• Collins-Maxwell MS - HS: 515-387-1115 | Collins-Maxwell Elementary: 641-385-2446

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

    February 20, 2020



    Elementary Carnival SOS: Because the basketball game was scheduled for the 21st also, the elementary school is VERY short on voluteers for the carnival.  PLEASE SIGN UP IN THE OFFICE!


    Kindness Week Dress Up

    Friday – Share the Spirit of Kindness (Spartan Gear!)


    The MS Formal is rescheduled for Friday, February 28 from 6-8pm in the small gym at the MS/HS building. The theme for the dance is "Under the Sea" and since it is a formal, students should dress up*, however, dress code must be followed (please refer to the handbook). Students will also need to be eligible to attend the dance and regular eligibility rules will be followed.

    The cost for the dance is $3 per person and snacks will be provided. If you would like to donate food or help with the snacks that evening, please use the Sign-Up Genius link MS Formal Sign Up Genius Link or email Melissa Robinson (merobinson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us).

    *Still in need of a dress or clothing for the winter dance? Mrs Staudt has a big supply of formal wear!



    Today’s Activities/Info:



    Meetings/Important Events Taking Place

    The FCCLA kids are having a Board Game and Craft Supply Drive to benefit Iowa Children's Hospitals. If you are interested in donating, I have included a list of in-demand items. Donations can be dropped off to my classroom prior to March 13th. Let me know if you have any questions!

    Items in need:

    • Art/Craft supplies
    • Art kits/jewelry kits
    • Activity books
    • Clipboards
    • Blank journals
    • Play-Doh
    • Lego kits
    • Board Games

    *Because of infection control policies, we are unable to accept used and crocheted items. We can only accept new items in their original packaging, NOT gently used items. Craft supplies such as glue and paint must be non-toxic.


    To see the full wish list, visit https://www.mercyone.org/desmoines/find-a-service-or-specialty/childrens-hospital-and-clinics/inpatient-pediatric-unit/child-life-wish-list   Thank you all for your support! 


    Collins-Maxwell is having a disposal of equipment auction and it has been extended to the February 25th.

    Items are now available for viewing/bidding.

    Items for disposal:




    Kitchen cart

    Lift Bus

    Once the auction is over, payment is due within 5 business days and pick up item within 10 business days.

    For more information on technology items, please contact Kris Corbin, questions on the lift bus can be directed to Marcy Hanigan.  Create an account through www.govdeals.com


    Calling all poets!  The America Library of Poetry is sponsoring a contest with lots of cash prizes.  Follow this link for more information:  https://www.libraryofpoetry.com/


    Are you looking for silver cord hours? Come help with the elementary carnival on Friday, February 21st from 5:45-8:00. Sign up in the main office.


    Track and Field sign ups in the office for all grades!

    Golf sign ups are in the office.


    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2020 Iowa Federal Junior Duck Stamp art contest.  The national winner receives $1,000. The second-place winner receives $500; the third-place winner receives $200; the Conservation Message winner receives $200. Entries must be postmarked by March 15.  For more information go

    to:  https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php

    If you have not already done so please get your graduation orders from Jostens completed:  Please send these directly to Jostens at the contact information listed on the order form.  Do not return these to the school.


    Collins-Maxwell baseball registration is now open.  Any 3rd-6th grade boy interested in baseball needs to sign up online at: https://www.centraliowarecleague.org/northstory

    Fees can be done online or sent into the Elementary office or the CM rec board.

    All other grade registration for softball & baseball will need to turn in a registration form to the Elementary office.  Extra forms can be picked up in either building’s office.


    The Belin-Blank Center is excited to announce that applications for  summer programming are now open! Summer programs take students on a deep dive into a topic of their choice with other bright kids like them and offer a wide range of rigorous classes to choose from, and most importantly, they are lots of fun! Programs include commuter and residential options for students in grades 2-11 in areas such as science, technology, math, art, writing, and leadership. They take place on the University of Iowa campus, giving students access to valuable university-level resources and experts. Participation in a school’s gifted program is not required. Payment plans and financial aid are available. Programs include:

    *   Junior Scholars Academy (grades 2-8) 
    *   Blank Summer Institute (grades 6-8; student must be nominated by a teacher) 
    *   Perry Research Scholars Institute (grades 9-10) 
    *   Secondary Student Training Program (grades 10-11) 
    *   Summer Art Residency (grades 9-12) 
    *   Summer Writing Residency (grades 9-12)


    The Food Pantry needs your help. We are looking for volunteers to help set up and pass out food on these days. HS students, this would be a great time to receive Silver Cord hours. Teams and clubs are welcome to help as well.

    Food Pantry Hours: 3:30-6:00 (2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month) Use Door #5

    Set up starts at 3:00 and usually takes about 20 minutes.


    Upcoming Athletic Events

    To see all upcoming athletic events and any changes go to:



    Counselor Corner:

    The Food Pantry needs your help. We are looking for volunteers to help set up and pass out food on these days. HS students, this would be a great time to receive Silver Cord hours. Teams and clubs are welcome to help as well. 

    Food Pantry Hours: 3:30-6:00 (2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month) Enter Door #5

    Set up starts at 3:00 and usually takes about 20 minutes.  


    Are you looking for more than just a job? Put your skills to work in a hub of the community as a Nevada Public Library Student Clerk! Shifts are after school until 8:00 PM 1-2 evenings a week and occasional day time hours on Saturdays. Return application with a resume and cover letter to: Nevada Public Library, 631 K Ave., Nevada, IA 50201. For more information contact the library at 515-382-2628 or amanda@nevada.lib.ia.us. Applications are due by March 7, 2020.

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