April 2019
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 27
To educate all students to succeed by ensuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
New Iowa Assessments (ISASP)
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) is the new state approved assessment that will be given to our students this month. The ISASP is aligned with the Iowa Core standards, providing a clear and accurate assessment of student learning. 

The ISASP assessments are developed for the state of Iowa and align with the grade specific Iowa Core standards. The new assessments will be taken online. Students will take the ISASP assessments in the following subject areas and grades:
Math: Grades 3–11 
Language/Writing: Grades 3–11 
Reading: Grades 3–11
Science: Grades 5, 8 & 10
The ISASP assessments will provide parents with valuable information about their child’s learning. The results will provide a detailed analysis of how students performed relevant to the proficiency definitions set on the Iowa Core standards. Student results will be available for parents to review in the fall of 2019. Over time, parents will also be able to access year-over-year analysis of how their child is performing.

Please support the district and plan for your child(ren) to be at school
to take the ISASP tests on the following dates:

Garfield Elementary: April 2, 3, & 5
Clarinda Middle School: April 9, 10, 15 & 16
Clarinda High School: April 1, 4, 8 & 11
Preparing Your Child for Assessments
Iowa Assessments begin this month. Staff have put together helpful information and tips for parents to help students prepare for the ISASP.  

Why are they important? 
These tests are used to monitor your child’s progress from year to year. The information gained from these tests allow us to compare results to other students of the same age across the state of Iowa and the rest of the nation. It is one measure we use to help identify how well our students are learning.

Tips for Success:
  1. Remind your child to take the test seriously.
  2. Encourage your child to do their best.
  3. Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep. 
  4. Ensure your child eats a good breakfast to start the day right.
  5. Write your child an encouraging note in the morning.

Read this article for more information to help your child be successful.
In the Spotlight
Community Finance Committee Endorses
2019-2020 Preliminary Budget
The Community Finance Advisory Committee reviewed and discussed the 2019-2020 Preliminary Budget. The committee members carefully studied, analyzed, and discussed the complex revenue and expenditures that impact 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, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at McKinley in the boardroom. Pending the preliminary budget hearing, the school board is set to approve the proposed 2019-2020 budget.
2019-2020 Calendar
At the March 13 school board meeting the school board approved the 2019-2020 school calendar. The school calendar focuses on strategies to provide instructional time that is aligned with quality professional development. 

The school board approved calendar,  (click here to view)  includes late starts so the district can provide staff with training and professional development to support effective instruction. When there is a late start, classes at all schools will start at 9:40 a.m. 

To support our families, the district welcomes families to drop students off as early as 7:30 a.m. on late starts.
  1. Students will be supervised,
  2. Provided breakfast,
  3. And will receive guided services until classes starts at 9:40 a.m.

Backpack Partnership with Clarinda Regional Health Center
Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) Population Health Manager Molly Gilmore has announced a “Backpack Initiative” partnership with the Clarinda Community School District that helps address food insecurity for children in our school district. The USDA says food insecurity can be defined as those children who are struggling to avoid hunger.

Clarinda School Superintendent Deron Stender says, “Our community is fortunate to have caring people and organizations that are willing to partner with the school to help meet the needs of our students. The Backpack Initiative addresses a critical need for some of our students and provides them not only with food, but a lesson about having a sense of community.”

CRHC Population Health Manager Molly Gilmore states, “Statistics show that often times kids go hungry when school is not in session and that food insufficiency is associated with decreased concentration and diminished academic performance.” This program is not a new concept and is offered in other school districts throughout our area. On the last day of the school week, a bag of shelf stable food is placed into the backpacks of those students identified by the district as children faced with the threat of hunger. Gilmore goes on to share, “While these products won’t meet the entire nutritional requirements of that child, it’s a start and helps supplement their dietary needs”.

The Backpack programs start-up is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor. If anyone would like to be a partner or donate to this charitable cause, please reach out to CRHC Director of Ancillary Services Greg Jones or Population Health Manager Molly Gilmore. 

Free Summer Lunch
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 3. 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 Traci DeBolt, Food Service Director at 712-542-5167 for more information. 
iPads for all Elementary School Students this Fall
At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, each elementary school student (K-4th grade) will have access to an iPad to enhance their learning experience while at school.

The district technology committee has been meeting since the fall of 2016 to review and plan for technology in learning and instruction. As a result of the planning process based on 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 at the elementary school in the fall. This initiative is not an increase to the district budget, but a repurpose of existing funds to support the technology plan.
Coffee with Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender for coffee, refreshments (Mr. Stender covers the cost of coffee & refreshments), and conversation on: Friday, April 5 at McDonalds and Friday, May 3 at the Garrison House from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

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.
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!

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