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The Official School District 2010-2011 Calendar is online. Download it or print it now.

Where Do I Go to School?
We have an interactive school boundary map in which you can type in your address and discover your current elementary and middle school, and the high school to which you would be assigned under the redistricting proposal. Give it a try. If you would like to see individual boundary maps for each school, click here for the "Our Schools" directory.
Senior's Dalzell Field Renovation
Our wonderful IT staff has implemented a webcam aimed at our very own Dalzell field. This will allow our citizens to instantly keep up on the progress being made. The webcam can be viewed by clicking here, or the Construction Zone image above.
Streaming Video from Ch 16
Click here for streaming video from our very own Mediacom Channel 16. There are complete instructions and a downloadable application that will enable you to see our exclusive cable channel on your home computer. If this link doesn't work for you, you may have to upgrade your video application on your computer. Windows Media Player or RealPlayer should work. Click here for an information and instruction page. If you have questions about DCS-TV, please visit our official DCS-TV webpage.
The Portal for Parents
PowerSchool is an online application exclusively for parents of students in the Dubuque Community School District. It is a "portal for parents," providing access to one's student records, grades, attendance, and many more functions that will enhance the communication between you, your student and your school. Click here for more information and downloadable instructions.
la página web en español
We are offering instant Spanish Translation of this web page. Now our foreign lanuguage students as well as our English as a second language families in the district can connect with the important information on this website. Other languages are available through As with many translator sites it sometimes does not recognize parts of speech, agreement, etc. There may be some errors with vocabulary.
For Safety's Sake
These are "Cell Phone Essentials" or the most important numbers to a parent in the Dubuque Community School District. Among the three numbers are two directly related to the safety of our students. The School Lunch number (elementary lunch menu only). Key these numbers into your cell phone directory right now. If you want to be notified by e-mail, sign up for Iowa School Alerts.
Transcript Services
Transcripts? We have them! There's a procedure, and a nominal fee, but it's all spelled out on our website. Just click on the diploma.
Nurses School-by-School
"Go see the nurse. And don't forget your hall pass." The Communicable Disease Chart and the names and numbers of all our school nurses make this page very clickworthy. All kinds of news and information pertaining to kids' health will be posted on the Nurse's Page.
The Sports Schedules for Hempstead and Senior High Schools are available online through a very powerful conference-wide database that is up-to-the-moment including changes due to weather. Also available at this site are team rosters and more. Click here.
Student Fees

This is the Student Fee Schedule that is updated every year upon approval by the Board of Education. Click on the credit cards to take you to the Dubuque Community Schools' WebMall where you can pay student fees online. Pay fees using online credit card transaction.

Equity Ops & School Services
Click here to go to the Equity Ops and School Services Page.
No Child Left Behind
Dubuque Community School District is endeavoring to comply and meet if not exceed requirements set forth by the administration. For now, we have published our accountability statement for teacher qualifications, and we invite you, especially the parents of our students, to read this. Meanwhile, stay connected to our website for more information on this effort as this legislation evolves.
Need a logo?
For the many vendors we have relationships that require good files of our District's logo, we provide the Logoville Library and Logo Manual. Click on the button, and you're in LogoVille! If you should be asked for a log-on name and password, just click cancel, and the page will deploy without it. Some logo data on the page is behind our firewall for internal use only.
We are headquarters for the faces & voices website, Dubuque's organization that promotes multi-cultural opportunities, diversity advocacy and understanding, and equal opportunity in all endeavors and walks of life. Click here to learn more about this organization and upcoming events.
Here's Something Cool
Click here and you can search for resources in the Dubuque Community School's Libraries... yes, all of them. It's part of an online database that has connected every volume in our libraries.
Dubuque Schools Foundation
"There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why... I dream of things that never were and ask why not?" Those words were said by Robert F. Kennedy more than 40 years ago, and they are the most appropriate description of the mission of the Dubuque School Distrct Foundation. Its focus is funding technology and the performing and visual arts in areas of the district that are difficult to finance through traditional sources. Learn more.
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Fair housing means that no one should be taking your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or the fact that children will live with you into account in deciding whether to rent or sell you a home. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in exercising your housing rights, contact the Dubuque Human Rights Commission at the number below.

1300 Main Dubuque, IA 52001 563-589-4190 Voice 563-589-4193 TTY

Stories Archive

For a complete archive going back a decade, click here.

Financial Reporting Award

The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The award is for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in 2011.  “The district budget is a complex accounting system that can be overwhelming to absorb and understand,” said Kevin Kelleher, executive director of finance and business services for the Dubuque Community Schools. “Our annual financial report is one tool that illustrates the big picture of the district finances. We hope that our Certificate of Excellence helps assure taxpayers of our work to be responsible stewards of resources in a way that always benefits the students of the Dubuque Community Schools.” Each year, the Dubuque Community School District manages a budget of approximately $120 million. The Certificate of Excellence award confirms the district business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. This is the third year in a row that the district has been recognized for excellence.  

The recognition program is presented by the Association of School Business Officials International and is sponsored by VALIC, the number one provider of K-12 403(b) retirement plans in America. The ASBO, founded in 1910, is a professional association of more than 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth and effective use of educational resources.
Music Festivals
Eisenhower Elementary has become a certified MOVE Model Site (Mobility Opportunities via Education) an extraordinary program that trains educators in the art and science of movement for the physically challenged. It gives these students the opportunity to get up and move. We have a film starring our very own own students. Check it out.
The historic Tri Double I Music Festival features student musicians and singers from three area high schools in two states, Illinois and Iowa: Senior, Hempstead and Freeport. It's a non-competitive "just let's have fun playing music" event with guest clinicians, professional musicians, and a concert that caps the evening at the Grand River Center where they rocked the packed house. It's an event that's been going on for half a century. See the movie.
We've got a Crazy Cam video of the Elementary School Track Meet held at the University of Dubuque's Chalmer's Field. Click here.
You must see this Crazy Cam video of the Saturday Science Bowl at Roosevelt Middle School. Click here.
Mark and Cheryl Falb, Chad and Laura Chandlee and Kendall Hunt Publishing presented a grant for musical instruments that will extend over a three year period. The fist installment arrived on April 30th, and we had instrumental music students and teachers on hand to receive them. Click here for more photos and an audio file.
BandFest is this incredible assemblage of musicians from across our district, Wait till you see and hear the music video we produced of the entire concert.
Celebrate Music is the reincarnation of the traditional spring all-school choir and choral concert. In this logistical makeover, every school gets to showcase itself not only featuring vocal music but dance, show-choirs and a scene from a musical theater presentation. Held in the spacious Senior High School Gymnasium, this first-time and fast-paced event was obviously a hit with the audience if our video is any evidence.
Click here! This is the coolest, hippest form of entertainment you will likely view on this website. It's the annual JazzFest comprised of band students from our two high schools and our three middle schools. There is some amazing musical virtuosity on display in this video of the entire concert held at Roosevelt Middle School. Click here cats and kittens.
Click here for the annual StringFest video captured at Hempstead High School this year.
Audubon Poster Program
Audubon School's Amy Nauman approached Gary Olsen to help her school with a unique project for their lunch area. They wanted a series of posters to reinforce positive behaviors among students. Gary designed them for production on the large scale Hewlett Packard printer available in the Forum Print Center. Learn more.
Recent Videos On Demand
Families attended the Annual Auduobon Society Eagle Watch at the Grand River Center. This is a tiny Eastern screech owl that was on display from the World Bird Sanctuary, St. Louis, MO. We have an extraordinary Crazy Cam video.
Carver students win first place in a science competition sponsored by Lego and several local and regional sponsors. They built a robot and a means of killing deadly salmonella bacteria found on eggs. We have a film clip and photos.
Students in the audience of this month's annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration breakfast at the Grand River Center at the Port of Dubuque. We have an hour long video of the entire event which featured a presentation by noted experts on every-day forms of racism that persist in America today, Arthur Woodard and Jim Wuelfing.
Sophie Runde and Tricia Tigges, our intrepid reporters at the Table Mound Mock Presidential Convention. The exercise in democracy and party politics goes back more than 40 years. We have a five minute movie that will reinforce your belief that our future is in the best of hands.
Washington Middle School has prepared a little something for the holiday season. It's a most entertaining video segment that is guaranteed to charm.
The Senior High Madrigal Singers perform all over the Tri-States and here they are at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Click here.
The Penn Avenue Show Choir from Hempstead High School do the Holiday Trolley Tour of area retirement homes and rehabilitation centers.
Students at Senior High School have produced a movie about high school life for incoming freshmen. See it now. And welcome to Senior!
Crazy Cam visit Carver Elementary and Calle Smith, here pictured with her art teacher, Shirley Deppe. Calle is a finalist in an art contest sponsored by McGraw Hill. Click here for the video telling the whole story.
One of the LEAP after-school programs for middle schoolers was "Drumline," in which students didn't have to read music to be successful. Join Deb Stevens and the drumline from Washington Middle School.
The Garden Organic

The national award winning Garden Organic cable TV show is at Farmers' Market in Dubuque in search of the ultimate BLT. Students shop for all the ingredients for making the celebrated sandwich in Iowa's oldest continuously running farmers' market (150 years). You can download all of this season's episodes on demand from this website.

Digmann Honored by President Obama

Dubuque, Iowa – Karla Digmann, an eighth-grade math teacher at George Washington Middle School in Dubuque, was among 97 mathematics and science teachers named by President Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Digmann and the other recipients will receive their awards in Washington, DC later this month. With this recognition, she joins three other previous Presidential Award recipients who currently work in the Dubuque Community School District.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year, the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades. The 2011 awardees named today teach seventh through 12th grades.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

“Mrs. Digmann inspires and motivates a diverse population of students to learn the concepts of math,” said Mark Burns, principal at Washington Middle School. “She is so humble, I am not sure she even realizes the full impact she has had on her students.  She always puts students first and has helped transform and further develop both veteran and novice teachers.  I have the utmost respect for her and her abilities as a teacher and a leader.”

President Obama has committed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and prepare 100,000 effective science and mathematics teachers over the next decade. These commitments build on the President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which has attracted more than $700 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations and others to help bolster science and technology education in the classroom.

“America’s success in the 21st century depends on our ability to educate our children, give our workers the skills they need, and embrace technological change. That starts with the men and women in front of our classrooms. These teachers are the best of the best, and they stand as excellent examples of the kind of leadership we need in order to train the next generation of innovators and help this country get ahead,” said President Obama.

For more information, contact the DCSD School and Community Relations Office at (563)552-3020.

New Series about Art

Some one once said, "School without art would be just numbers, letters, and the lingering smell of formaldehyde." It was this quote that inspired us to take our camera into the classroom for this innovative series on student art, artists and art teachers. The connection between art and developing problem solving, collaboration and study skills is profound as the research indicates. Join us on this learning journey as we explore the wonderful world of student art. See episodes 1 to 4 on Mediacom Cable 16 and digital tier 97-6 or download the episodes right now.

The Digital Fringe

The Digital Fringe is a virtual art gallery of students works of two and three dimensional art, and it can be seen on DCS-TV Mediacom Cable Channel 16 (and 97-6 on your digital TV's tuner) and this Web site, We also have the still images available in an album for you to see, and they are, of course, wonderful. The Digital Fringe can be downloaded on demand from this site. Click here and enjoy our virtual gallery experience..

Keystone AEA Supplemental Educational Services
Keystone AEA has released information on their upcoming supplemental services for Dubuque Community Schools. Click here for the readable PDF document.
Facility Beliefs

The School Board is looking into the future of facility needs for the district, and strategic planning of this order requires careful consideration of the organization's values. Click here for the Facility Beliefs. It's a work in process, so watch for subsequent changes.

Looking for comparative data on Dubuque Schools? There are a couple of places that maintain active data on performance, and provide you with extraordinary tools to compare schools not just in the community, but the state, region and nation as a whole. You can visit the Department of Education for the State of Iowa which as excellent data resources, but one that is extremely popular with parents is

The current dropout and graduation data for the State of Iowa is posted on the Iowa Department of Education's website at The graduation rate calculation is different from prior years.  For the first time, the DE is determining its graduation rates using the National Governors Association (NGA) adjusted cohort formula, which is a calculation agreed upon by the governors all 50 states. Iowa is among approximately 20 states that currently use the NGA cohort rate. The goal is that all states will use a cohort rate by 2012.  Previously, Iowa used the “leaver rate” calculation, which was used by approximately 30 states in the nation.

Financials Online
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal 2009 is now publised online. As its name implies, this document is the most comprehensive examination of the School District's finances than has ever been published before. Our Business & Finance Department, under the direction of our district's CFO, Ron Holm, compiled the report. Click here.
District in Need of Assistance

The Iowa Department of Education has announced Iowa districts (Districts in Need of Assistance) and schools (Schools In Need of Assistance). Dubuque and seven of its schools have been designated. The designations are determined by statistical data from standardized testing. Analysis of the data that is tracked over time determines if a school is showing signs of improvement or decline of performance based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITBS/ITED). The schools include Prescott, Marshall, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, Central and Senior. More on this topic is forthcoming as well as disaggregated analysis of the data and current school initiatives used to increase student achievement.

Your schools individual data is available by clicking on the Our Schools button at the top of this Webpage.

Safe and Drug Free Schools
Click here for an update on Dubuque Community Schools' Goals for Safe and Drug Free Schools from Student Services administrator, Shirley Horstman (PDF). It not only shows the goals set forth, but the progress we've made on those goals so far.
Iowa AEAs - Impacting Lives
No two children are alike. Some race through life at top speed, some are thoughtful and inquisitive, and some require help for basic learning and physical skills. Area Education Agencies support and impact the lives of all children in our education system. For more information about your Area Education Agency, go to
Math Trailblazers for Parents?

Here's a great website for parents with kids in elementary school. "A Family Guide to Math Trailblazers" is a Web-based resource development project that was created by one of our teachers and UNI student Theresa Northouse. The site is a guide for parents to help them help their students better understand math. It provides information and resources to enable you to work with your students who are involved in the Math Trailblazers curriculum. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with Kendall/Hunt Publishers and is used throughout Dubuque's elementary schools.

A Spectacular Resource
Okay local history buffs, here's something your learning library cannot be without. It's the online Encyclopedia Dubuque. A massive online volume of facts pertaining to Dubuque and environs with a super search engine. What a great tool for a local history unit. Click on the link and give it a look.
Mental Health Services Guide
There is a marvelous resource that has been compiled by the Dubuque area mental health community and its many participating professionals that is now available online (in PDF). It is perhaps the most definitive resource guide to mental health services, agencies, professionals and adjunct organizations (substance abuse, spousal abuse) involved in counseling and support. Click here to download and keep.
The Kids Expo 2011 was held October 29th at Grand River Center, and our Crazy Cam was there. Join host Justin Noel as we tour the expo and we watch some amazing stage acts.
Episode 2 of our new series, SPLASH is online and on Cable TV Channel 16. Our series takes you to Senior High School and Brad Fautsch's class as we sculpt teapots. Form follows function, but occasionally function follows form like in this example.
Everyone into the pool! Water aerobics represents a partnership between the Dubuque Community Y and Washington Middle School. Check out this wonderful success.
The annual Eagle Point Park Family Fun Run is an event organized by the health and wellness teachers, and we have the video.
Jefferson Middle School has produced a video for beginning sixth graders before they embark on their adventure in middle school. The elementary students were asked what their greatest fears and concerns were about moving up. The Jefferson students answer those questions totally unrehearsed and unscripted. It's a great movie.
LEAP stands for Learning Enrichment After-school Program, and it is aimed at keeping kids engaged in their learning community. Statistics show that kids involved in after-school programs are far less likely to drop out of school. We're kicking off the school year with community partnerships to provide these programs to youth. Learn more.

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