315 West Grand

Hinton, IA 51024

Phone: 712-947-4329

Fax: 712-947-4427

development activities. We are committed to helping our staff to learn and practice new teaching strategies to ensure our student achievement continues to improve. 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.

*One hundred and seventy five students open enroll into our district, with the number increasing each year. Parents are choosing to attend the Hinton Community School due to our mission of being A Community Dedicated To Developing Responsible Life Long Learners and due to our ability to provide Quality Education With A Personal Touch.

By: Al Steen

The 2008-09 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 every positive “happening” in this brief article, however, here are a few of the positive “happenings” in Hinton Community School:

*Our enrollment continues to be steady or to grow. Last year we had 692 students in the building at the beginning of the year. We currently are serving 687 students within our building. Enrollment projects from the State Department project us to grow 5-10 students per year for the next 5 years.

*Class size remains a priority with our school. This year we expanded third grade to 3 full sections and we added sections to 4th and 5th grade. This brought our class sizes down from 25 students per class to 17 students per class.

*Through our 28E sharing agreement with Western Iowa Tech our student enrollment in college classes continue to grow. This is a great opportunity for our students to earn college and high school credit at no cost to our parents.

*Professional Development for our outstanding teachers continues to be a priority for out school. We have professional development days along with early outs for professional

School Happenings

SILO Replacement Vote December 2

2

There’s Music in the Air

3

Fire Safety Week

4

Hillview Venture

5

Science Kits Excite the Elementary

6

Senior Spotlight Counseling News

7-9

Benefit Supper

10

Board Minutes

11-13

Lunch Menu / Activity Calendar

15-16

Hinton Community School

BLACKHAWK

November 2008

Volume 15 Issue 3

Mission Statement

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

315 W. Grand St.

Hinton, Iowa 51024

712-947-4329

are asked to take special care to see that their children get a good night's rest and a nourishing breakfast on the mornings of the tests. Parents with questions about the Iowa Tests are welcome to call Mrs. Daniels (D-6 School Counselor) at 947-4428 or Mrs. Clausen (7-12 School Counselor) at 947-4328.

By: Mary Daniels

 

 

 

Hinton students in grades three through eleven will take the Iowa Tests in the morning hours during the week of November 10-14. The Iowa Tests, formerly called the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, help teachers and parents assess a student's annual growth in a number of skill areas and they provide an indication of how a

student's performance compares to other students in Iowa and in the nation. Since the adoption of No Child Left Behind legislation, student scores on these tests have been used to assess the effectiveness of local school programs against a high national standard of performance. Historically, Iowa students have scored above the national average on these tests. Parents

Standardized Testing in November