November 2017
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 10
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Strategic Planning Continues
Over the last month, the District has made significant progress in step one of the strategic planning process. The "contextual scan" included conducting five focus group sessions with students, staff, parents, and community members. We also gathered input from our stakeholders through an online survey. This initial work is an effective way for the District to listen to stakeholder perspectives and gather feedback. As a result, a tremendous amount of valuable input has been collected. 

We thank those who were able to participate and share your thoughts and ideas about our schools and their future. The second step of the planning process will commence on Tuesday, November 28, when the District's Strategic Planning Team holds its first meeting to review stakeholder input and discuss the mission, priorities, and future direction of the District. 
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@
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.   
The District Anti-Bullying & Anti-Harassment Policy (link to web page/policy) guides us as we work together and address the safety and learning environment of our students. This video was shared with our high school students as we emphasized the role and responsibility everyone has in making a difference by standing up and speaking out.
When bullying occurs, parents should contact the school immediately and join with the district in gathering information and conducting an inquiry and/or investigation to assure any bullying is stopped. Encourage your child to report bullying to an adult immediately so it can be properly addressed. Here are some resources that parents may find helpful in this effort:

  1. Guidelines for Parents in Reporting Bullying
  2. Worksheet for Parents in Reporting Bullying
  3. Parent Checklist in Reporting Bullying
  4. Types of Bullying
  5. Support for Bullying Issues: Websites for Parents
  6. Safety Plan When Bullying is Reported
  7. Safety Plan When Bullying is Confirmed

Thank you for your attention to the safety
of our students!
Parent Teacher Conferences - Nov. 20 & 21
We welcome and encourage our parents to attend parent teacher conferences on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st 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). Please note this as it is a change from past practice.
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:

What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor is a certified, highly-qualified, master's-level professional who addresses the academic, career, personal, and social needs of all students. They work collaboratively with educators, families, service providers, and the community. Our district offers counseling services in each of our buildings. Our counselors work hard to provide direct and indirect instruction including classroom, group and individual needs-based, and solution-focused counseling services.

Why do we offer School Counseling services?
  • To provide a systematic approach to develop the potential of all students.
  • To address the issues that create barriers to student success.
  • To meet the academic, career, and personal/social developmental needs of all students.
  • To provide proactive, preventative, developmentally appropriate programs as well as interventions to ensure that all students have the optimal environment in which they may succeed, both academically and personally, while in school and beyond.
  • To provide a system of support for the students, teachers, principals, parents, and community.
  • To provide a safe haven for all students.
  • To ensure equity and access to programs that prepare students to work and live in a global community

Please contact any one of our counselors for support or questions:
Shannon Almelien (high School), Tansie Carman (middle school), Audra Riddle (elementary school), and Heidi Bird (District Support Coordinator). 
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.
Coffee with Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender on  Friday, December 1st, from 7:30-8:30 am,  at Down Right Delicious for coffee.

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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