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Midterm reports are out, parent/teacher conferences at the Junior/Senior High School have come and gone and Homecoming is the weekend of September 30th. The school year is off to a great start. I have had opportunity to be in our classrooms and I’m witnessing firsthand what quality instruction looks like and how engaged students act. I could not be prouder of our student body, PK -12th and staff.
I would like to take this opportunity to catch you up on some of the many great things happening in the West Burlington Independent School District. The elementary drop off/pick-up area is working out well. Everyone has been patient and cooperative. We have reduced the time to get our students into vehicles and on their way home significantly. Thanks to our school personnel and to our parents. I am convinced this system has made students safer at this very busy time of the day.
The new playground is a big hit with our students. The surface is squishy and the equipment is sleek, modern, and colorful. We are glad that students are able to use the playground during recess and after hours. We ask that those who drink soda and eat candy to please clean your mess up. We have garbage cans in convenient places to assist with this. Brain research supports the notion that a child’s mind benefits from physical activity. The playground is an important piece of our instructional program.
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.