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

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August 4-8 Marching Band Camp
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August 10-11-12 Wartburg All State Camp
August 18-20 MS Band Uniform fittings
August 18-19-20 Teacher Inservice
August 21 School starts
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August 25 Pride Night
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September 27 Starfest Marching band contest

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(FORT DODGE) -- The Le Mars girls softball team wrapped up play in their first-ever State softball tournament on Wednesday, finishing seventh in the Class 4A tournament. No. 8 West Delaware, Manchester edged the Lady Bulldogs 2-1 in the consolation bracket semifinals behind a three-hitter
by Hannah Cole. Cole allowed a triple by Madison Heidebrink in the first inning and a home run by Kassidy Rieken in the second. Crystal Eppling added a single in the sixth for Le Mars. Janessa Milbrodt allowed just four hits in the pitching circle for Le Mars.

The Hawks scored an unearned run in the first and added a run on a wild pitch in the second to complete the scoring. In the seventh place game, Le Mars rallied from a 3-2 deficit with six runs in an eleven-batter fifth inning to beat unrated Clear Creek-Amana 8-3. Madison Heidebrink belted a two-run homer in the first inning for an early 2-0 Le Mars lead but the Clippers tallied three runs in the fifth on a walk, two hits and a pair of Lady Bulldog errors. Crystal Eppling's RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and Kassidy Rieken followed with a two-run single for a 5-3 lead. Another run scored on a error before Grace Milbrodt singled home a run and Janessa Milbrodt's sacrifice fly brought in the final run. Janessa Milbrodt scattered eight hits with one walk and four strike outs to finish at 12-and-12 for the season.

Le Mars finished the season at 22-and-18. Three seniors closed out their careers for Le Mars, Madison Heidebrink, Andrea Urban and Cassie Schlumbaum.
From Hotsheets

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Fall Means It’s Time For Soup and Pie!

Fall. Football. Marching Band. Must be time for the annual LCS Music Boosters Soup and Pie Supper! Friday, October 25, is the date for this year’s annual event and the Le Mars Music Boosters will be serving up soups and chili along with a wide variety of pies from 5 – 7 p.m. in the LCHS Cafeteria. All proceeds go toward further support of Le Mars Community Schools music

If you are interested in volunteering or donating to this event, please reach out to Susie Herbst (to sign up to work a shift) at or Angela Catton at (to donate pies or other supplies).

Tickets go on sale the week of October 7. Cost per person is $6 for anyone age 4 and over. Children, age 3 and under are free. Please see any Le Mars Middle School music student for pre-event ticket sales. Of course, tickets may still be purchased up to and including the night of the Soup and Pie Supper. And…of course….don’t miss the The Big Red Band and the Middle School Marching Band perform the Mass Band Show during Half Time! The Fall air at the game may be crisp but a good bowl of hot soup or chili and a slice of pie will get you warmed up for an evening of rooting on the Bulldogs as they take on the Carroll Tigers!

-Students projects from spring 2014

Helmet of Hope

The LeMars Community Schools Foundation is pleased to announce that they have been selected as one of ten (10) semi-finalists for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.  For one week (April 17-April 24), the public will vote for their favorite semi-finalist to receive a $25,000 grant, a Blue Bunny ice cream party, and to have their logo featured on Jimmie's NASCAR Sprint Cup helmet during the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 27th.  The five (5) organizations that receive the most votes will be the 2014 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope recipients.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for the LCS Foundation and the students and staff at LeMars Community, and WE NEED YOUR HELP in passing along the message to as many people as possible and encouraging them to PLEASE VOTE.    

Votes can be cast by visiting the Helmet of Hope website........  Voting is open between Thursday, April 17 thru Thursday, April 24.  Individuals may vote as many times as they wish.

Feel free to utilize the attached flyer and social media such as Facebook and Twitter as well to "spread the word".  Below is a sample message you may like to use for Facebook and Twitter:

Facebook:  We need YOU to help the LeMars Community Schools Foundation to win $25,000.  The LCS Foundation is one of ten (10) organizations in the running to be on the @Jimmie Johnson Foundation @Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.  The five (5) organizations that receive the most votes will receive a $25,000 grant, a @Blue Bunny Ice Cream party and the LCS Foundation logo will be featured on @Jimmie Johnson's helmet during the Sprint Cup Race on July 27th.  Visit to vote.  The more votes the LCS Foundation receives, the better their chances! #HelmetofHope

Twitter:  The LeMars Community Schools Foundation needs your help!  Vote for the LCS Foundation to receive $25K and to be featured on the @TeamJJF@Blue_Bunny #HelmetofHope!

We appreciate your efforts in helping the LCS Foundation become one of the Top 5 charities receiving the most votes.

Foundation banquet

The celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 30th, at 6:30 pm in the lower level of
the LeMars Convention Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Superintendents’ Office;
$20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. Please reserve your ticket by Friday, April
25th. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

WSC Comp
WSC IT Competition L-R Chris, Blake (1st Architectural CAD, 2nd Mechanical CAD, Noah (2nd Architectural CAD, 2nd Mechanical CAD), Kyle (3rd Architectural CAD), Madison 3rd Web Page

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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

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

In March 2009, dedicated volunteers including parents, teachers, and grandparents formed a group that would contribute to programs and supplies that were above and beyond the existing school budget. Funds are dispersed to support students and faculty from the elementary, middle and high schools. This group is the LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project or L.E.E.P.
As with many organizations, L.E.E.P. is looking to recruit new volunteers to continue our mission. Research states that everyone should be a part of your community and
education system. No man or woman is an island. It is easy to take the great community that we live in for granted. People and societies depend on each other for survival. That being said, L.E.E.P. welcomes new faces and also those faces we haven’t seen in a while to join L.E.E.P. and help build and maintain our group. As a volunteer, you assist in shaping the school system that the community benefits from-everyone wins.

For more information about L.E.E.P., please contact the following officers:
Gayle Vonk, president
Helena McDougall, vice president
Lorraine DeJong, secretary
Julie Beitelspacher, treasurer

The next regular L.E.E.P. meeting will be held Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m., in room A-07, LCMS, use door “C” and park on Stadium Drive. The following teacher requests were reviewed and
honored at the March meeting: A standing KitchenAid mixer was purchased to be used in the high school Family and Consumers Science classes for $215.00 Classroom novels were purchased for the
middle school Literacy Academy classes for $213.47. Math materials and Ed.Helper subscription
were approved for $79.64, to be used at Franklin elementary and the middle school in Level 2 Special Ed. rooms. Powerpoint’s Electronic Resources were approved for purchase for $76.89, for use in the sixth grade social studies classes. Guided reading materials for Kluckhohn
second grades, for $159.02

The above requests were possible because of the
generous and continued support that has been extended
to L.E.E.P. Thank you

Thank you for your support of our fundraisers!


Come join us at our next LEEP meeting.  We meet the first Monday of each month at 5:30 in the Middle School (Lorraine DeJong’s room)! Our next meeting will be on Monday March 3rd!
We look forward to hearing from you!  And, if you have any questions or concerns regarding LEEP, please contact our officers:
President         Gayle Vonk    
Vice President  Helana McDougall                                            
Secretary   Lorraine DeJong         
Treasurer Julie Beitelspacher                                              


President: Gayle Vonk

Vice President: Helena McDougall

Secretary: Lorraine DeJong

Treasurer: Julie Beitelspacher







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Moped Safety Class

Moped Safety classes will be held for students in the LeMars area at the LeMars Middle School in room C15 (Mr. Dalton's room) on September 6th and September 6th 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 at Cost is $35 per student.

Preschool Application Preschool is open to 4-year old children in the community with the goal of having a well-rounded, diverse group of children that is representative of the population of LeMars. A child must be 4 years old by September 15, 2014 in order to qualify for the preschool program. However, the LeMars School District reserves the right to enroll children based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, special need, and members of low-income families for the purposes of highquality preschool experiences. Selection of children will be based on a random selection process and will take place the week of April 7. A maximum of 24 students will be selected for the LeMars Community Preschool Program. Preschool applications will be made available Monday, March 3, 2014. Applications may be found online at: or at Clark Elementary School. The completed application must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 1, 2014 to be considered in the random selection process. If you have any questions concerning LeMars Community Preschool, please contact Clark Elementary Principal, Floyd Athay at 546-8121 or


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Course Description Booklet Schedule request form.




Contact: Taci Lilienthal, Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, (563)343-1144


The Iowa 4-H Foundation announces the 2014 scholarship programs for 4‑H’ers attending or planning to attend college fall 2014.  More than 69 scholarship programs totaling over $63,200 may be awarded.

The various awards range in amounts from $500 to $3,500.  Some of the scholarships are open to students pursuing any field of study, while others are open to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food and nutrition, ag business, animal science, and journalism.  Former Iowa 4-H'ers and current 4-H'ers graduating from high school are eligible applicants.

The majority of the scholarships will be awarded to students attending Iowa State University.  Scholarships are also available to students planning to attend another Iowa Regent university, Iowa private college, or Iowa community college.

4-H Scholarship information and online applications are available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation web page

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM, February 1, 2014 for consideration. 

For updates and reminders please visit the following sites:

For questions please contact Taci Lilienthal, Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship Coordinator at or 563-343-1144

Applications available at the Guidance Office   Also available:  Website listing of scholarship and financial aid search sites
**Anyone looking to attend Northwestern College in Orange City see Mr. Fitzgerald for informatin about an almunus scholarship**
A comprehensive overview of the state scholarship, grant, and loan repayment programs is available 
on the IA College Aid website at
Applications available at the Guidance Office   Also available:  Website listing of scholarship and financial aid search sites
**Anyone looking to attend Northwestern College in Orange City see Mr. Fitzgerald for informatin about an almunus scholarship**
A comprehensive overview of the state scholarship, grant, and loan repayment programs is available 
on the IA College Aid website at
2/11/2014 16:05
Scholarship Main Eligibility Criteria Deadline
In Memory of Robert E. Byers, Eductor See Julia for application 2/21/2014
Plymouth County Farm Bureau Parents must be a Plymouth Co Farm Bureau member - see Julia for application 3/3/2014
Kibbie Grant See Julia for more information 7/1/2014
Robert D. Blue Scholarship See Julia for more information 5/10/2014
Grand Lodge MCEC Tech Scholarship    then click on "Scholarships of the Grand Lodge" 3/3/2014
The Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship Protestant faith & a full-time student at University of Iowa 5/1/2014
Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation Pursue automative-related studies.  See Julia for an application 3/3/2014
NW IA Credit Union Must have an account established at NW IA Credit Union and be a member in good standing.  
  See Julia for application 4/1/2014
Grinnell Mutual Insured with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. or Grinnell Select Insurance Co., gpa 3.0, &  
  clean driving record. or see Julia for an application 3/15/2014
Iowa Soybean Association See Julia for application  
North Star Community Credit Union 2014 North Star Community Credit Union Scholarship  
Floyd Valley Hospital Pursuing a health-related career see Julia for an application 4/1/2014
Farmer's Mutual Insurance See Julia for an application 3/15/2014
Siouxland Officials Association Must participate in at least one sport for at least 3 years including their senior year, 3.0+ gpa  
  See Julia for an application 4/1/2014
Dallas Heckt Scholarship Trust No criteria needed.  See Julia for an application 4/10/2014
Richard Hatz Scholarship Obtaining a degree in: Business, Health, Nutrition, Early Education, or Energy Conservation.  See Julia for an application. 3/21/2014
Steven H. Musson Memorial Scholarship Be actively engaged in or pursue emergency care in Plymouth County (paramedic, 1st responder, or EMT) 5/31/2014
IA Golf Assoc./Ann Griffel Scholarship 3/14/2014
IA Golf Assoc./Herman Sani Scholarship 3/14/2014
University/College Offered Scholarships
Note:  This list is not all-inclusive.  Please check with the college of your choice for additional scholarship offerings.
Scholarship Main Eligibility Criteria Deadline
Wayne State Scholarships 2014 Audition Dates:  Friday, February 14 and Friday, April 11  Information in Guidance Office  
University of Omaha Music Scholarships 3/1/2014
Morningside College Pursing a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Morningside.  See Julia for application. 3/3/2014
Wayne State Scholarships Art & Design Scholarship.  See Julia for an application 3/10/2014
Scholarships Offered to Underclassmen
Scholarship Main Eligibility Criteria Deadline
Websites: Financial Aid Info: College Financial Aid Hanbook is available at or can be order The American Legion, Amblem Sales P.O. Box 1050 Indianapolis, IN  46206   A copy is in the Guidance Office (Voted #1 Free Resource for Students) See the website to the left for the following scholarships plus many more:
Eagle Scout of the Year Scolarship
Playing with Purpose Scolarship
Horatio Alger Scholarship
All  Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
There is information about the Iowa College Aid application process in the Guidance Office Scholarship files.  
The website is
***New website for B. Davis Scholarship***  The B. Davis scholarship has moved to a new website




May Newsletter (Mr Bruce Ludwig)

Dr Wendt Superintendent

I want to offer my congratulations to Mary Benton on being named the Decades of Excellence
Crystal Bell Teacher of the Year in the Le Mars Community School District in 2014. Mrs. Benton
has been an instrumental music teacher at the middle school since the 1991-92 school year.
Members of the Foundation Board and the school administration surprised Mrs. Benton in her
classroom on April 15, 2014 with the announcement. Mrs. Benton was honored at the annual Le
Mars Community School District Foundation Banquet held on April 30, 2014. 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 competitions
against students from other schools in Iowa and Nebraska. The following students competed at
the Western Iowa Tech Community College Skills Contest in early April:
Clint Delarm (1st welding), Nate Kessenich (1st drafting), Dylan Taylor (1st Auto), Chris Hatting (1st
3D mechanical inventor), and Noah Scheitler (2nd 3D mechanical inventor). The following students competed at the Wayne State College Industrial Technology Tech Competition also in early April: Blake Ngo (1st architectural CAD, tied 2nd mechanical CAD), Noah Scheitler (2nd architectural CAD, tied 2nd mechanical CAD), Kyle Zenk (3rd architectural CAD), and Madison Boehme (3rd web design).
Congratulations to these students and their teachers Mr. Dalton, Mr. Fischer, and Mr. Wichers.

May 5th
through the 9th
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 student’s 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.

May 30th
is a big day for the Le Mars Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and the Le Mars
Elementary Schools “Project Playground”. The PTO’s “Project Playground” fundraising efforts for
the past year and a half will culminate with the raffle of a John Deere riding lawn tractor donated
by ICON Ag and Turf here in Le Mars. Tickets are available from members of the PTO and at all
three elementary buildings. Tickets are $10 and the winner will be drawn and announced on May
30 on KLEM radio at 11:45 a.m. I want to thank the PTO for all the support on the project. I
also want to thank all of you who contributed during the past year and a half to “Project
Playground”. It will be great to come back to school next fall to new playground equipment at all
three elementary buildings.

This is the last issue of the newsletter for the 2013-14 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 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. Let’s all finish the year strong and
on a positive note. Have a great summer!


Registration Highlights

Registration forms will be
mailed to each family in
July. You can either mail
in the forms with your
payment or return them
on registration day.

Monday, August 4th
11:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
Tuesday, August 5th
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

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