May Newsletter

MS/HS Communication

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The End of the School Year is Fast Approaching!

The month of May marks a time when the weather begins to warm up – not so much this year! – and the school year quickly winds down. Although the HS/MS school project has not been completed within the expected timelines, there is a lot of work planned over the next month, and confidence that everything will be completed over the summer months and in time for next school year.

This is also a time to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the most important part of our school district, the people that work in it. The first day of May is Principal’s Day, and the entire month of May is both Staff Appreciation and School Board Recognition Month.

I would like to take a moment to recognize these people. Our Principals, Ms. Fricke, and Mr. Grandon, who both work tirelessly to provide the best educational environment possible for the children. Our school board members – past and present. These elected volunteers create school policy, approve curricula, develop innovative opportunities, and help to maintain school facilities. And finally, our wonderful staff. My first observations that I shared four years ago hold true today. The staff in CM Schools is second to none in providing a caring and personalized environment in which each student can reach his/her full potential. All these people are responsible for providing a high-quality public education to our students. Please join me by saying “thank you” to these dedicated people in public education during the Month this May.

These last few weeks also mark the end of my time here in CM Schools and serving as a school superintendent. In full honesty and transparency, the last few years have been some of the most challenging in my professional and personal life. COVID, the derecho, two major building projects, and the passing of my father this fall, have taken a toll. I look forward to time to rest and refocus, reconnect with family, and plan the next steps in both my professional and personal life.

I will remember my time in CM Schools fondly. The communities of Collins and Maxwell have stepped up time and time again to support the schools, school board members have shown great foresight and courage to make decisions to place the school district on a track for success, and the staff have worked tirelessly during tough times to be in education, always placing students first. I would also be remiss not to mention the great CM students, who make our work and sacrifices matter!

I am looking forward to these last few weeks and the great things ahead for Collins-Maxwell Schools.

Corey Lunn, CM Superintendent…for a few more weeks ☺

Go Spartans!

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MS/HS Spring Concert

When: May 10th

Time: 7pm

Where: Large Gym

8th Grade Promotion & Awards

June 2nd @ 2pm for our 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. Following we will also have our Award Presentation for 7th-11th grade students. The Ceremony/Awards will be held in the large gym. We invite all family and friends to come.

You're Invited!!

Come help celebrate the retirement of Jean Birchmier, Steve Lewis, Corey Lunn.

When: Wednesday, May 18th

Time: 3pm-5pm

Where: MACC


Graduation will be held on May 29th @ 2pm in the large gym in Maxwell.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for 7th-11th grade will be on June 2nd. This will be a full day.

Order Your Yearbook Today!!!

Order Your Yearbook Today

Time is running out, get your high school yearbook ordered today (link). To order your PreK-8 yearbook go to the following link. If you do not want to order online, you can send a check to school with your son/daughter. The high school book is $55 and the PreK-8 book is $22. Please make your checks payable to Collins-Maxwell Yearbook. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Coffelt at

Attention Seniors

Please send the following to Mrs. Coffelt for the yearbook ASAP: a digital copy of your senior picture (needs to be a vertical head and shoulders shot), a baby picture, your senior quote, and your future plans. Contact Mrs. Coffelt with any questions.

May Menu's

Infinite Campus App for Parents!!

Parents did you know there is an easy way to be able to see your students grades, missing assignment's, attendance, etc.? All you need to do is download the Infinite Campus Parent Portal App. You will then be able to get notification directly on your phone!! Your log in information is the same one you use on your computer. If you choose to use the app, please let the MS/HS know so we can update your information here to make sure you get those notifications.

The Collins-Maxwell Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following service areas: Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Science (Culinary Arts). It is the policy of the Collins-Maxwell Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its education programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district's Equity Coordinator, Lori Fricke, MS/HS Principal, 400 Metcalf St, Maxwell IA 50161, 515-387-1115,