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

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Monday, September 22, 2014

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High School Golf: Boys Varsity 3:15 PM
  Linn-Mar vs. Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School, Washington @ Hunters Ridge Golf Course
Oak Ridge Soccer: Girls 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  McKinley Middle School vs. Away vs. McKinley Middle School @ McKinley Middle School
Oak Ridge Volleyball: 8th Grade 3:30 PM
  Prairie Black. vs. Away vs. Prairie Black. @ Prairie Point
Oak Ridge Volleyball: 7th Grade 3:30 PM
  Oak Ridge MS vs. Prairie Black. @ Oak Ridge - Oak Ridge Middle School
Excelsior Soccer: Girls 7th/8th 3:30 PM
  Excelsior MS vs. Prairie MS @ Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar - Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar
Excelsior Volleyball: Girls 8th Grade 3:45 PM
  Excelsior MS vs. Taft Middle School @ Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar - Excelsior Middle School - Linn-Mar
Excelsior Volleyball: Girls 7th Grade 3:45 PM
  Taft Middle School vs. Away vs. Taft Middle School @ Taft Middle School
High School Volleyball: Freshman 5:00 PM
  Washington Red vs. Linn-Mar Red vs. Washington Red @ Cedar Rapids Washington High School
High School Volleyball: Freshman 5:00 PM
  Washington Blue vs. Linn-Mar Black vs. Washington Blue @ Cedar Rapids Washington High School
High School Volleyball: Freshman 6:00 PM
  Washington Red vs. Linn-Mar Black vs. Washington Red @ Cedar Rapids Washington High School
High School Volleyball: Freshman 6:00 PM
  Washington Blue vs. Linn-Mar Red vs. Washington Blue @ Cedar Rapids Washington High School
District Offices Board of Education Mtg 7:00 PM
  @LRC Board Room, 2999 N. 10th St, Marion

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 Linn-Mar hosts Marching Band Festival this Saturday

On Saturday, September 27th, the Linn-Mar High School Band Department will host 20 outstanding high school marching bands at the Linn-Mar Stadium for the Linn-Mar Marching Band Festival.

The event will runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and concludes with an exhibition performance by the Linn-Mar High School Marching Lions. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All proceeds go towards defraying equipment costs and clinician related expenses. Linn-Mar's Marching Lions are entering their sixth year as one of the only volunteer marching bands in the state of Iowa and enjoy a rich tradition of performance, competition and community appearances. This year’s edition includes 205 students, grades 9 - 12, and is one of 22 musical ensembles at Linn-Mar High School.

The Linn-Mar Band Department is a nationally recognized GRAMMY Signature School that offers a comprehensive program for 335 members in grades 9-12. Since 1980, the Marching Lions have earned 33 Division “I” ratings at the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival, and last year finished first in class 4A at the Little Hawk Marching Band Invitational and third at the prestigious Valleyfest marching competition in West Des Moines.

The Linn-Mar High School band program includes four concert bands, five jazz bands and an athletic pep band. The band department has been recognized at the state and national level, with multiple appearances at the State Jazz Championships, several performances at the Io... more

 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

 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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