April 19, 2019
As a second year superintendent in Atlantic, attending the recent future of Cass County meeting was beneficial for me to see the true passion that many people hold for Atlantic and Cass County and the desire for this large group to make it better. Being the leader of a school in Cass County (Atlantic), I take personal responsibility in making sure that we provide a great education for all our students and provide them with the skills to be successful once they complete their time at Atlantic Community School District. Throughout the meeting many comments were made in reference to an industrial arts absence at the school. Although we do not have a full time instructor this year we have hired two full time instructors for next year to implement a Construction Trades program and various other experiences in this field starting in 2019-20 school year. In developing these trades programs the school has worked with many business partners that have helped in planning, volunteering their expertise, and contributing financial resources in supporting these efforts. I would like to thank Mr. Roger Warne for providing instruction this year in drafting/woods and Mr. Williams who has worked with some EOC kids in this area.
Much of the planning in this area is designed to provide experiences for our students that will give them a taste of Career and Technical Careers and provide them the skills that will allow them to pursue in work or post secondary education. This could not be achieved without the support and partnerships with our local businesses! Next year our high school students with have the following opportunities that didn’t exist this year: Home Repair and Trades, Electricity and Electronics; Energy, Power, Transportation, Technology and Fabrication, Small Engine, and Building trades (housed at the Achievement Center). In addition, our 7th and 8th grade students will have exploratories in Automation and Robotics and Magic of Electrons. We feel that these courses will provide a diverse number of opportunities that will interest a wide range of students.
Another exciting new opportunity for our students in Atlantic is teaching aviation. This two year course will concentrate on the knowledge needed to be a pilot, drone operation, and air traffic control. Much of these new opportunities are applied science, math, and technology. Once again this opportunity was created through a partnership between the school and our local airport and pilots.
As a school we continue to have conversations with community businesses and members to determine if we can partner to provide our students great learning opportunities and in return provide value added to our businesses. Atlantic and Cass County is a great place to live and work. I realize that education is important and we are committed to working with the community to provide all our students the education needed to be successful citizens, while helping them realize the opportunities that exist in our own community.
In Atlantic we send kids out into the community, on field trips, and a variety of activities and athletic events. I am proud to tell you that our kids and staff conduct themselves in a manner that make parents, the school and the community proud! There can never be enough people working at trying to educate our youth - together we are stronger! As superintendent, I am committed to this mission and open to any ideas to partner and have all our students achieve at a high level.
It is the policy of the Atlantic Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by the Atlantic Community School District, please contact the district's Equity Coordinator – Josh Rasmussen, at Atlantic CSD, 1100 Linn Street, Atlantic, Iowa 50022, phone 712-243-4252, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661 Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov).
The Atlantic Community School District will prepare all learners to be creative, innovative and productive citizens by providing diverse opportunities to learn and apply relevant skills and knowledge in a positive, disciplined and challenging environment.