LeMars Community School District is a 3A school located in NW Iowa
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School Fees ANNOUNCEMENTS
ANNUAL BOOK FEES:
Grades PK -12.....................................$35
7 & 8 Bands ............ $15/yr.
Art (9-12) ................. $10/class
9-12 Bands ..............$15/yr.
Orchestra (9-12) ........$15/yr.
Vocal Music (9-12) ... $15/yr.
Instrument Rent ........$50/yr.
City bus fees $50/semester or $30/quarter
Trades & Industries ....................... $10/class
HOT LUNCH & BREAKFAST
(Prices subject to change)
Lunch Grades K-12 daily - $2.60
Breakfast Grades K-12 daily - $1.75
Milk Grades K- 2 - $40/semester; $70/yr. Milk/Snack Grade PK - $55/semester; $100/yr
PUPIL INSURANCE (Optional):
Grades PK-8.................$50/yr. Grades 9-12................$75/yr. Double Option & 24 hr. Ins. available
ACTIVITY TICKETS (Optional):
Student - $35.00 • Adult - $75.00
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.
No loud talking or profanity.
No fighting or pushing. Always keep your hands to yourself.
No throwing objects in or out of the bus.
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.
|Athletic Booster Club
Music Booster Club
A.B.S. Athletic Booster Stuff
. Get out and watch these awesome athletes!. We are so excited for the new concession area to open at the football field! We are in need of a new Vice President for next year, please consider joining us. If you have paid your business or family membership you are considered a voting member; come join us at our monthly meetings. Don’t let would have, could have, and should have be part of your vocabulary. Join us at our next meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in the high school lunchroom. “Go Bulldogs”
Karen Carlsen – President – 712-540-2891
???????? – Vice President
Terri Martin – Treasurer
Brenda Phelan - Secretary
From October Newsletter
L.E.E.P. and the 4th Annual MENuMASTERS
The members of L.E.E.P. would like to thank the many people who made our 4th Annual MENuMASTERS event another success. With the generous support of our major sponsors, chefs, and in-kind donations, volunteers were able to raise over $36,000. Most of all THANK YOU to the tickets holders who attended the event, voted, and had a fantastic fun-filled evening.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following CHEFS who won:
BEST APPETIZER: American Bank with “Makin Bacon”
BEST SIDE: Primebank with “3-PEAt Salad”
BEST MAIN DISH: LeMars Physical Therapy with “Oops, I pulled my Loin”
BEST DESSERT: The Culinary Coaches with “Coaches’ Winning Shots”
BEST THEME: Floyd Valley Hospital with Drs. Geha and Parmelee
The overall trophy winner for MENuMASTERS was won by ICON Ag. with “Pork Round Bales”
MAJOR SPONSORS $1,500 or more:
Hy-Vee of LeMars
Kroese & Kroese P.C.,CPA
Joel & Lorraine DeJong
Groetken Family Eye Care
Gerald & Susan Klemme
Habitue’ Coffeehouse & Bakery/Betty’s Cakes to Remember
Jensen Dealership Kooiker Inc.
Todd & Roma Lancaster
Langel’s Plumbing & Heating
LeMars Insurance Co.
LeMars Physical Therapy
NAI Electrical Contractors
P’s Pizza House
Paul & Deb Parmelee
Larry & Luene Petersen
Todd Popken Family
Red’s Printing Co.
Russell & Donna Schmidt
Shane & Peggy Sitzmann
Mark & Kathy Stelzer
Brett & Deb Susemihl
Total in Akron & LeMars
Total Truck Care, Inc.
Greg & Pam Wells
Yamaha Golf & Equipment
|CHEFS and SPONSORS Micah Lang/Andy Schmidt- American Bank
Rob Bixenman/Matt Susemihl- Bixenman Insurance, Inc.
Judd Kopperud/Gabe Davis/ Benji Kasel
Scott Thoms/Brad Jochum- Jochum Agri- Service Thoms Inc.
Joe Susemihl/Mike Murphy
Edward Jones Albert Aquino/Christian
Andrew Geha/Paul Parmelee- Floyd Valley Hospital
Scott Pageler/Jim Johnson- Hardware Hank Floor Covering
Mark Narkon/Mike Jacobsma
ICON Ag & Turf
Campbell- Campbell’s Electric & Total in Akron & LeMars
Bob Augustine/Scott Ruden LeMars Physical Therapy
Jeff Peters/Graham Forbes Williams & Co.
Jason Vande Brake/Brad Cave- Northwest Bank
Chad Mescher/Leon Penning- Sugar and Spice
Joel Johnson/Todd Pry Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
Tyler Pieper/Tim LaBreche-
Habitue’s Coffeehouse & Bakery and Betty’s Cakes to Remember
Sheriff Jason/Deputy Don-
John MacGregor/Skip Trout- Education Station
Mark Schmidt/Jordan Sitzmann/ Cole Sitzmann- Primebank
Doug Heidebrink/Jay Dunn- Taco Johns
Joe Galles/Jon Milbrodt- Galles Constructions, Inc.
Brian Schultz/Doug Schultz- Willow Creek Golf Course
Cory Isebrand/Bill Magnussen- Ledermans Bonding Company
Kyle Foelske/Keaton Kimble- P’s Pizza House
Keith Koerselman/David Christoffel/ Bruce Manthe- Channel Seeds
Adam Baumgartner/Shane Dreckman Team Shockers
Loren Kuiken/Steve Ohm Motor Inn
Eric Hanno/Darwin Olson McCormack Distributing
Neal Anthony/Kyle Thoms Anthony’s Express Wash
$1,000 or more:
Anthony’s Truck Wash
ECHO Lighting Design Gallery
$500.00 or more
Ahlrich Concrete, Inc.
Beitelspacher Land & Cattle, LLC
BoDean’s Baking Group
DK Tree Removal
Floyd Valley Hospital/ Family Medicine Clinic
Funk Junk Designs
Gus Pech Mfg. Co, Inc. McCormack Distributing, Inc.
Murphy, Collins, Bixenman and McGill P.L.C.
Northwest Bank Property Pros- Linda Mayrose
$250.00 or more
4 Brothers/Bob’s Drive Inn
M. Janice Albert
Craig & Christy Bauerly
Adam & Lynn Baumgartner
Bollin Chiropractic Curt and Renae Buss
Carlsen Funeral Home
|IN-KIND Donations Culligan- Water
Deans Food- Refrigerate Truck
Traci Dreckman- Photographer
Van’s Sanitation- Dumpster
Timmy’s Catering Service- Table
American Bank- Napkins
Thank you to the LeMars Daily Sentinel and KLEM for their support.
A special thank you to co-chairs Lynn Baumgartner & Deb Parmelee for taking on this huge fundraiser.
From December Newsletter
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project December 2015 News
The mission statement that L.E.E.P. has adopted is to enhance the value and meaning of education for our students, families, and communities in the LeMars Community School District. L.E.E.P. members want to express a huge thank you to the continued support that has been extended in fulfilling that mission in the 2015 calendar year. LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project is proud to announce that it has honored $32,358.62, in teacher and staff requests in the calendar months of January 2015-November 2015. These monies include $16,000 given to the school district to purchase two classroom sets of 30 laptop computers. L.E.E.P. members are looking forward to a wonderful 2016.
The newly formed high school Robotics Club students presented their business proposal at the November meeting. The students also demonstrated the robot they built which will be used in competitions. L.E.E.P. members voted to donate $1,500 to the Robotics Club fund to purchase robotic parts and electronics.
Teacher requests honored in the month of November were as follows;
Tami Fisher, MS special education teacher-$256.50 for novels to enhance her classroom library.
Amy Anderson, MS art teachers-$255.00 for a classroom set of Make Do Toolkits.
Kristine Babor, sixth grade Literacy teacher, $100.16 for various titles of the “Who Was”, “Who Is”, and “What Was” series. Also, a request for $23.46 from Mrs. Babor for Demco covering for novels.
L.E.E.P. meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., in LCMS room A-09, enter through door “C”. L.E.E.P. meetings are open to the public. The next regular meeting is Monday, December 7, 2015.
Thank you to all loyal L.E.E.P. supporters and have a very Merry Christmas.
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 2015-2016 school year will be held when Mr Johnson sets up the date and times
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.
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 Larry Johnson, Activities Director, at 546-7028.
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
Congratulations to Cory Isebrand and Steve Wick!
They have been selected to be members of the Iowa HS Officials Hall of Fame in the sport of Basketball.
They will be inducted during halftime of the 3A Championship Game
in March down at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Check out the updated Weight Room
From January Newsletter
High School Principals’ Corner
HS Principals’ Corner Happy New Year to everyone! It is hard to believe we have almost completed a semester of this school year. Just a reminder to everyone that we will have semester exams on January 13 and 14, with a make-up day on the 15th. Students who take their exams on the 13th and 14th will not need to be in school on the 15th. All students have open lunch on these three days. Report cards will be mailed out on the 18th .
As we start second semester, I encourage you to check out your student’s schedule to see what new classes he/she might be taking. Just a reminder about second semester exams, if your child misses fewer than 4 days, 5 or fewer tardies, and has no grade lower than a C-, he/she will be exempt from second semester exams. However, some of our concurrent classes require the semester exams be taken. This requirement comes from Western Iowa Tech and the exam is needed to receive college credit.
Winter is also a time we see a rise in illnesses. If your child is sick, please do not send them to school. We ask that they are fever free, without medicine, for 24 hours. Please refer to the student handbook for the attendance policy in regards to missing multiple days due to illness. It can be found on page 7. If you have questions regarding the attendance policy, please contact Mr. Utesch.
Again, if you have any concerns about your child and their progress in school, please contact the teacher to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns. We want to see all our students succeed. The guidance office will be sending letters to sophomore parents about scheduling a meeting to discuss your child’s high school progress. These meetings are important to further develop our partnership in helping your child succeed and getting them ready for post-secondary education. If the time on the letter is not convenient for you, please contact the guidance office to set up a new time. Have a great January!
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project LEEP
||Request for funds
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October LEEP NEWSFLASH
Need funding for a classroom project?
Request funds from LEEP!
LEEP recognizes the staff at Le Mars Community spend their own money on classroom supplies each year to provide a rich learning experience for their students. It is the purpose of LEEP to help staff financially with expenditures. For more information, go to www.lemarscsd.org
- Click on “forms” located at the right navigation bar
- Click on LEEP Request for Funds
The following requests for funding were approved at the October 6th meeting!
Wendy Weaver for the purchase of Bully Prevention materials- $80.67, Steph Becker, Heather Plathe, Katie Pick, Tanya Schroeder for the purchase of The Amazing Action Alphabet for each classroom-total cost $155.16 and also a math program entitled “Math for Today” for each classroom-total cost $21.52, Lorraine DeJong for the purchase of 15 novels- $61.41, also for the purchase of materials to create foldable notebooks to teacher grammar-$108 ,Kristine Babor for the purchase of classroom novels-$13.63, Tami Fisher for the purchase of a digital clock -$25.80, Jeanne Rust for the purchase of 20 subscriptions to New York Times UpFront magazine@$ 9.98 per yearly subscription-total cost for all her sections-$219.78, Barb Shostak for the of grading stamp -$23.99 also three resources for her classroom -$43.09, Joann Johnson for the purchase of cookie scoops-$74.67, Kellie Vande Weerd for the purchase of teacher resources to teaching math and fluency-$132.02, Carrie Campbell for the purchase of lower level high interest books-$398.04, Kari Schmidt for the purchase of novels for her classroom- $204.70, Amy Hogrefe and Kristine Babor- for the purchase of novels for their classrooms- $126.61, Judd Kooperud and Rhonda Beach for the purchase of 72 novels for their classrooms together-$$816.48, Lorraine DeJong and Kelly Collins for the purchase of 40 copies of Standing Tall and also a teacher resource-$336.21, Rachel Cunningham for the purchase of novels to develop a unit for her psychology class-$197.73, Kyle Gerdes for the purchase of supplies to create interactive notebooks for his biology class-$100, Donna Stevenson for the purchase of reading ribbons as rewards for their reading program in all of the second grades at Kluckhohn-$296.86, Judy Zeka for the purchase of novels-$163.41
**Just a note for the middle school and high school teachers , when you submit your LEEP request on the new Weblink please write in the requisition description “approved by LEEP” in all capital letters.
Thank you for your support of our fundraisers!
A huge thank you to everyone that participated and attended this years Menu Masters dinner!! Again it was a huge success thanks to everyone!!! Total amount raised this year $36,987.00!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!! And as you can see by the requests above, this money helps support many teachers and their programs!!!
Come join us at our next LEEP meeting. We meet the first
Monday of each month in the Middle School (Lorraine DeJong’s room)!
Next meeting is Monday November 2nd at 5:30!! We could use some new
members!!!! We look forward to hearing from you! And, if you have any
questions or concerns regarding LEEP, please contact our officers:
President firstname.lastname@example.org V. President Helana-McDougall email@example.com.
Secretary Lorraine DeJong firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Julie Beitelspacher Julie.email@example.com
Middle School Teacher feature (Mr Zittritsch's)
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. Each month we will be introducing you to wonderful teachers from the middle school and high school. What do marshmallow catapults, exploding volcanos, and the cultivation of tomato plants have in common? They are all things you can find in Mr. Ryan Zittritsch’s 7th grade science classroom. Whether he’s teaching about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion or plate tectonics, Mr. Z gives his students opportunities to engage in hands-on learning activities. For the past seven years, Ryan Zittritsch has taught at LeMars Community Middle School. Mr. Zittritsch studied Exercise and Sport Science and Education at Iowa State University. He realized he wanted to become a teacher during his junior year in college. “I completed my athletic training rotations at Ames High School and knew that working with kids and helping them achieve their dreams was my true passion.” Each day Mr. Zittritsch lives out his personal teaching motto: “Have a great day! Do good and be good.” Described by his students as hardworking, patient, and fun, Mr. Z brings a “kids first” attitude to the classroom daily. Each class period, he can be found greeting students in the hallways as they enter his classroom. One of his top teaching experiences was coaching the science bowl team last year. Although they had no experience with the event, the team placed 6th out of 24 teams. Mr. Zittritsch ensures that all of his students understand the material he teaches. His students note that he excels at helping all students no matter where they are in their learning. One student described class as “magical” because Mr. Z allows them to choose different ways to demonstrate their understanding of key concepts. Along with creating a research paper, students have choice in creating products like model volcanoes or posters. “I’m so encouraged by Mr. Z because he explains things so thoroughly. He makes everything so fun and always says good morning. He always has something good to say to you so you have a good day.” Jaylen Bork “Mr. Z is a well-respected teacher. He is very kind, and he makes his lessons worthwhile, interesting, and fun.” Ali Peters Along with a good pair of shoes and a great stapler, a calm and understanding attitude are things Mr. Zittritsch considers teacher essentials. He also states that having a sense of humor is key when teaching middle school students. It is quite obvious that Mr. Zittritsch makes learning fun for his students. Most students mentioned his sense of humor and his upbeat attitude as things they like most about him. His use of varied instructional activities and his diligence in giving multiple opportunities to learn make his classroom great. “I like Mr. Zittritsch’s classroom because he always teaches me something new every day. He always has an example to go with what he is teaching to make it easier to understand.” Erica Koonce Mr. Zittritsch enjoys spending time with his wife Bridget and sons Asher (2) and Brayson (4). He loves golfing, reading, and cheering on his favorite sports teams the Cyclones, Cubs, and Packers. “Mr. Z’s classroom is one I always look forward to. He is always teaching us cool things and making things easier to understand. When school is tough on a certain day, coming to his class always makes my day fun.” Bailey Goodman
Attention students and staff
This year's homecoming theme is Hollywood
Here are the theme days for homecoming week
Monday - Home Movie Day - wear sweatpants and pajamas to school
Tuesday - Buddy Movie Day - you and a buddy dress at twins
Wednesday - Class Color Carpet Day
8th grade wear black
7th grade wear red
6th grade wear white
Staff wear tie dye or as many colors as you can
Thursday - Horror Movie Day - dress as your favorite horror movie character - you may not bring fake weapons or anything considered a weapon to school
Friday - Spirit Day - wear red and black
Remember that prizes will be awarded to those who dress the best
Next Moped Safety Class March 5th
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 5 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
Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________
Students Cell Phone:____________________________
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
712-274-8733, ext. 1330
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
1st Semester Exam Schedule
8:30 to 9:45 test for Period 1
9:50 to 11:05 test for Period 2
11:05 to 11:50 Lunch
11:55 to 1:10 test for Period 5
1:15 to 2:30 test for Period 6
8:30 to 9:45 test for Period 3
9:50 to 11:05 test for Period 4
11:05 to 11:50 Lunch
11:55 to 1:10 test for Period 7
1:15 to 2:30 test for Period 6
January 15 (Makeup)
8:30 to 9:45 Period 1 and 3 makeup
9:50 to 11:05 Periods 2 and 4 make up
11:05 to 11:50 Lunch
11:55 to 1:10 5 &7 makeup
1:15 to 2:30 6 & 8 makeup
Bruce Ludwig Bulldog Highlights
Dr Wendt Superintendent
Le Mars Community High School participated in the District Large Group Speech contest on January 23, 2016 at East High School in Sioux City. Coaches Erin Ohrlund, ShawnStarr, and Jodi Richey did an excellent job of preparing our students for the contest. At the end of the day-long event, 23 of the 29 entries from Le Mars Community received Division I ratings and will perform at the State Large Group Speech contest hosted by Le Mars Community on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Great job coaches and performers! This will be a huge event in Le Mars with thousands of people in and out of high school and middle school all day long. I encourage you to come and take in some of the performances. A small $3 donation is asked at the door, but I guarantee you will enjoy the event. A full service concession stand will also be available all day long.
The start of second semester brings with it the beginning of the annual scholarship fundraising activity of the Le Mars Community School District Foundation. The Foundations was formed in 1991. Through the gracious contributions form a number of benefactors, the Foundation has awarded over $750,000 in scholarships to date. Last year alone, 52 donors funded 112 scholarships totaling $60,650. A special thank you goes to all who contributed last year. I also want to thank the members of the scholarship committee: Dr. Tom Bjorge, Mr. Jack Guenther, Mr. Red Messerole, mr. Glendon Peterson, Mrs. Kelsey Langel, Mr. Don Lake, Mr. Larry Peterson, Ms. Mary Raynolds, and Mr. Doug Carlsen for their efforts. Mrs. Denise Anthony replaces Mr. Jack Guenther and joins the others on this year's committee. If you are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund of the Foundation, please feel free to contact any of the members of the scholarship committee, or call the central office.
A couple of members of our staff have been recognized for their outstanding work officiating basketball. Mr. Steve Wick, retired teacher at Kluckhohn and current boys' golf coach and Cory Isebrand, current 6th grade teacher at the middle school have been inducted into the Iowa High School Officials Hall of Fame as basketball officials. While they no longer work together, the two were honored with many state tournament game appearances during their time as officiating partners. They both are very well respected not only in the northwest Iowa, but all across the state for their work. Congratulations to Mr. Wick and Mr. Isebrand on this honor.
The district will again be conducting the BrightBytes survey on technology usage in the district. his will be the third year of collecting data through the survey on a variety of technology issues including the level of technology integration in classroom instruction. The survey will be conducted during the month of February starting on February 8, 2016. Students parents, and teachers are asked to complete the survey on-line. Directions for completing the survey appear later in this newsletter. Please help us collect accurate data by completing the survey at your earliest convenience. The results from the survey are one of the pieces of data used by the Board of Education in evaluating progress on the district goal of increasing the level of technology integration in classroom instruction.
Coach’s Corner Feature Teacher: Shawn Starr
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 Shawn Starr.
“Every time the light of understanding flashes in students’ eyes, it is a rewarding and memorable experience. There are few experiences as rewarding as that.” – Shawn Starr Described by his students as down-to-earth, hilarious, and unique, Mr. Shawn Starr is a prime example of a teacher whose engaging personality wins the hearts of students. Mr. Starr has been teaching at LeMars Community High School for the past four years. He currently teaches Freshman English and Junior English. Starr makes learning content a fun experience, and his students note that he has a strong rapport with them establishing quality, trusting relationships.
“He really gets into the subject he is teaching and he uses a lot of emotion to get his point across.” –Anonymous “Mr. Starr is a great person. He can always get the class laughing. He is also very understanding and you can talk to him about anything.” –Brittany Lambert.
Mr. Starr can always get his classes laughing and gives them learning experiences that stick. His positive attitude and new ideas breathe life into the language arts content.
In fact, his personal teaching motto is, “It’s a great day to learn something!” Mr. Starr is constantly seeking out new technology to use in his classroom. He is relentless in his quest to find new ways to collect data and get immediate feedback about student performance. While students are having fun in the classroom, Mr. Starr sets high expectations for his students’ learning targets.
“Mr. Starr is a great teacher and his teaching skills are amazing. He brings humor and fun into his teaching. He has a funny and serious personality but that’s what makes him a unique teacher.” –Anonymous
Mr. Starr was born in Arlington, Texas, but was raised in Little Rock, Iowa and graduated from George-Little Rock High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD with a B.S. in English Education. While teaching, he began a master’s program and graduated from Wayne State College with a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Leadership. Mr. Starr states that there are three things every teacher should own. “A box of tissues to wipe away the tears of joy and sorrow for our students: we celebrate their success and their failures with them.
This can be rewarding, but also heartbreaking. A professional book: In this profession, stagnation is the death of learning. Just because we’ve done something the same way for years, it doesn’t mean it is effective for learning. Keep up on the latest research, but read that research with a critical eye. A full cup of coffee: It takes a lot of our own energy to keep our students engaged and interested. We pour a lot of ourselves into our careers to affect student learning. Sometimes we need a quick recharge.”
In addition to teaching, Mr. Starr works for the LeMars Ambulance Service as an EMT. He works approximately eighteen, twelve hour shifts per month. He is a high school speech coach as well as a member of the board of directors for the Le Mars Community Theatre.
Most importantly, Mr. Starr enjoys spending time with his wife of four years, Sara, and his daughters Kinsley (3) and Rowyn (7 months). “Mr. Starr is detailed and enthusiastic in the work he does. He has a vibrant, up-lifting personality. I enjoy coming to his class because he makes things interesting and not so serious.” –Anonymous
Up Coming Events
Friday, January 15 4:45 pm Girls JV Basketball vs. Emmetsburg
4:45 pm Boys JV Basketball vs. Emmetsburg
6:15 pm Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Emmetsburg
7:45 pm Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Emmetsburg
Saturday, January 16 Robotics Competition @ Hull
Quiz Bowl: KCAU Qualifying Tournament @ Morningside
9:00 am Girls Freshmen Basketball vs. SC East in MS gym
10:00 am Le Mars Wrestling Invite
10:30 am Boys Freshmen Basketball vs. SC East in MS gym
Monday, January 18 NWI Honor Choir @ Dordt
5:00 pm Wrestling @ Storm Lake
6:00 pm Girls Freshmen Basketball @ Western Christian
7:00 pm Music Boosters Meeting
7:30 pm Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Western Christian
Tuesday, January 19 ILCC Jazz Festival
4:45 pm Girls JV Basketball vs. Western Christian
4:45 pm Boys JV Basketball vs. Western Christian
6:15 pm Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Western Christian
7:45 pm Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Western Chrisitan
Wednesday, January 20 1:30 pm Dismissal 2:00 pm In-Service
7:00 pm Athletic Booster Club Meeting
Thursday, January 21 NWI MS/HS Honor Orchestra Festival @ Dordt
4:00 pm Varstiy/JV Bowling @ Haywarden
6:00 pm Varsity/JV Wrestling @ ELC
6:30 pm Girls Freshmen Basketball vs. Storm Lake
7:45 pm Boys Freshmen Basketball vs. Storm Lake
Friday, January 22 4:45 pm Girls JV Basketball vs. Spencer
4:45 pm Boys JV Basketball vs. Spencer
6:15 pm Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Spencer
7:45 pm Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Spencer
Saturday, January 23 8:00 am District Large Group Speech
9:00 am Wrestling @ Sioux City West - Heelan Duels
From November Newsletter
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From Primebank Hotsheets
High School Bowling (girls results) Le Mars (8-0) 2517, OA- BCIG 2129. HIGH SERIES: Lexi Schroeder of Le Mars (375). HIGH GAME: Lexi Schroeder of Le Mars (192). JV results: Le Mars 2107, OA-BCIG 1791. HIGH SERIES: Siarah Augustine of Le Mars (303). HIGH GAME: Caitlynne Peters of Le Mars (162).
(boys results) Le Mars (10-0) 3093, OA-BCIG 2524, West Sioux 2094. HIGH SERIES: Matt Hystad of Le Mars (452). HIGH GAME: Noah Holder of Le Mars (246). JV results: Le Mars 2567, OA-BCIG 1593. HIGH SERIES: Russ Pope of Le Mars (382). HIGH GAME: Russ Pope of Le Mars (215).
LE MARS Basketball-- Bishop Heelan outscored Le Mars 17-2 in the fourth quarter Monday night to erase a 34-32 deficit after three quarters and the Crusaders bettered the Lady Bulldogs 49-36 at the Bulldogs new gym.
High School Wrestling double dual at Estherville Le Mars (11-11/2-4) 58, Estherville/Lincoln Central 23 Bulldog winners: 120#-Robert Morra won by a fall .. 126#-Donny Allaway won by a forfeit .. 132#-Jordan Jensen won by a forfeit .. 138#-Chris Deiterman won by a forfeit .. 145#-Joel McGrew won by a forfeit .. 152#-Myles Kass won by a 12-1 Major Decision .. 182#-Tony Fifita won by a fall .. 195#-Alex Burnett won by a forfeit .. 220#-Travis Theisen won by a forfeit .. 285#-Jesus Diaz won by a fall. Emmetsburg 38, Le Mars (11-12/2-5) 36 Bulldog winners: 106#-Fernando Zetina won by a forfeit .. 113#-Kaden Ostermyer won by a fall .. 152#-Myles Kass won by a 1-0 decision .. 170#-Jared Kessenich won by a 6-1 decision .. 182#-Alex Burnett won by a forfeit .. 195#-Tony Fifita won by a fall .. 285#-Jesus Diaz won by a fall.
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