Our Vision - Improving Student Achievement - Step by Step

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Welcome to the Carroll Community School District Website. I hope you will find the information on CCSD's website helpful and easy to use. If there is something you would like to see on the district's website, please feel free to call (712) 792 - 8001 or email me at rcordes@carrolltigers.org.

Improving student achievement through continuous school improvement is the key component of Carroll Community School District's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP).

Professional development is the key to continuous school improvement. Carroll Community School District serves approximately 1700 students in grades K – 12. CCSD has two elementary buildings, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school building. In addition, the district operates a 4-year old preschool for about 175 youngsters in two different sites throughout the community.

  1. Children should be encouraged to become lifelong learners and problem solvers.

  2. Parents and community are the most important influence on a child's development, behavior, and attitude toward learning.

  3. A quality school understands the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of its students and makes decisions based on those characteristics.

  4. A successful student is able to think and reason for himself/herself, yet not be afraid to ask for advice or help when needed.  He/She is willing and able to use all the different resources available in order to achieve success.

  5. An effective staff member is one who cares for the students, has a sense of pride, and works for the good of the organization.

  6. An effective classroom is one where the teacher and student work together in a respectful manner toward a common goal.

  7. A quality instructional program includes opportunities, variety, and challenges, which create an environment for all students to be successful.

  8. Schools should teach fundamentals, responsibility, respect, and skills for use throughout life.

District Goals

The Carroll Community School District’s long-range goals define the desired targets to be reached over an extended period of time. These long-range goals serve two purposes:

  1. to meet locally determined Student Learning Goals and
  2. to address state and federal student accountability.

Long Range and Annual Improvement Goals

The Carroll Community School District’s annual improvement goals provide the guideposts to monitor progress toward the long-range goals for the district.

  • Long-range Goal 1: All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in reading comprehension prepared for success beyond high school.
    • Annual Improvement Goal for 2014-15: To increase the percentage of students proficient in grades 3-11 (combined data) on the Reading test of the Iowa Assessments (based on National Standard Score) when compared to the 2010-11 test data 86.9%.
  • Long-range Goal 2: All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in mathematics prepared for success beyond high school.
    • Annual Improvement Goal for 2014-15: To increase the percentage of students proficient in grades 3-11 (combined data) on the Math test of the Iowa Assessments (based on National Standard Score) when compared to the 2010-11 test data – 89.5%.
  • Long-range Goal 3: All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in science prepared for success beyond high school.
    • Annual Improvement Goal for 2014-15: To increase the percentage of students proficient in grades 3-11 (combined data) on the Science test of the Iowa Assessments (based on National Standard Score) when compared to the 2010-11 test data – 91.7%.
  • Long-range Goal 4: All PK - 12 grade students will achieve civic competence - the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required in order to be active and engaged participants in public life. Political Science/Civic Literacy (strand) Essential
    • Concept and/or Skill: Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action. (SS.9-12PSCL.1)  Skillset: Understand the importance of voluntarism as a characteristic of American Society. As part of the 10th Grade English Language Arts requirement each student is required to work with a group of peers on a "Problem/Solution" project. This project reinforces the concepts of experiential/authentic learning and working with the “community at large.” Students on each team reach consensus to identify a problem and determine how they can positively impact the problem. Teachers set expectations and each group of students prepares a presentation for a panel of judges. The panel as a whole endorses specific projects and students carry through with their “Problem/Solution” projects. Documentation shared with CCSD stakeholders to measure effectiveness of projects include: 
      • Combined rubric scores 
      • Student self-reflections
      • Feedback from agencies, organizations, etc. to the student group
  • Long-range Goal 5: All K-12 students will demonstrate the ability to use and apply technology for success beyond high school.
    • Annual Improvement Goal for 2014-15: To increase the percentage of students proficient in 8th grade on the locally established technology criteria.  2012-13 – 98.2%.
  • Long-range Goal 6: All students will feel safe at and connected to school.
    • Annual Improvement Goal for 2014-15: To increase the percentage of students who feel safe at and connected to school based on the Life Skills pre-test/post-test given in grades 4 and 7.
       

Letter to Parents Regarding Ebola

Dear parent or guardian,

The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa continues to be in the headlines and recently, there has been extensive media coverage of a handful of cases in the United States. It’s understandable that parents and students may be concerned about this serious disease. Here is some information about what the risk of Ebola is here in our community and our state.

Carroll Community School District is in close contact with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Carroll County Public Health. We are confident in Iowa’s health care and public health systems and their ability to handle and control a case of Ebola if it were to happen here. Even so, health experts stress the likelihood of a case of Ebola happening in Iowa is extremely small.

We encourage you to talk to your children about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and the cases that have been reported in Texas and New York. Take time to learn together about this disease. It’s important to know that your child is much more likely to get the flu this fall and winter than to contract Ebola. If you and your children haven’t already been vaccinated against influenza, please consider doing so. The CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health encourage influenza vaccinations for every Iowan aged 6 months and older.

It’s important to remember Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or casual contact. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. In addition:

  • People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.
  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. 

For more information about Ebola, visit the CDC’s web site at www.cdc.gov/ or the IDPH web site at www.idph.state.ia.us/EHI/Issue.aspx?issue=Ebola%20Outbreak&pg=Ebola%20Outbreak%20Home.  You can also find more information on the CCSD Health Services webpage.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

Students, parents, employees and others doing business with or performing services for the Carroll Community School District are hereby notified that this school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age( for employment), marital status (for programs), or socioeconomic status (for programs) in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities or hiring and employment practices.  Any person having inquiries concerning the school district's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 or Iowa Code Section 280.3 is directed to contact:Tammie McKenzie, 2809 North Grant Road, Carroll, Iowa 51401, telephone: 712-792-8010, who has been designated by the school district to coordinate the school district's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, Section 504 and Iowa Code 280.3. Any person having inquiries concerning the school district's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 or Iowa Code Section 280.3 is directed to contact: Tammie McKenzie 2809 North Grant Road Carroll, Iowa  51401 Telephone:712-792-8010 tmckenzie@carrolltigers.org Tammie McKenzie has been designated by the school district to coordinate the school district's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, Section 504 and Iowa Code 280.3.