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Articles from April 2015

‘Great Music Listening Festival’ at Lincoln on Wednesday

Fourth and fifth grade students at Lincoln Elementary School will experience a collection of musical masterpieces on Wednesday, April 29, during the finals of the school’s Great Music Listening Festival.

The program, designed by Lincoln music teacher Linda Niemann, is focused on giving students the chance to learn about great music from the past. Students have been studying 10 masterworks for the past two months.

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Events Postponed on Saturday, April 25

Due to weather, the following events in the Dubuque Community School District are postponed for Saturday, April 25:

  • Hempstead High School girls soccer vs. Decorah is postponed and will be rescheduled on a date to be determined.
  • Dubuque Senior High School girls soccer at the DeWitt tournament is cancelled and will not be made up.
  • Hempstead High School and Senior High School men’s tennis vs. Iowa City High and Iowa City West is postponed and will be rescheduled on a date to be determined.
  • The Jefferson Middle School Invite Girls Track and Field Meet is postponed and rescheduled for Monday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. at Hempstead High School.
  • The Roosevelt Middle School Invite Boys Track and Field Meet is postponed and rescheduled for Friday, May 1, at Hempstead High School, with the time to be determined.
  • NOTE: The Dubuque Senior and Hempstead women’s tennis teams WILL travel to Iowa City West on Saturday, with competition being moved to indoor courts at Hawkeye Tennis and Rec.

District Names Executive Director of Human Resources

headshot-phil-kramerThe Dubuque Community School District will recommend the appointment of Phil Kramer as the district’s next executive director of human resources. Kramer will begin transitioning into the position over the next few months and will assume the position full-time on July 1, pending approval by the district Board of Education at its May meeting. Kramer will succeed Rick Colpitts, who is leaving the position to become the superintendent of the Western Dubuque Community School District.

As executive director of human resources, Kramer will oversee all human resources operations for the over 1,800 employees in the district. This includes district-wide planning and coordination of staff recruitment, the performance evaluation system, employee relations and personnel management.

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Dubuque Family STEM Festival, Saturday, April 18

The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to again be a co-sponsor of the Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center at Clarke University. The event will include over 50 free and fun hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. See the video preview from organizers below:

Dubuque Community School District Graduation Rate Climbs

The four-year graduation rate in the Dubuque Community School District climbed to 91.49 percent for the class of 2014, up 2.36 percent from the previous year and higher than the state average of 90.5 percent. This new data was released today by the Iowa Department of Education.

“We are committed to preparing students to be college- and career-ready, and graduating from high school is certainly an important part of the equation,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “The increase in our graduation rates should be a point of pride for not only for our high school teachers, principals and staff, but also for staff throughout the district. We believe the cumulative experience our students receive in the district greatly contributes to their success in high school and beyond.”

The Dubuque Community School District had the third-highest graduation rate among the state’s 10 largest urban school districts.

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Hempstead Students See ‘Jaws of Life’ in Action

Students often hear about the “Jaws of Life” vehicle-extraction tool being used as a response tool in severe accidents. Hempstead High School students had the chance to see the tool in action on Wednesday, April 1, at part of the school’s Spring Wind event. The event gave new perspective to students and encouraged safety driving and responsible decision making.

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