In This Issue
Three Students Achieve Perfect ACT Score

Team Speedsters on to FIRST LEGO League World Championship

Team Speedsters from Hansen Elementary advanced to the FIRST LEGO League World Championship ( April 25-28, 2018) to be held in Detroit, Michigan.

Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They must design, build, program a robot, then compete on a playing field. They also practice the Program's signature Core Values.

Speedsters is a five-member team from 6th grade Hansen Elementary comprising of Henry Wiering, Natalie Olsen, Param Sampat, Pranav Kota and Varun Gulwadi. 

In 2016 they won 1st place in Champions Award and Robot Performance Award and were also nominated for Global Innovation Award at Cedar Falls regional competition.

In 2017 after winning 1st place in Champions Award and Robot Performance Award at the regional level, they proceeded to win 1st place in both Champions Award and Robot Performance award at the State Championship held in January at Iowa State University. The achievement was highlighted by their innovative solution to purify water for under-privileged households in developing countries using UV light powered by a hand crank mechanism.

They are one for the two teams from Iowa to advance to the World Championship. The event invites roughly 100 teams from 30 countries around the world.
School Vouchers/Educational Savings Accounts/School Choice
Learn More About School Choice
If you belong to a group or organization and would like a representative from the District to come to a meeting and present about school choice, please contact Janelle Darst at 319-553-2426 or email 
Parents for Great Iowa Schools

CF CAPS Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The Cedar Falls CAPS program was initiated in January of 2017 and allows junior and senior students from Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools to explore careers and develop their technical and professional skills while working alongside professionals in the Cedar Valley. In order for CAPS to succeed, active participation is required from business partners in our community. Viking Pump in Cedar Falls was our first business partner and host site and continues providing resources and learning opportunities for our students interested in the technology and engineering fields.
Tiger Baskeball Accomplishments

AJ Green Breaks CFHS Boys All-Time Career Scoring Record
Boy's Swimming Wins Team Championship

Dorian Vocal Festival Participants
CFHS Jazz One
CFHS Jazz One recently performed in Des Moines at Noce Jazz and Cabaret ( on January 17th. The jazz band, under the direction of Kyle Engelhardt, traveled to the new jazz venue in Des Moines to share a performance with the Des Moines Big Band, a group of adult music professionals that perform weekly at Noce from September to May. This is the band's second performance with the DSM Big Band, having previously performed with them in 2015 at their previous location in West Des Moines.


Cedar Falls Schools Foundation
Thank You Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa!
Thank you for awarding a grant thru our Foundation to support the District's CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) program. CFNEIA's support will help the CAPS program expand and grow the number of strands offered to students and businesses from the Cedar Falls and Waterloo school districts and communities. Click on the photo to read more about the CAPS program.
Coaches vs. Cancer
The Cedar Falls Men's and Women's basketball teams, coaches, and Sophomore Leadership are teaming up in a national effort to fight cancer through the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs Cancer program.

Cedar Falls would like to help bring awareness to the fight against cancer by involving players and fans at the February 2nd women's varsity game and the February 9th men's varsity basketball game. 

Fans can support the effort by purchasing a t-shirt and/or by making a pledge for total 3 point shots made by CF at each game. In addition, the Sophomore Leadership group will host a bake sale at each game. Come out and help support our teams and the American Cancer Society.
Coaches vs Cancer T-shirt Order Form (Deadline: Friday, Jan. 26 by 3:00 p.m.)
Lincoln Elementary Supporting Dance Marathon
REMINDER Preschool Registration
Preschool Registration link will be open at Noon on Friday, January 26. If you have questions, please call Carrie DeBerg at 319-553-2422.
Incoming Kindergarten Students for 2018-2019
Do you have a child who will be attending kindergarten next school year? Buildings are beginning to collect contact information so that we can ensure all families receive the correct paperwork and information. Current District parents will be receiving a form to fill out to return to the secretary at your child's school. It can also be accessed here.

Please share this information with anyone you know who may not yet have children in the District!

Meet Your Nurse
My name is Samantha Beenken, and I  am the school nurse for Holmes, Hansen and North Cedar.  I am  classically trained as an ER nurse, but love what I am able to do to help students within our schools. I did some work within the Waterloo school district earlier in the year but due to restructuring, I am now able to work in Cedar Falls. I am so excited about this transition and have thoroughly enjoyed how welcoming the Cedar Falls staff and families are. It makes the change very easy and rewarding! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son who will be two in April. He keeps me very busy!

Information from Covenant Clinic
My Body is Changing! What to Expect during Puberty
February 19 - 4th & 5th Grade Girls
February 20 - 5th Grade Boys
Cedar Falls High School Auditorium
6-7:00 p.m.
District Registered Nurses and guidance counselors sponsor separate events for girls and boys along with their parents. Girls in the 4th & 5th grade meet with RNs and female guidance counselors on February 19 at 6 p.m. Boys in 5th grade meet with male guidance counselors on February 20 at 6 p.m. Please contact your elementary for more details.
Support Extending the State Penny Sales Tax
Please contact your legislator to give your support to
extending the State Penny Sales Tax !

The one-cent sales tax for school infrastructure is known in law as Secure an Advanced Vision for Education ( SAVE ). This critical funding stream is set to expire in December 2029, creating an abrupt end to millions of dollars of school funding for safe and modern buildings and other school infrastructure such as technology, while shifting the entire burden for school facility funding to property tax payers. In Cedar Falls, the extension would mean the reality of a new high school coming much sooner.
Board of Education Update
Watch the January 22 meeting.

The next Cedar Falls Schools Board of Education meeting will be February 12, 2018,  5:30 p.m. at Cedar Falls City Hall and will be shown on Cedar Falls Channel 15.   Agendas, documents and materials for all board of education meetings can be found on the Cedar Falls Schools website   . Watch previous meetings on the District's YouTube Channel Meetings will be available live at . This format works best with Internet Explorer.

Spring Break Camps, Mar. 12-16 (ages K-6)
Our day camps are the perfect place to try new mediums and make projects to take home! Snacks provided in the morning and afternoon. Students must bring a sack lunch.
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Location: (ages 5-8) Rownd Classrooms
(ages 9-12) McElroy Classroom
Fee: $30 ($27)/day, $140 ($125)/week  

Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Report
Open Positions
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