Students Go to State Bowling Tournament
Thomas Jefferson Bowling teams competed in the Regional Sub-State championships on February 19th. Yellowjackets Sarah Muckey (373 2-game score) and Tyler Baxter (502 2-game score) were the regional champions, automatically qualifying for the State Tournament.
The TJ boys team also earned the Regional Sub-State Champion title and finished with the 3rd best score in the ENTIRE STATE OF IOWA with a 3,274, automatically qualifying the team for the State Championships.
Sarah Muckey and the TJ boy's team will compete inn Des Moines on Thursday and Friday for the State Championships. The coaches would like to thank everyone who came and supported the team.
Abraham Lincoln senior bowler Colin Dall qualified for the State Bowling Tournament in Des Moines. Colin bowled a 492 series on Saturday at Regal Lanes to receive an at-large invitation to state. He will bowl at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines, Friday, February 25th.
DECA Members Place at State Competition
Congratulations to the following DECA members who competed at the DECA State Competition in Des Moines February 27-28.
Thomas Jefferson had 9 competitors with the following results:
MacKenzie Boner & Abi Torres—First Place Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
MacKenzie Boner—Second Place Apparel and Accessories Marketing. She received a First place medal for a role play
Barb Christensen--- Second Place Quick Service Restaurant Management. She received a First place medal for the exam, a First place medal for Role play #1 and a Third place medal for Role Play #2
Ashley Ross—Fourth Place Food Marketing She received a Third place medal for her exam and Second place medal for her role play.
Lauren Watson —Sixth place Quick Service Restaurant Management. She received a Third place medal for her role play.
Ben Renshaw— Seventh place Accounting Applications.
Spencer Bell—First place, state of Iowa, H & R Block Financial Literacy Challenge.
Boner, Christensen, and Torres are eligible to attend the International Competition in Orlando, FL.
Congratulations to the following ALHS Deca Members for their great performance at State competition on February 27 & 28:
Ryan Fee—First Place in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Emily Mintle—First Place in Business Services Marketing
Alex Olsen—First Place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Jamie Beck & Shanon Smith—First Place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
Jamie Beck & Shanon Smith— First Place in Entrepreneurship Written Event
Savannah Dierks & Hayley Ross—First Place in Advertising Campaign Written Event
Tyler Dolch —Second Place in Automotive Services Marketing
Marisa Beller & Ali Valdez—Third Place in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Written Event
Savannah Dierks—Fourth Place in Restaurant & Food Service Management
Alexis Prazak — Fourth Place in Retail Merchandising
Lisa Chapman — Fourth Place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Jenna Hyde & Heather Meyers — Fourth Place in Hospitality Services Team Event
Jenna Dunn — Fifth Place in Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Neil Carbis — Fifth Place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Josh Hiers — Sixth Place in Automotive Services Marketing
Ali Valdez — Sixth Place in Food Marketing
Erin Addison — Sixth Place in Retail Merchandising
Kylie Martin & Jordan Rehfeldt — Seventh Place in Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Event
Also Elected as Deca State Officers for the 2011-2012 School Year:
Ryan Fee as District III Vice President
Jordan Rehfeldt as State Secretary
Kanesville Hosts Blood Drive
Kanesville Alternative Learning Center is hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross April 4, 2011. The blood drive will be from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. If the students get 30 pints of blood, one graduating senior will recieve a $250 scholarship from the American Red Cross. To donate call 328-6510 ext. 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Principal Mullen to Retire; New Principal Named
Todd Barnett will be the new Abraham Lincoln High School principal, beginning July 1, 2011. He will replace Pat Mullen who announced this month he will retire at the end of this school year after serving as principal for two years. Barnett is currently the principal of the Tucker College and Career Center and supervisor of the district’s career and technical education programs.
Barnett has been with the Council Bluffs Schools since 1992, teaching social studies at Wilson Junior High and then at Thomas Jefferson High School. He was also a coach and became the dean of students at TJHS in 2003, an administrative intern in 2004 and an assistant principal in 2006. He was named Tucker Center principal and CTE supervisor in 2009. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Current Abraham Lincoln High School assistant principal Cyle Forney will be the new Tucker College and Career Center principal. He has been with the district since 1989, serving as a high school administrator at Thomas Jefferson and at Abraham Lincoln since 1994.
Forney’s administrative roles at A.L. will be assigned to Dr. Jason Plourde, current principal of Washington Elementary School, which will close at the end of this school year. Plourde has been with the Council Bluffs Schools since 1997 and became an elementary principal in 2007.
Barnett will add one member to his administrative team to serve the school’s 1,400 students.
Youth Art Month Display at C.B. Public Library
Student artists from Crescent, Edison, Franklin, Hoover, Rue, and Washington will be featured in the annual Joslyn Art Museum Association's (JAMA) Youth Art Month display at the Council Bluffs Public Library, March 11-April 8. The artwork was submitted to the 2011 JAMA billboard contest. Although the past several years of winners of the contest have been Council Bluffs students, this year's winning artwork was created by a student in Treynor. Council Bluffs students received special recognition in the contest. Congratulations to Washington first grader Kristal Davis who won 4th place, and the following students who received Honorable Mentions:
Brookelin Mendoza, Edison, 2nd Grade
Rachel Swanger, Edison, 2nd Grade
Kristen Yancy, Edison, 1st Grade
Ema Lee, Hoover, 1st Grade
Tucker Cain, Hoover, 2nd Grade
Hailey Kjeldgaard, Hoover, 1st Grade
Thomas Jefferson Teacher Nicole Vetter Named Red Cross Hero
Thomas Jefferson High School physical education teacher Nicole Vetter was honored by the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross as the Call To Action Hero in the Heartland. She performed lifesaving CPR on her fellow teacher and friend Lori Williams who collapsed from a heart attack last year. The Heroes in the Heartland event was created to exhibit the gratitude both the Red Cross and the community feel towards individuals who have saved another person’s life or who have positively impacted the quality of life in the Heartland.
Budget Planning for 2011-12 Discussed at Board of Education Work Session
The Board of Education work session Tuesday night included a presentation on the District's projected budget shortfall for next year and a proposal to reduce expenses through staff reductions as well as program and operational changes. The presentation was part of the process leading up to a public hearing on the budget to be held April 12th. The district continues to experience financial challenges after the mid year reduction of State funds last year and continued enrollment decline. In an effort to address these financial challenges, district leaders developed the cost reduction plan to help restore the district's financial stability.
Students Excel in Speech Contests
Abraham Lincoln students at Walnut Hill Competition March 5th earned 2nd Place out of 16 teams.
The Abraham Lincoln High School speech team had 25 of 36 entires quailfy for the state competition in Glenwood on March 12th where students earned 21 Division I ratings and 4 Division II ratings! Three Thomas Jefferson students also qualified for State.
At the state competition, five ALHS student entries were deemed outstanding by the three judges and were selected to perform at the All-State Festival on March 28th in Cedar Falls at UNI. These students are:
Ronda Long-Birdsall in Acting
Jesse St. Clair in Storytelling
Hannah Goldapp in Prose
Seamus St. Clair is Public Address
Emma Preston in Original Oratory
The following students also participated in individual speech contest:
From Abraham Lincoln: Elle Cooper, Hope Philbrick, Derek Gilman, Maga Duvie-Okoruwa, Natlie Carlon, Kelsey Tekippe, Alex Brown, Brian Williams, Aurora Owens, Fransico Franco, Josh Hannan, Hannah Zimmerman, Kaitlyn Hammer, Danielle Rice, Kirsten Gallaher, Chelsea Eret and Megan Rief. From Thomas Jefferson: Brittany Allen and Tim Mantil.
Tucker Students Shine at Iowa HOSA Conference
Left to right first row: Beth Delanty, Brittany Rupp, Kailyn Vansoelen, Miriam Solorio, Daysha Kelly, Danielle Rice, Sam Myers. 2nd Row: Instructor Jessica Wunderlich, Matt Overly, Kyla Hartog, Caitlin Ronk, Aleisha Clayton, Mariah Figueroa, Carrie Hermsen, Taylor Bright, Danielle Peabody. 3rd row: Jon Jaeger, Jacob Hopkins, Morgan Darrington, Jordon Gillenwater, Shelby Bockert, Kirstie Griffis, Chevell Nelson-Myers, Megan Cheney, EmmyLou Bates, Kelsie Skow, Instructor Valiere Cannon.
From Sunday, March 13th through Tuesday, March 15th, one hundred and fifty-six (156) Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) members participated in the Annual State HOSA Conference in Des Moines. The conference was held at the Holiday Inn Mercy and the Mercy College Campus in Downtown Des Moines. Twenty-five students attended the conference from Tucker Center.
New State HOSA Officers were elected at the conference for the 2011-2012 year. Two students from the Tucker Center were chosen to fill these roles.
Samantha Myers–Council Bluffs Tucker Center
Western Region Vice President:
Miriam Solorio – Council Bluffs Tucker Center
The following students placed in the various competitions at the state conference:
Kailyn Vansoelen - 3rd place
Kyla Hartog - 4th place
Jacob Hopkins - 3rd place
Jon Jaeger - 5th place
Beth Delanty - 6th place
Human Growth and Development
Brittany Rupp - 1st place
Morgan Darrington - 5th place
Taylor Bright - 6th place
Caitlin Ronk - 4th place
Shelby Bockert - 6th place
Matt Overly - 2nd place
CPR & First Aide
Caitlin Ronk & Carrie Hermsen - 2nd place
Jon Jaeger & Jacob Hopkins - 3rd place
Extemporaneous Health Poster
Daysha Kelly - 1st place
Kailyn Vansoelen - 4th place
Job Seeking Skills
Chevell Myers-Nelson - 2nd place
Kirstie Griffis - 4th place
Emmy Lou Bates - 4th place
Career Health Display
Miriam Solorio & Kelsie Skow- 6th place
Public Service Announcement
Jordan Gillenwater, Morgan Darrington, & Aleisha Clayton-1st place
Creative Problem Solving
Kyla Hartog, Matt Overly, & Mariah Figueroa- 1st place
Brittany Rupp & Shelby Bockert- 4th place
Megan Cheney, Danielle Peabody, & Danielle Rice- 1st place
Outstanding HOSA Chapter
Kelsie Skow - 4th place
Students who placed in the top three are eligible to attend the National Leadership Conference for HOSA on June 22-June 25 in Anaheim, California.
Kirn Middle School Students To Compete at State History Day
Congratulations to the following students from Kirn Middle School who earned local honors to represent the school and school district at the Junior State History Day Competition on May 2, 2011 in Des Moines.
Students in their categories are:
Historical Paper: Maddie Mendell
Individual Website: Scott Brown
Group Website: Jacob Kaufman/Gage Weber
Individual Exhibit: Avery Thomas
Group Exhibit: Paige Oamek/Julia Gibler
Individual Documentary: Calabryan Holder
Group Documentary: Abaigh Plummer, Lexi Konfrst, Abbi Harding, Taylor Morris, and Candy Heyer
Group Performance: Aly Sorensen, Claire Boes, Jessica Hipnar, Katie Pregon, Alea Dorsett, Mikayla Olson, and Sophie Knauss
Alternates to state include: Emma Sielstad (exhibit)and Kevin Roard (historical paper).
Also participating in the local History Day were: Nick Pomernackas, Kevin Brannigan, Elizabeth Retikis, Ryan McDermott, and Maddie Kinney.
Abraham Lincoln Athletes Receive Honors
Alex Olsen Jordan Gillenwater
2nd team All State Iowa Newspaper Association
3rd team All State Des Moines Registar
3rd team All State, Iowa Newspaper, Iowa Basketball Coaches Asso. and Des Moines Registrar
Greater Omaha Metro Area Scholar Athlete Girls Basketball Recipient
District Shares Master Plan for C.B. Stadium and Athletic Complex
An initial master plan has been created to improve C.B. Stadium, including the football field, stadium, soccer fields, softball and baseball complex as well as stadium parking. The next phase will include seeking private donations and grants to fund the multi-million dollar project.
The Board of Education set the 2011-12 District budget following a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 12th. The budget includes a plan to reduce the district’s expenses by approximately $3.5 million. To regain financial stability over the next several years, the District plan is designed to rebuild its reserve fund and anticipate another year or two of inadequate state aid.
The budget proposal was developed by members of the District’s administrative team of principals and department administrators. Five working groups researched possible changes and reductions in programs to achieve the necessary savings in elementary, middle school, high school, special education, and operations. The goal was to reduce spending, while keeping the quality of the educational program in tact.
Unfortunately, there will be fewer staff members next year, and about 16 teachers and nurses have been notified they will be affected by the reduction in the overall staff and will not have jobs in the district. Additional staff members will be reassigned within the school district to meet student needs. To achieve the necessary reductions, nearly $1 million in operational cost savings were also part of the plan, including discontinuation or reduction of contracted services for security, telephones, summer and temp labor, transportation and banking as well as a decrease in school and department budgets, reductions in printing and mailing costs, and an effort to reduce overall substitute teacher costs.
The next steps include careful watch on the Iowa Legislature to see if additional or unanticipated funding for education is confirmed prior to the end of the legislative session, which could allow some affected staff members to be called back to jobs within the district next year.
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