Weekly Update: August 2, 2019
Weekly Update: August 2, 2019
Happy August! Summer days have gone by quickly and we are gearing up for the first day of school! I look forward to seeing you on August 23! Only 21 days until students arrive. Teachers will begin their first day on August 20th. New teachers orientation will begin on August 16th. A more detailed letter will be sent to staff early next week. Please watch for this important information about opening day activities and plans.
This week our administrative team has been engaged in several trainings. Our principals headed to Chicago to learn about an evaluation tool in which they will pilot this year with staff members who have volunteered. The Danielson Framework is a model that is embedded in research and practice. Our administrative team looks forward to collaborating with staff as we explore this option for staff evaluation.
The SAI Leadership conference was also held this week in DesMoines. Superintendents and administrators from across the state attended sessions that included topics such as supporting the mental health of students and community through established partnerships. Other topics were; getting energized for staff and students, leading through distributive leadership strategies, and understanding executive skills that are purposefully taught to help those students with special needs. Trainings around best practice is valuable for all of us as we continue on developing our craft. It is energizing!
National Board Certification Informational Meeting:
We will be hosting an informational meeting for those certified teachers who wish to explore this certification. It will be on August 14 at 9:00 am in Davis Elementary School’s Library. If you are not able to attend, just let me know and we will make arrangements for a make-up date once school begins. This step towards this certification is a big step toward refining your teaching skills. I am grateful to the many staff members who have shown interests! Amazing!
Please be sure that you register your student on-line if you have not already done so. We have about 60% of the district registered. This important step will ensure that your student will be assigned to a class and or schedule.
Free and Reduced Meal Application and Fee Waiver Forms:
Applications for Free/Reduced Meals are now available. These forms can be found on our website here or in the parent portal. You can find instructions on how to complete the forms here.
Need your student to ride the bus? Sign your student up for transportation here.
Open house dates:
Back to School Newsletter Booklet:
Once again we have an informational newsletter that is filled with important information for you and your family. It is available here, online, and hard copies of the booklet can be found in your student’s school office. We have hard copies also available at Fareway, Hy-Vee, McNally’s, Mayflower Office, Walmart & Saints Rest. The 2019-20 calendar is on the last page of the document for your use. School Supply lists, registration fees, school picture dates, contact information, and orientation dates are just some of the important informational pieces that you will find in this valuable resource.
Check out the virtual Backpack here.
The School Board’s Finance committee will be meeting on August 7 at 5:00 PM. The Facilities Board Committee will be meeting at 6:00 in the boardroom.
Other Important Dates:
August 6 National Night Out Central Park
August 7 Finance and facilities Board Committee meetings
August 12 First day for High School Fall Sports practice
August 14 School Board Meeting
August 16 Fall sports preview night
August 16 New Teacher Orientation
August 20 First Day For All Teachers
August 23 First Day of School
August 23 Fall Middle School Sports
August 29 Ag Day Central Park
Have an amazing weekend!