April 2017                         Monthly Newsletter
Issue 3
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
FCCLA Brings Home the Gold and More...
Front Row: Marissa Hernandez, Jozey McCoy, Halle Fine, Kylie Shackelford, Hannah Volkmer, Kate Landhuis, Morgan Rope. Back Row: Lily Twaddle, Brianna Hayes, Carly Rahn, Allison DeVoe, Sam Esaias, Lauren Tunnicliff, Megan Goecker, Mrs. Cheryl Beaver.

Congratulations to the Clarinda FCCLA for proudly representing our school and community at the State Conference and bringing home  gold and silver medals in their competitive events! Heading to the National Conference in Nashville are  Allison DeVoe, Carly Rahn, Marissa Hernandez, Megan Goecker, and Lauren Tunnicliff.
UPDATE: Last Day of School is Now May 19th
The last day of school has been changed to Friday, May 19th. The school board amended the 2016-2017 calendar and designated Friday, May 19th as the last day of school for students.  Please note, there is no early dismissal and the school will follow the normal start and end times.

2017-2018 School Calendar 
The approved   2017-2018 school calendar  is now available on the district website.  

The calendar was designed to minimize the disruption to instructional time and learning through increased continuity in instructional days.      
iPads for All Middle School Students this Fall
At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, each middle school student (5th-8th grade) will be issued an iPad to enhance their learning experience.  In 2018-2019, all high school students will be issued an iPad and in 2019-2020, K-4 students will have access to an iPad at school.  Students in 5th-12th grade will be allowed to take the devices home during the school year.  

The district technology committee has been meeting since last fall to define the purpose and goals for technology in learning and instruction.  As a result of the exploration and planning process, the committee defined the district’s technology vision:  “Every student K-12 will have access to a device during the school day to enhance learning and differentiated instruction.”  The goal is
“To allow students to think critically, collaborate, communicate, and create.”   

The district will be hosting student and parent forums as we implement 1:1 technology.  This initiative is not an increase to the district budget and repurposes existing funds to support the plan.

Please click here to view the comprehensive technology plan.

Facility and Transportation Planning

This summer, the district will continue with its maintenance schedule and replace a large portion of the high school roof.  The current roof was installed in 1983 (34 years ago) and has outlived the warranty and life cycle. The school board will review bids and consider awarding a contract for the project at the April 10th school board meeting.  If a contract is awarded, the project is not expected to disrupt school events or activities and is scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2017-18 school year.  

The district maintains a fleet of buses and will be trading in two buses to ensure our students are being safely transported.  One of the two buses to be replaced was purchased in 2002 and the second bus was purchased in 2005. Both buses have reached a point where maintaining them is cost prohibitive.  

The district is proud of its investments in maintaining our facilities, grounds, and bus fleet.  The safety of our students and staff is our utmost concern.

Free Meals for Kids 
Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like the Clarinda Community School District, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Anyone 18 or younger may come and enjoy a free meal.  

The district will provide free meals to children during the summer at the Clarinda Middle School Cafeteria beginning June 1st. Meals are available Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30.  

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Summer Meal Program or have any questions, please contact Joyce Johansen, Food Service Director at 712-542-5167 for more information.  

Community Finance Advisory Committee Endorses 2017-18 Preliminary Budget 

The Community Finance Advisory Committee reviewed and discussed the 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget.  The committee members carefully studied, analyzed, and discussed the complex revenue and expenditure funds of the district budget.  The committee advised the school board that the preliminary budget aligns with educational objectives and community expectations.  

The public is welcome to attend the budget hearing on April 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Central Office Board room. Pending the preliminary budget hearing, the school board is set to approve the agenda.

Join Superintendent Stender for Coffee
Join Superintendent Deron Stender on Friday, May 5th, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at McDonald's 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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