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A great read about Common Core Math instruction!

We are not computers. We are not machines. We do not think procedurally.

That’s why the “old way” of teaching math may not be the best way.

The traditional way involves rote memorization and algorithms performed on paper. They require little to no understanding of why the algorithm works. It simply works.

In some situations this is great. If I were to program a computer, I would use algorithms and procedural instructions because that is how a computer thinks.

It’s not how humans think though.

Read the rest of the article here:

https://medium.com/i-math/common-core-math-is-not-the-enemy-c05b68f46b3e#.jd6a6c7th

We are not computers. We are not machines. We do not think procedurally. That’s why the “old way” of teaching math may not be the best way. The traditional way involves rote memorization and algorithms performed on paper. They require little to no understanding of why the algorithm works. It simply works. In some situations […]

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Students and Community Still Talking about Summer Exploration

From the Daily NonPareil:

Kyle Phillips, left, and Jacob Beck, both 13, sketch animals they encountered at the Henry Doorly Zoo during a session of the Council Bluffs Community School District Summer Exploration Project in July of this year. Staff photo/Joe Shearer

Kyle Phillips, left, and Jacob Beck, both 13, sketch animals they encountered at the Henry Doorly Zoo during a session of the Council Bluffs Community School District Summer Exploration Project in July of this year. Staff photo/Joe Shearer

Carter Schorsch enjoyed the Council Bluffs Community School District’s Summer Exploration Program.

The Franklin Elementary School third-grader told members of the Council Bluffs school board about his experience as they reviewed the success of the program at a board meeting Tuesday evening.

“What I liked in the mornings about Summer Exploration is we got to play math games, and it helped me know my addition and subtraction faster,” Carter said. “Then in the second half of the day, I liked Hour of Code because Mr. Piper taught it, and we were almost playing on our computers, but we were programming them.”

This summer was the sixth year of a comprehensive summer school program for the district and supported by the Iowa West Foundation. Superintendent Martha Bruckner said the district is “so blessed to have the Iowa West program” because most schools in the state can’t afford to do what Council Bluffs does.

Summer programs are receiving extra attention from school officials across Iowa this year as districts prepare for a mandate that third graders not reading at grade level, beginning in 2017, will either have to take an intensive summer reading program or repeat third grade, with a few exceptions offered by state law.

Bruckner said she hopes Council Bluffs’ program will be part of a pilot next summer. Corey Vorthmann, the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said the Iowa Reading Resource Center is reviewing the district’s results from the past summer as part of its research into effective summer programs.

For the rest of the article, click the link below:

Summer Program a Success for C.B. Schools

From the Daily NonPareil: By Scott Stewart sstewart@nonpareilonline.com Carter Schorsch enjoyed the Council Bluffs Community School District’s Summer Exploration Program. The Franklin Elementary School third-grader told members of the Council Bluffs school board about his experience as they reviewed the success of the program at a board meeting Tuesday evening. “What I liked in the […]

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News from the Art Room

2nd grade beetles

2nd graders learn symmetry by making some symmetrical beetles.

Miss Tudehope shared some examples of Bloomer student artwork.  Make sure to ask your child what they are working on in the art room.  Take a picture of your student with the Molecule Man sculpture outside of the MidAmerican Center, and Miss Tudehope will hang it in the artroom for everyone to see!

1st graders are learning to mix primary colors to make secondary colors.

1st graders are learning to mix primary colors to make secondary colors.

5th graders made some commemorative artwork.

5th graders made some commemorative artwork.

Miss Tudehope shared some examples of Bloomer student artwork.  Make sure to ask your child what they are working on in the art room.  Take a picture of your student with the Molecule Man sculpture outside of the MidAmerican Center, and Miss Tudehope will hang it in the artroom for everyone to see!

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CB Blast from the Past… for the Future!

Join us for the Blast from the Past…for the Future fundraiser event on Saturday, April 18th from 5-9 p.m. The event will be held at the 100 Block on West Broadway. Tickets can be bought discounted online before the event for $15, and $20 on the day of the event. All proceeds will be donated to the new CB Athletic Complex! We look forward to seeing you there!

Blast Poster with Link

Join us for the Blast from the Past…for the Future fundraiser event on Saturday, April 18th from 5-9 p.m. The event will be held at the 100 Block on West Broadway. Tickets can be bought discounted online before the event for $15, and $20 on the day of the event. All proceeds will be donated […]

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Deadline to Nominate a Teacher is Next 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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All Students to Receive Free School Meals

The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to be able to offer a new program in eight Council Bluffs schools. This program provides free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in eight district schools.These include Bloomer, Carter Lake, Edison, Franklin, Longfellow, Roosevelt, Rue and Wilson Middle School. Students at the other district schools may still apply for free or reduced-priced meals, but will need to meet income eligibility guidelines.

Read more or Click Here for a Frequently Asked Questions informational sheet.

Because of this, families in these schools do not have to complete and return the Lunch Program form mailed a few weeks ago to your home. However, there is a Fee Waiver Eligibility Household Income Survey families should complete and return to school. This will be used to determine if your child’s fees (such as $30 textbook fee at the elementary level) can also be waived. This form should be returned to school at the Back to School Night or on the first day of school. Please know the information shared will be kept confidential.

This free breakfast and lunch program was initiated by the national Healthy Kids Act; it has been piloted in 11 other states and has proven to be beneficial for students and families. The Council Bluffs Community School District was recently approved for this program, and will receive federal reimbursement to help fund the free meals at eight schools in the district.

If we can answer questions for you about this program, please feel free to call 712-328-6420 or access the form and a Frequently Asked Questions document HERE.

The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to be able to offer a new program in eight Council Bluffs schools. This program provides free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in eight district schools.These include Bloomer, Carter Lake, Edison, Franklin, Longfellow, Roosevelt, Rue and Wilson Middle School. Students at the other district […]

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Summer Learning Programs Available

The Council Bluffs Community School District, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Council Bluffs are pleased to have joined together to bring you the publication, at the bottom of the page, of Summer Learning Programs in the area for 2014. Our hope is that parents will use this as a resource to access programs for their children. This guide lists 34 of the area programs, sponsored by the following organizations:

Bluffs Arts Council
Kids & Company
Boys & GirlsClub of Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation
Council Bluffs Public Library
Council Bluffs YMCA
Epworth United Methodist Church
Iowa Western Community College
Lauritzen Gardens
Joslyn Art Museum
Oakland United Methodist Church
Pottawattamie County Conservation
Sanders ATA Martial Arts
Studio 88 Notes
University of Nebraska at Omaha
West Pottawattamie County Iowa State University Extension
and Outreach

Please note there are many other valuable programs offered to children each summer. The programs listed in the following publication are the programs shared in response to an outreach effort. Our hope is to make this publication annually available for families and to include many additional opportunities.

According to the National Summer Learning Association publication, “Doesn’t Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer?,” numerous studies show that summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth. Early and sustained summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect children’s
self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. High-quality summer programs keep students engaged in learning, teach them new skills, and encourage them to develop previously unseen talents. They allow children to form relationships with caring adults, help them stay fit and active, and foster creativity and innovation.

Here’s to a fun and enriching summer!

Click on each link to view/download different parts of the Summer Learning Programs publication.

Summer Learning Program: Bluffs Arts Council, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Education Foundation, CB Parks & Recreation, CB Public Library

Summer Learning Program: CB YMCA, Epworth United Methodist Church, IWCC, Lauritzen Gardens, Oakland United Methodist Church, Pottawattamie County Conservation

Summer Learning Program: Pottawattamie County Conservation, Sanders ATA Martial Arts

Summer Learning Program: Sanders ATA Martial Arts, Studio 88 Notes, University of Nebraska at Omaha, West Pottawattamie County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

The Council Bluffs Community School District, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Council Bluffs are pleased to have joined together to bring you the publication, at the bottom of the page, of Summer Learning Programs in the area for 2014. Our hope is that parents will use this as a resource to access programs for […]

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Family Wellness Fair is Approaching!

The Live Well Council Bluffs Family Wellness Fair is coming up on April 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School. The event is free and open to the public! There will be all sorts of activities focusing on fun and fitness, healthy eating, workshops, and health screenings! Click the flyer for more details.

Family Wellness Fair

The Live Well Council Bluffs Family Wellness Fair is coming up on April 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School. The event is free and open to the public! There will be all sorts of activities focusing on fun and fitness, healthy eating, workshops, and health screenings! Click the flyer […]

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Bookfair

The Bookfair will be open this week during school hours until Friday at NOON.  You can also check it out on Thursday night during our Family Math Night from 6-7:30 pm.

The Bookfair will be open this week during school hours until Friday at NOON.  You can also check it out on Thursday night during our Family Math Night from 6-7:30 pm.

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