315 West Grand

Hinton, IA 51024

Phone: 712-947-4329

Fax: 712-947-4427

· days, for our staff to learn and practice new teaching strategies. In today’s fast paced world we simply cannot teach the way we did years ago. We must continue to learn and grow to meet the needs of our students.

· Our dedicated and caring staff continues to challenge themselves to learn and improve professionally. Currently we have 7-10 staff members enrolled in Master Degree programs!

· One hundred and sixty-one students open enroll into our district, with the number increasing each year. Parents are choosing to attend the Hinton Community School due to our great reputation and our ability to provide Quality Education With A Personal Touch.

By: Al Steen

The 2007-08 school year is off and running! As we reflect on our school many times we forget to think about the positive “happenings” in our school. We have a great school with many positive actions taking place. There is no way we could list everything in this brief article. However, here are a few of the positive “happenings” in Hinton Community School:

· Our enrollment continues to grow. Last year we had 656 students in the building at the beginning of the year. We currently are serving 690 students within our building.

· Class size remains a priority with our school. As our enrollment grows, we continue to add sections as needed, enabling our staff to meet the needs of each student. This year

· we added a half-time section to 3rd grade for reading and math, a full-time section to 2nd grade, a full-time section to 1st grade, and a full-time section to transitional kindergarten (Discovergarten).

· We have more students than ever taking courses from Western Iowa Tech, due to our 28E sharing agreement. This is a great opportunity for our students to earn college and high school credit. Our Early Bird Class through WIT is so popular we added a second section to meet the needs of all of our students.

· Professional Development for our outstanding teachers continues to be a priority for our school. We have three all day professional development days, along with nine early out

The Iowa Department of Education will conduct a Comprehensive School Improvement Site visit at Hinton Community School on November 6-8, 2007.  The Department reviews school districts in Iowa every five years.  The purpose of the site visit is to assess progress with the comprehensive school improvement plan, to determine

that the school district is in compliance with the accreditation standards, to provide a general assessment of educational practices, and to make recommendations with regard to improving educational practices above compliance.  During the 3-day visit, the team will review documents regarding Chapter 12 General Accreditation, board policies,

curriculum, professional development, and record keeping practices of the district.  The team will also conduct interviews with various stakeholders in the district including community members, parents, teachers, and students.  The district will receive a report following the site visit to aide in developing revisions for the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

By: Jane Krehbiel

School “Happenings”

School Advisory Committee

2

Iowa Testing Week Moved

2

New Science Class Offerings

3

“Grease is the Word”

4

Waiting for Wings

 

5

 

Hinton Apparel

6

Power School—Usernames and Passwords

7

Rural Schools Benefit Students

7

How to Power School

8

Lunch Menu

10

Activity Calendar

11

Department of Education Site Visit

Hinton Community School

BLACKHAWK

October 2007

Volume 14 Issue 2

Mission Statement

A Community Dedicated To Developing Responsible Life Long Learners Prepared For Future Challenges.