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LeMars Community School District is a 3A school located in NW Iowa

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2014-2015 (August Newsletter -Bruce Ludwig

Classes start Thursday, Aug. 21 - Full Day of School
Monday, Aug. 4 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday, Aug. 5 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
All Elementary - Middle School - High School
Register at Middle School Building

Watch for packets to arrive via US mail the week of July 21.
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.
Percussion Rent.........$35/yr.
City bus fees $50/semester or $30/quarter
Trades & Industries ....................... $10/class
(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
Grades PK-8.................$50/yr. Grades 9-12................$75/yr. Double Option & 24 hr. Ins. available
Student - $35.00 • Adult - $75.00


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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 on:

•Wednesday, August 19, 12:15 pm & 7:00 pm
•Thursday, August 20, 12:15 pm & 7:00 pm

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.


Spring 2015 Designer Choice student projects


Fall Sports (From Primebank Hotsheets pictures from

Asp'ngold Photography)

Cross Country: Spencer Invitational (Nic Peters of Estherville/Lincoln Central won the meet in a time of 17:03.19.) LE MARS VARSITY RESULTS: 11th-Jacob Burrell (18:30.66) .. 18th-Andrew Tonner (18:46.37) .. 24th-Landen Parmalee (18:56.55) .. 35th-Alec Rieken (19:38.72) .. 51st-Kyle Zenk (20:06.07) .. 61st-Glen Clark (20:37.59). (no team scores available).


HS Prinicipal's Corner

We are now two weeks into the fourth quarter! Where has this school year gone? We have had an exciting end to the third quarter. The boys' basketball team qualified for the state tournament and brought home the second place torphy. The team was fun to watch this year! Congratulations to the players and coaches, Dave Irwin, Benji Kasel, and Gabe Davis. Also at the state basketball tournament, Dayton Rand won the Iowa Bankers Scholarship for class 3A; Peter Meis was named to the Academic-All State Team; Tyler Paulson was named to the All-Tournament Team; and Tyler Borchers was named captain of the All-Tournament Team.

Our fans also earned the Sportsmanship Award at the state tournament. I am very proud of how the students handled themselves. We received numerous compliments about how polite and well-behaved our students were throughout the tournament.

Congratulations to the 15 students from our IE Speech team named to the All-State team. They are Jenn Arnold, improv; David Barker, acting; Cole Berkenpas, after dinner speaking; Charlie Ellis, storytelling; Kajsa Hallberg, reviewing; Cody Hatfield, public address; Jocelyn Hernandez, prose; Jayme Kelly, expos; Trevor Kliever, expos; Dominic Loutsch, public address; Caitlyn Niehus, original oratory; Emma Parry, reviewing; Alex Pick, storytelling; and Caden Washburn, radio news and improv.

Congratulations to Kellie Susemihl who qualified for the State National History Day on May 5 in Des Moines.

Congratulations to Casey Vande Hoef who was selected as an alternate to the International Space Settlement contest. Casey was also on the winning team in Houston this year.

On April 14-16 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 help designate senior 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 9:38a.m. They will need to be back in class at 10:42a.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.



Homecoming Parade Form

From Mr Utesch (Assistant Principal)

Hope that everyone had a great summer.  Your student council has been hard at work already to prepare for this year’s homecoming.  The theme this year is “Hollywood”.  Our dress up days for the week of September 14th-18th will be as follows:

Monday: Home Movie Night (Pajamas and Sweats)            

Tuesday: Favorite Movie Character

Wednesday: Class Color Day

        Staff – Mint Green

        Seniors – Black

        Juniors – Dark Purple

        Sophomores – Light Blue

        Freshman – Pink

Thursday: Paparazzi/Tourist Day


Friday: Red and Black Spirit Day



Iowa Core: An Update and Shifts in Literacy

Le Mars Community School teachers continue to progress through their study of the Iowa Core. During our districtwide two-hour early dismissals, one time per month, teachers will begin to identify essential learning for each standard. In other words, determine what students should know, understand, and be able to do in order to demonstrate they have met each Iowa Core standard. There has been much media coverage pertaining to the Iowa Core and whether or not the curriculum is a local decision or dictated by the state or federal government. The Iowa Core is composed of minimum standards of learning for all students in Iowa to strive to achieve. Districts have the ability to teach above and beyond these standards. Classroom teachers still have the authority to determine how best to teach students, when to teach the content throughout the school year, and the resources to utilize in order to help students reach these standards. Simply stated, local school districts have the authority to determine the curriculum in order to meet the Iowa Core standards.

The Iowa Core literacy standards entail not only English language arts (ELA), but also history/social studies, science, and all other subject areas. In order for all students to become literate, all teachers must teach the essential skills of literacy within every content area; relying solely on the ELA teacher to ensure these skills is not best practice. Since reading is a foundational skill for all learning, it is important that all content areas take part in helping students to learn to read and read to learn.

As we study the Iowa Core, there are key areas in which the Iowa Core literacy standards focus. These key areas are not all-inclusive with regard to what students will learn, but they are important factors in helping our children develop strong literacy skills. The following information is based upon Common Core shifts available at

1. Building knowledge through content-area rich non-fiction (informational text). Reasoning: Most of the knowledge we gain in the world comes through reading non-fiction (informational) texts. Increased focus on developing skills to read and apply learning from non-fiction is vital. However, fiction (literary) will continue to be utilized in order to develop a love of reading, develop an appreciation for powerful literary works, and to help with developing reading skills. The information below details the percent of literary (fiction) and informational (nonfiction) texts students will be exposed to during their literacy development at each grade level. You will notice the percent of informational reading increases in the higher grade levels in order to prepare students for college and careers.

Grade Level

2. Reading, writing, and speaking based upon evidence within literary and non-fiction texts. Reasoning: Most college and workplace writing requires evidence. Strong readers and writers are able to locate, cite, and integrate evidence from texts.

3. Regular practice with complex texts. Reasoning: Students who can read and understand difficult texts and vocabulary are more likely to have success in college (ACT study). Students will develop skills to read and understand texts with greater complexity from elementary through high school.

We encourage anyone interested in the Iowa Core to take a look at the following Iowa Core online resources: Iowa Department of Education (, the Common Core State Initiatives website (, or a series of online videos conducted by the developers of the Common Core, which is the basis for the Iowa Core, at Please contact Steve Webner, Assistant Superintendent, with any questions, at (712) 546-4155, or email



LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project LEEP

Newsflash LEEP BY-LAWS Request for funds More info on LEEP

The school year is winding down, so May 4th will be the last L.E.E.P. meeting for this school year. If anyone is thinking about finding out what this organization contributes to the Le Mars Community School district, please join us in LCMS room A-09. L.E.E.P. meetings are open to the public.

Friday, April 10, L.E.E.P. members sponsored a middle school dance for LCMS sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. There were 187 students who attended. Concessions were available and music was provided by former middle school student Cody Heeren, Heeren Sound. Thank you to the LCMS staff who helped supervise and L.E.E.P. members and parents who provided concessions for the event.

L.E.E.P. is agian sponsoring the concessions during the Puppy Relays that will be held on Monday, May 18, and the sixth grade track meet scheduled for Thursday, May 21. Thanks in advance to all who volunteer to provide this service.

L.E.E.P.'s huge fundraiser MENuMASTERS is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015. Watch the newsletter and newspaper for details about sonsorships and ticket sales.

The following teacher requests were reviewed and honored at the April meeting:

Mary Baue - MS Special Education - $35.88 for sensory supplies used with her students.

Third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers - Franklin - $168.36 for football jerseys, footballs, and bases used during recess by the students.

First and second grade teachers - Franklin - $561.35 for each level for a total of $1,122.70, for "Math Reads" math literature books. This is a collection of 25 titles with 5 books for each title.

For more information regarding L.E.E.P. contact the following officers:

Gayle Vonk, president

Helena McDougall, vice president

Lorraine DeJong, secretary

Julie Beitelspacher, treasurer





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Moped Safety Class is switched to September 12th

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 12th 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 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 the following information:

Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________

Address ___________________________

Students Cell Phone:____________________________




Hot Sheets


Presentations from Designer Choice




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
Course Description Booklet Schedule request form.



Iowa 4 H Scholarship
WITCC Scholarship:

 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:  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


girls softball heelan -Heelan softball playoffs

CLASS 3A DISTRICT SEMIFINALS (district 1 / sub-state 1) (at Le Mars) Bishop Heelan (18-23) 7, Le Mars (18-16) 3

Softball (LE MARS) -- What a difference a year made for Lexi Ricke, the sophomore pitcher for Bishop Heelan! Last year as a freshman, Le Mars hit her hard in their 4A Regional semifinal game and sent her to an early exit in a 9-6 Bulldog win. Ricke fired a three-hit shutout with seven strike outs Thursday night in the 4A Regional quarterfinals, allowing just four base runners in a dominant pitching performance that sent the Crusaders to the Regional semifinals with a 3-1 win over Le Mars at the Bulldogs Sports Complex.


Bruce Ludwig)

Dr Wendt Superintendent

I want to offer my congratulations to Kim Rohrs on being named the Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Teacher of the Year in the Le Mars Community School District in 2015. Mrs. Rohrs has been an elementary teacher in the school district since the 1987-88 school year. Members of the Foundation Board and the school administration, along with her family and the family that nominated her, surprised Mrs. Rohrs at Kluckhohn on April 15, 2015 with the announcement. Mrs. Rohrs was honored at the annual Le Mars Community School District Foundations Banquet held on April 29, 2015. 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.

Students in some of our career and technical programs recently competed in skills cometitions against students from other schools in Iowa and Nebraska. The following students competed and earned recognition at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Skills Contest in early April:

  • Dylan Taylor, 1st place Auto Tech
  • Trevor Kliever, 1st place Mechanical Drawing
  • Jonathon LaBreche, 1st place 3D Mechanical CAD

The following students competed and earned recognition at the Wayne State College Industrial Technology Tech Competition also in early April:

  • Glenn Clark, 1st Place in Architectural Drawing
  • Jonathan LaBreche, 2nd Place in Architectural Drawing
  • Cody Sherlock, 3rd Place in Architectural Drawing
  • Jonathan LaBreche, 2nd Place in Mechanical CAD
  • Nate Kessenich, 3rd Place in Mechanical CAD
  • Kyle Marek, 1st Place in Web Page Design
  • Kyle Williams, 3rd Place in Web Page Design

Congratulations to these students and their teachers Mr. Dalton, Mr. Fischer, and Mr. Wichers.

Mr. Oetken took a group of FFA students to the State FFA Conference in April. Lane Marienau represented NW Iowa for the prestigious 4 Star Award. Keaton Koerselman was a finalist for the Rising Star Award representing NW Iowa. Jocob Holck was awarded Silver in Ag Broadcasting. Congratulations to these students and Mr. Oetken on these accomplishments.

May 4th through the 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country. We are blessed in the Le Mars Community School District to have so many teachers who are committed to working with our students day in and day out to 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 successful 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 2014-15 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 to this point in the year by our students, there are still many opportunities for success left over the next month or two. Spring sport season 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. Let's all finish the year strong and on a positive note. Have a great summer!



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Tennis 1A GIRLS STATE SINGLES & DOUBLES AT ANKENY Le Mars' Emily Ahlers defeated Dia Huggins of Maharishi 6-2, 7-5 in the first round of the 1A Singles tournament. She then lost to the number two seed, Kate Walker of Red Oak, 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals. In the consolation quarterfinals, Emily defeated Maddie Parker of Camanche 6-0, 6-0. She'll play in the consolation bracket semifinals Friday morning to determine whether she'll play in the 5th or 7th place match Friday afternoon.

1A Brackets

Congratulations to Boys Team Tennis on 3rd Place at State

Matt, Dylan,Kyle,Thomas,Austin,Jake,Turner,Alex, Coach Dalton and Knapp.




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