Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mrs. Tracy is Runner up for ISEA Excellence in Education Award

North Butler Community Schools is proud to announce that Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Laura Tracy was a runner up for the 2016 Excellence in Education Award, given annually by the Iowa State Education Association.

Laura is a hard working, dedicated educator who is one of the first to arrive and last to leave on a daily basis. She was nominated for this award by parents Scott and Billie Buss, who have a son in Mrs. Tracy’s classroom. Mrs. Tracy has worked for the Greene/North Butler Community School’s since the fall of 1989.

Below is an excerpt from the nomination letter that Mr. and Mrs. Buss wrote;

It is my distinct pleasure and honor to nominate Mrs. Laura Tracy, Kindergarten teacher, for the Excellence in Education Award in recognition of her outstanding academic innovations and tireless efforts in educating students in the North Butler School District. Mrs. Tracy goes above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure that her students excel in her classroom and at home. From day one of receiving her class list for the 2015-16 school year, she made my son and every other student’s education a priority.

Communication with parents and ensuring their involvement with their child’s academic growth is one of Mrs. Tracy’s priorities. She texts important reminders and sends out weekly newsletters that include pictures of what the students did that week in class, as well as important class and school information. Along with this newsletter, she includes a learning activity or game with materials and reading homework on Fridays. These activities reinforce what they learned in their math, reading, and science lessons that week. Most importantly though, is her teaching style and demeanor with the students. It is her number one asset. She creates a safe learning environment which brings out the best in her students. She effectively meets with students one-on-one or in small groups daily, which ensures learning for ALL students. When I read with my son at home, he is phonetically sounding out words he does not know and has a pretty good accuracy rate at saying the word correctly. This is definitely not something he learned overnight or in a large group setting with 21 students. Learning, and mastery of it is happening in her classroom. At conferences she shares a standard-based report card, which is in addition to the district report card. It documents which learning targets have been mastered, and which ones are a work-in-progress. Students take ownership in their learning, and are proud to share their learning to audiences outside their classroom.

This year, our elementary decided not to have an Elementary Christmas Program. Mrs. Tracy took it upon herself to put together a Winter Program in her room. Students learned and sang songs, played instruments, and did reciting of written work they had done in class. Parents were invited for an hour program that she held in her room during the school day. For those parents who could not attend, she recorded the program and posted in on her website for them to watch. It is the “little things” that Mrs. Tracy does that makes learning so memorable. She makes the students feel like people who matter and not “just students” in her class.

This veteran teacher does not let technology hinder her effectiveness in classroom. In fact, she embraces it, and is one of the most innovative users of educational technology in our district. She continues to move forward with her teaching practices for the 21st century learner. It is difficult for me to even describe how amazing the digital portfolio is. She is constantly recording and scanning student work and sharing it in their digital portfolios. The amount of time she puts into each of her 21 students’ portfolios outside of the regular school day to keep parents informed of where their child is at academically is amazing. Her classroom has a theme where all students are considered “Explorers in Learning” and this is how she makes learning fun for students and ensures that they are vested in their learning.


I would like to thank Mrs. Tracy for her hard work and dedication to the students and families of the North Butler Community Schools. It is an honor for us to have a teacher of Laura’s caliber working with our children.

I would also like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Buss for taking the time to nominate Mrs. Tracy for the Excellence in Education award.

It’s Great to Be a Bearcat!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Board Notes 3-17-17

Last evening the North Butler Board of Education took the following actions:

1. Approved 16-17 Calendar
2. Approved TLC positions as follows;
a. Heather Holm as Program Coordinator
b. Laci Hoogestraat and Patrick McAlpine as Instructional Coaches
c. Laura Tracy, Mary Beck, Melissa Lindaman, Mary Junker, and Sandra Lamborn as PLC Leaders.
3. Approved 28 E agreements with Clarksville for Business manager and HR positions.
4. Approved summer mowing help.
5. Set Budget Hearing for 6:30 PM April 11th, 2016, in the HS media center.
6. Approved resignations of Kevin Clipperton from Girls BB, Ilene Tindall from wrestling cheerleading, and Mandy Kampman from HR director.
7. Approved Wendy Herbers as Spanish Teacher, Emily McNeal as long term SPED sub.
8. Approved Misty Voelkers as a sub.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Board of Education Meeting 3-17-16


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Board Meeting Thursday March 17, 2016, 6:30 PM
North Butler Elementary School - Media Center, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Review and Approve Minutes from January 20, 2016 and February 15 and 26, 2016
4.     Financial reports
5.     Public Items of Discussion
6.     Board Items of Discussion
7.     Approve 16-17 Calendar
8.     Exempt Session-Negotiations
9.     Approve 16-17 Master Contract
10.  Approve TLC Positions
11.  28 E with Clarksville for Business Manager
12.  28 E with Clarksville for HR
13.  Summer Help-Mowing
14.  Set Budget Hearing
15.  Human Resources
A.    Resignations-
B.    Contracts
C.    Subs-
16.  Administrative Reports
17.  Board Reflections of meeting
18.  Adjournment


Next Meeting April 11, 2016, 6:30 PM NB JH/HS Media Center, Greene.

March Board Meeting

The March board meeting will be postponed until Thursday-Agenda will be posted soon.