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The Class of 2013 earned a record $9.5 million in college scholarships!


Ribbon Cutting Celebrated by Community

Members of the Board of Education and the Council Bluffs Chamber Cee Bee Ambassadors helped cut the ribbon on the new Educational Service Center offices at the Omni Centre on October 20th. Members of local businesses and the community were there to support the district and check out our new offices!

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Join Us! Educational Service Center Open House

Please join us for the Educational Service Center open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to be held this coming Monday, October 20th. Open the story for more details. (Click on the image to enlarge)

Open House

Student Art is on Display at the Educational Service Center

The first Student Art Showcase for the 2014-15 school year is Tuesday, October 14th! Everyone is welcome to join us. There will be entertainment provided by our students, as well as light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you at the Educational Service Center on 300 West Broadway, Suite 1600, between 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night.

Submit your 2015 TJ Hall of Fame Nominations

The nominations for the 2015 TJ Hall of Fame will be taken until Nov. 17, 2014.


Forms are available in hard copy at TJHS, or online, here. (Open the story to click the link.)

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

Saturday, September 13th during an open house
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.