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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

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Wilson Middle School

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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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Superintendent Martha Bruckner Announces Retirement at End of School Year

Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent Martha Bruckner announced today to district staff members that she will be retiring at the end of the school year on June 30, 2017. Bruckner began serving as superintendent on July 1, 2007.

Her message to district staff members:

“When I came to Council Bluffs Community Schools in 2007, I told myself and my family that I would work as long as the position was exciting, interesting, and meaningful.  Well, in ten years the experience has been that and more. I absolutely love our work and I thrive on being part of your team.  The educators in Council Bluffs Community Schools have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children, and it has been wonderful to be part of that work.  However, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family.  I told the Board of Education last Tuesday that I plan to retire at the end of June.  Coincidentally, my husband and I were listening to a PBS Special Saturday night, and the feature included one of Cat Stevens’ songs.  It certainly had new meaning for me:

And though you want to last forever
You know you never will
(You know you never will)
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still.
                      Cat Stevens: Oh Very Young
This school district and our community mean the world to me.  I pledge to dedicate all my energy in the next months and far beyond to do anything I can to support you, our district, our community, and all our kids.”
Now in her tenth year as superintendent, Bruckner has lead the efforts to advance educational opportunities for students and to make high school graduation a priority in the community. Among the highlights,
  • Graduation Rate increased for 10 straight years, with a 20% increase in the decade
  • Council Bluffs Community was a two-time National All-America City Finalist in the categories of literacy and support for children and families
  • Council Bluffs Community (led by the district) received four national Pacesetter Awards from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in the areas of school attendance, preschool and summer school
  • District updated all elementary and high schools to meet modern specifications
  • District Implemented 1:1 computing devices for all students in grades 2-12 to enhance learning
  • Community committee and district raised $12 million in private funds to transform the Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex into a source of community pride
  • District secured multi-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to support student achievement before and after school at three elementary schools, and at both middle and high schools
  • District secured Iowa Teacher Leadership Compensation funding in the first year of the program to provide opportunities for teachers to participate as leaders in professional development.

Bruckner has been recognized for her contributions to education, most recently as the School Administrators of Iowa “Superintendent of the Year,” and has brought national attention to Council Bluffs, leading the efforts to advance educational opportunities for children in the community. She was featured in the national Ed Week newspaper and other national publications for her innovative educational leadership and the projects that have enhanced teaching and learning in Council Bluffs.

Dr. Bruckner holds her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and other degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her experience as a leader in education includes service as president of the Board of Directors for the International Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She has also been appointed to serve on numerous Iowa educational task forces and advisory committees.

She joined the Council Bluffs School after serving in a variety of educational leadership roles, include associate superintendent for educational services in the Millard Public Schools and professor and chairperson of Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, district strategic planning coordinator, high school principal and member of the Board of Education in the Ralston (Nebraska) Public School District.

The Board of Education will begin a search for the next superintendent in early 2017.

Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent Martha Bruckner announced today to district staff members that she will be retiring at the end of the school year on June 30, 2017. Bruckner began serving as superintendent on July 1, 2007. Her message to district staff members: “When I came to Council Bluffs Community Schools in 2007, […]

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2015-16 Annual Report to Community Now Available

2015-16 Theme logoThe Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to provide the 2015-16 school year Annual Report to the Community. The 2015-16 school year’s theme of “Defying Gravity” was “designed to instill a belief that the District can go beyond limits that we may have set artificially low,” says Dr. Martha Bruckner, superintendent of the District.  “For several years, District employees have been working diligently to ‘lift the District’ up, and it just seemed like a time to admit that we are lifting off on our journey toward helping each child succeed.”

The Annual Report highlights Council Bluffs Schools’ achievements, enrollment, finances and more. “The most obvious celebration is the graduation rate increasing for 10 years in a row.  That is unmatched in our state and rare anywhere.  The accomplishment is symbolic of the fact that our employees can do amazing things when we set our mind to it and do the hard work needed,” says Dr. Bruckner.

Dr. Bruckner also notes that the Annual Report allows the District to celebrate success and mark progress in many different areas.  “If we have data that are troubling, we can readjust our actions to work for improvement,” she says. “We at the Council Bluffs Community School District have set a goal of doing the hard work necessary to help students become the best future person possible.  It is a natural precursor to this year’s theme [2016-17] “All Our Kids” because we can’t be satisfied to just defy gravity for some.”

The full 2015-16 Annual Report to the Community can be found here.

The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to provide the 2015-16 school year Annual Report to the Community. The 2015-16 school year’s theme of “Defying Gravity” was “designed to instill a belief that the District can go beyond limits that we may have set artificially low,” says Dr. Martha Bruckner, superintendent of the District. […]

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School Safety Week Provides Opportunity to Share School Preparedness and Response Message

School Safety Week in Iowa provides the opportunity to remind parents and guardians of the school district’s work to prevent, respond to, and communicate in emergency situations within our schools.

The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to partner with the Council Bluffs Police Department, other local law enforcement and emergency responders in a Standard Response Protocol. Whether there is threat of severe weather, a fire, or another threat to safety in our schools, we are taking specific action to protect students, staff and visitors. We want parents and guardians to be aware of this protocol, which is described on the flyer on the back of this letter.

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is a widely-used protocol that focuses on practicing simple and specific responses to emergency situations. Staff members at all of our school buildings have been trained in emergency response and hold regular drills with students. We also take precautionary measures to secure our buildings, including security cameras, secured doors at elementary and middle schools, one-entrance access to high schools, school resource officers at middle and high schools, and visitor sign in requirements.

We make it a priority to communicate with parents/guardians as soon as practical when there is a safety concern at the school. This will occur once measures have been taken to respond to the emergency to help ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors, and when accurate information is confirmed. We realize that students often text or call parents when the school implements a safety protocol. Please know that we do our best to communicate specifics with students in a timely manner. However, your child may not have all of the information and may unknowingly share incomplete or inaccurate information with you.

The School Messenger automated calling and email system is the primary way we communicate during an emergency. Please make sure you update your phone number and email address if there are changes and ensure you do not block the school district’s calls. Also, please make sure to listen to the message in full, and press the * key if you want to re-play the message. In addition, you are encouraged to please download the free school district mobile app (Council Bluffs Comm Schools) so that you can receive emergency alerts on your phone or tablet. The social media sites of Facebook and Twitter may be used to update parents in addition to School Messenger.

During a school emergency, we ask that parents do not come to or call the school, or approve your child to leave school grounds. It is important to keep the streets and parking area near the school, and phone lines open for emergency responders and communication. We need to be able to effectively account for all students and staff following an incident.

Click here to review the Standard Response Protocol

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School Safety Week in Iowa provides the opportunity to remind parents and guardians of the school district’s work to prevent, respond to, and communicate in emergency situations within our schools. The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to partner with the Council Bluffs Police Department, other local law enforcement and emergency responders in a Standard […]

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Students gathered insight into industry sectors at career forum

Eighth grade students from Council Bluffs had the opportunity to explore potential career opportunities at a career forum on Tuesday, Oct 11. The event, held at Iowa Western Community College, was sponsored by the Council Bluffs Community School District, Iowa Western Community College and Workforce Alignment Project.  Career Forum 10.11.16 (2)

 

More than 20 speakers from local businesses shared their insight into 12 industry sectors with the nearly 90 people, both students and their parents, in attendance. The keynote speaker for the event was Adam Haeder, a hardware operations manager at the Google data center in Council Bluffs.

“The goal of the event is to provide an introduction to career information that will start a conversation between parents and students,” said Mary Warren, workforce consultant and co-coordinator of the annual career forum. “We hope that the attendees will learn about the variety of career options available, and the education and training needed to embark on these career paths. Eighth grade is a good time to begin considering career interests as the students will soon be choosing high school classes.”

As an additional highlight to the event, a drawing was held for two Chromebooks, donated by the Google data center in Council Bluffs.

Eighth grade students from Council Bluffs had the opportunity to explore potential career opportunities at a career forum on Tuesday, Oct 11. The event, held at Iowa Western Community College, was sponsored by the Council Bluffs Community School District, Iowa Western Community College and Workforce Alignment Project.     More than 20 speakers from local businesses […]

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