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Articles from December 2015


FBI Internet Safety Presentation, Jan. 7

The Dubuque Community School District will host “Internet Safety for Parents and Community,” presented by a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Washington Middle School Auditorium. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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Shout Out: Tom Averkamp

Always ready to share a laugh, Tom Averkamp has worked in the Dubuque Community School District for over 30 years and wish him well as he begins his retirement. Here’s a #dcsdshoutout to Tom for his many years of service to our schools.

Proposed 2016-2017 School Calendar Posted for Feedback

The Dubuque Community School District has released its proposed calendar for the 2016-17 school year. We invite you to view the proposed calendar by clicking the link below.

The first full day of school in the proposed calendar is August 23, with orientation programs being held on August 22. Given this start date, the last scheduled day of classes is May 26.

Similar to this year’s calendar, the draft calendar includes 1,100 hours, with a 20-hour contingency to cover weather-related late starts or early dismissals. Any late starts or early dismissals that would cause the total number of instruction hours to fall below 1,080 will be made up. Full days cancelled due to weather will be made up at the end of the year as they are currently.

View the calendar

District-Wide Update 5 (2015-2016)

Check out this episode featuring the district-wide band concert, a Hempstead Honors Biology crime scene experiment, a visit by the Governor to learn about the district’s teacher leadership program, and a juggling Savvy Student!

‘School Speak’ to Discuss District Finances and Teacher Leadership, Dec. 19

The Dubuque Community School District will host a “School Speak” event at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, at the district’s administrative offices at 2300 Chaney Road.

The forum, designed to provide additional opportunities for conversation between administrators and community members, will include short presentations on district finances and the district’s teacher leadership initiatives.

Dec 19
‘School Speak’ Forum
December 19, 8:00 AM – District Administrative Offices, 2300 Chaney Road

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Shout Out: DALMC

A #dcsdshoutout to the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council for their work in helping connect our students to career options!


Student Artwork Featured in Digital Fringe

The December edition of Digital Fringe, an online gallery of student art in the Dubuque Community School District, is now live!

View the Elementary School Gallery

View the Middle and High School Gallery

This gallery is a way to highlight the remarkable products of art education in the district. It’s a digital attempt at bringing the work of our student artists at all levels into your home – because art is created for others to take in.

District-Wide Update 4

Check out this episode featuring an adaptive sports program, Marshall Elementary’s community group, Alternative Learning Center students produce public service announcements, and a sports-focused Kids Talk!

Hempstead Head Custodian Honored for Sportsmanship

news_tim_martens_sportsmanshipHempstead High School Head Custodian Tim Martens was recognized this week at the Girls’ State Volleyball Tournament for the example of sportsmanship he sets at Hempstead. Congratulations to Tim — and thanks to him for always showing his #MustangPRIDE !

District-Wide Update 3

Check out this episode featuring Washington Middle School’s Titanic exhibits, Hempstead students hear from Vietnam veterans, students enjoy locally sourced produce for Farm-to-School Month, and a RamCam Crew Savvy Student Challenge.