Council Bluffs principals highlight 2017-18 accomplishments

Rue Elementary School librarian Shirley Fonda, right, hugs fourth-grader Christopher Ugalde as students and their parents make their way inside the school before the first bell of the school year on Thursday.

Council Bluffs Community School District school principals shared highlights of the 2017-18 school year during a Back to School celebration Tuesday. Below are the “Points of Pride” from each school, in a nutshell.

Abraham Lincoln High School:

  • The girls soccer team qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2002
  • Claire Jones was accepted by the U.S. Military Academy and was an Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence finalist
  • Abraham Lincoln achieved an official graduation rate in 2017 of 92.56 percent — the highest in decades

Thomas Jefferson High School:

  • Students improved scores on the Iowa Assessment
  • Girls basketball and softball teams set all-time records for wins
  • Ninety-four students won 265 scholarships totaling $5.8 million

Kanesville Alternative Learning Center:

  • Seventy-nine students graduated
  • A student leadership team was formed to pursue community service opportunities
  • According to an anti-bullying survey, 97 percent of the students were satisfied with the school culture

Tucker Career & College Center:

  • Started a Skills USA chapter
  • Formed partnership with Katelman’s Fabrication Inc.
  • Health sciences and CNA had Control the Bleed training

Kirn Middle School:

  • Student achievement was up for the third straight year. Students improved in eight of nine areas on the Iowa Assessment; seventh-graders were 84 percent proficient in math
  • The school continued its candidacy for International Baccalaureate authorization
  • Participation in activities rose for the fourth straight year

Wilson Middle School:

  • Seventh-graders improved their reading and math scores on the Iowa Assessment three years in a row
  • The school successfully completed its first year of candidacy for International Baccalaureate authorization
  • All of the staff said they believe all students are capable of reaching benchmarks

Bloomer Elementary:

  • Kindergarten/first grade team developed literacy block guides
  • The Gentlemen’s Society members learned life skills and etiquette
  • Students improved in math fluency from 42 percent at midyear to 76 percent at the end of the year

Carter Lake:

  • Received authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School
  • Received a 21st Century Grant for before- and after-school clubs/activities
  • All but two teachers attended a Trauma-Informed Boot Camp

College View:

  • Successfully completed first International Baccalaureate evaluation
  • Ninety-three percent of students said they could identify a caring adult in the building
  • In FAST test, 74 percent were proficient in literacy; in SRI reading assessment, 80 percent in grades 2-5 were proficient


  • All grades improved from last year in reading proficiency on the Iowa Assessment
  • All parents said teachers were willing to support students
  • Launched Project Lead the Way and held its first PLTW open house


  • Students reached an all-time high in reading on the Iowa Assessment, FAST and SRI for the second year in a row
  • All of the staff said they believe all students can succeed
  • Received a 21st Century Grant and will provide before- and after-school clubs for students beginning this fall


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  • Adopted Trolley Park and volunteered to keep it clean and safe
  • Reduced office referrals from 1,000-plus in 2015-16 to 350 in 2017-18
  • Ninety-six percent of staff said it’s important for 80 percent of the students to meet benchmarks without interventions


  • Achieved highest attendance rate in the district every month
  • Students in grades 3-5 scored 80 percent or higher in reading on the Iowa Assessment
  • All of the certified staff returned this year, including Deb Carlson, who is starting her 44th year

Lewis & Clark:

  • Created culture of caring with system of supports and reduced office referrals 40 percent
  • Students in grades 3-5 averaged 80 percent proficiency in math
  • Successfully added new students and behavior support unit


  • Ninety percent of students earned monthly recognition for respect, responsibility, safety and caring
  • Number of bullying incidents reduced by 6.2 percent and are now lower than national average
  • One hundred seventy students attended a 21st Century Grant activity for 30 days or more, topping the goal of 150


  • Raised $1,000 for MICAH House and more than $850 to support Roosevelt families
  • CHAMPS program launched and created an environment of connection with a positive adult
  • Students in grades 3-5 up at least 3 percent in reading on the Iowa Assessment


  • All kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers held parent workshop days, inviting parents to attend and observe classes
  • Eighty-six percent of teachers are ready to address diversity issues
  • All staff did class meetings, data digs and “living our core,” reduced office referrals by 58 percent

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