October 14, 2021

  • Bondurant-Farrar E-Briefing

  • Board Highlights from October 11 Meeting

    Dance team performing during pep assemblyElectronic agendas and supporting documents can be viewed at least 24 hours in advance of each meeting. The full agenda of the October 11, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here (Board Docs).

    Meeting Highlights: 

    ▪ Jon Oosterhuis, senior architect with SVPA, presented their firm’s proposal for architectural design and planning services for multiple district facilities (Anderson, middle school, high school, and the stadium) as part of the overall district facility assessment process. The board later approved SVPA’s proposal for facility schematic planning.

    SVPA provided a master project list that outlines projects scheduled in all phases of our district. 

    ▪ To address spectator limitations at the high school stadium, the board approved an SVPA proposal for design services, as well as a Snyder & Associates agreement for a site survey. The target completion date is to be determined understanding the stadium has many scheduled events throughout the entire school year.

    ▪ Approved the purchase of a lot in the Sankey Summit neighborhood to be the site of the next student construction house.

    ▪ Approved three new special education teaching positions to start in January of 2022. Special education rosters fluctuate throughout the year, and we’re approaching thresholds in at least three of our buildings. This will also allow a better transition for students  and staff.  

    ▪ Discussed and reflected on last week’s homecoming festivities. Teams were pleased with the student-centered approach and that all students had the opportunity to participate in this year’s parade.

    District representatives will meet informally with the Bondurant-Farrar Education Association’s leadership to better understand teacher needs, association priorities, and what the district can do to best support staff.

    Upcoming Meetings: 

    The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will take place on October 25, 2021 at 5:00pm in the multi-purpose room of the Bondurant-Farrar Middle School located at 300 Garfield Street SW in Bondurant. For more information, visit www.bfschools.org/Page/854.

    Contact the Board: 

    The superintendent serves as the community’s liaison to the board of education. District patrons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to Superintendent Rich Powers at powersr@bfschools.org.

  • School-Pride On Display

    All the Bluejay Pride was on display during last week's homecoming parade! By hosting this event during the school day, it gave all Bluejay students an opportunity to join in on the fun. The route started at the high school and traveled down Grant Street, later transitioning to Garfield Street where all K-8 students were lined in front of the schools. A special thanks to the high school student council team for their work in planning homecoming festivities.

    *Click through the Flickr album below to view parade photos or visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/bfcsd/albums.

Homecoming 2021

  • Session Descriptions Released for October 18 Event

    MS band students performingBondurant-Farrar parents and guardians are invited to attend our first ever UnConference for Parents on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 6:00-8:15pm at the Bondurant-Farrar High School. This event will provide parents and guardians with an opportunity to learn more about various school-related topics and ask questions in a small group setting. 

    The benefit of an UnConference approach is that learning opportunities are not limited to one topic or one guest speaker. Instead, multiple sessions on a variety of topics are offered. Attendees can choose what sessions they want to attend and individually build their own schedules. 

    View the schedule, session topics, and descriptions here.

  • Meet the Candidates for School Board on October 21

    Morris students raising hand in classFour candidates are running to fill two open seats on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education. The incumbents are Garry Lenhart and Kristin Swift. The challengers are Cally Edelen and Grant Pinkley. Voting will take place on November 2, 2021.

    To help community members get to know each candidate, we’ve assembled profiles with candidate responses to questions.

    Additionally, the Bondurant-Farrar Education Association is hosting a meet the candidate forum on October 21 at 6pm in the library of the Bondurant-Farrar High School. The public is invited to this forum.

    View candidate profiles and forum event details here.

  • Mental Health Supports for Students

    Anderson students utilizing coding deviceWorld Mental Health Day was October 10. We'd like to take this opportunity to highlight the various ways your child can obtain additional mental health support. To further support students, BFCSD has partnered with Orchard Place to provide school-based therapy for our middle and high school students.  

    Elementary students can currently receive counseling support from our social worker or one of of our school counselors. Staff are more than happy to meet with your child in a 1:1 setting, provide group counseling for specific skills, and can help connect you with outside resources, if interested.

    Don't hesitate to reach out for support! Samantha Kluesner, the district's shared social worker, can be reached at kluesners@bfschools.org.

  • Celebrating Our Principals & Deans

    October is National Principals Month

  • Community Conversation with Dr. Powers on October 28

    Students arriving to school near Anderson ElementarySuperintendent Rich Powers is hosting a series of events that provide an opportunity for community members to learn about district initiatives and programs, share ideas, and ask questions. The first event is scheduled for Thursday, October 28 at 6:30PM in the BFCSD High School Library located at 1000 Grant Street N in Bondurant. 

    According to 2020 Census data, Bondurant’s population percent increase of 90.8% since 2010 which is the largest increase in Polk County and the second largest increase in the State of Iowa. This growth has naturally had a direct impact on our student enrollment and the need for additional classroom space. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the district’s long-term planning process and our proactive approach to ensure we are best prepared to accommodate this rapid growth.

    Can't attend on October 28? This topic is also being offered as a session during the October 18 UnConference for Parents.

  • Plant Science Class Makes Corsages

    Plant science class makes corsagesThrough the high school’s Principles of Agricultural Science class, students establish a foundation of plant science knowledge and skills. Students enrolled in this semester’s class expressed an interest in exploring floral design. Tying into homecoming week, the class learned how to make corsages and boutonnieres to be distributed to staff. Students first learned about flower types and colors, and even discussed marketing and costs associated with each type of arrangement. 

    This project is one example of the hands-on learning activities incorporated into instruction. Students work on projects similar to those faced by plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse or nursery managers, and plant research specialists, in their respective careers.

  • Contact Us

    Thank you for taking time to review the latest issue of the Bondurant-Farrar E-Briefing. The purpose of this publication is to provide board updates, news, and events from around the district. If you have suggestions, comments, or feedback regarding this publication, please reach out!

    Jessica Hartgers
    Communications Specialist