December 2017
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 11
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Strategic Planning Update
Thanks to the many students, staff, parents, and community members for your feedback from the listening sessions conducted in the fall. The planning team held its first meeting to review data (economics, business & industry, politics, housing, taxes, etc.) about our school and community to gain a deeper understanding of the impact on education and our schools future. 
The planning team will meet again in January to continue its work of breaking data down and identifying areas of focus. The following themes were most consistent in the surveys and listening session (in no particular order):

  • Bullying prevention
  • Drug & Alcohol prevention
  • School pride
  • Academic rigor
  • Grading scale
  • Trimester scheduling
  • Early graduation
  • Mental health
  • Student discipline
  • Biased and preferential treatment of students
The survey results and strategic planning updates can be found on the district website. Hard copies of all planning documents are also available for viewing in the three school offices and at the Lied Public Library.

For more information or questions, please contact Superintendent, Deron Stender, at 712-542-5165 or dstender@
Enjoy A Winter Music Program
Did you know kids that play musical instruments benefit from improved academic and social skills? Lessons also give children the opportunity to learn to accept and give constructive criticism, and develop discipline and patience.  
Our schools are a regional leader in offering opportunities for students to participate in the performing arts.  All programs are offered to the community free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. Please support our students by attending one of our many programs. 

For more information, please contact
Clarinda Community Schools at:

Winter Break
The winter break is December 23rd through January 2nd . Classes resume Wednesday, January 3rd .

Please visit the district calendar for more details.


Team Up Against Bullying
Please team up with us as we increase our efforts to address bullying and disrespectful behaviors. Together we can teach, communicate, and model acceptable behaviors and supportive relationships. The District is working with students, staff, parents, and our community to increase training, resources, awareness, and solutions that create a positive culture and a safe learning environment. This month's tips are from Stop Bullying Now Foundation, Inc.

Signs a Child is Being Bullied
Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.
Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are: 
  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
  • If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem. Get help right away
Signs a Child is Bullying Others  
Kids may be bullying others if they:
  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Please contact any school administrator or counselor if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank you for partnering with us to stomp out bullying!
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.
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 With Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender on  Friday, January 5th, from 7:30-8:30 am,  at McDonalds for coffee (on the 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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