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Collins-Maxwell Community School District

Board of Education

Thursday, August 16, 2018

6:30 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting

Library, Collins-Maxwell Middle School/High School, Maxwell, IA  


  1. Call to order, roll call, acknowledge quorum.
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Welcome Visitors and Public Comment*
  4. Celebrations
  • State Champion Spartan Softball
  • Teacher Summer Training/Work
  1. Communication and Administrative Reports
  2. Information/Discussion

6.1                  FFA Fundraiser – Locally Grown Pork

  1. Action Agenda
    1. Monsanto Grant for FFA/Purchase
    2. Updated 2018-2019 MS/HS Handbook
    3. Curriculum Support Proposal
    4. Bus Lease Resolution
    5. Approve Open Enrollment Application
    6. Approve Administration Relocation Incentive Payment
    7. Gov Deals Resolution
    8. Laptop Disposal
    9. Allocation of FY18 Activity Fund Interest
  2. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes
    2. Bills for Payment
    3. Financials
    4. Personnel
  3. Board Comments
  4. Adjourn



*Visitors who wish to address the Board should be recognized at this time.  Due to legal requirements of the public meeting laws, the Board will take action only on items posted on the agenda.  Complaints cannot be about personnel..


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

    September 21, 2018

    Day 21



    Today’s Activities/Info


    Sept 21 Football vs Colo-Nesco @ Colo 7:00



    Great work by our Cross Country Athletes last night at the ACGC cross country meet.  Full results are listed below!


    HS Girls Team Scores;
    1 - Logan Magnolia - 64 (Rated #1 1A)
    2 - Panorama - 71 (Rated #3 2A)
    3 - Collins Maxwell - 87 (Team to watch in 1A)
    4 - ACGC - 90 (Team to watch in 1A)
    5 - Baxter - 104
    6 - Perry - 177
    7 - East Union - 179
    8 - Red Oak - 219
    9 - Mount Ayr - 231
    10 - Martensdale St. Mary's - 267
    11 - Exira EHK - 283
    12 - Bedford - 302
    13 - Lenox - nts
    14 - West Central Valley - nts
    15 - CAM - nts
    16 - Coon Rapids - nts


    HS Girls Places/Times: (118 total runners)
    14th - Alexis Houge - 25:18
    16th - Avery Fricke - 25:31
    19th - Morgan Day - 25:45
    21st - Mikayla Houge - 25:56
    23rd - Arianna Davis - 26:00
    26th - Shasta Moody - 26:06
    58th - Hannah Sievert - 28:22
    60th - Olivia Pasquariello - 29:18
    86th - Janee Jones - 33:21


    HS Boys Team Scores:
    1 - ACGC - 70 (Rated #12 in 1A)
    2 - Red Oak - 98 (Team to Watch 2A)
    3 - Perry - 119
    4 - Mount Ayr - 122
    5 - Martensdale St. Mary's - 135
    6 - Bedford - 174
    7 - Panorama - 186
    8 - West Central Valley - 187
    9 - Collins Maxwell - 204
    10 - Baxter - 204
    11 - CAM - 278
    12 - Logan Magnolia - 281
    13 - Coon Rapids Bayard - 339
    14 - East Union - nts
    15 - Lenox - nts


    HS Boys Places/Times: (127 total runners)
    16th - Daniel Klein - 20:37
    25th - Jacob Pierick - 21:18
    39th - Josh Sievert - 22:12
    62nd - Addison Swaab - 24:07
    84th - Carter Merryman - 25:32
    94th - Carter Davis - 26:25
    102nd - Victor Genovese - 27:10


    MS Girls Places/Times: 2.1 miles (48 runners)
    5 - Erica Houge - 18:04
    12 - Meyaurah Pratt - 18:53
    16 - Gracie Leslie - 19:35
    17 - Sarah Tschantz - 19:40
    22 - Emma Pasquariello - 20:34
    33 - Ashlyn Davis - 23:22
    34 - Sophie Comegys - 23:43
    36 - Addison Anderson - 24:05
    48 - Kiera Ruiz-Genovese - 33:00


    MS Girls Team Scores:
    1 - ACGC - 41
    2 - Collins Maxwell - 65
    3 - Nodaway Valley - 72
    4 - Panorama - 77
    5 - Baxter - 113
    6 - Perry - 125
    7 - CAM - nts
    8 - Exira EHK - nts
    9 - Coon Rapids - nts
    10 - Red Oak - nts


    MS Boys Places/Times: 2.1 miles (43 runners)
    1 - Ethan Haus - 14:10
    10 - Hunter Lee - 16:24
    14 - Austin Hennick - 16:41
    33 - Elliot Kane - 20:59
    34 - Marshall Day - 21:11
    39 - Davyn Jurgens - 26:13
    43 - Jonah Gardner - 32:59


    MS Boys Team Scores:
    1 - ACGC - 32
    2 - Collins Maxwell - 58
    3 - Nodaway Valley - 63
    4 - Perry - 71
    5 - CAM - nts
    6 - Exira EHK - nts
    7 - Panorama - nts
    8 - Martensdale St. Mary's - nts
    9 - Red Oak - nts
    10 - Baxter - nts





    The Spartan high school volleyball teams had a big night of volleyball tonight winning over GMG! The freshman team won both of their games followed by a 2-0 win by the JV team. Varsity swept the Wolverines in 3 games. Congratulations ladies on a good night of volleyball! 

    Conference win over GMG in 3 games (25-19, 25-15, 25-13)


    Gracie Cheville- 12 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace serve

    Josie Wierson- 15 kills, 1 assist, 1 solo block, 5 block assists, 3 digs, 1 ace serve

    Jillian Holst- 10 assists, 4 digs, 1 ace serve

    Reagan Franzen- 3 kills, 13 assists, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 5 digs

    Trinity Stover- 4 block assists, 2 digs

    Hannah Caple- 1 assist, 15 digs

    Brailyn Tankersley- 1 kill, 1 block assist

    Jaden Camp- 1 dig

    Brooke Christie- 3 digs, 2 ace serves



    If you are missing a key, please contact the Middle/High school office.


    Attention ALL Students: FCCLA is selling "Spartan Cupcakes" for homecoming! Order forms will be handed out by your WIN teacher and can also be picked up from Ms. Mennen. Spread some kindness and homecoming cheer and purchase a cupcake for your friends, classmates, and teachers! All orders are due to Ms. Mennen or Toni Ness TODAY, Friday, September 21 at 3:00pm. GO CM!



    Reminder to get your applications in by TODAY Friday, Sept. 21st to Ms. Robinson!  




    Reminder to get those Prom Theme votes in by TODAY Friday, Sept. 21st on the Google Form! 

    Also get your vote in for Prom Location by TODAY Friday, Sept. 21st! 




    HIGH SCHOOL:  If you enjoy improv. acting, reading poetry, musical theater, choral reading or other performance type speeches, come to Mrs. Staudt's room TODAY Friday, Sept 21, during WIN time.  Learn more about Large Group Speech, as well as Individual Speech.  Bring a friend!



    Powder Puff sign-up sheets are in the High School Office.  This is for 9th-12th grade girls only!


    10th grade:  Class Ring order day will be Sept 25 2:25-2:45 in the commons. 

    Here is their website link:  https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1071563/Collins-Maxwell-Middle-High-School/



    12th grade:  Announcement and Cap and Gown order day will be Sept. 25 2:00-2:20 in the commons.   Here is their website link: 





    Nevada HS is hosting ACT test Prep

    ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar

    Location:  Nevada High School
    Dates:  Wed. & Thur., October 10 & 11, 2018 

    Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM

    Cost:  $89  (regularly $129)

    Registration:  https://www.doorwaytocollege.com/seminars?field_org_address_postal_code=50201&distance=20



    Looking for Silver Cord hours?  Mrs. Staudt has some opportunities which include data entry and categorizing books by genre.  Email her or stop by her room if you are interested.  


    A note about Payschools:  We are no longer using this online payment system.  A new system will be coming later in September.



    Anyone interested in taking the PSAT 6-11th graders. Please Contact Ms. Martin. Test date is October 10th. 




    Meetings/Important Events Taking Place:





                                  2018 Homecoming Information


    Collins-Maxwell Homecoming Itinerary 2018



    Thursday 9/20-

    Class Meetings (grades 9-12) during WIN TIME to determine planning for

    decorating hallways. Hallways should be decorated by Monday/Tuesday.


    Monday 9/24- ‘Murica Monday (Follow Regular Schedule)

              Sort Homecoming Shirt Orders

              10:30 ish - Band playing school song in hallways

    Pep Rally and Coronation @ 7PM in the Large Gym


    Tuesday 9/25 - Tacky Tourist Tuesday (Follow Regular Schedule)

              Homecoming Breakfast 7:15 AM

    1st Hour - Hand out Homecoming T-Shirts in Mrs.S’s room (Call by Grade)

    Cross Country @ Hickory Grove State Park

    Varsity Volleyball 7PM (Home)


    Wednesday 9/26  - Vine Day (Follow Weds. Early Out Schedule)

    Hallway Judging

    Music during passing times

    Dancing in the Halls during Grade Check


    Thursday 9/27 - Class Color Day (Follow Revised/New Early Out Schedule)

              2:00-3:00 Powder Puff Football @ the Field

                        (Rainy Day Option Volleyball in the Large Gym)

              2:00-3:00 MS in Large Gym - Dodgeball

                        (Rainy Day Option - Small Gym)

    Varsity Volleyball Game (Away)


    Friday 9/28 - Spartan Spirit Day (Follow Weds. Early Out Schedule)

              11:12-11:45 HS Tailgate Lunch


    11:45-1:00 Dodgeball Tournament in the Large Gym


    1:00-1:30 Parade Line-Up

    1:30-2:00 Parade on Main Street (Elementary will be bussed back afterwards)


    2:00-2:15 Spirit Circle (parade group heads up)

    (Elementary leaves Maxwell 2:30)

    2:30 MS/HS Shuttle to Collins

    3:00 Rural Route Busses Leave (students can return to MS/HS gym)


    7PM - Football Game


    Saturday 9/29 - Homecoming Dance 8-11 PM

    Cost is $3 per individual or $5 per couple.

    If you have a date for Homecoming who is not a Collins-Maxwell 9-12 student, please get a guest request form from the High School Office – this form is due today.



    Congratulations to our Homecoming Court!  Hannah Caple, Gracie Cheville, Mikayla Markley, Toni Ness, Josie Wierson, Trent Coughenour, Sam Cross, Caleb Fullerton, Gunnar Jones, and John Glen Pointer.


    Our homecoming theme this year is: "Here We Glow Again!"



    Powder Puff sign-up sheets are in the High School Office.  This is for 9th-12th grade girls only!


    Dodgeball team sign-up sheets are in the High School Office.  This is for 9-12.


    The MS class colors for Homecoming next Thursday are: 

    8 - Neon/Light Green (or any color green)

    7 - Neon Yellow (or any color yellow)

    6 - Neon Orange (or any color orange)

    MS Students will also be included in the dress up day prizes this year! One student from each grade will be chosen daily to win a prize!






    The next CM Athletic Booster Club meeting is Sunday, September 23 at 6:00 PM in the High School Commons.  Please note the change in date; was originally scheduled for September 16.


    There is an information sheet in the office for anyone interested in Lady Spartan Wrestling.


    It’s that time of year again! It’s time for Iowa’s Best Country, KIX 101.1 & Central Office Supply, a division of Minute Man, in Marshalltown to team up & PACK THE BACKPACK for local area teachers! Don’t forget to remind ALL your teachers, parents & even students to nominate those teachers who go above & beyond to help out their students, classrooms, other teachers or the entire school! Every month we will pick one teacher & that teacher will receive a $101 in school supplies of their choice from Central Office Supply! Nominating a teacher is easy, just go to www.KIXWEB.com & click on the Pack the Backpack banner. There you will find all the info you need to submit a teacher. So let’s all team up & help our area teachers! We look forward to all this year’s entries.



    As much as we all hate to admit it, cold weather will be here soon!   This year the Booster Club is selling winter coats to help keep us all warm!  There are three styles and each is $75.  Sample coats are on display at Main Street Floral if you would like to see one or try one on.  Order forms can be found in the Middle/High school office, on the Booster Club Facebook page and at Main Street Floral. 

    Please have all order forms turned in at Main Street Floral by Oct 12 so we can order & receive the coats before the cold weather gets here….



    On Thursday, October 11th during WIN TIME – the League of Woman voters with be meeting with all Seniors. This is not a politically affiliated group, the focus will be on voter registration only.


    Self Defense Class
    Tuesday October 23rd @ 7:30 p.m.Collins Maxwell Highschool Gymnasium

    All ages welcome.

    Taught by Mr. Kevin Tankersley 4th degree Black belt -Martial Arts America




    Counselor Corner:

    CHAMPS meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled.  Watch announcements for the new date.   


    Interested in Masonry? Please contact Ms. Martin ASAP 

    Masonry Institute of Iowa & BAC3’s High School Masonry Day.  

    When: Tuesday, October 2
    Where: Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 3 Training Center, 601 S 12th Ave, Marshalltown
    Time: Registration is from 8:15 to 8:45am | Program is 8:50am – 1:30pm

    There is no cost to attend! Registration includes snack, lunch and a tshirt. Students will be in put into groups, which will rotate through 12 stations. This is a great opportunity to explore a career in the skilled trades – especially masonry. Stations may include:

    • Bricklaying
    • Heavy Equipment & Tools
    • Mortar Mixing
    • Scaffolding
    • Tuckpointing
    • Brick/Block/Stone Demos
    • Estimating and more!


    Looking for Silver Cord hours???


    The Iowa Center cemetery are looking for a group of students that can help with some clean up days. Job entails walking the cemetery and picking up branches, pinecones, fake flowers that have blown away from grave stones, etc. Schedule a Saturday morning date.  See Ms. Martin and she will get you the contact information. 


    The Iowa Board Cemetery is looking for a group of student on Saturday mornings for a couple of hours picking up branches, pinecones, fake flowers that have blown away from grave stones, etc. Please contact Kristi Coughenour at 515-382-1500 or at kristic@hertz.ag




    Sept 24 JH Football @ Maxwell vs Grandview Christian 4:30


    Sept 24 JH Volleyball @ Baxter 4:30


    Sept 25 Cross Country @ Hickory Grove 4:30


    Sept 25 JV/V Volleyball @ Maxwell vs Colo-NESCO.  Senior/Parent Night


    Sept 25 JH Volleyball @ Colfax-Mingo 4:30



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