Dallas Center - Grimes Community School District
A Message From the Superintendent...
Due to our supportive communities and outstanding educational programs, the communities of Dallas Center and Grimes are drawing families to our area at an increasingly higher rate. This growth has allowed the school district to offer additional opportunities for students at all levels. For example, we are able to maintain smaller class sizes in the elementary; we added several STEM courses at the middle levels, and the high school offers more Advanced Placement (AP) courses than ever before. In fact, just this year, our district was awarded the College Board Honor Roll for significant gains in access and success in AP Courses.
While this type of growth is exciting, it challenges us to plan carefully for future structures and grade configurations that best serve our students. As you are aware, we are building a new elementary in the Heritage Development that is scheduled to open in the 2017-18 school year. Next year, however, we have immediate needs for classroom space at Dallas Center Elementary. The building is currently at capacity and will require additional classroom space if we remain with the current K-5 structure.
Additionally, South Prairie will be over capacity next year by 4 classrooms. Given this challenge and our decision to move to neighborhood schools, we realize it is time to begin the process of altering grade configurations and establishing neighborhood boundary lines.
In the short term, we will remedy the space problem by shifting four sections of second grade to North Ridge. We will use natural boundaries, for example James Street and 44, to determine which 2nd graders attend North Ridge and who will attend South Prairie. As we move to K-4 neighborhood schools in 2017-18 when the new elementary opens, the natural boundaries will continue to be our guideline in determining attendance centers for elementary students.
While these plans address our immediate needs, we understand that growth in the elementary eventually leads to needs in our secondary facilities. For example, we currently have the capacity for 220 fifth grade students in Dallas Center Elementary and next year’s class is 232. Additionally, our current 6-7 middle school capacity is 550 students. Once the class sizes exceed 275 per grade (which is projected to be in 2021-22), the middle school will need an addition in order to handle 750+ students. You can see how this then progresses to our current Meadows/HS scenario. This complex has a capacity for 1,200 students, which given the current grade configuration will hit capacity in 2020-21. These facility needs can be addressed through temporary classroom structures, additions, or a new facility. I will be presenting all possible scenarios, timelines, budgets and a recommendation to community groups, the facility committee, the school board throughout the spring.
While this enrollment growth presents a challenge-- it is not a new topic to the board, our staff, our communities or me. We consider this to be a top priority as we work together to determine the best fiscally-responsible growth scenarios for the students of Dallas Center-Grimes. I welcome any input or thoughts that will help us address these challenges.
Future Mustang Soccer Clinic
On the 5th of March 2016, The High School Coaches and athletes are hosting a soccer clinic in the DC-G High School Gym. The cost is $25 including a T-Shirt
Dallas Center-Grimes Placed on the College Board’s 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the 6th Annual Honor Roll, Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District had to, since 2013, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
Future Fillie Softball Camp
The 2016 Fillie softball staff and athletes will be conducting a softball skills clinic for girls in grades 3-8. The clinic will be held on Sunday, March 6 at the Dallas Center-Grimes High School gym. The clinic for grades 3-5 will be held from 12:30-3:00 P.M. The clinic for grades 6-8 will be held from 3:30-6:15 P.M. Registration will start 30 minutes prior to the start of the clinic so plan on arriving early so we may begin on time.
Spring Parent Teacher Conferences (PK-5th Grade)
Spring conference sign-up is available for preschool through fifth grade! Please visit the link below to schedule your conference time. Once at the link, select the teacher of each of your children. All needed conferences can be scheduled with one visit to the site.
We ask that all conferences be scheduled by Wednesday, March 2nd.
If you are experiencing difficulty with the website, please contact Traci Wilken at 515-986-5674. For scheduling concerns, please contact your child's teacher directly.
2016 Kindergarten Round-Up
If your student will be five years old on or before September 15th of 2016, you need to complete the form for Kindergarten Round-Up. This is a time where students come to school for a morning or an afternoon and spend time in the Kindergarten classrooms at either South Prairie or Dallas Center Elementary. Parents are invited to attend an informational meeting while their child is in the classroom. Kindergarten Round-Up for 2016 will be held on Thursday or Friday April 21-22.
Parents need to complete the online registration form by Wednesday, March 2nd.
The form can be accessed by visiting this link: Kindergarten Round-Up Form
Silver Cord Award Information
Grades and Grading – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of grades? To communicate the learning to others. Grades must be:
- Accurate – The grade must reflect the academic performance of the student when the summative grade is given. Behaviors such as attitude, effort, late work, etc. should not affect the academic grade. DCG is considering a separate behavior or ‘employability’ grade to address this need.
- Fair – The grade must not be influenced by factors unrelated to academic performance, such as gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, etc.