August 2018
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 19
To educate all students to succeed by ensuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
A Message From the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Partners,

Support from our parents and partners is essential to the progress and success of our students and schools. I appreciate the investment you have in our schools and the trust we are given to care for and provide a learning environment that meets the unique needs of all students. Through your support, we are able provide our students a quality education with life experiences that lead to their success. We continue to be progressive and continuously improve to meet the needs and expectations to prepare students to be well rounded. We take this responsibility seriously and the strategic plan guides all of us as we work together at achieving our vision and being a leader in education. 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. The feedback from our partners is defined in the strategic plan which is aligned to these five goals:

  1. Increasing Student Achievement
  2. Improving School Climate and Culture
  3. Fiscal Stability & Facility Planning
  4. Staff Engagement
  5. Local and State Partnerships

I welcome your feedback as we work on achieving the 2018-2019 goals. Please contact me by email, phone, office visit, or by attending a Community Coffee which is held the first Friday of each month from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at a local coffee shop/restaurant (refreshment included). I look forward to working with all of our parents and partners as we work to improve our schools and keep our focus on students!  

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

Yours In Education,

Deron Stender
Strategic Plan In Motion
The strategic plan reflects the feedback and expectations of our students, staff, parents, & community. The five strategic goals keep the school board, administration, and staff focused on making decisions that put students first: 

  • Student achievement
  • School culture and climate
  • Finance and facilities
  • State and community partnerships
  • Staff engagement

As the district aligns resources to achieve these goals, there may be changes that support the vision for Clarinda Community School District to be a leader in education by fostering high standards and expectations through rigorous academics, meaningful learning opportunities, and engaging student activities. As valued partners, your support is essential to our students, schools, and communities success. Please visit the district website for more information.
Security Planning and Preparation
The top priority of the district is to protect the safety of students, staff, and guests. School safety is everyone’s responsibility including students, staff, parents, and community members. We remind our students and staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity to an adult or school representative.

Numerous safety measures are being put in place to safeguard students and staff to ensure there is an atmosphere conducive to learning. We partnered with the Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Management Coordinator from Northwest Missouri State University , Clarinda Police Department, and the Page County Sheriff's Office to prepare our plans. Our school safety protocol includes:

  • Emergency Crisis Operations Plan – The plan is being refined to reflect best practices and shared with law enforcement personnel.
  • Safety Drills – We are continuously improving our practices and developing plans that will expand the drills we conduct to help prepare and inform all individuals.
  • Emergency Training – We are developing emergency preparedness training that follows Standard Response Protocol.
  • Controlled Access – Each exterior building door is remotely controlled and monitored.
  • Visitor Registry – All visitors must register in the front office using the Envoy Registration System and receive a temporary identification badge prior to having access to the school.
  • Identification Badges – All staff display district-issued identification badges when at school.
  • Interior and Exterior Cameras – Digital cameras throughout each school monitor activity inside and out.
  • Law Enforcement – Local law enforcement conducts regular visits at each school and helps address issues.
  • Comprehensive Communication Plan – The purpose of the plan is to swiftly and accurately communicate essential information about a situation to first responders, district faculty, parents, and community members. The safety of children and staff is the focus throughout the situation.
  • Reunification of Families – We are developing a detailed plan for the reunification of parents and their children in case of a major emergency necessitating the relocation of students.
  • K-9 – City and County K-9 units will be randomly utilized to detect illegal substances on school premises.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we work diligently to keep our students, staff, and guests safe. 
Online Registration is Now Open
Parents are encouraged to complete student registration and pay school fees online at their convenience. Online registration will be open from Tuesday, August 7 through Friday, August 17. Further details and instructions are available on the district website.

Walk in registration and payment of fees is available at each school office starting on Tuesday, August 14 from 9:00-noon and Wednesday, August 15 from 12:00-4:00 or by appointment.

Online Registration: August 7th-17th
Walk-in Registration: August 14th-15th
2018-19 School Calendar
The approved 2018-2019 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. 
New School Start Times

Doors Open
Breakfast is Served
& Busses Arrive at

7:45 a.m.
Parent and Student Technology Summit
The district will hold a Parent & Student Technology Summit for all 5th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students on  Tuesday, August 21  at the high school gym. 

Parents and students are required to attend the one hour Summit before students can receive their 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, chips, and water so families don’t have to worry about planning a meal. Childcare will also be provided for those who request it.

If you are unable to attend the Summit, please contact Mrs. Larson at the high school (542-5167) to schedule an appointment to attend a training session between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on Wednesday, August 22.  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-L    6:00-7:15 pm
M-Z    7:30-8:30 pm
Please click here for the " Technology Frequently Asked Question " or contact Technology Director Sonia Morrison at Download the Technology Summit flyer  here.

District 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 regarding charging for meals. In August of 2017 the school board adopted policy 710.4. This 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 maintain 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. Click here for more information about this program.
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 Tracy DeBolt, Food Service Director at 712-542-5167. Applicant information is kept confidential.

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
Sign up for rSchooltoday and stay informed of athletic and activity schedules. This free mobile app will keep you up-to-date and informed of activities, schedules, rosters, and scores for your favorite teams. This is the recommended way to stay on top of school events! In one click you can access all of the events that are taking place at our schools.

To download the app on your mobile device, search for:
"rSchoolToday Activity Scheduler."

If you would like a copy of the monthly calendar of events or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Henke at or 712-542-5167.
District Social Media
The district recognizes that social media is a valuable resource for communication. 

Stay informed of district news and activities by liking us on Facebook at " Clarinda Community School District ," and following us on twitter at: CCSDCards .
Coffee with Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender on  Friday, September 1st, from 7:30-8:30 am,  at Garrison House for coffee and refreshments (complimentary of Mr. Stender).

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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