All students will receive a flyer this week about the Special Election for Clarke Community School District that will be held on April 3, 2018. See a copy of the flyer here.
For more information about how Clarke Community School District is planning for the future, visit www.bondissue.org/clarke.
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise is asking for input on computer science standards that are under consideration in Iowa. In 2017, Senate File 274 was signed into law, which encourages computer science in every Iowa school, establishes voluntary computer science standards and creates a computer science professional development fund to help prepare teachers. The legislation was a response to efforts to help better prepare Iowa students for the demands of postsecondary education and the workforce.
The public is invited to attend a forum at Summit Middle School 9500 Windsor Parkway in Johnston, from 4-6 p.m. on April 10, or to complete an online survey that can be found here. Feedback will be used to provide guidance to the Computer Science Standards Review Team, which is expected to submit a final recommendation to the State Board of Education in June. If adopted, computer science standards will be optional for school districts.
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, many Clarke Middle School Band Members participated in the Clarke Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival. These band members rehearsed their musical selections and then performed their pieces for a judge. This year, the judge was Mike Peters, the band director from Creston High School. First, he listened to each performance. Immediately afterward, Mr. Peters offered positive feedback to each performer, as well as suggestions for improvement. Band members earned a rating based upon their performance. After the festival, each performer also received a written ballot from the judge and an award ribbon. Mr. Peters selected Calhoun Lundquist, son of Peggy and Ryan Lundquist, to receive the outstanding seventh grade performance award for his trombone solo. John Reynoldson, son of Elisabeth and Bob Reynoldson, received the outstanding eighth grade performance award for his alto saxophone solo. All Clarke Middle School Band Members are students of Christie Averweg.
Clarke Community School district has adopted the strategy for lockdown procedures for K-12 known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Prior to the A.L.I.C.E. plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until the “all clear” announcement was given. The A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.
Training emphasizes the best way to survive an active shooter is to escape. When that is not possible, being mentally prepared and having been given the authority and ability to act will save lives. The methods that are taught in the event they are directly confronted by an armed gunman are:
If you have any questions, contact Clarke Juvenile Court Liaison Officer, Marcus Kious, at 641-342-6505 Ext: 559.
At a recent event to celebrate Osceola and Clarke County's businesses and community, the Clarke Community Schools' Industrial Arts Advisory Board celebrated its inaugural year. Industrial Arts instructor Dave Lyden shared the following video that showcases the partnership between Clarke Schools and area businesses and community organizations. The program has been deemed a huge success so far, with Clarke students gaining "real-world" guidance as well as the school receiving substantial donations.
Charter members of the Clarke Community Schools' Industrial Arts Advisory Board include:
Substitute teachers are in high demand at Clarke Schools and in surrounding school districts. This summer, the Green Hills Area Education Agency will offer courses for substitute teacher authorization.
What's required to get a substitute teacher authorization?
Why become a substitute?
School Board policies 505.3 Student Honors and Awards and 505.5 Graduation Requirements were changed and approved on Monday, September 25th.
The new policies will take effect starting with the class of 2021 (this year’s freshmen). Please see the summary below. Mrs. Scott will work to inform the Class of 2021 starting October 12.
There are no changes to the students honors and awards or diploma programs for the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
1) Eliminate class rank
2) Eliminate valedictorian, salutatorian and Top Ten awards at graduation
3) Eliminate the honors diploma
1) **Award students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or greater as “Top of the Class” at graduation.
2) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 as graduating “With High Distinction” at graduation.
3) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74 as graduating “With Distinction” at graduation.
*Students who graduate having attended more than eight semesters of high school will not be eligible for these honors and awards unless at the principal’s discretion.
**When class rank is required for scholarship purposes any and all students achieving 4.0 or greater will be ranked number one.