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  • GrabGoArt3Summer

    Grab N' Go Meals Extended for Summer

    Grab N' Go Meals will extend and continue into Summer. Free meals for all children 18 and under. This event will run Monday through Friday from 10:30 AM - 1 PM. It begins Monday, June 1, 2020, and will run until August 7, 2020.

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    Thirteen Cedar Rapids schools achieve certification in Marzano High Reliability School

    May 14, 2020 12:53 PM

    Thirteen Cedar Rapids schools achieve certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™ Cedar Rapids, IA., [May 11, 2020] Cedar Rapids Community School District is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 1 and Level 2 certifications in Marzano High Reliability Schools™ for a total of thirteen schools. Along with Franklin and McKinley STEAM Academy

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    Kennedy Celebrates Class of 2020

    Apr 24, 2020 01:56 PM

    Friday morning Kennedy High School celebrated its seniors. The class of 2020 stopped by to pick up caps and gowns, a yard sign, and have their picture taken. #WeAreCRCSD #FutureReady #CRStrong

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    Celebrating the Class of 2020 - Jefferson High School

    A special afternoon at Jefferson High School with a parade around the school grounds.

  • UpdatedCoronavirusMArk_copy


    On April 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds announced that all Iowa school building shall be closed for the remainder of the academic year due to COVID-19.

  • CRCSD to remain closed through April 30

    per recommendations by Governor Reynolds.

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    Production of Printed Materials Ramps Up

    The school hallways may be empty but it’s business as usual in the District’s Graphics and Printing Department. Over the last few weeks, they have been busy creating printed packets of academic materials.

  • Urgent - Please Complete The Survey

    In an effort to best serve our students, we request families complete the survey that was emailed on April 9.

  • No Alternative Kindergarten Screening

    NO AK Screening April 6th. It has been moved to Monday, May 4th.

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    School Closure Extended by Governor Reynolds

    On Thursday, April 2nd, Governor Reynolds ordered an extension to the school closures through April 30th. This means our CRCSD buildings and schools will remain closed through April 30th. The closures will continue to impact all Cedar Rapids Community School District programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.


    Governor Reynolds has announced, minutes ago, an extension of the statewide school closure through April 30. Rest assured that CRCSD has been preparing for this possibility. Staff and families will receive a communication from CRCSD via email and phone this afternoon.

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    Griffins Throw Parade For Students

    Mar 30, 2020 07:29 PM

    Grant Wood Elementary staff missed their students so much they decided to hold a parade. The caravan was led by Cedar Rapids Police and wound through the school’s neighborhood Monday afternoon.

  • Jeff-6

    Grab N' Go Meal Service Kicks Off

    Mar 23, 2020 03:15 PM

    Grab N’ Go meal service kicked off Monday across the city. Children 18 and younger were able to pick up both lunch and breakfast meals free of charge.

  • All District Offices and Schools

    Are closed through April 12, 2020.

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    Weather Make-Up Days

    Mar 11, 2020 03:42 PM

    We typically send a communication to families at this point in the year regarding any make-up days/hours required due to weather-related disruptions to the school day. At this point, the time missed only requires us to make up 30 minutes of instructional time. If there are no other delays or cancellations, we will likely add 30 minutes onto an early dismissal Friday or the last day of school which is still scheduled for June 1.

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    Nixon Students Receive Special Visitors For Good Behavior

    Mar 06, 2020 03:56 PM

    Nixon 4th and 5th- graders received a special reward for all of their good behavior. The Cedar Rapids River Kings stopped by and treated students to an extended recess Friday afternoon The Indoor Football League (I.F.L) players joined the students in a games of touch football, four square, basketball, and kick ball.

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    Career Day at Pierce Elementary

    Mar 05, 2020 04:02 PM

    It was career day at Pierce Elementary School. K-5th students were able to chat with representatives from several different fields. Emergency services were popular as always but students also learned about the Cedar Rapids River Kings and even martial arts. One popular speaker was a “Rocket Scientist” discussing opportunities in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

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    Harlem Globetrotter Shares Message About Bullying

    Mar 04, 2020 01:30 PM

    A Harlem Globetrotter stopped by Erskine Elementary School Wednesday morning to share a message about bullying. #19 Flip White of the Harlem Globetrotters presented the “T.E.A.M. Up at School” program in a school-wide assembly. The program is designed by the National Campaign to Stop Violence and provides students with bullying solutions through the acronym T.E.A.M. that stands for Talk, Empathize, Ask, and Mobilize.

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    Metro Students Registering to Vote

    Metro High School government classes, along with several community partners, worked to grow democracy by holding a register to vote event for their school and their neighborhood.

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    Harrison Students Help Local Shelter

    Mar 03, 2020 02:58 PM

    Way to go Harrison Hawks! Students from Mrs. Bradbury’s 4th-grade classroom put together a public service campaign to help those less fortunate in our community.

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    Cedar Rapids Community School District Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

    Feb 28, 2020 12:43 PM

    McKinley STEAM Academy paraprofessional and coach Hesh Alsafi has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Alsafi was nominated by numerous family members, students, and friends, for going above and beyond to support students.

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    District Nurse Receives Multiple Awards

    Feb 25, 2020 09:45 AM

    Congratulations to Cindy Fagan for being named the 2020 Iowa School Nurse of the Year, by the Iowa School Nurse Organization. Cindy works at Hiawatha and Viola Gibson elementary schools.

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    Harding Future City Team Wins at National Competition

    Feb 25, 2020 09:18 AM

    Congratulations to Harding Middle School’s Future City Team for winning the national award for Best Future City Project Management Plan. The 8th-graders, along with their PACT teacher, Shannon Haas, were in Washington, D.C. last week taking part in the Future City National Competition.

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    Future Cities Team Goes to National Competition

    Feb 17, 2020 01:44 PM

    Congratulations and good luck to Harding Middle School’s Future Cities Team as they compete in National Competition. The 8th- grade group has created the city of Potamoi and has already competed against 34 teams from across the state. The students along with their teacher are currently in Washington, D.C. to compete against teams from across the country

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    Washington Senior Named Candidate In U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

    Feb 06, 2020 10:57 AM

    Maya Chawla__, a graduating senior at _____George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids_, has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2020. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.

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    Novel Coronavirus Update

    Feb 05, 2020 10:43 AM

    Health Services is aware that there may be some concern and worry about Novel Coronavirus currently in the headlines and on the news worldwide. We want to assure parents and guardians that we are in regular contact with Linn County Public Health and would be notified if a case of Novel Coronavirus is officially diagnosed in the state.

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    A Tunnel of Kindness Greets Students

    Jan 27, 2020 10:37 AM

    A Tunnel of Kindness welcomed Pierce Elementary students to school as they entered the building, Monday morning.

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    McKinley Math Teachers Receives, "Who's My Neighbor" Award

    Jan 24, 2020 02:26 PM

    Congratulations to McKinley Middle School's Molly Lamb for receiving the "Who's My Neighbor" award from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.

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    Input Needed for Career and Technical Education

    Jan 21, 2020 01:10 PM

    Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced that the draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is available for public review and comment.

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    Coolidge Students Celebrate Cougar Lunch

    Jan 16, 2020 02:12 PM

    Thursday was Cougar Lunch at Coolidge Elementary School. Twice a month, students are selected to have lunch with Principal O'Connell in the I.M.C. It's an opportunity to celebrate their successes as well as one-on-one time with the principal. Class teachers determine which students get to participate, and by the end of the year, every student has the opportunity to participate.

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    Health Services Update

    Jan 09, 2020 03:22 PM

    We have updated our health services illness exclusion guidelines. After researching fever guidelines from a variety of sources, including the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, research supports that a child is not considered to have a temperature until it reaches 100.4 orally.

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    Cedar River Academy - Composting

    We have to admit. This story is borderline GROSS! We have to share the life lessons the "gross" nature is cultivating. Students love it. At Cedar River Academy at Taylor Elementary School every school day after each breakfast and lunch sitting, there is a process.

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    Opera Company Visits Elementary Schools

    Jan 08, 2020 01:14 PM

    Many elementary students are enjoying the production of opera this week. For the past several years, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has been visiting different elementary schools as part of an outreach program to educate audiences about opera.

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    Wilson Students Sell Donuts For A Good Cause

    Jan 03, 2020 02:23 PM

    Wilson Middle School iJAG students just finished up a sweet service project. After Thanksgiving, Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students teamed up with Donutland to sell donuts in the school’s colors. A creative ad campaign along with videos helped sell the 100 + donuts out within 7 minutes. ​

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    All 250 Garfield Students Receive New Nike Shoes

    Dec 20, 2019 03:04 PM

    Garfield Elementary students received an early holiday present on Friday. Shortly after the school’s scheduled sing-a-long Friday afternoon, Andre Dawson, Director of Imagine For Youth Foundation announced that all 250 students will be receiving a new pair of Nike shoes.

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    Jefferson Hosts 8th Annual Holiday Dinner

    Dec 18, 2019 03:42 PM

    Jefferson student council members are busy putting the finishing touches on this evening's holiday dinner. This is the 8th year of the event that was started as a way to give back to the Jefferson Community as well as bringing them together.

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    Franklin Students Create Holiday Cheer

    Dec 18, 2019 10:01 AM

    Franklin's student council has been busy spreading holiday cheer with a community service project.

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    McKinley STEAM BakerSpace Competition

    Dec 16, 2019 03:29 PM

    McKinley STEAM Academy held a BakerSpace Competition to see which student could best frost a cookie.​

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    KLA Students Experience an Hour of Code

    Dec 12, 2019 12:21 PM

    An Hour of Code continues across the District. Thursday morning Kenwood Leadership Academy students had their turn.

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    Celebrating an Hour of Code!

    Dec 11, 2019 12:44 PM

    Elementary schools across the District are observing, 2019 Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code. Industry partners are sharing with students about their jobs in Information Technology and assist teachers and students in completing an Hour of Code!

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    Mary Bunn Wins 2019 Philip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award

    Dec 10, 2019 03:44 PM

    Congratulations to Wilson Middle School's, Mary Bunn for winning the 2019 Philip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award.

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    CRCSD State of the District 2019

    Dec 06, 2019 01:15 PM

    Thank you to everyone that came out Friday morning for the State of the District. Emceed by Communications Director, Akwi Nji. The theme for this year's event, "the District is a Hope Spot...a community of hope - a safe haven for our students."

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    Van Buren Students Visit Wickiup Hill

    Dec 05, 2019 02:37 PM

    Van Buren students took advantage of the mild weather this week with a visit to Wickiup Hill Learning Center near Toddville.

  • Classes Delayed 2 Hours - Monday, Nov. 11

    Nov 11, 2019 05:27 AM

    There is a 2 hour delay for classes. No AM Preschool- Monday, November 11th due to winter weather.

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    Theresa Keeley Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Apr 16, 2019 09:58 AM

    Congratulations to Theresa Keeley for receiving the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Association of Alternative Education (IAAE).

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    Washington Senior Hunter Bartlett earned Gold Keys for her work titled Artist House and Basketball Gals.

    2019 Scholastic Art and All State Art Awards announced!

    Apr 09, 2019 08:37 AM

    Two Cedar Rapids Community School District students placed in this year’s competition. Washington senior Hunter Bartlett was 4th and Kennedy student Christian Cahalan was 15th.

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    Bus Alert

    Buses will run on hard surface routes only on Thursday and Friday (3/14 & 3/15).

  • Full Friday Classes

    There will be NO early release for Fridays from March 1 - May 10th. Dismissal times are M.S. at 2:50 PM, H.S. at 3:00 PM and Elem. at 3:50 PM. No Preschool today.

  • Board of Education Meeting

    is POSTPONED for tonight and will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

  • Museum partners with H.S. Students to create exhibit

    Feb 27, 2018 07:49 AM

    In a high school educational project, students from Metro High School and Iowa BIG teamed up with the National Czech and Slovak Museum to create replica train cars that will be installed at the Museum this spring as part of Guts & Glory: The War Train That Shaped a Nation. Thank you to the National Czech and Slovak Museum for covering this story which appears in their current issue of Slovo.

  • Included in the picture (L to R): Jami Haberl, Stephanie Neff, Matt Brems, Jamie Pollard

    Pierce Elementary receives Healthiest State Initiative's School Award

    Pierce Elementary received the 2018 School Award presented by the Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) on Feb. 15 at HSI's awards ceremony. The award recognizes Pierce Elementary for its accomplishments in creating a healthier school.

  • McKinley receives grant for their school food pantry.

    McKinley receives $500 grant

    McKinley Middle School Receives a $500 grant for Grizzly Cove Food Pantry. Grant provided by Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Fund for Hunger and Nutrition. On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, McKinley Middle School received a $500 grant for the Grizzly Cove food pantry. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America's (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

  • High school students from throughout the state represent the Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council

    Jefferson Student Part of Broadband Council

    High school students from throughout the state represent the Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) sponsored by Iowa Communications Network. The group of 15 students includes Jefferson High School's Kyle Cortez.

  • Metro schools tuning up for annual orchestra festival

    Feb 01, 2018 01:07 PM

    Some 400 student musicians from area schools will take the stage of the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 3, for the annual Metropolitan Orchestra Festival. Students representing the Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar, and Mount Vernon school districts will present a middle school concert at 6:15 p.m. and a high school concert at 8:15 p.m. The orchestras will work with local directors as well as two guest conductors.​

  • The Lesson of Kindness

    Math, reading and science lessons. It’s expected that these lessons are taught in an elementary school and it’s sometimes easy for elementary students to draw connections to their learning in these lessons and real life. But what about soft skills like kindness and thinking about others before yourself? Those life lessons are equally important to teach students and a “let’s do it” decision by Grant Wood teacher, Tricia Weber, to donate her kidney to a stranger is the perfect example of helping​

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    9th-Grade Registration Information Meeting for Non-Public or Home Schooled Students is Set for Washington High School

    Jan 05, 2018 10:03 AM

    8th-grade students currently in non-public schools or in home school are welcome to attend an information meeting to learn about Washington High School and how to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year.​

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    Kennedy's Barry Wilson Discusses the Teaching of Skilled Trades

    Nov 02, 2017 01:46 PM

    Barry Wilson has taught at Kennedy High School for 44 years. Actually, every day he still sits at his original desk.

  • Hiawatha Elementary Closed Today

    Oct 06, 2017 08:43 AM

    Hiawatha Elementary School classes are cancelled today, because of high levels of smoke caused by an object which overheated in the art room kiln. There was no fire.

  • Classes Delayed two hours

    The start of classes will be delayed 2 hours, today Thursday, January 19, 2017. There will be no morning early learning preschool.

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    Washington High School Principal Search Underway - Community Input Invited

    Jan 12, 2017 07:30 AM

    The search process has begun to hire a permanent principal at Cedar Rapids Washington High School. The District is inviting parents, employees, students, and community partners to help identify the key skills and attributes needed in the school leader by participating in a brief survey.

  • Volunteers Needed

    Sep 24, 2016 10:38 AM

    Volunteers needed for sandbagging at Taylor E.S., starting at noon.

  • Phone Service Disruption

    ALERT: The District voicemail system is currently not working for all users. Please use email if you are unable to reach the party by phone.

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    Celebrating reading! AMERICA READS to mark 20th Year

    Aug 26, 2016 10:59 AM

    Our AMERICA READS: Reading is Contagious event is celebrating its 20th year this fall. The program is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of reading to young children to improve literacy and demonstrate the joy of reading through collective citizen involvement. In the Cedar Rapids metro area, it has become an annual fall tradition.

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    Northwest Recreation Center Opens at Harrison Elementary School

    Aug 26, 2016 10:35 AM

    The District joined with the City of Cedar Rapids to celebrate the opening of the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 25. An open house followed for community members that featured games, refreshments and prize drawings.

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    NW Recreation Center to Open Next to Harrison

    Aug 19, 2016 07:40 AM

    The Cedar Rapids Community School District and the City of Cedar Rapids will celebrate the opening of the Northwest Recreation Center on Thursday, August 25 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. The center will be open to the public for facility tours immediately following the ceremony, until 6 p.m. The open house will feature games, refreshments and prize drawings.

  • Board of Education Comments on Washington High School

    Aug 04, 2016 08:45 AM

    The School Board continues to receive regular updates from the District’s administration and legal counsel regarding the pending investigation at Washington High School (WHS). Due to the fact that the pending investigation involves personnel matters, the Board is legally prevented from making any comments about the specifics of the investigation.

  • Offices Begin Summer Schedule

    Jun 06, 2016 08:00 AM

    The District’s Educational Leadership and Support Center (ELSC) will operate on a four-day, summer work week schedule from June 6-July 29, 2016.

  • No Classes at Cleveland and Roosevelt Early Dismissal

    Please click the link above for more information on Cleveland and the Roosevelt dismissal times.

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    Jefferson Decathlon Team Third in Nation!

    May 03, 2016 10:46 AM

    The Jefferson High School Academic Decathlon team placed third at the 2016 national competition, held in Anchorage, Alaska. Team members include: Connor Hammons, Sarah Steinke, Clarissa Bruns, Chase Hannen, Luke Hummel, Abbigail Frerick, Christian Anton, Sienna Belcher, and Stephanie Ray.

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    Holocaust Survivor Shares Story With High School Students

    Holocaust survivor Magda Brown is speaking to students at Jefferson, Kennedy, and Washington high schools this week. The presentations are part of a multi-day visit to Cedar Rapids where she is also meeting with community groups to share her story.

  • Theory of Action Feedback Opportunity

    Mar 28, 2016 09:54 AM

    A series of key priorities and belief statements have now been drafted by the District’s Theory of Action Task Force (

  • Calendar Input Survey

    The 2016-17 calendar has been under development for several months by the District Calendar Committee. During this time, there have been several opportunities for stakeholder input as we work to develop a calendar that meets our academic needs and also provides a regular opportunity for professional learning by staff.

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    Congratulations to Kids on Course Founder Zach Johnson

    Jul 23, 2015 12:23 PM

    At the end of an exciting final round at the 2015 British Open, the win and coveted Claret Jug went to Zach Johnson.

  • District offices open Monday-Thursday through July

    The District’s Educational Leadership and Support Center (ELSC) will operate on a four-day, summer work week schedule from June 8-July 31. Offices will be open Monday -Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summer schedule allows the District to lower utility costs by raising building thermostats Friday-Sunday. District offices will return to the Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule on August 3.

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    Chalk Talk

    Apr 21, 2015 09:00 AM

    Community members are invited to join representatives of the Cedar Rapids Community School District Board of Education for a "Chalk Talk" from 9–10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, in the café area of the Hy-Vee at 4035 Mount Vernon Road SE.

  • No Evening Activities

    Feb 25, 2015 01:30 PM

    Because of the weather conditions, there will be no evening activities, meetings, or conferences on Wed., Feb. 25, 2015.

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    Chalk Talk

    Feb 23, 2015 08:00 AM

    Community members are invited to join representatives of the Board of Education for a "Chalk Talk" from 9–10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, in the café area of the Hy-Vee at 1556 First Avenue NE.


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  • EngageCR1

    Join the Conversations 2

    There is still time to join the conversations.

  • StateofDistrict1

    State of District Celebrates Innovations

    Administrators, teachers, and students participated in the 2013 State of the District program, held Dec.13.​

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    Jackson Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

    Jackson Elementary School celebrated 20 years since its reopening with a week of special events.

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    Special Events Celebrate First Day of Classes

    Students returned to classrooms across the District on Aug. 27 to begin the 2013-14 school year. (Taylor Elementary began classes in July.)

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    Community Partners Busy At Polk AEC

    An update about the Polk Alternative Education Center at a recent Board of Education meeting.

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    Kids On Course Adds A School

    Kids On Course Adds A School

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    Kindergarten In Action

    Kindergarten In Action

  • Taylorfirst1

    Taylor Kicks Off New School Year

    Taylor Kicks Off New School Year

  • volunteerhours1

    Volunteers Continue to Step Up

    Volunteers Continue to Step Up

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    2014-15 Revised Calendar

    2014-15 Calendar Revised

  • Gearup1

    Gear Up Wraps Up

    Among the 2014 graduates were students who participated in the GEAR UP Iowa program.

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    NCLB Waiver Submitted

    The Cedar Rapids Community School District, is collaborating with nine of the largest school districts in the state of Iowa, to submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Education.

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    Ptacek Named Franklin Principal

    Ptacek Named Franklin Principal

  • Cal1

    Calendar Changes Possible for 2014-15

    Possible changes to the 2014-15 calendar would convert some early dismissals to full-release days and schedule spring break a week earlier.

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    Governor's Award To District Volunteers

    More than 140 eastern Iowa individuals and groups were recognized with a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award during a special recognition ceremony held June 17.

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    Storms Damage District Facilities

    Clean-up and repair continue after powerful thunderstorms storms moved through Cedar Rapids Monday night into Tuesday morning, June 16-17.

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    Summer Meals Available for Children

    Free, healthy lunches will be available starting Monday, June 16, 2014 and continuing through the summer.​

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    Latest Learning Projects Named

    Two newly-announced innovative learning proposals brings the total number of projects identified so far to 13. Each supports a creative learning environment and was selected through a committee review process, students, community members, and staff.

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    Viola Gibson and Harrison Named Blue Zones Schools

    Harrison and Viola Gibson elementary schools have been officially designated as Blue Zones Schools after meeting the criteria to earn them recognition for being committed to providing the best possible environment for students to learn and grow.

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    Summer Break Starts June 12

    The final day of classes for the 2013-14 school year is Thursday, June 12. This will be an early dismissal day for students.

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    Kennedy Field Named For Bill Herkelman

    The baseball field at Kennedy High School was officially named Herkelman Field, in honor of Bill “Herk” Herkelman, with a special event on Monday, June 2. The naming ceremony took place between the double-header games between Kennedy and Iowa City West.

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    Congratulations To Our Graduates

    The Cedar Rapids Community School District is proud to recognize the academic achievements of some 1,038 students this week with commencement ceremonies for each of the four high schools.

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    Districts Team To Launch Iowa BIG

    The Cedar Rapids and College Community school districts will collaborate to offer the Iowa BIG Program to students. A Partner Launch event was held May 21 to celebrate the collaboration that also includes area organizations and businesses.

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    Cedar Rapids Community Schools Presents First Green Team

    The District is promoting a “green movement.” Green Teams have so far been formed at 23 schools, bringing together students, staff, and community members committed to making positive environmental changes in their schools, communities and daily lives.

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    Students Tackle Big Ideas for City

    Approximately 100 Jefferson High School students, representing grades 9-12, convened May 19 to their big ideas for Cedar Rapids.

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    Retirees Recognized

    Student entertainment from Washington High School added a special flair to the District's annual recognition of retiring faculty and staff members, held May 16.

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    Survey Highlights District Climate

    Survey Highlights District Climate

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    BIG Event Set For May 21

    The District is planning a BIG event for Wednesday, May 21. The ‘BIG Partner Launch’ will be to celebrate the school districts and organizations that have come together to support the Iowa Big Program.​

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    Grant Named Metro Principal

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Carlos Grant will join the District as Metro High School Principal, effective July 1.

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    Fitness Fun by Running or Walking

    Fifth graders celebrated the 27th annual H.O. Maxey Fun Run/Walk, May 7-8, at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids.

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    Graham Honored By Business Officials

    Steve Graham, Executive Director of Business Services, has received the 2014 Iowa Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) Professional Leadership Award. The award recognizes a school business official who has demonstrated excellence in service to their school district, community, and profession.​

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    JHS Decathlon Team Fourth in Nation

    The Jefferson Academic Decathlon Team – representing the State of Iowa - finished 4th in Division II at the national decathlon championship held in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 24-26.

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    Annual Run Supports Foundation

    Community members are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Lace Up For Learning 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run event, May 10.

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    Maske Recognized for Educational Leadership

    Mary Ellen Maske, Deputy Superintendent, has been named the 2014 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).

  • Celebrating Alumni Success Stories

    The “Alumni Spotlight” is a monthly feature at meetings of the Board of Education.

  • Administrator Assignments Approved by Board

    The following administrator assignments have been approved by the Board of Education. They are effective July 1, 2014.

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    Volunteers Recognized

    The District celebrated school volunteerism with a recognition program on April 28. One volunteer was chosen from each of the District’s 31 schools to represent that school community. The event included a reception, special introductions, and student entertainment.

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    Grant Wood Legacy Showcased

    Before ‘American Gothic’ and ‘Young Corn’ were painted, renowned American artist Grant Wood served as a teacher in the District.

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    Hatfield Named Middle School Principal of the Year

    Gary Hatfield, principal of Taft Middle School, has been named the 2014 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

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    Looking At The Calendar

    Be sure to join the conversations happening now at, our comprehensive community involvement site.

  • StudentArt1

    Student Artwork Displayed For All At ELSC

    Schools and classrooms are often rich visual landscapes, where displays of student drawings, projects, and other works of art are showcased.

  • magnetupdate1

    Update On Magnet School Conversation

    The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) presented recommendations to the Board of Education in February regarding the possibility of bringing magnet and innovative programming to the District.​

  • RadonTesting1

    District Taking Proactive Approach To Radon Testing

    The District is working with Linn County Public Health to begin testing schools for Radon.

  • TechGrant1

    Innovative Learning Projects Announced

    Committed to supporting dynamic and innovative learning environments, the District provides a process for staff to request technology-related resources that support creative learning environments.

  • Tlc1

    District Chosen for Teacher Leadership Funds

    The Cedar Rapids Community School District will be among the first group of Iowa school districts to launch teacher leadership systems next school year. The District scored the highest among those applying for the funds.

  • ProStart1

    District Introduces Culinary Program

    A new national restaurant management and culinary arts program in the District blends classroom learning with real-life experience.

  • kindergartenreg1

    Kindergarten and Preschool Registration March 7

    The District will hold registration for preschool and kindergarten on Friday, March 7. Parents may register their child for the 2014-15 school year between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Educational Leadership and Support Center, 2500 Edgewood Road NW.

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    Parent and Staff Survey Underway

    The District is connecting with parents, employees and high school students to gain feedback on ways to improve.

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    District To Observe School Counseling Week

    National School Counseling Week will be celebrated in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, February 3–7, 2014, to highlight the unique contribution of professional school counselors to the learning environment and the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

  • backtoschool1

    Make-Up Dates Updated

    Make-up dates for weather-related school cancellations announced.

  • EngageCR1

    Join the Conversations

    There is still time to join the conversations.

  • BMTime1

    January 27 Board Meeting Cancelled

    Board of Education January 27 Meeting Cancelled

  • act1

    Washington Senior Earns Top ACT Score

    Anjali Misra, a senior at Washington High School, has earned a top composite score of 36 on her ACT test.​

  • MLK Day Honorees Making a Difference

    Congratulations to those students from the Cedar Rapids Community School District who were recognized at the 2014 Remembering Martin Luncheon, Jan. 20.

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    Chalk Talk Saturday

    Chalk Talk with the Board of Education this Saturday.

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    Tour Highlights School History

    Mourner's Bench, was created by Grant Wood shorly after McKinley School opened in 1922. The bench was placed in the office for student's that misbehaved to contemplate their actions while they waited to speak to the principal..

  • backtoschool1

    Make-Up Dates Announced

    Make-up dates for weather-related school cancellations announced.

  • NBC2

    Teachers Earn National Board Certification

    Six district teachers have earned National Board Certification in 2013.

  • Service1

    Students and Staff Step Up to Support Community

    Several holiday service projects took place across the District.

  • nixoncc1

    Cooking Club Promotes Healthy After-School Snacks

    Students at Nixon Elementary enjoyed the opportunity to learn about healthy snacks as part of an after-school cooking club.

  • Read2

    Read A Book Over The Break

    Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson and first grade students encourage you to read a book over break.

  • DCmagnet1

    Magnet School Conversation Continues

    The first community conversation regarding the possibility of introducing Magnet Schools in the District.​

  • SOD1

    State of The District Set For Friday

    The community is invited to attend the State of the District event.

  • Security Always A Top Priority

    District administration works closely with area law enforcement officials.

  • paulken1

    Student Supports and Equity a District Priority

    Morris earned his BA degree in liberal arts from Monmouth College and an MS in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.

  • bus-recog1

    Celebrate School And Community Partners

    A recognition of the many businesses and organizations that partner with schools was held on Nov. 13. “Celebrating our Super Star Partners” showcased the volunteerism of groups and organizations in District schools.

  • chalktalk1

    Chalk Talk Set For Saturday

    Chalk Talk with the Board of Education this Saturday.

  • Enroll1

    District Reports Enrollment Increase

    District enrollment increases for the 2013-14 school year.

  • Grant3

    Innovative Learning Projects Announced-Eric Gjerde, Tracy Maxted, and Charlie Goetzinger, Jefferson High School

    Committed to supporting dynamic and innovative learning environments, the District introduced a process for staff to request technology-related resources that support creative learning environments.

  • DCmagnet1

    Magnet School Conversation Continues-The first community conversation

    The first community conversation regarding the possibility of introducing Magnet Schools in the District.​

  • CanvasFP1

    Canvas Rolling Out Across The District

    Students are using a new learning management system called Canvas.

  • BMTime1

    New Start Time For Board Meetings

    Regular meetings of the Board of Education will start at 5:30 p.m. beginning with the Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.

  • AR3

    Reading Event Brings Community Members Into Classrooms

    A community member reads to students at Coolidge Elementary school as part of America Reads.

  • magnet1

    Let's Talk About Magnet Schools

    The District is exploring the possibility of Magnet Schools.

  • School-Lunch1

    School Lunch Programs Celebrate Regional Fare

    National School Lunch Week is featuring flavors and foods from regions of the country with special menus.​

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    Washington Students Celebrate Diversity

    Washington students participated in a unique enrichment program as a way to celebrate diversity.

  • 5SeasonsDaycare1

    Daycare Sites Receive Top Rating From State

    Four of the District’s Five Seasons Learning Centers have received a top state quality rating.

  • EngageCR

    Join the Conversation

    Join the conversations at Engagecrschools!

  • JeffNHS1

    Jefferson NHS Hosts Community Leaders Panel

    The Jefferson High School National Honor Society hosts a unique panel discussion with community leaders.​

  • GoingGreen1


    This year the District has introduced the "Green Team" that will promote environmentally-friendly schools.​

  • Wharton1

    Four Generations At Harrison

    Four generations of the Wharton family have attended Harrison Elementary.

  • AmericaReads1

    Share a Favorite Story With Students

    Community members are invited to register now for the annual literacy celebration on Oct. 17 and 18.​

  • virtualbp1

    What's In The Virtual Backpack?

    School building web sites and the District hompage will give you links to The Virtual Backpack.

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    Chalk Talk Saturday-with the board of Education

    Chalk Talk with the Board of Education this Saturday.

  • backtoschool1

    New School Year Begins August 27

    Classes resume at all District schools on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The first day of classes will be an early dismissal day for students (except those attending Taylor Elementary School). Middle and high schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.; elementary schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

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    What's the BIG Idea?

    High school students may now choose to expand their learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom for part of the school day, electing instead to be part of the new "Big Ideas School."

  • Ppel1

    PPEL on Ballot September 10, 2013

    The window and door replacement at Truman Elementary has been funded by the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

  • MMJoint1

    District and City Partnering to Engage Community

    District and City Partner to Engage Community. Follow links to Participate.

  • SchoolSupplies1

    For the 2013-14 School Year Local Organizations Helping Families With School Supplies

    School supplies are available to families. See link below for information.

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