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Council Bluffs Schools are Creating the Path Forward for Students

The Council Bluffs Community School District is Creating the Path Forward for students in so many ways!
With caring and highly-qualified teachers and support staff, we provide more college, career and extra-curricular opportunities, modern learning environments, technology to connect students, and lower class sizes all designed to create paths that engage students and help them thrive in their personal and academic development.

Educators from across the metro area and throughout the Midwest travel here to see how the Council Bluffs Schools are Creating the Path Forward for students, and we are stepping up the effort to make sure our own community shares in that pride. We want to hear from parents, students, graduates and others with their path forward success stories! Click on the Creating the Path Forward logo on the home page, or click here to share your story!

The Council Bluffs Community School District is Creating the Path Forward for students in so many ways! With caring and highly-qualified teachers and support staff, we provide more college, career and extra-curricular opportunities, modern learning environments, technology to connect students, and lower class sizes all designed to create paths that engage students and help them thrive […]

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Students’ Succeed at Urban Pet Show

Over 200 students from Kirn and Wilson Middle Schools participated in the Urban Pet Show to support the Midlands Human Society on March 2nd. The students each made ceramic bowls to sell and they were able to raise $375 for the Midlands Human Society! The urban creatures will be returned to students to keep. Great job, students!  Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

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Over 200 students from Kirn and Wilson Middle Schools participated in the Urban Pet Show to support the Midlands Human Society on March 2nd. The students each made ceramic bowls to sell and they were able to raise $375 for the Midlands Human Society! The urban creatures will be returned to students to keep. Great […]

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Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award in poetry winners from Abraham Lincoln High School….they are Patricia Harte-Maxwell, Calab Holder and Kaitlyn Murphy.

Two 8th graders at Kirn Middle School also receive Honorable Mention! Congratulations to Alayna Murphy for her poetry entitled, “Darkest Secrets and Blank Canvas”, and to Lillianna Thompson for her poetry entitled, “Depression”. Congratulations, students!

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Congratulations to all the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award in poetry winners from Abraham Lincoln High School….they are Patricia Harte-Maxwell, Calab Holder and Kaitlyn Murphy. Two 8th graders at Kirn Middle School also receive Honorable Mention! Congratulations to Alayna Murphy for her poetry entitled, “Darkest Secrets and Blank Canvas”, and to Lillianna […]

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Rue Teacher Earns “Star 104.5 Teacher of the Week!” Award

DSC_1164Rebecca Caceres, Special Education teacher at Rue Elementary, was surprised in her classroom Monday morning by representatives from Star 104.5 with the “Teacher of the Week!” award! She was also recognized at Rue’s “Be Someone’s Hero” celebration assembly. Click here to see the Star 104.5 video!

Here is what her parent nominator said about her: “She teaches a small group of children on the autism spectrum, including my 8 year old son. She is very experienced and open to applying new strategies. She
always has a positive and professional attitude that DSC_1175she reflects onto her para-educators which makes her classroom a very well structured and warm environment.

She is a single mom of 3 young children, yet she still takes time from her home life to prepare specialized materials for students and to keep in contact with us parents who may have questions for her, or because she is brainstorming ideas to help a student enhance.

She knows I worry about my son a lot, so she emails me at least once a day to tell me how his day was and has even sent me videos of him making milestones! She gets just as excited as I do! Her ability to teach these children and search for atypical strategies is exceptional, plus her understanding and efforts made to make sure us parents are fully informed of everything by far exceeds my expectations.”

Congratulations Rebecca, and thank you for you dedication to our students!

Rebecca Caceres, Special Education teacher at Rue Elementary, was surprised in her classroom Monday morning by representatives from Star 104.5 with the “Teacher of the Week!” award! She was also recognized at Rue’s “Be Someone’s Hero” celebration assembly. Click here to see the Star 104.5 video! Here is what her parent nominator said about her: “She […]

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January “Living the Mission” Awards Granted

The January “Living the Mission” Employees of the Month were recognized by the Board of Education. Anne Brooks is a fourth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary, and Amy Rommel is a graduation coach at Abraham Lincoln High School. They each received a trophy and a gift card provided by the C.B. Community Education Foundation. Congratulations! (Anne Brooks left; Amy Rommel right)

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The January “Living the Mission” Employees of the Month were recognized by the Board of Education. Anne Brooks is a fourth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary, and Amy Rommel is a graduation coach at Abraham Lincoln High School. They each received a trophy and a gift card provided by the C.B. Community Education Foundation. Congratulations! (Anne […]

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Deadline to Nominate a Teacher is This Friday!

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 13, 2015. 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
Marleen Peterson, Thomas Jefferson High School

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 13, 2015. Making a nomination is a fantastic way to give a teacher the recognition he/she […]

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Thomas Jefferson Students Participate in College Signing Day

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School students, Loren Hemiller and Libby Havenridge for both signing to attend Briar Cliff University to play soccer!

Pictured Below: Loren Hemiller

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Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School students, Loren Hemiller and Libby Havenridge for both signing to attend Briar Cliff University to play soccer! Pictured Below: Loren Hemiller                         Pictured Below: Libby Havenridge  

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Abraham Lincoln Students Participate in College Signing Day

Congrats to these 5 Abraham Lincoln student/athletes on making the decision to continue with their athletic futures during college the next 4 years!!!

Pictured from left to right are: David Lewis (Midland University, football), Brett Egner, (Midland University, football), Maddie Kinney (York College, Soccer), Kelsey Cheney (Buena Vista University, Soccer) and Lexie Bates (Central Oklahoma University, Soccer). Also pictured are Coach Wolfe, Coach Miller and Coach Cheney.  Congrats to the students and their families on this exciting milestone!!!

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Congrats to these 5 Abraham Lincoln student/athletes on making the decision to continue with their athletic futures during college the next 4 years!!! Pictured from left to right are: David Lewis (Midland University, football), Brett Egner, (Midland University, football), Maddie Kinney (York College, Soccer), Kelsey Cheney (Buena Vista University, Soccer) and Lexie Bates (Central Oklahoma […]

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High School DECA Students Qualify for State DECA Competition

Many of our students at Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson High Schools participated in the DECA District Competition this past Tuesday, January 20th, in Sioux City. All students qualified for the state competition, which will be held February 22nd-23rd. Students who earn 1st-3rd place in the state competition will qualify for the national competition.

 

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Brittany Hutchens: Restaurant & Food Services Marketing, 1st Place

Paige Wholers & Lauryn Kenkel: Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Event, 1st Place

Alex McGee: Restaurant & Food Services Marketing, 2nd Place

Brett Egner & Billy Ehrenberg: Sports Marketing Team Event, 2nd Place

Luci Villarreal:  Apparel & Accessories Marketing, 3rd Place

Maddi Valdivia: Food Marketing, 3rd Place

Megan Floerchinger & Caye Schnackel: Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Event, 3rd Place

Lexie Bates: Retail Merchandising, 7th Place

Emily Scheffler: Principles of Business Administration, 9th Place

Abby Groepper: Principles of Business Administration, 10th Place

 

TJ DECATJHS DECA District Results 2015: 

Brittney Snipes: Retail Merchandising, 1st Place

Devon Kermoade & Logan Hotz: Sports Marketing Team, 1st Place

Wayne Wakehouse & Chase Hayden: Travel & Tourism, 2nd Place

Caitlyn Bowe: Apparel & Accessories, 4th Place

Libby Havenridge: Restaurant & Food Services, 4th Place

Erick Avalos: Principals of Business Management and Administration, 5th Place

Many of our students at Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson High Schools participated in the DECA District Competition this past Tuesday, January 20th, in Sioux City. All students qualified for the state competition, which will be held February 22nd-23rd. Students who earn 1st-3rd place in the state competition will qualify for the national competition.   […]

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Students Perform Good Deeds Throughout Council Bluffs

Students at Thomas Jefferson High School, Kirn Middle School, and Franklin Elementary School were all featured this past weekend in the Omaha World Herald for their good deeds throughout the holidays! Their stories are listed in the “Have You Heard the Latest?” section under Quicklinks on the bottom right on the page. We know there are many other service projects being performed at all of our schools, and we are proud of the work and service in which our students are participating!

Along with the stories included in the Omaha World Herald article (found here), we have heard about:

  • The Carter Lake Community Resource Center (housed at Carter Lake Elementary) sponsored Christmas baskets for needy families. Students brought non-perishable items to donate.
  • Edison Elementary collected diapers for the diaper drive.
  • Hoover Elementary had a Project Hope bin and collected items for Junior League.

Keep up the great work!

Students at Thomas Jefferson High School, Kirn Middle School, and Franklin Elementary School were all featured this past weekend in the Omaha World Herald for their good deeds throughout the holidays! Their stories are listed in the “Have You Heard the Latest?” section under Quicklinks on the bottom right on the page. We know there […]

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