January 2018
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 12
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Team Up Against Bullying
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems .

In order to be considered bullying,
the behavior must be aggressive and include:

An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Our schools are participating in No Name-Calling Week --January 15-19, a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. Ask your child what they will be doing to participate in this campaign.

Look for more information on our anti-bullying initiative and tips in the February newsletter! Please contact any school counselor with any questions, concerns or support.
Improving Discipline & School Culture With PBIS
As the Clarinda Community School District continues to strive for greatness, feedback was requested from students, parents, and staff about our schools. Feedback identified a need to improve school culture and discipline. In response to the feedback, the district began studying possible behavior management programs to help improve student behavior and school culture. The result of this study identified Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) as a research-based program that provides a systematic approach to discipline and student behaviors. 
PBIS is a positive approach to discipline where teachers, staff, and community members are trained to define, teach, and support appropriate student behaviors. This differs from other behavior management programs in that PBIS focuses on teaching students positive behaviors before negative behaviors happen, rather than just hoping students know what to do and penalizing them if they make a mistake.
Staff members participating in this year’s PBIS training includes both middle and elementary school staff. The middle school staff include: Susan Brown, Rachel Brown, Andy Harris, Deanne Marriott, Tansie Carmen, Heidi Bird, Linda Vanden Bosch, Rebecca Miller, and Kim Whitaker. The elementary staff include: Audra Riddle, Emily Thompson, Rita DeGroot, Marilyn Wagoner, Trulla Pullen, Karlee Barlow, Megan Hill, Cassie Eberly, and Dawn Sunderman. Parents who are interested in joining the PBIS team and receiving training, can contact Mr. Henely or Ms. Opperman.
The first phase of PBIS is staff training (2017-2018) and the second phase is implementation (2018-2019). We look forward to your support as we work together to improve the climate and culture of our schools!
School Closure Information
When is school closed or delayed due to inclement or severe weather?
Safety is our primary concern when making the decision to close or delay the start of school due to inclement or severe weather. This process begins as early as possible and no later than 4:00 a.m. A decision is made as early as possible typically prior to 6:30 a.m.
How are parents notified of a school closure or delay?
In the event that school needs to be delayed or cancelled we will:
  • Send a JMC alert to all parents and staff. JMC alerts can be received via email, text, phone or all three (please be sure your contact information in JMC is current).
  • Send a press release to KMA and the Clarinda Herald-Journal.
  • Post information on the District home page and pop-up message.
  • Post on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Please assume school will be in session as scheduled unless you have received notification.
What if parents have concerns?
Please know that when it comes to inclement weather, we encourage and strongly support parents in making decisions that are best for their child. While our bus drivers are experienced and trained for driving in all conditions and have excellent safety records, we recognize that parents are the best judge of their child's health and safety. The District realizes that a decision for the majority of students may not fit with parents' individual circumstances. A decision to keep your child home or pick them up early from school for safety reasons will be considered an excused absence. The District encourages parents to send their child to school properly dressed to ensure their safety during the winter months.
Schoology Tip
Did you know you can sign up for notifications & parent email digests? Click the technology tab on the district website for great resources to help parents stay informed and connected with their child's education and school. If you have a schoology question or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Cabeen at jcabeen@clarindacsd.org .

Respectful Communication
As we start the new year, this is a good time to review the communication process when a parent has a question or concern. Following these four steps will help resolve issues respectfully:

  1. Communicate your concern directly to the individual closest to the situation (teacher, bus driver, coach, etc.)
  2. If your concern is not resolved in step one, communicate your concern to the individual's supervisor (principal, supervisor, activities director, etc.)
  3. If your concern is not resolved in step two, communicate your concern to the superintendent
  4. If your concern is not resolved in step three, communicate your concern to the school board president
Thank You for Supporting Our Schools!

On behalf of the Clarinda Community School District, we thank all of our parents, partners, and community members for your support, together, we make our schools the pride of our community!
Coffee & Conversation With Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender for coffee on  Friday, January 5, at McDonalds and Friday, February 2 at the Garrison House from 7:30-8:30 am (on Mr. Stender's tab).

The events are meant to be informal opportunities for conversation with the Superintendent. There are no agendas or formal presentations. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and comments and are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows. 

Monthly coffees are held on the first Friday of each month in a variety of locations in our community. Please check the  district website  for locations.

Clarinda Community School District
423 East Nodaway
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
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