Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Inclement weather information

On days where the weather may create a change in the school day please listen to KSOU and KDCR radio for announcements.  The announcements will be on the school website also,

If you would like to receive text messages or e-mails regarding school announcements you can click on the link for Snowcap to register.  Please do not rely solely on SnowcapSnowcap is the service that the district uses for media notification.

According to the district calendar days missed due to weather will be made up in the following order.

November 22nd                 President’s day February 21st
Second day missed         Thursday of Easter Break April 21st
Third day missed              Monday of Easter Break April 25th

Monday, November 15, 2010

Technology Enhances Learning

As part of the construction and remodel of the Kinsey Elementary School and the Sioux Center High School over two hundred thousand dollars of technology hardware was purchased and installed.  This technology consists of smart boards (interactive white boards), LCD projectors, netbooks, instant response “clickers” and a security system. 
Technology is a tool that, when used appropriately, can enhance a student’s learning immensely.  The money invested in technology is too great to not maximize its usage.  Even with training, the use of the technology only touches the tip of iceberg as to what the hardware is capable of doing.  The world beyond high school will be very different from the world I found when I graduated from high school more than thirty years ago.  For example, there are more computer capabilities in today’s automobile than the lunar craft that landed on the moon in 1969.  The personal lives and professional careers our children will demand that the individual be a life-long learner that is adaptable to the ever changing world.
Twenty First Century Skills are one of the components of the Iowa Core Curriculum that is now mandated by the State of Iowa.  These twenty first century skills demand technical literacy.  Students as young as kindergarten experience interactive learning through the use of smart boards and Apple Ipads.  The facilities of the district now have wireless capabilities.  Several classroom sets of netbooks (laptop computers on a traveling cart) allow students to interact within any classroom.  Several teachers have begun to use Goggle Docs, an online process for completing homework and study group.  This process is becoming more the norm than the exception in many colleges today.
One of the keys to the success of the technology is staff training.  In order for a staff member to have a smart board the staff member must have had training.  The dilemma for training staff is that there are many different ability levels and technology aptitudes.  During the second semester, staff will be afforded the opportunity to receive training in various topics and areas of technology that will be taught by staff members that have taken the lead on technology within their own classrooms. 
The Sioux Center Community School District will continue to plan for future technology possibilities.  One study will examine the possibility of becoming a one to one school, a laptop for every student.  One to one schools can provide many opportunities for the students.  The key in the research will be whether the move to one to one has a positive impact on student achievement. 
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler

Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekly events

Monday, November 8
7th/8th Boys Basketball vs Rock Valley,
            Both games here
High School Girls basketball practice may begin

Tuesday, November 9
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:30 pm

Wednesday, November 10
Early release/Power Hour, 2:05/2:15 pm

Thursday, November 11
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:30 pm

Friday, November 12
No school
Fall Musical, “Beauty & the Beast”, TePaske Theatre,

Saturday, November 13
Fall Musical, “Beauty & the Beast”, TePaske Theatre, 1:30 matinee & performance

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Parent Teacher Conference are next week

Parent teacher conferences will be held next week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. Parent teacher conferences are very important to establish rapport and communication between parent and the child's teacher. Here is a link to guide planning and attending the conference, as well as, followup to conference. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office of the building(s) your child/children attend.

Make the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences