From October Newsletter
The Transportation Department is again offering in-town bussing for our students. Students must have a bus pass from their school to ride the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege. This privilege can be lost if the student does not have a pass or if the rider does not follow the rules. It is important that each student have a pass. These passes must be carried with them at all times and should be shown to the driver whenever asked.
The bus rules are posted in each bus. Please let your student know how important it is to follow these rules. Distracting the driver can be very serious. If the driver needs to watch the students, he is not watching the road. Some of these rules to follow are:
Remain seated while bus is in motion.
There may be additional requests made by the bus driver that all students will be expected to follow for overall safety.
Let’s all do the best we can to provide the students a safe ride to and from school this year.
The Le Mars Community activities code of conduct meetings for all Le Mars Community high school students entering grades nine through twelve (9-12) who plan to participate in any extra-curricular activities for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on:
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.
Spring 2015 Designer Choice student projects
From October 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.
HS Prinicipal's Corner
High School Laptop Checkouts Due to a grant from the LCS School Board, the high school library has 10 laptops available for overnight checkout. A form signed by student and guardian should be turned into the library PRIOR to checking one out. These forms can be found on the LCS Libraries website at https://sites.google.com/a/ lemarscsd.org/lcs-libraries/ libraries/computer-checkoutform Power cords are not checked out as batteries are new and should last 5-8 hours. Fines will be assessed if the laptop is not returned on time or if damages occur.
From October Newsletter
Read the Dog Pound Don’t forget to visit one of the school websites to read the Dog Pound each month and catch up on what is happening at LCHS. The latest issue of the school newspaper is posted at www.lemarscsd.org and www.lemars.k12.ia.us every month.
9th Grade Parents
From October Newsletter
All children enrolled in kindergarten or 9th grade at an Iowa school are required to have a dental screening. This requirement was passed by the 2007 legislature and became effective July 1, 2008. The purpose of the dental screening requirement is to improve the oral health of Iowa's children. Dental screenings help with early detection and treatment of dental disease; reduce the incidence, impact, and cost of dental disease; inform parents and guardians of their children's dental problems; promote the importance of oral health for school readiness and learning; and contribute to statewide surveillance of oral health. The I-Smile Coordinator will be conducting dental screenings for all 9th grade students that do not have a screening already on file at school. If you do not wish for your child to receive these services, please notify Stephanie Feenstra, MS/HS nurse at 546-4153. These services are provided at no cost to you.
High School Principal’s Corner
From October Newsletter
We have successfully made it through another Homecoming. Homecoming has to be one of the busiest times of year for the staff and students. I would like to compliment the students on their continued hard work ethic and good attitudes. Keep up the great work!
This year we have adopted STAR Reading Assessments to use to identify students who are reading below grade level and to get additional help for those students. Students in grades 9-11 will take this assessment at the end of 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, and 3rd quarter. Students who have been identified as needing additional help will meet in the Success Center, where Mrs. Zeka and Ms. Butcher will help strengthen the areas identified through the assessment for each student. This assistance will be tailored to the individual.
I also would like to remind everyone of the high school attendance policy. Students who miss more than 10 periods of a class will meet with Mr. Utesch and an attendance contract may be set up. Please check the student handbook for more information about our attendance policy. As this school year progresses you will want to make sure you understand the policy. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Utesch.
Hopefully you have had a chance to talk with your child’s teacher sometime, either through email, visit, or phone conversation. If you haven’t, please take the time to contact the teacher, especially if you have a concern about how your child is doing. I have asked the teachers to do the same. Also, feel free to contact Mr. Utesch or myself if something comes up.
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project LEEP
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
Moped Safety Class is switched to 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 email@example.com. Cost is $35 per student.
Directions to classroom/Info
Head east on 12th street to the High school football field, turn left and go 1 1/2 block north and turn left at parking lot north of the gym and drive behind the school. Park between the Weight room and the back of the middle school. Go through the "J" entrance door of middle school. Room C15 is the first door to your right after you walk thru the "J" entrance door. Class starts at 8:00am and should be done around 2:00 pm. Please bring a sack lunch.
Gehlen and students outside of LeMars Community Schools
Gehlen and other students outside of LeMars please email firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________
Students Cell Phone:____________________________
Presentations from Designer Choice
Robotics Club update (Mr Martin Sponsor)
The robotics club competed last Saturday and did fairly well. They placed second in their league. We were one of three rookie teams in the league and the group had the highest total points for the day, but only won four of the five rounds. The team that beat us won all five of their rounds.
Our team had some issues with the robot connecting, but they persevered and represented Le Mars well. During the day, we learned a lot as a team and I am impressed with our students.
Bruce Ludwig Bulldog Highlights
Dr Wendt Superintendent
From November Newsletter
The Big Red Band earned a Division I rating at the state marching band contest held in Sheldon on October 10. The band, under the direction of Mr. Ohrlund, and assisted by Mr. Ewing, Mr. Benton, and Mrs. Benton, has had strong performances in other contests this fall as well. Congratulations to these students and directors in the success they have enjoyed this fall!
Usually in November we need to start thinking about the possibility of making weather related school announcements. Your best source for accurate and up to date information is 1410 KLEM because we communicate directly with KLEM. In addition, we contact the Le Mars Daily Sentinel and KTIV Channel 4. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel has a text messaging system that will send a text to your phone when a school related weather announcement has been made. Sign up is very easy and available at http://www.lemarssentinel.com/ . In addition to posting announcements on screen, KTIV Channel 4 also has a text alert messaging system that has been reliable in the past. You can find it at http://www.ktiv.com . Please do not look for the information on the other Sioux City television stations.
In early November, all parents will have an opportunity to find out about the success their student(s) is/are having in the classroom. The end of the first quarter of the school year was October 30, 2015. Report cards, with quarter grades and comments, will be issued soon. Parents of elementary and high school students will also have a chance to visit with teachers about each of their student’s successes and suggestions for improvement at parent/teacher conferences on November 5th and 9th from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Middle school parents had this opportunity in October already as the middle school scheduled conferences at mid-term of the first quarter. Please make every effort to attend conferences. Your attendance will help send the message to your student that you and the adults at the school are working together to meet your child’s educational needs.
Around the time you receive this newsletter, you should also receive the LeMars Community School District Report Card for the 2014-15 school year. The report card is our effort to share with you information about how our students performed during the past school year. The report also includes some historical information to give you a look at trends over time. As you will see, our students had a great year academically and in the extra-curricular activities last year. I want to thank Steve Webner, Assistant Superintendent and Lisa Eisma, Administrative Assistant for developing both the annual progress report presented to the Board of Education earlier this fall and the district report card. This is a huge project that requires accuracy as these documents become part of the history of the Le Mars Community School District.
From November Newsletter
Sign up to receive weather alert announcements sent directly to your cell phone or e-mail any time. LeMars Community School uses KTIV and The LeMars Daily Sentinel dispatch services.
You will always be the first to know and you don’t even have to turn on the television or radio!
Information about your school and your school activities will be delivered immediately to you, wherever you are.
Signing up is easy.
Even if you signed up last year, you will need to do so again this year to ensure we have your current contact information.
www.lemarssentinel.com - Click on Text Alerts on left side of the homepage
www.ktiv.com - Click on Mobile Alerts Sign-up
Come back soon for wrestling, boys and girls basketball, etc.
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