Welcome to Our Schools
Welcome to the Indianola CSD website! We hope this website will be a useful source of information for you and a showcase of what Indianola has to offer: “Proud Traditions…Unlimited Possibilities.”
I am extremely thankful to have the opportunity to serve as district superintendent. Indianola is a beautiful community, and its public schools offer tremendous educational opportunities. In addition to a very talented and committed staff and strong curriculum, the district facilities are very good and will become even better with the community’s investment of $29 million in the next couple of years. This fall we are excited to be introducing a 1:1 digital learning environment (DLE) at Indianola High School, too.
I encourage you to get involved with the schools – through attending events, volunteering, serving on committees, joining booster groups, etc. Please feel free to stop in to see me, too, and let me know about things that are going well or things that could be improved. My office phone is 515-961-9500 and my email is
I look forward to serving the Indianola Community School District’s students and staff and to being a part of all this great community has to offer. Join me in celebrating Indianola’s proud traditions and exploring its unlimited possibilities.
Indianola CSD Superintendent
Last Day Of School • May 29, 2015 • 11:30 am
Boys Basketball Camp
Girls Basketball Camp and Shooting Camp
The Indianola Community School District recognizes members of its School Board. Thank you for your extraordinary dedication to ensuring the very best education for Indianola students.
(L to R) Darren Heater, Chris Goodale, Carolyn Langenwalter, Darrin Johnson and Mark Tucker (not present: Kurt Lickiss and Scott Gray).
Irving Elementary Students Making the SWITCH! And Making News!
Switching what kids “do, view and chew.” That’s the focus of a new research project by Iowa State University. A project Irving Elementary kids are very familiar with. The project targets physical education classes, lunchroom nutrition and the regular classroom. Kids are urged to be more active and consume more fruits and vegetables. The goal is to improve overall academic performance by improving wellness. Learn more and watch the video here:
Food for Thought
Congratulations to Wilder Elementary School on receiving a Bronze Healthier U.S. School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom Award! This prestigious award recognizes excellence in nutrition and physical activity. Wilder Elementary School is one of 76 Iowa schools to earn the award and will appear on the USDA website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/iowa-award-winners.
BRAVO! IHS’s “Guys and Dolls” Wins Big!
The Des Moines Performing Arts released the 2014-15 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards.
- Outstanding Overall Performance
- Outstanding Ensemble
- Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Emily Coffey as “Miss Adelaide.” Emily also qualified to participate in the 2015 Triple Threat Award Program at the Des Moines Civic Center.
- Performance in a Leading Role: Justin Beals as “Sky Masterson”
- Performance in a Leading Role: Eagan Lickiss as “Nathan Detroit”
- Performance in a Leading Role: Ingrid Lickiss as “Sarah Brown”
- Performance in a Supporting Role: Jonah Miller as “Nicely-Nicely Johnson”
“Guys and Dolls” Crew also recognized!
The following students have been honored for their work in a technical or creative role in IHS’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” They will accept awards June 1, 2015, at the Civic Center Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Show.
Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Makeup Design: Lydia Magalhaes
Outstanding Achievement in Shift Management: Devin Schupp
Special Recognition in Stage Management: Emma Aldrich and Rebecca Moews
Special Recognition in Lighting Design: Alexander Michel
Waxing On About Iowans
Whittier 5th Graders recently transformed their library into a wax museum dedicated to famous Iowans. They each researched and wrote reports on notable Iowans, then delivered their speeches in character.
IHS Robotics Teams Earn Honors
The LEGO Robotics team earned 2nd in the state for the Sumo Robot Competition and 1st in the Instant Design Challenge. Congratulations to the following robotics state qualifiers:
- FTC Robotics
- VEX Robotics
Award-Winning IHS Musicians
IHS recently hosted the State Large Group Contest. More than 450 musicians performed, receiving the following ratings:
Orchestra: Division I
Treble Clef Choir: Division I
Lyric Choir (9th grade): Division II
Concert Choir: Performed for Comments Only
Chorale: Division I
A Cappella Choir: Division I
Bass Clef Choir: Division II
Concert Band (9-10): Division II
Symphonic Band (11-12): Division I
Thank you to parents and students who volunteered to make this a successful day for our guests from 4A and 2A schools. Special thanks to Brenda Biddle, Becky Kolosik and Nancy Kirkendall.
4th and 5th Graders Jump into Character
Indianola 4th and 5th grade students recently attended the annual Exercising Your Character event at Hy-Vee Hall. Speakers included Hunter Kemper (Olympic Triathlete), Ben Jacobson (UNI Men's Basketball Coach), Jenny Baranczyk (Drake Women's Basketball Coach) and Shawn Johnson (Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast). Students also had the opportunity to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks at one time!
Facilities Director Rick Branson used a drone to capture bird’s-eye views of construction progress at Emerson Elementary School, Indianola High School, and the varsity stadium. View the complete videos here.
2015-2016 School Calendars Approved!
The Indianola Board of Education approved a 2015-2016 traditional education calendar, on Monday, April 13, 2015. To view the traditional calendar, please click here.
The Indianola Board of Education approved a 2015-2016 Year Round Education (YRE) calendar for Irving Elementary, on Monday, April 27, 2015. To view the YRE calendar, please click here.
The Indianola Middle School was represented in the 2015 capstone competition for Game Design with Alice 3.1 in Iowa’s Hyperstream program. They had 210 entries across 11 categories, and 11 panels of judges. Out of several Game Design teams, the Indianola Middle School Team, Extra Techrestrial, received a 1st place finish (Best Overall STEM Game), as well as a 2nd place award in the category of Best Code Quality. . The team also completed a sizeable community service project teaching elementary kids about technology.
Two weeks ago, the IMS and IHS (game design, app development, and robotics teams) attended an event at Simpson College that celebrated the interest of burgeoning technologists, encouraging the students to follow their dreams. A part of that event was a showcase of their competition projects to community members, current & former mayors, college professors, college students, and technology industry leaders from around the state.
Changes in the Transitional Kindergarten Program - CLICK HERE!
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Info
Indianola Schools New Video
Take a couple of minutes to watch this new video about the Indianola School District. A special thank you to everyone who participated and made it come to life. We are proud of schools and we hope you are, too. We encourage you to share this video with friends and family.
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Click here for a special announcement regarding Indianola Schools and Iowa School Alerts for the 2015-16 school year !!