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Welcome to North Tama

Welcome from Superintendent David R. Hill:

Welcome to the North Tama County Community School District. North Tama offers your family a tremendous advantage to learn, participate, and belong. The ...more

2016-2017 School Year Calendar

2016-2017 School Year Calendar (PDF)

 

 

Please remember that dates are always subject to change. The PDF above is an overview of the year, but is not updated as the year goes on.

For the most up to date information, please check the District Activity Calendar further down the page, as it is kept up to date.

2016-2017 School Hours

Elementary, 8:15 to 3:20

JH and HS, 8:15 to 3:25


Bell schedules are posted below.

Junior High Bell Schedule

1st 8:15 – 8:59

2nd 9:02 - 9:46

3rd 9:49 - 10:33

4th 10:36 - 11:20

Homeroom 11:23 –

Redhawk News

4/28/17

North Tama Athletic Schedule Update: Golf meets on 4/28 & 4/29 have been cancelled. HS Track on 4/28 & JH Girls Track on 4/29 also cancelled.

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4/25/17

The deadline is April 26, 2017 for signing up kids for either T-Ball or Coach Pitch Baseball/Softball. 

 

Here are the forms, just in case you missed those when they were sent home, or have misplaced yours!

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3/16/17

This winter the North Tama Softball program has been holding open gyms for all ages.  The girls that have chosen to come have made great strides as they have worked on their ability to handle the ball, master basic softball fundamentals and have kept in the swing of things.  So what’s the next step…

 

Like any activity, softball, takes practice so it’s time to beef up our schedule and get in some good practices to get ready for the summer season, which will be here before you know it.  These spring practices will spend time on throwing, fielding, hitting, and pitching/catching.  While a practice may spend more time on one skill then another we will try and touch on all skills every time.  So if your daughter is truly going to improve, attendance at as many of the practices as she can will make a difference across the board for her this summer come game time.

 

Please see the attached PDF for all of the details about what the spring practices entail, info about our softball coaching staff, and the spring schedule.

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2/23/17

                                                REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD

December 19, 2016

7:00 p.m.

 

1) Call to Order:  Board President Kennedy called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Present were Board members Trisha Kennedy, David Calderwood, Doug Dvorak, Gretchen Pargeon (arriving at 7:05) and Tiffany Feisel.  Popelka and Zobel were absent.  Also present were Superintendent David Hill, Principals Josh Youel and Paul Rea and Board Secretary Terrill Karr.

 

2) Approve Agenda:  Calderwood made the motion to approve the agenda.  Feisel seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.  (Pargeon-late, Zobel & Popelka absent)

 

3) Spotlight On Education:  Overview of District Finances & 5 Year Financial Projections:  Hill updated the board on the school’s 5 year financial projections.  The district is doing fine according to the projection but still need to look for ways to save money.

 

4) Public Forum/Correspondence: None

 

5) Consent Agenda:

 

a. Approve Minutes of November 21, 2016 Regular Board Meeting

 

b. Approve Out Of State Field Trip Requests

 

c. Approve Fundraiser Request:  Cheerleading Fundraiser-Shoe Drive.

 

d) Approve Amended River Hills Consortium Agreement

 

e) Approve Inter-Agency Agreements for Special Education Services with South Tama CSD

 

f) Financial

i. Expenditures to Date and Approval of Bills

            1. Year To Date

            2. Monthly Balances

            3. Detail Check Register

            4. Expenses to Published Budget

           

g. Personnel:

            i. Resignations:    Justin Keck-Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach  

            ii. Appointments: Mark Reeves-JH Girls’ Track Coach

                                      Justin Keck-Interim Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

                                      Tyson Roberts-Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach

            iii. Termination of Contract: Matthew Hansen-Girls’ Head Basketball Coach

           

Pargeon made the motion to approve the consent agenda.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.  (Zobel and Popelka absent)

 

6) Approve Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention (up to maximum of $145,430):

Feisel made the motion to approve the modified supplemental amount for At-Risk Dropout Prevention up to $145,430.  Dvorak seconded the motion.   (Zobel and Popelka absent)

 

7) Board Discussion on Participation in the Statewide Voluntary Program for 4-Year Old: Hill found out in the past few days that we will not be able to charge tuition for preschoolers (this would have helped offset the start-up cost) and we also cannot use General Fund dollars for this program.  Youel will fill out the application to have a 4-Year old Voluntary Preschool program in hopes we find a way to make this work. 

 

8) Reports:

 

a. Elementary Principal:  Youel went over the Iowa Assessment Data-very pleased with the results.  North Tama student Isabella Allen held a fundraiser for Noah Rector and as of this date had raised $945.19!  Lego League won the Global Invention Award with their Exoskeleton project and also won the First Lego League Core Values Award! They will be going to State to present their Global Invention Project. 

 

b. High School Principal: North Tama is waiting to find out if Gladbrook-Reinbeck will be starting up an Alternative High School.  More information will be available next month on this

 

c. Superintendent: The January Board meeting will be the fourth Monday not the third Monday due to Martin Luther King Day. 

 

9) Superintendent Mid-Year Evaluation: The board will meet in closed session in accordance with Iowa Code

Chapter 21.5(1) (i):  Pargeon made the motion to enter into closed session.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Roll call was taken:  Feisel-aye, Popelka-absent, Zobel-absent, Pargeon-aye, Kennedy-aye, Dvorak-aye and Calderwood-aye

 

Calderwood made the motion to exit closed session.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Roll call vote was taken: Pargeon-aye, Zobel-absent, Calderwood-aye, Dvorak-aye, Kennedy-aye, Popelka-absent and Feisel-aye

 

10) Adjournment:   Pargeon made the motion to adjourn at 9:08 p.m.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0. (Zobel and Popelka absent)

 

 

 

 

 

________________________________________                 ________________________________________

 

Trisha Kennedy, Board President                                       Terrill Karr, Board Secretary

 

 

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held January 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.in the ICN room

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2/23/17

                                                REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD

January 23, 2017

7:00 p.m.

 

1) Call to Order:  The board meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Board President Trisha Kennedy.  Present were Board members Gretchen Pargeon, Cheryl Popelka, Doug Dvorak and Trisha Kennedy.  Rod Zobel arrived at 7:25 p.m.  Also present were Superintendent David Hill, Principals Paul Rea and Josh Youel and Board Secretary Terrill Karr, Lego League sponsors Connie Courbat and Pete Holden and ten Lego League students. Board members absent were Tiffany Feisel and David Calderwood.

 

2) Approve Agenda:  Pargeon made the motion to approve the agenda.  Popelka seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0.  (Feisel, Calderwood and Zobel absent)

 

3) Spotlight On Education:  “Promise of Iowa” Video by IASB’s Promise of Iowa Campaign:  A video was watched on the “Promise of Iowa” 

 

4) Spotlight On Education: Presentation by North Tama’s Lego League Team:  The Lego League presented their project to the board – an exoskeleton to help hip dysplasia in dogs.  They were 16th in the State!  They were also awarded the 1st Place trophy for Core Values!  Congratulations!

 

5) Public Forum/Correspondence: None

 

6) Consent Agenda:

 

a. Approve Minutes of December 15, 2016 Regular Board Meeting

 

b. Approve Out Of State Field Trip Requests

 

c. Approve Fundraiser Request

 

d) Approve Amended Lied Center (Bremwood) Consortium Agreement

 

e) Approve Inter-Agency Agreements Education Services with Mason City CSD (Educare Program, Mercy Med Center), Waverly-Shell Rock School District (Bremwood)

 

f) Financial

i. Expenditures to Date and Approval of Bills

            1. Year To Date

            2. Monthly Balances

            3. Detail Check Register

            4. Expenses to Published Budget

           

g. Personnel:

            i. Resignations:    Amanda Rude-Elementary Teacher

            ii. Appointments: Brenda Jensen-Academic Decathlon

                                      Mike Estes – Head Boys’ and Girls’ Golf Coach

            iii. Termination of Contract:

           

Pargeon made the motion to approve the consent agenda.  Dvorak seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0. (Feisel, Calderwood and Zobel absent)

 

7) Approve “Promise of Iowa” Board Resolution in Support of Public Education in Iowa: Dvorak made the motion to approve the “Promise of Iowa” Board Resolution in support of public schools in Iowa.  Popelka seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0. (Feisel, Calderwood and Zobel absent)

 

 

8) Board Discussion and Possible Action on a Response to the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Dissolution Commission:

Popelka made the motion to respond that a second meeting is not necessary to the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Dissolution Committee.  Pargeon seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0.  (Feisel, Calderwood and Zobel absent)

 

9) Continued Discussion on Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program:  Plans are continuing for the implementation of 4-year old preschool at North Tama this fall, pending approval from the State.  The tentative plan is to use federal REAP money to fund the first year and state per pupil funding in following years.  As of now we have a possible 27 children that could attend next year.

 

10) Board Authorization for Elementary Principal to Submit Application for North Tama’s Participation in Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program:  Pargeon made the motion to approve the Elementary Principal to submit the application for North Tama’s participation in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program.  Dvorak seconded the motion.  (Board member Zobel arrived) Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel and Calderwood absent)

 

11) Discussion & Possible Board Action on Offering a Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive for Non-Certified Staff:  Dvorak made the motion to approve Option B Early Retirement Incentive for Non-Certified staff.  Zobel seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel, Calderwood absent)

 

12) Policy: First Reading: 200.1R1-Organizational Meeting Procedures; 201.2 - Regular Meeting; 411.2 – Classified Employee-Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection; and 701.2-Financial Records:  Board members were given these policies to look over

 

13) Reports:

 

a. Elementary Principal: Upper Elementary raised $183.00 for the North Tama Food Bank in place of exchanging gifts at Christmas time!  Holiday gift shop was another success, raising more money than in previous years.  Mrs. Chizek wrote a McElroy Grant and was awarded $850.00 for a 3D printer.  Upcoming:  Feb 21st is Elementary Family Reading Night, Feb 27th and March 2nd are Parent Teacher Conferences, February 28th is Kindergarten Roundup meeting and March 6-10th is Kindergarten Roundup week!

 

b. High School Principal:  The Counselors and I attended a 504 Conference (plans that provide accommodations for students based on a diagnosis or health need.  Mrs. Boerm and Mrs. Johnson will attend the February board meeting to go over their TLC (Teacher Leadership and Compensation) accomplishments this school year.  One first semester graduate this year.  Gladbrook-Reinbeck approved the Alternative School at their January board meeting.

 

c. Superintendent:  We will be using REAP dollars to fund 4-year old Preschool the first year and after that state fund will cover this program, so with board approval we will proceed with the application to implement this program.  A “Family Sick Leave Bank” committee will be formed to explore the possibility of creating a Family Sick Leave Bank – an employee donates some of their family sick days to a bank which could be used by others or themselves for unusual or rare situations that may develop. Will show the board a few proposed cost savings for next year, as negative new money for FY18 of $130,000 is expected. 

 

14) Adjournment:   Pargeon made the motion to adjourn at 8:45 p.m.  Zobel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.  (Feisel, Calderwood absent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

________________________________________                            ______________________________________

 

Trisha Kennedy, Board President                                       Terrill Karr, Board Secretary

 

 

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be February 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the ICN room

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2/23/17

                                                REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD

February 20, 2017

(Rescheduled from February 13th, 2017)

7:00 p.m.

 

1) Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Board President Kennedy at 7:00 p.m.  In attendance were board members Cheryl Popelka, Tiffany Feisel, Trisha Kennedy, David Calderwood and Rod Zobel.  Also in attendance were Superintendent David Hill, Principal Josh Youel, Board Secretary Terrill Karr and Ellen Young.

 

2) Approve Agenda:  Popelka made the motion to approve the agenda.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

3) Public Forum/Correspondence: Ellen Young praised Mr. Youel and Connie Courbat for attending the Home Show with some students.  The students were very poised and well behaved.  Lisa and David Chizek and students attended the second day and also did wonderful!  They made Traer proud!

 

4) Consent Agenda:

 

a. Approve Minutes of January 23, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

 

b. Approve Out Of State Field Trip Requests

 

c. Approve Fundraiser Request: FFA Sign Fundraiser and Football Team Lift-A-Thon Fundraiser, Music Booster Supper and Student Council Water Bottles

 

d) Approve Inter-Agency Agreement for Education Services: Newton CSD

 

e) Set a public hearing for the purpose of approving the 2017-18 School Calendar to take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday March 20, 2017 in the North Tama ICN Room

 

f) Approve the renewal of athletic sharing agreements:

            i. Wrestling with Gladbrook-Reinbeck

            ii. Girls’ Soccer with Union

           

g) Financial

i. Expenditures to Date and Approval of Bills

            1. Year To Date

            2. Monthly Balances

            3. Detail Check Register

            4. Expenses to Published Budget

 

h. Personnel:

            i. Resignations: Paul Rea-JH Wrestling Coach

            ii. Appointments:

            iii. Termination of Contract:

           

Calderwood made the motion to approve the consent agenda.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

5) Establish Back-To-School Registration Fees and Lunch Prices for 2017-18 School Year: Calderwood made the motion to approve the following price increases for the Fiscal Year 2018 school year: K-6 Book Fees: Increase to $60, with $10 discount if paid by June 30 or $5 discount if paid by registration day. 7-12 Book Fees: Increase to $125, with $10 discount if paid by June 30 or $5 discount if paid by registration day. Student Athletic Ticket Fee: Increase to $50. Instrument rental, band fee, and percussion rental: $2 increase. Breakfast/Lunch Prices: 10-cent increase to student breakfast, student lunch, adult breakfast, and adult lunch. 5-cent increase for an extra milk.  Zobel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

6) Policy: Second Reading: 200.1R1-Organizational Meeting Procedures; 201.2 - Regular Meeting; 411.2 – Classified Employee-Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection; and 701.2-Financial Records:  Zobel made the motion to approve the policies 200.1R1-Organizational Meeting Procedures; 201.2 - Regular Meeting; 411.2 – Classified Employee-Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection; and 701.2-Financial Records.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

7) Consideration of Proposal for Driver Education Makeup Classes: Calderwood made the motion to approve charging $25 per make-up class/driving time (AFTER THE TWO MISSED CLASS/DRIVING TIMES THAT ARE BUILT IN).  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

8) Reports:

 

a. Elementary Principal: Working with a variety of organizations regarding 4-Year Old Preschool, application is due April 6th (but will try to get it done before that date), Kindergarten Parent meeting will not be a separate meeting this year-the parents will meet with Mrs. Turner or Mrs. Sell at the end of Round-up week when they are discussing their child’s results from Kindergarten Round-Up Week, Teachers Lisa Chizek and Alivia McClain applied for a $500 Project Jack Grant (through the Realtor Foundation of Iowa) and received it! They will be purchasing bells, a tablet to take pictures with and craft supplies for the Traer Nursing Home.  March 6th thru the 10th is Kindergarten Roundup!                                                         

 

b. High School Principal:  Working with Youel and Hill on the FY18 school calendar, Parent Teacher conferences Feb 27th and March 2nd.

 

c. Superintendent: Supplemental State Aid was set at 1.11% for FY18, with this low percentage our tax rate will likely be increasing.  Even with this increase North Tama continues to have the lowest tax rate in our immediate area and one of the lowest tax rates in the state.  An Early Retirement incentive was offered to eligible non-certified staff with the deadline being the week prior to the March board meeting.  A list of cost-savings will be presented at the March board meeting.  The DE has given the official word that they will be able to move up their timeline for reviewing our Preschool application! 

 

9) Adjournment:   At 7:52 Zobel made the motion to adjourn.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________               ___________________________________

 

Trisha Kennedy, Board President                           Terrill Karr, Board Secretary

 

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be March 20, 2017 in the ICN room

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North Tama's Teacher Leadership

North Tama's TLC team created three new positions for the 2016-2017 school year.  We will be utilizing a Student Success Coach (Judy Boerm), an Instructional Coach (Susan Johnson), and Seven Model Teachers (Becky Adams, Levi LaRue, Connie Courbat, Amy Lidgett, Kristi Martin, Lisa Chizek, and Vonna Watson. As a team, the teachers, staff, teacher leaders at North Tama will be able to take students from where they are to where they need to be.  

 

The team put together a video to explain a little more about the TLC program at North Tama:

 

 

District Activity Calendar

Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the North Tama County Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender, identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination on the North Tama Website: www.n-tama.k12.ia.us under Parents/Students section.  If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Craig Josh Youel, Elementary Principal, 605 Walnut Street, Traer, Iowa 50675, 319-478-2265, E-mail:  jyouel@n-tama.k12.ia.us.

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phone: 319-478-2265

fax: 319-478-2917

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