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CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
May 22, 2020

As we reach the end of the school year that has been unprecedented in the history of public education, I look back in true amazement at what our students, staff, and school community have accomplished.  Students and parents, thank you for your flexibility and commitment to education.  I know the moves we had to make to protect the health and safety of our school community created significant challenges, and you stepped up to those challenges and showed why Carlisle is such a special place. 

 

Thank you to our Carlisle staff. I am grateful and inspired by the hard work and commitment in supporting and providing the quality educational experiences for our students even in these trying times.  Everyone at Carlisle CSD is excited to see our students back at school this fall.  We are working on Return-to-Learn plans and we are committed to providing our students and staff a safe and healthy learning environment.  We will be in touch later this summer to share details regarding our Return-to-Learn plans as we transition into next school year. 

 

As we look to the future, I know that Carlisle CSD’s best days are yet to come. We will be stronger as we get to the other side of this pandemic.    I hope everyone has a safe and healthy summer, and let’s all continue to be positive and support one another as we move forward together.   As always, Go Cats and We Can Do This. 

 

Here are some quick updates for this week:

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

The 2020 Graduation Video will be premiered via the district’s website and social media outlets on Sunday, May 24th at 2:00. 

 

Summer Lunch/Breakfast Program

The district will continue our Grab-n-Go lunches this summer with some changes. Starting on Tuesday, May 26th Summer Lunch and Breakfast will be available.  During the summer period, the district will only be serving out of the CHS Commons location.  When students pick up a lunch, they will also receive a breakfast for the next day.  The district will continue to send out a weekly sign-up on Friday.  This week’s sign-up will go out on Sunday, May 24th.

 

Return to Learn (RTL) Planning for 2020-21 School Year

The district will be using Focus Groups to support the development of the district’s Return-to-Learn plans. Focus groups will include school stakeholder based on the topic for each group. Members will review current national/state/local guidance on re-opening schools. Group topics include the following:

Focus Groups

Focus groups will start the week of June 1st, the district will use the feedback and recommendations from the focus groups to develop our state plans that are due to Iowa Department of Education on July 1st

 

Summer Sport Season

With the new guidance from the state allowing summer sport seasons, the district is reviewing the new guidance and will be communicating guidelines/information for High School Baseball and Softball next week.    

 

Continuous Learning Guides

Learning Guides will continue to be available for students and families through the summer at our Carlisle CSD Continuous Learning Guides Website

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools

CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
May 15, 2020
 

Class of 2020 Letter

Dear Graduating Seniors,

 

The Carlisle Community School District continues to be extremely proud of all your accomplishments as you enter into the final stretch of your senior year to become our Graduating Class of 2020. As we communicated to you earlier this month, the District will be celebrating your graduation with two ceremonies, a Virtual Graduation on May 17th and an in-person Graduation later this summer, should CDC/IDPH guidelines permit. We are excited to announce the date for the summer ceremony.

 

The virtual ceremony will be modeled after a traditional ceremony with speeches that include District Leadership, School Principal, Faculty and Students. Every student on May 17th will have the opportunity to cross the graduation stage receiving their diploma from family members.  Students, extended family members, and friends will have the opportunity to remotely view the May 17th ceremony via the district’s livestream on CCSD.live. We like to invite the school community to watch along as our graduates and families celebrate this great accomplishment.

 

The full ceremony video will contain a slide showing all honors/awards/scholarships for the student and the video of the student receiving their diploma and all the graduation speeches.  The video will be released by the district via our website/social media outlets on May 24th.

 

The District has scheduled our summer Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020. The ceremony will be modeled after our traditional ceremony to include speeches and recognition of the graduates.  Safety will be paramount, and if CDC/IDPH guidelines permit, the ceremony will be on Sunday, June 28th at Doane Hakes Stadium starting at 11:00am.

 

While we know this is not how you imagined you would be ending your senior year, please know that we are doing everything in our power to make your graduation celebration special and memorable for you and your families.

 

We are so proud of your perseverance, dedication, and accomplishments. We know that you will succeed in your chosen path and look forward to hearing all about your achievements. Congratulations from all of the Carlisle CSD staff and school community!!

 

Class of 2020 Graphic

SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE 
May 8, 2020

This week we celebrated and honored our teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. I truly believe that the relationship between our teachers and students is at the heart of the work we do in our district. As a parent of two Carlisle CSD students, I sincerely appreciate the dedication of our staff in meeting the needs of our students and families. As superintendent, I am proud of their caring and flexibility as we have closed down our schools and shifted to a learning model that none of us would have imagined a little over two months ago. I hope you will join me in thanking our teachers for their hard work and commitment.

 

While our teachers are at the heart of our work, for those of us not in the classroom, which includes me and roughly 140 staff members, our job is to support the teacher-student relationship. Although the work might not be as public, the job is no less important. In fact, this week we celebrated School Nurse Appreciation Day and in the last week there have been days celebrating our Administrative Professionals, Nutrition Services staff, and Principals/Assistant Principals. May is also School Board Appreciation month.  It is an honor to work alongside them and I am appreciative of their service, leadership and great work in supporting our school community. They, too, are well deserving of our school community’s appreciation.

 

Here are some quick updates for this week:

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

As we communicated earlier this month, the District will be celebrating the Class of 2020 Graduates with two ceremonies. A Virtual Graduation on May 17th and an in-person Graduation later this summer, should CDC/IDPH guidelines permit. We will be announcing the date for the summer ceremony next week.

 

Students, extended family members, and friends will have the opportunity to remotely view the May 17th ceremony of our graduates receiving their diplomas via the district’s livestream on CCSD.live.

 

Return to Learn Planning for 2020-21 School Year

District staff have started the process of developing plans for the 2020-21 School Year.  Teacher teams will be working on making the curriculum adjustments for each grade level and content areas. The district will be developing several contingency plans for the re-opening of schools for the start of school year.  Contingency plans will be based on CDC/IDPH guidelines. 

 

Continuous Learning Guides

Learning Guides will continue to be available for students and families through the end of the school year, May 22ndCarlisle CSD Continuous Learning Guides Website

 

Summer Sport Season

The state athletic associations will be making a decision on high school summer athletics by June 1st.  

 

Please continue to take care of yourself and family, and let’s all continue to be positive and support one another as we move forward together.  We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together, Carlisle School Community, We Got This!

      SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE
                                                                                               MAY 1, 2020

I wanted to send out an update on a few items, and also to take a moment to celebrate!  

 

High School Graduation Ceremony May 17th

Information about the Carlisle HS Graduation Ceremony for the class of 2020 went out earlier this week. The goal of the plan guarantees the opportunity for each graduate to walk across the stage to receive their diploma with their family members present. As a senior parent myself, I would love to have a full graduation ceremony with all graduates and the WAC full of families and friends, but our current reality and the unknowns of the pandemic does not allow us to have that opportunity.  I understand that our students what to be together to celebrate 13 years of hard work.  As part of this plan the district will hold a graduation event for the Class of 2020 students and families to celebrate together later in the summer if restrictions are lifted.  

 

The graduation ceremony we are planning will provide our seniors and their parents with some new special moments.  Parents will be giving their student the high school diploma. The video will contain both the full ceremony and a tribute to our seniors.  The seniors will have a keepsake that no other Carlisle graduate has received before.   If restrictions are lifted in the summer the class of 2020 will have two graduation celebrations.  

 

Continuous Learning Guides

Learning Guides will continue to be available for students and families through the end of the school year, May 22ndCarlisle CSD Continuous Learning  Guides Website

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to acknowledge how proud I am of the work of our teachers during this time in supporting our students and families.   For Teacher Appreciation Week, the Carlisle CSD is participating in the National Education Association’s social media celebration asking our Wildcat community one question per day to help showcase all that teachers do for our students. Join us and #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020!

 

I am so proud of our community and the stories I am hearing about how we are supporting and caring for each other.  As I have stated before we as a school community will be stronger on the side of this pandemic, Carlisle School Community – We Got This! As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the school community.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools

             SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE
                                                                                               APRIL 24, 2020

As we close out the month of April and we head into our final four weeks of our school year. I wanted to send out an update on a few items, and also to take a moment to celebrate!  

 

High School Graduation Ceremony

The goal was to have plans out early this past week for the ceremony. The district has delayed the communication of plans to ensure we are in compliance with all State guidelines.  We have met with local officials and we will be announcing our graduation ceremony plans following Monday night’s school board meeting. Plans do include giving our graduating seniors the opportunity to walk across the stage and accept their diplomas on their originally scheduled graduation date, with a few modifications.

 

Student Material Pick Up

I have received many questions about when can student pick up their material from their desk and lockers.  Schools will be communicating to their parents the week of April 27th on when and how students and parents can pick up those materials.  

 

Continuous Learning Plans

I want to make clear that I am extremely proud of our students and families.  I am equally proud of our entire faculty, staff and administrative team for all their combined efforts to keep teaching and learning alive for our entire school district.  I have personally participated in many Zoom meetings every week.  And while this in no way takes the place of what teaching and learning used to be prior to March 12th, 2020 and the closure of our school district, all members of the Carlisle School Community are showing why this a very special district. 

 

US News & World Report

Carlisle High School is a 2020 Best High School, based on rankings that U.S. News & World Report.  CHS ranked #10 in the Des Moines Metro Area High Schools and #30 in the state.  Visit the U.S. News & World Report website for more information.

 

I am proud to be the Superintendent Carlisle CSD and a member of the Carlisle CSD school community for many reasons.  One of the main reasons I am so proud rest with our students, staff and community members in the fact that together – We Got This! As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the school community.

 

Thanks,

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools
SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE
APRIL 17, 2020
As the proud superintendent of this incredible school district, I understand how heartbreaking the Governor’s announcement that our schools will not reopen and our students will not return to their classrooms before the end of this school year due to the COVID-19 crisis. As a parent of two students, including a high school senior, I can relate to the impact these school closures have on all of us. Please know, our district is committed to providing ongoing education, resources and support to students, parents and staff.
 
The safety of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. Our public health authorities and state officials have made it clear that adhering to physical distancing measures is crucial to staying healthy. Please be assured that while our schools may be closed, the school year is not finished. Our District will continue to provide Grab-n-Go meals and keep essential campus operations going while ensuring compliance with physical distancing orders. Most importantly, school for our students remains in session through our Continual Learning Program until the last day of this academic year on May 22, 2020.
 
The District’s goals for the Continual Learning Guides during this time are to provide learning activities that build appropriate grade-level skills and content knowledge, maintain a connection between students and teachers, and account for the variety of demands this unique time places on students, families and staff. Our teachers and administrators are working extremely hard to adjust lessons and utilize new delivery methods so your student(s) may continue to be engaged and excited about learning. Our teacher teams continue to be flexible, creative and understanding as they become more proficient in digital platforms and engaging students remotely.
 
The district will be adjusting the Continual Learning Plan for students in high school credit courses due to the extended school closure. Information on the adjusted plan will be sent out on Monday night following school board approval. We will be sending out a new date for High School Graduation Ceremony early next week.
 
I want to thank our school community for the remarkable way you have taken on the challenges of this moment and pulled together to support our students during this time. While we may need to remain physically apart, let’s all continue to be positive and support one another as we move forward together.
 
We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together, Carlisle School Community,
We Got This!
                      ALL DISTRICT PLAYGROUNDS & ATHLETIC FIELDS CLOSED
                                                                                    March 31, 2020
Carlisle CSD is committed to the health and safety of our school community. Playground equipment surfaces are not sanitized and we do not have the ability to ensure sanitation of these surfaces on a daily basis. The track located at Doane Hakes Stadium will remain open for walking and running with restrictions at this time. Stadium users are advised to follow district guidelines:
 
  • Organized group activities are not allowed on athletic fields. Team sports such as (soccer, football, baseball,                      softball, etc.) are not permitted on the fields
  • NO congregating groups on district athletic fields and stadium complex
  • Individuals using the track must practice social distancing by maintaining SIX FEET of personal space
  • Do NOT use track if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
 
We understand the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, we ask that EVEVERYONE do it responsibly. While the school district is posting signage at appropriate locations, we will not install caution tape or additional fencing.
 
Public visitors must adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations. We ask our families to do their part to help keep our school community safe and healthy.
 
                 CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
                                                                                APRIL 3, 2020
With the Governor’s extension of school closure to April 30th, the district will be developing Continuous Learning Guides for parents that will be available on April 10th. The Learning Guides will provide a framework of learning for PK-12 in all content areas for students to have voluntary educational enrichment opportunities during the closure period. Parents will be encouraged to have their child participate in these learning opportunities. Since the district is providing learning opportunities for students we will not have to make up the days during the closure period.
 
The district will be sending out more information for parents on the Continuous Learning Guides on Thursday, April 9th. Information will include specific directions on how to access guides, the different learning platform options to allow for equity of access and how students with Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans will be supported. Our teacher collaborative teams will be working with administrators early next week in the development and implementation of these guides.
 
The district will be sending out a survey to get information from families on the continuous learning readiness. I encourage all parents to complete the survey, the data from the survey will help the district develop our learning supports during the closure period.
 
As we prepare to move into our second week of school closure, I would like to share my thoughts as a parent and educator on what is going on:
 
To our Carlisle parents – I want to reassure you that our students will not “lose” any learning during this closure time. Carlisle teachers will ensure that all students when they come back to the classrooms will get the learning they need to move to the next grade level. As educators we know how to adjust our planning and teaching to meet students where they are in their learning.  When our school year starts back up, our teachers will adjust and meet the learning needs of our students that is what our great Carlisle teachers do every day.
 
To our Carlisle Teachers – As a parent and superintendent I want to thank you for your dedication to our school community. We are all learning new ways to communicate and support our students and parents. The best part is we are all learning together.
 
We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together, Carlisle School Community, we got this!
CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
March 27, 2020
 
As our community copes with COVID-19, Carlisle CSD is committed to providing students with educational opportunities and resources to continue learning at home. Resources include a combination of online texts, digital libraries, handouts, virtual field trips, parent-guided lessons, and independent work.During this time we recommend parents take the following steps:
    • Create a schedule for the day. Providing students with a structured environment will help establish a sense of normalcy and set clear expectations for the day.
    • Diversify activities throughout the day.
    • Include free time in their schedule.
    • Limit long periods of unnecessary screen time.
 
Individual Education Plan meetings will be conducted virtually when possible. School principals or special education teachers will contact parents to arrange for IEP meetings and provide support as needed. For questions concerning IEP meetings, contact your child’s special education teacher or the school principal. 504 annual meetings will be held virtually when possible. Principals will contact parents to provide support as needed.
 
As we prepare to move into our second week of school closure, I would like to share my thoughts as a parent and educator on what is going on:
 
To our Carlisle Teachers - we have entered a time of uncertainty and are facing new challenges, but you got this. We are professionals and can do it! I’ve learned how to use Google Hangouts and Zoom all in the past week. I have attended more virtual meetings this past week that I am sure that I have logged more screen time than my two teenagers...and why? Because I love what I do...and I know you do too! We are not perfect, but I know as educators we will do our best to do what is right by our students. Be patient. Be flexible. Be you! Wildcat teachers, we got this!
 
To our Carlisle parents - you got this! Carlisle parents and teachers have worked as partners in education for years, this is what makes Carlisle a great district. We will continue to be partners during this new challenge. Please be patient with your teachers. They are doing their best to learn new technology and change from a face to face model to a distance learning model. We are not perfect. We will make mistakes. And things will change. The best part is we are all learning together. We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together.  Wildcat parents, we got this!

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Bryce Amos, Superintendent of Schools

                                               
                               DISTRICT CLOSURE MARCH 23-APRIL 13
The Governor recommends that all Iowa schools be closed for four weeks until April 13, 2020.  Carlisle CSD will be closed for four weeks until April 13, 2020.  All athletic practices, & activities are canceled effective immediately.  In the short term that means our schools and facilities are inaccessible except for designated staff.  All athletic practices, and activities are canceled effective immediately. Please know we are working through all options for our staff, students, and families and will have more information soon.
 
As this situation changes rapidly, please know we will communicate information with you as soon as we can that more clearly defines school closure expectations.