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.
As the nation mourns for the victims and families of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, Clarke Community Schools joins in shared sorrow. We also wish to communicate the ongoing safety efforts taken to protect our own students and staff. In the event of any school crisis or threat, a partnership with local law enforcement is critical to supporting school safety.
CCSD has worked with law enforcement agencies to develop a detailed safety and crisis plan. This plan addresses a variety of potential crises -- including school shootings. In addition, safety drills are implemented to practice response time and processes in the event of an actual crisis.
CCSD also continues to take proactive steps to enhance school security. In addition, all buildings will be using a key fob system for entry so all doors to the schools will be locked during school hours. The front school offices use the for all visitors wanting to visit our school buildings.
In light of this recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we encourage CCSD families to talk to their students and listen to their concerns. We encourage students to tell an adult if they see something out of the ordinary on social media or in person. Students should not feel intimidated or embarrassed by sharing concerns. CCSD is grateful for the support and partnership it has with local law enforcement, staff, families, and the broader community to help our students learn in a safe environment.
Steve L. Seid, Superintendent, Clarke Community Schools
Clarke Athletic Booster Club has new apparel and other Clarke items for sale. Click on the links below to download the order forms.
Turn in orders to Ronda Wishon at the Clarke Middle School. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Cause distractions to interfere with the ability to shoot accurately
- Cause as much chaos in the room as possible to create sensory overload
- Do not be a stationary target
- How to control the attacker using body weight, not strength
- How to interact with responding Law Enforcement
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:
- Altec Osceola
- SIMCO Drilling Equipment, Inc.
- Iowa Steel Fabrication
- Clarke Electric Cooperative
- Salford Group
- Mueller Products
- Miller Products, Inc.
- Osceola Foods
- The Clarke County Development Corporation
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?
- Bachelor's Degree in ANY field from an accredited institution OR Paraeducator Generalist Certificate
- Must be 21 years or older
- Must pass a Board of Educational Examiner's background check ($67 fee)
- Attend 20 hours of training at Green Hills AEA
- Pay $85 to BOEE to issue certificate
Why become a substitute?
- No two days are alike.
- Flexible schedule--choose when you want to work.
- Great pay. Most schools pay between $110 and $130 per day. That's an average of $15 per hour.
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.
Clarke Middle and High School students achieved gains in their reading scores on the Iowa Assessments that surpassed the average gains students achieved nationally and most grades achieved gains higher than other students in the state. On average, Clarke Middle and High School students increased their National Standard Score in reading by 18.25 points versus an average 14 point increase in the state.
"We attribute the increase to a greater focus on reading and literacy in both the middle and high school," said Curriculum Director Jean Bahls. "In the middle school, students take a reading class during 7th and 8th grade and all middle school teachers incorporate a reading routine into their daily lessons. At the high school, reading classes are offered and teachers provide literacy instruction to all students three days a week during advisory."
This is available to ANY Clarke student and their family who are in need of food or clothing assistance. We also have toiletries, as well as Clarke apparel available. You or your family could be going through a tough time and we would like to help. If you are unable to come during Food Pantry hours but could use some assistance, please contact Mr. Brad Lampe or Mrs. Becky Jones-Webb at 342-6505 or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who have donated to the pantry, including Percussions Restaurant and Timber Ridge Market, just to name a few. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Mr. Lampe or Mrs. Jones-Webb, or bring donations on Mondays between 4 and 5 p.m.
Look for School Closing and Delay information on:
Local TV stations: WHO-TV 13, KCCI 8, WOI 5
Banner on Clarke Schools website
Notification via text or email. Sign up for notifications by clicking on
"Sign Up for Texts and Emails" on the bottom
of the Clarke Schools website home page.
School delay and cancellation decisions
are made by 6 a.m. when possible.
Faculty, staff and the public are invited to a School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) meeting on Tuesday, February 6 th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in room 4A at the elementary . . .
Middle school and high school staff recently each chose a student who inspires them and makes them want to come to work every day. This video shows each teacher telling the chosen student.
The annual Veterans Day program was held on November 11 in the high school gym, with all high school and middle school students and staff in attendance, as well as many veterans and community members. National Honor Society Members greeted . . .
A Wellness Policy Meeting will be held on January 30, 2017, in the LMC at the Middle/High School Building at 7:30 a.m. Clarke Community staff as well as community members are invited attend to go over the current wellness policy and see if . . .
Please review the following information from the Iowa Department of Transportation concerning stopping for school buses. Let's all work together to keep our students safe! Required stopping for school buses . . .
Clarke Community Schools kicked off the new school year with the tradition of a Thursday Night in the Park pep rally on the courthouse lawn. Middle school teacher Eric Zoske emceed the event, first introducing superintendent Steve Seid to say . . .
Parents should be receiving a letter in the mail detailing the new procedures of pick up/drop off and parking for 7-12 grade students. A copy of the letter is below. Please see map following the letter. Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s): . . .
Brad Lampe received a high honor from his peers recently in Des Moines. The Karl King Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to two band directors by the Iowa Bandmasters Association. One award is given to an active . . .
Check out the great article on new ELL Teacher & Softball Coach
With a whole crop of new teachers coming to the district next year, it's always interesting to learn more about these teachers' backgrounds and what brought them to Clarke. Clarkecountylife.com has a great article on the new . . .
Race 4 Education presents the JETFAST Color Run on May 14, 2016. All proceeds from the event will go to Clarke Elementary to help promote physical activity. The free 1K Kids Dash will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a Kids Color . . .
Does your child need help with reading skills or fluency? Upper Iowa University offers reading programs for students preschool-high school all summer long. Click on the link below for more information. Upper Iowa Summer Reading . . .
Spring is just around the corner--a great time to review the student dress code! Elementary Dress Code: Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, . . .