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.
From Mr Ludwig Disrict Newsletter
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 will be held on:
Little Theater and will last approximately 30 minutes. Students and parents may attend any meeting.
The student participant and at least one parent or guardian must attend this meeting before the student can participate in any activity.
Students will not be allowed to participate in any activity until a meeting is attended by both student and parent/guardian. Activities include all sports including cheerleading, band, chorus, speech, orchestra, dance team, all clubs, organizations, and other activity that is considered extra-curricular. These meetings will inform the students and parents of the requirements prior to participation in any of the extra-curricular activities sponsored by the Le Mars Community Schools and cover the Code of Conduct Policy.
If you have any questions about the meetings, please call Neal Utesch, Activities Director, at 546-4153.
Designer Choice student projects
The Elementary PTO is continuing to have a very busy Autumn!
Did you know Box Tops pay for our Field Trips each year? Please remember to clip and return them frequently!
Here is our PTO 2016-2017 Leadership Team. Thank you everyone for all your hard work!
Our PTO meetings are 6:30pm the FIRST Tuesday of each month during the school year, at the Administration Building (940 Lincoln St SW) across from Bomgaars.
Stay up to date on PTO events…Like us on Facebook @ 'LeMars PTO'
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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
2016 Football Cheerleaders (by Aspn'Gold)
Congrats bulldogs on your opening gridiron win against Sioux Center
Pictures by Aspn' Gold
Fall Activities (From Hotsheets)
Lakes Conference meet at Brunsville (girls results) VARSITY TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Spencer (36) .. 2. Le Mars (52) .. 3. Emmetsburg (65) .. 4. Spirit Lake (104) .. 5. Western Christian (108) .. 6. Estherville/Lincoln Central (153) .. 7. Cherokee (216) .. 8. Storm Lake (218). (boys results) VARSITY TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Western Christian (41) .. 2. Spirit Lake (58) .. 3. Storm Lake (84) .. 4. Le Mars (88) .. 5. Estherville/Lincoln Central (130) .. 6. Spencer (144) .. 7. Cherokee (171) .. 8. Emmetsburg (203).
(volleyball) triangular at Le Mars Le Mars (16-12) def.Sioux City North 25-15, 25-9. Le Mars (17-12) def. South Sioux City 25-11, 27-25.
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.
Students as Leaders
Congrats to the Big Red Band as they received Division 1 ratings at the State contest. They also went on to win 3rd place in 3A and received the Sportsmanship Award for 3A at the Dutchman Field Championship in Orange City on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Congrats to the Girl's Cross Country team for their 2nd place in the conference meet on Tuesday! Chloe Calhoun, Kara Albrecht, and Maddie Hurt finished in the top 10 to earn all Lakes Conference Honors.
Congrats to Landon Parmalee and Andrew Tonner were also named as Lakes Conference Cross Country.
Good luck to Abraham Cerdea, Josh Delutri, Tyler Holzman, Riley Kluver, Deven Paulsen, Jason Stoll, and Tyson Weiler at the DMAAC Skill Competition.
Dog Pounds Newsletter
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project LEEP
From District Newsletter (Mr Bruce Ludwigs)
We are going to have a great 2016-17 school year at LCMS! We'd like to welcome a new class of 6th graders as well as all the new 7th and 8th grade students coming to Le Mars MS for the first time. We are here to help with all transition questions.
Our main office phone number is 546-7022.
Here are the big events at the MS in August
Monday, August 8 Registration in the MS Commons 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 9 Registration in the MS Commons 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, August 22 6th Grade Orientation (Parents & Students) MS Auditorium 6:30-7:30 pm 7th-8th Grade Orientation (Parents & Students) MS Auditorium 7:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, August 24 Open House to fill lockers/tour classrooms (Students & Parents optional) 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursday, August 25 1st Day of School. 6th graders 8:25 am, 7-8th Graders 8:30 am
Mr. Shanks, Principal
Next Moped Safety Class March 4
Moped Safety classes will be held for students in the LeMars area at the LeMars Middle School in room C15 (Mr. Dalton's room) March 4th from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com the following information:
Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________
Students Cell Phone:____________________________
Annual and Continuous Nondiscrimination Notice
The Le Mars Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following service areas:
It is the policy of the Le Mars Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Dr. Steve Webner, Assistant Superintendent, 940 Lincoln St. SW, Le Mars, IA,, (712) 546-4155, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Check out the course description booklet and the High School Schedule request form. Please print and fill out schedule request form and return to the Counselors|
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Alumni & Friends scholarship whereby a WITCC alum can nominate a student for consideration of a $500 scholarship. Here is the link to that nomination form: https://www.witcc.edu/alumni/scholarship_nomination.cfm. This scholarship is for new students attending WITCC.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me.
Carolyn Ellwanger, Executive Director
Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation
4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106
LCSD Foundations Scholarships
LCSD Foundatoin Scholarship application materials will be available on February 15, 2016 on th district website.
You can access the website by going to:
Application deadline is Friday, April 8th
8:30 to 9:40 test for 1
9:45 to 10:55 test for 2
10:55 to 11:45 Lunch
11:50 to 1:00 test for 5
1:05 to 2:15 test for 6
2:20 to 3:30 test for 7
8:30 to 9:40 test for 3
9:45 to 10:55 test for 4
10:55 to 11:50 Lunch
11:55 to 1:05 test for 8
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.
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Congratulations Sponsors: Erin, Sherri, Jodi, and Shawn
Dr Wendt Superintendent
From Newsletter Bruce Ludwig Bulldog Highlights
The new school year is well underway, and we are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter on Friday, October 28. As you make education a priority in your home and encourage your student to do his/her best every day, you may wish to communicate with your student’s teachers regarding progress. You can do this by calling the school or sending an e-mail. E-mail addresses of all Le Mars Community staff are located on the district website at www.lemars.k12.ia.us.
Another opportunity to learn about your student’s progress is to attend the upcoming parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences for high school and middle school students are scheduled for Monday, October 3, and Thursday, October 6, from 5:00-8:30 p.m. The high school and middle school conferences are being offered earlier to provide parents an opportunity to visit with teachers about each of their student’s successes and suggestions for improvement prior to the end of the first quarter. Please note that the elementary schools will continue to hold their parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, November 3 and Monday, November 7.
Establishing goals is key to the success of any individual or organization. At their September 26, 2016 meeting, the Le Mars Community School Board of Education approved the following district goals for the 2016-17 school year:
By spring 2017, grade spans 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 will increase the percent proficient in math, reading, and science to meet or exceed the previous 3-year average on Iowa Assessments.
Monitor the implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum in the Le Mars Community School District.
Complete the implementation of the technology integration plan approved August, 2014.
The technology integration plan referenced in the goals above has dramatically increased the number of devices available for student use in classrooms the past two years. I use the term devices as purchases have included IPads, heart monitoring equipment, science probes, and laptops. During the past two years, teachers have submitted applications for funding that detail how the devices will be used in classroom instruction. Applications were evaluated by a committee with the superintendent making the final decision on funding.
For the 2015-16 school year, 26 of 41 applications submitted by teachers for classroom sets of devices were funded through district funds and a contribution from L.E.E.P. For this school year, 29 of 41 applications submitted by teachers were funded through district funds and a contribution of $18,200 from L.E.E.P. The contributions made the last two years by L.E.E.P. have allowed us to fund six applications that would not have been funded.
L.E.E.P. held their annual “MENuMASTERS” fundraising event in September, chaired by Deb Parmelee and Lynn Baumgartner. What a great event it was again this year. The chefs who donate their food and their time are to be commended for a job well done. The organization raised a record amount of money that goes to supporting the school district. I want to thank the members of L.E.E.P. and the community for this support. There is no doubt that the existence of this organization has provided things for our students and teachers that would not have otherwise been provided.
Click on link below to get classroom supply lists for each school
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From District Newsletter
2016-17 NEW CERTIFIED STAFF
Patti Kruger is joining the district as Principal for Clark and Franklin Elementary schools. Patti, a native of Edgerton, Minnesota, brings to LeMars Community over thirty years of experience in teaching and administration. Most recently, Patti was the associate principal for the Ortega Middle School in Alamosa, Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education/Physical Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Cody Dyhrkopp is joining the staff at Kluckhohn Elementary as a 5th grade teacher. He will also be coaching 7th grade football and 9th grade girls basketball. Cody is a graduate of Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. He was previously employed at Graettinger/Terril Community Schools as a Family Consumer Science teacher and held multiple coaching positions throughout his tenure there.
The new Middle School Science teacher is Lauren Husman, a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science. Lauren completed her student teaching experience at the Ames Middle School.
Jenna Bowmaster joins the district as the new High School Spanish teacher. Jenna attended Morningside College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Teaching. She previously taught Spanish at Remsen St. Mary’s.
Darci Palsma will be teaching 2nd grade at Kluckhohn Elementary and coaching 8th grade volleyball. Darci comes to LeMars Community from Rock Valley Community Schools where she was a Title I Reading Teacher and middle school volleyball coach. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Orange City.
Tyler Phelan, an LCHS alum, will be teaching Elementary Physical Education in addition to coaching high school varsity football and high school girls basketball. Tyler brings to LeMars Community six years of experience teaching P.E. at all grade levels for the Galva-Holstein Community School District and coaching high school football, girls basketball and middle school boys track. In addition, he was the offensive line coach for Northwestern College’s football program for two seasons. Tyler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa.
After student teaching at LeMars Community, David Den Herder is now joining the special education staff as a Special Education teacher at the High School. He is a recent graduate of Dordt College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a Special Education minor. A former captain of Dordt College’s mens basketball team, David will also be coaching the 9th grade boys basketball team.
Joining the Kluckhohn Elementary staff as a 3rd grade teacher is Cari Herbst. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Buena Vista University and has been substitute teaching in the LeMars Community School District. She has prior experience teaching sixth grade and transitional kindergarten at Gehlen Catholic.
An alumnus of LCHS and a former student teacher at Clark Elementary and LCHS, Cassie Jacobsen is returning to the High School as a Special Education teacher. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education and was previously teaching K-1 Special Education for the Vermillion School District.
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