By David Schmitt
It is that time of year again. The sun is hot and the lawns are getting brown. Families are planning vacations and summer sports are starting to wind down. The swimming pools are brimming with kids and adults hoping to cool off as temperatures get hot and humid. Isn’t July in Iowa fun? This time of year is a great time of year for educators. Preparing for a new school year brings excitement and optimism. Preparing for a new school year gives all of us a fresh start and a new beginning. Preparing for a new school year allows the opportunity to do self-reflection, work on improving, and making those little changes to make us all better. On behalf of West Burlington Independent School District and the West Burlington ISD Board of Education; welcome. Welcome to our new students and families, and welcome back to our returning students and families.
West Burlington is proud of our academic program, our extra-curricular program, and our athletic teams. We are proud to report a graduation rate of 98.2%. Our ACT composite average score is well above the state average, and our Iowa Assessment results surpass our local Area Agency school district averages in most subjects and grade levels. WBISD continues to provide a quality education for all students. We differentiate instruction and recognize fully that our students learn in many different ways. Our Chromebook initiative had an excellent implementation year and we look forward to incorporating them further into our instructional program. We design programs with kids’ needs as the top consideration. The WBISD Board of Education has decided to offer a Transitional Kindergarten class for the 2017-2018 school year. The purpose of TK ( add another acronym to your list) is to meet the needs of students who have completed four year old voluntary preschool but are not quite ready developmentally for a full day of traditional kindergarten. TK students will spend half of their day in the transitional classroom and spend the other half in a traditional kindergarten classroom.
The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status (for programs), creed or disability. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups including those of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socio-economic background, as well as men and women, to society. The programs include contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and European Americans. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator.
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