Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 N. Tenth Street, Marion, IA 52302
Phone: (319) 447-3000

 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Excelsior Soccer: Girls 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  Excelsior MS vs. Harding Middle School @ Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar - Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar
Excelsior Tennis Black: Boys 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  Regis MS vs. Away vs. Regis MS @ Regis MS
Excelsior Tennis Red: Boys 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  Excelsior MS vs. Regis MS @ Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar - Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar
Oak Ridge Tennis Black: Boys 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  Oak Ridge MS vs. Wilson Middle School @ Oak Ridge - Oak Ridge Middle School
Oak Ridge Tennis Red: Boys 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  Prairie Orange vs. Away vs. Prairie Orange @ Prairie Point
Oak Ridge Volleyball: 8th Grade 3:30 PM
  Oak Ridge MS vs. North West - Green IC @ Oak Ridge - Oak Ridge Middle School
Oak Ridge Volleyball: 7th Grade 3:30 PM
  North West - Green IC vs. Away vs. North West - Green IC @ Northwest Junior High School
High School Anime Club 3:30 PM
  Linn-Mar @ Linn-Mar High School Room L106
Oak Ridge Football: 8th Grade 3:45 PM
  Oak Ridge MS vs. North Central JH @ Oak Ridge - Oak Ridge Middle School
Excelsior Football Black: 8th Grade 3:45 PM
  Excelsior MS vs. Franklin Middle School @ Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar - Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar
Excelsior Volleyball: Girls 8th Grade 3:45 PM
  McKinley Middle School vs. Away vs. McKinley Middle School @ McKinley Middle School
Excelsior Volleyball: Girls 7th Grade 3:45 PM
  Excelsior MS vs. McKinley Middle School @ Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar - Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar
High School Football: Freshman 6:00 PM
  Washington vs. Away vs. Washington @ Kingston Stadium
High School Swimming & Diving: Girls JV 6:00 PM
  Linn-Mar vs. Tipton @ Linn-Mar High School - Linn-Mar Aquatic Center

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 Teaching Students to Write with a HOOK!
 

And catching a great example of how Teacher Leadership works at Linn-Mar!

Finding a creative way to teach some of our younger students to write is one challenge recently taken on within Linn-Mar's new Teacher Leadership program. Through this program Molly Dabroski, Instructional Strategist at Wilkins Elementary, has been co-planning and co-teaching with Betsy Bushlack, a fourth grade teacher.

Ms. Bushlack told her Instructional Strategist that she would like her students to improve their writing, and she wanted to start with narrative writing. Her goal was for students to be able to "hook" their reader with a bold beginning.

The dynamitc team co-taught several lessons on good hooks and made many anchor charts to help students remember the important aspects of personal narrative writing. For a fun and creative grand finale to the unit, the classroom teacher and the instructional strategist dressed up at fisherman with poles for students to grasp the importance of writing good hooks.

When asked about the value of having an Instructional Strategist to work with, Ms. Bushlack commented, “The co-planning and co-teaching have been wonderful!”

This is a great example of what teacher leaders do in our schools. They work with our teachers to improve their adult content knowledge and instructional practice to make a difference on how our students learn.


 LMCSD's next Parent University
 

Computer safety in tech savvy world

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm

LRC Board Room

Our children are growing up in a tech savvy world. With their personal use of ever-changing social media sites like Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube, parental knowledge about online security is needed more than ever. Linn-Mar parents and community members are invited to this special Parent University learning opportunity discussing general family computing safety and how to maintain a controlled home network.

Resident expert and Bowman Woods father, Patrick Morrissey, will share ways to protect young users by establishing safe guards with the technology in your home and demonstrate a way to seize control of what your kids can access from your home network.

Morrissey, is a Cyber Security Engineer with Rockwell Collins International who has worked in the information security field since 1996. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering and Information Assurance from Iowa State University, a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) certification, and serves as attack coordinator for the University of Alaska Cyber Defense Competition (CDC). His time is divided between work, designing and testing security architectures for commercial aircraft systems and at home, where he helps to raise “his little hack... more


 Friday Night Football Festivities on 9/19
 

Friday night’s football game at Linn-Mar Stadium will be extra festive this week! Linn-Mar will host the ESPN 1600 Tailgate Tour starting at 3:30pm. The Tailgate Tour will be located at Linn-Mar High School door #10 (outside main gym) and they’ll have some fun booths for kids, hand out promotional items and serve free pizza. The radio station will conduct live interviews with Linn-Mar’s Athletic Director Scott Mahmens and Associate Athletic Director Tonya Moe – along with Linn-Mar’s head coaches of football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball and cross country.

This Friday night Linn-Mar will also be recognizing our youth football teams! Students in their Linn-Mar MYFA and middle school jerseys get into the game for free.

Linn-Mar MYFA and middle school teams will meet their coaches and sit in the lower South bleacher (next to the high school section) during the sophomore game. With 5 min left in the sophomore 4th quarter, there will be an announcement for all youth players to meet down on the track on the SW corner, near the finish line. As soon as the sophomore game ends, the game announcer will recognize each of these teams as the coaches and student athletes pass by their fans on the Stadium track. (Student athletes will not go onto the football field.)

After the recognition program, middle school age kids (6th-8th) should be sitting with their parents or in the Middle School sections of the bleachers. Younger students will need to sit with t... more


 Partnership for overcoming equity challenges
 

Linn-Mar Community Schools has been invited to collaborate with the Creative Corridor Center for Equity (C3E), launched by Diversity Focus and the West Wind Education Policy, in the initiative to develop a systematic, shared approach to overcoming equity challenges in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor. The goal is engage every student in the learning environment by overcoming persistent inequities in a variety of ways.

C3E is focused on creating inclusive communities in the Corridor by partnering with the metro school districts. Linn-Mar Board of Education approved participating in the initiative at its August 25, 2014 Board meeting. The goal of the partnership is to align the C3E projects with the school districts’ strategic goals and to work with West Wind on securing grants to fund the projects.

Through Linn-Mar’s partnership with C3E, the hope is to support some of the systemic challenges necessary to not only make the Creative Corridor one of the best places to live, work and play, but to also make it the best place to educate our children.

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