The summer workout calendars have been set. Please download each month.
Notice: Change of Date June Board Meeting
South Hamilton Community School Board of Directors regular June meeting has been moved to Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
(One week later than the customary date of the month.)
Free Dental Sealant Clinic for kids ages 6-18 is being offered at Hamilton County Public Health at 820 James St, Webster City, IA 50595 on the following dates: June 29, June 30 and July 1. Please call 515-343-7713 to schedule an appointment.
A Community Discussion - South Hamilton Facilities Past, Present, and Future!
Community Informational Meeting will be held Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the South Hamilton Auditorium.
The South Hamilton Teacher Leadership Compensation Planning Committee has been meeting, researching, discussing, and striving to develop a drafted district proposal for a Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC). The district has been surveying staff and will be doing the same with stakeholders to determine what they believe South Hamilton’s most critical instructional and system needs happen to be at this time…and provide input into as what teacher leader positions might best benefit the district as it works toward district-wide improvement. More information will come to you via staff meetings, conversations with PLC, board meetings, district communications, and school website.
One may also learn more about TLC at:
The state supported Teacher Leadership and Compensation System rewards effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher compensation, attracts promising new teachers with competitive starting salaries, more support, and fosters greater collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other.
The overriding philosophy of the system is multi-pronged, but boils down to this: Improving student learning requires improving the instruction they receive each day. Research shows that there is no better way to do this than to empower our best teachers to lead the effort.
Through the system, teacher leaders take on extra responsibilities, including helping colleagues analyze data and fine tune instructional strategies as well as coaching and co-teaching. Bipartisan legislation created a four-year process to fully develop the statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, with the goal of all school districts voluntarily participating by the 2016-17 school year.
The general goals of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System are:
- Attract able and promising new teachers by offering competitive starting salaries and offering short-term and long-term professional development and leadership opportunities.
- Retain effective teachers by providing enhanced career opportunities.
- Promote collaboration by developing and supporting opportunities for teachers in schools and school districts statewide to learn from each other.
- Reward professional growth and effective teaching by providing pathways for career opportunities that come with increased leadership responsibilities and involve increased compensation.
- Improve student achievement by strengthening instruction.
The Iowa General Assembly approved $50 million for the first year of implementation. In each subsequent year through 2016-17, another $50 million will be added to the system for a total of $150 million per year, enabling all districts to participate in the program if they choose to do so.
All 346 Iowa school districts have or will apply for planning grants to support the local development of Teacher Leadership and Compensation plans. About one-third of Iowa’s school districts received grant funding in the first two years as the state afforded funds through “a highly competitive application process of selection.” The deadline to submit an application to enter the system for the 2016-17 school year is in October of 2015.
The South Hamilton Schools is in the midst of developing a plan and will be submitting an application in order to become an active participant in the TLC system. The district’s 2016-2017 allocation of approximately $201,000 would be utilized to create teacher leader positions…positions that are expected to lead our district toward instructional enhancement.
SH TLC Committee Members
Mr. Ken Howard, SH Superintendent
Mrs. Jolene Voga, Teacher
Mr. Matt Schutt, Teacher
Mr. Rusty Wintermote, Teacher
Mrs. Cathy Stakey, Teacher
Mr. Paul Hemphill, Administrator