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District Information

 

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The District

The Laurens-Marathon School District is a rural district located in north-central Iowa composed of the communities of Laurens (population of 1,476) and Marathon (population of 302). Our school is located in Laurens with all grades located in one building.

 

The communities of Laurens and Marathon take great pride in our school as evidenced by their willingness to support the school and its programs.

 

In 1993, a building project was completed with extensive remodeling to our facility. Both an elementary and M.S./H.S Media Center were results of this project.

During 1997, our community again showed their support as a bond passed for construction of a new gymnasium, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room, a new vocal room, and an instrumental music room. This project was completed in 1998. Also in 1997, our voters approved a 10 year Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. We are now using the Physical Plant Equipment Levy (PPEL) to pay off the 1993 addition 2 years early.

 

In the fall of 2004, the L-M School Board re-instituted an instructional support levy for 5 years which generates significant funds for educational programs. In the fall of 2009, the School Board renewed this for 5 more years.

 

In the spring of 2008, the L-M School Board approved a 1.3 million energy update, this included new boiler system, new lighting, and new plumbing.

 

Recently, the School Board approved an Apple 1:1 computer initiative starting in the fall of 2010 for grades 6-12.

 

These are but a few examples of how are communities support our school and its programs and truly reflect the thoughts represented by our school mission "Working Together, Achieving Success".

 


 

Vision Statement

The Laurens-Marathon school is a community learning center that enhances the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and the belief statements that maximize the success of the individual and community. The district provides the leadership to implement the school's mission, beliefs, and essential learnings. This task is completed by the employment of quality staff and their continual development. The district provides appropriate instruction, time, materials, technology, equipment and facilities for individuals to successfully compete in society. The learner demonstrates the defined essential learnings prior to graduation from high school. The mastery of these essential learnings is necessary to develop skilled, inquisitive, creative, self-confident, self-directed, contributing, and quality individuals prepared to lead America.

 


 

Belief Statements About Students and Learning

We Believe That:

 

All students have a right and the opportunity to learn.
All students have individual differences and abilities that need to be addressed so they can learn and succeed.
All students need to come to school ready to learn, as learning is their responsibility and can be enhanced by a supportive environment at home and school.
All students need to develop and demonstrate a sense of responsibility.

 


 

Belief Statements About Teachers and Teaching

We Believe That:

 

Education is the responsibility of the parent and the community, and therefore needs their involvement and support.
Schools must provide a safe and orderly environment in which inappropriate behaviors are addressed.
Schools, to be most effective, need parents to expect their children to be accountable for their actions and learning.
The school needs to provide opportunities for students to acquire skills, which allow success in post high school careers/education.
Schools must provide professional development opportunities for employees.

 


 

Belief Statements About School and the School District

We Believe That:

 

Education is the responsibility of the parent and the community, and therefore needs their involvement and support.
Schools must provide a safe and orderly environment in which inappropriate behaviors are addressed.
Schools, to be most effective, need parents to expect their children to be accountable for their actions and learning.
The school needs to provide opportunities for students to acquire skills, which allow success in post high school careers/education.
Schools must provide professional development opportunities for employees.

 


 

District Data

Certified Enrollment = 293
Certified Staff = 24
Support Staff = 12
Property Tax Rate = $12.98/$1,000.00 Valuation
Assessable Taxable Valuation = $160,000,000

Size of District= 140

 


 

Educational Philosophy

Education is a continuous process. The ultimate purpose of education is to help students become effective and responsible citizens of a democracy. As a school corporation of Iowa, the Laurens-Marathon Community School District, acting through its Board of Directors, is dedicated to promoting equal opportunity for a quality public education to enrolled students. Students of this community have the right to participate in a formal education utilizing their students' present understandings in helping them learn how to live now and equip them with tools and skills to live in the future.

 

The Laurens-Marathon Community Schools shall provide resources and educational programs that will enable a progressive and broadening program of general education to meet the academic, vocational, health, personal, and emotional needs of students. The programs offered are to provide the students to develop to their fullest potential, and encourage a maturing sense of social and civic responsibility.


It is the responsibility of the Laurens-Marathon Community Schools to see that students achieve the following essential learnings upon high school graduation.

Communication-Students will be able to demonstrate skills that allow for an effective exchange of ideas and information utilizing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Technology-Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge and practical application of current technology.

 

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking-Students will identify problems, gather information, evaluate consequences, and make a timely informed decision.

Dependability-Students will exhibit self-motivated behavior that leads to completion of clearly defined expectations.

 

Social Responsibility-Students will make responsible decisions regarding self, family, society, environment, and career.

 

Global Responsibility-Students will develop an understanding of the global nature of society and the interdependence of the world's diverse cultures and people.

 

Creativity-Students will appreciate and use creativity to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

 


 

Elementary

Laurens-Marathon Elementary School utilizes a self-contained classroom arrangement with each grade level divided into two sections. Emphasis is placed on the individual needs of each student thus allowing each child to develop to his/her greatest potential.

 

Our dedication and experienced staff utilizes an integrated "holistic" approach to learning which emphasizes the connections between subject areas thus adding meaning and relevancy to learning. Individual, small group, large group, and cooperative learning strategies are utilized as instructional practices.

 

Classroom instruction is supported by programs in Special Education, Title I Reading and Math, Talented and Gifted Education, and Guidance and Individual Counseling. Specialized teachers provide instruction in Art, Music, Computer, and Physical Education. Our students also receive instruction in a foreign language (Spanish) as a part of our comprehensive educational program. Computers are available in every classroom.

 

Our quality curriculum is being continually reviewed and modified to meet the developmentally appropriate needs of our students as we approach the 21st century.

 


 

Middle School

The middle school utilizes a departmentalized approach for delivery of the curriculum. Basic core classes include Language Arts (including Reading and Spelling), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Physical Education, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Talented and Gifted Education, and our diverse Exploratory Program all add to our comprehensive curriculum. The middle school program offer students a challenging well-rounded "core curriculum" as well as providing students with the opportunities necessary for social, emotional, and interest development. In addition to the academic programs offered, a wide variety of extracurricular experiences are available.

 

Our basic philosophy is to provide each student with the necessary support and assistance needed to guarantee individual student success. A modern library/media center and computer lab support the goals of our academic programs. Current materials are utilized in the delivery of our instructional programs.

 


 

High School

In the high school, we are currently engaged in a partial day sharing agreement with Pocahontas Area Community Schools.

We have 8 periods a day with each being approximately 45 minutes long.

 

There are 79 courses offered to the students. There are six vocational areas offered. They are Agriculture, Business & Accounting, Family and Consumer Science, Computer & Internet Technology, Industrial Technology, and Art. Spanish is the only foreign language offered at L-M. There are several post secondary classes offered. They are Psychology, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Accounting, Contemporary Business, Fundamentals of Web Design I and II, Advanced Composition, and Internet Biology, and off campus courses. Teachers and students use the ICN to take classes. A minimum of 46 credits are required for graduation.