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Parents Invited to Participate in Survey About Our Schools

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 12th, at noon. Thank you!
Parent 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 […]

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2016-17 School Year Trimester 2 Honor Rolls Announced

Congratulations to these students for making the 2016-17 school year Trimester 2 honor roll!

For Abraham Lincoln High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Kirn Middle School and Wilson Middle 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

Congratulations to these students for making the 2016-17 school year Trimester 2 honor roll! For Abraham Lincoln High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Kirn Middle School and Wilson Middle 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 Abraham Lincoln […]

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Dr. Vickie Murillo Named Next Superintendent of Schools

The Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Vickie Murillo as the next Superintendent of Schools on April 11. Dr. Murillo will succeed current superintendent Dr. Martha Bruckner, who began in this role in July of 2007 and will retire on June 30, 2017.

Following an extensive process to seek input from community members, staff and parents, and a national search, the Board selected Murillo from among 57 candidates and five finalists considered for the position.

“Dr. Murillo will bring to our district the desired experience and skills that were identified in community focus groups and in nearly 600 online surveys completed, School Board President Troy Arthur said. “We are confident she can lead us toward the future, continuing to raise the bar for all students in the Council Bluffs Schools.”

Dr. Murillo is currently the Chief Academic and Accountability Officer at Kansas City (Missouri) Public Schools, a district with 14,500 students. In this role, she has supervision and budgetary responsibility for curriculum, instruction and professional development in the educational departments of: assessment, adult education and literacy, early learning, exceptional education, career and technical education, guidance and counseling, federal programs, language services, students in transition, early college academy, athletics, and grants. Prior to becoming the chief academic and accountability officer, Murillo worked at all levels in education, from teacher and instructional coach to principal at the elementary and secondary levels.

Dr. Murillo received her Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from Baker University, her master’s degree at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her Bachelor of Education degree at Evangel University.

 

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The Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Vickie Murillo as the next Superintendent of Schools on April 11. Dr. Murillo will succeed current superintendent Dr. Martha Bruckner, who began in this role in July of 2007 and will retire on June 30, 2017. Following an extensive process to seek input […]

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Kindergarten Roundup for 2017-18 school year set for April 20

Parents, please bring your soon-to-be kindergartner to this exciting event to interact with other children as you learn more about the kindergarten experience. You are asked to bring your child’s birth certificate and current immunization record to enroll your child in kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year at the event.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:30-5:15 p.m. or 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Please plan to attend at your home school. Parents interested in transfers to a different school within the district will be able to apply at the event. To inquire about your home school location, please call 712-328-6446.

Select one of the times to attend the orientation. Please arrive at the beginning of the time and plan to stay for the full session.

State law requires a child entering kindergarten to be 5 years of age by September 15 and students must have a current immunization record on file before starting school. Interpreter services are available upon request by contacting your school.

Parents, please bring your soon-to-be kindergartner to this exciting event to interact with other children as you learn more about the kindergarten experience. You are asked to bring your child’s birth certificate and current immunization record to enroll your child in kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year at the event. Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:30-5:15 […]

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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

All Southwest Iowa 8th through 11th grade students and parents are invited to join Council Bluffs Schools on March 27 at 5 p.m. as we host more than 60 colleges, universities and military representatives at our biggest college planning event of the year. College Crossroads 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School will bring to life the possibilities students 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 giveaways! We don’t want you to miss this!

Please view this FLYER for more information about the events from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Click here to preregister. Even if you are not sure you can attend, register now.

You can view the College Crossroads information booklet here.

All Southwest Iowa 8th through 11th grade students and parents are invited to join Council Bluffs Schools on March 27 at 5 p.m. as we host more than 60 colleges, universities and military representatives at our biggest college planning event of the year. College Crossroads 2017 at Thomas Jefferson High School will bring to life the […]

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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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