First Day of Student Attendance, Wednesday, August 23rd

We have received our occupancy permits and all schools will be open for learning on Wednesday, August 23rd.  We will dismiss one hour early on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.  We are grateful for your patience, support and flexibility as we work together to make this a fantastic year for all of our students!

 

Talking to your children about the current scary things out there…

After 32 years as a public educator, I never thought that I would be writing a note about clowns scaring people, but I also never thought 32 years ago about being able to type something that thousands of people could read on a computer, or make a phone call that went out to thousands of people at once.

This epidemic of the scariness of the clowns via the news media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. is an issue that the school district takes seriously, primarily because it is impacting the ability of children to focus and learn, which is our core mission here at school.

You can help us by being sensitive to your children’s concerns and assuring them, as you can, that you do all you can to keep them safe at home and that the school district does all it can to keep them safe when they are with us.¬† Much of these news stories have undocumented rumors and innuendo, and we know that there have been Internet threats made via posts by a Clowny Bobby or under other pseudonyms, in fact, just up the road in Prophetstown.

But please know this– should someone come onto any of our school grounds, dressed in a manner to scare children or adults, or try any type of communication that is threatening, intimidating, or intended to frighten or harm children or adults– we will file whatever formal complaint is necessary to move charges to be filed.¬† Mr. Haugse and I often talk about how we sometimes hear adults tell us, “They were just students playing a prank.”¬† Too often these so called pranks are actually vandalism, or in the cases of these clown incidents, blatant intimidation and harassment.

So for those of you with younger students, please talk to your children and reassure them that many adults are vigilant in trying to keep them safe from harm.¬† And if you have older children, who have access to social media, this is a great time to let them know to exercise good judgment– encouraging this “clownish” behavior or inviting clowns onto our campus will result in consequences for those students inciting such nonsense.

We all want this Homecoming Weekend to be a memorable one for our students and the many alumni who will be returning to our school community.  May we quickly return to a focus of a mission to Teach-Learn-Care; and comforting frightened students at this time fits right into that mission.  We appreciate your engagement with this at home, and we will do our best to do right by your children at our schools.

Should you see or hear any issues of concern, please contact your school office or call the Central Office at (309)-945-0450.

Scott Kuffel, Superintendent

At the last School Board Meeting….

The Board of Education:

reviewed the A-3 Team Charter,
heard a quick update of Technology Progress in the District, particularly the work of the K-5 Technology Coaches,
approved a number of individuals for employment, including Tim Gronski to serve as Director of Support Services in 2013-14 (replacement for Jack Schlindwein),
approved a District Communications Plan,
approved a SNAP Fitness Corporate Membership for employees to access a discount,
accepted a bid for unleaded fuel from River Valley Cooperative for $2.99/gallon for a 12-month contract,
approved a base bid of $78,833 and alternate bid of $9,133 for external doors and framework replacement at Northside, Southwest and GHS (with East Moline Glass),
approved a Health/Life Safety Amendment to replace plastic bleacher seats at GHS,
is considering establishing Graduation Dates for 2014 and 2015 to coincide with current practice (Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend),
heard conversation surrounding safety procedures at each school, including the ALICE procedures (upcoming February Parent meetings).

The next meeting will be February 14, 2013 at 7 pm in the District Office.schoolboardimage

Let’s Take Precautions Against the Flu

Local media has alerted all of us to the possibilities of a flu epidemic.¬† Several area schools have been hit very hard, even to the point of considering closing their schools.¬† The Center for Disease Control website has many sections of helpful information for the flu.¬† This site is specifically designed to be useful to parents.¬† We encourage you to be mindful of the impact of sending your child to school ill during this time of year.¬† We’re grateful to the fantastic work our school nurses and they are also a great resource to you in case you have questions.