Epworth Elementary School
Address: 201 Jacoby Drive East | Epworth, IA 52045
Phone: (563) 876-5514
Fax: (563) 876-3208
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Principal's Corner
 
Dr. Dan Butler
Principal
(563) 876-5514 ext. 7002 | [email protected] 
 

The first and second trimesters of the school year have come and gone, as we are now entering the final 1/3 of the school year. When we started in August, the future was very uncertain to say the least. While it has been challenging, I am so proud of our students and staff members for the strong efforts they have demonstrated. We recently reviewed academic progress and our students are closing the gap and will continue to improve in these next three months. The growth students have made this year has been nothing short of remarkable. Our teachers, staff, and students have responded to the call and we will finish this year successfully.


3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) the week of April 12-16. These are mandatory assessments in the state of Iowa and have been known formally as Iowa Assessments or Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). Additional information will be coming from school regarding these assessments in the coming weeks. Please keep in mind that students will be assessed in reading, writing/language, and mathematics. Additionally, 5th graders will take a science assessment. Please stay tuned for more specific information regarding these assessments, as the date gets closer.


Thank you for your participation in parent/teacher conferences. While virtual conferences are not our preference, this was a suitable alternative in the COVID-19 era. It is our hope that we will hold future conferences in a traditional face to face format. Throughout this school year, nearly 99% of our families participated in these virtual conferences. This speaks volumes of the support we have at Epworth Elementary. Your engagement is appreciated.


As you know, there have been four school cancellations this year, due to inclement weather. As indicated on the 2020-2021 school calendar, these days will be made up on Thursday, April 1, Tuesday, April 6, Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 8. If there are changes to this plan, we will make sure to communicate so everyone is kept in the loop. Please note that there will be no school on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, or whenever you feel necessary. We will be most successful this year with open lines of communication. The best way to reach me is [email protected] or 563-876-5514 ext. 7002.


Yours in education,


Dan Butler

Epworth Elementary Principal

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