August 2017                         Monthly Newsletter
Issue 7
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
A Message From the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Stakeholders,

I want to begin by thanking you for being a strong and supportive partner of our schools.  As a community, we are invested in the future of the many children we are entrusted to educate and care for.  With your support, we are able provide our students with the quality of education and life experiences you expect from us.  We take the responsibility to provide a well-rounded learning experience to heart and work at continuously improving the education and services we provide.  We want you to be proud of our students, staff, and schools!

While there have been many changes in the district, our commitment to our students, staff, parents and community remains strong and focused on the development of the whole child.  To do this, the district will focus on four goals during the 2017-2018 school year:

  1. Increasing Student Achievement

  2. Improving School Climate and Culture

  3. Fiscal Stability

  4. Facility Planning 

As we work to achieve the 2017-2018 goals, we are excited to begin a comprehensive strategic planning process.  There will be several community focus groups for you to participate in and share your thoughts and ideas on the work, goals, and objectives of the district.  Participation and feedback from our students, staff, parents, and community will help provide the vision,  mission, and goals that will guide our work and make our schools great!   I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders as we plan and prioritize our work that builds Cardinal Pride.  

Thank you for supporting our schools and making us the pride of our community!

Yours In Education,

Deron Stender


Online Registration is Now Open
Parents will have the opportunity to complete student registration and pay instructional fees online at their convenience. Online registration will be open from Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 18th. Walk in registration and payment of instructional fees is available at each school office starting Monday, August 14th.  Please contact any school office for assistance or with questions.  

Online Registration: August 7th-18th
Walk-in Registration: August 14th-22nd

Middle School Parent and Student Technology Summit

The district is holding a Parent & Student Technology Summit for all middle school students on Monday, August 21st, at the middle school gym.  (View flyer here.) 

Middle school parents and students are required to attend the one hour Summit before students can receive their learning device. Presenters from Apple, Lied Public Library, and the Iowa State Patrol will discuss digital learning, digital citizenship, internet safety, and responsibility for and care of devices.  At the conclusion of the presentations, students and parents who sign the Responsible Use Agreement will be issued their device.


Lifetouch has partnered with the school district and is providing hot dogs, buns, chips, and water so families can enjoy a meal as they learn more about the technology initiative.  Clarinda cheerleaders will provide childcare for those who need it.  


If you are unable to attend the Summit, please contact Mrs. Garrett at the middle school (542-2132) to schedule an appointment to attend a training session between 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 22nd.

The vision of the district is that “Every student K-12 will have access to a device during the school day to enhance learning and differentiated instruction.” and the goal is “To allow students to think critically, collaborate, communicate, and create.”


To help maintain small groups, please plan on attending the session based on the first initial of the child's last name. 


Group        Time
       A-G        5:00-6:00 pm
       H-P        6:15-7:15 pm
       Q-Z        7 :30-8:30 pm


For more information, please review our document, "Technology Frequently Asked Question" or contact Technology Director Suzi Stanton at  

Sign-up for Strategic Planning Focus Groups

The Clarinda Community School District is pleased to announce its launch of a comprehensive strategic planning initiative. Over the next several months, the district will work facilitate a process that incorporates a high level of community involvement.

There are multiple ways that community members are encouraged to be engaged in and informed about the planning process. In addition to participation in the initial focus groups, public comment will be solicited in response to a new mission statement draft, and progress updates will be issued to the public at regular intervals and posted on the district’s website. Hard copies of background documents and meeting notes will be available for public review throughout the process at the four school offices and the Lied Public Library.

Community focus groups are planned for the following dates:


October 3    10:00 am – NOON

October 5     6:00 – 8:00 pm

October 10   6:00 – 8:00 pm

October 12   6:00 – 8:00 pm


October 26    6:00 – 8:00 pm

November 2  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Each session can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants to allow for quality discussion. Based on community response, additional sessions may be added to this schedule. Refreshments will be served. To register for a focus group, please contact Nancy Hummel at or 712-542-5165. 

2017-18 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.  District calendars can be picked up at any school office.  

Notice of New Policy on Charging Lunches
In accordance with state and federal law, all school districts must adopt a policy ensuring district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations for paying for school meals.

On June 10, 2017 the school board conducted the first reading of policy 710.4 Meal Charges. The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, prevent the overt identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintains the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program. Charging is not allowed and any account that incurs a negative balance of $10 will be turned over to the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee for collection. The school board also approved an agreement with a collection agency (Credit Bureau Services of Iowa, Inc.) that will be used to collect accounts that are not paid after reasonable attempts have been made by the district. 
Application for Free or Reduced Meals


By applying for the free or reduced lunch program you can help our schools receive education funds and discounts and your children can receive nutritious school meals for free or at a reduced cost.

Your family is eligible for this program if your total household income falls within the guidelines (review guidelines here) or if you receive benefits through one of these programs:

  • SNAP - Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • You are the legal guardian for one or more foster children

Download an "Application for Educational Benefits" from the district website. Please return completed applications to any school office. It is not necessary that your child/children eat school meals to earn this revenue, as some children prefer to bring bag lunches, but it is important that you report your eligibility for the program. Approved applications will help our school to qualify for additional funding or discounts for educational programs. Approved applicants will be notified and all information is confidential. 

For questions or assistance in completing the application, please contact Joyce Johansen, Food Service Director, at 712-542-5167. Applicant information is kept confidential. Thank you for supporting Clarinda Community Schools!

Reminder to Watch for Students and Buses
August marks the start of another busy school year which means our students will be out and about.  

Please use extra caution around our schools and buses, especially during the routine arrival and departure times for school.  Thank you for seeing kids and buses!
Chat Mobility Rebates Support Our Schools

Chat Mobility offers a School Rebate Program for participating customers. It’s easy and it’s free!

Complete the membership form or call 1-800-944-5526 and our schools can earn a 2.5% rebate from monthly service fees of enrolled members.  Chat Mobility issues a quarterly check based on the rebate to the school district for educational services. Thank you for supporting our schools!

Click here to complete the Chat Mobility School Rebate form.

Get the Free Mobile App and Stay Informed
Stay informed of Clarinda athletic and activity schedules through the rSchoolToday mobile app.  This free mobile app will keep you up-to-date and informed of schedules, rosters, and scores of your favorite teams. In one click you can stay informed of  the events that are taking place in our schools.

To download the app on your mobile device, search for:

"rSchoolToday Activity Scheduler."

For questions and assistance, please contact Mrs. Henke at or 712-542-5167.

Coffee with Superintendent Stender

Join Superintendent Deron Stender on  Friday, September 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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