July 2018 Monthly Newsletter        
Issue 18
To educate all students to succeed by ensuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Strategic Plan Focused On Continuous Improvement
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.
Customer Satisfaction Increases 11%
In May, we asked staff, parents, and community members to complete a customer satisfaction survey as one way to gather feedback on how the district is doing. I am pleased to share with you that the overall satisfaction of the district increased by 11% from 2017-2018. While the increased satisfaction is a positive sign, we remain diligent in our pursuit of continuous improvement.
Security Planning and Preparation
The district continues to review and improve emergency operation plans. We partnered with the Department of Homeland Security, Northwest Missouri State University's Department of Emergency Management, Clarinda Police Department, and the Page County Sheriff's Department to conduct threat assessments, security reviews, plan training, and develop universal plans to guide all stakeholders. 

State of the art video surveillance and security systems are being installed at all buildings as one of the many proactive efforts to address, prepare, and plan for school safety and security. With the start of the school year, there will be limited access to district facilities and all pedestrian traffic will be through the main entrances at each buildings. In addition, parents and guests will be screened by a district representative before accessing facilities. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as take necessary measures to keep our students and staff safe and secure.
Online Registration August 7th-17th
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 will be provided in the August Newsletter and 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
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 smorrison@clarindacsd.org. Download the Technology Summit flyer here.
PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
In response to feedback from parents and staff for a need to have a formal system to address student behavior and provide interventions, leadership teams from the middle school and Garfield have been attending training throughout the 2017-2018 school year to plan for implementation of PBIS for the 2018-2019 school year. 
"PBIS" is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports and is a framework for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions and supports while enhancing academic and social behavior for all students. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. Research has shown that intentionally introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Proactively teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more effective approach rather than waiting for misbehaviors to occur.
2018-2019 Instructional Fees
To support learning and instruction, school districts are allowed to charge an instructional fee for textbooks, digital textbooks, and instructional materials which convey information to the student and contributes to the learning process. Like many districts across the state, we use these funds to support learning and instruction. The 2018-2019 instructional fees are as follows:

The 2018-2019 instructional fees are:  
Elementary school: $20
Middle school: $30
High school: $40
NWEA - MAP Testing
To monitor and support each students academic growth the district is implementing NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) as a district assessment for literacy, math, and science. This assessment will provide guidance to make changes in curriculum and instruction to support each student's learning needs. Students will be assessed three times during the year (fall, winter, spring) to benchmark and monitor student growth. More information will be provided in the fall.
2018-2019 Lunch Prices
The district food service program provides healthy and nutritious meals to our students. We take several measures to keep the price of meals affordable by maximizing commodities and taking advantage of cooperative purchasing.

Despite our best efforts, the USDA has stringent mandates that require the district to raise all meal prices by .10 for the 2018-2019 school year. We understand this may create a hardship and, to help with these costs, we offer all families the opportunity to complete an application for reduced or free school meals. The 2018-2019 application for meals will be available in August on the district website or at any school office.

2018-2019 Lunch Prices
K-8: $2.50
High School: $2.65
District Employment Opportunities
Come join a progressive and caring team of educators. Openings are posted on the district webpage and is managed by teachiowa.gov. The district has the following open positions:
Substitute Teachers
Paraprofessionals (5)
Substitue Paraprofessionals
Part-time Bus Driver
Substitute Bus Drivers
$115 per day
$14.23 per hour plus benefits
$14.23 per hour
$19.84 per hour
$19.84 per hour
If you are interested and would like to apply, please complete the online application here . If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Superintendent Deron Stender 712-542-5165.
Coffee with Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender on  Thursday, August 2nd, from 7:30-8:30 a.m.,  at McDonalds for coffee (refreshments courtesy 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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