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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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Suleyman Named Dubuque Community Schools Equity Director

Taj Suleyman

Taj Suleyman

The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Taj Suleyman as the district’s new director of equity, pending approval by the Board of Education at its April 8 meeting. Suleyman will join the district from his current role as equity outreach coordinator for the City of Dubuque.

In this newly created role, Suleyman will serve as a key district leader who embraces and champions the district’s fundamental value of ensuring equity for all. He will be responsible for organizing, coordinating, communicating and managing various facets of educational equity in the district to enhance student learning while collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to maximize the educational opportunities available to each student.

“Taj’s significant leadership experience in creating and managing equity systems combined with his strong relationships across the community make him an ideal fit for this new role,” said Superintendent Stan Rheingans. “He will bring a critical eye to our equity systems with a student-focused commitment that will move the district’s equity initiatives forward with a sense of positivity, optimism and purpose.”
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District Honored with ‘2019 Best Communities for Music Education’ Designation

Best Communities for Music Education logo 2019The Dubuque Community School District has again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The district is one of 623 schools across the country, and one of four in Iowa, to receive the designation.

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education.  Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

“Music education has long been valued in the Dubuque Community School District and we are pleased to again 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.”

REMINDER: New Dismissal Times Begin Monday, March 4

Remember that 25 minutes will be added to the end of each school day beginning Monday, March 4, to make up for instruction time lost due to weather-related cancellations.

A complete list of new dismissal times is below:

SCHOOL DISMISSAL TIME
(BEGINNING MARCH 4)
Audubon 3:35 p.m.
Bryant 3:25 p.m.
Carver 3:55 p.m.
Eisenhower 3:40 p.m.
Fulton 3:45 p.m.
Hoover 3:50 p.m.
Irving 3:40 p.m.
Kennedy 3:45 p.m.
Lincoln 3:10 p.m.
Marshall 3:45 p.m.
Prescott 3:55 p.m.
Sageville 3:55 p.m.
Table Mound 3:55 p.m.
Jefferson 2:55 p.m.
Roosevelt 2:55 p.m.
Washington 2:55 p.m.
Hempstead 2:45 p.m.
Senior 2:45 p.m.
Alta Vista  2:50 p.m.
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2019-2020 Free Four-Year-Old Preschool Registration Begins Feb. 4

Registration for free four-year-old preschool in the Dubuque Community School District for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on Monday, Feb. 4. 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 at 7 a.m. on Monday, February 4. Proof-of-age, preferably a birth certificate, is required to register a student. A passport or signed immunization record will be accepted if necessary.

Preschools registration paperwork are available online or in-person at elementary schools.
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Dubuque Schools Robotic Club to Host Competition, November 17

11/12/18 – For Immediate Release

The Dubuque Schools Robotics Club will host its first robotics competition of the year on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Dubuque Senior High School’s Nora Gymnasium. Matches in the event, which is part of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

Funding for this club, which will have two teams competing on November 17, is generously provided by the McDonough Foundation and Tom Preston-Werner, with both gifts facilitated by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools.

According to the FIRST website, FIRST Tech Challenge “are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.” The teams are guided by adult mentors and develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills while also doing community outreach, fundraising and marketing for their team.

The student club, which began three years ago, consists of nearly 25 high-school students from Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School and the Alta Vista Campus who meet multiple times each week to practice and prepare.

“FIRST Tech Challenge is more than just robots,” said Ann Arnold, a math teacher and one of the team’s coaches. “Our students learn gracious professionalism, teamwork, collaboration, and real-life 21st-century skills while designing, building, programming and competing with their robots.”

Roosevelt Teacher Named 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Christopher Burke

Chris Burke

Christopher Burke, an 11-year teaching veteran who uses real-world examples to make his mathematics lessons come alive, is the Iowa Department of Education’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today at Dubuque’s Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School.

“Chris Burke exemplifies the great teaching that is taking place in Iowa schools,” said Gov. Reynolds. “His passion for inspiring students to learn math in a real-world context and his enthusiasm for serving as a coach outside the school day underscore the extraordinary commitment of educators in communities across our state.”

Burke, 35, who is also a teacher leader at the middle school, is one of many educators in his family, including his wife, mother and sister. His wife, Betsy, also teaches at Roosevelt.

In the program’s 60-year history, this is the first time a Dubuque teacher has received the Teacher of the Year award.
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No-Cost Summer Meal Programs

The Dubuque Community School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque are both participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program this summer, which will provide no-cost breakfast and lunch to any child between the ages of six and 18 years old with no enrollment necessary.

The district will offer meals at Prescott Elementary School Monday through Friday between June 13 and July 27, with breakfast being served between 7:30-8 a.m. and lunch being served from 11-11:30 a.m. The Prescott site will be closed from July 2 through July 6.

A variety of additional sites throughout the community will be also offered through the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque.

View the complete listing of meal sites and times

In addition to these USDA meal programs, the Dubuque Food Pantry at 1598 Jackson Street will offer a free “Lunches to Go” Monday through Friday from June 7 through August 22. No meals will be served July 4. The Food Pantry program is open to any Dubuque-area child through the age of 18 and each child will get their own lunch bag to fill.