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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.

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Dubuque Community School District Recognized as One of the Best in the Nation for Music Education

Best Communities for Music Education LogoThe Dubuque Community School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music education has long been valued in the Dubuque Community School District and we are pleased to be honored with the designation,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “We continue to place emphasis on the important role music and other extracurricular activities play in student success and the development of important real-world skills.”

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Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools Celebrates Success

The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools recently held its annual Enhancing Excellence Luncheon celebrating the foundation’s work and honoring Jeff Mozena, a 1972 Hempstead High School graduate, with the 2018 Distinguished Hometown Alumni Award.

The Dubuque Community School District is thankful for the ongoing support of the foundation. Watch the video below, which was shown at the luncheon and highlights the impact of the foundation.

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Spring 2018 District Music Festivals

The Dubuque Community School District’s Spring Music Festivals are right around the corner.

This year, with a continually growing number of students involved in music programming, we have reached the level of having so many participants that we have decided to divide each of our district choral and instrumental music festivals into two nights each.

We hope that this new format will help better accommodate the extremely large number of family and community members who attend the festivals – all with ample seating, increased parking and improved safety for students and families.

Here is the schedule of events:

FESTIVAL GROUP A

(Held at the Grand River Center due to construction at Dubuque Senior High School)

Mar 12
District Choral Concert (Festival Group A)
March 12, 6:30 PM – Grand River Center
(FESTIVAL GROUP A includes students from Bryant, Honor Choir, Hoover, Irving, Prescott, Sageville, Table Mound, Jefferson, Washington, and Senior)
Mar 13
District Orchestra Concert (Festival Group A)
March 13, 6:30 PM – Grand River Center
(FESTIVAL GROUP A includes students from Bryant, Honor Choir, Hoover, Irving, Prescott, Sageville, Table Mound, Jefferson, Washington, and Senior)
Mar 14
District Band Concert (Festival Group A)
March 14, 6:30 PM – Grand River Center
(FESTIVAL GROUP A includes students from Bryant, Honor Choir, Hoover, Irving, Prescott, Sageville, Table Mound, Jefferson, Washington, and Senior)

FESTIVAL GROUP B

(Held at Hempstead High School)

Mar 19
District Band Concert (Festival Group B)
March 19, 6:30 PM – Hempstead High School
(FESTIVAL GROUP B includes students from Audubon, Carver, Eisenhower, Fulton, Honor Choir, Kennedy, Lincoln, Marshall, Roosevelt and Hempstead)
Mar 20
District Orchestra Concert (Festival Group B)
March 20, 6:30 PM – Hempstead High School
(FESTIVAL GROUP B includes students from Audubon, Carver, Eisenhower, Fulton, Honor Choir, Kennedy, Lincoln, Marshall, Roosevelt and Hempstead)
Apr 3
District Choral Concert (Festival Group B)
April 3, 6:30 PM – Hempstead High School
(FESTIVAL GROUP B includes students from Audubon, Carver, Eisenhower, Fulton, Honor Choir, Kennedy, Lincoln, Marshall, Roosevelt and Hempstead)

District Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

The Dubuque Community School District was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The award is for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending in 2017. This is the ninth consecutive year the district has received this honor.
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