NORTH Polar Bear News - JANUARY 2015

NORTH Polar Bear News - 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
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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 (, find the
                                       Parent section, and click on the Infinite Campus Link
                                       OR go to
                                        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"
                                        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".
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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)

                                                  Kimber Foshe (last name begins L- Z)

                                               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 
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
choices, as well as providing them with                Password: student ID #
opportunities of self-exploration.
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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’
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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.
NORTH Polar Bear News - JANUARY 2015

               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:

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.

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.

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.

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
NORTH Polar Bear News - 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
               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
               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
NORTH Polar Bear News - JANUARY 2015

                                Title I Parent Involvement Program

                                           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
   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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