November 3, 2019

HVAC Project Meetings Went Well

Fr. Jake and I discussed our updated HVAC plan for JFK with the parish finance council and the diocesan building commission last week.  Both meetings went well, and there was consensus regarding the scope of the work needed.  In the fall of 2016, a complete Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) plan for JFK was developed.  That plan acknowledged that our heating issues were twofold:  an aged boiler and pipes that were beyond their life expectancy.  The boiler, water heater, cafeteria and north stairwell fin tube/fan units, and controls were replaced in the summer of 2017.  Now, we’re ready for the next phase to deal with the pipes.

This next phase would install a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system to the 1964 and 1987 parts of the school building.  (The 2011 sections of the building are up-to-date.)  The VRF system can not only provide heat, allowing the worn heating water pipes to be shut down, but it is also efficient in providing air conditioning!  When coupled with a new mechanical ventilation system, also included in this next phase, we can efficiently control humidity and filter and condition the air.  Also included in this phase would be a significant electrical upgrade to power everything.

Having modern HVAC systems would allow JFK to continue to lead the way in Catholic school education in Scott County.  Now, we just need to pay for it!

Last Spring’s Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Results

The results of the spring’s administration of the new Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) for grades 3-5 should be released to schools this week.  The information is not allowed to be shared with parents until after November 11th.  It should be a pretty straight-forward process, but, with all new data systems, it seems that there are always glitches.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are this week.  With the meetings so brief (15 minutes or even possibly less in the drop-in upper grade conferences), here’s a short list of questions that you might consider asking:

  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Is my child working up to his/her ability?  How can we support what’s going on in the classroom?
  • How does my child get along with his/her classmates?

Don’t forget to share things about your child with the teachers too.  They want to learn more as well so they can be your partner.  “Specials” teachers (art, music, PE, band, foreign language) often don’t have many parents meet with them yet they may have some unique perspectives that they can share.  Specials teachers are in the cafeteria and have conferences on a drop-in basis.

Upcoming Dates

Nov 4:  Student Hunger Drive Out of Uniform.  Students who brought in 3 or more “cans” for the Student Hunger Drive can be out of uniform today.  The Out of Uniform Guidelines policy from our handbook still applies.

Nov 4:  Band/Music Boosters, 6:30, staff room

Nov 5:  Parent/teacher conferences, 5:30-8:30.  PS-5th grade are scheduled.  If you haven’t scheduled your child’s conference or received a time from the teacher, please contact your child’s teacher.  Conferences for grades 6-8 and specials are “walk in.”

Nov 7:  Parent/teacher conferences, 8-12:30 and 4-8.  No classes.  ECLC is open.

Nov 7:  Fundraiser pick up.

Nov 8:  No classes.  ECLC is open.

Nov 9:  Mock Trial at the Scott County Courthouse.  Good luck to our two teams!

Nov 11:  Staff in-service.  No classes.  ECLC is open.  JFK staff members have an in-service on November 11th, Veterans’ Day, which allows us to take off on Good Friday in the spring.

Nov 14:  Home & School meeting

Nov 27:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC open.

Nov 28-29:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC closed.

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Don’t Forget to Vote on Tuesday

Tuesday is election day for mayor, city council, and public school board.  A well run city and school district benefit the entire community.