Welcome to the Council Bluffs Community School District
The mission of the Council Bluffs Community School District is to guarantee that every student graduates with the knowledge,
skills and character to become a responsible citizen and to succeed in a changing world by creating a leading-edge, inclusive educational system which provides challenging expectations, diverse experiences, engaging curriculum
and innovative teaching within a collaborative, caring community.
Supplemental Education Services
Students Recognized for Helping Serve Others in Safety Patrol
28 Council Bluffs Students Qualify for National History Day Competition; Students Advance to Nationals
Photo: Junior Group Performance of Jessica Dix, Mackenzie Frush, and Makayla Nagunst
Green Hills West District National History Day Competition was held March 23, 2013 at the Council Bluffs Public Library. Schools from Underwood, Council Bluffs Kirn, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Saint Albert, Harlan, and Clarinda had students prepare projects for the competition.
National History Day inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project based curriculum and instruction. The state-level competition for the high school students will be April 29th and for the middle school students on May 6th, both in Des Moines.
The 28 State Qualifiers from the Council Bluffs Schools are listed below in each category, with the project title, student name(s) and school:
Junior Historical Paper
America Calling: Gabby Dour, Kirn
Junior Individual Exhibit:
Turned On Tuned In to TV: Kenadie Doty, Kirn
Jackie Robinson: Brianne McDermott, Kirn
Junior Group Exhibit:
Title IX: Transforming the Playing Field
Alayna Murphy and Darby Thomas, Kirn
Junior Individual Documentary:
The Crisis of the War in Vietnam Through the Eyes of the Media: Calab Holder, Kirn
Special Education: Pivotal Legislation Meets the Needs of All: Maddy St. Clair, Kirn
Junior Group Documentary:
Star Wars: Sam Hulett and Ben Price, Kirn
Miranda v Arizona: Jacob Colburn and Brennan Plummer, Kirn
Junior Individual Performance
Pedaling for Change: Emma Seilstad, Kirn
Junior Group Performance
Homes for the Homeless, Lands for the Landless: Mackenzie Frush, Makayla Nagunst, and Jessica Dix, Kirn
One Great and Virtuous Nation: Dale Feinhold, Alexis Gress, Sophie Knauss, and Elizabeth Ponce, Kirn
Junior Group Website:
Tuskegee Airmen: Connor Garside, Hunter Hendrix and William Jones, Kirn
Atomic Bomb: Hayley Hartman and Claire Jones, Kirn
Junior Individual Website
Justice Is Served: Alea Dorsett, Kirn
Enter the Red Dragon: Gage Weber, Kirn
Senior Individual Documentary
Keating Owens Act: Abaigh Plummer, Abraham Lincoln
Elvis Presley: Kayla Beck, Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Dance Team Named National Champions
The Abraham Lincoln Dance Team competed at the Jamfest National Dance Championship in Kansas City. They were awarded first place in both their Variety Dance and
Congratulations to all!
Thomas Jefferson Winter Guard and Percussion Take 1st Place
The Thomas Jefferson Winter Guard notched it's first victory ever finishing in 1st place at the most recent Heartland Winter Arts Association (HWAA) circuit held at Omaha Burke High School.
Abraham Lincoln Speech Team Has Stellar Season
Abraham Lincoln High School completed a terrific speech season this last weekend. AL had 35 students participate in the district contest held at ALHS on February 23rd. AL advanced 28 of those 35 to the state level of competition held last weekend, March 9, at Nevada High School in Nevada, IA. 20 of the 28 students earned division one ratings and 8 others earned a slightly lower rating, but still did a great job.
Those participating this year included: Holly Vanderpool, Andrew Meyers, Noah Larsen, Fransico Franco, Aurora Owens, Derek Gilman, Destany Mass, Natalie Carlon, Hannah Goldapp, Megan Reif, Tristin Barnhart, Taylora Christensen, Becca Barker, Isabella Taylor, Seamus St. Clair, Hope Philbrick, Josh Hannan, Olivia Welch, Ben Addison, Collin Smith, Paige Oamek, Nolan Dresher, Dillion Gibson and Abby Otten.
In addition, EIGHT performances from Abraham Lincoln High School earned All-Sate Honors. This is the highest level a student can reach in Iowa High School Speech. Congratulations to all!
Those earning All-State Honors are:
Seamus St. Clair in Solo Musical Theater and Literary Program
Taylora Christensen in Expository Address and Solo Musical Theater
Megan Reif in Expository Address
Hannah Goldapp in Prose
Isabella Taylor in Solo Musical Theater
Natalie Carlon in Improvisational Acting
Youth Art Month Winner Walnut Grove 1st Grader Madeline Tierney
Walnut Grove 1st Grader, Madeline Tierney, took 1st place in the Joslyn Art Museum Association’s (JAMA) Youth Art Month Contest. Her piece of art will be displayed on a billboard on 30th and Broadway for the rest of the month. Third grader, Jordan Kreft, also a Walnut Grove student, took 4th place in the contest. All 175 contest entries will be featured in a display at the Council Bluffs Public Library, March 4-March 31. Joslyn Art Museum Studio Programs Manager judged the entries and the contest was facilitated by JAMA members Cathy Born and Judy Boelts. Congratulations to all that participated!
Thomas Jefferson Drumline Wins 1st Place at Heartland Winter Arts Association
Abraham Lincoln Crimson and Blue 2012 Yearbook Earns Prestigious "Neubert Award" from the Iowa High School Press Association
Congratulations to the 2012 Crimson and Blue staff at Abraham Lincoln High School for being one of six school yearbooks in the state to win the Neubert Award from the Iowa High School Press Association. This is the highest award given and is described by the Association as "prestigious."
The IWCC Arts Center
Presents Working Group Theatre and Mayberry: A Project to Encourage Community Dialogue
On February 20th, the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College will host the Working Group Theatre to conduct two workshops at Thomas Jefferson High School. The workshops, entitled Theater for the Oppressed, will use a technique known as Theater Forum to discuss bullying and promote acceptance and inclusion. The Working Group Theatre will present a full-length dramatic performance of the original work “Mayberry” on Thursday, February 21st, at the Arts Center. For Mayberry tickets, contact the Arts Center box office at (712) 388-7140.
Abraham Lincoln Speech Team Has Stellar Season, Makes it to State
Congratulations to the ALHS speech team for a great large group season! AL took 10 events to district contest on January 19th and advanced 9 of the 10 to state competition. State competition was held last weekend in Waukee and AL earned one division two rating and seven division one ratings. A great job by all! Finally, three groups advanced to All-State which is the highest level an IHSSA student can earn. Those that advanced to All-State are:
Group improvisation: Derek Gilman, Aurora Owens and Josh Hannan
Musical theater: Seamus St.Clair, Taylora Christensen and Isabella Taylor
Radio Broadcasting 9th grade team: Nolan Dresher, Logan Erwin, Ben Addison, Abby Otten, Caitlyn Hayslip and DiaMonte Hill.
Middle School Swimming Starts February 12th
The swim team is open to all boys and girls, grades 6th though 8th, from Wilson, Kirn and St. Albert middle schools. Bus transportation will be provided for interested Wilson students.
Practice will be Tuesdays through Fridays immediately after school until 4:45. Swim meets will include a home meet at Kirn and the city championship meet at Lewis Central at the end of the season on March 23rd. If you are interested, visit the middle school swimming web page at: Middle School Swimming
Edison Open House
Thanks to the Edison Elementary School staff, principal Darrin Praska and SAM Brenda Hanafan for hosting such a terrific Grand Re-Opening celebration last night! Special thanks also to Mayor Tom Hanafan and the Cee Bee Ambassadors for participating in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to commemorate the amazing renovation of the school!
Bloomer Student Helps School Reach $30,000 Goal
Congratulations to Bloomer student Chance Higgins for helping the school reach its $30,000 goal for total student savings at the Bloomer Bears Branch of US Bank since it opened in 2011.
"The Write Touch"
Click here to view the magazine
44 students are featured in The Write Touch magazine, for their writing and art. The Write Touch is sponsored by the Council Bluffs Optimist Club and Council Bluffs Schools. Click the image above to view work from students at Abraham Lincoln High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Kirn Middle School, Wilson Middle School, Kanesville Alternative Learning Center, Tucker Career and College Center, St. Albert High School, and Lewis Central High School.
Council Bluffs High School Students Receive Omaha World Herald Honor
Congratulations to the following outstanding high school seniors who were named to The Omaha World-Herald's 2013 All Western Iowa Academic Team: Mallory Huggins and Steven Monson from Abraham Lincoln High School and Katelyn Sillik from Thomas Jefferson High School. Dustin Middlemist of ALHS and Patrick O'Brien of TJHS received Honorable Mention recognition.
A big thank you to the
Fraternal Order of Eagles for generously donating $9,600 to Council Bluffs Schools!
Thomas Jefferson Students Sign Music Scholarship Acceptance Letters
Andrew Hanson and Lisa Wingate
Matt Helms and Corry Valeika
Kim O’Brien, Patrick O’Brien, Jack O’Brien
Joe Adams, Katie Adams, Beth Adams
Katie Adams, daughter of Joe and Beth Adams, signed her Music Scholarship acceptance letter to play viola while majoring in Music with a concentration in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa.
Congratulations and best wishes to these students during their final season and continued performance at the next level!
Fifth Graders Get Future Focused at
All-City Career Fair Sponsored by the Council Bluffs Rotary Clubs
More than 1,000 fifth graders from across Council Bluffs participated in the Fifth Grade "Future Focus" Career Fair, sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Council Bluffs and featuring 35 career speakers in interactive sessions for these members of the Class of 2020!
District and Community Receive National Pacesetter Award for Outstanding Summer Exploration Program
Summer Exploration Program partners gathered on April 24th to be part of the National Pacesetter Award Presentation. Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, addressed the audience of partners about the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities for students. The month-long summer program is in its fourth year and was cited for the positive affect on student literacy and its involvement of the greater community and dedicated partners working together on behalf of students. Partners include:
ATA Sanders Martial Arts
Community Education Foundation
Bloomer Student Wins Money Smart Week
Bloomer fifth grader Clare Plummer won the local Money Smart Week poster contest sponsored by TS Bank. Her poster will be entered into the state-level contest.
Edison Staff and School Community Raise $1,000 for Scholarship
Staff members at Edison Elementary purchased and donated a variety of items within themed baskets to fund our scholarship program. Edison students and families then purchased raffle tickets as chance to win these themed baskets. As a result of the generosity of Edison staff members and Edison families, $1,000 was raised for the Edison scholarship program to fund two scholarships for Thomas Jefferson students to attend the college of their choice.
Annual Jacket Backer Night Called A Success for Students
Autism Walk Raises Awareness and Funds
The Council Bluffs Autism Support Group hosted the Council Bluffs Community Autism Walk on April 20th at Rue Elementary. About $2,500 will go to support school programs for children with autism in the Council Bluffs and Lewis Central School Districts and The Autism Society of Iowa.
Kirn Students Earn
Honors at Optimist
Kirn 8th graders Emma Seilstad, Andrea Millstead, Brooke Harold, Calab Holder, and Jacob Kaufman participated in the City Optimist Club Speech Contest. This year's topic was "Why My Voice is Important." With a fourth-place finish by Jacob and a second-place finish by Calab, they both competed at the zone level. Calab then placed second and earned the honors to compete at the regional level on April 27th. Good Luck, Calab!
Kirn Middle School
Student Wins Gold Key in Scholastic Writing Competition
The following Kirn 8th grade students won awards for the Scholastic Writing Competition:
Calab Holder: Gold Key in poetry, which qualified him to participate in the National Scholastic Writing Competition. Other students also represented the District in this competition sponsored by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center:
Alyssa Clayton: Silver Key in poetry, Avery Thomas: Honorable Mention in poetry
Jacob Kaufman: Honorable Mention fantasy
Gage Weber: Honorable Mention science fiction, and
Breana Rocha: Honorable Mention essay.
Wilson Students Receive Award at Engineering Competition; Present Project to Community Leaders
Wilson Middle School students took home an Award of Distinction and a $250 check at the Student Mentoring Program Competition and Awards, sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers, Omaha Post, and the Peter Kiewit Institute. Wilson students presented a Project Synergy Center, which would involve a Council Bluffs Regional Indoor Sports and Recreational Facility built to promote health, unify community, offer connectivity, and acknowledge participation and competition for all ages in the the city and rural areas. Project participants include:
8th Grade Students
7th Grade Students
6th Grade Student
Teacher/ Team Leader
Thomas Jefferson Students Sign Letters to Play College Softball
Emily Dickerson, daughter of Gordon Dickerson and Carrie Mulligan and a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School signed her letter to play softball with College of St. Mary's in Omaha. Emily has been accepted into their Occupational Therapy program.
Carly Williamson, daughter of Dave and Terry Williamson and a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School signed to become a Dragon beginning the Fall of 2013 for the Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Carly will be studying Speech Pathology.
Both have received various academic and athletic scholarships from the colleges. Congratulations and best wishes in their final season and continued playing at the next level!
Community Resource Fair Success!
More than 1,050 children and parents attended the March 28th Community Resource Fair sponsored by the Council Bluffs Community School District, with financial support from Promise Partners. More than 80 agencies and dozens of volunteers made it possible to bring schools, families and the community together at this annual event.
Click on the pictures below to enlarge!
HOSA Students Receive High Marks at State Competition
The Tucker Center HOSA Chapter traveled to Des Moines, March 17 - 19, 2013 to compete at the HOSA State Competitions. Those placing in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place are eligible to compete at HOSA National Leadership Competition this June in Nashville, Tennessee. Students who placed at the competition are:
Extemporaneous Health Poster
Nicole Baker - 6th Place
Victoria Harte-Maxwell - 1st Place
Sarah Fisher - 3rd Place
Sidnie Lewis - 4th Place
Alexis Nadler - 5th Place
HOSA Bowl (team event)
Career Health Display (team event)
Forensic Medicine (team event)
Christina Dieatrick - 6th Place
Human Growth & Development
Megan Michael - 3rd Place
Charles Knotek - 1st Place
Jeremy Vogel - 2nd Place
Morgan Ronfeldt - 1st Place
Tad Nelson - 2nd Place
CPR/First Aid (Team Event)
Tucker Center HOSA Chapter received:
1st Place for Largest Local Chapter in the State
2nd Place for Largest Increase in the State
Fourth Graders to Perform with Symphony at the Holland Center
Hundreds of fourth graders from Council Bluffs will be participating in "The Orchestra Sings!" program at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:45 and 11:15. Students from Edison, Walnut Grove, Bloomer, Roosevelt, College View and Hoover will be partnered with the Omaha symphony and Carnegie Hall to discover melody through work on the soprano recorder and voice. The program "Link Up" is a supplementary curriculum that culminates with these students performing live with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. The program is funded by a Community Education Foundation classroom grant, school booster clubs and the Council Bluffs Symphony Guild. Edison Elementary student Kaitlynn Callabro will sit with the orchestra on stage and perform with them throughout the concert. Parents may invited to attend the concert for the $5 admission fee.
Jazz & Show Choir Place at IWCC Competition
Both the Thomas Jefferson show choir and jazz choir did exceptionally well at the 4A division at the Iowa Western Community College Jazz Choir Competition this past Saturday, March 9th. Jazz Choir received 1st place in the 4A division and received all Superior (1) ratings from all the judges. The show choir earned 2nd place out of 7 schools and received Superior (1) ratings from all the schools.
Kirn Middle School Teacher Debra Stephenson Given Honor
Kirn Middle School Physical Education teacher Debra Stephenson has earned the Central District Honor Award from the Central District Association for American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), for her outstanding service. A recommendation letter written about Debra stated “Debra has contributed many hours of her professional and personal time to further the organization's mission of “providing, supporting and promoting programs that encourage healthy, active lifestyles.” Candidates were chosen based on high moral character and personal integrity, contributions through the association, and outstanding service as a teacher.
DECA Students Earn Spot in National Competition
Twenty-four high school students in the Council Bluffs Schools DECA program participated in the state DECA competition February 24-25. Twelve earned first through third place to earn a spot in the national competition April 23-29 in Anaheim, CA. There were about 400 Iowa students at the conference.
Taylora Christensen- 1st place in Food Marketing
Trevor Douglas- 1st place is Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Jake Leggett- 2nd place in Restaurant and Food Service Management
Lauren Myers- 2nd place in International Business Plan
Jordyn Hyde- 3rd place in Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Blake Willadsen- 3rd place in Marketing Management
Alex Standard & Kendra Jankiewicz- 4th place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Mariah Garcia & Hannah Browning- 7th place in Travel & Tourism Marketing
Thomas Jefferson High School who placed in state competition:
Adam Poldberg- 1st place Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Nolan Neaman- 2nd place Business Services Marketing
Randy Schultz & Charles Weaver – 3rd place Financial Services Team Decision Making Event AND 1st place Financial Literacy Promotion Project
Adam Poldberg & Nolan Neaman- 2nd place Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan
Devin Young & Daisy Sullivan- 2nd place Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
Contact the C.B. Community School District: Phone (712) 328-6446 • Fax: (712) 328-6548
Educational Service Center, 12 Scott Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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