Posted October 22, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Emily Buckles

After teaching first grade for four years, Emily Buckles decided to make a change. This year, she has a classroom of third-graders at Shuler Elementary in Clive. “I wanted to see what collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving looked like in third grade,” says Buckles. Buckles is an advocate of

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Posted October 22, 2014in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Eric Hillman

Eric Hillman is a Southeast Polk Junior High instructional coach for science, multi-subject special ed, family and consumer sciences and health. The instructional coaches throughout the junior high and high school were hired to better improve the quality of education for all students. Hillman grew up in a resort community

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Posted October 22, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured

Meet Amy Johannsen

Born and raised in Le Mars, Amy Johannsen is currently one of six instructional coaches at Southeast Polk High School. After receiving a double major in chemistry and education from Bryer Cliff College in Sioux City, Johannsen started her teaching career at Sioux City West. It was her husband’s career

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Posted October 22, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Anna Fergesen

From a very young age, Anna Fergesen knew she wanted to be a teacher. Watching her mom teach for 37 years inspired her. Her first pupils were her dolls, and in high school she got to be a cadet teacher. Later she became a swim teacher, gymnastics coach, reading and

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Posted October 22, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Amanda Reimers

There’s never just one way to teach a child. Amanda Reimers is a first-year teacher who is discovering that today’s technology can blend successfully with more traditional, hands-on education to help develop the whole child. A Durant native, Reimers graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in early childhood

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Posted October 22, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Braden Wipperman

Braden Wipperman is in his third year at Bondurant-Farrar Community High School, his 11th overall. He came from teaching band and chorus at Colfax for seven years. As a band director for the high school, Wipperman puts in numerous hours with 62 students. He had 49 students his first year

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Posted October 21, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

National School Bus Safety Month

October is National School Bus Safety Month.  In recognition of this, the District will be conducting its bus emergency evacuation drills.  Emergency evacuation drills are conducted twice a year, in the fall and again in the spring. All students, TK-12th grade, participate in the drills. It is important for all

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Nacole Lamoureux

Nacole Lamoureux is a first grade teacher at South Prairie Elementary School in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District. This is her seventh  year teaching. “Having taught three years of kindergarten and three years of third grade, all in the Gilbert School District, this is my first exposure to first graders,”

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Blake Hammond

Blake Hammond believes Merrill Middle School sixth graders really are becoming the young adults we want them to be. Families that are familiar with Merrill Middle School already know about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and its expectations and results. For the families that don’t have a middle school student

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Webster City

Learning the basics

Webster City is part of a consortium of school districts offering junior and senior high students the opportunity to earn dual credit for course study in multiple disciplines. Providing students with classes that will focus on a career path, the dual credit will apply toward their high school graduation requirements

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