8:00 AM ACT Test @ 8:00 AM
At this time a graduation ceremony is being planned for Sunday, June 28th. Plans are tentative and will depend on future guidelines provided by the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Governor Reynolds. More information will be provided in future updates.
Voluntary Educational Enrichment:
We will be continuing Voluntary Educational Enrichment for students until May 29th. We highly encourage all students to take part in this learning. Participation will give students the best chance to be successful when we return to school in the fall.
We have designated June 1st and June 2nd as the days that students in grades 1st - 8th and current 12th graders will need to turn in their chromebooks. This event will take place at the Greene County Elementary from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day. A reminder of this information will be shared throughout May.
Third Trimester Information: Student Promotion, Credits and Prerequisites Moving Forward:
As a school district, we have had many discussions about how to handle the end of the 2019-2020 school year and what it looks like moving forward to the 2020-2021 school year.
It is our intent that all students in grades PK-8 will be advanced to the next grade level. At Greene County CSD, we do not believe retention is the best course of action for students and will promote all children to the next grade level. There is strong research, in fact, that holding children back does not have long-lasting benefits for most. As we have always done we will take each child where they are at and work with them to improve their skills from there. Teachers will be meeting with grade level teachers above and below them to discuss content that was not covered in the spring and will make sure students receive that content in the fall. No child is ahead; no child is behind; each child is where they need to be right now.
The only students that will be considered for retention will be those students that were being considered prior to the school closure. Teachers, principals and counselors make decisions to promote or retain a student while keeping the best interest of the child in mind. If in the judgement of the teacher, principal and counselor, a student is prepared, given the student’s demonstration of knowledge and skills prior to the school closure, to participate successfully in the next higher grade, then the child should be promoted. The general standards for promotion decisions should be discussed jointly between the school’s teachers, counselors, principal and parents.
At the 9-11 grade levels, we are faced with a dilemma. On one hand, we do not want students to be negatively impacted for something they had no control over, and on the other hand, we want to make sure students have the necessary prerequisite knowledge and skills to be successful in future classes, college, and jobs/careers.
After much discussion, we will be recommending moving forward with the following concept: