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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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Walnut Grove Student Video Commemorates School History

A group of Walnut Grove Elementary School students created this video to commemorate the history of the school.  All students viewed the video at the end-of-the year student achievement assembly.  The video can be viewed at the following link: Walnut Grove’s Video

A group of Walnut Grove Elementary School students created this video to commemorate the history of the school.  All students viewed the video at the end-of-the year student achievement assembly.  The video can be viewed at the following link: Walnut Grove’s Video

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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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No School on Wednesday, February 5th Due to Winter Weather

There will be no school on Wednesday, February 5th, due to the winter weather. This snow day will be made up on Thursday, March 6th. Please be safe and stay warm

There will be no school on Wednesday, February 5th, due to the winter weather. This snow day will be made up on Thursday, March 6th. Please be safe and stay warm

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Nominate an Educator for the Nelson Excellence in Teaching Award

Nelson Award LogoThe 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 21, 2014. 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

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 21, 2014. Making a nomination is a fantastic way to give a teacher the recognition he/she […]

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No School on Monday, January 6th

There will be no school on Monday, January 6th, due to the forecasted extremely cold temperatures. The Kids & Company program will be open at Bloomer and Franklin for students already enrolled. Stay safe and warm!

There will be no school on Monday, January 6th, due to the forecasted extremely cold temperatures. The Kids & Company program will be open at Bloomer and Franklin for students already enrolled. Stay safe and warm!

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2014-15 Calendar Approved

The calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved by the Board of Education! Click here to view/download the new calendar.

The calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved by the Board of Education! Click here to view/download the new calendar.

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New Way to Pay for School Meals

myschoolbucks logo circleWe are introducing a new way to pay for school meals with My School Bucks! The first step parents need to take is to register your child for a free account. You can then access your account balance, set up automatic payments, schedule email reminders, and download the free app for use with your smartphone! Parents can still access the “old” system to check your account balance and pay for meals.  However, we would like to encourage parents to start using My School Bucks to become familiar with the new system. Open this story and click on the image or this link to be connected.

We are introducing a new way to pay for school meals with My School Bucks! The first step parents need to take is to register your child for a free account. You can then access your account balance, set up automatic payments, schedule email reminders, and download the free app for use with your smartphone! […]

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Pay School Fees Online

For all grade levels, you are now able to pay school fees online! There is a new website being used for school fees which is linked on your school page under Student and Family Resources. To pay fees now, click here.

For all grade levels, you are now able to pay school fees online! There is a new website being used for school fees which is linked on your school page under Student and Family Resources. To pay fees now, click here.

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