Our Vision - Improving Student Achievement - Step by Step

WELCOME

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 from the Superintendent of Schools:

Dear Patrons,

Beginning with the 2014 - 2015 school year, Carroll Community School District will make several changes in how it “conducts business.” One of the more important changes will be the district will attempt to drastically reduce the amount of print material it sends home with students and in the U.S. Mail. There will be a “Backpack” icon on the district's website where the district will post information that was typically sent home with students like letters, notices, etc. This is Carroll Community School District’s “green” approach to distributing information from school sponsored activities. Rather than sending flyers home with students, we are posting such information on this virtual “Carroll Tiger Backpack” website throughout the calendar year to provide access for all. It is estimated that this will save countless hours per year in sorting and handling of these materials, as well as conserves other natural resources. Students/families who do not have a computer and/or Internet access will be provided access to paper copies upon request.

A few reasons why the district is moving in this direction:

  • CCSD is making a serious effort to “Go Green” by becoming a more environment friendly organization!

  • Reduce the cost of printing and postage in order to put more dollars into the classroom for instructional purposes.

  • Parents and district patrons will be able to find information in one easy online location.

  • Due to several budget reduction initiatives the district needs to continue to research ways in which it can become more efficient.

Examples of items that will no longer be mailed include, but are not limited to:

  • Registration materials for the upcoming school year - other than registration directions.

  • Mid-term progress reports - these are available through the parent portal on Infinite Campus.

  • Quarterly report cards -  these are available through the parent portal of Infinite Campus.

  • Monthly school calendars - there will be an online district calendar. The district will print August and September calendars.

  • Various notices, etc. that have been sent home in the past.

A limited number of print materials may be distributed to students, parents, and/or district residents who do not have a computer and/or Internet access. Request for printed copies of information should be made by calling the Carroll Community School District Office at 712 - 792 - 8001 or the student’s attendance center(s).

 

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 IowaCode 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.