Current News & Topics

2015 Washington DC Trip Meeting

There will be a meeting for 6th and 7th grade parents and students interested in the 2015 Washington DC trip Wednesday April 23rd at 6:00 in the Atrium.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Breyfogle.

TEAMS Competition

Panorama was represented by 3 teams at the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science competition March 19. The competition had two parts.  The first was a multiple choice test that incorporated science and math in real life engineering scenarios.  The second part was an essay portion in which students solve real world scenarios using science, math, and engineering.  Both parts of the competition were completed through collaborative problem solving by the group.

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2014-15 Calendar Now Available

2014-15 Year-At-A-Glance District Calendar

 

This information can also be found under our calendar page

Panorama School District selected to launch Teacher Leadership System

Panorama School District selected to launch Teacher Leadership System
PCSD is one of 39 Iowa schools chosen

We are pleased to announce that Panorama is in the first group of Iowa school districts selected to launch a teacher leadership system next school year.

Teacher leadership systems will allow teachers to work in greater collaboration with colleagues and administrators to improve instruction and increase student achievement.  Out of Iowa’s 346 school districts, 146 applied to start teacher leadership systems in 2014-15 and 39 were selected.

The planning team, which included teachers, parents, and principals, worked collaboratively to create a strong common vision for how teacher leaders could have a positive impact on learning, and then put forth the extra time and effort to put the details in place.  We are very excited to be awarded the opportunity to implement a formal teacher leadership program to strengthen instruction and increase student achievement.

Teacher leadership systems were the centerpiece of Iowa’s historic 2013 education reform package and will be phased in over the next three years across Iowa, with the goal of all districts participating by 2016-17. The Commission on Teacher Leadership and Compensation recommended which districts should be in the first group.  Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck made the final decision.

Panorama’s plan includes the following teacher leader positions:  

  • Instructional Coaches (1 per building)
  • Professional Learning Coaches (3 per building)
  • Mentor Teachers (2 per building)
  • Model Teachers (1 per building)
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Panorama Schools' Finances in Good Health

The Panorama School Board held a special meeting on January 23 to review how the district's general fund is performing on four "financial health" factors:  Unspent Budget Authority; Solvency Ratio; Employee Cost Ratio; Enrollment.  

Good news!  The district has increased its financial health significantly over the past 5 years.  Based on current status, the school board does not see a need to make any budget reductions in the next two or three years, unless unforeseen challenges occur.  Having finances in good shape allows the district and school board to have a stronger emphasis on education and student achievement.  For a full report of the information shared with the board including graphs, click here.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Students, parents, employees, and others doing business with or performing services for the Panorama Community School District are hereby notified that this district does not illegally 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 socio-economic status (for programs) in its educational programs and employment practices.

 

Mary Breyfogle, School Improvement Coordinator, has been designated to serve as the district’s Equity Coordinator to ensure compliance with district policies. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination that is available in the district office and website. Ms. Breyfogle is available by email (mary.breyfogle@panorama.k12.ia.us),phone (641-755-2021), or mail (Panorama Schools, 701 W. Main St., Panora, IA 50216), or contact the Director of the Office for Civil Rights by mail (U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60662-7204), phone (312-730-1560), fax (312-730-1576), or email (OCR.Chicago@ed.gov).

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