Search

  
 Message From The Superintendent Minimize

WELCOME BACK TO ADM!
by Greg Dufoe, Superintendent

I want to welcome back all of our students to the 2013-14 school year! School starts on August 15 and we are all excited to get to work on another great school year. All of us at ADM hope the summer break allowed our families to have fun together and slow down (even slightly).

Continuous improvement is a focus at ADM and we continue to make positive changes that create measurable, tangible results. Below is a partial list of data points or that indicate high levels of student learning and success:

·      Our 2013 Iowa Assessments results show the following percentages of students who scored “proficient or above” in grades 3-11 combined:  Reading – 84.5%, Math – 83.7%, Science – 89.0%.

·      The ACT composite for the graduating class of 2012 was 23.4 – one of the highest composites in the area (and well above the state average of 22.1) and marked the fourth year in a row ADM had a composite of above 23.

·      Our K-5 Benchmark Book Assessment results indicate that 85-96% of our students score at the independent level with comprehension.

·      Our 2012 graduation rate was 97%.

·      ADM ranked 29th in the state in the 2013 Iowa Advanced Placement Index, a measure of the opportunities our students have in AP courses.

The 2013-14 school year will bring other exciting new and on-going programs and initiatives for our district, including:

Implementation of a parent notification system called SchoolMessenger. This system will allow us to communicate district-wide information (like school closings and other emergencies) as well as school specific information via text message, phone call, and email. More information to come in August.

A volunteer program called Watch Dogs is coming to Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate (more information in this newsletter). Watch Dogs is a program designed at involving dads and other father-figures in the school to help tutor, provide supervision assistance, and generally provide positive male role models for our students.  We are very excited to bring Watch Dogs to ADM.

A new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program is coming to ADM High School this fall.  Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program starts with the first course – Principles of the Biomedical Sciences – this fall. The biomedical series of courses joins our PLTW pre-engineering high school program and the Gateway To Technology PLTW courses at the middle school. This combination of rigorous and engaging STEM programming is fairly unique for districts in Iowa – ADM will be one of only 2-3 districts in the state with all three programs.

There is so much more that we are excited about as we look forward to 2013-14! Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions, concerns, or suggestions.

WELCOME BACK TO ADM!
by Greg Dufoe, Superintendent

I want to welcome back all of our students to the 2013-14 school year! School starts on August 15 and we are all excited to get to work on another great school year. All of us at ADM hope the summer break allowed our families to have fun together and slow down (even slightly).

Continuous improvement is a focus at ADM and we continue to make positive changes that create measurable, tangible results. Below is a partial list of data points or that indicate high levels of student learning and success:

·      Our 2013 Iowa Assessments results show the following percentages of students who scored “proficient or above” in grades 3-11 combined:  Reading – 84.5%, Math – 83.7%, Science – 89.0%.

·      The ACT composite for the graduating class of 2012 was 23.4 – one of the highest composites in the area (and well above the state average of 22.1) and marked the fourth year in a row ADM had a composite of above 23.

·      Our K-5 Benchmark Book Assessment results indicate that 85-96% of our students score at the independent level with comprehension.

·      Our 2012 graduation rate was 97%.

·      ADM ranked 29th in the state in the 2013 Iowa Advanced Placement Index, a measure of the opportunities our students have in AP courses.

The 2013-14 school year will bring other exciting new and on-going programs and initiatives for our district, including:

Implementation of a parent notification system called SchoolMessenger. This system will allow us to communicate district-wide information (like school closings and other emergencies) as well as school specific information via text message, phone call, and email. More information to come in August.

A volunteer program called Watch Dogs is coming to Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate (more information in this newsletter). Watch Dogs is a program designed at involving dads and other father-figures in the school to help tutor, provide supervision assistance, and generally provide positive male role models for our students.  We are very excited to bring Watch Dogs to ADM.

A new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program is coming to ADM High School this fall.  Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program starts with the first course – Principles of the Biomedical Sciences – this fall. The biomedical series of courses joins our PLTW pre-engineering high school program and the Gateway To Technology PLTW courses at the middle school. This combination of rigorous and engaging STEM programming is fairly unique for districts in Iowa – ADM will be one of only 2-3 districts in the state with all three programs.

There is so much more that we are excited about as we look forward to 2013-14! Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions, concerns, or suggestions.


  
 Contact Us Minimize

Greg Dufoe
Superintendent


Debbie Stiles

Ass't. to the Superintendent

801 Nile Kinnick Dr. S.
Adel, IA 50003

Phone (515) 993-4283
Fax (515) 993-4866

 

Greg Dufoe
Superintendent


Debbie Stiles

Ass't. to the Superintendent

801 Nile Kinnick Dr. S.
Adel, IA 50003

Phone (515) 993-4283
Fax (515) 993-4866