August/September  2019

 Superintendent's Remarks                     
  By Lisa Beames

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year and a special welcome to our new students and families.  We look forward to seeing everyone on August 26th. Everyone is busy readying for what I am confident will be another great year at West Burlington Independent Schools.
As August is upon us, the sights and sounds of another school year become more and more present. From school supplies at every turn to the halls bustling with staff busily preparing for the arrival of students. And many places in between there is the sense of anticipation wrapped tightly with excitement and likely too, a little apprehension. Every year as I experience this it feels almost like Christmas to me. I so enjoy it.
Recently I was reminded of a Dr. Seuss quote,” Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” For some of us as parents, August 26th is the day we will send our first child to school while for others it is the last first day of school we will ever have. I think especially of you at this time. For each of us it is emotional at different levels.  For life to happen we must make transitions both as beginnings and endings. To you and to all, try to savor the moments both good and bad for they make us who we are. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened and savor it while it happens.
West Burlington is a great school and great community. It takes only moments to figure this out. As the new superintendent this summer, this year is a time of endings and beginnings for myself and my family. I am savoring all of it. I am excited to be here and I look forward to meeting and working with everyone. Please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself.
Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
Lisa Beames

To access back-to-school menus, calendars, supply lists, and athletic forms:

Please click below.

August Lunch Menu

Click Here

September Lunch Menu

Click Here

August Activity Calendar
September Activity Calendar
School Supply Lists 2019-2020
School Calendar 2019-2020
Athletic Physical Form
Concussion Form
 ***A special in-person registration day for students who did not attend West Burlington ISD last year ONLY***
When:  Monday, August 5th
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:  In the building in which your student will attend

New students must register in person; online registration is not available.

Please bring as much information with you as you can. Birth certificates, immunization records, etc.

High school students will be asked to provide their cell phone number (if applicable).
***Online registration will be open from August 1st – August 9th & is available to returning students ONLY***
High school students will be asked to provide their cell phone number (if applicable).
Need help in person? Please call to make an appointment.  Building staff can assist you with the online registration process.  
Hello Students and Parents, 

The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner and I wanted to send out some information about athletics at West Burlington.

All students participating in sports will need a current physical and signed concussion waiver prior to the first practice. Please turn into the HS office starting August 6th from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, or directly to the coach. 

The concussion form is linked here: 

The physical form is linked here:   
Our most current athletic schedules for the 2019-2020 school year can be found here: 

If there are any changes, cancellations, or postponements they will be updated on this district calendar. You can elect to receive notifications for schedule changes here:

We will have both pocket schedules and posters for our fall/winter sports in our HS office.

There are opportunities to volunteer with our sports programs. These positions would allow for free admittance to home events and conference pass allowing for free admittance to away games during that season. The following opportunities are: concession leaders, football chains, volleyball line judging, score-keeping, scoreboard operators, announcing and webcasting (announcing or taping). Please contact the coach or myself if you are interested in any of these opportunities. Our athletic booster club meets the first Wednesday of each month in the high school media center at 6:00 pm. There is no cost to join or attend meetings and it is a great way to meet others and give back to the programs. 

Our coaches have asked that each participant have a parent(s) sign up for a concession time during their season at a level their child is not playing at.  Please sign up a week before the first home event.  All parent(s) not signed up will be assigned and responsible for working or finding someone to work their turn.  Here is a link to the document to sign up directly:  2019-20 Concessions

Great River Health Systems provides a trainer free of charge to the district annually. Her name is Erin Bush and email is  If your child is injured in a sport, please contact her as she works well with the doctors on the road to recovery and it is now law she has to administer the return to play protocol after a concussion.  
High school fall sports practices begin on August 12th and Junior High fall sports practices begin the first day of school on August 26. 

For specific fall sport information contact:
HS Football-Coach Eilers
HS Volleyball-Coach Shipp
HS/JH Cross Country-Coach Moffitt
HS Girls Swimming-Coach Shepherd
JH Football-Open
JH Volleyball-Coach Thomann
HS Football Cheerleading-Coach Eilers
JH Football Cheerleading - Coach Ferrell

Winter Sports:
HS Boys Basketball-Coach O'Hern
HS Girls Basketball-Coach Vandenberg
HS/JH Wrestling-Coach Plein
JH Girls Basketball-Coach Jameson
JH Boys Basketball-Coach Eilers
HS Boys Swimming-Coach Kristensen
HS Bowling Coach Allen

Spring Sports:
HS Boys Track-Coach Lamm
HS Girls Track-Coach Gurius
JH Track-Coach Radloff
HS Boys Soccer-Coach Wagner
HS Girls Soccer-Coach Ackerman
JH Soccer- Coach Knudson
HS Golf-Coach Kies
HS Tennis-Coach Moffitt

Summer Sports:
HS Baseball-Coach McKasson
HS Softball-Coach Oleson
JH Baseball-Open
JH Softball-Coach VanScoy

We are looking forward to another great year with West Burlington Athletics! 
Jeff Housel
Athletic Director
West Burlington Schools
319-754-6567 ext. 4

Athletic Entry Procedures

In order to simplify the process of admittance into sporting events, the West Burlington Schools will be using these athletic entry procedures. Here are the guidelines spectators need to be aware of:

  • Spectators who purchase an activity pass must present their pass at the gate. Failure to show your pass will result in requirement to pay for entry.
  • Spectators without an activity pass will not be allowed re-admittance into any sporting event. We will not mark hands allowing a spectator to leave and return.
  • Spectators with an activity pass must show the pass upon re-entry into a sporting event.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact:
Lisa Beames, Superintendent at 319/752-8747, option #3.

2019-2020 School Fees

The school fees for 2019-2020 are as follows: 

  • Basic Fee (K-5)         $51.00
  • Reduced Fee (K-5)    $25.50
  • Basic Fee (6-12)        $61.20
  • Reduced Fee (6-12)  $30.60
  • Free Fee (K-12)         $10.20
Students can qualify for free or reduced rate textbooks based on the school lunch program guidelines.

  • Student Fee                             $35.70
  • Adult Fee                               $102.00
  • Family Passes (Two Adult)    $173.40
  • Family Passes (One Adult)    $102.00
  • Senior Citizen                           $25.50  *Senior citizens must be age 62+
This fee entitles the student to free admission to all athletic events EXCEPT CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS. This fee is optional for all students in Grades K-12. This fee is not subject to reduction/waiver.  Contact the superintendent to make alternate arrangements if this fee presents a hardship.

  • Basic Fee $15.30
(GRADES 7-12)
  • Basic Fee $10.20
This fee is charged to all marching band and/or cheerleading participants. All students will have clean uniforms at the start of the school year. The students/parents assume responsibility for maintaining the cleanliness of the uniform during the time it is issued to the student. This fee is not subject to reduction/waiver.


     (GRADES 9-12)
  • Basic Fee $45.90 (prior to October 4th)
  • Basic Fee $51.00 (after October 4th)
  • Name Stamp $5.00
    (GRADES 6-8)
  • Basic Fee $15.30
    (Name imprinting is not available)
  • $3.00 - License plate number and vehicle description required at time of purchase
2019-2020 Meal Prices
  • Regular $1.85
  • Reduced Price $.30
  • Regular $2.55
  • Reduced Price $.40
(GRADES 6-12)
  • Regular $2.65
  • Reduced Price $.40
  • Second Main Item $1.35
  • Second Side Item $.90
  • Selected Side Items $.35
****All children wanting seconds will pay the regular price for seconds. Free/Reduced prices do not apply to seconds.

  • Daily $.55
    There is no reduced price milk
  • Daily $.90
    There is no reduced price juice
The West Burlington School District uses a computerized lunch program. Money received by the school will be entered into a family lunch account. When a child eats, the cost of the meal and any extras will be subtracted from the family fund balance. When the balance in the account reaches $10 or less a notice will be sent to the family. The school will be able to provide a print out of all transactions for the parents so they can see which child purchased a meal (and extras) on what day.
Student Fees Policy for Grades 6-12
The West Burlington School District has a policy which states:  “student fees must be paid in order for the student in grades 6-12 to participate in social events such as dances, etc.” 

If you can’t afford to pay these fees, contact Lisa Beames at 319/752-8747, option #3 to see what arrangements can be made so your child can still participate.
Open House!
Grades K-5 will be held at the Elementary School
Grades 6-12 will be held at the Junior/Senior High School

Thursday, August 22nd

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Athletic Physicals

All students participating in junior high or high school sports, cheerleading, or dance team MUST have a physical before they can PRACTICE OR PLAY.


Start/Dismissal Times

 7:35AM  Arrive Time
- Breakfast Only
 7:45AM  Arrive Time
 8:10AM  Classes Start
 8:15AM  Tardy Bell
 3:25PM  Grades K-5 Dismissed

Junior/Senior High
 7:45AM  Arrive Time
- Breakfast Only
 8:00AM  Arrive Time
 8:30AM  Classes Start
 3:35PM  Grades 6-12 Dismissed
Educating the Homeless
281—33.1(256) Purpose. The West Burlington Independent School District facilitates the enrollment of homeless children of school age and, where appropriate, of preschool age in its school district to enable the children to have access to a free, appropriate public education, and to be free of being stigmatized on the basis of their status as homeless. For more information, contact Bruce Snodgrass at 319/752-8747, option #1.
Open Enrollment Option If You Moved/Will Be Moving

If you moved from the West Burlington district during the summer and would like for your child/children to continue attending West Burlington, you need to complete an open enrollment form prior to the start of classes. If you move on or after the first day of school, an open enrollment form should be completed within ten days of the move. Open enrollment forms are available through the superintendent’s office.

Transportation assistance for those who qualify is available only between contiguous districts and shall be deducted from the amount sent to the receiving district.

All appeals must be made to an Iowa District Court unless the application for open enrollment claims harassment or if the child has a serious health condition that the resident district cannot adequately address. If the application is denied by the resident district for either of these reasons, the parent/guardian may appeal to the State Board of Education. The appeal should be addressed to: Administrative Law Judge, Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146.

For forms or more information, contact the superintendent’s office at 319/752-8747, option #3
West Burlington Police Department
122 Broadway Street
West Burlington, Iowa 52655
(319) 754-8555
Fax: (319) 754-7397
Jesse Logan, Chief of Police
Parents and Students

As always, I hope your summer has been a fun and relaxing one. With the 2019 school year getting ready to start, I'd like to take just a brief moment to remind everyone of some important safety tips and practices.

I would like to remind everyone that the parking lot north of the school is the safest place to pick up and drop off your children. The painted red zones are designated Fire Lanes and it is illegal to park in them for any reason. Don’t block driveways as well. Be sure to use the crosswalk when crossing the street and of course, look both ways before doing so. If there is a crossing guard, everyone must obey their instructions. They are authorized to direct traffic and this includes pedestrians and bicyclists.

Parents, keep in mind that it is illegal to enter the designated crosswalk areas while the crossing guard is directing traffic, or if there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk area. You must obey the directions of the crossing guard. If riding a bicycle, you must walk it when crossing at the crosswalk. Speaking of bicycles, a bicycle must obey the same traffic laws as a car or truck. This means you must stop at stop signs.

Always make sure to click that seat-belt on properly, following manufacturer's instructions. Same goes for your children. They must wear a seat-belt, or if young enough, must be in an approved and properly fastened child seat. Do this before you pull away from picking up your loved one(s).

Remember that the posted speed limit for all of Ramsey Street is 20 miles per hour, and in front of the high school on Van Weiss is as well. This restriction is 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And last, tinted windows can make it hard to see little ones as they are running about. Iowa law strictly states that the front windshield and the front windows - driver and passenger doors - must not be below 70 percent. Our officers will be stepping up enforcement of not only crossing walk and bicycle rules, but also seat-belt, child restraint, speed and window tint in the school zones. Please do your part and obey the laws. They're in place for your safety and for the safety of others.

Employees of the West Burlington Police Department and West Burlington School System with the cooperation of Parents are committed to providing a safe journey to school, a safe school environment for learning and safe trip home.

Have a great 2019-2020 School Year.

 Chief Logan
Notice of Fire Lane Enforcement 

The West Burlington Police Department will be strictly enforcing the parking restrictions in fire lanes. The fire lanes on Ramsey by the elementary school and in the parking lot at the junior/senior high school are painted red. Anyone parking a vehicle within these areas will be issued a citation for violation of the Fire Lane Restrictions. Chapter 157.14 of the West Burlington City Code in regards to Fire Lanes reads: “No person shall park a vehicle or permit it to stand in an official fire lane, either on public or private property, when the area has been designated as an official fire lane pursuant to this code, unless occupied by a valid licensed driver in the operator’s position.”

Memo To:  All Parents/Guardians of Students
                   in West Burlington Elementary, Junior High and High School

From:        Asbestos Program Manager

RE: Asbestos
Date: August 2019

ASBESTOS AND HEALTH – In attempting to come to terms with asbestos in buildings, several issues must be considered. The asbestos mineral was used in thousands of better constructed buildings as a fire retardant. Hundreds of thousands of tons were used in school buildings, hospitals, shopping centers, and homes within the past several decades. The purpose was to prevent fires from starting or a building from collapsing once a fire had started. Asbestos is commonly found in floor and ceiling tile, acoustical soundproofing, on structural reinforcing, decorative coatings, in pipe and heating equipment insulation, roof materials, carpet glue and even concrete. Of most concern are areas of asbestos bearing materials which can be easily crumbled under pressure. Such materials create a potential for asbestos fiber release.

Exposure to airborne asbestos (tiny mineral particles which can be inhaled), especially in heavy doses, has been found to relate to several forms of cancer. Children and young adults who are exposed to asbestos are probably at greater risk than older people developing certain asbestos related diseases. The EPA has developed guidelines for schools to identify asbestos within buildings and the Institute has designed a system for determining relative risks and suggesting appropriate safety responses.

FINDINGS – Beyond the asbestos assumed to be located in concrete, roofing felts, pipe elbows, carpet glues, etc., which is of minimal public health concern, asbestos was found in some of the following types of material: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (409) – Thermal pipe joint connections, vinyl floor tile. ARNOLD JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (109) – Thermal pipe joint connections, thermal pipe insulation, thermal tank insulation, thermal duct insulation, cementitious panels, miscellaneous types of ABM.

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? Asbestos found in schools can be dealt with safely and responsibly. The EPA states: “It is important to note that not all friable (easily pulverized) asbestos containing material need be removed from schools. Once the material has been identified, a program can be implemented to insure that the material is maintained in good condition and that appropriate precautions are followed when the material is disturbed for any reason”. School officials began the risk assessment process by having their buildings inspected and analyzing any suspect materials.

CONCLUSION – Detailed descriptions of our asbestos program are available for review in the individual buildings and in the District office. The District will continue to deal with asbestos in our buildings in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations governing asbestos in schools

Federal Compliance Policy Statement 
Multi-Cultural/Non-Sexist Equity Education Opportunity

Enrolled children in the school district community shall have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination regardless of their race, color, marital status, creed, socioeconomic status, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The education program shall be free of such discrimination and provide equal opportunity for the participants. The education program shall foster knowledge of, respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups as well as men and women to society. It shall also reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provide equal opportunity to both sexes. Inquiries regarding compliance with equal education opportunity shall be directed to the superintendent by writing to: Lisa Beames, Superintendent of Schools, Independent School District of West Burlington, 607 Ramsey Street, West Burlington, Iowa 52655 or telephoning 319/752-8747, option #3.

Compliance assurances on file in the Superintendent’s Office that the District will comply with are: 
  1.  Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 
  2.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 
  3.  Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1973 
  4.  The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 
  5.  All regulations, guidelines and standards lawfully adopted under the United States Department of Education.

Student Abuse by School Employees 

It is the policy of the Independent School District of West Burlington that school employees not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional behavior toward students. It is the district’s policy to respond promptly to the allegations of abuse by school employees by investigating or arranging for a full investigation of any allegation, and to do so in a reasonably prudent manner. The processing of a complaint or allegation will be handled confidentially to the maximum extent possible. All employees are required to assist in the investigations when requested to provide information, and to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting and investigating process. The district has appointed a level-one investigator and an alternate. The level-one investigator is Lisa Beames, Superintendent (319/752-8747, option #3).

JMC Parent Access 

If you have access to the internet, we can assign you a password to use the JMC Parent Access Program. The JMC Parent Access allows parents/guardians to view their child’s report card, attendance, family data and their lunch balance or transactions. 

It’s easy: 
1. Click here: 
2. Enter your last name and assigned password 

Parents/guardians that are interested in this service will need to provide their e-mail address to Mary Storch at the high school. Your assigned password will be sent to you via e-mail. For questions regarding the JMC access, contact Mary at 319/754-6567, option #1. 

Free and Reduced Lunch Program Guidelines and Application
If you do not have a current,
approved application on registration
day, you will be charged full book
fees, with no exceptions.


FACILITIES – There is a kitchen and cafeteria located in each building.
BREAKFAST PROGRAM – Breakfast will be served from 7:35-8:00AM for the elementary students and from 7:45-8:25AM for the junior/senior high students. Elementary breakfast will consist of juice, milk, fresh fruit, pancake bites or school made cinnamon roll. Junior/senior high will offer the above with additional hot items. ALL students must take a fruit or fruit juice at breakfast. Regular breakfast price is $1.85 and reduced is $.30.
LUNCH PROGRAM – Students in grades K-5 are offered foods in the 5 food components (meat, grain, fruit, veg, and milk) established by the National School Lunch Program. Students are given quantities consistent with federal guidelines and may decline 1 or 2 items but must take at least 3 items, 1 of those items must be a fruit or a vegetable. As always, students may take (and are encouraged to take) all 5 of the food components offered. Junior/senior high students may choose to eat the regular hot lunch or may choose to sign up for a hamburger or a prepared salad. Students must sign up for this by 9:00AM each day. Sign-up sheets are located in the junior high gym and the high school office. Seconds are sold only when extra quantities are available. Community residents are welcome to eat at the school. Please notify one day in advance so proper preparations can be made.
FREE AND REDUCED PRICES – The school follows the economic guidelines established by the federal government in determining whether a student qualifies for free or reduced prices. These guidelines are enclosed.
Driver’s Education and Book Fee Waiver Application
If you feel your family income qualifies you for free or reduced book fees or driver’s education, you MUST sign the Waiver Statement. This waiver is located on the back of the free/reduced lunch application.
“It is the policy of the Independent School District of West Burlington not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact 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; website:”

The Free and Reduced Lunch Program informational letter, application instructions, and application are accessible by clicking on the title of the document below.  

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The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status (for programs), creed or disability. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups including those of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socio-economic background, as well as men and women, to society. The programs include contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and European Americans. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator. The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Lisa Beames and can be reached at 607 Ramsey Street, West Burlington, IA 52655, (319) 752-8747. Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2292, (414) 291-1111, or the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515) 281-5294.
“It is the policy of the West Burlington Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator, 607 Ramsey St., (319) 752-8747,
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