February 2018
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 13
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Semester & Grading Scale Changes
Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, the district will transition to semester scheduling and a revised grading scale. These changes are being made to provide our students with a continuum of instruction, competitive educational opportunities, increased participation in advanced courses, and to level the playing field. The district will keep students and families informed as these plans are developed.

We Choose KIND. #clarindakind
The district continues to implement learning objectives for bullying and harassment prevention by sponsoring events that build awareness and create partnerships with our families. To reduce bullying and harassment, our goal is to influence the climate of the school and form acceptable social norms. It is “cool” to help students who are bullied or harassed by being a up-stander.

This requires the support and effort of everyone in our school and community. The district will be celebrating Clarinda Kindness Week February 12-16. #clarindakind is a movement to inspire positive change in our schools and community. The goal is to influence the culture of Clarinda by promoting kindness through positive reinforcement and awareness. One of the district initiatives is to partner with stakeholders to address bullying and harassment in our schools. We hope to inspire the community to join this effort to support kindness and empower students to be "up-standers" in their classrooms, families, and in the community. We want all of our students and staff to practice Clarinda Kind and supporting a culture of positive relationships and behaviors.

On February 15, all students and staff will be wearing a t-shirt supporting #clarindakind. Please encourage students to share this message with you by asking them what this means and what they are doing to be #clarindakind every day! Please stay tuned for more exciting events to be held during Clarinda Kindness Week, February 12-16!
Attend Parent Conferences
We welcome and encourage our parents to attend parent teacher conferences on Tuesday, February 27, and Thursday, March 1st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

All conferences will be held at the elementary and middle school building (high school conferences will be held in the middle school gymnasium).

Special Walking Taco Fundraiser Dinner
Come and enjoy a walking taco dinner during parent teacher conferences. The History Club will host a walking taco dinner on Tuesday, February 27th, from 5-7:00 p.m. Dinners are $3.50 and include a bottle of water. All proceeds will support students going to the National History Bee, National History Day, and/or National History Bowl competitions.

Your Legislative Voice
The need to advocate for our schools is important in maintaining local control and providing the quality of education our students deserve and our community expects. The decisions made by our legislative bodies have a direct impact on our students and community. Our school board members work diligently to plan for and provide the educational resources needed to support our staff and educate our children. While the school board, administration, and staff advocate for sensible legislation, reduced mandates, and appropriate funding, we need you to join us and be a voice of support. 

A key issue in this legislative session is to ask our legislators to remove the sunsetting of the 1 cent sales tax (set to expire 2029) and to protect the revenue generated by that tax for schools. The funds from the sales tax provide tax relief to local tax payers and provides necessary funds to maintain our facilities and provide our students and staff with 21st century technology. 

Please contact our legislators:

Senator Mark Costello:  mark.costello@legis.iowa.gov
(712) 520-0303

Representative Cecil Dolecheck: cecil.dolecheck@legis.iowa.gov
(515) 281-3221

Respectful Communication
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, March, 2nd, at the Robin's Nest 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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