Titan Hill Intermediate School has cooperated with the Council Bluffs Police Department to utilize the Standard Response Protocol in all of our schools. This is based upon the work from the ilovuguys.org Here is a handout for students and parents with a summary of the different protocols. All first responders in the metropolitan area are using the Standard Response Protocol.
In addition to our staff being trained on the Standard Response Protocol and other safety procedures, these are also reviewed with our students.
In the event there would ever be an emergency situation in our schools, communication with parents and guardians would begin as soon as possible. We also realize in such an emergency situation, informal communication may occur by students through text messages or calls, but the most accurate information will be communicated by the school through our messaging system within PowerSchool. This is one of the reasons it is vitally important that the information you have in PowerSchool for your child is accurate and up to date.
As a parent, you want to make sure you also know what to do in the event of an emergency at school. One of the first steps is to stay at home. Law enforcement personnel will be focused on keeping your student safe. Your next step is to make sure you keep informed by working off the information provided to you by our school district personnel. Lastly, be ready to receive information associated with the reunification procedures. These three steps are described in this video provided by the Douglas County Schools. While our procedures might not be exactly the same as those described in this video, the framework and steps of Stay Home, Stay Informed, and Be Ready are the same. Please do not call or text a student’s cell phone during a crisis.
The Titan Hill Program provides extended learning opportunities for Titan Hill students at three levels:
Inclusive (open to all students, interest-based) Selective (try-outs, performance) Highly Selective (performance, invitation only)
2nd through 5th grade students have the opportunity to solve a problem by creating an invention. Information is
distributed in November. Students work independently outside of school. Inventions, inventor's logs, and display boards are exhibited in competition in December.
Woodmen Oration Contest
Interested 5th grade students prepare and present a speech about a given topic. Students receive information in early February. Weekly practices and the speech contest at the end of March are held during school hours.
Selective Programming/Academic Teams
Belin-Blank Exceptional Talent Search
4th and 5th grade students who score at or above the 95th percentile on subtests of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills receive information inviting them to take a standardized test that compares their academic skill levels to those of students at a higher grade level. Information is printed on eligible students' Iowa Assessment results. The Saturday morning test is taken at an assigned Council Bluffs location.
Math League/Math Olympiad
Math League/Math Olympiad is offered for students in 2nd through 5th grade with strengths in comprehension, reasoning, and computation. Interested students try out in by taking a practice test consisting of five-six difficult word problems. Weekly practices and monthly competitions are held during the school day.
Word Masters is a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies. This program develops verbal reasoning abilities, addresses higher-order thinking skills, and emphasizes logic and reading comprehension. Meets are held at Titan Hill three times per year.
Highly selective programming addresses areas of exceptional academic strength. Students whose performance on district standardized measures indicates that they are not at the top of the grade level, but well beyond it, are invited to participate. Sessions with the TAG strategist have a mathematical and linguistic base, giving students the opportunity to interact with content beyond that which is normally available in the classroom. Differentiated learning plans may be written.
A student, parent, or teacher may request a meeting to consider acceleration. Step one is a "consideration" meeting. Parents, teachers, student, building principal, and program facilitators meet to share information and review current programming and acceleration procedures. When the group decides that acceleration should be given serious consideration, the Iowa Acceleration Scale process is initiated. A parental signature is required before the individualized testing required in the process begins.
For more information about the District TAG Plan regarding identification procedures and services offered to students click on the following link: LC District TAG Plan
Kreft Primary School and Titan Hill Intermediate School would like to share our policy on requesting class placement for students.
We understand that student success depends heavily upon the classroom environment and the relationship between the teacher and student, along with the student responsibilities of being respectful, responsible, safe, and ready to learn. All of our teachers are dedicated, hard-working, and committed to growth.
We do not accept specific teacher requests, however, if you are interested in providing feedback regarding your child’s class placement for the upcoming year, we ask that instead of requesting specific teachers, you share some traits and characteristics to help us better understand your child and make the most informed placement possible. We also welcome information about your past experiences with teachers, as well.
When providing feedback for your child’s class placement, please follow the guidelines below…
*Feedback must be made in writing to the building principal
*Feedback should focus on traits and characteristics, not a specific teacher name
*Past experiences with teachers are welcomed
*Feedback must be received by May 14, 2021 to be considered for the upcoming year
We will use your feedback to make the best decisions possible for all students. As building leaders, we do have many points to consider when creating class lists and assigning teachers. Although we will do our best to place students accordingly, we cannot guarantee any class placement. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.
Dana Barker Erica Kenoyer
Titan Hill Building Principal Kreft Building Principal