Press Releases

Haden & Hanaway Travel to Kosovo

September 18, 2018

DID YOU KNOW? Independence FFA Advisor Michael Haden and Sophomore FFA member Avery Hanaway will be traveling to Kosovo as part of the Hawkeye Community College International program. Five high school agricultural programs (1 teacher and 1 FFA member from each program) were selected from the State of Iowa by Hawkeye Community College, based on…

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ICSD Partners with VFW for Headstone Cleaning Project

September 10, 2018

September 12, 2018(Independence, IA) – Independence Jr./Sr. High is planning to kick-off Homecoming week with a volunteer project inspired by “The Good Cemeterian,” a viral service project which focuses on cleaning veteran’s headstones in cemeteries centered in Florida. “We saw this online and thought it was amazing. After we started discussing the Good Cemeterian as…

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Meat Evaluation Team Places 3rd

August 27, 2018

On August 25th, the Independence FFA Chapter Meat Evaluation team placed 3rd overall and earned a gold rating at the Iowa State FFA Meat Evaluation Career Development Event held at Iowa State University. Team members and their overall individual placings Megan Corkery( 7th ), Avery Hanaway ( 9th ), Keegan Zimmerly( 16th ), Kenzie Fischels…

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Independence FFA Competes at District Meats and Milk Quality CDEs

August 14, 2018

On August 2nd 2018, the Independence FFA Chapter competed in Milk Quality and Meats Evaluation Career Development Event in Earlville, IA. In the Milk Quality CDE, FFA members judge milk quality, cheese identification, general knowledge test and somatic cell count in milk.  Team members Delaney Martin, Jaden Schwarting and Alivia Thomas placed 3rd overall. Jaden…

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Independence Schools to Provide Early Childhood Education Classes; Close Iowa’s Skills-Gap

May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 (Independence, IA) – During the 2018-2019 school year, Independence Junior-Senior High will offer early childhood education classes for students to earn both high school and college credit through Hawkeye Community College. Coursework will be comprised of four classes offered on a rotation through Hawkeye which cover topics such as early childhood nutrition,…

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Lang Receives Karl King Distinguished Service Award

May 15, 2018

Iowa Bandmasters announce 2018 Karl King Distinguished Service Award recipient- Active The Karl King Distinguished Service Awards (Active and Retired) are given to members of Iowa Bandmasters Association who have made significant contributions to the Iowa Bandmaster Association organization and school band programs. Winners are selected by the members of the Iowa Bandmasters Association from…

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ICSD Teachers use new technology for professional development

May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018 (Independence, IA) – On Tuesday morning, April 3rd, Independence teachers utilized the app Goosechase in teams of five to complete a scavenger hunt on the history of Independence and the school district’s connections with local businesses. “The use of newer app-technology was meant to instill the mindset we want all teachers to…

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ICSD Credit Profile “Stable” Upgraded to A+ by S&P Global Ratings in April

May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018 (Independence, IA) – Standard and Poor’s released a credit rating report which upgraded the Independence Community School District from “A” to “A+” on April 11, 2018. The ratings agency defined the district as stable citing the trend of general fund surpluses. S&P also identified the community’s high incomes, home values, and access…

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AV/Tech Club Student Breaks Service Hours Record

March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018 (Independence, IA) – Independence high school AV Club member, Connor Music, has broken the record for volunteer service hours with nearly half of a year of service time remaining.   Music has earned 366.5 hours since the service year began in July 1, 2017 by volunteering at school football games, holiday productions,…

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ICSD Seniors Achieve High NCRC Scores

March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018 (Independence, IA) – Recently, Independence Community School District (ICSD) seniors took the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test. The NCRC is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents. The ACT website states that, “The ACT NCRC is a portable, evidence-based…

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