BULLDOG BRIEF

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

We are off to a great start to the school year. As students will continue to get busier with classes and activities, be sure to enjoy the extended break with your families. It's going to be a beautiful weekend!
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Iowa State Assessment of Student Progress

ISASP is the state assessment we take each spring. Since we didn't take them in the spring of 2020, the only data we can compare the 2021 results to is 2019. Even with all of the adjustments we have had to make over the last two school years, our collective results are positive. We test in Language/Reading and Math in grades 3rd to 11th. We only test in science in grades 5, 8, and 10.


Of the twenty-two comparisons from 2019 assessments to the 2021 assessments, nine had a lower % of students proficient and twelve had a higher % of students proficient. We were well above the state average on all assessments at all grade levels.


With all of the changes we've had to make over the last few years, our students still performed at a higher or similar level on the ISASP in comparison to previous years. The data for each grade level assessed is below. More information will be available soon about individual student results. Contact the building principals if you have specific questions.

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COVID Attendance Report

As you may recall, we reported out the total number of positive COVID-19 cases and the total numbers of students/staff gone due to quarantine or isolation every Friday of the 20-21 school year. The IDPH will no longer be contact tracing nor will the Dallas County Health Department be regularly notifying the district of positive cases. Because we have less authority to have students quarantine due to exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, that report doesn't seem to work as well this year.


So, for the 21-22 school year, our plan is to just do a comparison to the known number of students/staff gone due to COVID-19 positive tests, or known quarantines. We will also report the known total number of active COVID-19 positives. Students/staff must isolate for 10 days when testing positive for COVID-19. As of Friday, September 3, we have 5 known positive student/staff cases of COVID-19. At the end of week two in 2020-21, we had 2 known COVID-19 cases. Though we have no true authority to require someone to quarantine as that responsibility is with the families, we do feel this will give people some information to make decisions that are best for their families in each of their respective situations.


The data for the first few weeks of school will be skewed a bit because quarantine rules changed to when both individuals were wearing a mask, students did not need to quarantine whereas early in the year if students were exposed, they had to quarantine for 14 days whether they had masks on or not. Though the information is all dependent on what families decide to do in regard to quarantine for this year, it is a true comparison of known absences each day of the year for both the 20-21 school year and the 21-22 school year.


As a reminder, if a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should remain home for 10 days. If a student/staff member has a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and they haven't been vaccinated, they should quarantine for 14 days, or a minimum of 10 days with no symptoms unless they have a negative test result and quarantine can be shortened to 7 days. More information on when to quarantine or isolate can be found here. If at any point an individual is sick, please stay home until symptoms have subsided.


Please let us know if the data is helpful or if other information would be more useful. Also, there is a PDF with an FAQ from the IDPH and IDOE below the COVID data.

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Home Games- Please Read

At this time, we don't be having any restrictions on attending home events. Students in grades PK-6th need to be with their parents at the games. They should not be running around unattended. This makes the game experience less enjoyable for those around them. Be sure to keep an eye on your children. Thanks for your help in making it a great experience for all who attend!


Game tickets need to be purchased through this link. This link is for any game at any level and can be found at vmbulldogs.com. All spectators will need a ticket for the game unless they have a pass. Cost is $5 per person for varsity events and $3 per person for all lower-level games. If you have questions, email Shonna at shonna.trudo@vmbulldogs.com.


If you'd rather not purchase tickets for each game, be sure to buy an activity pass for yourself or your family. Activity passes are good for all home events except state-sponsored tournament games hosted by Van Meter. We will have hundreds of games at home this year, so activity passes are really a good deal.


Family Pass (good for school-aged children and parents)- $300


Single Adult Pass- $150

Student Pass- $75

Senior Citizen Pass (65 years old and up)- $25



Contact the office if you have any questions.

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New Website and App

Be sure to check out the updated website at www.vmbulldogs.com. It looks great and we hope that it is easier to navigate. Also, we now have our own Van Meter app. Watch the video below to learn more, and then just go to your app store and type in Van Meter Schools in the search bar to find it. Contact Mike Linde at mike.linde@vmbulldogs.com if you have any questions.
Van Meter App Introduction

School Board Election

Van Meter CSD will have 3 seats open for the school board election this fall. Candidate filing begins on Monday, August 23 and the deadline to enter is by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. The election for the four-year term is Tuesday, November 2. More information about being a school board member can be found at the Iowa Association of School Board’s website. Regular Board Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and they currently take place in the East Dining Hall. Email me at deron.durflinger@vmbulldogs.com if you have any questions.

Get Involved

We have four organizations that do a great job of supporting Van Meter Schools. They are always looking for members. Be sure to reach out to them if you are interested in helping out.


Van Meter Education Foundation- Contact Lawrence Yazzie at law.yaz@icloud.com

Van Meter Elementary Parent Committee Contact Amy Giesking at amy.giesking@gmail.com

Van Meter Performing Arts Boosters Contact Kris Koster at kris.koster@vmbulldogs.com

Van Meter Athletic Boosters Contact Wendy Kelly at vmathleticboosters@gmail.com

Return to Learn Plan

Linked is our Return to Learn Plan for the 21-22 school year as of Friday, August 20. Of course, things could change, but as of today, these are our plans. If you have any questions contact Mr. Tibbetts, Mr. Lamoureux, or Mr. Durflinger.

cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com

adam.lamoureux@vmbulldogs.com

deron.durflinger@vmbulldogs.com

COVID-19 Mitigation

On August 5, the DE and IDPH released this guidance for schools in relation to COVID-19.


In May, the IDPH released this guidance for Iowa schools in regards to COVID-19.


We will continue to follow the guidance of the Dallas County Health Department, IDPH, and CDC. With that said, we are not expecting students or staff to wear masks while at school to start the school year unless they choose to wear one. However, we do expect students to stay home when sick or if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Please continue to do your part to keep others safe. More information can be found in the attached IDPH document below.

Athletic Website and Schedules