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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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“Step It Up Iowa” event promoted awareness, wellness

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Nearly 140 Council Bluffs Community School District staff, family and community members participated in the statewide “Step It Up Iowa” event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Step It Up 16

The annual event is organized by Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, whose goal is “to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.” Each year, hundreds of 30-minute walk events take place across the state on one selected day. According the to Iowa Healthiest State Initiative website, organized, public walks took place in all 99 Iowa counties, totaling more than 900 walks throughout the state on October 5.

The Council Bluffs Community School District’s “Step It Up Iowa” walk took place at the newly-renovated Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex. Each participant received a free T-shirt and pedometer. A grand prize drawing also awarded five participants with wellness prizes, including a Fitbit, MIRA insulated water bottle, digital food scale, NutriBullet and Fitbit Smart Scale. Step It Up 26

The CB Schools event was coordinated by the District’s Human Resources team as part of the ongoing wellness program events. “We wanted to host a fun event to get people active and raise awareness about both the District wellness program and the need to exercise, even if it is non-strenuous and just for brief periods each day,” said Greg Anderson, benefits specialist for the District.

 

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Nearly 140 Council Bluffs Community School District staff, family and community members participated in the statewide “Step It Up Iowa” event on Wednesday, Oct. 5.  The annual event is organized by Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, whose goal is “to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.” Each year, hundreds of 30-minute walk events take […]

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Iowa Youth Survey for Students in Grades 6, 8 and 11

Students in 6th, 8th and 11th grades will be asked to take the Iowa Youth Survey at school sometime between October 15th and November 4th.  Participation in the survey is anonymous and strictly voluntary, and no student is required to complete the questionnaire.

The 2016 Iowa Youth Survey is directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the purpose of the survey is to collect information about Iowa youth so we can better understand their beliefs, values, and decisions about what makes them feel secure, strong, and safe in their communities, schools, and families. In addition, information is collected about their ideas on alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bullying and harassment, and violence prevention. The information collected will help the state planning agencies, our schools, and local community task forces put together valuable future programming.

As a parent, you can request to preview the survey and have the authority to notify us by October 14th if you do not want your child to take the survey. If we do not hear from you that you object to having your child participate, then your child will be given the survey.

Link to Parent Letter regarding Iowa Youth Survey

Here is a link to the survey questions: Click here

Students in 6th, 8th and 11th grades will be asked to take the Iowa Youth Survey at school sometime between October 15th and November 4th.  Participation in the survey is anonymous and strictly voluntary, and no student is required to complete the questionnaire. The 2016 Iowa Youth Survey is directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, […]

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Fine Arts Faculty Present Art Show

staff art show 2016 flyerThe Council Bluffs Community School District Fine Arts Faculty invite you  during October to view the “Artists for Future Artists” show at Beauty Operators, located at 156 W. Broadway on the 100 Block in downtown Council Bluffs. The salon is open generally from 10 am – 7 pm weekdays, and most Saturdays.

The Council Bluffs Community School District Fine Arts Faculty invite you  during October to view the “Artists for Future Artists” show at Beauty Operators, located at 156 W. Broadway on the 100 Block in downtown Council Bluffs. The salon is open generally from 10 am – 7 pm weekdays, and most Saturdays.

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Voters Renew Levy for Ten More Years to Maintain Schools

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Thanks to everyone who voted in the Special School Election on September 13th 
to renew longstanding levy that funds building maintenance and technology. The renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy will not raise taxes, just extend the existing levy for 10 years.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Special School Election on September 13th to renew longstanding levy that funds building maintenance and technology. The renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy will not raise taxes, just extend the existing levy for 10 years.

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

All Our Kids 2016-17-compressedThe school year is off to a great start!  All Council Bluffs Community School District staff members are working as a team to provide engaging learning experiences for All Our Kids!!

The school year is off to a great start!  All Council Bluffs Community School District staff members are working as a team to provide engaging learning experiences for All Our Kids!!

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School Bus Schedule Updated

The updated school bus schedule is now available.  Parents are encouraged to review the schedule to confirm the location of the bus stop nearest home, and the time the bus will pick up in the morning and arrive after school.  Click on Read More to access link to the online schedule.

 

 

Click here to see the building-level schedule

Questions?  Email transportation@cb-schools.org or call 712-320-8999.

The updated school bus schedule is now available.  Parents are encouraged to review the schedule to confirm the location of the bus stop nearest home, and the time the bus will pick up in the morning and arrive after school.  Click on Read More to access link to the online schedule.     Click here to see […]

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