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Winter Storm Postpones District Events, Jan. 18

Due to the approaching winter storm, the following events and activities in the Dubuque Community School District have been postponed for today, Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19.

  • The District Speech Competition scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, has been postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Cascade High School.
  • Special Olympics competition scheduled for Saturday in Eldridge has been postponed.
  • Hempstead High School and Dubuque Senior High School wrestling scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.
  • All ninth-grade basketball schedule for Saturday, Jan. 19, has been postponed.
  • The varsity girls and boys basketball games between Hempstead High School and Dubuque Senior High School have been postponed. The girls game will be made up on Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at Hempstead. The boys game will be made up on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Hempstead.
  • Bowling for both Hempstead High School and Dubuque Senior High School is postponed. The make-up date is to be determined.
  • MVC men’s swimming scheduled for tomorrow at Linn-Mar has been postponed and rescheduled to Monday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Linn-Mar Pool.
  • All middle school events are postponed, including practices.

UPDATE: Two-Hour Delay TODAY, Jan. 14


The Dubuque Community School District is thankful for the continuous support of the Dubuque Police Department, which has been actively involved in investigating the social media threat to Jefferson Middle School that surfaced late last night. During the investigation, we also learned that at least one message referenced the Alta Vista Campus.

Based on the police investigation that has continued during the overnight hours, the threats are believed to be copycat messages of a threat to another area school last night. All leads point to the messages being non-credible, with no danger to students or staff.

Following today’s two-hour delay, the remainder of the school day will be held as scheduled. Out of an abundance of caution, there will be additional police presence at Jefferson Middle School and the Alta Vista Campus throughout the day.

Thank you for your flexibility today and for your continued dedication to the safety of our students.


The Dubuque Community School District will operate on a two-hour delay TODAY, Monday, Jan. 14, at ALL DISTRICT SCHOOLS to allow for additional time to investigate a social media threat to Jefferson Middle School. 

All district-run morning preschool is canceled.

Late last night, multiple students reported threats made on social media specific to Jefferson Middle School today. The Dubuque Police Department immediately began investigating and has been doing so through the night.

As a district, we take any potential threat to our schools seriously. In this case, we believe it is the most appropriate action to delay this morning to allow the police additional time to investigate.

We will continue to investigate this situation with the Dubuque Police Department until it is resolved. If and when the source of the threat is determined, the district will pursue further action on the individual responsible to the fullest extent possible.

The Physics of Friction

This hands-on learning project was a little more geared toward students’ feet! Check out how a Hempstead High School physics class recently learned more about friction through designing their own shoe tread.

The Physics of Friction
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Winter 2018 Student Art Gallery

The Winter 2018 Online Student Art Galleries are now live featuring art from the district’s elementary, middle and high school students!

View the Elementary Gallery

View the Middle School Gallery

View the High School Gallery

This gallery is a way to highlight the remarkable products of art education in the district. It’s a digital attempt at bringing the work of our student artists at all levels into your home – because art is created for others to take in.

Proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars Released

The Dubuque Community School District has released draft calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year. Online feedback about the calendar will be accepted using the form below through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2018. The district Board of Education will host a public hearing about the calendar on Monday, January 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Forum, 2300 Chaney Road.

2019-2020 Proposed Calendar

2020-2021 Proposed Calendar

The feedback period for these draft calendars as now ended.

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.”

Eisenhower Elementary School to Host 50th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 16

Eisenhower Elementary School Celebrates 50 Years

Eisenhower Elementary School will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening at a special assembly on Friday, Nov. 16. A celebratory program will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium, with tours and socializing following. Former Eisenhower students and staff, as well as any member of the community, are invited to attend.

The program will feature guest speakers, viewing of a time capsule put together many years ago, and a performance by the Eisenhower choir. Following the program, tours of the building will be offered until 3 p.m.

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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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