Welcome to SPENCER CSD!

The Spencer School District is a cornerstone of the community.  Working together, the entire community provides a dynamic, child-centered education where students feel included, respected, and valued.

Students are challenged to think independently, inquire creatively, and advance intellectually.  Students develop the character and confidence to make a difference in a changing world.

Our Mission Statement:

All students will develop maximum knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Recent News

Grant Presentation
Physical Science Students Become Agents of Change
05/29/2018
Through a collaborative effort, students incorporated environmental science ideas and solution thinking to solve real problems found in the Midwest.
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Fluency Idol
05/10/2018
Students from Ms. Beaton’s second-grade class are selected as contestants on Fluency Idol, to read the poem they practice all week, in an effort to improve fluency, reading smoothly, volume, accuracy and expression!
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World Food Prize Participants
SHS Students Participate in the World Food Prize
05/09/2018
Two high school students participated in the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute held at Iowa State University, which inspires students across the state to fight hunger at home and abroad and to explore STEM career paths.
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Garden Presentations
Lincoln Students Create School Garden Designs
04/29/2018
Lincoln School fifth-graders worked in small groups to design a garden space on the school grounds, and they presented their ideas to school and community volunteers.
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Students from Products Convention
2018 Products Convention
04/26/2018
Students involved in Spencer’s Challenge program for 5th and 6th graders each created a project and participated in the 2018 Lakeland Talented & Gifted Products Convention.
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Responsible Behavior
Spencer Tiger Heroes Exhibit Responsible Behavior
04/26/2018
Spencer Middle School students recently received the designation of Tiger Hero for demonstrating responsible behavior.
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Sioux City Field Trip
Interdisciplinary Units & VBS Focus of SHS Lighthouse Session
04/12/2018
During the SHS Lighthouse Session, staff and administration showcased the impact and results from utilizing professional development to create Project Based Learning (PBL) interdisciplinary units and increase Value Beyond School (VBS).
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Tiger Tech
District Implements Tiger Tech Program
03/29/2018
With the increase in Chromebooks throughout the district, the Tiger Tech program was initiated to help make repairs in a more timely manner.
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Tax Levy History
Second Consecutive Year of School Tax Levy Reduction
03/29/2018
The Spencer School Board recently passed the budget for the 2018-19 school year, and expenses can be met with a lower overall tax rate.
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Grant Recipients
CF Industries Awards Minigrants
03/27/2018
Thank you to CF Industries for awarding 21 minigrants to teachers, placing an emphasis on incorporating agriculture and environment into the classroom.
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Spanish l students
Peer Teaching Through Various Learning Styles
03/27/2018
Señora Chicoine's Spanish I students taught their peers unit vocabulary utilizing different learning styles.
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Fish Tank
Studying Fish Through The Project Approach
03/26/2018
Utilizing The Project Approach, preschoolers at Johnson School were able to explore their curiosity about fish.
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Kagan Structures
Middle School Lighthouse Session
03/19/2018
Representatives from the Spencer Middle School discussed Kagan Structures and substantive conversation at the Middle School Lighthouse Session.
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The Flipped Pre-Algebra Classroom
03/19/2018
The flipped classroom method was recently launched in Pre-Algebra, and the benefits are already evident.
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Empathy Tiger Heroes
Spencer Tiger Heroes Exhibit Empathy
03/15/2018
Spencer Middle School students recently received the designation of Tiger Hero for demonstrating empathy.
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KinderKids and Kindergarten Teachers
The Choice Between KinderKids and Kindergarten
03/07/2018
Teachers offer advice and pointers when deciding between KinderKids and Kindergarten.
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Great Attitude Tiger Heroes
SMS Tiger Heroes Exhibiting Great Attitude
02/14/2018
Congratulations to the peer selected Tiger Heroes for demonstrating a great attitude!
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Student Writing
The Impact of Lucy Calkin's Writing
02/14/2018
The first Lighthouse Session of the year discussed the Lucy Calkin's Writing Workshop, and those present learned how the curriculum is helping to develop first-rate writing skills systemically while instilling a love of writing.
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Book Study
We Teach Empathy
02/02/2018
During the Empathy Unit in English II, students read the book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and in discussion circles, talked about the essential questions focused on how to learn empathy toward others, and how empathy can keep us from having prejudices and show tolerance.
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Physical Science Students Create Faraday Trains
Physical Science Students Create Faraday Trains
02/01/2018
Taking the concept of electromagnetism, physical science students worked together to create Faraday Trains.
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shark tank project
STEM Students Solve Real Life Problems
02/01/2018
Students in the 6th grade after school STEM program brainstormed every day problems and worked to create solutions through various inventions to pitch to a panel of sharks.
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Reading Challenge Participants
Third Graders Complete Timberwolves Reading Challenge
01/31/2018
Fairview third graders participated in the Minnesota Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation Read to Achieve reading challenge.
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Students Participate in Ricochet Leadership Training
01/17/2018
Spencer Middle School students engaged in leadership training through Ricochet, an interactive program developed by ISU Extension and Outreach.
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Buddy Benches
Buddy Bench Creates Inclusion
12/19/2017
Thank you to Positively Spencer Youth for purchasing Buddy Benches, encouraging empathy and promoting a welcoming, inclusive environment.
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Business Law Students
Business Law Students Hope to Effect Change
12/12/2017
SHS Business Law students are hoping to positively impact the student body by analyzing the current handbook to find areas of potential change.
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Lucy Calkins
The Benefits of Lucy Calkins
12/07/2017
New strategies to teach informative, opinion and narrative writing are being implemented for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, utilizing Units of Study for Teaching Writing.
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Business ECE Student
Students Pilot New Extended Career Experiences
11/28/2017
Students help to pilot Agriculture and Business Extended Career Experiences, providing real world, on the job training to better understand their path following high school.
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NEEDED: TIGER PA DADS/GUARDIANS
11/18/2017
Help the Spencer Community School Foundation raise money for EXPLORATIONS, summer enrichment experiences for students in K-12 grades.
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Peer Selected SMS Tiger Heroes
Peer Selected SMS Tiger Heroes
11/17/2017
Congratulations to these middle school students for being peer selected to receive the Tiger Hero award by living the "Tiger Way" and demonstrating the trait of integrity.
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Foundation Scholarships Available for Seniors
10/31/2017
The Spencer Community School Foundation is proud to announce scholarships for graduating seniors. Scholarships are open to SHS seniors who plan on continuing their education.
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SMS Tiger Heroes
SMS Tiger Heroes
10/30/2017
Congratulations to these middle school students for being peer selected to receive the Tiger Hero award by living the "Tiger Way" and demonstrating the trait of treating others with respect.
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Wildlife Adaptations During Seasonal Changes
10/30/2017
Students learned about animals adaptations during seasonal changes.
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New Hoops Donation
A Slam Dunk of a Gift
10/18/2017
Teaching the importance of giving to their young children, the Schmidt family donated four adjustable height basketball hoops recently installed at the Johnson School playground.
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Butterfly release
Butterflies Galore
10/17/2017
Second-graders experienced the life-cycle of the Monarch first-hand, as they completed the butterfly project. From eggs to caterpillars, and chrysalis to butterflies, students helped every step of the way, and applied their learning for a better understanding of how the habitat affects what is alive in different regions.
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Buddhist Temple
Awareness & Understanding of Different Belief Systems
10/06/2017
During Mrs. Bumgarner's World Area Belief Systems unit, students took a field trip to Sioux City to experience the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Beth Shalom Congregation and Pho Mon Buddhist Temple.
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Geocaching
Geocaching with GPS
10/03/2017
After learning about the importance of cardinal directions and maps, discussing coordinates and how the whole earth is one big grid, students put their knowledge to the test through Geocaching.
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Digital Citizenship Presentation
Digital Citizenship and Ethical Decisions
09/27/2017
Legal professionals educated SHS students about the social, emotional and legal ramifications of technology related crimes.
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Proper Handshake
Lessons in Professional Etiquette
09/27/2017
Community volunteers and school staff partnered to teach students important professionalism skills necessary for life after high school.
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Prairie Life at Oneota
The Sights and Sounds of the Prairie
09/26/2017
Learning was brought to life at Oneota, as Clay County Conservation Board Naturalist, Bree Hanson, shared about plant and animal life in the prairie.
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V. J. Smith speaking
It's About Us
09/20/2017
V. J. Smith, author of "The Richest Man in Town," spoke with 8th graders as a culminating activity to reading the book during Boot Camp.
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Bus Evacuation Drills
District Bus Evacuation Drills
09/19/2017
Students across the district are completing required bus evacuation drills.
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Egg Drop
Collaboration+Cooperation+Perseverance=Teamwork
08/30/2017
Middle school math students practiced their teamwork skills as they worked together to complete an egg drop project.
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Academic Recognition Ceremony
Academic Recognition Ceremony
08/29/2017
Congratulations to these students for their academic achievement during the 2016-17 school year!
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Career Experiences
Career Experience Statistics Prove Support
05/31/2017
Statistics have been gathered for students participating in Career Experiences as well as Extended Career Experiences, and they are proof that Spencer and the surrounding region support the program.
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Staff Recognition and Celebration
05/26/2017
Shortly after the final bell rang for the 2016-17 school year, staff from the entire district gathered to celebrate and be recognized for their service to Spencer Community Schools.
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Mr. DeWitt
Thank You, Mr. DeWitt
05/26/2017
Students and staff gathered to surprise Mr. DeWitt with a sendoff, offering their thanks for his many years of service to Spencer Community Schools and for positively impacting all of the lives he has touched.
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Pearl Harbor
A Tribute to Pearl Harbor
05/25/2017
After reading a trilogy about Pearl Harbor, the students in Mrs. Glover's language arts class were moved to do a project about the attack and the aftermath of destruction.
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Donor of Distinction Award winners
SHS Seniors Earn Donor of Distinction Designation
05/24/2017
By donating five units of blood before graduation at both school and community blood drives, five SHS seniors earned the Donor of Distinction award through LifeServe Blood Center.
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Painted Circuits
Painted Circuits Create Teaching Tool
05/18/2017
AP Physics students created the solfege scale using painted circuits to be a visual and auditory teaching tool for the music department.
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Gordon Watson and grandson
Determined to Make a Difference
05/11/2017
Experience the first-hand account of a participant in the Selma to Montgomery March to gain voting rights for African Americans.
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Archaeological Dig Site
Students Explore an Archaeological Dig Site
05/10/2017
SMS teacher puts a twist on the Ancient Civilizations Unit by transforming her classroom into an archaeological dig site.
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