District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.
Facilitator: Dr. Paul Gausman
The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at noon in
the Educational Service Center Board Room.
Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Ms. Monique Scarlett, Dr. Juli Albert and Ron
Guests Present: Angela Bemus, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Dr. Brian
Burnight (virtual), Director of Elementary Education; Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary
Education; Dr. Dora Jung, Director of Student Services and Equity Education; Dr. Jen Gomez,
Director of Human Resources; BJ Koch, East High School Assistant Principal and Activities
Director; Steve Green, West High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director; Chris Koch,
North High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director
Varied Practice Reading
Dr. Brian Burnight presented Varied Practice Reading, an instructional method developed by the Iowa Reading Research Center for teaching reading skills. First grade teachers across the district currently utilize this method. Dr. Burnight is hoping to extend the practice to grades 2-5.
Varied Practice Reading (VPR) engages students’ interest in reading through a gradual increase in
difficulty of passages over time, varied sentence structures, varied contexts and varied storylines. VPR utilizes “word overlap”, which means the passages read contain 85% of the same vocabulary. VPR at the elementary level focuses on reading fluency and vocabulary development. VPR can be used in small-group instruction as well as core instruction. This is considered a Tier 1 intervention.
The materials and training would be covered by ESSER III funds. The materials are also available
electronically. The committee acknowledged the VPR presentation
Live Streaming for Events
Jim Vanderloo, BJ Koch, Steve Green, Chris Koch and Dr. Dora Jung presented the Hudl and Musco Camera Systems. The purpose is to expand and improve the current streaming options throughout the district. The District currently has a third party that streams some events, but not all. During events where the third party streaming is not available, tablets and hotspots have been utilized, however, issues such as heat and connectivity have caused the live stream to fail. The camera systems provide a more stable, reliable and better quality streaming option for families. This will provide opportunities to view activities for those with significant medical concerns or those who are unable to attend due to work or a transportation barrier. Additionally, this would allow families in other countries to watch live events. Furthermore, the features included in the packages allow students and coaches to cut and edit film, allowing for more recruiting opportunities. Streaming in auditoriums must be selective due to copyright infringement concerns. The District vetted several providers and two options have the ability to cover most events.
Hudl Camera System Package Details:
- Installed at JV football and varsity soccer fields
- Includes a three year subscription
- Storage for up to 200 hours
- Participant access
- Presentation modes for coaches
- Secure messaging
- All events shared using Facebook or YouTube
- Total cost is $99,958
Musco Camera System Package Details:
- HD video stream for high school baseball and softball fields
- Live and on-demand recorded content access via web, app or Smart TV
- 1,500 hours of streaming included for each school
- $6.99 for one game subscription or $49.98 for season
- Cost includes three points of access
- 70% of all revenue will be paid to SCCSD, 30% to Musco Lighting
- Participants who qualify for free and reduced lunch will be reimbursed subscription cost
- No yearly service or maintenance fees
- Total cost is $57,750
If the District moves forward with the installation of camera systems, internet fiber will need to be
installed at press boxes and athletic fields. The total cost for Fibercomm installation is $65,898.24.
Mrs. Angela Bemus provided an update on Cadre. Typically, Cadre meets three times per year, but
because of COVID, the District did not have Cadre last year. The purpose of Cadre is for building
leadership teams and administration from all levels to come together with a common goal to raise
student achievement and build collective efficacy.
If approved, SCCSD and Corwin will partner this year to provide professional development for all
teaching staff and administrators. Corwin is research-based and focuses on building collective
efficacy through visible learning and self-evaluation. Mrs. Bemus believes teachers in the District do not need another initiative, but rather improve on their current skill-set. Staff that participated in
Corwin training over summer provided positive feedback.
Mrs. Bemus provided a timeline for introducing all staff to Corwin, and the Cadre schedule for the
2021-22 year. The cost of the Corwin PD is $85,499 and will be paid with Title II funds.
The committee acknowledged the presentation.
Teaching Controversial Issues
Mrs. Angela Bemus and Dr. Dora Jung presented an update on HF802. HF802 was written into law
and passed by legislation in July of 2021. The purpose of HF802 is to ensure curriculum is seen and
taught through an equitable lens.
A special committee was formed to conduct research, review and evaluate assessments and review and evaluate curriculum. This work will continue until all subject areas have been evaluated. Additionally, the committee is designing teacher resources as a guide for teachers and administrators. These resources will be shared with administrators, TLC staff members, principals and teachers during a future PD day.
The process of reviewing and evaluating all curriculum will take time. Several subjects will be
reviewed before the scheduled curriculum review is due.
Do the Math Materials
Dr. Brian Burnight shared information about Do the Math, a program linked to the current Into Math
adoption. Do the Math has been used in the past to support summer school and during school
interventions. The purpose of the program is to build numerical reasoning and confidence. Do the
Math focuses on addition, subtraction, division and fractions. The program is designed for at-risk
students or students who need more practice in grades 1-5.
Many teachers are familiar with the program, but for those who are not, the math department has offered to provide training. The program can be utilized in summer school instruction, core instruction or small group instruction. This is considered a Tier I intervention.
The materials and training would be covered by ESSER III funds. The committee acknowledged the
Request for Proposal (RFP) for Supplementary Services to Support Students Affected by COVID-19
Dr. Gausman shared a draft version of the RFP for Supplementary Services to Support Students
Affected by COVID-19. The purpose of the RFP is to seek the services and solicit proposals from
qualified vendors to provide supplementary services to students affected by COVID-19. The RFP will be shared with several committees before going before the full Board. Vendors selected to provide services will be paid with ESSER III funds.
Dr. Gausman shared the proposed schedule for RFP process and the evaluation process for the
proposals. Each proposal will be scored by a team of reviewers.
The District identified areas where additional support from partners would benefit students. The areas of additional support are listed below:
- After-School Tutoring
- Summer School
- Academic Intervention
- Check In/Check Out
- Social Academic Instructional Groups
- Home Visits
- Parenting Classes
Dr. Gausman encourages suggestions be communicated to him or Dr. Buryanek. The committee
acknowledged the RFP.
Dr. Jen Gomez presented the 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 school calendars. The Board has
acknowledged calendars for years 2022-23 and 2023-24. The District is not allowed to start before August 23 due to Iowa law.
After bringing the calendars to Cabinet and several other committees, it was suggested that Winter
Break be extended by one day to make break a full two weeks for the 2024-25 calendar. This would
extend the year another day into June. This would also allow families to travel for the full two weeks
and return on a Monday. Returning on a Friday may affect district attendance.
Typically, the District has school on Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Day, however, on the 2023-24
calendar the District does not have school due to conferences. This was not intended, however, the
discussion on whether to have school or not in the future on MLK day remains ongoing and will be
discussed by the Board.
Dr. Gomez will present the calendars at a future Board meeting.
The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for October 27, 2021.