Note from Taft

Note from Taft


Taft Message 

March 7, 2018 

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Menu Changes - Tuesday's lunch will be served today. Wednesday's breakfast and lunch will be served on Thursday. Friday's menus will be served as written. The menus from March 8th will be served on March 14th and the March 14th menus will be omitted. Thank you for your understanding. 

Opera Iowa is coming to HCSD!  On Friday, March 9th the Des Moines Metro Opera will be here to perform Jack and the Beanstalk for our students.

2018-2019 HCSD Calendar - see attached.  The first day of school for Elementary students will be Monday, August 27th due to Parent Meetings on August 23 and 24.  The first day of school for grades 5 - 12 is August 23rd.

Take a look at the books we've added to the library this year!

No After School Program Thursday March 29th due to the two hour early out.  

Please remember to sign and return the bottom portion of the Parent Teacher Conference sheet if you have not already done so.  If you need to make a change to your scheduled time please contact your child's classroom teacher.

Elementary Yearbooks - order forms are being sent home with all students who have NOT already pre-ordered a 2017-18 Elementary Yearbook. If you would like to purchase a yearbook please send the order form along with payment back to school no later than March 22nd. The cost for a yearbook is $10.00. Cash or check payable to Humboldt Schools are accepted. Yearbooks will be distributed prior to the last day of school. If you need an order form please contact the school office.  

PATHS Meeting- our next parent group meeting is Tuesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mease Board Room.  Any parent of an elementary student is welcome to come.  We will be discussing the Elementary Literacy Night in April, SCRIP program, Box Tops and other upcoming PATHS sponsored events.

SCRIP Gift Card Sales- PATHS is offering another opportunity for our families to shop with SCRIP.  Purchase gift cards at face value (example: a $50 Hy-Vee gift card costs you $50) and the vendor donates a percentage of the of sale to PATHS.  Order forms are being sent home with all students.  If you would like to place an order please do so by Thursday, March 8th.  Gift cards will be available for pick up during Parent Teacher conferences on March 20 and 22 or you can have the cards mailed to you for an additional $1.00 to cover the postage.  All the money we raise goes directly to field trips and other educational experiences for our students like the performances we will have on March 9th for all of our students.  Thank you for your support!

Spring Break- School will dismiss two hours early on Thursday, March 29th. There will not be school on Friday, March 30th or Monday, April 2nd. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 3rd. 

Preschool Open House will be held at Mease on Tuesday, March 27th.  This Come and Go event will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m..  Boys and girls who will be 4 years old by September 15th are eligible for our preschool program.  Preschool is a half day, five days a week program.  Please contact Michelle Thomas at 515-332-3578 ext. 6515 or email her at to sign up for the Open House.  You can also find more information about our early childhood program at

Kindergarten Round Up has been set for Thursday, March 15th.  All children that will be five years old by September 15th are encouraged to attend.  There will be no school at Mease on this day so our EC-4 and EC-5 students and all Mease teachers can participate.  Please contact Michelle Thomas at Mease Elementary at 515-332-3578 ext 6515 to sign up.

Spring Programs- 4th grade will have a music program at the High School Auditorium on April 19th. 1st grade will have a music program at the High School Auditorium on May 1st. Mark your calendar and be looking for more information.




Dates to Remember:

March 8 - SCRIP Orders Due

March 9 - Opera Iowa Performances for All Elementary Students

March 13 - PATHS Meeting, 5:30 p.m. @ Mease Board Room

March 15 - Kindergarten Round Up/No School at Mease

March 16 - No School; Teacher In-Service 

March 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 p.m.

March 20 - Pick up SCRIP orders during P-T Conferences

March 22 - Last Day to Order Elementary Yearbook

March 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 p.m.

March 22 - Pick up SCRIP orders during P-T Conferences

March 23 - No School

March 29 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal

March 29 - No After School Program 

March 30 - Spring Vacation; No School

April 2 - Spring Vacation; No School

April 19 - 4th grade Spring Program/5th grade Operetta @ HHS Auditorium

May 1 - 1st grade Spring Program @ HHS Auditorium

May 25 - Make Up Day for January 11th

May 28 - Memorial Day; No School

May 29 - Make Up Day for January 22nd 

May 30 - Make Up Day for February 19th 

May 31 - Make Up Day for March 6th



SCHOOL DELAYS, EARLY OUTS, CANCELLATIONS - you should be getting a phone call, text or email depending on how your have your parent account set up in Parent Portal.  We also use the following means to communicate to the public.  Radio stations FM 97.7, FM 94.5 and FM 96.9 and TV WHO Channel 13.  We also have the school hotline that you can call at any time 332-9700. 

"It is the policy of the Humboldt Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, religion, marital status or socioeconomic status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy please contact the Humboldt Community School District, Lisa Thul, Assistant Finance Manager, 23 3rd St N, PO Box 130, Dakota City, IA 50529; 515-332-1330 or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; web site:"

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