CBDSD Activity Updates
Friday, January 8, 2009
TJ Basketball against Sioux City West has been postponed.
Saturday, January 9, 2009
Little Lynx Youth Basketball league has been cancelled.
Pictures have been rescheduled for next Saturday, January 16, 2010.
AL Basketball at Harlan has been moved to 2:00pm for girls and 3:45pm for boys.
AL will not be participating in the Creston Wrestling Invitational.
Boys Swim Team Breaks Records
Boys 400 Relay Team: Front row; left -Sr. Pat Whitsell, right -So.Ben Kurz Back row: left- Sr Matt Andersen, right- Sr. Alex Thomas
The boys' swimming team (co-op team consisting of AL,TJ, and St. Albert swimmers) made history over Christmas break at our 12/21 home meet as three school records were broken: Alex Thomas from ALHS broke the 50 meter freestyle record set by Aaron Thatcher in 1990 by swimming a 25.17, Ben Kurz of St. Albert swam the 400 meter freestyle in 4:35.89 which broke the school record set by Pat Whitsell in 2008, and the 400 meter freestyle relay of Pat Whitsell of AL, Ben Kurz, Matt Andersen of AL, and Alex Thomas swam 3:59.18 to break the school record set by Hale, Hayes, Tovrea, and Landstrom of 1997. We've had a very successful start to the season with more records possibly being broken as the season continues.
New School Design
During an indoor "sign raising" ceremony on December 18th, Superintendent Martha Bruckner and members of the Board of Education unveiled a sign that will soon mark the Willow Street location of the "new" Carter Lake Elementary. Construction on the new school will begin in early 2010 and open in August of 2011. The new school on College Road will have the same design with some modifications.
(link to a larger view)
Kirn Middle School Lego League Qualifies for State!
Kirn Middle School competed in the 9th annual First Lego League competition in Sioux City. Students competed with 22 other teams in robotic programming, team presentations on transportation issues, robotic design, and qualities of a strong team.
The 6th grade team of Josh Krabbe, Jessica Hipnar, Dalton Borden, Kirsten Davis, Trey Chubick, Elise Willets, Tanner Hochstetler, Katie Richards, and Ross Nickerson finished in 3rd in the category of best overall team. This team has qualified to compete in the state competition to will be held on January 16, 2010 in Ames, IA.
The 7th grade team of Josi Harrison, Lauren Nahnsen, Samantha Finke, Drew Koesters, Manny Hernandez, Jesse Fahrenkrog, Casey Yard, and Carter Abel earned Honorable Mention in the teamwork division.
The Lego League teams were coached by Mike Naughton and Doug Johnson.
Congratulations to the following Abraham Lincoln Orchestra students for being selected to be part of the Northwest Honor Orchestra which will be held in LeMars on January 21, 2010.
Honorees include: Jesse St. Clair, Kayleigh Sabo,
Seamus St. Clair and Nathan Wink.
ALHS Dance Team
Performs well at State
The ALHS dance team performed well at the state dance competition December 4th at Vets Auditorium. They received fifth place in their pom routine, third place in their production number and a division 1 rating in their jazz routine.
Longfellow Students Send Snow to the Troops
The Longfellow Student Council wrote letters to our American soldiers
telling them how much we appreciate what they are doing for our
country. The students made snowflakes as well to send with the
letters. They were sent along with the pictures of all the snow we
are getting here in the Midwest. It is to show them our winter
Courtney Ruff Selected as the Greater
Omaha Sports Committee Female Scholar-Athlete for Cross Country
Courtney Ruff (Thomas Jefferson) was recognized at the Sports Committee’s monthly luncheon at
the Doubletree Hotel on Jan. 12. Presenting the plaque was John Hicks, the
1973 Outland Trophy & Lombardi Award winner from Ohio State.
Courtney is a senior at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, is a
four-time All-Conference selection in cross country & a three-time
All-Conference Academic honoree in cross country (the maximum is 3 for
All-Conference Academic). In addition to qualifing for the Iowa State cross country
meet this fall Courtney was selected for the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Senior All-Star Meet in November, which she
placed 14th out of 80 senior All-Star runners.
Courtney is the first female cross country runner from Thomas Jefferson to
ever receive this award. Scott Kenney is the only Thomas Jefferson male
cross country runner to earn this award back in 1993.
“This is a huge honor for Courtney. It shows the tremendous character
and involvement in extracurricular activities she has shown throughout her
high school years, besides the academic and cross country careers she has
carved for herself,” Coach Doug Muehlig, Thomas Jefferson cross country
KAT 103 Book Tour Finds Franklin 5th Grade
Mrs. Barrett's 5th grade class at Franklin Elementary was visited by KAT 103 Morning Show DJ, Steve Lundy, on December 17th as part of the KAT 103 Book Tour. He shared a book with the class and each student was given a book to keep, courtesy of Boys Town Pediatrics. The class was recorded say the Pledge of Allegiance and it was played back on the radio the next morning.
Nelson Family Foundation Seeks Nominations for "Excellence in Teaching Awards"
The H.H. "Red" and Ruth H. Nelson Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Awards to be announced in May. A total of five educators from the Council Bluffs and Lewis Central Community School Districts will honored as part of this annual program and each will receive a $5,000 cash gift from the Foundation. Last year's honorees from the Council Bluffs Schools include Christy Bolt, Terry Hanzlik, Barbara Schmid and Joann Tews. Nominations are due February 26, 2010. For more information from the Omaha Community Foundation and access to the nomination form click here.
Nominees must have a minimum of two years experience as a certified teacher or counselor to be considered.
First Night 2010 “Celebration of Hope” – Student Art Contest Winners
Twenty-five Council Bluffs students were recognized during a ceremony on December 29th at the County Courthouse as part of the First Night 2010 student art contest. Art teachers recommended much of the artwork for the First Night Contest from among pieces in the Council Bluffs School District's second quarter Student Art Talent Showcase. The winning entries from each grade level were selected by judges as depicting the First Night theme of Celebration of Hope. The thirteen pieces of first-place student artwork will be on display at the courthouse for the entire year.
The second place artwork will be featured in the Student Art Talent Showcase at the Council Bluffs School District’s Educational Service Center, 12 Scott Street, through early March.
Jaimie Granger accepts her award from Mayor Tom Hanafan
Link to more photos from the Award Ceremony
Kindergarten - Jacee Tindall,Walnut Grove 1stplace and Jayden Sump, Roosevelt 2ndplace. 1st grade - Nevaeh VanScoyk, Carter Lake 1st place and Gabrielle Jobe, Franklin 2nd place. 2nd grade - Abigail Cooper, Hoover 1st place and Kaitlin Ceder, Rue 2nd place. 3rd grade - Jessee Decker, Gunn 2nd place and Molly Elvins, Walnut Grove 1st place. 4th grade - Paige Shirley, Gunn 1st place and Trinity Boyd, Franklin 2nd place. 5th grade - Sylvia Chavez, Franklin 1st place and Alex McConkey, Longfellow 2nd place. 6th grade - Emma Preston, Kirn 1st place and Jennifer Basch, Kirn 2nd place. 7th grade - Jared Carlson, Wilson 1st place. 8th grade - Melanie Mathiesen, Kirn 1st place and Jaimie Granger, Wilson 2nd place. 9th grade - Tekenyan Henderson, TJ 2nd place and Luis Beltran, TJ 1st place. 10th grade - Michael Wilkins, TJ 1st place and Dusty Olson, TJ 2nd place. 11th grade - Jenna Dunn, AL 1st place and Juan Espinoza, AL 2nd place. 12th grade - Madison Bravo, TJ 1st place and Kristy Downing, AL 2nd place.
Tee Jay's ASTRA Club Donates 1888 Books
The Thomas Jefferson ASTRA Club conducted a book drive for two weeks in November. They collected 1888 books which are being distributed to different organization throughout Council Bluffs. Books are being donated to Children’s Square, Risen Son, The Phoenix House and Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
The photo was taken when we delivered books at Jennie Edmundson Hospital. People in the photo from left to right are: Melissa Adrian, Jean Armstrong (from Jennie Edmudson), Patty Gillespie (sponsor), Elizabeth Cueto (front), Emily Kilnoski, Stephanie Tallman (sponsor) and Alicia Dubuc.