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2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Are Underway!

Are you a middle or high school level student who’s making a difference through volunteering? Apply for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards! You could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. next May!

Maybe you planted new trees in an old park. Maybe you held a garage sale and donated the proceeds to a homeless shelter. Perhaps you collected forgotten toys and gave them to children who would appreciate them.

No matter your volunteer project, we want to hear about it in your application for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!

Every middle level and high school in the nation can select a local honoree. If you are named a local honoree, you’ll be eligible for statewide recognition, a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a guardian to Washington, D.C., where the top ten youth volunteers of America will be named. The ten National Honorees receive additional $5,000 awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for charities of their choice.

If you want to apply, or know someone who is eligible, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.  The application deadline is November 4, 2014.

For further information, please call 877-525-8491, or go to the application website, listed above.

Internet and Social Media Safety Session Available for Parents

HSAC Education Series - Internet SafetyThe HSAC Children, Youth and Families Committee put together an Internet and Social Media Safety session for parents. It will be held this coming Thursday, September 18th, at Thomas Jefferson High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Dinner and childcare will be provided for all families who attend! Click on the image for more details!

Art Educators to Host Artists for Future Artists Show

photo (15)The Council Bluffs Community School District is hosting a showcase of the talents of the educators in the District’s Fine Arts Department at the “Artists for Future Artists” show

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Saturday, September 13th during an open house
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11am-1pm at the Harvester Artists Lofts
1000 South Main St. Council Bluffs, IA 51503

This show will feature a display of artwork created by Council Bluffs Community School District arts educators. Music educators will provide entertainment as well.

The community is invited to attend this art open house at no cost.

CB Bands Join Forces to Honor Veterans

1505255_10204676917791883_8431289572040253351_nOn Saturday, September 6th, 2014 the marching bands from Iowa Western, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and Lewis Central joined forces for their first ever “Marching Band Collaborative”.  The performance was part of a half-time performance for the football game between #2 ranked IWCC and #5 ranked Butler CC.  Over 300 students from these 4 band programs combined together to perform patriotic music to honor our community Veterans that included “America the Beautiful” and the “Armed Forces Salute.”  The mass band boasted 8 Drum Majors, a Drumline of over 25 students and a Color Guard of 36.  Lewis Central hosted the 3 visiting bands, that included a 1 hour rehearsal to combine all aspects of the performance.  Band directors Steve Moore, Mark Mendell and Andy Walters made plans for this undertaking starting in early August, with the guidance and vision of IWCC’s new director of bands, Mr. Ron Gann.  “It was really cool to work with some amazing musicians and see up close the similarities and differences each band had….It was cool to break a competitive mindset and come together as one to just have fun…” said Lewis Central Drum Major Olivia Overholtzer. 

Your Child May Require Dental Screening

All Iowa children enrolling for the first time in Kindergarten or 9th grade must have a dental screening. It’s required!

Kindergarten students:

  • Screening must occur no earlier than age 3 and no later than 4 months after enrollment.
  • Screenings can be performed by: dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, registered nurses, or physician assistants.

9th grade students:

  • Screening must occur no earlier than 1 year before enrollment and no later than 4 months after enrollment.
  • Screenings can only be performed by: dentists or dental hygienists

 

Get an official Certificate of Dental Screening form, make an appointment for your child to get a dental screening, and return the completed form to the school.

For the necessary forms, and for more information, visit our dental screening page, here.

New Program Provides Free School Meals at Eight Schools

The Council Bluffs Community School District is pleased to be able to offer a new program in eight Council Bluffs schools. This program provides free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in eight district schools.These include Bloomer, Carter Lake, Edison, Franklin, Longfellow, Roosevelt, Rue and Wilson Middle School. Students at the other district schools may still apply for free or reduced-priced meals, but will need to meet income eligibility guidelines.

Read more or Click Here for a Frequently Asked Questions informational sheet.

Because of this, families in these schools do not have to complete and return the Lunch Program form mailed a few weeks ago to your home. However, there is a Fee Waiver Eligibility Household Income Survey families should complete and return to school. This will be used to determine if your child’s fees (such as $30 textbook fee at the elementary level) can also be waived. This form should be returned to school at the Back to School Night or on the first day of school. Please know the information shared will be kept confidential.

This free breakfast and lunch program was initiated by the national Healthy Kids Act; it has been piloted in 11 other states and has proven to be beneficial for students and families. The Council Bluffs Community School District was recently approved for this program, and will receive federal reimbursement to help fund the free meals at eight schools in the district.

If we can answer questions for you about this program, please feel free to call 712-328-6420 or access the form and a Frequently Asked Questions document HERE.

TJ Drum Line Participates in JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

On Saturday, August 2, the TJHS Drum Line participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes! Students walked and performed for the event.

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2014-15 Bus Schedule Posted

Open the story and click here to view/download the 2014-15 transportation schedule. The school year begins Thursday, August 28, 2014. For the transportation department, please call 712-328-6411. The First Student Bus Terminal can be reached at 712-322-0671.

The District Office has Moved!

The Educational Service Center District offices have moved out of 12 Scott Street. Our new address is located in the Omni Business Centre on 300 West Broadway, Suite 1600. (For longtime C.B. residents, you will remember this as the Midlands Mall.) It is located one block east of the old district offices.

To get to the new offices, please follow the directions below:

Enter the parking garage from Kanesville Boulevard. Follow the directional signs and proceed right toward the designated visitor parking for the Council Bluffs Schools. All parking in the garage is free. Enter the building by walking down the stairs and in through the glass doors. Once in the building, turn right. You will see the entrance to the District’s Educational Service Center.

The main office number has remained the same, 712-328-6446.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to settle in to our new location.

Get Ready for Wilson’s 6th Grade Bootcamp!

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Upcoming Wilson Middle School 6th graders!,

Join us Thursday, August 14th from 1-5:00 p.m. and Friday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to noon for a fun-filled 2-day 6th grade orientation camp! Challenge yourself through fun obstacles courses while learning, acclimating, and engaging yourself in what Wilson has to offer! You are encouraged to attend at least one day, but highly recommended to attend both days!

For more information and to download the registration document, click the image above. To register online, click here.