Todd Hawley

TODD HAWLEY

“I get to still be a Viking. I’m just going to serve the district differently.” He will be superintendent for both Midland and Delwood school districts this fall.

Delwood Elementary School received a No. 1 ranking in Clinton County and eighth-best in the state through a recently-released report. 

Niche — a Pittsburgh-based team that uses data and reviews to create school and residential rankings — recently released its 2019 kindergarten through 12th-grade rankings of the best schools in the country. Among the list for best public schools and districts in Iowa, the Delwood Elementary School was ranked as the No. 8 elementary school out of 654 other elementary schools in the state and the No. 1 elementary school in Clinton County. 

Delwood’s rankings for this year were based on factors including academic strength, quality of teachers and school resources, as well as student and parent reviews. The statistical data used in this year’s rankings was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education and then analyzed by Niche’s team of data scientists to create the 2019 rankings.

Last year we were ranked No. 14, so that is a pretty good jump to No. 8. Our teachers really support our students and the families support the work we are doing. Delwood has a great tradition and we just try to stay the course and focus on the students’ needs.

According to 2017-18 state test scores, Delwood Elementary had a combined 85 percent proficiency in reading, 95 percent proficiency in math, 86 percent proficiency in social studies and 91 percent proficiency in science.

PBIS

Another item we are pursuing is to be a building trained in PBIS. This stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. This program is used across the United States and has been proven to create positive behaviors while reducing behavioral disruptions. 

This is a school-wide approach, and we will be pairing this with morning meetings that teach and address specific social skills. Behavior data will be part of this training and determining if a student needs Tier II or Tier III interventions.

We support students in academic situations and interventions when they struggle and we believe it should be the same in regards to behavior.

Recently, we kicked off the school year with a PBIS Assembly and promoted our ROCK expectations.