JCSD E-Connection

Board updates, news, and events from the around the district

Week of September 23, 2019

Thank you for checking out the JCSD E-Connection! In this newsletter, you will find links to Johnston Board of Education items/decisions, news, and commendations from around the district, and important information for parents/guardians.

All attempts are made to be as accurate as possible at the time of publication. Questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to the JCSD Communications department at jcsdcomm@jdragonmail.us.

District News & Announcements

Nyaga Selected for NCYL National Conference

Congratulations to JHS senior Angel Nyaga, who was one of four Iowa students selected as a Youth Leader of the Year and will attend the national NCYL conference "Town Meeting on Tomorrow" in St. Louis in October. Nyaga was one of fourteen JHS students who attended the state National Council on Youth Leadership meeting in September. Read More

ISASP Testing Results to be Released in October

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) replaced the former Iowa Assessments, with students taking the new tests for the first time in spring 2019.

English language arts and math tests were given to students in grades 3 through 11, while science tests were given in grades 5, 8 and 10. ISASP better reflects what’s being taught in Iowa classrooms and how students are progressing toward grade-level expectations outlined in Iowa’s academic standards. This makes ISASP one measure that helps teachers understand where students are succeeding and where they may need more help.

Student performance on the ISASP is scored in three ways: Advanced, Proficient, and Not Yet Proficient. Because the new state test is more aligned to Iowa’s academic standards, it is more challenging.

These results will re-set the baseline for future progress on the new state test. They should not be compared to results from previous years because the state test is new and different.

Results will be used to report to parents and communities, to help guide instruction, and to assist schools in their school improvement planning.

For more information about ISASP, visit: http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/.

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Board Highlights from September 23

The full agenda and minutes of the September 23, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.


2020-21 Calendar Discussion

Standards Based Mindset Report

Financial Year End Report FY 19

Request for a New Club - JHS Steppers


Approval of SBRC for Modified Supplemental Authority for LEP/ELL Programs (approved)

Approval of Supplemental Aid for Special Education Deficit (approved)

Resolution Setting Hearing on Sale of 5608 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA (approved)

Approval for Out of State Travel to Dallas, Texas (approved)


2019-20 Goals: Goal #5: Increased Engagement and Visibility. This year, Supt. Kacer is keeping a rubric of each of her building visits and the purpose, such as student engagement, teacher interaction, or administrator meeting.

Construction Update: Michael Schmitz (Stahl) Michael reported a fairly smooth move for the district office personnel into the new building on Friday; crews are finishing up a small amount of work around the building now. The large wall graphic will be going in in early October. At the baseball and softball field, they are finishing up work on the fence and concrete. Once those projects are complete, seeding and plantings will be done.


Board meetings will now be held at the new district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. October board meetings are on Monday, Oct. 7 and Monday, Oct. 21, starting at 6 p.m.

There will be a board candidate forum on Tuesday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wallace Auditorium (6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston). This is an opportunity for the public to get to know the nine board candidates before the Nov. 5 election.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Greg Dockum; Jill Morrill; Justin Allen; Deb Henry; Steven Hopper; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; and Marci Cordaro.

Johnston Community School District

JCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Johnston Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational 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 Associate Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Amendt, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, bamendt@johnston.k12.ia.us.