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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.

Athletic/Physical Forms Available

Updated athletic and physicals forms are available now on the secondary school pages, under the Athletics and Activities tab. Many of these pages require parent signature. To access and print these forms, you can also click the links below by school:

Abraham Lincoln High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

Kirn Middle School

Wilson Middle School

Digital Flyer Delivery Starts August 28, 2014

Council Bluffs Community School District is getting ready to implement a new digital flyer communication tool. School-approved eflyers will be sent electronically to your inbox. They can also be viewed by clicking on the Peachjar button that has been placed on each school’s website homepage. This “green” initiative is designed to provide our parents with better access to information about student programs, activities, and events.

No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from the service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view eflyers.

Public Notice: District Joins Other Iowa Districts in Applying for NCLB Waiver

Notice for Public Comment – No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waiver Application Council Bluffs Community School District is collaborating with eight of the largest school districts in Iowa to submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Education from the following requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB):  School Choice, Supplemental Education Services (SES), and associated set-aside funds.  The public is invited to provide public comment by email to Martha Bruckner, Superintendent, at mbruckner@cbcsd.org.  Comments must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday, July 11. Thank you. Click here for the Iowa Statutory Requirements for LEA Waiver Request

High School Graduation Ceremonies Broadcast LIVE!

If you are unable to attend the high school graduations this Saturday at the Mid America Center, feel free to tune in live by opening the story and clicking here. There will be a link that says “watch” for the graduation you would like to see.

The ceremonies will also be available to watch after they are over at the same website.

Parent Voices Needed in Survey on the Council Bluffs Schools

All Council Bluffs Community School District parents are invited to participate in an online survey that will help district employees understand what is important to parents when they think about their child’s school.  The purpose of this research is to gain input and opinions of individuals as we seek to understand and change the fact that too many students who live in our district attend school in another school district. We also want to hear opinions as to what makes our school district and schools unique. We will have the survey open until June 6th.  Please click on the following link to complete the survey: Parent Survey. Thank you!

High School Students Participate in UNMC High School Alliance Program

UNMC 2013-2014 - graduation group photoCongratulations to Scott Brown (ALHS Junior), Hope Philbrick (ALHS Senior), Jessica Valdez (ALHS Senior), and Jaime Granger (TJHS Senior) for participating in the UNMC High School Alliance program. They were able to tour two operating rooms at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to help inform them about future careers in the health care industry.

For the full article in the Daily Nonpareil, click here.

Board Approves New Strategic Plan

On May 27, 2014 the Board of Education approved the new Strategic Plan for the district. Click the link below to read the summary and the full plan.

http://www.cbcsd.org/district/strategic-plan-mission-goals/

Parents Invited to Take Advantage of Area Summer Learning Programs

The Council Bluffs Community School District, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Council Bluffs are pleased to have joined together to bring you the publication, at the bottom of the page, of Summer Learning Programs in the area for 2014. Our hope is that parents will use this as a resource to access programs for their children. This guide lists 34 of the area programs, sponsored by the following organizations:

Bluffs Arts Council
Kids & Company
Boys & GirlsClub of Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation
Council Bluffs Public Library
Council Bluffs YMCA
Epworth United Methodist Church
Iowa Western Community College
Lauritzen Gardens
Joslyn Art Museum
Oakland United Methodist Church
Pottawattamie County Conservation
Sanders ATA Martial Arts
Studio 88 Notes
University of Nebraska at Omaha
West Pottawattamie County Iowa State University Extension
and Outreach

Please note there are many other valuable programs offered to children each summer. The programs listed in the following publication are the programs shared in response to an outreach effort. Our hope is to make this publication annually available for families and to include many additional opportunities.

According to the National Summer Learning Association publication, “Doesn’t Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer?,” numerous studies show that summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth. Early and sustained summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect children’s
self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. High-quality summer programs keep students engaged in learning, teach them new skills, and encourage them to develop previously unseen talents. They allow children to form relationships with caring adults, help them stay fit and active, and foster creativity and innovation.

Here’s to a fun and enriching summer!

Click on each link to view/download different parts of the Summer Learning Programs publication.

Summer Learning Program: Bluffs Arts Council, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Education Foundation, CB Parks & Recreation, CB Public Library

Summer Learning Program: CB YMCA, Epworth United Methodist Church, IWCC, Lauritzen Gardens, Oakland United Methodist Church, Pottawattamie County Conservation

Summer Learning Program: Pottawattamie County Conservation, Sanders ATA Matial Arts

Summer Learning Program: Sanders ATA Martial Arts, Studio 88 Notes, University of Nebraska at Omaha, West Pottawattamie County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

2013-14 Employees of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Janine Crain and Mindi Richardson for being selected as the 2013-14 Employees of the Year!
Janine is a 5th grade teacher at Rue Elementary School and was surprised in her class with a candy bouquet.  Congratulations on being selected as Licensed Staff Member of the Year!
Mindi is an administrative assistant at Abraham Lincoln High School and was surprised by members of her family, as well as Dr. Bruckner, with a candy bouquet. Congratulations on being selected as Support Staff Member of the Year!  Pictures below!
Both honorees have been asked to attend the May 27th Board of Education meeeting where they will be further celebrated. Thank you both for your dedicated service to the Council Bluffs School District!
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