives who are making this possible for our students.”

Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. The credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services and employs more than 650 people throughout 27 branches. Veridian’s 28th branch will open spring 2016 at 2040 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

For more information, visit veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228.

 

 

 

Students, teachers and administrators of the Council Bluffs Community School District joined Veridian Credit Union staff to celebrate the opening of Roosevelt Money Savers, Council Bluffs’ first in-school, student-run credit union, on Wednesday, January 20. The credit union was named by Roosevelt Elementary School students who spent the first half of the school year preparing […]

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Mommies and Muffins at Longfellow Elementary

muffins9_2016On Friday, Jan. 15, Longfellow Elementary celebrated their annual Mommies and Muffins event. More than 450 delicious muffins were served and plenty of books were distributed to read while moms and kids enjoyed some quality time together before school.

Many thanks to Longfellow’s Booster Club for sponsoring the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, Jan. 15, Longfellow Elementary celebrated their annual Mommies and Muffins event. More than 450 delicious muffins were served and plenty of books were distributed to read while moms and kids enjoyed some quality time together before school. Many thanks to Longfellow’s Booster Club for sponsoring the event.            

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Nominate an Educator for the Nelson Excellence in Teaching Award

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

Nominating a teacher is a fantastic way to give the recognition he/she deserves. Five teachers will each receive a $5,000 check, a specially designed trophy and public recognition.

Nominees must have at least 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.

The deadline for submitting nominations is February 15, 2016.

Click here for the online nomination form.

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
Marleen Peterson, Thomas Jefferson High School

 

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

The H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and vision in our schools. Nominating a teacher is a fantastic way to give the recognition he/she deserves. Five teachers will each receive a $5,000 check, a specially designed trophy and […]

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School Calendars Set for 2016-17 & 2017-18

The Board of Education approved the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 School Year at its December 15th meeting.  The calendars reflect the input from district employees about preferences for start dates and vacations. Both calendars are similar. Having two years set will be helpful as people plan summer learning, vacations, and child care, for example. As in the past, employee calendars will be built based on these established school year calendars.
Click Here to View/Download the 2016-17 School Year Calendar
Click Here to View/Download the 2017-18 School Year Calendar

The Board of Education approved the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 School Year at its December 15th meeting.  The calendars reflect the input from district employees about preferences for start dates and vacations. Both calendars are similar. Having two years set will be helpful as people plan summer learning, vacations, and child care, for example. As in […]

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District Named to National AP Honor Roll

The Council Bluffs Community School District is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the 6th Annual Honor Roll, the CB Schools had to, since 2013, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

The Council Bluffs Community School District is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher […]

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Join Us for the Thomas Jefferson High School Fall Play

The TJHS drama department will be putting on their fall play, “Murder’s Bad, But Monday Can Kill You,” Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the TJHS auditorium. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. “Murder’s Bad, But Monday Can Kill You” is a comedy written by Pat Cook.

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The TJHS drama department will be putting on their fall play, “Murder’s Bad, But Monday Can Kill You,” Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the TJHS auditorium. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. “Murder’s Bad, But Monday Can Kill You” is […]

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GROW CB Student Employment Fair Set for November 10th

Grow CB

When: Tuesday, November 10th from 6:30– 8:30 pm

Who: Grow CB Employers looking to hire students

What: An opportunity for students to talk with Grow CB employers and make connections for employment

Where: Abraham Lincoln High School Cafeteria

Why: This is an opportunity for students who are willing to maintain regular school attendance, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, and are on track to graduate.

How: Fill out the GROW CB Student Agreement Form and submit to the Counseling Center Secretary. Bring multiple copies of your resume to the Employment Fair. Dress to impress.

Questions? Cyle Forney at cforney@cbcsd.org

Click Here for the Event Flyer

When: Tuesday, November 10th from 6:30– 8:30 pm Who: Grow CB Employers looking to hire students What: An opportunity for students to talk with Grow CB employers and make connections for employment Where: Abraham Lincoln High School Cafeteria Why: This is an opportunity for students who are willing to maintain regular school attendance, have a minimum GPA of […]

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2015 Partner in Education Awards Presented

The 2015 Partner in Education Awards were presented on August 28th to three organizations. The Iowa West Foundation received the Distinguished Partner in Education Award. Others included:
City of Council Bluffs, including the city departments of Community Development, Fire Department, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Police Department, Public Health and Public Works; and the local Optimists Clubs, including the chapters of Carter Lake, COBRA, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Mid-Day and West End. These organizations join 22 past Partners in Education.

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The 2015 Partner in Education Awards were presented on August 28th to three organizations. The Iowa West Foundation received the Distinguished Partner in Education Award. Others included: City of Council Bluffs, including the city departments of Community Development, Fire Department, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Police Department, Public Health and Public Works; and the local […]

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