Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Celebration of Service

Francis Vislisel was honored on May 20th at a retirement party for his years of service for the Solon Community School District.  Fran has delivered school mail for the past ten years.

Several family members and friends attended the ceremony and thanked "Franny" for being a wonderful worker, friend, and genuinely nice guy.

Congratulations Fran!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hills Bank Donation

Our partners at Hills Bank are at it again.  As you can see in the picture below, Hills Bank presented the Solon Community School District with a check for $1,533.52.  This bring their total contributions to the school district to over $23,000.  Thank you to Hills Bank and their continued support of the Solon School District.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


The Solon Community School District has experienced a very successful spring.  The District recently received Iowa Assessment data (formerly ITBS and ITED).  The results were very impressive.  In many areas student performance was higher than in previous years.  Not only did the district have high percentages of student scoring at the proficient level (grade level), but also the data indicated that in several areas we had high levels of students scoring in the highly proficient range (90 - 99 percentile).  The District is creating a Community Report that will be shared in May that will include Iowa Assessment data.

Our fine arts programs continue to showcase their talents in winning fashion.  The Middle School Show Choir just finished a very successful year that included individual and team success.  High School Jazz also finished another fantastic season that culminated with Solon winning a fourth State Championship in seven years.  Congratulations to our students, teachers and parents for their commitment to excellence.

Solon athletes continue to compete for state championships.  Solon captured Drake Relays individual titles in BOTH boys and girls shot put.  Congratulations to Dalton Ferguson and Shelby Gunnells for winning Drake Relays titles.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Purchasing Land

At the February meeting, the Solon Board of Education approved purchasing property at 1775 Racine Avenue.  The transaction was completed on March 12th (see picture below).  The land was owned by Donald and Yvonne Epley, who have lived at that location for approximately fifty years.  The Epleys graciously worked with the school district on the transaction with full knowledge of the District goal to build a new middle school at the site.

School Board Members Dick Schwab and Rick Jedlicka with Donald & Yvonne Epley

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014-15 School Calendar

The Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school calendar at the February 10th meeting (see below).  The Calendar Committee has been working for multiple years to develop a calendar that increases professional development for staff, yet provides consistency for students and parents.  As you can see in the spreadsheet below, the Calendar Committee considered several options prior to submitting a recommendation of Option "D" to the Board of Education.

The 2014-15 calendar has two changes when compared to previous school calendars.  First, students will start school five days earlier.  The start date was moved from August 20th to August 14th so that Solon Graduation could continue to be held one week before Memorial Day.  The earlier start date will also allow first semester to be completed prior to Christmas Break.

The second change in the school calendar is the frequency of professional development.  In past years, the district operated professional development on an every-other-week basis, with a 1:00 dismissal time.  The 2014-15 calendar will have weekly professional development, however the dismissal time has been moved to 1:45 to reduce the impact on instructional minutes.