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
The Indianola Board of Education approved a 2015-2016 traditional school calendar, on Monday, April 13, 2015. The traditional school year will begin on Monday, August 24, and, barring any weather related make-up days, will conclude on May 27. Christmas vacation will run from December 21 through January 1. Spring break will occur the week of March 14. The last day for seniors will be May 20, and graduation will take place on May 22.
The Board will consider a Year Round Education (YRE) calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting on April 27. Per new state requirements, the YRE calendar must include at least ten days of instruction, or the hourly equivalent, in eleven of the twelve months of the year, and ensure the period of time between instructional days (e.g., summer vacation) does not exceed six weeks. A public hearing will be conducted on April 27 to solicit input from community members and patrons regarding the proposed YRE calendar.
Tech Trek Camp
Congratulations to Alison Brewer, Madi Kinsey, Terrill Hagener, Heather Willmott, Abby McCormick, Renee Croat, Kate Day, Emily Rolands and Mary Staudacher. These Indianola Middle School students have been accepted to attend AAUW’s Tech Trek camp at Simpson College this summer.
Girls find their passion for high-tech careers at AAUW’s Tech Trek camps. Through hands-on problem solving and encounters with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Tech Trek helps girls see their futures while having nonstop fun. Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp backed by research and designed to make STEM exciting and accessible to girls in middle school — the age when research shows girls’ participation in these fields drops. For many girls, the weeklong camp sparks their curiosity and places them on a path toward success.
New Mobile Lab Brings Excitement and Engagement for 1st Graders!
The district recently purchased a custom case and put together a “truly mobile” computer lab of MacBook Airs that can be checked out to elementary classrooms. Mrs. Kluver’s first grade class at Irving was the first class to jump in and try the new lab. After using the lab for a few hours, Mrs. Kluver shared, “My class is LOVING the mobile lab computers! They are so engaged and were thrilled to have computers in the classroom!!!!” Later in the day, Irving Principal Mrs. Naughton witnessed the engagement firsthand as she visited the classroom while the first graders were using the StarFall website to partner read leveled text during literacy time. One Irving parent emailed that “The MacBook Air was the first thing [my son] told me about after school. What a great experience for them!!!”
For now, the district only has one “truly mobile” lab that can easily be moved from building to building. The lab may be checked out on a weekly basis for projects and activities. The I.T. Department is looking into purchasing additional cases soon, as the current mobile lab is already reserved for the next four weeks.
Iowa Financial Literacy Summit
Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to attend the Iowa Financial Literacy Summit on May 5 in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Education is hosting this event as part of a broader effort to improve Iowa students' financial literacy skills. The purpose of the summit is to raise awareness that making smart, responsible financial decisions is an important part of a great education; to provide teaching resources to help students meet the financial literacy component of our state standards; and to connect Iowans with community resources and programs that support financial literacy education. Tickets are available through April 21. For more information, including the summit agenda and registration information, visit https://www.educateiowa.gov/event/iowa-financial-literacy-summit.
Changes in the Transitional Kindergarten Program - CLICK HERE!
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Info
The Long Walk Begins ...
More than 200 Indianola high school students are participating in a 23-mile walk on the Summerset Trail to Carlisle and back today. As part of their American Lit class experience, the walk brings to life Stephen King's novel, "The Long Walk."
Drum Roll Please ...
Congratulations to the following people who have been selected for teacher leadership positions in our school district. These positions are the foundation of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) grant we recently received from the State of Iowa. The intent of the program is improved learning for students and facilitated growth for our teachers. You'll be hearing a lot more about the TLC program in the coming weeks and months. For now, meet the new teacher leaders:
· Leigh Bellville, Instructional Coach at Middle School
· Stacy Evans, AIW Coach/Teacher Partner for Emerson and Irving Elementary Schools
· Kim Grissom, Instructional Coach/Teacher Partner at High School
· Erin Lullmann, Instructional Coach at Irving Elementary
· Lisa Msuya, Instructional Coach at Middle School
· Denise Reinert, Instructional Coach at Wilder Elementary
· Ali Sauter, Instructional Coach at High School
· Kevin Schlomer, Teacher Leadership Coordinator
· Kristin Scott, Instructional Coach at Whittier Elementary, Teacher Partner for Whittier and
Wilder Elementary Schools
· Renee Strub, Instructional Coach at Emerson Elementary
· Jeff Tadsen, AIW Coach for High School, Middle School, Whittier, and Wilder Elementary Schools
· Kathy Turnball, Teacher Mentoring Coordinator
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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