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Clear Lake District and Curriculum

Clear Lake Community School District serves roughly 1,400 students in three schools and is also home to an alternative high school and a preschool. The district uses the Iowa Core Curriculum which is comprehensive in its scope and sequence for learning. It details the necessary skills and knowledge that students should attain in order to be proficient in the subject, and specifies types of critical thinking that they should be doing. Other curricular priorities include financial literacy, scientific literacy, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to learn independently, and the ability to participate in group endeavors both in and outside the classroom.

We currently cover the following Clear Lake-area school district: Clear Lake Community School District.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Clear Lake District Curriculum

The elementary curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of literacy and math, and gives them time to explore the sciences and develop their knowledge of American history and their current society. One major shift in the literacy curriculum is an increased emphasis on non-fiction, informational texts. The goal is for students to be able to read history and science texts with proficiency and be able to use the appropriate comprehensive and critical reading strategies on different types of texts.

The high school provides advanced and career-focused courses that help students connect to their post-secondary goals. Community service and project based work are also emphasized. Each high school teacher has a website that gives more information about the curriculum, course, and classroom activities. Many of these pages are organized by the various courses each teacher teaches (e.g.: algebra, geometry) and includes information such as homework assignments, instructional videos, links to web resources, study guides, and syllabi.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Clear Lake Educational News

  • Clear Lake Emphasizes Financial Literacy - Clear Lake has joined other Iowa schools to ensure students have the proper knowledge on finances long before they have to complete actions such as paying for college or purchasing a home. Clear Lake High held a financial seminar for seniors that focuses on planning for college. School counselor Amy Sunde said the school is teaching students about financial options for college that include FAFSA, scholarships, and grants. Students now have an understanding of how much college costs and how they and their families can make it more affordable. In Iowa, financial literacy is included as a 21st Century skills core concept.
  • CLHS Initiates BYOD Program - Clear Lake High wants to make sure every student has access to technology by instituting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. Students are permitted to bring in iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, Kindles, and other devices that connect to Wifi, as long as they are approved by parents.
  • Clear Lake High Wins $500 in Contest - Statewide trade group Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa presented a $500 award to Clear Lake High School. CLHS was the daily winner of the PMCI-sponsored “High Octane Fanatic” contest in which photos from Iowa high school wrestling and basketball tournaments were submitted.

Clear Lake Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

Chalk Talk: Humorous Children’s Books

Give these books to children to give them a laugh. In “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz, Alexander lists all of the reasons why he is having a bad day. His mom tells him that some days are just like that. “Animal Crackers Fly the Coop”, written and illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, is full of constant jokes, humor, and fun plays on words. Hen, Dog, Cat, and Cow escape from their owners and make their dream of having a comedy club come true. In “An Extraordinary Egg” written and illustrated by Leo Lionni, three frogs find an egg and think that it is a chicken egg. It turns out that what comes out of the egg is not a chicken but an alligator. However, the frogs still think that it is a chicken. Even when they find the mother, who asks for her baby alligator, they laugh at the prospect of the creature being called an alligator.