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Articles from May 2015

Hitzler Named Alternative Education Newcomer of the Year

Tim Hitzler, a social studies teacher at the Alternative Learning Center on the Alta Vista Campus, was recently awarded the Iowa Association for Alternative Education Newcomer of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually to an alternative educator who has less than five years of alternative education experience. It honors a person who is enthusiastic about alternative education, promotes a positive atmosphere in the school setting, and is an advocate for students.

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Dubuque Senior High School Recognized Nationally in U.S. News ‘Best High Schools’ Ranking

Dubuque Senior High School added a little silver to its school colors when U.S. News released its 2015 Best High Schools list.

Senior was awarded Silver Medal status in the listing, was ranked nationally and was ranked 11th among Iowa high schools in the listing.

“Our staff at Dubuque Senior High School is committed to helping all of our students be successful,” said Dan Johnson, principal at the school. “Our Ram Family, both staff and students, does a great job of working together to make our school a great place to get an education. Our goal is to always get better.”

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‘Be Our Guest’ Merges Visual Arts and Architecture

This spring, students worked with art teachers, local historians and architects to learn about the different architecture styles of Dubuque’s downtown hotels and inns, study their history and relevance to the city’s cultural and economic development, and create mixed media or 3-D artwork.

The work was part of a new program called “Be Our Guest,” held in conjunction with Main Street Ltd. during the organization’s annual Architecture Days celebration. The program was funded through the Mediacom Arts and Culture grant program submitted by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS).

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Jefferson Educator Named Teacher of the Year

The Dubuque Community School District Teacher of the Year was named at the annual Educators’ Recognition Dinner on May 5, hosted by the school district and the Dubuque Education Association.

Amy Haverland, a science teacher at Jefferson Middle School, was selected for the honor. Haverland has taught at Jefferson since 2005. She is also in a teacher leadership role at Jefferson, serving as one of the school’s 21st-century initiative leaders. “Amy is an educational innovator,” said one of her nominators. “[Her] enthusiasm is contagious and spreads to all those she encounters. Students leave her classroom with a feeling of confidence and a genuine love of science.”

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New Preschool Added at Hoover Elementary

Hoover Elementary School will add a preschool classroom for the 2015-16 school year, providing a new preschool option in the Dubuque Community School District.

Parents and guardians may register students at Hoover beginning Monday, May 4, at the school. Proof-of-age, preferably a birth certificate, is required to register a student. A passport or signed immunization record will be accepted if necessary.

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