EVERFI Empowered District Honoree

Mormon Trail has successfully implemented a wide range of programs and services in the 2020-2021 school year focused on critical skills such as financial literacy, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, inclusion, college and career readiness. This honor is awarded by EVERFI, a digital education organization focused on helping educators address the most challenging issues affecting society.

Mormon Trail Jr./Sr. High School has been utilizing the service of EVERFI for about six years. This honor is only bestowed on 6% of schools across the nation.

New HS Construction

Conditions for Learning

Communications Conditions for Learning

Dear Parent, Guardian, or other Legally Responsible Adult:

Our school is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 3-12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our school will conduct the survey on April 5th-May 28th. All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.  

Iowa measures conditions for learning by asking the real experts each year – our students. This is their chance to make their voice heard, and we intend to listen. Studies have shown this work matters. Improving skills such as solving problems, working out conflict, and working with other people in a group has led to double-digit increases on achievement test scores, improved classroom behavior and improved attitudes.

All public schools in Iowa will use an online survey to assess the conditions for learning in their school for students in grades 3-12. Student responses will be confidential, and individual response data will not be available to anyone in the survey platform or in reporting. Mormon Trail CSD will receive aggregated data annually at the building level to support alignment of professional development with identified culture and climate needs.

We will ask your child to simply fill out a confidential Survey. The Survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. A high rate of participation by students in completing the Conditions for Learning Survey is important for obtaining the most complete school climate data for our school. Support from you in communicating to your students that this is their chance to be heard and to be part of the effort to improve conditions for learning at their school is critical.  

Thank you for partnering with Mormon Trail CSD to improve conditions for learning in our schools throughout the state. Included is an attachment with the Copy of Parent Communication Conditions for Learning.docx  overview of this opportunity, as well as:

  1. An information summary about the Survey

  2. A written refusal form if you do not want your child/children to participate in completing the Survey

Please click the link above to review the survey and access the written refusal form.

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again!

Sincerely,

Stacie Porterfield

Instructional Coach

Prek-12

Kids Eat Free

Mormon Trail CSD will be running the Summer Food Service Program through the end of the school year. What this means for you is that any child under the age of 18 in the community will be provided with free breakfast and lunch. Please contact Ashley Eslick at (641)877-2521 or by email at aeslick@mormontrailcsd.org for more information on signing up. (If your student is enrolled in Mormon Trail you do not need to do anything.) Meals will be served Monday thru Thursday at both buildings and on Fridays meals will be served at the Elementary in Humeston. The program will not be serving meals when school is on break. These days are as follows; November 25-27, December 21-January 1, April 2, and April 5.

CTE-Career & Technical Education

Students are entering a highly competitive workforce and we are working hard to ensure our students are prepared. When we say students are career and college ready, it means they can integrate and apply 21st century skills, technical knowledge and skills, and core academic knowledge. Students even take OSHA training courses to help them work safely in their future careers.

Career and Technical Education at Mormon Trail emphasizes real world, real life skills and connects the learning to academics and training that will help our students be successful in the global economy. Our goal is that every Mormon Trail student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.

I-Smile

Exciting News! I-Smile™ program has received legal approval to start using the electronic I-Smile™ @ School consent/release form! The link to the form is: https://is.gd/ismileconsent  and may be used immediately!

 

We are hoping to utilize this process in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.  You would not believe the amount of paper we go through. L  Of course, we still accept paper consents, some families will still need paper copies, the electronic form is another option beginning 2019-2020 school year.  Many of you have paper already, if you choose to go paperless any unused paper forms can be returned to the I-Smile dental team.

 

 

This will eliminate TEACHERS OR NURSES having to hand out or collect paper forms. J

The electronic consent forms are completed and submitted directly to IDPH (Iowa Dept. of Public Health).

 

The electronic consent is very secure (meets and exceeds requirements for collecting and storing Personally Identifiable Information [PII]) and information in the consent cannot be shared outside of the release of information parameters. It is also very user friendly – works on all Apple and Android phones, iPads and tablets, as well as all desktop and laptop computers.