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Dismissal Update/Tornado Warning Expired

With the conclusion of the tornado warning, all middle and high schools will now dismiss at 3 p.m.

Middle and high school bus routes will be delayed by approximately 45 minutes.

Elementary schools will dismiss at their normal times. Elementary students using school bus transportation will remain at school until buses arrive, and their bus routes will also be delayed by approximately 45 minutes.

Thanks for your patience as we worked to ensure the safety of our students this afternoon.

2018 Graduation Videos

We love watching a new group of Dubuque Community School District graduates walk across the stage at commencement – and we wish them much success in the future.

Below are the 2018 Dubuque Senior High School and Hempstead High School graduation videos so you can relive the excitement!


No-Cost Summer Meal Programs

The Dubuque Community School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque are both participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program this summer, which will provide no-cost breakfast and lunch to any child between the ages of six and 18 years old with no enrollment necessary.

The district will offer meals at Prescott Elementary School Monday through Friday between June 13 and July 27, with breakfast being served between 7:30-8 a.m. and lunch being served from 11-11:30 a.m. The Prescott site will be closed from July 2 through July 6.

A variety of additional sites throughout the community will be also offered through the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque.

View the complete listing of meal sites and times

In addition to these USDA meal programs, the Dubuque Food Pantry at 1598 Jackson Street will offer a free “Lunches to Go” Monday through Friday from June 7 through August 22. No meals will be served July 4. The Food Pantry program is open to any Dubuque-area child through the age of 18 and each child will get their own lunch bag to fill.

Marshall Teacher Named District Teacher of the Year

The Dubuque Community School District Teacher of the Year was named at the annual Educators’ Recognition Dinner on May 10, hosted by the Dubuque Education Association.

Brandi Moeggenberg

Brandi Moeggenberg

Brandi Moeggenberg, a kindergarten teacher at Marshall Elementary School, was selected for the honor. Moeggenberg has taught at Marshall since 2012. “She works magic with her solid, research-based strategies and willingness to do whatever it takes to help her students learn,” said one of her nominators. “She has high expectations for students and they respond in amazing ways.”

Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were:

  • Alicia Bergfeld, a second-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School
  • Angie Breitbach, a science teacher at Hempstead High School
  • Bridget Daly-Wilhelm, a language arts teacher at Washington Middle School
  • Melissa Fondell, an instructional coach at Table Mound Elementary School
  • Paul Kilgore, an English teacher at Dubuque Senior High School
  • Andrea Leach, a third-grade teacher at Bryant Elementary School
  • Adam Miller, a social studies teacher at Hempstead High School
  • Stephanie Vondal, a fourth-grade teacher at Marshall Elementary School
  • Barbara Vrotsos, a teacher on special assignment (world languages and English Language Learners) at the district-level

At the dinner, two other special awards were presented. Stan Rheingans, superintendent of schools, and Phil Kramer, executive director of human resources, received the TEAM (Together Educators and Administrators Make-it-happen) Award presented to an administrator for exemplary support of teacher success.

Otto Krueger, a long-time School Board member, received the Friend of Education Award. Krueger has mentored a student throughout his entire Dubuque Community School District education and this year, the student will graduate from high school and is prepared to go on to college.


Howes to Become New Washington Middle School Principal

Brian HowesThe Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Howes as the new principal of Washington Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year, pending approval by the Board of Education at its May meeting. Howes will replace Mark Burns, who was recently named director of secondary education for the district.

As principal of Washington, Howes will be responsible for the strategic and day-to-day operations of the school, which serves approximately 650 students and has 105 professional and support staff. Howes is currently an assistant principal/registrar at Dubuque Senior High School, a position he’s held since 2011. For his work in this role, he was named the 2017-2018 Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year by School Administrators of Iowa.

Prior to his work at Senior, Howes was assistant principal at Hempstead High School from 2010-2011 and previously served as the district’s K-12 science curriculum coordinator, 6-12 math curriculum coordinator, and 6-12 career-technical education (CTE) coordinator.

At the school level, Howes served as an instructional coach and gifted/talented facilitator at Washington Middle School  and science department chair and science teacher at Hempstead High School. He began his career as an eighth-grade science teacher in the Garnavillo Community School District.

“Brian brings a great deal of administrative and leadership experience with him as he takes the helm at Washington Middle School,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “I’m confident that his energy and enthusiasm for Washington and the district will serve him well in this new role.”

Howes holds a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry teaching, a master of arts in science education degree, and an advanced study certificate (PK-12 Principalship) from the University of Northern Iowa.