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8/1/2014
ONLINE PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UP
Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, August 25th and Tuesday, August 26th. We are excited to announce that we will be using an online conference scheduling system for our elementary and middle school buildings. Please note that you must have a personal email account (ex. Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) in order to schedule a conference for your child. If you do not currently have an email address, you may set one up for free at yahoo.com or google.com. Conferences will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.

You may begin this process on the morning of Monday, August 4th by going to the Spencer Community Schools homepage and clicking on the "Parents" Link on the left side of the page.

5/1/2014
SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION WEEK
The Spencer Community School District is joining with other communities throughout Iowa this spring to honor its elected school board members during Iowa School Board Appreciation Month. This year’s theme – “Educate! Advocate! Celebrate!” -recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are prepared to “take on the world” when they graduate.

Serving on the local school board are: President – Bob Whittenburg, Vice-President, Bill Zinn, and members: Marti Bomgaars, Kris McDermott, and Dean Mechler.
THANKS SPENCER SCHOOL BOARD

1/28/2014
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
Spencer community Schools relies on multiple groups to give input on programs and services the district provides as well as being able to relay information to the broader community about the District. One of the committees that supports the district in this way is our School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC). There are a couple seats open on SIAC for new members –parents or community members. The group meets 4 times a year (September/October, January, March, and June) from 4:00-5:00 in the Board Room at Central Office. This is a great way to be involved in your school district with a limited but valuable time commitment.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this committee, please contact Superintendent, Terry Hemann, or Barb Besch, School Improvement Director, at 262-8950. Thank you for your consideration to serve the district.

1/16/2014
Early Dismissal on January 16
There will be an early dismissal on Thursday, January 16, at 1:30 p.m. due to weather. Call 262-8950 if you have questions.

1/14/2014
OPEN ENROLLMENT NOTICE
NOTICE TO PARENTS OF SPENCER COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS CONSIDERING OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

Parents or guardians considering the use of open enrollment option to enroll their child/ren to another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the following dates:

MARCH 1, 2014 –Last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2014-15 school year. Last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2014-15 school year. If a student meets the definition of good cause under 281-Iowa Administrative Code (17.4 (1) because of a change in residence the application can be accepted after March 1, 2014.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 – Last date for kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year.

Open enrollment application forms are available at the District office, 23 East 7th Street. If you have questions on open enrollment, please call the superintendent’s office at 262-8950

9/3/2013
2013 ACT Results
Click here for Spencer Schools 2013 ACT Results.

4/24/2013
May 3rd Early Dismissal/Last Day of School May 24
May 3rd will now be a school day with a 12:30 PM dismissal for teacher inservice

Last day of school for students is May 24th with a 12:30 P.M. dismissal.

Call the Central Office at 262-8950 with questions.

11/1/2012
Inclement Weather Information
Hello Everyone,

As we enter into our holiday months, we are also preparing for a change in the seasons. Yes, winter is on the way and I want to make sure that we have the inclement weather information out well in advance. Here it is:

Inclement Weather
Winter in northwest Iowa will definitely bring some difficult travel conditions. School staff will be monitoring weather and road conditions on a regular basis. If it is determined that weather and/or road conditions are unsafe for students to be traveling to/from school, school may be delayed, dismissed early, or cancelled for the day.

When the school schedule has changed due to a delay, early dismissal, or a cancellation, the announcement will be communicated to families, staff, and the community by several modes of communication. Announcements with weather delays, early dismissals, or cancellations will be communicated through the following media outlets:
Radio:
KICD 107.7 F.M./1240 A.M.
Y100 100.1 F.M.
KUOO/Q102 103.9 F.M.
KILR 1070 A.M.
Television:
KCAU
KTIV
KMEG
Blackboard Connect:
Parents, families, and staff will also be notified by the district’s rapid messaging system, Blackboard Connect. The system pulls contact data from the school’s JMC system. It is important that you keep your contact information current so that you will correctly receive notifications from school.

Have a great month!

Terry Hemann

8/31/2012
Welcome to the 2012-13 School Year
It is great to back into the routine of a school year. At the writing of this article, we are starting our second week of classes and are experiencing some early releases due to warm weather. Hopefully, cooler temperatures are on the way!

There are several changes to our schools this year that most of you are aware of. At the elementary level, we have students and staff at different school buildings with the grade-alike restructuring. We also have 6th grade attending at the middle school this year. Both of these changes have caused changes in school transportation as well. It is our goal to make student transportation as convenient as possible for our families.

Our school activities are also well under way. We have seen good support for our teams at their first competitions. It should be an exciting Fall season full of activities!

Have a great first month of school!

Sincerely,


Terry Hemann
Superintendent

8/13/2012
INFORMATION
Spencer Community Schools announces all offices and buildings throughout the district will be closed on Wednesday, August 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 A.M. so all staff can attend district inservices.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Terry Hemann at the school administration office at 262-8950.

5/2/2012
School Board Appreciation Week -May 6-12
The Spencer Community School District is joining with other communities throughout Iowa this spring to honor its elected school board members during Iowa School Board Recognition Week May 6-12. This year’s theme —“Sowing the Seeds for Success”—recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are prepared to “grow and prosper” when they graduate.

Serving on the local school board are President: Bob Whittenburg, Vice-President: Bill Zinn, and members Marti Bomgaars, Kris McDermott, Dean Mechler.

“These men and women volunteer countless hours of unpaid time to provide the best possible education for our students, and we want to recognize that in this community,” said Superintendent, Terry Hemann, Spencer Schools. “As your elected leaders, they represent you in their continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making for our public schools. Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized and unrewarded, so let us take this opportunity to thank them for their service.”
“Even though we are making a special effort in May to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-long effort on their part,” said Superintendent Hemann.

“They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to striving for the best for all of our students.”

3/24/2012
2012-2013 Elementary Restructuring Plans

We are excited about the changes at our elementary schools. A planning committee has met several times and have been discussing and putting plans in place for the 2012-13 school year.

We understand that there are many questions related to this change. The committee wanted to address the areas that seemed to be the most important to families. Follow this link for more information.

3/20/2012
Grade-Alike committee to meet on March 22
The Grade-Alike Planning Committee is meeting on March 22, 6:00 P.M. at the Spencer Schools Central Office, 23 East 7th Street. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and share ideas on the transition, transportation, and other issues as the district prepares for the Grade-Alike implementation for the 2012-13 school year. Call the Central Office at 262-8950 if you have questions.

10/28/2011
Inclement Weather Procedures
State law prohibits us from having school if we do not run buses. We sometimes have hazardous conditions in the rural areas and must dismiss students even though conditions in town would not seem to warrant such actions. Announcements of late starts, early dismissals, or school closings will be aired over KICD stations, KLLT, KILR, and KUOO, and Y100 radio stations, and KTIV, KCAU, and KMEG television stations as early as practical in the morning and in most cases by 6:15 A.M. Those announcements will also be posted on our website, www.spenceriowaschools.com.
Each building will be given as much warning as possible if school is to be dismissed early.

When school is started late, there will be no early morning student activities or breakfast. When school is called off early, all student activities will be canceled for that day as of the time school is dismissed. When school is called off, no formal practices, rehearsals, classes, and the like are to be scheduled unless weather conditions improve later in the day. When conditions do improve, informal activities which are properly supervised will be held. These activities must have the prior approval of the building principals.

If you have questions regarding inclement weather procedures, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 262-8950.

10/4/2011
October greetings from Superintendent Hemann
Hello Everyone,
It is an exciting time at Spencer Schools! We are one month into the school year. Students and staff are deep into classroom instruction and fall activities are well under way.
Earlier this month, School Board Elections were held. Marti Bomgaars was re-elected and Kris McDermott was elected to her first term. Both will be serving four year terms. Congratulations to Marti and Kris! I know they will serve with the best interests of students and the Spencer Community School District in mind. Todd Korbitz is completing his term on the board and did not run for re-election as he and his family have relocated to Wisconsin. Todd, thank you for your board service!
Also, the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL was extended for a ten year term. Eighty-one percent of voters voted for the levy extension! I want to thank everyone who was able to get out and vote at the September elections.
The Middle School addition (6th Grade Pod) is well under way. The construction project is progressing and the short-term goal is to have the addition enclosed by winter. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-July and ready for the 2012-2013 school year. The planning for the 6th Grade’s transition to the Middle School is under way.
A committee of parents, staff, administrators, and school board members will begin studying the elementary grade structure. The group will be looking at how we are currently serving our elementary students and possible ways to serve them better in the future.
Finally, next week is Homecoming in Spencer. This is a time for students to build great memories and grow their relationships with their classmates. This is also an opportunity for Spencer Alumni to reflect back on their days as students in the Spencer Schools. We are all looking forward to a successful week of homecoming activities.
Have a great October!

Terry Hemann

9/3/2011
Spencer Community Schools Physical Plant and Equipment Levy
On September 13th the Spencer Community School District will be asking voters to extend the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). This article explains what the levy does for our district and its importance to the students of Spencer.

The PPEL (pronounced "pebble") levy is a levy that can be used for a number of expenditures including construction of buildings, purchasing property, buses and technology equipment, and energy conservation expenditures. The levy cannot be used for staff salaries or supplies - those expenditures must come from a school district's General Fund.

Our district has had the voter approved PPEL for many years and a yes vote would simply continue the amount of funds that the district is currently receiving, it would not increase the tax rate our patrons are paying. The funds will be used for maintenance, remodeling, and repairs of existing facilities, energy conservation projects, and for student transportation equipment.

Our district does not take lightly asking voters for continuation in the PPEL levy, especially in these economic times. However we feel as a district that uses such as maintaining quality facilities, energy conservation, and safe student transportation are in the best interests of our students and strike the best balance between the needs of our students and taxpayers.

Our district is committed to providing the highest quality education to the students of our district. If you have any questions at all about the use these funds, please contact Terry Hemann, Superintendent of Schools, at 262-8950 or themann@spencerschools.org.

9/2/2011
Welcome to the 2011-12 School Year!
Welcome to the 2011-2012 School Year!
I would like to welcome everyone back to the
school year. The school year is off to a great start. Students
and staff are settling in to regular routines and
schedules.
There are many good things happening here in
the Spencer Schools. Teachers and staff have been
busy preparing to provide the best educational experiences
possible for our students. Our maintenance and
custodial staff worked hard this summer to make repairs,
thoroughly clean the buildings and have them ready to
go for the beginning of the school year.
On the first day of school, I attended the high
school opening day assembly and was very impressed
with the positive tone of the students and staff. At that
assembly, students from each fall activity encouraged all the students to get involved in
something. High school is a time of choices and making the choice to get involved in
school sponsored activities is a decision that will only be beneficial later on in life. Getting
involved and taking advantage of the opportunities available during the high school
years helps build skills such as: teamwork, leadership, respect, and responsibility.
Students also learn how to manage their time. I would encourage every student to join
at least one activity and I know that many students are involved in numerous activities.
I have been spending time in all of our school buildings. Students and staff are
hard at work. School buildings are busy with learning and exploration. I see students
who are eager to learn and grow.
I want to wish everyone a great school year!
Sincerely,
Terry Hemann
Superintendent

12/29/2010
Bus Aides on the School Buses
Beginning in January, each of our school buses will have an additional adult on the bus. We are implementing “bus aides” on the buses to help monitor student conduct and better insure a safe and comfortable ride to and from school for our students.
The bus aides will team up with bus drivers to enforce bus rules so that students stay seated, talk quietly and respect other riders.
Bus drivers and bus aides will attend an inservice training on January 4, 2011, taught by Dave Kramer, Business Manager of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association. The inservice will focus on how to handle incidents regarding necessary discipline, and student behaviors. The inservice will also focus on anti-bullying policies and procedures.
We have a great team of bus drivers and bus aides that all care about your children and our Spencer students.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the transportation office at 262-1118.
Happy Holidays and the best in 2011!
Julie D. Nemmers
Transportation Department

 

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