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District Sees Strong Performance on State Profiles

The Iowa Department of Education recently released the 2019 Iowa School Performance Profiles, which is the statewide school accountability system. Based on the results of this year’s release, the Dubuque Community School District is pleased to see a great deal of growth and progress in this year’s results.

“We know that no accountability system can show the entire picture of a school’s culture, accomplishments and success,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “At the same time, we are encouraged by our results on this year’s report and we are thankful to our staff, families and the many community partners who work tirelessly on behalf of our students and their success.”

The performance profiles include a complex set of data to provide a measurement of school performance. An overview of the total score and the overall designation for each school in the district is below.

VIEW COMPLETE DATA ON THE IOWA SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILES WEBSITE


School
2018
Score
2019
Score
Change
in Score
2018
Level
2019
Level
Change
in Level
Audubon 47.17 63.79 ▲ 16.62 Needs Improvement High Performing UP
Bryant 64.69 65.86 ▲ 1.17 High Performing High Performing SAME
Carver 57.17 59.66 ▲ 2.49 Commendable Commendable SAME
Eisenhower 50.43 56.86 ▲ 6.43 Acceptable Commendable UP
Fulton 39.75 49.64 ▲ 9.89 Priority Acceptable UP
Hoover 55.15 60.91 ▲ 5.76 Commendable High Performing UP
Irving 55.13 62.96 ▲ 7.83 Commendable High Performing UP
Kennedy 63.89 58.66  -5.23 High Performing Commendable DOWN
Lincoln 42.09 46.47 ▲ 4.38 Priority Needs Improvement UP
Marshall 55.02 57.84 ▲ 2.82 Commendable Commendable SAME
Prescott 45.48 47.38 ▲ 1.9 Needs Improvement Needs Improvement SAME
Sageville 55.41 58.77 ▲ 3.36 Commendable Commendable SAME
Table Mound 55.18 63.49 ▲ 8.31 Commendable High Performing UP
Roosevelt 56.48 61.23 ▲ 4.75 Commendable High Performing UP
Washington 53.29 54.67 ▲ 1.38 Acceptable Acceptable SAME
Jefferson 45.68 54.75 ▲ 9.07 Needs Improvement Acceptable UP
Senior 50.54 52.61 ▲ 2.07 Acceptable Acceptable SAME
Hempstead 53.78 54.48 ▲ 0.7 Acceptable Acceptable SAME

** Designations levels (from lowest to highest) include: Priority, Needs Improvement, Acceptable, Commendable, High Performing, Exceptional Based on last year, the first year of the performance profiles, a number of district schools were considered targeted for support in meeting the goals for a variety of student subgroups.

This year’s report indicated that the following schools MET THEIR GOALS in identified 2018 targeted areas:

  • Eisenhower Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL)
  • Irving Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Prescott Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL)
  • Table Mound Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Roosevelt Middle School met its goal for the targeted areas of Black/African American and Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Washington Middle School met its goal for the targeted area of Black/African American
  • Jefferson Middle School met its goal for the targeted areas of Black/African American, English Learners (EL), Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL), Hispanic, Students with Disabilities (IEP) and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

This year, the following schools received new targeted designations. As part of the district’s ongoing school and district planning process, schools will develop and implement plans working toward meeting the goals in these areas:

  • Eisenhower Elementary School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Prescott Elementary School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Dubuque Senior High School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Washington Middle School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Hempstead High School is now targeted for Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL) and Students with Disabilities (IEP)

“As a district, we will continue to analyze this data and many other data sources in the district as we work to reduce barriers and bolster opportunities for each and every student we serve,” said Rheingans. “We have much work to do, but we will do so purposefully and strategically together – and always with the best interest of students in mind.”

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Dubuque Schools See 2019-2020 Enrollment Growth

The Dubuque Community School District saw an overall increase of 56 students for the 2019-2020 school year, as compared to last year, according to the district’s tentative certified enrollment numbers. The numbers will be reviewed and finalized by the Iowa Department of Education by November 1.

Certified enrollment is the benchmark formula that districts across the state use to report student attendance – and is the key factor in determining the amount of funding districts receive. Because of the complexity of a district’s student makeup, it is also the most accurate indicator and uniform measure of student attendance in the state.

This year, the district’s tentative certified enrollment is 10,486 students across 18 schools as well as the district’s Alta Vista Campus, which houses the Alternative Learning Center, Summit Program, HEART Program and the district’s new Cornerstone Academy.

“Rising enrollment numbers are a positive sign for the district, even with the increase being small,” said Stan Rheingans, superintendent of schools. “We hope to see this trend of incremental growth continue moving forward and, as always, remain committed to providing the highest-quality education to each and every student who walks through our door.”

6th- and 9th-Grade Orientation Start Times

Families of 6th- and 9th-grade students — We are excited to welcome you for Orientation Day this Friday, Aug. 23!

This will be a full day for your student, with the day beginning at your school’s normal Monday through Thursday start time.

Start times are as follows:

Jefferson Middle School
Building opens at 7:20 a.m., classes start at 7:35 a.m.

Roosevelt Middle School
Building opens at 7:30 a.m., classes start at 7:38 a.m.

Washington Middle School
Building opens at 7:25 a.m., classes start at 7:40 a.m.

Dubuque Senior High School
Building opens at 7 a.m., classes start at 7:35 a.m.

Hempstead High School
Building opens at 6:45 a.m., classes start at 7:35 a.m.

If your student is eligible for school bus transportation, buses will run on the normal Monday through Thursday route times listed in the transportation letter your family received.

If you have any questions, please contact your school office. We can’t wait to see you Friday!

Kennedy Principal Named District Executive Director of Special Education

Brenda Duvel

Brenda Duvel

The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda Duvel as the district’s next executive director of special education. Duvel will assume this position after serving as principal of Kennedy Elementary School during the 2018-2019 school year.

In this role, Duvel will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of the district’s special education program, while also serving as a liaison between the district, the Area Education Agency, parents and the various community agencies.

“As our search progressed, it became increasingly clear that Brenda possesses the right special education expertise, leadership experience and interpersonal skills to lead this critical area of the district into the future,” said Stan Rheingans, superintendent of schools. “We are pleased to welcome her to our executive leadership team.”

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2019 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 2019 Dubuque Senior High School and Hempstead High School graduation videos so you can relive the excitement!

Maloney Named District’s Next Director of Activities and Athletics

Joseph MaloneyThe Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Maloney as the district’s next director of activities and athletics, pending approval by the district Board of Education at its May meeting.

Maloney, who currently serves as principal of Carver Elementary School, will assume the position full-time on July 1. He will succeed Amy Hawkins, who is leaving the position to become the district’s next executive director of human resources.
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Friday Morning Schedule Adjustment Beginning May 17

The following message was sent to district families and staff on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dear Families,

After the winter we had this year, it was hard to imagine spring arriving – but we made it!

As planned, we are now looking ahead to the calendar for the remainder of the school year. With the last day of school on June 7, we know that there is at least the possibility of some heat-related issues as we near the year’s final weeks.

With our bank of available hours depleted (even after the addition of the extra 25 minutes to the school day), we will move forward with adjustments to the Friday late arrival schedule for the last four Fridays of the year to ensure enough instructional time to meet the state requirement. To accomplish this:

All schools in the Dubuque Community School District will CANCEL the scheduled Friday-morning, one-hour late arrivals on May 17, May 24, May 31 and June 7.

SCHOOL ON THESE FOUR FRIDAYS WILL START ON THE NORMAL MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY START TIME.

This time will provide us with the flexibility to accommodate any heat issues that may arise.

I would again like to thank each of you for the many accommodations you made this past winter. We look forward to a great spring of learning and I wish you and your student all the best as we complete the school year.

Sincerely,
Stan Rheingans
Superintendent of Schools

District Receives 10th Consecutive 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 2018. This is the 10th consecutive year the district has received this honor.

“We are committed to responsibly using and reporting on the financial resources that we are entrusted with,” said Kevin Kelleher, executive director of finance and business services for the Dubuque Community Schools. “Our annual financial report is one tool in doing so and we hope our Certificate of Excellence helps assure taxpayers of our commitment to the highest standards of financial management.”
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