Welcome Parents and Community Members
One’s responsibility as a member of the community is part of education in each of our classrooms.
The spirit of service is a core value at the Fort Dodge Community School District. Although Fort Dodge students are not required to participate in community service, a vast majority do. Our aim is to foster the habit of service and provide students with the opportunity to positively contribute to our community. Beginning in kindergarten, teachers emphasize the importance of positive character and service through Character Counts. The community program integrates skills such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, and citizenship into the classroom at each of our schools. Elementary students can be seen organizing several “drives” for warm clothing, food, and supplies or jumping rope for heart, in which students raise hundreds of dollars for the American Heart Association. Middle School students have been seen volunteering with the local organization Pride in Community Appearance (PICA) or sending care packages to soldiers across seas. At the high school level, each activity and athletic organization participates in at least one community service project. These include participating in the Webster County Relay for Life, volunteering at the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center, or flipping pancakes at a community breakfast. During the holiday season, Senior High is known for having one of the largest “Giving Trees” in the area. Senior High students may also elect to participate in the Sliver Cord program. The program is a distinguished volunteer service award available to students who earn a minimum of 25 volunteer hours in our community each year. Students who obtain 100 hours by their senior year will receive a Silver Cord to wear on their robes during graduation festivities.
Parents'/Guardians' Rights Notification
Parents/Guardians in the Fort Dodge Community School District have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child’s teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child’s teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree. You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your student in a Title I program or if your school operates a school-wide Title I program.
Parents/Guardians may request this information from the Human Resource Department by calling 515-574-5654 or sending a letter of request to the Human Resource Department, Administration Offices, Fort Dodge Community School District, 104 South 17th Street, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501.
Community Use of Buildings and Facilities
The facilities of the Fort Dodge Community School District are owned, maintained, and supported by the public. Community groups' use of school facilities helps to foster community ownership in our schools. When facilities are not in use for school purposes, the District actively seeks to respond to the educational, recreational, and cultural needs of the community. Many of our facilities are made available for other school districts and local, social, and civic organizations. To inquiry about use of our facilities, please contact the principal of the building in which you are interested in.
Campus Portal is our tool for parents and students to access instant, online, timely and secure student information: class schedules, assignments, attendance, discipline, course registration for next year, report cards and transcripts. Campus Portal is a means to further promote educational excellence by enhancing communication with parents, students and teachers.
With the School Dining System, parents and staff can now see exactly what they and their children are eating. The system offers flexibility so parents/gaurdians may set up accounts for each child or develop a single family account. Some districts run a hybrid of the two. This means, for some families, the end of sending a separate check to school with each child.
The Fort Dodge Community School District is a participant in the Iowa School Alerts program, which means you can sign up to receive free e-mail notifications when classes for our district, or a particular school building, are to be closed, dismissed early or started late due to weather or other circumstances.