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.
For the past three years, the Clarke Community School District has taken part in the Hour of Code, a global movement reaching tens of millions of students of all ages in 180+ countries and over 45 languages. It is essentially a one-hour lesson in computer science, with activities appropriate for kindergarten through high school and beyond.
Why computer science?
- Computer science is foundational. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology.
- Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. The basics of computer science also help nurture creativity and problemsolving skills, and prepare students for any future career.
- Computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S. There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationwide. Computer science graduates enjoy the second-highest starting salary and the highest full-time employment rate (76%) within six months of graduation.
- Students also love it! Recent surveys show that among classes students “like a lot,” computer science and engineering rank near the top—only performing arts, art, and design are higher.
Most schools, however, don't teach computer science. This movement exposes students to the possibilities that computer science offer. Visit hourofcode.com to learn more or participate yourself!
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 veterans and handed out programs as they arrived. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spoke about the debt of gratitude we owe to our veterans, before Shane Stephens read the Roll Call of local veterans. LeeAnn Helgevold sang "Arlington," with a special dedication to Air Force Capt. David Wisniewski, brother of Clarke Elementary teacher Craig Wisniewski, who was killed in the line of duty on July 2, 2010, when his helicopter was shot down while flying over Afghanistan. The High School Concert Choir and Chamber Choirs also sang patriotic selections.
Click on the photo to the right for a slideshow of photos from the assembly.
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 any changes need to be made.
A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a school district's efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students' health, well-being, and ability to learn.
On July 29, 2016, USDA finalized regulations to create guidelines for school wellness policies. The final rule requires districts to begin revising local wellness policies during the 2016-17 school year and fully comply with the final rule by June 30, 2017.
The expanded local wellness policy requirements include specific goals for nutrition promotion and education, standards and nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages sold to students, standards for all foods and beverages provided but not sold to students, policies for food and beverage marketing, description of public involvement, public updates, policy leadership, and triennial assessments.
USDA requires schools to engage parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, Physical Education teachers, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and community members in the annual development and assessment of local school wellness policies. Local communities will have flexibility in developing a policy that works best for them.
If you are interested in participating in this process, please contact Kathy Simmerman, Food Service Director, at 342-6505 ext 529 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The school year is underway and some amazing things are happening in classrooms across the district. New teacher leadership positions added this year have made a difference in the quality of education already. New leadership positions are:
- Becca Kedley - Instructional Coach K-6
- Emily Lampe - Instructional Coach K-6
- Annie Halsband - Instructional Coach K-6
- Ruby Clyde - Success Coach Grades 5-8
- Tracy Terrell - Technology Coach K-6
- Brad Lampe - Instructional Coach 7-12
- Mary Murphy - Technology Coach 7-12
Besides these new full-time positions, some classroom teachers have now also added the role of PLC (Professional Learning Communities) Leader. These leaders help groups in creating and meeting goals during Wednesday early-outs.
Lori Ehrhardt, MS/HS Science Teacher and PLC Leader, shared one of her lessons with Instructional Coach Brad Lampe last week. Watch the video to see some critical thinking coming alive during a lesson with 7th graders about providing evidence to support claims.
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 . . .
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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, . . .