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Winter 2018 Student Art Gallery

The Winter 2018 Online Student Art Galleries are now live featuring art from the district’s elementary, middle and high school students!

View the Elementary Gallery

View the Middle School Gallery

View the High School Gallery

This gallery is a way to highlight the remarkable products of art education in the district. It’s a digital attempt at bringing the work of our student artists at all levels into your home – because art is created for others to take in.

Roosevelt Teacher Named 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Christopher Burke

Chris Burke

Christopher Burke, an 11-year teaching veteran who uses real-world examples to make his mathematics lessons come alive, is the Iowa Department of Education’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today at Dubuque’s Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School.

“Chris Burke exemplifies the great teaching that is taking place in Iowa schools,” said Gov. Reynolds. “His passion for inspiring students to learn math in a real-world context and his enthusiasm for serving as a coach outside the school day underscore the extraordinary commitment of educators in communities across our state.”

Burke, 35, who is also a teacher leader at the middle school, is one of many educators in his family, including his wife, mother and sister. His wife, Betsy, also teaches at Roosevelt.

In the program’s 60-year history, this is the first time a Dubuque teacher has received the Teacher of the Year award.
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Thanksgiving Bags!

ERMS will be partnering up with the Live Like Jack foundation by collecting food to create Thanksgiving Bags. LLJ has been creating Thanksgiving bags since 2015 and their goal this year is to serve over 500 families! We are providing our students and staff with this opportunity to participate. You can help by purchasing the following items:

Can of Green Beans
Can of Sweet Potatoes
Can of Cranberry Sauce
A Box of Stuffing
A Box of Instant Mashed Potatoes
A Can of Gravy or Gravy Packets
A Package of Muffins or Cornbread Mix
A Box of Cake or Brownie Mix or Similar Dessert
A Jar of Instant Ice tea or Jug of Pre-Made Ice Tea

All houses will have a box for the donations. Student Council members will be monitoring the boxes and will notify counselors when the boxes are full. The last day to donate is 11/7. Students will be receiving this information tomorrow during morning announcements.

Thank you for your support!


New Greenhouse!

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ERMS will have a Garden Club Greenhouse thanks to some generous sponsors: Bard Materials, Farm Credit Services of America, HyVee, Sustainable Dubuque, Theisen’s, Whole Kids, Grandview Gallop Association, and 5210. We can’t wait to get started on this new adventure! Go to our ERMS Facebook Page for more pictures and a video!

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New Assistant Principal

JonesThe Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Bobbie Jones as assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School, pending approval by the Board of Education at its May meeting. Jones will assume the position left vacant by Brenda Duvel, who will become the principal of Kennedy Elementary School next year.

Jones currently serves as teacher on special assignment at the district level, focusing on special education curriculum and services. Throughout her time in the district, Jones has significant experience in data-based decision making, professional development and curriculum implementation. She has coordinated the district’s Extended School Year program, managed budget areas, provided staff guidance and support, and developed strong special education collaboration with curricular areas. She has served on a variety of building leadership teams, district committees and site councils, and was a member of the statewide IEP (Individualized Education Program) Management System Review Group.

Prior to assuming her current role in 2014, she served as a special education instructional coach at Audubon Elementary School and has been a special education teacher at Table Mound Elementary School, Irving Elementary School and Eisenhower Elementary School. She joined the district in 2000.

Jones holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary and special education from the University of Dubuque, as well as a master of arts degree in special education from Clarke University and received her Pre-K through Secondary School Administrator Endorsement through the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy.

6th Grade Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball


First day of practice – Monday, March 12, 2:30-4:00 PM on the South Court of the Gymnasium

  • Boys have early practice on week 1 – 2:30 to 4:00 PM
  • Boys have late practice on week 2 – 4:00 to 5:15 PM

Last day is Friday, March 23


First day of practice – Monday, March 12, 2:30-4:00 PM on the South Court of the Gymnasium

  • Girls have late practice on week 1 – 4:00 to 5:15 PM
  • Girls have early practice on week 2 – 2:30 to 4:00 PM

When they have late practice, students wait in the cafeteria 2:30-4:00.  The snack shack will have snacks available to purchase at 3:00.

Student-athletes MUST HAVE the following in order to participate:

Athletic physical packet (four-page packet) on file in ERMS Activities Office prior to the first practice

Forms can be found at: or in the activities office

Shorts, t-shirt, athletic shoes