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Roosevelt Teacher Chris Burke Named Dubuque Schools Teacher of the Year

Chris Burke PhotoThe Dubuque Community School District Teacher of the Year was named at the annual Educators’ Recognition Dinner on May 11, hosted by the Dubuque Education Association.

Chris Burke, a mathematics teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School, was selected for the honor. Burke has taught at Roosevelt since 2007. “Chris’ true gift as a teacher is his ability to connect with students,” said one of his nominators. “He continuously builds strong relationships with students, creating a learning environment second to none.” Burke holds a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were:

  • Trica Brokus, a student needs facilitator at Dubuque Senior High School
  • Michelle Demuth, a second-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Jennifer Donath, a fifth-grade teacher at Carver Elementary School
  • Amanda Goranson, a mathematics teacher at Dubuque Senior High School
  • Rich Hatcher, a student needs facilitator at Jefferson Middle School
  • Sara Hilby, an art teacher at Hempstead High School
  • Joel Miller, a social studies teacher at Hempstead High School
  • Kelly Pfohl, a science teacher at Dubuque Senior High School
  • Chris Sindt, a science teacher at Washington Middle School

At the dinner, two other special awards were presented. Ed Glaser, principal of Audubon Elementary School, received the TEAM (Together Educators and Administrators Make-it-happen) Award presented to an administrator for exemplary support of teacher success.

Mike Larkin, who taught social studies at Dubuque Senior High School from 1967 through 2001, received the Friend of Education Award. Since retiring, Larkin has continued to be a regular substitute teacher in the district.

Carver Elementary School Principal Named District Director of Elementary Education

Cindy SteffensThe Dubuque Community School District Board of Education voted tonight to approve the appointment of Cindy Steffens as the district’s next director of elementary education and professional learning.

Steffens, who currently serves as principal of Carver Elementary School, will assume the position on July 1. Steffens will succeed Nancy Bradley, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 47 years of service to the district.

As director of elementary education, Steffens will be a member of the district’s senior leadership team and will provide administrative oversight of PreK-5 programming in the district’s 13 elementary schools. This work will include oversight of the district’s elementary curriculum and assessment efforts, as well as planning, coordination and supervision of a comprehensive professional learning program for staff.

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2017-2018 Preschool Registration Begins Monday, Feb. 6

Registration for 2017-2018 free four-year-old preschool in the Dubuque Community School District will begin on Monday, Feb. 6. This includes Dubuque’s 13 public schools offering preschool through the Statewide Voluntary Free Preschool Program.

Parents and guardians may register students in person at the selected site, beginning when that site’s office opens on February 6. Proof-of-age, preferably a birth certificate, is required to register a student. A passport or signed immunization record will be accepted if necessary. Initial paperwork can be found online at www.dbqschools.org/preschool.
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ALERT: Two-Hour Delay, Thursday, Jan. 26

The Dubuque Community School District will operate on a two-hour delay, Thursday, Jan. 26, due to icy conditions on roadways and black ice in the northern portions of the district.

All district-run morning pre-school is cancelled.

ALERT: Two-Hour Delay, Thursday, Jan. 19

The Dubuque Community School District will operate on a two-hour delay today, Thursday, Jan. 19, due to dense fog and icy conditions, especially in the southern portions of the district.

All district-run morning pre-school is cancelled.

ALERT: No School Today, Tuesday, Jan. 17

Due to icy conditions, classes are cancelled and schools are closed in the Dubuque Community School District today, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

  • The District Honor Choir rehearsal scheduled for 4 p.m. at Irving Elementary School has been cancelled.

ALL GAMES SCHEDULE FOR TONIGHT WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED:

  • Hempstead High School, ninth-grade girls to Cedar Rapids Kennedy
  • Hempstead High School, ninth-grade boys Green vs. Gold
  • Hempstead High School, sophomore and varsity basketball vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
  • Dubuque Senior High School, swim vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
  • Dubuque Senior High School, sophomore and varsity basketball vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie

January 10 Activity Cancellations

Due to inclement weather, all activities in the Dubuque Community School District are cancelled or postponed for tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 10. This includes the following:

  • All middle school practices are cancelled.
  • The Hempstead High School boys basketball game versus Cedar Rapids Kennedy has been postponed until January 17 at Hempstead.
  • The Hempstead High School girls basketball game versus Cedar Rapids Kennedy has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. \
  • The Dubuque Senior High School boys basketball game versus Cedar Rapids Prairie has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • The Dubuque Senior High School girls basketball game versus Cedar Rapids Prairie has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • The Hempstead High School ninth grade boys basketball game (Green vs. Gold) has been postponed until January 17.