About Clive Learning Academy

  • Welcome from Principal Pospeshil

    Shelly Pospeshil

    Clive Learning Academy Community,

    Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! It is a great honor to begin my fourth year serving as the principal at Clive Learning Academy. I will continue to work diligently to ensure a safe, engaging, and rigorous learning environment for your student(s). One that is focused on supporting each student to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I believe in the importance of collaborating with our Clive community (students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administration) to ensure the success and growth of each student. 

    This year we will be focusing on creating a caring environment that fosters a strong sense of belonging for our students, families, and staff. John Hattie describes belonging as the extent that individuals feel personally accepted, respected, included, and supported by others. Research suggests that when there is an increased sense of belonging, individuals perform at higher levels, are committed to achieving their goals, and are more engaged in the organization. We have been working to identify purposeful tasks and experiences to foster and increase a sense of belonging for the Clive community. 

    Staff will soon be back in the building and working to create welcoming learning environments to create a classroom culture that supports a sense of belonging. When we all do our part to create trusting and meaningful relationships, it allows us to strengthen our sense of belonging and to create a culture of learning in which we all succeed. We strive to support students in developing the essential skills and integrity to communicate, collaborate, and solve problems as confident citizens who embrace a diverse and challenging world. 

    As the mom of a 19 year-old son and a 17 year-old daughter, I understand all of the hopes and dreams that you have for your students. These hopes and dreams necessitate our collaboration this year as we support each student in growing academically, socially, and emotionally. 

    Shelly Pospeshil

    • PBIS at Clive

      Our school is participating in an important district initiative, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). The PBIS process is used to focus on improving our school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. 

      Clive Learning Academy has developed a unified set of expectations for behavior in our school, commonly referred to as Clive Pride. Clive Pride stands for students showing our set of expectations of being Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Caring every day, in all areas of our school. 

      Students are routinely taught, modeled, and provided with examples of common area expectations, along with other areas of our building (cafeteria, hallways, arrival, dismissal, restrooms).

      PBIS is an approach to create a safe and productive learning environment where all can thrive. We know that students can only meet our expectations if they know what the expectations are and have frequent opportunities to practice them. Modeling expectations is an important part of the PBIS process.

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Clive History

    • Clive Elementary started as Mott School around the turn of the century on the corner of 73rd and University.
    • The growth of the coal mines in the area made it necessary to build a larger building on the corner of 86th and University. This building burned and a temporary school (part of the Clive Rural School District) was built in 1951-52. The new school was a five-room building located at 1600 73rd Street, a gravel road at that time. Several phases have been added to the Clive structure over the years. Additions were made in 1955, 1957, 1976, 1989, and 1991.
    • One of the first teachers was Mr. W.F. Howe of Clive.
    • In 1917 the school was lighted with new oil lamps attached to wall brackets. The enrollment now had jumped to 112 students, and 2 teachers were necessary. One of the teachers, Mr. B.B. Howell, was receiving a salary of $55.00 a month plus $5.00 for stoking the furnace.
    • Then came 1930 and the organization of the Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A). Mrs. G.B. Coon was the first president. At the first meeting, the PTA joined hands with the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, all working for one cause – the welfare of children.
    • During the second term of the PTA the group planned to follow the Seven Objectives of Education. Heath was one of the objectives and volunteer member of the PTA took the children to City Hall for vaccinations and inoculations. This was repeated for several years.
    • Around 1932 the first hot lunch program in Iowa was inaugurated in our school an experimental basis. A Mother’s Club, which was a group within the PTA, was formed as a volunteer group to prepare and serve the lunches. This was done on a two burner stove. The mothers met at school and canned fruits and vegetables donated by members of the community. This continued until 1951 when the School Board agreed by sponsor the hot lunch program.
    • A “Carnival” has been an annual event at Clive School. The original one was held on Halloween for the purpose of entertaining the children and keeping them off the streets.
    • In August, 1953 we moved to our present location, less than a mile away from the original school of 1912.
    • With the increasing growth of the Clive community, in February, 1957 the Clive School Board approved a $140,000 addition to our school. This addition would house seven classrooms and a new heating plant. Our Enrollment at that time was 360 students.
    • In March, 1958 a new state law mandated that all school districts that did not have school would be placed in a high school district. At a joint meeting between the Clive and West Des Moines Boards, it was urged that the two school district merge. Students graduating from 8th grade at Clive attended high school on a tuition basis of $435 per year, which was paid by the Clive School District. The students went to Valley High or Roosevelt.
    • In 2005, the district completed a $7.5 million dollar remodeling project at Clive Elementary. It provided larger classrooms, air conditioning, better traffic flow, more parking, and a total upgrade of the building environment.
    • In 2015-16, Clive Elementary became a Project-Based Learning Network school and changed its name to Clive Learning Academy. Students learn through real-world projects, and all children are assigned a personal digital device.