Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

First of all, I must confess before beginning to pen this note that I am biased about the South Central Calhoun Community School District as an employee of the district.   Secondly, I know the district is not perfect in and by itself.  I also know as community members you should be extremely proud of many aspects of the SCC district, the staff, and students.  Here are some examples of many programs parents, students, and community members can be proud of by attending South Central Calhoun.

  • SCC is continually exploring ideas to make the district better and stronger for the communities we serve. 
  • The staff and board of education truly are concerned by the learning for all students as evidenced by the district's mission statement:  The mission of the South Central Calhoun School District is to partner with our communities to provide an environment rich with opportunities that challenge every student to master skills and understandings which will transfer into a successful future.
  • The Fine Arts programs offered by the district are extremely successful in academics, music, speech, and art.  Jazz band has finished at the top or near the top in its class for many years.  The academic decathlon has won the state competition and participated in the national competition.  All-State music had one SCC student who qualified last year.
  • The academic programs challenge students and provide a solid foundation for a student's next level of learning:  elementary to middle school; middle school to high school; high school to post-secondary, military, or career.  Testing in the district continually meets or exceeds other school districts within the AEA and the state.  Since 2015, SCC has scored higher on the ACT tests than the nation and State of Iowa in a state that ranks within the top five in the nation.
  • The elementary school has been recognized as a "Blue Ribbon" school district in 2014, an award based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 
  • The preschool programs are 5 Star rated; this is the highest rating.
  • The middle school has employed two teachers who specifically work on reading interventions for students in grades 4-8.
  • Many extra-curricular programs have provided students opportunities of high caliber with many state level performances within the past few years in FFA, track, volleyball, basketball, and football play-offs multiple times.  The baseball program was an honoree during the 2017-18 school year with players receiving a 3.43 grade point average.  SCC was one of a 166 school districts out of 366 member schools to have zero player or coach ejections during the 2017-18 school year.
  • For the first semester of the 2018-19 school year we have one hundred and seventy nine (179) students enrolled in at least one college level class.  The students are enrolled in thirty-three (33) different college level classes.  Students who open enrolled out tend to take fewer credits under post-secondary classes than students who attend SCC.
  • With many students taking post-secondary classes while still in high school, we have had over 50% of students who attend college complete an earned degree in 3 years.
  • The district has reduced student fees to $15 and $10 over the past several years.
  • The board has implemented an aggressive plan to maintain and improve district building and grounds, technology, and transportation departments spending over $750,000 per year.
  • Seventeen teachers in the district have an advanced degree; 60 teachers serve in a leadership capacity for professional development that is focused on student achievement data and teacher needs.
  • Voters in the district approved a physical plant and equipment levy to improve facilities at the elementary and high school sites with nearly a 60% approval rate on the first attempt.
  • Preliminary enrollment in the current school year looks to be up approximately 25 students.

I'd like to close this with a quote from Jamie Vollmer, an Iowa business leader and attorney who was a harsh critic of education and is now an advocate for America's public schools. "Everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions, and beliefs."  Let's continue our conversations that focused on exploring questions and solutions that reflect those qualities that make us proud to be the Titans! 

 


 


It is the policy of the South Central Calhoun Community School District to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status in its programs, activities or employment practices.  Questions or grievances related to this policy may be addressed to the district’s Equity Coordinator, Wendi Geno, at South Central Calhoun CSD, 1000 Tonawanda Avenue, Rockwell City, IA 50579 or call 712-297-7222. 

Posted 10.17.2018