Community School District NEWSLETTER From the Superintendent's Desk... District Web Site We recognize our district web site is in need of improvement. Having four separate schools, we are considering a more building-based approach to better serve students and families. We have a team assembled to survey community members, consider improvements, and review options. Our goal is to have a plan in place by the end of the year and hopefully a new site in place for the 2015-16 school year. School Calendar Survey Thanks to everyone who participated in our calendar survey, it provided valuable feedback that will guide future calendar planning. I would like to thank Mr. Carlson, our middle school principal, and Jessica Hartgers in our district office for their work on this. The results are available at the back of this newsletter on page 7. School Calendar Drafts We have created a calendar draft that complies with the law and begins on Aug. 29 for the 2015-16 school year. If the law changes, we have an option beginning on Aug. 24 that the board may consider at a future date. The calendar options are included at the back of the newsletter on pages 8 and 9. Please remember that the calendar drafts are only a starting point and are subject to public comment as well as final board approval. The calendars will be officially shared with the board at the March 23rd meeting. This meeting includes a segment to allow public comment. We recognize that attending a board meeting may not fit into everyone's calendar, to accommodate community members I will be compiling comments for the board to review. Please feel free to email comments to me at [email protected] Make-up Days We have had to cancel school due to severe weather on two occasions as of March 2nd. We will be re-coding our spring conferences to count as one of the days as allowed by the state. The second day will be made up on May 26. Winter Weather Schedule Adjustments In the future, if we have a 2-hour weather delay on a Monday we will dismiss school at 3:30 p.m. and cancel the early release we typically have scheduled for teacher training. Again, this is only in the event we have a late start for weather on a Monday. We would not want to have a late start and an early release on a Monday, as this would result in less than four hours of instruction once lunch is factored in. Sincerely, Rich Powers, Superintendent of Schools March 2015 DIRECTORY: SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS: Chris Freese, President Tom Looft, Vice President Kristin Swift Susan Ugulini Steve Davis DISTRICT & BUSINESS OFFICE: 515-967-7819 Superintendent: Rich Powers Curriculum Director: Becky Durand Support Services: Paul Mills Business Manager: Jared Abel Food Service Diretor: Dave Walker MORRIS ELEMENTARY: 515-967-6361 Principal: Ben Anderson Assoc. Prin: Kevin VanderLinden Secretary: Natalie Wilson ANDERSON ELEMENTARY: 515-967-7494 Principal: Mel Hewitt Assoc. Prin.: Kevin VanderLinden Secretary: Julie Hall MIDDLE SCHOOL: 515-967-3711 Principal: Chad Carlson Assoc. Prin./AD: Jeremiah Ostrem Secretary: Holly Roby HIGH SCHOOL: 515-957-8191 Principal: Mike Kramer Assoc. Prin./AD: Maury Ruble Secretary: Sara Ballard Athletic Secretary: Holly Keuning TRANSPORTATION: 515-967-2891 Transport. Director: Rick Sullivan WEBSITE: www.bondurant.k12.ia.us BUILDING NEWS Bondurant's B.E.S.T. 2 M.S. Student Council Trip: A new program was started this year at Morris and Anderson using a clip system. This program is comprised of five levels. Every student starts their day off of ready to learn. Throughout the day, as they display B.E.S.T. behavior they are allowed to move their clip up. After warnings and expectations have been established, students will be directed to move their clip down. This new clip system is a part of our school-wide initiative that promotes positive behavior expectations, also known as Bondurant’s B.E.S.T. Bondurant’s B.E.S.T. is defined as when staff members spend extensive time teaching desired behaviors (in order to prevent bad behaviors) versus focusing on the punishment of undesired behaviors. Staff members are encouraged to reward students with a BEST ticket when they are observed being kind and respectful, putting forth excellent effort, exhibiting safe behaviors, or being responsible. Every Friday at Anderson Elementary, a BEST ticket drawing is held and five students from each grade level are rewarded for showing Bondurant’s BEST. These students receive a certificate and the choice of a prize from the Bondurant’s BEST prize cart. Please encourage your child/children to show their Bondurant’s BEST! M.S. Literature & Lunch: The MS Library celebrated literature and new books with a free lunch for a few students on February 11th. It was a great opportunity for librarians to connect with rapid readers and to spend time with students that deserve a bit of extra attention. After lunch, students had time to browse through the new book collection. Bondurant-Farrar’s 6th and 7th grade Student Council members traveled to Washington D.C. in early February to participate in the LEAD Conference. Over a thousand students from 32 states and 8 different countries attended the conference, with 8 of those students representing Bondurant-Farrar’s finest. The LEAD (Leadership Experience and Development) Conference focuses on improving student’s leadership skills through breakout sessions and hands-on activities. The conference covered topics such as how to help students feel more connected to school, taking risks to stand up for their beliefs, overcoming challenges that student leaders face, fundraising strategies, and activity ideas. Students enjoyed meeting new people, getting fresh ideas to bring back to their school, and learning that sometimes being a leader is tough, but that they feel more confident being in that role with what they were taught at the LEAD Conference. Outside of the conference, students had the opportunity to visit many attractions including the White House, Smithsonian, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and MLK Memorial. BUILDING NEWS National Reading Day: 3 H.S. Student Council: The H.S. Student Council raised money the week before winter break by playing annoying music before class, during passing time, and throughout the lunch period. Each day, an annoying song would repeat on the announcement system until the monetary goal of $100 per day was met. The money raised was used to pay for meals to families in need in our community during the holiday and for a donation to the Freedom for Youth organization in Mitchellville. The picture shows the presentation of the check to Site Director, Shannon DeLouis on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Mitchellville location. In honor of National Reading Day on January 23rd, Morris and Anderson elementaries invited a special guest to celebrate! Non-fiction author, Kate Riggs, talked to students about the process that goes into publishing a book and then read "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" to the group. Happy Reading! Jayz Elite Danz Team: The Jayz Elite Danz Team sent six members to the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association’s (ISDTA) State Solo contest in November. Team members competed in Class IV which consisted of 57 competitors from 17 different high schools. Senior, Lupita Mejia, sophomores, Faith Benson, Amanda Demers, Holly Haines, and freshman, Kayleigh Clark all received a division I rating for their performances. Senior, Kinzee Epperly received a division II rating for her performance. Sophomore, Amanda Demers was awarded a 12th place overall trophy. From left to right: Kayleigh Clark, Amanda Demers, Holly Haines, Lupita Mejia, Faith Benson, and Kinzee Epperly. Left to right are: President Olivia Denham, Shannon DeLouis, Vice President Emily Wilson and Secretary Annika Ekstam. H.S. Cheerleaders Perform: Congratulations to the H.S. cheerleaders for an excellent half time performance! The group was selected by Worldstrides Heritage to perform at the Holiday Bowl football game in San Diego, California on December 27, 2014. The performers are: (front row) Lydia Shinogle, Natalie Hale, Samantha Dewey, Isla Ekstam. (back row) Lindsey Ross, Carrie Norton, Star Farrell, Kiersten Kreuder. DISTRICT NEWS 4 Kindness Week: Anderson and Morris Elementary Schools celebrated Kindness Week during the week of February 23rd. Staff and students used the week to step out of their normal routines and encourage/attempt acts of kindness all week long! It was a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of being a caring individual and at the same time, discourage and deter unkind, hurtful behaviors. Students also celebrated each day of the week with a fun, kindness-related theme. Monday, 2/23: "Count on Kindness" Jersey day Tuesday, 2/24: "It's No Sweat to be Kind" Sweat Pants Wednesday, 2/25: "Crazy about Kindness" Crazy Hair Thursday, 2/26: "Hats Off to Kindness" Hat Day Friday, 2/27: "Bluejays are Kind" Bluejay Attire Kindess Week doesn't stop after 5 days. Each grade level will be participating in a service project through Friday, March 13th. Please see the list below for a description of these fun and meaningful activities. Kindergarten: Supporting the United Way of Central Iowa's Women's Leadership Connection by bringing new and/or gently used children's books to school. Student Council supported Kindness Week by making posters and posing with signs that display random acts of kindness, then placing the signs around the building. Four B-F kindergarten teachers participating in "Crazy about Kindness" day on Wednesday. We love the outfits, Ladies! First Grade: Supporting literacy programs at Blank Children's Hospital by donating new and/or gently used books. Students at Anderson show their support on "Hats Off to Kindness" day. Second Grade: Participating in the Cell Phone for Soldiers program by donating old/used cell phones, with proceeds being used to purchase calling cards for activeduty military members. Third Grade: Supporting Blank Children's Hospital by donating new/gently used books, new batteries, new markers, and new DVDs and video games. Fourth Grade: Supporting Furry Friends Refuge, a no-kill animal shelter that helps area animals in need. Students can donate cat/kitten food, dog/puppy food, blankets, leashes, collars, and other items. Fifth Grade: Participating in the Cell Phone for Soldiers program by donating old/used cell phones, with proceeds being used to purchase calling cards for active-duty military members. Triplets! Morris guidance counselor, Mrs. Barber, pictured with two fellow Chicago Bears fans on "Count on Kindness" day. DISTRICT NEWS 5 Olivia Denham NAMED "STUDENT OF THE YEAR" BY CITY: Congratulations to B-F senior, Olivia Denham, who was named "Student of the Year" by the City of Bondurant! The award is granted to one student who has shown responsibility in his or her personal and school life. He or she should have a record of assisting and volunteering in the Bondurant community and been involved in more than one area of community interest. Olivia has a reputaiont with teachers for being a reliable student, which is directly reflected in her strong GPA. She is well-liked by both classmates and adults, very personable and candid in her conversations. Olivia's involvement in athletics has led to a greater understanding of her classroom success, as she is not only a relentless worker, but also a competitor. She practices with great effort each day, taking to the competitive arena with tenacity, yet while always displaying outstanding sportsmanship. She treats her teammates and opponents alike with respect at all times. Pictured Above: Maury Ruble (H.S. Assistant Principal/A.D.), and Olivia Denham Olivia Denham is a true example of Bondurant's BEST. Emily Knuth - FINALIST FOR E. WAYNE COOLEY SCHOLARSHIP: The E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award was established in 1993 as a tribute to the man who served as Executive Director of the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union from 1954 through 2002. The recipient of this award is recognized as being representative of the most elite of the superlative Iowa Girl, not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom, in her school and in her community. Her profile will reflect discipline, perseverance, character, citizenship and leadership, which personified the life and expectations of E. Wayne Cooley. B-F senior, Emily Knuth was selected as one of only five finalists for this scholarship, an honor in itself. As a result of being nominated, Emily received a $1,000 scholarship grant. Emily has been a great representative for our school in interscholastic athletics. Her involvement in that arena has led to a greater understanding of her classroom success. Emily can always be counted on to give maximum effort and lead from the positive. She practices with great effort each day, and competes with a full heart while always displaying outstanding sportsmanship. She treats her teammates and opponents with respect and is a model for leadership. In the classroom, Emily is second to none. She is reliable, respectful, disciplined, and a pleasure to be around. She will complete this year as the Valedictorian of the BondurantFarrar Class of 2015 having maintained a perfect 4.0 unweighted GPA for four years. She scored incredibly well on her ACT exam and will move on to her collegiate studies with an impressive high school record. Please join us in congratulating Emily! Pictured: Maury Ruble (H.S. Asst. Princ./A.D.), and Emily Knuth DISTRICT NEWS 6 B-F Community Page: Building Newsletters: For the most up to date information on fundraisers and community events, please check out the Community page on the district's website: www.bondurant.k12.ia.us In efforts to stay well-connected, schools are now sending out building newsletters to families via email. These newsletters contain information that is pertinent to each respective building. The district newsletter, which is what you are reading now, will not only contain information that applies to the entire community, but also showcase select building news. PARTY OF BLUE JAYS 2015: Save the date! Saturday, April 25th from 5-10pm at the Courtyard Marriot in Ankeny. See the Community page for ticket information and other details. PRE-SCHOOL APPLICATION DEADLINE: In preparation for the 2015-16 school year, we are taking applications for the openings in the three and four-year old classrooms. Applications must be received at school or postmarked on or before March 13 to be considered for the lottery. See the Community page for more details and to download the application. OTHER INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY PAGE: • Breakfast/Lunch Menus • Bricks 4 Kidz • Fine Arts Booster Fundraiser • And More! Empolyment Opportunities: The Bondurant - Farrar CSD is currently hiring for the following positions: • BUS DRIVERS • SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS Apply online at www.bondurant.k12.ia.us (click on the "Employment" tab to see all openings) The B-F CSD also accepts applications for substitute food service, custodial, para/associate, and transportation positions. Call Human Resources at 515-967-7819 with questions. EEO/AA If you are a parent/guardian who has not received a building newsletter via email, please contact your building secretary at the numbers listed on the front page. Please Note: Newsletters are typically sent out the last week of each month. M.S. Student Published Article: Bondurant-Farrar Middle School’s very own Natalie McDaniels is a published author! Natalie was notified in January that her story “Always an Iowa Girl” would appear in the February/March 2015 edition of Our Iowa magazine. Natalie, now a 7th grader, was thrilled to hear the news. She shared that this was a “dream come true” and a great start in her goal to pursue a career as a writer. Natalie’s story starts out as a memoir of 5th grade when a teacher asked her class what state they wanted to live in when they grew up. Without hesitation, Natalie said “Iowa.” The rest of her story she shares her memories and what it means to live in Iowa. These include family traditions, as well as, summer and winter activities. M.S. teacher, Mrs. Wilson, encouraged Natalie to revise her story and helped her submit it to Our Iowa for consideration. Natalie continues her writing pursuits this year as a chief contributor of the middle school newspaper as well as having her own blog. Congratulations to Natalie, a great example of Bondurant’s BEST! DISTRICT NEWS 7 Bondurant - Farrar Community School District SCHOOL CALENDAR SURVEY February 2015 Which of the following best describes you? Community Member Parent/Guardian Staff Member TOTAL Responses 8 513 96 617 Percentage 1.30% 83.14% 15.56% 100.00% My preference for Thanksgiving break is: No preference No school the Wednesday before Thanksgiving School in session the Wednesday before Thanksgiving TOTAL Responses 140 271 206 617 Percentage 22.69% 43.92% 33.39% 100.00% My preference for Winter break is: Begin break on December 23 Begin break on December 24 No preference TOTAL Responses 372 182 63 617 Percentage 60.29% 29.50% 10.21% 100.00% My preference for Spring break is: 5 week days in mid-March that aligns with metro school districts Less than 5 week days in mid-March, but aligning with metro school districts Less than 5 week days in late March/early April No Spring break No preference TOTAL Responses 321 52 97 71 76 617 Percentage 52.03% 8.43% 15.72% 11.51% 12.32% 100.00% My preference for the school start/finish date is: Start 3rd week of August, approx. finish 3rd week of May Start 4th week of August, approx. finish 4th week of May Start after August 31st, approx. finish in early June No preference TOTAL Responses 107 325 159 26 617 Percentage 17.34% 52.67% 25.77% 4.21% 100.00% My preference for release time for teacher professional development is: Early dismissal Late start (Approximately 90 minutes later than a typical day) No preference TOTAL Responses 454 74 89 617 Percentage 73.58% 11.99% 14.42% 100.00% DISTRICT NEWS 8 2015-2016 8/31 Start (Assumes no waiver) August Summary of Calendar Days in classroom: First Semester . . . . . . 90 Second Semester . . . . . 90 TOTAL DAYS 180 CALENDAR LEGEND Start/End/Qtr. P/T Conf. No School/PD Holidays Vacation Days HOLIDAYS: Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day New Year’s Day Memorial Day 180 5 10 195 (9/7) (11/26) (12/25) (1/1) (5/30) Student Days Paid Holidays Contract PD Days* Teacher Contract Days *2 additional PD days will occur outside of this calendar as determined by each building. Every Monday will be used for professional development. School will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. each Monday. Dismissal times may vary slightly by building. Snow Make-Up Days: M T 03 04 10 11 17 18 24 25 31 September 01 07 08 14 15 21 22 28 29 October W 05 12 19 26 02 09 16 23 30 Th 06 13 20 27 F 07 14 21 28 Student Days/Hours 180 Day Calendar Date Events Aug. 24-25 Aug. 26-28 Aug. 31 New Teachers Pre-Service PD st Begin 1 Semester Sept. 7 Labor Day (No School) Oct. 19,22 Secondary P/T Conferences 2:00 Dismissal PD (No School) 1 03 10 17 24 04 11 18 25 5 9 14 19 22 05 06 12 13 19 20 26 27 November 02 03 09 10 16 17 23 24 30 December 01 07 08 14 15 21 22 28 29 January 07 14 21 28 01 08 15 22 29 02 09 16 23 30 24 29 34 38 43 04 11 18 25 05 12 19 26 06 13 20 27 48 53 58 60 61 02 09 16 23 30 03 10 17 24 31 04 11 18 25 65 70 75 77 04 05 11 12 18 19 25 26 February 01 02 08 09 15 16 22 23 29 March 01 07 08 14 15 21 22 28 29 April 06 13 20 27 07 14 21 28 01 08 15 22 29 82 87 92 97 03 10 17 24 04 11 18 25 05 12 19 26 102 106 111 116 117 02 09 16 23 30 03 10 17 24 31 04 11 18 25 121 125 130 134 04 11 18 25 May 02 09 16 23 30 June 05 12 19 26 06 13 20 27 07 14 21 28 01 08 15 22 29 135 140 145 149 154 03 10 17 24 31 04 11 18 25 05 12 19 26 06 13 20 27 159 164 169 174 175 06 13 07 14 01 08 15 02 09 16 03 10 17 178 180 Oct. 23 st Nov. 3 Nov. 9,12 End 1 Qtr. (45 Days) Elementary P/T Confernces 2:00 Dismissal Nov. 26 Nov. 25,27 Thanksgiving Holiday Thanksgiving Break Dec. 23-31 Dec. 25 Winter Break (No School) Christmas Holiday Jan 1 Jan 20 New Year’s Day (No School) st End 1 Semester (90 Days) Feb. 12 PD (No School) Mar. 7, 10 Mar. 11 Mar. 14-18 P/T Conferences 2:00 Dismissal Teacher Comp Day (No School) Spring Break Apr. 1 Apr. 18 End 3 Qtr. (45 days) PD (No School) May 30 Memorial Day Holiday June 7 June 8, 9 End 4 Qtr/2 PD rd th nd Sem. (90 days) DISTRICT NEWS 9 2015-2016 8/24 Start (Assuming Waiver/Law Change) August Summary of Calendar Days in classroom: First Semester . . . . . . 90 Second Semester . . . . . 90 TOTAL DAYS 180 CALENDAR LEGEND Start/End/Qtr. P/T Conf. No School/PD Holidays Vacation Days HOLIDAYS: Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day New Year’s Day Memorial Day 180 5 10 195 (9/7) (11/26) (12/25) (1/1) (5/30) Student Days Paid Holidays Contract PD Days* Teacher Contract Days *2 additional PD days will occur outside of this calendar as determined by each building. Every Monday will be used for professional development. School will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. each Monday. Dismissal times may vary slightly by building. Snow Make-Up Days: M T 03 04 10 11 17 18 24 25 30 September 01 07 08 14 15 21 22 28 29 October W 05 12 19 26 02 09 16 23 30 Th 06 13 20 27 F 07 14 21 28 Student Days/Hours 180 Day Calendar Date Events Aug. 17-18 Aug. 19-21 Aug. 24 New Teachers Pre-Service PD st Begin 1 Semester Sept. 7 Labor Day (No School) Oct. 12, 15 5 6 03 10 17 24 04 11 18 25 10 14 19 24 27 05 06 12 13 19 20 26 27 November 02 03 09 10 16 17 23 24 30 December 01 07 08 14 15 21 22 28 29 January 07 14 21 28 01 08 15 22 29 02 09 16 23 30 29 34 39 44 49 Oct. 16 Secondary P/T Conferences 2:00 Dismissal PD (No School) Oct. 26 End 1 Qtr. (45 Days) 04 11 18 25 05 12 19 26 06 13 20 27 54 58 63 65 66 Nov. 9,12 Nov. 26 Nov. 25,27 Elementary P/T Conferences 2:00 Dismissal Thanksgiving Holiday Thanksgiving Break 02 09 16 23 30 03 10 17 24 31 04 11 18 25 70 75 80 82 Dec. 23-31 Dec. 25 Winter Break (No School) Christmas Holiday 04 05 11 12 18 19 25 26 February 01 02 08 09 15 16 22 23 29 March 01 07 08 14 15 21 22 28 29 April 06 13 20 27 07 14 21 28 01 08 15 22 29 87 92 96 101 Jan 1 Jan. 13 Jan 18 New Year’s Day (No School) nd st End 2 Qtr./1 Sem (90 days) PD (No School) 03 10 17 24 04 11 18 25 05 12 19 26 106 111 116 120 121 Feb. 29 Mar. 3 P/T Conferences 2:00 Dismissal 02 09 16 23 30 03 10 17 24 31 04 11 18 25 125 130 Mar. 4 Mar. 14-18 Mar. 25 Teacher Comp Day Spring Break rd End 3 Qtr. (45 days) Apr. 18 PD (No School) May 30 May 31 Memorial Day Holiday th nd End 4 Qtr/2 Sem. (90 days) June 1, 2 PD 135 139 04 11 18 25 May 02 09 16 23 30 June 05 12 19 26 06 13 20 27 07 14 21 28 01 08 15 22 29 140 145 150 154 159 03 10 17 24 31 04 11 18 25 05 12 19 26 06 13 20 27 164 169 174 179 06 13 07 14 01 08 15 02 09 16 03 10 17 st FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA FYI... For the Spring Newsletter Be sure to follow the district on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook for updates and annoucements. With the winter weather season quickly approaching look for posts regarding weather-related delays and/or cancellations on the district social media accounts. The next newsletter deadline is March 25, 2015. Only information related to school activities are published. If you have any questions, please call the District Office at 9677819. Print copies are available only upon request. FACEBOOK: You can find us on Facebook by searching "Bondurant-Farrar Community Schools (Official)" TWITTER: You can find us on Twitter by searching "@BF_District" The newsletter and athletic schedules can be found at the Bondurant-Farrar home page listed below: www.bondurant.k12.ia.us The Altoona Herald-Mitchellville Index newspaper reports weekly on the athletic events of the Bondurant-Farrar teams. TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: Please contact your building principal with any behavioral issues that occur on the bus. For all other transportation concerns please contact Melissa Jurgensen, transportation secretary, at [email protected] or 515-967-7819. Thank you! REQUIRED STATEMENTS The Bondurant – Farrar Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national/ethnic origin, socio economic status, genetic information or disability.
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