Bulldog Highlights Hello, Bulldogs! It is the holiday season, and it is a good time to count our blessings and the things we are thankful for at Le Mars Community Schools. We have a lot of great things occurring within our district making our educa- tional system one of the best in the state of Iowa. Let’s look at a few of the ar- eas we are thankful for here at Le Mars Community, in no particular order: First, we have a great, caring staff working very hard each day to help students succeed by providing the best teaching strategies and support to meet students’ individual needs within a rigorous academic program. Our students continue to achieve above the state and Northwest Area Education Agency student achievement averages on the Iowa Assessments. Our ACT scores continue to shine by exceeding the Iowa and national composite scores; our students’ 5-year average composite scores are 22.3, whereas the state of Iowa is 22.0, and the national average is 20.9. Additionally, our PK-12 programs provide much needed academic and socio-emotional support programs. Our gradua- tion rate is one of envy within a state with a high graduation rate; Le Mars Community graduation rate was 96.7%, whereas the state rate was 91.3%. This is a tribute to parents, school, and community partners making education a priority. Second, we have great extra-curricular, co-curricular, and club programs. We consistently have elementary, middle school, and high school students partici- pating and placing toward the top in local and state competitions and honors. Our arts programs are revered as some of the best in the state of Iowa. Our athletic programs continue to compete for conference, district, and regional titles and represent Le Mars Community very well at the state competition lev- el. Third, our school board is one of the best in the state of Iowa. They are the only school board in the history of the state of Iowa to earn an 18 th consecutive Iowa Association of School Board’s Achievement Award in Better Boards- manship. This represents dedication, continued school board professional development, and student-first attitude our school boards have exhibited over the years. Finally, our school system has great community support. Groups such as Le Mars Community Education Enhancement Project (LEEP), District Leader- ship and Instructional Impact Team (DLIIT), Elementary Parent Teacher Or- ganization, Music Boosters, Athletic Boosters, Le Mars Community School Foundation, and Trades and Industry Boosters provide our district much needed volunteerism, input, and financial support to help make Le Mars Community Schools a great place! We are thankful to be able to live and work in a community that supports their children and school at such a high level. It takes everyone working patiently, respectfully, and collaboratively to create an educational system that will help our students meet the demands of an ever-changing world. We thank you!