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Whole Grade Sharing

In an effort to inform our community about ongoing work related to the possibilities of whole grade sharing, we will continue to add information to this section of the website.  The dates in bold are when items were added to this page. 

Questions or comments can be directed to Jordan Nelson, High School Principal, at #515-387-1115 or jnelson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us

 

6/20/16 Letter from Dr. Lane  The Whole Grade Sharing Decision

 

 

 

 

1/19/16 -

Over the past few months in various meetings, the topic of operational sharing has come up.  It can be a good financial choice for districts as it provides for state dollars if a district shares certain positions with another district.  Further, the district sees more financial benefit due to the other district paying a portion of the position's salary.  Below is a brief explanation of operational sharing versus whole grade sharing.

- Operational Sharing and Whole Grade Sharing   

 

1/18/16 -

First, I want to apologize that we had an error in the number of potential new courses for Collin-Maxwell students in a whole grade sharing agreement with Baxter.  At the January 6th meeting, we presented 36 new courses.  The corrected number is 32.  We have updated the schedule and the presentation below (see 1/08/16) to reflect this correction.  Second, we have added the potential new courses here in a list format for ease of reading.

- CMB New Course Offerings 

 

1/11/16 -

We have now posted answers to the questions asked during the public forum time of the joint board meeting on January 6th, 2016.

- Public Questions 01.06.16

 

1/08/16 -

At the CMB joint boards meeting on January 6th, the boards heard a presentation from Rob Luther, Baxter 6-12 principal, and Jordan Nelson, Collins-Maxwell 6-12 principal, gave a presentation on possible course offerings in a grade 6-12 whole grade sharing arrangement.  Below is their presentation and the course offerings.

- CMB Schedule presentation 

- CMB Schedule for HS-MS

 

1/07/16 -

Last night, the boards of Baxter and Collins-Maxwell met to continue the discussion on whole grade sharing.  The board members heard a presentation from Paula Vincent, the chief administrator of Heartland AEA, that shared information related to our districts.  That presentation is listed below.  Further, the board hear a presentation from the two secondary principals, Rob Luther and Jordan Nelson, about potential course offerings and enhanced academic programming.  Also, the board members were updated on the WGS Data Framework and WGS Strategic Timeline.  Those documents are listed under the "1/04/16" entry below.

- Heartland AEA presentation on academics, enrollments, and finances

 

1/04/16 -

Information was presented to the board at their December 2015 meeting about what data is being collected and the timeline for collection related to whole grade sharing with Baxter.  Those documents are attached.  They will also be discussed at the January 6th joint CMB boards meeting at 6:30 PM in the Maxwell large gym.

- WGS Data Framework

- WGS Strategic Timeline

 

11/03/15

Here are some resources to inform community members about whole grade sharing:

 

11/03/15

On October 26, 2015, the Baxter and Collins-Maxwell boards of education met to discuss our current sharing arrangement and if there is a desire to move forward to something more.  As a result of that meeting, the Baxter and Collins-Maxwell board agreed to the following:
1. Maintain our CMB athletic sharing agreement
2. Work together to collect and analyze the data needed for whole grade sharing options (no timeline given)

In the process, the Collins-Maxwell board has chosen not to engage in further talks with Colo-NESCO about sharing a superintendent starting in the 2016-2017 school year.  Nor is there more talk about 3-district athletic sharing or 3-district whole grade sharing at this time.

The boards from both sides demonstrated a commitment to the current CMB athletic agreement, as well as interest in exploring whole grade sharing.  Both boards agreed that meeting was too soon to take a vote on whole grade sharing.  They did direct the administration from both districts to begin the data collection needed to make an informed decision on whole grade sharing.

As a result, over the course of this year, the administrations will begin a feasibility study that will look at academic offerings, facilities, finances, and other factors relevant to whole grade sharing.  We will work to be open in communication, deliberate in our decisions, and dedicated to doing what is right for our students, staff, and stakeholders of Collins-Maxwell.

No timeline was established about if and when a vote will be taken about whole grade sharing. We plan to share our progress at board meetings, on the district website and Facebook page, and in our monthly newsletter.

The boards did agree to begin quarterly joint meetings that will replace the current CMB Communications Committee.  The CMB Communications Committee consists of the superintendent, secondary principal, athletic director and two board members from each district, focused on addressing matters related to the athletic sharing agreement.

 

11/03-15

The Collins-Maxwell board of education has Margaret Buckton of the Iowa School Finance Information Service (ISFIS) speak to the board during a work session about our current financial status, as well as surrounding districts.  Her presentation is available here.

 

11/03/15

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Baxter and Collins-Maxwell administrations began some initial work on data collection related to whole grade sharing.  This work began at the direction of their boards at the CMB joint board meeting in spring 2013.  There were two focus areas for the work:  academic offerings and transportation costs.  Below are the documents created as a result of that work.  Please remember these were initial documents based on 2013-2014 school data.  There are here as reference only.

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Daily Announcements

    February 20, 2017

    Day 118

     

    ***Parents*****Iowa Assessments will be given on February 20th and February 22ndParents can help prepare students for the assessment by supporting them at home in striking a healthy, effective balance between homework, extracurricular interests and activities, nutrition and rest.

    Your cooperation and support are appreciated!  The staff at Collins-Maxwell values the successful partnership we have with you in the education of your child.

     

     

    ***Parents please make sure you have signed up for a student led conference time. If you did not receive an email from a staff member with the link to the sign up genius, please let me know.

     

     

     

    1. SENIORS:  THIS WEDNESDAY YOU WILL HAVE THE GIFT OF AN EXTENDED LUNCH FROM 11:15-12:10.  MR. NELSON IS ALSO APPROVING THAT YOU MAY HAVE DRIVING PRIVILEGES IF WE HAVE PARENTAL PERMISSION FIRST.  PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND HAVE PARENTS CALL OR EMAIL GIVING PERMISSION PRIOR TO RIDE OR DRIVE WITH A FRIEND. ALL CALLS/EMAILS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 3 PM TUESDAY OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE OR RIDE WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR OPEN NOON PRIVILEGES FOR ANY REASON, YOU DO NOT GET THIS EXTENDED LUNCH.

     

     

     

     

    2. This year’s Dinner Theater (formerly known as Lasagna Dinner) will see a few changes. Join the Collins-Maxwell Music Department for an evening of music and dining. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased in the Middle/High School Office. Dinner tickets are $10, with bleacher seats for $5. Checks can be made payable to Collins-Maxwell Music Boosters. Doors will open at 5:30, with dinner served at 6:00 and performances to follow. Menu will be:

    Pasta Buffet

    Garlic Bread

    Salad

    Dessert

    Beverages

     

     

     

    3. Retired Georgetown University professor, Dr. Frank Seydel, will be providing tutoring services during Tuesday school from 1:30-3:30 for middle and high school students.  Dr. Seydel's expertise is in math and science. We hope this will be a semi regular opportunity for our students. If your student is interested please have them report to the ICN on Tuesdays at 1:30 or email Mrs. Allen to make arrangements. 

     

     

     

    4. ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS PLANNING TO BE OUT FOR TRACK & FIELD

     - We will have voluntary workouts this week, check with Coach Billerbeck for more details

    - We will hold our preseason meeting Wednesday after school - Meet in the East Gym for sweat checkouts. Bring your laptop. National History Day students you will stay and present.  

    - Team practice will start Monday, February 27 at after school in Baxter!

     

     

     

     

    5. HS Girls track preseason meeting will be Wednesday Feb.22nd, with practice starting Feb.27th.

     

     

     

     

    6.  PIE will be hosting their annual Elementary carnival on February 24th from 6-8.  This will be in the Collins school.  Students, you can earn Silver Cord hours. If this is something you would like to do, please see Mrs. Allen.

     

     

     

    7. In the office is a sign up sheet for the All Male Dance group for Spring Show this year. Spring Show is March 25th. It’s important you get in here and sign up so they know how many guys to expect.

     

     

     

    8.  Seniors will be selling pizzas for after prom fundraiser, if you would like to buy a pizza please contact them or Mrs. Jones in the Media Center.  Seniors if you haven't got an order form or have lost yours, please see Mrs. Jones she has more.  Let's get every senior to sell 10 pizzas by 2/22/17!!

     

     

     

    9. Two more Discover DMACC Days focusing on Education and Engineering are coming up...March 23rd and March 29th.  See Mrs. Allen for more info!

     

     

     

     

    10. ***CMB MS Softball Pitching Clinic!*** 

     

    Who:   Any 7th and 8th grade girls interested in pitching!

    What:  Pitching Clinic with Laurie Gowdy, former Simpson All American pitcher! 

    Where:  Baxter Gym (West) 

    When:  12:45-2:30 Sunday, March 12, 19, and 26th. 

    Needs:  Please contact Coach Berry to reserve a spot! We will accept pitchers through March 3rd.  Hope to see you there! (dberry@baxter.k12.ia.us)

  • 1:30 Dismissals on Tuesday (August 23) and Wednesday (August 24).

    Zootopia Under the Stars on Friday, September 9! 

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