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Collins-Maxwell Community School District
Board of Education
Friday, May 17, 2019
12:00 p.m. – Special Meeting
Superintendents Office, Collins-Maxwell MS/HS, Maxwell, IA

1. Call to order, roll call, acknowledge quorum.
2. Approve Agenda
3. Approve CMEA Agreement 19-20
4. Approve Administrator, Support Staff Wage Chart 19-20
5. Approve 28E Agreement for Chinese Language
6. Adjourn

1:1 Learning

This is the site for all information related to the 1:1 learning initiative.

  • MacBooks are distributed to all students in grades 9-12 for use in school and at home.  (started fall of 2015)
  • iPads are distributed to all students in grades 6-8 for use in school and at home. (started fall of 2012)
  • Grade-level sets of 25 iPads were purchased for each grade k-5 at the elementary to be used during school hours.

Acceptable Use Policy - adopted by the board on July 16, 2012
CyberSafety PowerPoint presentation as PDF (presented at parent informational meeting)

Help Desk:

  • The media center desk at the MS/HS will be the primary location for any extra iPads that may be needed for checkout. It will also be the primary place for students to log concerns about their iPads. The media center associate will notify Mr. Corbin (technology director) about issues that need his attention.
  • The media center desk will be staffed from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM on regular school days. On early dismissal days, the desk is open until 1:45 PM.
  • Outside of school hours, students, parents, and staff are encouraged to email Mr. Corbin for any technology concerns. He will plan to reply within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • First, please review the Acceptable Use Policy located above. It contains a great deal of information about the use and care of the iPad.
  • Second, we are developing a list of FAQs as they arise. Please send questions to Jason Ellingson, superintendent, or Kris Corbin, technology director.

What are some apps that students can download at home that the school would consider appropriate?
The school district supports apps that have a clear educational value. Some examples include e-reader apps such as Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Other appropriate apps include graphing calculators, e-printer apps, and educational support apps. If you have questions, please contact Kris Corbin, technology coordinator, at 515-387-1115 or kcorbin@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us.

Are students are able to print at home?
Students are able to print at home. You will need to have a wireless printer for printing access. Please check the iPad general settings as well as your printer’s specific wireless instructions.

How do students lean in the same way if they lose their iPad due to disciplinary consequences?
The district has had a technology code of conduct in place before the iPad initiative, so teachers are prepared to provide alternate assignments to support the learning of students while they do not have access to their iPads.

What should students do with their iPads if they are out for athletics?
Students should not plan to take their iPads to athletic competitions. The district has spoken with the coaches, and the coaches support this arrangement. Students should keep their iPads locked in their lockers are checked in at the media center.

What is the monthly cost to charge an iPad?
The annual cost to charge an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by electric utilities. By comparison, a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb costs $1.61, a desktop PC adds up to $28.21 and a refrigerator runs you $65.72 in the U.S.

Can they leave it at the media center to be charged?
Yes, students can leave their iPads in the media center for charging. The school will also have "charging stations" for students to access in the morning and during school hours.


  • Daily Announcements

    May 17, 2019

    Day 170




    All 9th-11th students turn in Silver Cord hours to Ms. Martin by Next Friday. 


    Congratulations to Alexis Houge on earning an 8th place medal in the 400 meter dash at the state track meet last night.  She ran her 400 in 1:00.35, a new CM Spartan school record!!


    Alexis also finished in 10th place in the 100 meter dash, running a 12.99, just missing another state medal by .03 of a second.


    The shuttle hurdle team was warmed up and ready to go, but didn't get a chance to compete as the state meet was delayed and finally postponed due to the lightning storm that rolled through Des Moines.  They will now get a chance to run their race on Saturday at 11:50.


    Nathaniel Hugger from the Navy will be here Friday May 24th during 11:00-11:30. If you would like to hear more about the Navy please sign up in the main office. 



    Today’s Activities/Info


    Middle School Softball:  Reminder there is a Parents meeting after this Friday's – May 17 -  practice (4:45 pm) at the Maxwell City Park. 



    FFA Plant sale.  Monday-Friday, May 13-17 8:00-3:00.  Saturday, May 18 9:00-3:00 or until supplies last.



    Graduation:  Sunday, May 19 2:00.



    Meetings/Important Events Taking Place:


    Middle School Cyclone Camp for students entering 6th-8th grades this fall.  See flyer in the office for details.



    With the end of the year coming up I want to remind all of the high school students of the expectations for finals.  Each student must be here for the duration of the class during any finals they have.  All students will have open campus for any period they do not have a class scheduled and during lunch unless the following criteria is not met.

    1. They have detentions to serve.

    2. They are failing classes.

    If the students fall under either criteria above they will need to stay at the school for all periods of the day and lunch.


    Hats Off To Summer!

    With the final days of school approaching, the high school student council is bringing back "Hats off to Summer." Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, before school begins in the main lobby, students can exchange 50 cents for a sticker that allows them the privilege to wear their hat for that day! All money made on this fundraiser will go into next year's homecoming festivities! 


    Varsity & JV Baseball & Softball May 20 @ GMG 5:00


    Varsity & JV Softball @ Collins vs. Nevada May 21 5:30/7:15


    Varsity girls soccer @ Chariton May 21 7:30 (date changed from 5/23)


    Varsity & JV baseball & softball @ Maxwell vs. Tripoli May 24 time 5:00



    Counselor Corner:


    Ms. Martin has extended registration for DMACC courses she will reach out to students to get registered



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