Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FFA and Agriculture Classes

I would like to get some thoughts from our public on Agriculture Classes and FFA in the Danville CSD? Our District is predominately agriculture. By offering Ag classes would allow the District to establish an Iowa FFA Association. FFA is a student-lead organization of more than 14,000 student members across the state. FFA members embrace concepts taught in agriculture classrooms, build valuable skills through hands on learning. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential through premier leadership. The organization helps students prepare for careers in business, marketing, science, communication, education, horticulture, production, natural resources, forestry, and many other diverse fields.

I have professional been involved in many FFA Associations and they are not strictly for the farming family and have become more suburban centered with females taking most of the leadership roles.

I would appreciate any thoughts and feedback from our public.

Yours in education,

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We are doing a little different "Coffee" this month. We are calling it Coffee after Dark with the same principle in mind. We are hoping to keep to a little bigger group by having it in the evening. Bring in some questions and topics for the group of school officials. It will be this Thursday, December 7th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Media Center.
We look forward to seeing as many as possible.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Next Coffee

Just to let everyone know we will be hosting another "Coffee" next Wednesday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. Come and have a cup of coffee and a treat on the District and bring in some questions. We look forward to seeing and hearing from as many as possible. Please enter through the elementary Office door on the circle drive.

Yours in education,

Friday, October 20, 2017

One Cent Extension

 All of our public needs to know how important the extension of the state penny sales tax is for school infrastructure. It is time for all of us to create a sense of urgency among all of our politicians to get this settled as soon as possible. We need to make it our mission to meet with our legislators before the end of this year. Ask them to support an extension of the state penny and to make this the priority for this next legislative session. 
Our House members that represent the Danville District are Dave Heaton and David Kerr; Senate members are Rich Taylor and Thomas Greene. I will be personally inviting them to make a visit to Danville, along with asking our voters to contact them. Listed below is their contact information:

Dave Heaton, 510 East Washington St. Mount Pleasant, 319-385-9342 - dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov

David Kerr, 19798 90th St. Morning Sun - 319-759-1563 - david.kerr@legis.iowa.gov

Rich Taylor, 2667 Iowa Av. Mount Pleasant, 319-750-6579 - rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov

Thomas Greene, 5763 Hartman Rd. Burlington - 319-750-6579 - thomas.greene@legis.iowa.gov

For the Danville District to keep moving forward with improved technology, upgraded safety features, transportation upgrades and most importantly to create a learning environment conducive to the 21st Century learner we must heavily rely on the one cent extension.

Yours in education,


Thursday, October 19, 2017

MEMO From Central Office

We have a lot of good things happening here at Danville CSD. Just to name a few; the girl's volleyball team will be moving on in state play with a win over Columbus Junction on Monday. They will advance on to play Van Buren on Monday at Van Buren. The boy's and girl's cross country teams will compete in the district meet today (Thursday). Both teams have been running well this season.  Colton Ketcham, along with Mrs. Kunch traveled to Des Moines where Colton will compete in the World Food Prize Global Institute. Our football team will play in their last game of the season on Friday. This past season we have combined with West Burlington and Notre Dame. It has been a successful season not by the wins and losses but with the team work displayed not only by the players but also by the parents and communities coming together. Our Fine Arts will be on display over the next few weeks with a Fall Concert on Tuesday the 24th at 7:00 p.m. and with Shrek the Musical on November 3rd and 4th. I will say something that all Danville parents and patron already know is we have some very talented and well rounded students in our District. It has been a great experience to see and hear what our young adults can do.

We held our first "Coffee" on  October 4th with 15 patrons coming in to talk with our team. This is a great time for all to step foot in the school and witness how things operate and to bring questions to the administrators and any guest we have on hand. The next on is scheduled for November 8th at 9:00 in the Cafeteria. We do serve coffee and some delicious cookies.

Please, feel free to stop in the Central Office anytime with concerns or ideas you might have. We are always wanting to hear from our community. I can be reached at 660-342-5355 (cell), 319-392-4223, or e-mail at thomas.ward@danvillecsd.org.

Yours in education,
Dr. Ward

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

 We are coming to the end of another summer with the celebration of Labor Day this coming weekend. It signifies the end of summer for students and parents and the start of another school year. What is Labor Day? Labor Day is a holiday that was established to honor the working people of America. This is how it should be because America has been made great by the workers of this great nation.

Each day that goes by would be impossible were it not for a host of Americans working at jobs to keep our country going. If you look at our Danville Community School District it is a predominate agriculture based economy with farmers who grow crops, to the truckers that deliver to suppliers, suppliers that turn them into fuel or everyday staples, to the clerks that sell the products, America depends on all sorts of workers to keep it moving.

It is entirely fitting that a day is set-a-side to honor all workers of our nation, the men and women who keep us going and add to our country’s efficiency and greatness.

But it is proper to remember ourselves on this day, to remember that our work is very valuable in the entire picture of a growing and vital America. Whether as a student, parent, teacher, cook, custodian, para-educator, bus driver or administrator, we are involved in work that is valuable indeed. We are engaged in building the future of this country by educating our youth.

These are not merely words but an analysis of the situation. To the students, I say your work is most important, for you study now in order that you may learn the needed skills to join the adult workforce. It is you that will plan and build the world of tomorrow. Therefore, your work now is the most important thing that you can be doing, and this Labor Day is an honor to you.

For the rest of us, I ask what is more difficult, more important or more rewarding than helping these young people step into the future? Our work, in a very real sense, is to prepare them for their work and to see the connection of school and the real world. We have the very demanding responsibility of seeing to it that they receive what they need in order to assume their places in the world they inherit. From the teacher in the classroom who teaches them to read or perform math skills, to the administrator who sees that the learning environment is
conducive to learning, to the parents who nurture and love them, help them along the way, and support them in work-we also work at a very important job, a job that is vital not only to their success but to the future of this land.

So, to all that will be celebrating this Labor Day weekend thank you for your hard work and the pride you take in a job well done.


Yours in education,

Dr. Thomas Ward

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It is that time of year again.

Well students and parents, it is that time of year again. Soon the alarm clocks will be signaling the start of another school year. For seniors, it will be your last “first day” and kindergarten it will be your first of many more to come. We are starting a new year with new hopes and dreams and this newness alone cannot bring about transformation. This rebirth must be a team approach. It takes many individuals to participate in the education process and for all to be successful we must strive to do a better job than the previous year.
Ray and custodians have done an excellent job of getting the building and grounds in shape for students and teachers, alike. John has all the buses ready, along with the drivers on their routes. All of the principals are anxiously awaiting the arrival of students.  Secretaries are checking in boxes of supplies and double-checking to make sure we have needed items for the year. Abby and the cooks have menus prepared in order all students can have a balanced breakfast and lunch. For myself, I am overjoyed to be starting another year in the greatest profession, education.
Good luck to all and a big “thank you” to those involved with the start of school. I hope 2017-2018 is the best year yet. Feel free to stop by Central Office, call 319-392-4223 or drop an e-mail to thomas.ward@danvillecsd.org on comments or concerns for the District.

Yours in Education,


Dr. Tom Ward, Superintendent