The Belmond-Klemme Community School District believes that "Our students are the key to the 21st Century - becoming lifelong learners, responsible citizens and caring individuals."
In an effort to improve instruction, we have adopted several new initiatives. Our students are now technology ready. At grades 5-12 the students have 1:1 Apple laptop devices, grades 3-4 have classroom PC laptops, while lower grades have iPads. Our primary professional development focus is to assist teachers to integrate technology into classroom lessons. In addition, we are continuing to make our lessons more authentic and engaging. AIW, Authentic Intellectual is a way of designing lessons to make them more interesting, promote higher level thinking and lend themselves to real world problems.
We are also delving more into the differentiation of curriculum to meet the needs of all of our students. In our school, we refer to this as MTSS - Multi-Tiered System of Supports. At our elementary all students receive small group lessons at their level from 8:15-9:05 daily. The high school is delving into the same type of format, referring to it as Power Lunch, which takes place around lunch time.
The primary indicator regarding the State of Our School lands on student achievement. BKCSD achievement scores are competitive with state and national averages in science, language arts and reading. The progress of our students in math is slightly lower than other schools in our area but recent curricular changes at the elementary are helping us make gains that are already reaching the national averages.
Belmond is surrounded with a wealth of higher education opportunities. For Community College and Trade/Technical Schools we have North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City just 30 miles away; Iowa Central Community College in Ellsworth just 38 miles away; and, Hamilton College also located 30 miles away in Mason City.
Four year colleges and universities include: Iowa State University (ISU) at Ames, Iowa which is about 60 miles away; University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa about 85 miles away; and, Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa about 30 miles away.