Bulldog Highlights Hello, fellow Bulldogs! The school year has gotten off to a great start! Students have settled into their routines and are working hard in their academics, co-curricular activi- ties, and extra-curricular activities. Do you remember taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills? Well, ITBS was replaced sever- al years ago by the Iowa Assessments. Now, the Iowa Legislature replaced the Iowa As- sessments with a new test called the Iowa Statewide Assessment for Student Progress. We use this assessment in a variety of ways; one includes monitoring our annual achievement goals. These goals are set by the Le Mars Community School Board in the areas of reading, mathematics, and science. Our teacher professional development plans are based on these goals in order to increase student achievement. This year’s annual achievement goals entail having 80% of students proficient in math, reading, and science, on the new Iowa Statewide Assessment for Student Progress. Our teachers and administration will work to continue to improve student achievement and reach our goals. One of the ways in which they do this is during our 2-hour early dismissal times for district in-service. For the 2018-2019 school year, this time is of the utmost importance for teachers to work together to discover and develop new and better ways of teaching the Iowa Core Standards. If you were to walk into our in-service meet- ings, you would find teachers collaboratively identifying and developing units of study, lessons, teaching strategies, assessments, and analysis of student learning data. These district in-service days are invaluable for our district to meet the needs of all of our stu- dents, as well as work to meet or exceed our annual achievement goals. Some ways parents and guardians can support district goals, and to help your child achieve their highest levels of academic achievement, is to have a discussion with your student about their day at school and provide any learning or homework assistance they may need to help supplement their learning. This will help students understand that learning is a priority and will help them reach their goals in life. Another way to help your student is to attend our annual parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher confer- ences will take place on the following dates and times: High School/Middle School October 1 and 4, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Elementary November 5 and 8, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Finally, L.E.E.P. held their annual “MENuMasters” fundraiser on September 29, 2018. It was another great event with a lot of area chefs donating their resources to make some great food for all to try! We would like to thank all of the L.E.E.P. members and com- munity members participating and for their passion for supporting education. These people make opportunities for our students available that would otherwise not be possi- ble. Additionally, please sign up for Le Mars Community School weather and emergency related announcements at www.tinyurl.com/plymouthalert. Don’t forget to visit the school website to read the each month and catch up on what is happening at LCHS. The latest issue of the school newspaper is posted at www.lemarscsd.org every month. Click on Media tab Dog Pound.