Posted October 28, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

School Climate Transformation Grant at FDMS

The Fort Dodge Middle School is very fortunate to have been awarded the School Climate Transformation Grant by the Federal Department of Education. The purpose of this grant is to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and

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Posted October 28, 2014in Ames, Community Blogs

Ames High School students team up to win Iowa Climate Prize video award

AMES–There are two things Ames High School students Katelyn Moore and Carly Watson had never done before they won the Iowa Climate Prize video award. They’d never made a video and they’d never made the connection between recent weather events in Iowa and the reality of global climate change. That

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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 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 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 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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