- Superintendents Desk
Looking towards March 2017, I am hopeful that the weather is a little bit warmer and is more cooperative so there will no longer be a need to call off school or have a late start for the remainder of this school year. The district is quickly winding down winter activities and looking ahead to our spring activities. Congratulations to coach Tim Duff, his coaching staff and our wrestling team for their strong performances at the state duels and in the individual events. Also, congratulations go to coach Duff for being named Coach of the Year. Coach Alan Jenkins and his boys basketball team continues to move forward in district play. Come and support coach Jenkins and his basketball team as they continue their quest for a state tournament berth in Harlan on Monday night. Please come and take the opportunity to see all of our students perform either on the athletic field or to any of our fine arts events. You can find all of the information regarding activities in the district by visiting our district’s website – www.atlanticiaschools.org.
The district will be hosting another mobile food pantry on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in the commons area at Atlantic High School. DeeAnn Schreiner will be overseeing the event and we would welcome anyone interested in volunteering for the food pantry. You can contact Mrs. Schreiner at 243-5369 if you would like to volunteer. The mobile food pantry will open at 4:30.
Students have been busy in the district this past week taking the Iowa Assessment tests. These tests are the state mandated tests to assist the district in monitoring student progress on the Iowa Core. Over the past several years, students in the district have demonstrated strong achievement on these tests and we expect that our students will continue to demonstrate exceptional gains. Make-up testing will be done early next week.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank First Whitney Bank for their generous donation of $4,000 to the "Green Screen" project at Schuler Elementary. This project will allow Schuler students to utilize video equipment to do daily announcements at the school and will also allow the students to tackle video projects. Mr. Northwick indicated that without the support of First Whitney Bank along with the Atlantic Education Foundation, this project could not have come about. Thank you to both First Whitney Bank and the Atlantic Education Foundation for their continued support of our students and our programs.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be conducted in the district on the evening of Tuesday, February 28 and during the day on Thursday, March 2. Please make sure that you have set up an appointment with your child's teacher. Please remember that inclement weather can impact the district's schedule, tune in to our local radio stations, television stations, the district's website and to texts and emails from JMC, our student information system for any changes in school schedules during inclement weather. Please take the time to read a book with your children. I ask that you please continue to support the Washington/Schuler PTO, the Atlantic Booster Club and the Atlantic Education Foundation. If you have ideas to help the school district continually improve, I invite you to give me a call at 243-4252 or come by and visit with me in my office. Go Trojans!
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.