Bett District Update - August 27, 2021

Bett District Update - August 27, 2021

Aug 27, 2021


August 27, 2021

Patience During Drop-Offs, Pick-Ups & Busing

The school year is off to a great start! We ask for your patience as our schools, students, and fellow parents relearn traffic patterns and processes. Please give each other grace as we work to improve busing as well as school drop-offs and pick-ups. We are so much BETTer when we work together!

Thank you for your patience!

Maximize Student Learning & Success

Informing our Strategic Priorities

As we continue to think about our strategic priorities as a district, BCSD is committed to supporting efforts to reform beliefs, policies, and practices in an effort to maximize student learning and success. As a team, we will be working with Hanover Research to undertake a district-wide effort to better identify our priorities and gather stakeholder perceptions around performance related to those priorities. This is a long-term effort and our ultimate goal is to guide BCSD along a pathway that supports an organization committed to linking learning to life with Passion, Purpose, and Pride so that ALL students can make a positive difference.

As a first step, we must understand the diverse range of voices and experiences within our communities, then use this understanding as the cornerstone of our district’s strategic action plan. We would love to hear your voice and gather your perceptions related to strategic priorities and performance in our district.

You are being asked to participate in a Strategic Priorities and Climate Diagnostic Survey between September 8 and September 22, 2021. Please be on the lookout for an email that will include the link to the survey in your inbox on September 8, 2021.

We hope the data we gather from the survey will help inform the next steps in our continued our journey towards building a more aligned and focused system. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please contact Celeste Miller, Director of Communications - or (563) 359-3681, ext. 3005 with any initial questions about the survey.

Mark Your Calendar

BHS Homecoming/Spirit Week - Sept. 7-11

Homecoming Parade - Thurs., Sept. 9
Homecoming Football Game vs Muscatine - Fri. Sept. 10

1/2 and 1-Mile Children's Fun Run (12 and under), 5K Walk/Run, and 5 Mile Run

Run With Carl – Monday, Sept. 6th

ONE DAY ONLY Flash Sale Register for $20 this Saturday!

The Run with Carl 5 mile or 5K registration will be $20 on Saturday. Sign up now to take advantage of this amazing deal.

Register NOW to be a part of this Quad Cities tradition. If you are not interested in running, consider volunteering your time. Proceeds from Run with Carl fund scholarships for PV and Bettendorf students as well as Innovative Grants for Bettendorf teachers!

Sponsored by Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation & Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation

Elementary Parents

Updated Daily Snack and Celebration List

Click on the link above to check out the updated BCSD Nut Aware Daily Snack and Celebration List.


Return to Learn Plan & COVID Protocol

COVID-19 Status Update

Sept. 23 - 27

7 Individuals Tested Positive

In an effort to keep students, staff, parents, and the entire community aware of how COVID-19 is impacting our District, we plan to share as much information as possible while protecting the privacy of those affected. Following the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, we will release details by district and not by building to ensure the privacy of our students and staff. Please note we will update this data at the close of each week, and you will be able to view it on the District Return-to-Learn Webpage.

When the District is notified of a positive COVID-19 case through the health department, parent, or staff member, the building principal and nurse will begin to assist the health department in determining any individuals who may have been in close contact with the positive individual. For all close contacts, the health department and/or the school will be in contact with the family.

Board of Education

Public Input Form | Board Meeting Agendas | Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Highlights - August 26, 2021 - Agenda | Video


Christina Burroughs Named IASC Advisor of the Year

Congratulation to Christina Burroughs for being named 2021 Warren E. Shull High School Advisor of the Year by the Iowa Association of Student Councils. She was selected for her many positive contributions as a student council advisor and as one who cares about our state’s youth. Christina will receive the award during the Iowa Student Leadership Conference in Des Moines on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Ellen Craig Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Iceland

Bettendorf Middle School Art Teacher Ellen Craig will share her experiences of traveling to Iceland this summer to study and develop curriculum projects through the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad. Iceland Experience Blog -

BHS CTE Program Received $50,000 Arconic Grant

The Bettendorf High School Career and Technical Education department was awarded a $50,000 grant to update the BHS machine shop and support students who have an interest in the fabrication industry. The CTE department will receive two Bridgeport mills equipped with all the current technology and tools that will enable students to manually machine metals to tight tolerances and mirror tasks used in today’s shops and factories. This will enhance the curriculum, ensuring that students receive direction and complete tasks that will give them skills and insight into metalworking careers.

This award was made possible thanks to the leadership of BHS Associate Principal Kristy Cleppe, Industrial Technology Teacher Dan Milburn, and BCSD Finance Director Brietta Collier.

BMS Student Noah Leavitt Eagle Scout Project

BCSD would like to recognize Noah Leavitt for completing his Eagle Scout project at Herbert Hoover Elementary School. Noah coordinated the restoration of the courtyard that was originally built to honor the memory of Nicole Wooldridge. Thanks to Noah and his volunteers for all their hard work in restoring this important part of the Hoover campus.


Operations Update

Curt Pratt, Director of Operations, updated the board on summer PPEL projects, GW HVAC issues, MS roof, and Herbert Hoover construction.

Upcoming Meeting

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Please note the Sept. 23rd meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Meetings are typically held in the Ray Stensvad Board Room in the District Administration Center, 3311 18th St, beginning at 6 pm. The public may also watch the meeting livestream on YouTube.


District Information/Opportunities

BHS Athletic Boosters

Bags Tournament @ The Tangled Wood

Oct. 2

BHS Athletic Boosters

All Sports Membership Passes for Sale

Aug. 19, 20 & 27

Community Virtual Backpack

Materials are for informational purposes only. Posting on the Virtual Backpack does not imply Bettendorf Community Schools District's endorsement of them.

QC United Way

QC Tutor Connection

Uniting student with tutors for educational success

Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scouts (K-5) | Scouts BSA (11-17 Year Olds)

Iowa Department of Public Health

Healthiest State Initiative - 5210 Newsletter


Putnam Museum

Museums for All - $1 admission with EBT card

Backwater Gamblers

Water Ski Shows | Calendar

Memorial Day - Labor Day

Bettendorf Parks & Rec.


  • Doug Brundies LIVE at Palmer Grill - Aug 28
  • Dogtoberfest - Sept 17
  • Halloween Parade - Details Soon!
  • Frozen Landing Ice Skating Rink - Opens TUESDAY, Nov 23
  • Santa's Day Out - Coming Soon!


CornCon 7 Kids’ Hacker Camp & STEM Festival

Sept. 11

Girl Scouts Open Houses


Herbert Hoover Elementary

Paul Norton Elementary

Grant Wood Elementary

Mark Twain Elementary

Neil Armstrong Elementary

Sept. 18

Sept. 13

Sept. 14

Sept. 15

Sept. 16

Sept. 17

Upcoming Events

District | BHS | BHS Athletics | Edison | BMS | GW | HH | MT | NA | PN


27 BHS Football vs Urbandale (Home) - Marching Band


3 HS Football vs Kennedy (Away)

6 NO SCHOOL - Labor Day - District offices closed

BCSF Run with Carl - 26th Anniversary

7-11 HS Homecoming/Spirit Week

9 HS Homecoming Parade 6 pm

10 HS Hall of Honor Ceremony

HS Homecoming Football vs Muscatine (Home - Marching Band)

13-17 Arts in Education Week

11 BHS Football vs Davenport Central (Home)

21 Mobile Food Pantry

17 BHS Football vs Prairie (Away)

23 Board of Education Meeting