The Transportation Department is again offering in-town bussing for our students. Students must have a bus pass from their school to ride the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege. This privilege can be lost if the student does not have a pass or if the rider does not follow the rules. It is important that each student have a pass. These passes must be carried with them at all times and should be shown to the driver whenever asked.
The bus rules are posted in each bus. Please let your student know how important it is to follow these rules. Distracting the driver can be very serious. If the driver needs to watch the students, he is not watching the road. Some of these rules to follow are:
Remain seated while bus is in motion.
There may be additional requests made by the bus driver that all students will be expected to follow for overall safety.
Let’s all do the best we can to provide the students a safe ride to and from school this year.
The Le Mars Community activities code of conduct meetings for all Le Mars Community high school students entering grades nine through twelve (9-12) who plan to participate in any extra-curricular activities for the 2016-2017 school year to be determined
These meetings will be held in the little theater auditorium in the High School and will last approximately 30 minutes. Students and parents may attend any meeting.
Designer Choice student projects
From District Newsletter
Open Enrollment Notification Parents/guardians are hereby given notice of the following deadlines pertaining to Open Enrollment opportunities:
March 1, 2016 – Last date for Open Enrollment requests for the 2016-2017 school year.
Parents of children who will begin kindergarten in 2016-2017 must file for
Open Enrollment no later than September 1, 2016. Open enrollment students whose family income meets eligibility requirements are eligible for transportation assistance. Assistance may be in the form of actual transportation being provided or a stipend paid to parents/guardians.
Parents should be aware that Open Enrollment may result in loss of athletic eligibility. Questions should be directed to the: Superintendent’s Office, 940 Lincoln St SW, LeMars, IA 51031 712-546-4155
Coach’s Corner Feature Teacher:
Señora Gale Horan
Welcome to the Instructional Coach's Corner. Our names are Jill Brown, Cliff Collins, and Tracy Wingert. We are the Instructional Coaches for grades 6-12. Every month we will be introducing you to one of the wonderful teachers from the middle school or high school. This month we would like you to meet Gale Horan.
Described as genuine, caring, and kind-hearted, it is obvious that Señora Horan is well liked by her students. Her enthusiastic smile and love of students make her class an enjoyable and safe place to be. Although she says it in Spanish, it is understandable that her personal teaching motto is, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
“Señora Horan is a very kind teacher. She always answers any questions we have and I will miss every Viernes (Friday) without her when I graduate.” – Cody Nelson
“Señora Horan is like a breath of fresh air. She makes Spanish seem stress free and does her best to do so. She has the voice of a singing bird.” – Anonymous
Both Señora and her students state that one of their favorite activities in Spanish is the acting out of Don Quijote. Senora Horan says that it is always a great experience to see her students get into Spanish literature. Interestingly, she prepared for the new school year by watching Spanish telenovelas to improve her own comprehension skills.
After teaching in the district for 35 years, Señora Horan is still enthusiastic about her work. She currently teaches Spanish 3 and Spanish 4, but began teaching in LeMars Community High School part-time as a Spanish 1-4 teacher. She mixes up activities, incorporating music, literature, and discussion into her lessons. This will be her last year in the high school as she is retiring at the end of the year.
“Señora is one of the greatest teachers to ever come through LeMars. She is great at getting kids to participate in class and enjoy what they learn. It is also awesome when she acts out Don Quijote .” – Anonymous
“Señora Horan has always been willing to help students learn to the best of their ability. She helps them to understand a lesson in a way that makes sense to them. Whether it’s something that rhymes or is silly.” – Kaitlyn Danielson
Señora Horan explains that one of the greatest misconceptions about teachers is, “… a teacher who works the students hard does not care about the students. I like to help students to maximize their potential BECAUSE I care about them.” This attitude has made her students respect and admire her teaching.
When she is not at school, Señora Horan enjoys walking and reading. She describes herself as a movie buff. While her husband, Mark, does not speak Spanish, her daughter, Jennifer, is a Spanish teacher and her daughter, Amy, understands Spanish but does not speak it often.
“Señora always tries to make class a good time. She is always smiling and never have I heard her get mad (all 4 years I’ve known her). She has a big heart and really cares about her students and their education. Students that don’t get to have her as a teacher are very unfortunate.” – Anonymous
“Mrs. Horan always has a smile on her face and makes the classroom an enjoyable place to be. I will definitely miss her next year.” – Anonymous
Thank you, Señora Horan for the positive influence you have had on the students of LeMars.
Up Coming Events ( Dr Iverson's Friday Focus)
HS Principal’s Corner
We are now two weeks into the fourth quarter! Where has this school year gone? We had an exciting end to the third quarter. The boys’ bowling team qualified for the state tournament and brought home the second place trophy. Matthew Hystad finished third and Noah Holder and Kyle Zenk tied for tenth. The girls’ team finished in third place with Abby Whiddon finishing in eighth place. Congratulations to all the members of both bowling teams and to coach Barry Borchers and his assistants on a great season. The teams were fun to watch this year!
Our first year robotics team, under the guidance of Doug Martin, Tracy Wingert, and Lori Carter qualified for the state competition and finished in 19th place. They didn’t qualify for the regional tournament but they were asked to be ambassadors to show off their robot and to give tours from Rockwell Collins. This is an extremely high honor for the team and will allow our kids to network with executives in this field.
Congratulations to the 11 students from our IE Speech team named to the All-State team. They are Shannon Robins, Spontaneous Speaking & Public Address; Max Hardyk, Prose; Cole Berkenpas, After Dinner & Prose; Charlie Ellis, Original Oratory & Storytelling; Caitlyn Niehus, Original Oratory; Caden Washburn, Improv; Jeff Ahlers, Spontaneous Speaking; Maria Renken, After Dinner; Madelyn Johnson, After Dinner; Diana Loutsch, Review; and Megan Connor, Solo Musical Theater.
On April 12-14 we will be giving the Iowa Assessments to grades 9-11. Seniors do not need to attend during the testing hour. They do need to be in school at the other times. These tests are important to see how our students have progressed in Math, Science, and English. The tests are also used to determine student eligibility in taking college transfer courses the next school year. Iowa Code says students must be proficient in the latest Iowa Assessments in order to take our concurrent English, history, science, and math classes. It also determines if a senior is eligible for open study halls.
The high school will follow a different class schedule on these days. The school day will start at the normal time, but seniors and exchange students will be dismissed at 9:38 a.m. They will need to be back in class at 10:42 a.m. Iowa Assessments are required for all students 9-11, so please try to avoid appointments during these times. Please encourage students to do their best on these tests. A good breakfast and lots of rest also help the students to be at the top of their game. Thank you for your help in this as we continue to work together for your child’s educational future.
Graduation is right around the corner. The following dates are for senior parents to remember. The last day of regular class will be on May 16. Senior semester tests will be on May 17 & 18. The senior awards night will be on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. Graduation rehearsal and senior breakfast will be on May 19 starting at 9:00 am.
As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s progress in school, please contact teachers to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns. We want all our students to succeed.
Have a great April!
Assistant Principal's CornerCongratulations to our newly elected representatives for student council. If you see these students tell them congratulations! We had a great turn out for voting and a number of eligible candidates in our election this year. In total with our carried over representatives from this year, we will have 42 representatives for our council in 2016-2017! Our newly elected members are:
Freshman: Kara Albrecht, Eric Spieler, Maddi Pippett, Kenny Ung, Chloe Calhoun, Tate Westhoff, Emily Carlson, Alex Collins, and Anthony Lamoreux
Sophomores: Joey DeBoer, Haleigh Allyn, Kiara Chesteen, Christian Koch, Kristen Heimgartner, Emily Koonce, Tylon Chapman, and Annie Ellis
Juniors: Gretchen Adams, Elizabeth Ihrke, Halie Schwartz, Luke Sudtelgte, Trevor Renken, Ote Albrecht, Caden Washburn, Allaina Kessenich, Maddy Mahan, JT Engebretson, Katie McAllister, and Grace Milbrodt
Seniors: Sydney Rand, Emily VanOtterloo, Makena Masuen, Madison Parker, Cole Berkenpas, Walker Raymond, Bryce Frentress, Kelli Susemihl, Krista Zenk, Trent Hilbrands, Jeff Ahlers, and Gretchen Dodge.
Next years class officers were also nominated for next year and they include the following:
Freshman: Maddie Pippett (President), Anthony Lamoreux (Vice President), and Chloe Calhoun (Sec/Treasurer)
Sophomores: Joey DeBoer (President), Christian Koch (Vice President), and Tylon Chapman (Sec/Treasurer)
Juniors: Katie McAllister (President), Trevor Renken (Vice President), and Caden Washburn (Sec/Treasurer)
Seniors: Sydney Rand (President), Kelli Susemihl (Vice President), and Jeff Ahlers (Sec/Treasurer)
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project LEEP
Thanks for another Successful Middle School year!!
See you in the fall.
Next Moped Safety Class September 10th
Moped Safety classes will be held for students in the LeMars area at the LeMars Middle School in room C15 (Mr. Dalton's room) September 10thfrom 8:00 to 2:15. Iowans 14 and 15 years of age are required by law to take this 6 hour education course before receiving a license to operate a moped on public highways. Minimum age for this course is 13 1/2. Students wishing to take this class should see Mr Dalton for forms before Saturday’s class. Parents of students outside of LeMars Community School can email Mr. Dalton the information below to email@example.com. Cost is $35 per student.
Directions to classroom/Info
Head east on 12th street to the High school football field, turn left and go 1 1/2 block north and turn left at parking lot north of the gym and drive behind the school. Park between the Weight room and the back of the middle school. Go through the "J" entrance door of middle school. Room C15 is the first door to your right after you walk thru the "J" entrance door. Class starts at 8:00am and should be done around 2:00 pm. Please bring a sack lunch.
Gehlen and students outside of LeMars Community Schools
Gehlen and other students outside of LeMars please email firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________
Students Cell Phone:____________________________
Early Head Start
A FREE Family Resource Program
Early Head Start is a FREE family resource program for qualifying pregnant mothers and children under the age of three. Early Head Start has home based visits made four times a month to support and share with parents the development of their child. Qualifying two year olds may also attend a center based program in Sioux Center or LeMars.
If you are interest in learning more about the Early Head Start program, please call 1-800-859-2025 for more information.
Free Preschool for your Qualifying Child!
Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Head Start offers education activities, health resources, nutritious meals and family support.
Mid-Sioux Head Start centers are located in Akron, Cherokee, LeMars, Orange City, Rock Valley, Rock Rapids and Sioux Center. A child Development Program (CDC) is also located in Hawarden. Transportation is provided in most areas.
Your child will leave Head Start more prepared for Kindergarten, excited about learning, and ready to succeed!
Give your child a Head Start in life.
For more information call: 1-800-859-2025
8:30 to 9:40 test for 1
8:30 to 9:40 test for 3
Congratulations Class of 2016
State speech results
We had another super day State Speech competition on Saturday, Feb. 6 as our groups produced 15 I ratings and 8 II's. Additionally, we found out Monday that 5 groups (highlighted below) were selected for All-State in Ames on Feb. 20: Ensemble Acting "Soap Opera" (non-performing), Short Film "Second Chance" (non-performing), Varsity Readers Theatre "Three Fractured Pigs" (performing), and Radio Broadcasting "KTEC" (performing). "Performing" means that the students will actually get to display their talents in a performance in Ames, while "non-performing" students are recognized as All-Staters but do not perform because of time constraints.
Readers Theatre (Varsity) "Three Fractured Pigs"
Readers Theatre (Freshman) "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories"
Choral Reading "How Jenny Became a Pirate"
Ensemble Acting "Soap Opera"
Ensemble Acting "Libby Pearce Drinks"
Ensemble Acting "Condensed Theatre Classics Presents: Lives in the Wind"
Group Mime "Temptations"
Radio Broadcasting (Varsity) KYUM
Radio Broadcasting (Varsity) KTEC
Radio Broadcasting (Freshman) KPET
TV News "Channel 7 News"
Short Film (Varsity) "A Second Chance"
Musical Theatre "Heathers"
Group Improv (Varsity)
Group Improv (Varsity)
Groups that received II ratings:
One Act "The Ever After"
Musical Theatre "Mamma Mia"
Short Film (Varsity) "Game Show"
Short Film (Freshman) "Parallel Parking Do's and Don'ts"
Group Mime "The Struggles of Sisterhood"
TV News "DISNEws"
Group Improv (Varsity)
Group Improv (Freshman)
Congratulations Sponsors: Erin, Sherri, Jodi, and Shawn
(High School Softball) LE MARS — Le Mars opened post season play with an 11-4 win over Spencer Thursday night to advance to Saturday’s semifinals against No. 13 Bishop Heelan. After splitting their two regular season games with Spencer, both being decided in the seventh inning, Le Mars ended the drama early in Thursday’s game, scoring ten runs in a 16-batter second inning. Brook Berkenpas scattered seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts for Le Mars to improve to 10-and-14 in the pitching circle. Le Mars improves to 13-and-19 heading into Saturday’s match-up with 24-and-10 Bishop Heelan at 7 p.m. at the Bulldog Complex. The game will be carried on KLEM starting at 6:50.
(High School Baseball) Western Christian 1, Gehlen Catholic (14-12) 0 (#8-3A)Sergeant Bluff-Luton 10, Le Mars (15-17) 1\
Congratulations State Team Runner Up (Dylan, Kyle, Thomas, Jake,Austin, Alex,Zach)
Tennis GIRLS 1A STATE SINGLES & DOUBLES TOURNAMENT at Des Moines SINGLES Le Mars' Danielle Martin lost her first round match 4-6 , 7-5 , 0-6. In the consolation bracket, Martin won 6-4, 6-4 and then was eliminated with a 1-6, 0-6 loss. Le Mars' Elizabeth Ihrke lost her first round match 4-6, 4-6 and then was eliminated with a 2-6, 4-6 loss in her first consolation match.
Girls softball went ten innings Estherville/Lincoln Central 9, Le Mars (3-6/1-1) 7
Baseball went six innings Estherville/Lincoln Central 8, Le Mars (2-6/0-2)
GIRLS REGIONALS (G) 4A Regional finals at Carroll FINAL TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Creston (349) .. 2. Spencer (379) (both advance to the 4A State meet) .. 3. Harlan (384) .. 4. Lewis Central (415) .. 5. Carroll (417) .. 6. Denison-Schleswig (419) .. 7. Le Mars (428) .. 8. Greene County (437) .. 9. Storm Lake (446) .. 10. Glenwood (479). (Sergeant Bluff-Luton had only three golfers and Bishop Heelan withdrew)
Golf (B) 3A Sectional meet at Spencer, TEAM STANDINGS: 1T. Estherville/Lincoln Central and M-O-C/ Floyd Valley (327) (E-L-C won the Sectional title on criteria but both advance to the Districts next week) .. 3. Spencer (343) .. 4. Storm Lake (345) .. 5T. Algona & Denison-Schleswig (361) .. 7. Le Mars (369) .. 8. Spirit Lake (370).
Track (G/B) Lakes Conference meet at Le Mars LE MARS -- Le Mars won the final event of the night, the 4X400 relay, to hold off Spirit Lake Park for the boys team title, 144-136, at the Lakes Conference Track & Field meet at Jim Lorenzen Stadium Thursday night.
The Le Mars girls finished second behind Spencer, 137-126, in the Lakes Conference girls meet. GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Spencer (137) .. 2. Le Mars (126) .. 3. Western Christian (101) .. 4. Spirit Lake (73) .. 5. Cherokee (61) .. 6(tie). Emmetsburg & Storm Lake (29) .. 8. Estherville/Lincoln Central (20). (G/B) Panther Relays at Kingsley (girls results)
TEAM STANDINGS: not available at this time GOLF (B) Emmetsburg 164 .. Cherokee 166 .. Le Mars 167
Bruce Ludwig Bulldog Highlights
Dr Wendt Superintendent
I want to offer my congratulations to Tracy Wingert on being named Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Teach of the Year in Le Mars Community School District in 2016. Mr. Wingert has been a teacher in the school district since the 2006-07 school year. Members of the Foundation Board and the school administration, along with his family and those nominating him, suprised Mr. Wingert with the announcement at the high school on April 15, 2016. Mr. Wingert was honored at the annual Le Mars Community School District Foundation Banquet held on April 27,2016. The Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Award is co-sponsored by the Le Mars Community Schools Foundation and the LCHS Alumni Association. Both the Foundation and the Alumni Association are outstanding supporters of the Le Mars Community School District.
Recently, Mr. Wingert in his role as Technology Instructional Coach received information from another technology instructional coach in the area that both of us think may be of interest to parents. Have you ever wanted a resource that provides information to you about all the apps available to your child? Have you ever wanted a resource that provides information to you as a parent about how to talk to your child about social media safety? You need to check out a site called the Safe, Smart & Social website. Follow this link https://safesmartsocial.com/app-guide-parents-teachers/ to get a list of common apps with information about the app and a safety rating. This website has a great deal of other information you can access by clicking on the buttons on the top of the page and is recommended by law enforcement as a resource.
Students in some of our career and technical programs recently competed in skills competitions against students from other schools. The following students competed and earned recognition at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Skills Contest in early April:
Congratulations to these students and their teachers Mr. Dalton and Mr. Wichers.
May 2nd through the 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country. We are blessed in the LeMars Community School District to have so many teachers who are committed to working with our students' day in and day out o help prepare them for the challenges their futures will present. I want all of our teachers to know that I sincerely appreciate all their efforts to help our students be success full this past year. The Board of Education is also very proud of our teaching staff and the opportunities they provide to our students. Please take the time during this week to let your child's teacher know that you appreciate his/her efforts.
This is the last issue of the newsletter for the 2015-16 school year. It is hard to believe that May is already here and the school year is winding down. While many great things have been accomplished up the this point in the year by our students, there are still many opportunities for success left over the next month or two. Spring sport seasons for track, tennis, and golf are well underway. Prom, Senior Awards Night, and Commencement are all quickly approaching. Baseball and softball games will start at the end of May. As we look forward to the end of the school year, please help your student stay focused. Lets all finish the year strong and on a positive note. Have a great summer!
© Le Mars Community Schools 2016