Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 21, 2013

Dear Centerville Community School Patron


The Daily Iowegian

---- — It has been a great fall season to be a Big Red!

Over the last 12 weeks our Big Red students and staff have represented our school district well.

It is with great pride that I write this letter to the public, and also extend thanks to those who represent and support our school system with great pride in a very positive manner.

During the fall semester the cross country varsity team earned a conference second place team finish for the girls and conference third place team finish for the boys.

The volleyball girls earned a fourth place finish in conference play.

During the volleyball season, the volleyball program participated in a very successful “Dig Pink” Night.

The volleyball girls wore pink jerseys supporting the fight against cancer and the spectator crowd also filled the bleacher seats wearing pink tee shirts that were sold sponsoring the event.

All of the donations were donated to the American Cancer Society.

The Big Red football team earned a trip to the first round of post-season play.

This is the first post-season qualification for the Big Red football team since the fall of 2009.

The football team represented Big Red nation with pride and respect.

The post-season game in Oskaloosa spoke highly of a successful season.

Prior to the final game of the season, Activities Director, Greg Fisher, announced that the Big Red football coaching staff had earned the District VII Coaching Staff of the Year award.

This recognition is voted on by all of the District VII teams.

This year’s award came with a unanimous vote for the Big Reds due to the merits of respect provided to opposing teams, spectators and officials throughout the season.

The Centerville FFA Chapter volunteered at Little Hands on the Farm at the Iowa State Fair, participated in a horse judging contest with one student placing in the top 50. The FFA also had a very strong and positive presence in the annual Pancake Day parade.

The Centerville Student Council sponsored many positive events during the last several weeks.

The beginning of the school year was successful due to the student orientation and Lunch on the Lawn. Homecoming was a success, once again.

Over the past three years I have had many administrators from other school districts compliment our student council and it’s strength as a program. I applaud the energy to sustain the success of the program.

The vocal music department represented Centerville Schools with talent and skill. In October, the CHS vocal students traveled to Oskaloosa to participate in the South Central Conference Vocal Festival.

The choir performed a musical piece called “I Was Here.” On Oct. 21, a junior senior high vocal concert was held in Simon Estes Auditorium.

Once again, the talents of many of our Big Red students impressed those who were in attendance.

The Centerville High School Band had a fabulous showing of their marching band skills and talents this fall.

The hard work of the CHS marching band paid off.

They earned the first division I rating in CHS history. The concert band and jazz bands are also catching the attention of many.

Five students auditioned for the Iowa All-State band. One of the five students was selected for All-State Band! Congratulations to all who auditioned, and good luck at All-State Katie Sharp.

The drama department, once again, knocked my socks off with their impressive talents and courage.

I mention courage because I never had the courage as a high school student to memorize lines, perform acting and display myself in front of a full auditorium of people.

I admire the confidence of these students. This year the drama department sponsored the showing of “Sound of Music.”

The performance was flawless.

Many of our Big Red successes this fall had occurred in the classrooms, as well. This final recognition in this letter is to recognize the inspirational teaching that occurs on a daily basis.

Last year the Iowa Department of Education selected 10 school buildings in each of the Area Education Agency regions to be pilot school buildings on the initial implementation of the state initiative of Response to Intervention, also known as Collaboration for Kids.

The selected school buildings must have displayed traits and willingness to support RtI and RtI Data Systems collection. Lakeview Elementary was selected to be one of the 10 school buildings in the Great Prairie Area Education Agency region.

This work is critical as it focuses on the achievement gaps to ensure every child is proficient in reading by the end of third grade. Our role as a district in the first phase for the state of Iowa is vital in the Iowa Department of Education’s collective efforts to refine, improve and expand implementation throughout the state.

Our efforts and work will assist in creating opportunities for the state of Iowa to have critical conversations about how the Department of Education can establish structures for collaboration to support successful implementation throughout the other schools in Iowa.

To take this a step further, the Centerville School District was notified that Lakeview Elementary staff will present to the state board of the Iowa Department of Education in late November.

Congratulations to Centerville School District educators on being part of this incredible opportunity to improve outcomes for students.

Having the distinction as a pilot building, and presenting at the state level, is recognition to your commitment to the kids we serve.

I look forward to the gathering of input, taking the important steps necessary to improve learning and support through RtI, and being a beacon across the state for other districts to follow.

American Education Week is observed this year during the week of Nov. 17 through Nov. 23.

This is a week that we celebrate the wonderful opportunities that public education offers. It is also to honor those who make a positive difference in the lives of students. At Centerville Schools, I am convinced that every child receives a quality education. I appreciate all of the staff members in this district. The hard work and dedication of each employee is admired.

On a final note to wrap up this letter I would like to express thanks and appreciation to the students, staff, parents and community members of this wonderful community. The successes of the district’s students, staff, and community shared in this letter provide a great deal of pride for me as superintendent. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I am thankful for the people in this great district. I offer to each of you a happy Thanksgiving. It is a great day to be a Big Red.

Yours in Education,

Anthony Ryan

Superintendent