Sioux City Community Schools calls itself a progressive district, and there is progress to report as the 2012 school year kicks off. Partnering, especially with parents, is the key to the performance progress, and the District knows it.
Performance results are improving, showing the dedication to the Schools’ motto of “believe . . . achieve . . . succeed.’
- The graduation rate raised 5% and drop out rate dropped 1.5%.
- Individual school buildings continue to move up the scales in No Child Left Behind, coming off of ‘Schools in Need of Assistance,” (SINA) status, and the District as a whole has come off the ‘District in Need of Assistance’ (DINA) status.
- Not just this year, but over time, there has been an increase in the kinds of education available; for example, the expansion of the Career and Technical programs. At the Board meeting on August 27, 2012, students demonstrated a lesson learned in the Health Science program, made possible by a grant from community partner, Missouri River Historical District (MHRD)
Not to be overlooked, there is an intensified focus on partnerships inside and outside the school buildings, which is a factor that is not measured by No Child Left Behind.
- Increased numbers and quality of relationships with private businesses, faith based organizations, and service agencies have generated new resources and engagement with the community.
- The Administration from directors through principals have received specialized training on dealing with incidents of bullying and harassment. The District is also re-building forms and reviewing processes for reporting and documenting these problems so they can better work with parents and students involved.
The new District website, while still in development, has been launched, with a goal of building it from a parent’s perspective.
- Each individual school building will have its own website, that is linked through the District’s.
- Links are available for services, for example, to both in-District and community programs, on-line grade books, and meal money accounts are readily available.
- And yes, ‘Rumor Watch’ and ‘Ask the Superintendent,’ which allows a parent to directly contact Dr. Gausman, are still easily accessed through the site.
 2011-2012 Annual Progress Report
 Communications Director Alison Benson’s presentation at the 8/27/12 Board meeting