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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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Resources for talking to students about violence

Discussing violence with students can be a difficult conversation regardless of age. Members of the district’s counseling staff have shared the following resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in order to aid in talking with your student.

INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for Talking to Children About Violence

ARTICLE: Tips for Talking to Children About Violence

 

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Families, Students and Staff,

It has been a difficult 12 hours in the Dubuque Community School District.

Late last night, we learned of a threat to Dubuque Senior High School that started on social media and quickly gained widespread momentum. As it began to circulate, a flood of misinformation also began to surface and determining credibility of the threat became immensely difficult. At that point, we decided to cancel classes at Senior out of an abundance of caution.

Once the decision to cancel classes at Senior was made, it became clear that Dubuque is understandably not immune to the heightened awareness and sensitivities that exist nationally around school shootings. Given student/parent concerns across the district and the clear disruption to the school day that would have undoubtedly been present, we decided it was in the best interest of our students to cancel the day and make it up at the end of the year.

Now, 12 hours later, working closely with the Dubuque Police Department, we are confident in saying that there is no credible threat to our schools. We will proceed with the high school activities scheduled for this weekend and, as a precaution, will have additional security and police officers present at those events. Together, we must be vigilant.

As we reflect on this situation, it is important to reinforce that we will take any threat received as serious until we know otherwise. Anyone who believes there is a concern should report it immediately to an adult for follow-up and refrain from posting/reposting unconfirmed information on social media. When we are able to determine the source of the threat, we will take action to ensure that the individual is held accountable.

As parents, this can be a difficult topic to discuss with your students. Counseling staff will be available in our schools next week (and beyond) for students needing additional support. Later today, we will also post additional resources on how to talk with your student about violence on website at www.dbqschools.org.

Throughout this, many students and family members have shared information as the district and police investigated. We are thankful for this information and know that working together in this way is the best way to prevent violence in our schools.

As we move into the weekend, please be assured that we are fully committed to the safety of our students and staff, and we are thankful for the tremendous support we receive from the community in providing a safe learning environment.

Sincerely,
Stan Rheingans
Superintendent of Schools

 

ALERT: No School TODAY, Friday, Feb. 23

There will be NO SCHOOL in the Dubuque Community School District TODAY, Friday, Feb. 23.

This decision comes following a threat late last evening to Dubuque Senior High School, which we have been unable to confirm the credibility of. Following the decision to close Senior for the day, the student/parental concern and significant disruption created throughout the district has led to a decision to close ALL SCHOOLS today.

This day will be made up at the end of the school year, as we believe students will benefit more from a normal school day at that time as opposed a day filled with distractions today.