The Iowa Department of Education is gathering data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief survey. They are requesting that all parents complete the attached survey for each child enrolled in the district.
The purpose of the survey is to meet the requirements according to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) which requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs.
The survey will be open through June 30th and we would like as many parents as possible to complete the survey.
Please contact Amy Liddell, Green Hills AEA Iowa Family and Education Partnership at email@example.com or Courtney Clement, Iowa Department of Education, at if you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey.
The following links will take you to a letter that contains the link to the brief survey. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Summer Food Program Feeds Kids for Free
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children eating healthy while school is out. Red Oak Schools provides meals to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis at the sites and times as follows: Inman Primary and Washington Intermediate from June 17-August 9. Serving time will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Inman Primary and 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Washington. Each year, the United States Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Red Oak Schools to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer; there are no income requirements or registration. Children age 18 and under may come and eat for free; and any adult can eat for $4.00 at Inman Primary or at the Washington. For more information, contact Mindy Riibe at (712) 623-8351.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: . This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement: “It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: .”
Through the new ESSA legislation that was enacted this year the middle school has been labeled as “Targeted”. Based on our School Performance Profile, the middle school did not meet state averages in the percent of students proficient in reading and math, Conditions for Learning (this was the climate and culture information), or growth for math. We did not meet state expectations for students with disabilities. To address these deficits, lead staff from the middle and high schools have been working together with AEA partners to identify key areas to target and create an action plan. As part of this work, the team has completed data analysis including Self-Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) training with the AEA, started Universal Tier Tools Training that will continue into the summer, and attended the High School ESSA Action Plan Training. With the assistance of Roxanne Wiles, an AEA School Improvement Consultant and our ESSA support advisor, the team has outlined a plan that will target core instruction in the areas of reading and math and identified two main goals.
Goal 1: By January 2021, the Lead Team and staff will increase special education reading and math proficiency scores to at least state average.
Action Steps to meet this goal:
Goal 2: By January 2021, the Lead Team and staff will have the foundational knowledge and skills to lead MTSS and provide support with a SAMI score of at least 50%.
(Current score of 9.5%)
Action Steps to meet this goal:
A summary of the plan was sent to our SIAC members with a request for volunteers to provide additional feedback throughout the process. Assistance may come in the form of completing a survey, giving written feedback, or attending a meeting to discuss specific ideas. Members were asked to contact Mr. Messinger or Mrs. Fluckey should they wish to help. The School Board approved the plan on April 22, 2019.
Students at Washington Intermediate discussed the financial benefits of savings with the help of Jonathan Balta and Jerrica Jones from Great Western Bank. Students identified their skills, talents and resources and matched those talents to jobs they could offer to the community to earn money. After calculating how much money could be saved in a day, and then one week and then one month, students were able to recognize how quickly a dollar here and there can add up. Megan Page, a fifth grade student in Mrs. Cockburn’s class, plans to use her skills and talents to mow lawns and babysit to save up for a new phone. Aiden Johnson, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Kunze’s class, plans to use his resources to help his grandma and grandpa farm and save up for a house, farm equipment and cows to start his own farming business when he’s 18. Jonathan and Jerrica also described the simple process of setting up a personal savings account with the help of a parent or guardian.
This fall, Red Oak High School is very excited to begin our new ProStart culinary arts program! ProStart is a program created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and supported by industry members, educators, the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation, and the NRAEF. ProStart was developed to teach students culinary techniques and management skills with real-world educational opportunities. The program is perfect for students who plan to directly enter the workforce and also prepares college-bound students for further studies in culinary arts. Students entering the ProStart program will be required to complete a Food & Nutrition class to prepare them with basic skills and will include ServSafe’s Safe Handler certification. Students continuing into ProStart will learn food safety best policy through the ServSafe Manager program and have the opportunity to take the exam for certification. Iowa code requires every food establishment to have a certified food protection manager on staff, so this opportunity allows our students to get a head start in the industry.
Ms. Henke has been attending trainings throughout the year and, as part of the program, has studied with chefs in Des Moines. This June she will head to South Carolina for a week-long institute to learn further skills and techniques necessary for industry and recommended for our students who wish to learn life-long culinary skills. We are thrilled