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Excelsior's 6th graders help the school 'come clean'

Kretschmar named as Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning

Linn Grove Students make 'Principal Sundaes' as reward

Only Eight Team Spots Open for Annual Lion Open Golf Classic

SODA Mock Accident Video

Chad Buchholz named as new Linn Grove Principal

Linn-Mar's 2015 Summer Softball Camp

Linn-Mar High School Exam Schedule

LMHS Music Department with State Large Group Contest Results

Three Linn-Mar Robotics teams represent at the 2015 World Championship

Zimmerman to Grant Wood AEA at end of school year

Susan Knight named SNAI Director of the Year

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 Excelsior's 6th graders help the school 'come clean'

Excelsior teacher Barry Whitson has been doing a community service project for 10 years with his 6th grade health students. The project is called "Excelsior Comes Clean!"

Over a 2-week period during the personal hygiene unit, Mr. Whitson's students bring in personal hygiene items to be donated to the Foundation 2 Crisis Center in Cedar Rapids. This year over 4600 items were donated! (Pictured: Excelsior staff members Mike Shipley and Rachelle Haker helped Whitson with the donation deliveries.)

"The kids always come through with this," said Mr. Whitson. "It does the heart good to help others in need!"

Now that's what we call "Excelsior Excellence!" Way to go!

 Kretschmar named as Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning

Pending Board approval, Linn-Mar CSD is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Kretschmar to the position of Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning.

Kelly’s most recent leadership position is as an Instructional Strategist at Westfield Elementary School. Before that she taught second and fourth grade at Indian Creek Elementary School for 15 years. Kelly also was a substitute teacher at Linn-Mar following teaching fourth grade at Malcom Price Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa.

Besides her teaching, Kelly has been a member of District curriculum committees for math and science, co-chaired a summer reading program, and held leadership roles in her elementary school.

She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from UNI with a minor in math and her M.A. in Teaching with a minor in reading from Coe College. She is currently completing coursework for the principalship endorsement. In 2008 she received her National Board Certification in Generalist/Early Childhood.

Linn-Mar’s superintendent, Katie Mulholland, Ed.D., stated “Kelly’s experience and focus on students and their learning will continue the Linn-Mar tradition of high expectations for student achievement that is guided by the District’s mission: Inspire Learning. Unlock Potential. Empower Achievement.”

 Linn Grove Students make 'Principal Sundaes' as reward

May was Linn Grove's BIG Box Top for Education contest - and the kids enjoyed quite the interesting prize for reaching their goals!

Here was how it worked: If the students collected 3400 box tops by May 26th, they could make a "Principal Sundae" with Mr. Schumacher. (They hit that goal in about a week!) So the school upped the challenge to 4400 Box Tops and added in Mr. Buchholz to the reward. (Students reached that goal that in 2 days!) So a 3rd goal of 5000 Box Tops was set, meaning the students would receive flavor ice treats while they watched the Principal Sundaes being made. (The 3rd goal was reached in just 1 day!)

For every 10 Box Tops each student turned in, their name was entered in to be a "Sundae Maker." 10 names were drawn from each grade to help make the Principal Sundaes, 5th grade did the ice cream, 4th did chocolate sauce, 3rd did caramel and strawberry sauce, 2nd did whipped cream, 1st did pineapple and cherries, Kindergarten did sprinkles and our preschool/AK added some mini marshmallows.

During the month of May Linn Grove students turned in a whopping 8112 Box Tops for Education! Congrats to all of our Linn Grove students - it looks like it was messy and fun!

(Thanks to Mr. Schumacher and Mr. Buchholz for being good sports!)

 Only Eight Team Spots Open for Annual Lion Open Golf Classic

The Linn-Mar Foundation invites you to the Annual Lion Open Golf Classic benefiting the Linn-Mar Community School District. This year's event will be held on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at the Hunters Ridge Golf Course.

And only eight team spots remain for this event, so register soon!

Lion Open proceeds benefit the Linn-Mar School Foundation, enabling us to fund innovative classroom & curriculum projects and fundamental educational programs that help support & shape our 21st Century learners at Linn-Mar.

Come out and join us for a relaxing day on the links with our family of Linn-Mar supporters. Grab your friends, colleagues, family & clients to enjoy a day networking and fun & sun on the links!

Golf Reservations being accepted now: $100 per person / $90 Linn-Mar Staff & Alumni

Three ways to register:

1. Call the Foundation office at 447-3065
2. Email the Foundation at
3. Print off an informational flyer and golf reservation form at or from Linn-Mar's Virtual Backpack!

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