Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 744-3885
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AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK
 
Western Dubuque Community School District
joins public schools nationwide in celebrating
American Education Week, November 13-17.
In 1921, the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for the designation of one week each year to spotlight public education. In its resolution, the National Education Association (NEA) called for “An educational week… observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."
 
American Education Week’s origins date back to World War I. Distressed that 25% of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and 9% were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.
Monday: National Kickoff Day
 
The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the co-sponsors. American Education Week is now always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving and there is a celebration day for each day of the week.
 
On Kickoff Day, from national commemorations to local school events, millions of Americans announce the week-long celebration of providing great public schools for our children. People are recognized throughout the week for their role in ensuring our nation’s 50 million PK-12 students are receiving a quality public education. 
Tuesday: Parents Day
 
Parents Day is celebrated to spotlight the importance of parent involvement. Ongoing research shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores confidence among parents in their children's education.
 
Parental involvement includes checking homework every night, communicating with your children's teachers, asking your children about their school day, and attending and participating in parent-teacher conferences.  Parents can also get involved by being guest readers, being PTO or Booster Club members, and attending fine arts and athletic events and other school functions that are hosted by our various clubs and organizations.
Friday: Substitute Educators Day
 
Becoming a substitute is a great way for community members to get involved with our schools. Substitute educators are a valuable resource for our schools.  They play an important role in helping us provide educational continuity for all of our students. Substitute Educators provide a critical link in the education of our students by serving as a bridge to provide continued quality services in the temporary absence of District employees.
 
Substitute Educators Day is a recognized day to express appreciation for the contributions of our many substitutes. Our substitutes include teachers, nurses, secretaries, paraprofessionals, food service workers, custodians and bus drivers.
Board of Education
 
American Education Week also provides us with an opportunity to remind everyone that the members of our Board of Education play a key role in ensuring all of our students are receiving the best possible education. Our Board of Education consists of five community members elected to four-year terms. Current Board members, pictured to the right, are:  Chad Vaske (Vice-President), Mike Rea, Jessica Pape (President), John Lembezeder, and Mark Tilson. Thank you Board Members for all that you do for our students.
Thank you!
 
In honor of American Education Week, the Western Dubuque Schools administration would like to thank all District employees, parents, Board of Education members, substitutes, volunteers, business partners, and community members for all you do for our students. We appreciate all you do to help ensure our students are receiving a quality public education.

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Better Every Day
 
Western Dubuque Community School District is committed to upholding the District's guiding philosophy, "Better Every Day". We have a five-year strategic plan to help ensure continuous improvement in all areas. By following this plan, we are able to make our school district better every day for our students.
 
We are proud to say that one of our District goals is to improve student growth and achievement in literacy, math, science, social studies, and 21st century skills. Another District goal is to provide a safe environment that supports student social, emotional, and behavioral development. 
 
Wednesday: Education Support Professionals Day
 
Our teachers are instrumental in providing our students with a quality education. Education support professionals are essential partners in this education process. They provide invaluable services that help ensure our students are provided with positive, supportive learning environments.
 
Our employees do a great job of working together as a team to make our schools the best they can be for all of our students. Education Support Professionals Day is a time to honor the contributions of our food service workers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians, maintenance staff, bus drivers and coaches.
 
Thursday: Educator for a Day
 
Educator for a Day is a special day to recognize community support and involvement in our schools. The use of volunteers promotes community-school relationships while enhancing the educational process. We appreciate the many hours of assistance our volunteers give us each year. This past school our volunteers provided us with 6,284 hours of service!
 
In regards to our business partnerships, we have many business representatives who share their expertise with our students when they visit our classrooms or when they invite us to visit their business. These partnerships are a valuable resource and are greatly appreciated.
  
Celebrating Our
Wealth of Opportunities
 
We provide a challenging curriculum based on our students' needs, including course work for the student choosing a four-year college, a community college, a vocational or technical school, the military, or the workforce. 
 
In addition to celebrating our academic success, American Education Week is a great time to celebrate and showcase the variety of activities that are available for our students to participate in. We are proud of our successful tradition in athletics, fine arts, clubs and organizations and are committed to providing our students with a wealth of opportunities.
Our Vision and Mission
 
American Education Week highlights the importance of bringing educators, parents, students, and communities together to provide great public schools for our children.
 
Western Dubuque Community School District is proud to be a leader in public education. We are committed to inspiring and challenging our students, while providing them with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for success.
 
We value our outstanding community and parent support and involvement. Together, we are developing positive role models, responsible citizens, and future leaders.
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