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    2nd Graders Visit Midwest Heritage Bank

    On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Chariton Midwest Heritage Bank office played host to the Columbus Elementary 2nd Graders as a partner of their “Goods and Service Fair.”  The 2nd grade teachers asked Midwest Heritage to work with each group of kids asking them how they were going to run their business, use their funds responsibly, respectfully and safely.  Julie Larrington gave each group of kids a $2 startup loan (this was actually provided by the teacher – MH did not actually loan money to the 2nd grade).  Each group then promised to repay the “bank” $0.25 in interest at the conclusion of the event. 

    The Goods and Service Fair is held every year at Columbus.  The program requires the 2nd graders to create their own business (cotton candy machine, snow cones, nail painting, face painting, Lego stands, race track, etc...).  They must then go through the process of getting the start-up loan for the business and decide how to market their product.  Pretty advanced stuff for a 2nd grader!  The Kindergarten and 1st Graders will bring quarters on Wednesday to attend the fair and purchase their products.  The funds raised from the event will go towards various school projects.

    Midwest Heritage is honored to play a part in this project and would like to thank the school for allowing us to participate and we hope to be involved in more classroom/workshop activities in the future.  After the students were approved for their loan, Jill Rodgers gave them a tour of the vault and taught the children about safe deposit boxes.  To ensure our customers left happy (and hyper), each student received a sucker from Mallory as they exited the bank

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    Summer Food Service!

    School May Be Out, but Healthy Meals are Still In

    Chariton Community School District Provides Free Lunches to Students


    The Chariton Community School District Food Service Department is excited to announce details for their 2017 Summer Feeding Program.  Every summer, the food service department provides breakfast and lunch to the children ages 1 to 18 of Chariton District at no charge during the month of June. 

    The program began in 2009 and provides nutritious meals to children who may not otherwise have access to healthy food when school is out.  Summer Food Service serves over 2,500 meals each summer.  Breakfast includes a whole grain (granola bar, cereal, etc.) fruit, juice and milk.  Lunch includes a hot or cold entrée, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk.   

    “In our school district, many students rely on free and reduced-price school lunches and breakfasts. But when the last bell of the school year rings, those children are at risk of going hungry” said Becca Bittner.  “Our summer food service program helps close the gap and ensure that these kids have access to nutritious meals during the summer.”   

    New this year the Chariton District will be serving at 4 locations during the month of June.  Children 18 and younger may receive FREE meals through the program, no application required. The site and hours of operation are as follows:


    Van Allen Elementary Cafeteria – 1129 Ashland Ave, Chariton, IA  50049

    Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30 am

    Lunch 10:45 am – 12:30 pm


    Lucas Gazebo next to the Fire Station, Lucas Iowa

    Lunch 10:30 am – 10:45 am


    Russell Community Library, Russell Iowa

    Lunch 11:10 am – 11:35 am


    Williamson Park/Shelter House, Williamson Iowa

    Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm


    August 1 – August 22, 2017

    Van Allen Elementary Cafeteria – 1129 Ashland Ave, Chariton, IA  50049

    Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30 am

    Lunch 10:45 am – 12:30 pm


    The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch. It provides nutritious and free meals to children 18 and younger during the summer months. School districts and other eligible sponsors may serve as summer feeding program sites.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


    (1)           mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    1400 Independence Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2)           fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3)           email: program.intake@usda.gov.


    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement: 

    “It is the policy of this CNP provider 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: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

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    5th Grade Class Donates to U of I Children's Hospital

    Mrs. Smith, a 5th grade teacher at Van Allen, and her students were awarded $250 from the Iowa Realtors Association in memory of Jack Lindaman. The students had to choose an Iowa based charity to donate to. The students chose to purchase books for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The class was split into five groups and each group was given $50.00 to purchase books for a given age range. The students used their math skills to determine tax, total price, along with possible shipping costs. They also used a variety of technology resources including Google Sheets and worked collaboratively with their group to find the "best use" of their money.  The students then personalized each book with a special message for the hospital children. ​​
    Thanks Mrs. Smith's students!  We are proud of you!
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    Registration 2017-2018


    All Students - Grades PK-12

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    High School Cafeteria, 501 North Grand

    Please be prepared to pay the following fees at registration:

    High School Fees:  Pay at Registration

    Textbook Fee (family maximum - $150.00)     $30.00

    Technology Fee (family maximum - $50.00)    $30.00

    Middle School Fees:  Pay at Registration

    Textbook Fee (family maximum - $150.00)     $30.00

    Technology Fee (family maximum - $50.00)    $30.00

    Band Fees:

    Will be handled individually with the teacher

    Elementary School Fees:  Pay at Registration

    Textbook Fee  (family maximum - $150.00)    $20.00

    Athletic Activity Tickets (optional)           $35.00

    Lunch Prices:

    Lunch - K-12...............................................$2.65

    Breakfast................................................... $1.80

    Extra Milk...................................................$  .45

    Morning Milk - K-5 per semester............. ....$32.00

    Make checks payable to Chariton Schools

    The Free and Reduced Lunch Applications will be included in the July/August Newsletter. You must apply for Free and Reduced lunches annually.   Please bring the completed forms to registration. The food service department will begin serving lunches, breakfast, salad bar and morning milk on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 23, 2017.  Click this link to download the Free & Reduced Application.


    The Elementary and Middle Schools have a complete program PK-8 accredited by the State Department of Education, with special services in Physical Education, Music, Title I Reading and Special Education.  Chariton High School is also accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and offers over one hundred twenty-five courses for student selection.


    Tracy Hall         High School, Grades 9-12

    Tim Milledge     High School Asst. Prin./A. D., Grades 7-12

    Joe Ortega        Middle School, Grades 6-8

    Josh Morgan     Van Allen Elementary, Grades 3-5

    Derek Philips    Columbus Elementary, Grades PK-2

    Kindergarten children must be 5 years old and pre-school children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 15.  Physical exams and immunization cards should be sent to the student’s school before the start of school.  Verification of birthdate (birth certificate) is required before kindergarten/pre-school entrance.  Please bring your child’s Social Security Card to registration.

    The Chariton Community School District will operate an all day, every day, kindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Pre-school will operate on a half day/4 day per week program.















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    Infinite Campus Mobile Portal for Parents

    Infinite Campus (CCSD Student Information System) is now available to all parents and students as a mobile app.  Parents and students can now access their Campus Portal information on Android and iOS devices using the Campus Mobile Portal app. 

    Follow the MOBILE APP DIRECTIONS to download the app today!  If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact your building administrator.

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