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Collins-Maxwell Community School District

Board of Education

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:00 – Regular Board Meeting

Library, Collins-Maxwell Middle School/High School, Maxwell, IA  


  1. Call to order, roll call, acknowledge quorum.

  2. Approve Agenda

  3. Welcome Visitors and Public Comment*

  4. Information/Discussion

4.1    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

4.2    Board Policy Series 200 – 1st Reading

4.3    2019-2020 Academic Calendar

4.4    Administrative Staffing 2019-2020

  1. Action Agenda

    1. Approve Boiler Repair  – Maxwell Building

    2. Approve Heating/Cooling Control Repair

    3. Board Policy Series 100 & Board Policy 505.5 Graduation Requirement – 2nd Reading & Approval

    4. Approve At Risk/Dropout Prevention Application and Modified Supplement Request

    5. Accept State Auditors Report

  2. Consent Agenda

    1. Minutes

    2. Bills for Payment

    3. Financials

    4. Personnel

  3. Board Comments

  4. Adjourn


*Visitors who wish to address the Board should be recognized at this time.  Due to legal requirements of the public meeting laws, the Board will take action only on items posted on the agenda.  Complaints cannot be about personnel.

1:1 Learning

This is the site for all information related to the 1:1 learning initiative.

  • MacBooks are distributed to all students in grades 9-12 for use in school and at home.  (started fall of 2015)
  • iPads are distributed to all students in grades 6-8 for use in school and at home. (started fall of 2012)
  • Grade-level sets of 25 iPads were purchased for each grade k-5 at the elementary to be used during school hours.

Acceptable Use Policy - adopted by the board on July 16, 2012
CyberSafety PowerPoint presentation as PDF (presented at parent informational meeting)

Help Desk:

  • The media center desk at the MS/HS will be the primary location for any extra iPads that may be needed for checkout. It will also be the primary place for students to log concerns about their iPads. The media center associate will notify Mr. Corbin (technology director) about issues that need his attention.
  • The media center desk will be staffed from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM on regular school days. On early dismissal days, the desk is open until 1:45 PM.
  • Outside of school hours, students, parents, and staff are encouraged to email Mr. Corbin for any technology concerns. He will plan to reply within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • First, please review the Acceptable Use Policy located above. It contains a great deal of information about the use and care of the iPad.
  • Second, we are developing a list of FAQs as they arise. Please send questions to Jason Ellingson, superintendent, or Kris Corbin, technology director.

What are some apps that students can download at home that the school would consider appropriate?
The school district supports apps that have a clear educational value. Some examples include e-reader apps such as Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Other appropriate apps include graphing calculators, e-printer apps, and educational support apps. If you have questions, please contact Kris Corbin, technology coordinator, at 515-387-1115 or kcorbin@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us.

Are students are able to print at home?
Students are able to print at home. You will need to have a wireless printer for printing access. Please check the iPad general settings as well as your printer’s specific wireless instructions.

How do students lean in the same way if they lose their iPad due to disciplinary consequences?
The district has had a technology code of conduct in place before the iPad initiative, so teachers are prepared to provide alternate assignments to support the learning of students while they do not have access to their iPads.

What should students do with their iPads if they are out for athletics?
Students should not plan to take their iPads to athletic competitions. The district has spoken with the coaches, and the coaches support this arrangement. Students should keep their iPads locked in their lockers are checked in at the media center.

What is the monthly cost to charge an iPad?
The annual cost to charge an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by electric utilities. By comparison, a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb costs $1.61, a desktop PC adds up to $28.21 and a refrigerator runs you $65.72 in the U.S.

Can they leave it at the media center to be charged?
Yes, students can leave their iPads in the media center for charging. The school will also have "charging stations" for students to access in the morning and during school hours.


  • Daily Announcements

    December 18, 2018

    Day 79








    Hey Students,

    This Friday we will be having some fun at Perfect Games!  Mr. Lunn sent you an email about the schedule, but we want you to know how much money this day will cost.  So...

    Bowling - $2 a game, no cost for shoes

    Arcade/Laser Tag - $5 will get you a $10 card to do these activities

    Concession Stand will be open for you to purchase food.


    We will see you there and be ready to have fun with the staff and friends!


    As well...


    We are also asking that our students, families and staff consider giving back to the CM community on this day. Donations for the local food bank will be collected and delivered to the food shelf in Maxwell. Below is the list of items that are in need and are encouraged to be donated.


    • Peanut butter                                                
    • Soups                                    
    • Tuna
    • Hamburger/tuna helper                        
    • Cereals                        
    • Toothpaste
    • Toilet paper                                               
    • Laundry detergent 










    Today’s Activities/Info


    All DMACC books need to be turned into Ms. Martin today. 



    Juniors:  Delivery of the Fundraising items is TODAY, Tuesday, December 18th.  Time TBA

    *Make sure you have a way to get your items home and delivered!* 



    This week’s dress up days:

    Monday:  Winter Wonderland

    Tuesday: Ugly Sweater

    Wednesday:  Polar Express PJ day hot cocoa and cookies at lunch

    Thursday:  Holiday Character Day

    Friday: Festive Friday



    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL:  Every Tuesday morning, at 7:30, there will be a student council meeting in Ms. Sutherland’s classroom.



    Meetings/Important Events Taking Place:


    Students with Late Arrival and DMACC students: You must be here at 8:00 this Friday, Dec. 21.



    Please turn all registration forms into the front office by this week. If you have not received one please see Ms. Martin. 



    FFA Holiday Meeting Thursday, December 20th  

    High School Lunch - Middle School Win Time


    FFA Shirt Orders Due Thursday, December 20th




    Attention Softball players:  Your cookie orders will be here Wednesday, Dec. 19.  Please make arrangements to pick up your orders after school at 1:30.




    If you have an ice pack out, please turn it into the nurse’s office as soon as possible. 



    **************EVERYONE PLEASE READ************

    If you receive a pink absent slip during your WIN time from your WIN teacher, you need to take this slip to the teacher who marked you absent for the date and period written on the slip.  After it is signed by that teacher, the slip needs to be turned into the office within 2 days.

    Example:  You get an absent slip on Thursday, Dec. 13 for an absence on Wednesday, Dec. 12.  This needs to be turned into the office by Monday, Dec. 17.   If the slip is not turned in, the absence will be counted as an unexcused absence and you will need to serve detention time.




    If you are going to be absent during finals (January 10 & 11), you need to make arrangements ahead of time with your teacher(s).



    Attention 9-12 graders:  Interested in becoming a Tutor?  Every Wednesday 1:40-3:00. Please see Ms. Martin for more information. 




    Warm Up 4 Winter!


    For the month of December, the Student Ambassadors are collecting gloves, scarves, and hats that will benefit the families in the Collins-Maxwell community through the Backpack Program and Local Churches.


    Please turn them into your WIN time group by  DECEMBER 19!


    The WIN time group with the most items will get an ice cream and cookie social on December 20!



    Level 3 program at DMACC  

    Helping students improve independent living skills and employability skills 

    Information Session Thursday February 7th on the Ankeny DMACC campus building 19 room 40 from 1:00-2:00 pm

    Please see Ms. Martin for details.


    Senior Portfolio Night Dec. 19  6:00



    Boys Varsity Wrestling Dec. 20 @ Coon-Rapids-Bayard 5:30



    Girls JV/V Basketball Dec. 20 @ Maxwell vs. Des Moines North 6:00/7:30



    School dismissed at 1:30 on Friday, Dec. 21



    No School Dec. 24 – Jan. 2.





    Sign-up Genius was sent out Nov. 19 to you and your parents to work basketball concession stands. Please sign up right away. We need at least one adult and two students per night. 




    Some of you have already expressed interest in being a referee for the REC basketball program. I am hoping to get several lined up so we have a set schedule this year. 1st/2nd grade games begin in December. 

    You will be rewarded with silver chord hours, PBIS points, dinner from me at end of season and you can earn points for the boys basketball team. 


    Please email Ms. Robinson if you are interested. Meeting date to come soon! 



    Looking for Silver Cord hours?  Mrs. Staudt has some opportunities which include data entry and categorizing books by genre.  Email her or stop by her room if you are interested.  




    Counselor Corner:


    Anyone interested in taking DMACC MATH classes Please see Ms. Martin ASAP to take ALEK test.

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