Teacher Excellence Award Nominations
Nominations are being accepted to honor the best teachers in the Council Bluffs Community School District and Lewis Central School District. Please help us recognize teachers positive influence on the development of our kids!
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Nominations must be submitted online by: February 18, 2011
Preschool Classrooms Help Set Reading Record;Thomas Jefferson Future Teachers Join in the Fun
More than 580 preschool students in the Council Bluffs Schools participated in Read for the Record©, a national day of reading on Thursday, October 7th. At 10 a.m., adults in each of the 40 preschool classrooms across the school district read the same book, Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record©, presented in partnership with Pearson, is a world-record breaking campaign that brings together children and adults to read the same book, on the same day, with an estimated two million children participating nationwide.
Future Educators of America (FEA) students were paired with six elementary schools to read to more than 500 students in grades K-2 and complete pre, during, and post reading activities with the students. The FEA students donated the book to the classroom to be read and enjoyed again and again by all.
TJ students and sponsors, Ms. Nelson, Mrs. Straub, and Ms. B. Hall would like to thank Edison, Franklin, Hoover, Roosevel, Rue, and Walnut Grove teachers and students for the opportunity to share the love of reading with everyone.
Roosevelt Elementary School Collects Donations
On October 23rd, Roosevelt Elementary School at 517 N 17th St. participated in Make a Difference day by holding a Personal Care drive for the community. They were able to collect 250 personal care items to donate to the Charles E. Lakin Campus at 16th and Ave. G. All donations will be divided up amongst American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Heartland Family Service, MICAH House and The Salvation Army.
Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered in our first annual personal care drive.
Community Celebrates Rue's Rededication!
On November 11th, the district celebrated the rededication of the newly renovated Rue Elementary School by inviting the community to a ribbon cutting and open house. Members of the Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Martha Bruckner, CeeBee Ambassadors, and Mayor Tom Hanafan, participated in the ceremony, as well as Rue students and staff.
Click here to view a photo spread of the night's events.
AP Scholars Receive Honors
From Left to Right:
1st Row: Alex Brown, Leah Campbell, Saige Durham
2nd Row: Lucas Thallas, Allison Evens, Melanie Krohn
3rd Row: Ashley Cross, Mike Vutov, Katherine Reynolds
4th Row: Natasha Konfrst, Katie Kuntz
5th Row: Olivia Petersen, Jesse St. Claire
At Abraham Lincoln High School, one student qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award. This award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. This student is Katherine Kuntz (2010 graduate).
Ten students from Abraham Lincoln qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are: Alexander Brown (junior), Leah Campbell (senior), Ashley Cross (senior), Allison Evens (2010 graduate), Natasha Konfrst (junior), Melanie Krohn (junior), Olivia Peterson (junior), Katherine Reynolds (junior), Jesse St. Claire (senior) and Lucas Thallas (senior). Two students from Thomas Jefferson, Saige Durham (senior) and Mike Vutov (senior) were also recipients of the award.
In addition to the students recognized here, Council Bluffs Community Schools would like to applaud all those students who chose to participate in AP. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to your education!
Student Art Talent Showcase Features Young Artists
More than 100 students and family members attended this year's first Student Art Talent Showcase reception on October 12th at the Educational Service Center. The Show features artwork from students across the district at all grade levels. Highlights of the event included solo performances by musicians from Abraham Lincoln High School, under the direction of Mark Mendell. The show will be on display until early December. The next show will open on December 14th.
iJAG Students Put Importance on Career Preparation
Abraham Lincoln seniors Michelle Baumbach and Mackenzie Smith will be taking a trip to Washington DC in mid-November to attend the National Student Leadership Conference! This is a national Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) event where students from 34 states will attend. These girls went before a panel of judges in Des Moines on October 6 to present their power points on the topic: "Guaranteeing Graduation by Unlocking Student Potential". Austin Taylor-Newman also presented in DM but he had technical problems with his power point and didn't make the cut, but still did
a fine job. The two women were also awarded the Student Star Award at the School Board Meeting on November 9th.
Tucker Center Students Excel in College Public Speaking Tournament
Fifteen students from the Tucker Career & College Center competed in the Iowa WesternCommunity College Invitational speech tournament in November. In seven rounds of preliminary competition, 46 students in total competed against one another for first-place bids and the opportunity to advance to the evening’s final round of competition.
Maria Brown earned first place in the preliminary round with her speech entitled “It’s all Greek to me!” about the history and culture of Greece. In the evening’s final round of competition, a three-judge panel ranked Maria third overall. Tucker Center students earned 2nd place honors in five of the seven preliminary centers, narrowly missing the opportunity to advance to the finals. Participating students included:
Teachers Receive Community Education Foundation
The Community Education Foundation presented this year’s Classroom Grants at the November 23rd Board of Education Meeting. This year, the Foundation received 25 applications from teachers requesting a total of $10,237.00 to fund their classroom projects. Foundation executive director Fernando “Butch” Lecuona announced that all 25 grant applications could be funded. due to the funds raised during the employee giving campaign and from other local donations. The grants are competitive and made available to teachers to enhance student learning through innovative classroom projects that are above and beyond the district's resources.
The grants, ranging from $150-$500 each, will serve 2,311 students in the district. Lecuona said that “the Foundation will continue to work hard to raise additional financial resources for next year’s competition."