In This Issue
CFHS Named Top High School

Abbi Zaugg, an eighth-grader at Holmes Junior High, won the state level competition in Doodle for Google! Cast your vote to help her win a scholarship and trip  to Google Headquarters!
Click on her doodle below, go to the top right hand corner and click "Vote" in order to see the images. Abbi is in the 8th-9th grade group.  Vote between now and May 18th!

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7-11, 2018
  "A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life....A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential." - John C. Maxwell

Join us in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by sharing your words of appreciation and thanks to our Cedar Falls Schools active or retired teachers, coaches, mentors, or other special staff person!

Recognize your favorite teacher or staff by sending a personal note or share a positive story. Notes and /or stories can be shared directly with the Foundation via
Additionally, the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation has a way for you to thank or honor the memory of someone who has made a difference and, at the same time, provide enrichment experiences for other District students.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift in the name of the honoree. Your donation will help the Foundation continue its work providing innovative and creative programs for students in and out of the classroom.  Donations/tributes can be made online #ThankATeacher

Iowa HS Press Association Awards
Congratulations to the 2018 journalism staffs from the newspaper, broadcast and yearbook for winning 44 of a possible 84 places in the Class B spring journalism contest! See full list here.The Hi-Line earned more total points than any other school in Iowa!
CF students also took top spots:
Kindergarten Visit Day

2018 Gold Star Awards Ceremony
The 2018 Gold Star Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.  The event will honor this year's 10 Gold Star Award recipients, past Gold Star recipients and ALL teachers in Black Hawk County. Admission is free, but you will be asked to show a ticket at the door. Tickets can be printed by clicking  here . Gold Star Awards is a program of the R.J. McElroy Trust.

Congratulations to our Cedar Falls Gold Star Teachers!
Ashley Cardamone, Art, Holme Junior High 
Tammy Frahm, Special Education, CFHS 
Marit Beisner, Kindergarten, Cedar Heights Elementary 
Ben Byersdorfer, Band, Peet Junior High
Holmes Jr. High Takes 2nd and 5th in Iowa Science Olympiad

Holmes Junior High grabbed both the 2nd place trophy and a 5th place finish in the Iowa Science Olympiad. The contest was held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This was only the second time in its 18-year history that the Holmes Science Club has entered two teams in the Olympiad.
The Science Olympiad consists of 23 science events ranging from pencil and paper tests about subjects such as Rocks and Minerals and the Solar System to events where teams have to build devices like a gravity powered Roller Coaster or an electric Battery Buggy. Perennial powerhouse, Ames, took the first place again this year and will go on to nationals. Mount Vernon took third. The second place finish was the best mark ever posted by the Holmes Jr. High Science Club.
It took a total team effort to realize 2nd place in the state. The A team medaled in 12 of the 23 events, with gold medals coming in Hovercraft  (Simon Plassman, Akshat Mehta) , Ecology (Kimi Du, Jefferson Roberts), Fast Facts (Kevin Yang, Ethan Hughes), Solar System (Zoe Edgington, Kevin Yang), and Battery Buggy (Ethan Hughes, Simon Plassman). The team  added Silver medals in Anatomy (Kimi Du, Bhoomika Shettigar), Meteorology (Malvika Khadiya, Tanvi Khadiya), Optics (Emma Sliwinski, Zoe Edgingtion), and Thermodynamics (Zoe Edgington, Emma Sliwinski). We took the Bronze in Experimental Design (Zoe Edgington, Emma Sliwinski, Hari Surnedi), Microbe Mission (Ethan Hughes, Akshat Mehta), and Dynamic Planet (Hari Surnedi, Simon Plassman). The B team took the gold in Potions and Poisons (Brendan Moody, Charli Petersen), the Silver in Microbe Mission (Brendan Moody, Anurag Anugu), and Bronze medals in Optics (Charli Petersen, Anastasia Davidson) and Rocks and Minerals (Mira Keeran, Nathan Smith).
The Holmes Science Club teacher-coaches are Rob Welter, Amanda Johnson, Logan Mork and Jim Duff. The past two years the team has also enjoyed the energy and know-how of parent-coach Barry Plassman. The team was also aided by the advice and expertise of University of Northern Iowa professor of Health and Wellness, Dr. Susan Roberts-Dobie, professor of Physics, Dr. Jeff Morgan, and Holmes Industrial Technology teacher Ryan Weiss. Words cannot adequately express the team's gratitude to these individuals for their contributions to this effort.
CFPD Gifts Books to Kindergarten Students
Target Corp. has again awarded the Cedar Falls Police Department with a grant which is used to sustain an annual reading program.  With the grant, the Cedar Falls Police Department purchased a book for every kindergarten student in the Cedar Falls School District.  A Cedar Falls Police officer visited each kindergarten class and read the book to the students. More than 500 kindergarten students are served annually by this reading program.  The Cedar Falls Police Department uses this as an opportunity to team up with Target and the school system to educate and to provide a positive experience for students while spending time with police officers.
The grant is part of Target's Community Giving Grants Program, which has a goal to strengthen families and communities.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Peet and Holmes 7th grade girls attended John Deere's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" Day.
It was a fun day learning about engineering with activities beginning with a scavenger hunt, building and racing a mini robot, designing a marshmallow catapult, and ended with a
contest to build the best working roller coaster with straws.
Help Make Support for Iowa Public Schools Go Viral!
Join the Promise of Iowa campaign as we celebrate Iowa public schools this May 
and help us garner widespread support through a  "Thunderclap" social media campaign .
What you can do: It's easy-simply click on the above image and share the message by May 18. Share by choosing to  "Support with Facebook" or "Support with Twitter". On May 18, all of the messages will be  mass-shared by Thunderclap and our voices will be amplified-our combined voices in  support of Iowa public schools.
Tiger Booster Club Upcoming Events
Skykhuis Memorial Golf Outing
Please come to the Skykhuis Memorial Golf Outing, June 9 at Pheasant Ridge,
honoring Jerry and Jane Slykhuis.
Register NOW for Pat Mitchell Memorial Golf Outing
Registration info available online.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Register NOW for Sturgis Falls Half Marathon & 5K
2018 Gateway Academy

Health Office Reminders
Vaccine Requirements: Reminder for parents of students of 7th and 12th grade students 2018-2019:   When scheduling your medical provider visits keep in mind that the Meningococcal Vaccine, specifically A/C/Y/W vaccine, is REQUIRED for all incoming students entering 7th and 12th grades for the 2018-2019 school year. Students must have the vaccine prior to the first day of school to attend and will not be permitted to attend until the vaccine is received.
Incoming 7th graders have an additional requirement of a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine booster. Contact your student's health office if you have questions.
End of the school year medication pick-up:  Parents plan to stop by the Health Office to pick up your students unused medications at the end of the school year; prescription and over-the-counter medications. Our goal is to avoid destroying expensive medications that you have provided for your student.
New medications and medication doses  to be administered at school require a signed parent permission form. Please stop by the Health Office to complete the form. For the safety of all students medications should not be carried by your student or stored in their locker. We are here to help, if you have questions please contact us to learn more.
CF Summer Camps

Sturgis Falls Children's Parade, BIG 3 Wheel 500, Coloring Contest

Board of Education Update
Watch the April 23 meeting.

The next Cedar Falls Schools Board of Education meeting will be May 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Cedar Falls City Hall.  Agendas, documents and materials for all board of education meetings can be found on the Cedar Falls Schools website   . Watch previous meetings on the District's YouTube Channel Meetings will be available live at . This format works best with Internet Explorer.

Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Report
Open Positions
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