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Raising Readers: FD Schools Use Multi Faceted Approach to Help Elementary Students Improve Reading Skills - from The Messenger

Feelhaver Elementary students have been seeing “tremendous growth” in their reading scores this school year, according to the Fort Dodge Community School District. The elementary school students in the district are assessed using what’s called the Formative Assessment System for Teachers, or FAST tests, to help monitor reading skills progress...
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A Dynamic Duo: How One Day at a Time Turned into a Decade for a Para and Student - from The Messenger

Though she only has one job title, Bev Potter has myriad jobs. Over the last 10 years, Potter has found herself to be an author, a reader, a prom date, costume designer, dancer, singer and crafter, to name a few. Fort Dodge Community School District calls her a paraeducator, but...
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A Guest Baton: Band Clinic Offers Students a Different Perspective on their Music - from The Messenger

Tara Smith, director of the Fort Dodge Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade bands, had her hands full Friday while the sixth-grade band warmed up for a performance at the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle School Concert Band Clinic. It’s an exercise very much like herding cats. It’s also deafening....
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Conflict Resolution: Restorative Justice Creates New Climate at FDMS - from The Messenger

The staff at Fort Dodge Middle School started implementing a new system to address and resolve conflict within its walls. The new system is called "restorative justice" and it focuses on conflict resolution that builds and restores relationships "by creating a sense of connectedness and belonging," said Toni Cochrane, FDMS...
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