Board Learns Along With Students

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The board toured Lincoln last week as part of their on-going instructional tours of the district.  Teachers and students are hard at work with the new language arts curriculum.  Lots of researching, writing and learning together!

Dashing Through the Snow….

MS Cantabile Choir

It might not be snowing yet this December, but on Friday the 4th, 5th and 6th grade Cantabile Choir got Central Office in the mood for the holidays!  They sang some great (and funny!) Christmas carols for us.  Thank you for sharing your great voices!

It Takes a Village…


FMCSD partners with the Salvation Army in a Weekend Food For Kids program.  Weekend meals and snacks are provided to any district student in grades PreK-8.  Pictured packing up the latest weekly delivery at the Calvary Assembly of God church are district and community volunteers:  Donna Palmeter, Tiffany Fullhart, Abbey Guzman, Shirley Hoenig, Penny Wilson, Dr. Erin Slater, Lana Clark, Marilyn Howard, Brittany Ledbetter, Melissa Helt and student volunteers Hannah Carson and  Zoe’ Gilman.  Any family interested in receiving free meals/snacks or any group interested in volunteering can call (319) 372-7252 x 1017.

Teachers Become Learners

IMG_0239New FMCSD K-12 teachers are now trained in the national collaboration model for increasing student achievement, Professional Learning Communities.  100% of our teachers are trained!  Here are new FM teachers and a few administrators with national speaker, Dr. Luis Cruz in Des Moines.


Walk the Walk

K-5 teachers are hard at work implementing our new reading/language arts curriculum!  Administrators and instructional coaches participated in a Learning Walk today at Richardson.  Pictured is Mrs. Hardin and her class creating their anchor chart of learning.

Teachers Study Computer Science

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Richardson Teachers in Ankeny study how to integrate computer science as one of twelve State of Iowa recipients of the Computer Science is Elementary grant.  Pictured with Governor Kim Reynolds during a break are from left:  Shelly Hoenig (Kdg), Principal Adrian McKay, Gov. Reynolds, Denise Trout (1st gr.), Superintendent Dr. Erin Slater, Ian Blanchard (2nd gr.) and Pam Jones (3rd gr.).