NORTH Polar Bear News - JANUARY 2015
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JANUARY 2015 NORTH Polar Bear News We are the Polar Bears! Despite the inclement weather and foot of snow this past weekend, our Polar Bears enjoyed the Saturday night Winter Formal event, “A Night In Wonderland” complete with falling snow! Tre’Vawn Jarrett & Jolena Le Madison Cox
JANUARY 2015 Infinite Campus for Parents Des Moines Public Schools uses Infinite Campus as its web- based student information system. The service provides students the ability to access their class related information as well as allowing parents and/or guardians the ability to view their children’s academic information. Through the Infinite Campus portal, parents are able to see important announcements, report cards, attendance records, assessment scores, student schedules, lunch balances, teacher newsletters, household information and more… There are two ways that an account can be created for you. 1) If you have an active email address we can assist in creating an account for you using your email address as your user name. 2) If you don’t have an email address we can still help you create an account using an activation key. Both ways work well and help you stay connected to your student. Creating an Account with an Activation Key Access the Portal Log in Site by either going to the district homepage (www.dmschools.org), find the Parent section, and click on the Infinite Campus Link OR go to https://sis.dmps.k12.ia.us/campus/portal/ desmoines.jsp CLICK "Help". CLICK "click here" to select 'If you have been assigned a Campus Portal Activation Key’. TYPE the Activation Key that has been provided by your school. CLICK "Submit". TYPE a user name in the "User Name" field. TYPE a password in the "Password" field. TYPE the password again in the "Verify Password" field. CLICK "Create Account". CLICK "Click Here" to proceed to your Campus Portal account. TYPE your new user name in the "User Name" field. TYPE your new password in the "Password" field. CLICK "Sign In".
JANUARY 2015 From the Counseling Office Using the programs in Family Connection, students will be able to link to useful websites, surveys and many relevant career and college topics. Students will complete each of the Family Connection tasks in their Celebrations class. The Counseling staff is committed to Need help filling out the FAFSA forms? assisting each student in On Monday, February 16th we will be experiencing a having a “Fill out the FAFSA” form event smooth from 1:00—7:00 P.M. in the school library. transition to life It is so important to get those FAFSA forms after high completed and submitted early for school and consideration with college applications. achieving post This is a great opportunity for students and high school families to get some help with those career goals. forms. You will need to bring social security numbers and 2014 income If you have any questions about Family information (W-2’s) for everyone in your Connection feel free to contact the household. Appointments are filling up Counseling Department. School Counselors quickly so please call the counseling are; office at (515) 242-7205 to schedule. Julie Charikov (last name begins A - K) email@example.com Kimber Foshe (last name begins L- Z) firstname.lastname@example.org Again, students will be working with the Family Connections program with their advisors in their Celebrations class but feel free to log into your account and explore Beginning in the second semester, we all that Family Connections has to offer. are happy to introduce our students to Login information: Hyperlink: Family Connection. Family Connection http://connection.naviance.com/northhis offers innovative, easy-to-use web applications for high school students and User name and password: their parents. Family Connection will help Username: school email address guide students' academic and career (student IDemail@example.com) choices, as well as providing them with Password: student ID # opportunities of self-exploration.
JANUARY 2015 The Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on Monday, March 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm AND Wednesday, March 11th from 3:30 – 7:30 pm Frequent communication between families and schools is one of the keys to student success. These conferences are one of the best opportunities you have for connecting with your sons or daughters teachers and learning how to help them to do well in school. Come and find out about their learning and progress. Its an opportunity you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there!
JANUARY 2015 District Large Group Speech Contest North High Theater Arts had a GREAT showing at District Large Group Speech Contest this past Saturday. Nine groups were given a “1” rating which means they will be participating in State Contest at Valley on February 7th. Those groups are: 1) Ensemble Acting “The 2) Group Mime “Seeing Through 3) Group Mime “Opportunity Universal Language” L to R: my Hands” L to R: Rebekah Locks” L to R: Kameron James Michael Xayavong & Hebelin Ostermann, Cassady Kelly & & Caleb Ostermann Sanchez-Mercado Brenda Martinez-Rosas 4) Radio Broadcasting “T ‘n T News” L to R: 5) Radio Broadcasting “GE News” L Joseph Noble, Talissa Vegas, Adam Espinal & to R: Hatte Kelley, Meghan Brown- Marcos Hernandez) Garrett & Yanet Velasquez Congratulations to all of these students on their hard work in making it to State! They have put in many long hours to get to 6) Readers Theater “The Rabbit who Wanted to be a Man” L to R: this point. They will now Esperanza Vargas Macias, Hebelin Sanchez-Mercado, Yanet Velasquez, Iliana Castillo, Michael Colon-Ramos & Mayte Gomez-Cruz have the chance to receive a superior rating at State. We hope you can join us on the 7th at Valley to support these students. Thank You! Mark Rixner 7) Musical Theater “Wicked” L to R: Rebekah Ostermann, Caleb Ostermann, Duncan Vivanh, & Theater Arts Director/ Mercedes Castillo Instructor 8) Musical Theater “Ragtime” L to R: Kameron James, Vanessa McGregor, 9) Musical Theater “Tick Tick Odyssey Lamar-Nelson, Dalanie Hawkins, Mahalalel Hill & Tytiaunna Boom” L to R: Michael Johnson Xayavong & Mayte Gomez-Cruz
JANUARY 2015 Coming Up... February 3, 2015, 4:15—6:00 PM Middle School students that will be attending North High School next year are invited to a special orientation about athletics and activities. The program kicks off at 4:15 PM in the school auditorium where there will be presentations regarding the different activities and athletics. At 5:15 PM the students will go the gym to finish the 2nd half of the 9th grade basketball game. At 6:00 PM there will be a bus available to take students back to Harding and Goodrell for those not staying for the varsity games. Polar Bear Open Debate Invitational February 6-7, 2015 It is the goal of both coaches and students on North’s Debate Team to use this tournament to raise funds for our own team as well as begin contributing to the forensics community in Iowa. North High School has not hosted a tournament since 2005, which means hosting one in February of 2015 provides us with a platform to formally announce our commitment to reviving North’s program to the forensics community. Furthermore, the Polar Bear Open will provide students in both the east and western Iowa district a much -needed opportunity to practice before the National Qualifier Tournament the following weekend; moreover, it provides our students the opportunity to compete for free, a rarity in the forensics world. We thank you for your continued support and assistance to revive a program that is imperative to our students’ success.
JANUARY 2015 Feb. 3 February Thaw, 4:15—6:00 PM, Auditorium & Gym Feb. 9 Choir Sweetheart Show, 5:30 & 7:30 PM (2 shows), Woodchuck Theater Mar. 5 Choir Northside Night, 6:00—8:30 PM, Auditorium Mar. 9 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:00—8:00 PM, Gym Mar. 10 Band & Orchestra Pops Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium Mar. 11 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30—7:30 PM, Gym Mar. 13 No School, Office Open Mar. 16-20 Spring Break, No School, Offices Open Apr. 1 Iowa Assessment Tests Apr. 9-11 Spring Drama Production, 7:00 PM, Auditorium Apr. 12 Spring Drama Production, 2:00 PM, Auditorium Apr. 17 Fashion Show, 7:00 PM, Auditorium Apr. 28 ACT Tests for 11th grade only, No School for 9, 10 & 12 grades Apr. 29 Regular School Day, No School for 11th grade only May 2 Prom, 8:00—11:00 PM, Kum & Go Theater at the DM Social Club May 7 Awards Assembly, 6:00—8:00 PM, Auditorium May 12 Spring Band Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium May 14 Spring Choir Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium May 19 Northside Orchestra Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium May 21 JROTC Awards Night, 6:00—8:00 PM, Auditorium May 22 Class Day, 8:30 AM, Gym May 23 Graduation, 9:30 AM, Drake University Knapp Center May 25 Memorial Day, No School May 22nd: Class Day Our annual Class Day for our seniors is Friday, May 22nd at 8:30 AM. Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend. May 23rd: Graduation!!! The Commencement Ceremony for our Class of 2015 will be at the Drake University Knapp Center on Saturday, May 23rd at 9:30 AM. Please note: ALL fees must be paid in full before you can graduate! Please check your account on Infinite Campus or see the bookkeeper for a statement of your current fees.
JANUARY 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OPEN ENROLLMENT 2015-2016 School Year PATRON NOTIFICATION Between District Open Enrollment Iowa Administrative Code 281-17.3(2) Parents/Guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children in another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the following dates: DEADLINES: March 1, 2015 is the last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2015-2016 school year. September 1, 2015 is the last date for open enrollment requests for entering kindergarten students and those students falling under the “good cause” definition for the 2015-2016 school year. To insure that the transfer of individual students does not adversely affect the diversity plan of the District, certain limitations to open enrollment have been established. Parents of kindergarten students are therefore encouraged to make application requests prior to March 1, 2015. APPEALS: Within 30 days of a denial of an open enrollment request by the DMPS Board of Education, a parent/guardian may file an appeal with the state board of education only if the open enrollment request was based on repeated acts of harassment or a serious health condition of the student that the district cannot adequately address. All other denials must be appealed to the district court in Polk County. ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY: In most cases, a high school student who open enrolls is ineligible for varsity athletic competition during the student’s first 90 consecutive school days of enrollment in the receiving district. Some, but not all, exceptions to this general rule of ineligibility are as follows: The sending district does not offer the sport in question. The sending district was dissolved and merged with one or more other districts. The sending district whole-grade shares with another district for the student’s grade level. TRANSPORTATION: Parents/Guardians of students open enrolled from another school district are eligible for transportation assistance if the household income of the parent/guardian is at or below the federal poverty guidelines for household size. The two districts must be contiguous. Assistance may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend. Information regarding transportation eligibility and a complete copy of the District’s open enrollment policy and procedures may be obtained from the Open Enrollment Office, 1301 Second Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50314
JANUARY 2015 Parent Notification – “Right to Know” Parents of students in Title I schools are guaranteed annual notification of their “right to know” about teacher qualifications by their school district. That means parents may request and receive from that office information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers. Parents will receive timely notice if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified. Parents will also be informed if their child is placed in a Limited English Proficient program. 2014-15 Student/Parent/Teacher/Principal Compact Parent/Guardian agreement: As a parent/guardian, I will do my best to: Working Together for Success! See that my child is punctual and attends school regularly Set a time for homework and review it Stay aware of what my child is learning Encourage my child to read 15 minutes daily Talk with my child about his/her school activities Student agreement: As a student, I will do my best to: Reading 15 minutes per day Attend school daily ready to learn Follow the Code of Conduct Complete all homework assignments and then turn them in on time Teacher agreement: As a teacher, I will do my best to assist each student to achieve and therefore: Help each child grow to his/her fullest potential Provide instruction utilizing research-based strategies that will meet all students’ instructional needs Provide meaningful and appropriate homework activities Maintain open line of communication with each student and his/her parents Support the independent reading program Principal agreement: As a principal, I will try to do my best to encourage: Parental involvement Provide the students with highly professional, qualified staff Provide an environment that allows for positive communication between the students, parents and staff Enforce the Code of Conduct Support the independent reading program
JANUARY 2015 Title I Parent Involvement Program 2014-2015 Des Moines Public Schools The Des Moines Public Schools’ (DMPS) Title I Parent Involvement Program provides the opportunity for parents to be involved jointly in the development of the Title I School-wide plans and in the school’s review process for the purpose of school improvement. Recognizing that parental involvement is the key to academic achievement, we seek to involve parents in an effective home-school partnership that will provide the best possible education for our students. The district provides coordination, technical assistance and other supports necessary to aid in the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities. The district encourages parent involvement and supports this partnership through providing information about standards and assessments; providing training and materials for parents to help their children; educating school personnel about involving parents and the value of parent contributions; and developing roles for community organizations and businesses to work with parents and schools. 1. This jointly developed and agreed upon written parent involvement program is distributed to parents in all Title I schools through such things as newsletters, handbooks, or registration materials. 2. An annual meeting is held for all parents of participating children, both public and private. Additional meetings with flexible times are held throughout the year and determined jointly by parent and school suggestions. 3. Parents are given assistance in understanding the Title I requirements, standards, and assessments through the annual meetings and parent-teacher conferences. 4. Parents receive an explanation of the school’s performance profile, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the expected proficiency levels in the annual progress report distributed to all stakeholders in the spring of the year, through individual reports given to parents at conference time, and through report cards. 5. Parents are also informed about the curriculum, instructional objectives, and methods used in the program. This information is delivered through newsletters, conferences and the annual meetings. 6. Parent recommendations are encouraged and responded to in a timely manner. Verbal or written responses will be given for all recommendations. 7. Parents will be involved with the planning, review, and improvement of the Schoolwide Title I program through participation in a school-designated committee/team. 8. A jointly developed school/parent compact outlines how parents, school staff, and students all share responsibility for improved student achievement. The compact also describes the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve our local high standards. It is distributed to all families and is reviewed at the annual meetings. 9. The Title I program provides opportunities for parents to become partners with the school in promoting the education of their children both at home and at school. Parents are given help monitoring their student’s progress and provided assistance on how to participate in decisions related to their student’s education. The school also provides other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as requested by parents. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers in the school setting. Individual conferences will also be held upon request. 10. The school continues to coordinate and integrate, to the extent feasible and appropriate, the parent involvement policy and other programs and activities within the district. Transitional information for students moving from fifth grade to sixth grade will be provided to parents in the spring. 11. An annual evaluation of this parental involvement policy shall be conducted to determine its effectiveness. Findings will be used to design strategies for school improvement and revision of policies. Parent meetings will provide opportunities for the discussions of program adjustments. Providing all Des Moines Public School District’s children with equal access to quality education is of primary purpose. It is crucial that all partners (students, parents, educators, and communities) have the opportunity to provide input and offer resources to meet this purpose. As these partnerships are mutually beneficial, developing cooperative efforts will ensure improved academic achievement for all students.
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