The school year continues to move quickly. Maybe our students have a different opinion on that subject. Many of you might remember the TV show, The A Team. The leader of this band of misfits was named Hannibal. One of his favorites lines that he frequently said was, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Fortunately, West Burlington Independent School District can say the same.

The elementary pick up and drop off continues to exceed our expectation of effectiveness. We have great cooperation from students, parents, grandparents, and community members in following our procedures in the morning and after school. Our staff has done a wonderful job of quickly, and more importantly, safely assisting students coming to our school and leaving for the day. We have a team of associates and teachers who brave the heat, the cold, the rain, and the snow, sometimes in the same day, to help our students. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the safe arrival and departure of our students. We love it when a plan comes together.

Another update West Burlington is proud, of is our new kitchen in the elementary. We now cook our lunch and breakfast in the elementary kitchen instead of transporting it from the high school kitchen. We store dry, refrigerated, and frozen foods in the kitchen as well. I have heard numerous reports on the improved quality of our elementary lunches. Nice job staff! We are glad the kitchen is working out so well. We love it when a plan comes together. The board is giving serious consideration and exploring what it would take to upgrade the high school/junior high school kitchen.

The most popular update this year from the students’ point of view is the playground. It is safe, clean, and a fun place to spend recess time. I have had a few students express their wishes that it was bigger. The school board also wishes we could have built a bigger play area. It is great the playground is used on a nightly basis and weekends. West Burlington ISD is proud to provide this wonderful play area for students during school hours and for the entire community outside of school hours. You guessed it, we love it when a plan comes together.

I am writing this newsletter article the week of President’s Day. Students are taking the Iowa Assessments most of the week. We have made a concerted effort to improve instruction in all of our core classes. We strive to deliver relevant and meaningful instruction on a daily basis to each and every one of our students. We have especially taken a special emphasis in improving instruction and interventions for our junior high students. Our hope is when we get our Iowa Assessment results, we can all say…. “We love it when a plan comes together.”

The School Improvement Advisory  Committee (SIAC) meeting has been pushed back to May so we can discuss our 2016-2017 Iowa Assessment results and report out to our community and stakeholders. We always welcome parental and community member participation. If you would like to be part of the committee, please let me know.

We are so lucky to have such great students, supportive parents and community members, and quality staff. West Burlington Independent School District continues to be the school of choice in SE Iowa. The board, administration, staff, and stakeholders intend to keep it that way. We love it when a plan comes together. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at (319) 752-8747, option #3 or Kids First!