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League of Women Voters 2023 School Board Candidate Forum

The Dubuque League of Women Voters will host the 2023 School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend the forum in person, which will be held at the Dubuque Community School District Office at 2300 Chaney Road.


The forum can also be viewed live on Mediacom Channel 16 or 117-6.

Jefferson and Washington to Host 100th Anniversary Open Houses, Oct. 1

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of each school, Jefferson Middle School and Washington Middle School will host community open houses on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at each school. The community is invited to attend.

During the open houses, community members will have the chance to tour areas of the school, interact with student representatives and school staff, and view historical memorabilia. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to sign a commemorative item recognizing the anniversary.

In 1921, the Dubuque Community School District Board of Education called for construction of two new junior high schools – ultimately becoming Washington and Jefferson. The schools were both constructed during 1922 and opened in 1923.

Today, Jefferson serves approximately 460 students and Washington serves approximately 630 students, all in grades six through eight.

Community Information Session on Facility Planning, May 1

The Dubuque Community School District will host a community information meeting focused on its facility planning efforts on Monday, May 1, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Forum, 2300 Chaney Road.

The meeting will feature a discussion on projects that may be included in a potential September bond referendum. The largest project would involve constructing a new middle school on the site of the current Washington Middle School. This would give the district two modern middle schools of similar size and amenities rather than continuing to operate two smaller, 100-year-old, less-efficient buildings.

This project would save the district an estimated $3.4 million in annual operating costs, and voters could approve a bond referendum with no increase to the district’s overall tax levy rate.

Additional projects from the district’s 10-year facility plan include adding air conditioning to buildings that still need full climate control; the construction of a baseball and softball complex with lights, restrooms and concessions; acquiring land for a potential future elementary school; and a gymnasium addition to Eisenhower Elementary, as it is the district’s only elementary school of its size without both a dedicated lunch/multipurpose room and a gym.

At the meeting, the team from INVISION Architecture leading the study will provide an update on projects. Tim Oswald from Piper Sandler will explain the funding mechanism needed to accomplish the project, along with its potential impact on property taxes.

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2022 Mobile Registration + Employment Fair, Aug. 6-11

Need help registering your student?
Looking for a job in an amazing school district?
We are hitting the road and bringing the district to you!

Visit our registration and human resources teams at one of our Mobile Registration and Employment Fair stops throughout the community next week.

At each stop:

  • Our registration team will be on hand to assist families in completing online registration for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.
  • Our human resources team will take applications and conduct on-the-spot interviews for a variety of district jobs, including paraprofessional, transportation and food/nutrition positions.
  • Computers with internet access will be provided – and we even have a few treats in store!

Join us at one of the following times:

Saturday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m.- 2p.m.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH: Audubon Elementary School

Monday, Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m.
Flora Park
NOTE: Spanish and Marshallese interpreters will be available at this stop.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 9-11 a.m.
Hempstead High School
NOTE: Spanish and Marshallese interpreters will be available at this stop.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Murphy Park
NOTE: Spanish and Marshallese interpreters will be available at this stop.

Thursday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Roosevelt Middle School
NOTE: Spanish and Marshallese interpreters will be available at this stop.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Friday Night Football Updates/Parking Info (2021)

We are excited to kick-off this year’s high school football season with a district match-up between the Dubuque Senior Rams and the Hempstead Mustangs!

With Dubuque Senior High School currently under renovation, there are a number of updates regarding spectator entrances and parking for all Friday football games this season.


Due to construction, parking will be limited for football games this year with a portion of the main parking lot unavailable and the school’s upper lot (off North Grandview Ave.) no longer accessible.

We wanted to notify spectators of parking options if you plan to attend an upcoming Friday night football game hosted by Hempstead or Dubuque Senior. Please remember to allow yourself enough time to find a parking spot prior to kick-off.

Parking is available in the following locations:

  • Dubuque Senior Main Parking Lot
  • Dubuque Senior Lower Parking Lot (off Rosedale Street)
  • Clarke University Parking Lots
  • St. Anthony’s Church Parking Lot
  • Residential side streets following City of Dubuque parking regulations

Spectator Entrances

Map of Dalzell Field Spectator Entrances

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Spectators will be able to enter Dalzell Field through each of the normal entrances:

  • East Spectator Entrance – located off the main parking lot of the stadium
  • Visitor Spectator Entrance – located on the visitor side of the stadium
  • West Spectator Entrance – a walking path will be provided through the construction area off North Grandview Ave.Download a printable map of Dalzell Field entrances

Live Streaming

This Friday, August 27, Senior/Hempstead varsity football game will be live streamed courtesy of Mediacom MC22. The live-stream link will be available shortly before kick-off on the district’s official social media pages at and

We look forward to seeing you under the Friday night lights! Thank you for your continued support of Dubuque Community Schools and our athletic programs.

2021 Graduation Update

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2021,

In just a few short months, your student in the Class of 2021 will walk across the stage to receive their Dubuque Community School District diploma – proudly becoming a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School or Hempstead High School.

While we continue to move closer to normal, we will again make adjustments to this year’s graduation ceremony to ensure that we are providing a safe environment for our students and their families.

  • The most significant change is that the ceremony will be held outdoors at Dalzell Field in order to provide additional capacity while also allowing for appropriate physical distancing.
  • As scheduled, graduation will be held on Saturday, May 29, and we will use Sunday, May 30, as a rain date should weather present an issue on Saturday.
  • Dubuque Senior High School’s ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and Hempstead High School’s ceremony will be held at 3 p.m.
  • Based on the capacity of Dalzell Field, each graduate may receive up to eight (8) tickets. WATCH YOUR EMAIL IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS FOR TICKET RESERVATION DETAILS.
  • We will again livestream the graduation ceremonies for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person.

Additional details about logistics, safety protocols and ticketing will be shared as our graduation planning continues.

We are excited to be able to hold an in-person celebration of the Class of 2021. Best wishes as your student completes the remainder of their senior year!

Stan Rheingans
Superintendent of Schools

Ticket Information for IHSAA Postseason Events

The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) will utilize HomeTown Ticketing as the exclusive ticket provider for postseason lead-up events and select state tournament events.

Therefore, tickets for postseason basketball games hosted by Senior and Hempstead WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE through HomeTown Ticketing.

This includes the following games:

  • Dubuque Senior Boys Basketball on Monday, February 22
  • Hempstead Boys Basketball on Friday, February 26

Each school will provide a link to participants where family members can purchase a limited number of tickets for the game. Additionally, students will be provided with a separate link where they can purchase a ticket for the game.

Due to spectator limitations we anticipate that there will be NO general admission tickets available to the general public.

  • If general admission tickets would become available, the district will put a HomeTown Ticketing link on the official district Facebook and Twitter pages on game day for individuals to purchase a ticket.

NOTE: The digital ticket purchased through HomeTown Ticketing is the only ticket that will be accepted for these contests.