Skip to main content

Articles from December 2015

STEM Grant to Support Redesigned Learning Environment

The STEM Council invests in the school district’s business-education partnership

The Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council recently invested in the Dubuque Community School District to help grow its STEM RLE (Redesigned Learning Environment) model in Iowa.

The district is one of 12 programs across the state to receive the $25,000 cost-matched grant, designed to transform typical K-12 classroom environments and methods to unite business and education while developing clear pathways from STEM education to STEM careers in the state. The grants were awarded to grow either a STEM RLE model or a STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers Model), both developed in 2014 to serve as examples of business-education partnerships.

Read More


Farm-to-School Month Menus Feature Local Produce

Crisp fall apples. Delicious watermelon. Coleslaw made from fresh local cabbage.

All of the items and more are featured in the Dubuque Community School District’s lunch lineup during Farm-to-School Month – promoting the use of locally sourced produce.

For two weeks, from October 5 through October 16, every school in the district will see one or two food items per week from local suppliers. This is in addition to Prairie Farms milk, which is served every day in the district and comes from farms within 100 miles of Dubuque.

Read More

Shout Out: Elks Lodge #297

Check out our latest #dcsdshoutout to Dubuque Elks Lodge #297 for a decade of provide dictionaries to third-graders throughout the Dubuque area.


Hempstead Dedication and Open House Photos

Check out photos below from the October 3 dedication and open house celebrating the $30 million renovation of Hempstead High School.

The $30 million project, which broke ground in May 2013, includes the addition of a 700-seat auditorium, an auxiliary gym with two courts and seating for 450, additional classroom space for music and technology education, a new kiln room in art, new administrative offices and other mechanical and safety enhancements. The project is well ahead of its anticipated January 2016 completion.

Read More


Hempstead High School Renovation Dedication and Open House, Oct. 3

As a $30 million renovation of Hempstead High School comes to a close, the Dubuque Community School District will host an open house and dedication for the addition on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event will begin with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. in the school’s new auditorium, followed by an opportunity for guests to explore the new facilities until noon. The dedication and open house are open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Read More

District-Wide Update 1 (2015-2016)

Check out this year’s first District-Wide Update, featuring high school Respect Retreats, welcoming a new School Board member, recognizing Deaf Awareness Month, and a gluten-free Savvy Student Challenge!