Posted July 29, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

Educators as Learners

We are fortunate to have some superb partnerships with businesses and organizations in our community.  One of these partnerships is with Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BI). BI has realized that as the business landscape changes in Iowa, the nation and across the world, our workforce must also grow and adapt to

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Posted July 23, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Coaching future leaders

Being a leader is like any other skill — it takes time, work and practice to develop. At South Middle School in Waukee, seventh and eighth grade students have the chance to hone their leadership skills through three different groups: Ambassadors, PBIS Ambassadors and Advisory Captains. Lauren Crawford and Andrea

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Posted July 23, 2014in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Jen Rafdal

Jen Rafdal is a true gem to the third grade students at Four Mile Elementary. “I love being around the kids and their contagious energy,” she says. “They bring happiness to my life.” When she was growing up in Des Moines, Rafdal loved to play school, either with dolls or

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Posted July 23, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Peg Conlon

Peg Conlon has been a well-loved teacher of anatomy and physiology at Dowling for 14 years. Prior to joining the high school, she taught middle school science for 19 years and later technology at Holy Trinity. She has had fun reconnecting with her middle school students as they pass into

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Posted July 23, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Eric VerHelst

It takes more than players and coaches to make for a great afternoon at the ballpark. It takes some cheering voices in the crowd, someone hawking the popcorn and peanuts and a voice to ring out over the loud speaker and bring everyone together. For nearly two decades in Boone,

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Posted July 23, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured, Featured Story

Meet Beth Jones

Since graduating with a degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa, Beth Jones has taught at a variety of locations across the United States. But it wasn’t until the year 2001 that she accepted a position with the Southeast Polk School District, ultimately making her way back

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Posted July 23, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Maury Rubble

Maury Ruble has a dual role for the Bondurant-Farrar School District — he is the associate principal for the high school as well as the activities director. He has been in this position for four years. Ruble, originally from Iowa, moved to Arizona after he graduated from Iowa State University

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Posted July 22, 2014in Community Blogs, Norwalk

Welcome Back!

We are ready to embark on the 2014-15 school year.  Last year was a great year.  Academically, Iowa and Norwalk have three over-riding goals; 3rd grade reading readiness, workplace readiness and college readiness. Here is an update on our progress toward those three goals: 3rd Grade Readiness: This year 90%

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Posted July 22, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

Building Literacy Every Day

Strong reading skills are the foundation from which all other learning occurs.  Because of this we must focus our resources on ensuring our young students are proficient readers.  The One World Literacy Foundation has found that 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will

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Posted July 16, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Angie Benshoof

The end of the year routine is second nature to Angie Benshoof and her students. Last May, Benshoof, a Winterset native, completed her sixth year as a second grade teacher for Winterset Elementary School. “My mom was an associate, and my dad, even though he went into the family business,

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