Newsletter May 2018

has been an elementary school guidance counselor for her entire career at LeMars Community. She began working at Kluckhohn and Kissinger elementary schools and later added grades K-2 at Franklin. With the closing of Kissinger, she transitioned to grades K-5 at Franklin and Kluckhohn, serving approximately 720 students. Mrs. Weaver lives in rural Kingsley with her husband Grant, a Tech Services Veterinarian for Phibro Animal Health. They have six adult children. Wendy’s three boys are employed in various aspects of agriculture. Grant’s oldest son works for Wells Enterprises, his daughter is completing her last year of medical school at Iowa, and his youngest son will graduate from ISU this spring. They have four grandchildren. Wendy states “It has been a privilege to work at LCS with so many talented educators, great students, parents and supportive board members. Being a part of this system has helped me grow personally and professionally. This is a system that pushes you to learn more and become better at what you do every day. I think that is fundamental in having a quality educational system.” “My favorite memories are about working with kids from all different backgrounds,” shares Wendy. “Our population has gotten to be more diverse and mobile, which brings with it many challenges and opportunities. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know so many different kids who come to us with such interesting backgrounds. I like being able to inspire them to do their best and be their best.” is the Orchestra Instructor for grades 4-12 and since 2002, has been the district’s Music Coordinator. In addition to lessons and teaching music theory and music history classes, Mr. Hallberg directs the middle school and high school string orchestras, the high school symphony, and musical pit orchestra, and the select string group Cordas da Camara. As Music Coordinator, he is responsible for the music calendar and budget and has assisted with the renovation of the middle school auditorium and creating new rehearsal facilities for the middle school and high school bands and choirs. For 32 years, Ted has been married to Carol, a music teacher at MOC- Floyd Valley. Their daughter, Kajsa, is a freshman at Iowa State University studying Fashion & Design with a minor in Sustainability. They have a cat, Ariel, who “rules the house”. “In my association with LeMars Community Schools,” says Ted, “I find it is like any other job. There are successes and some things from which to learn. This school district has been a great experience. It is the students here at LeMars Community who make teaching rewarding.” Mr. Hallberg has multiple favorite memories; mostly about the students. “I am the only teacher who has the opportunity to instruct a student for nine years,” he shared. “It is a blessing to see them grow up and succeed.” is currently a teacher associate at the Alternative High School. Throughout her history with LeMars Community, Michele has served in a variety of positions: a substitute teacher, a part-time and full-time teacher associate and special education aide in the Middle School, a behavioral student aide and a special education aide at Kissinger and Kluckhohn elementary schools. In addition, she coached freshman softball for thirteen years. Michele and her husband Tom have been married for 27 years and are the parents of three children: Cole, a freshman at the University of Iowa; Brook, a junior at LCHS, and Evan, a sophomore at LCHS. “I have held a variety of different positions in all three levels of our school” says Michele. “Each position has given me the chance to work with caring staff members and some of the most interesting students that I know have taught me as much about the world as I have tried to help them.” Michele recalled a favorite memory of a former student…. “This student I had become all too familiar with during the time I supervised the in-school suspension room. He sat behind me in church one weekend with his wife and child. Afterwards, he asked me if I remembered him and introduced me to his family. It made me feel good that he had made a good life for himself!” worked at the high school for thirteen years monitoring study halls, assisting in resource rooms, and working with special needs students before transferring to Kluckhohn Elementary in 2006 where she has since worked in the resource room as a teacher associate. Jean has been married to her husband Pat for nearly 38 years. They have six children: Wendi (Brandon), Jason (Amber), Justin, Jeremy, Jared, and Jennie and, seven grandchildren with grandbaby #8 “on the way”. “It has been a pleasure to work with so many teachers and administrators over the past 25 years…..and they will have to put up with me many more years. I’m not going anywhere,” stated Jean. Jean’s favorite memory…...dressing up in costumes for the elementary kids. Whether it be during homecoming week, Halloween, or Dr. Seuss week, Jean enjoys bringing smiles to the students’ faces and eye rolls from the teachers. She reminds us “school (and life) should have the perfect balance of hard work and fun.” has been teaching 5th grade at Franklin Elementary her entire career at LeMars Community. She has also served on numerous committees including SIT, DLIIT, LCEA (as a representative and as president), CIA, and the Building Leadership Team. Mary and her husband Neil have three children. Aaron and his wife Alicyn reside in Columbia, Missouri. Ryan lives in LeMars. Ali is married to Drew Bickford and is a teacher at Gehlen Catholic Schools. Mary and Neil are also grandparents to two grandaughters and six grandsons. Mary commented, “Worked with great staff and leadership over the 25 years. Very fortunate to work with the best people ever! Also, all the great parent support I have received over the years. It is awesome to be able to give back to the school that gave me a great education in my school years.” Mary had several favorite memories to share….. “The staff and administration I have worked with for the past 25 years, people who care about kids as much as I do. The National Blue Ribbon award that Franklin received! Former students that have gone on to be very successful. Taking students to Des Moines every year; a trip that a lot of students would never get to do otherwise.” Bulldog Youth Cross Country Camp For Boys and Girls entering 3rd through 6th grades Wednesday-Friday; August 8th,9th,10th 9:00am- 10:30 am HS Track/Football Field Rain Location: New Middle School Gym