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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .