The Rocket Review

Monthly Newsletter Update: October 2022

Important Upcoming Dates


4th: State Technical College Representative Visit, 3:15 PM

4th: FFA Fruit Sales End
5th: Southwest Iowa Community College Representative Visit, 3:15 PM
7th: 8th Grade Manufacturing Day in Maryville, 8:00-3:00 PM
11th: Kindergarten's Day in the Lunch Room
11th: Northwest Missouri State University Representative Visit, 3:15 PM
12th: West Nodaway Board of Education Meeting
12th: Community Blood Drive [Burlington Junction American Legion], 2:00-7:00 PM

14th: End of First Quarter
14th: Senior Night [Football vs. Southwest Livingston County at Nodaway-Holt, 7:00 PM]

18th: Senior Night [Volleyball vs. St. Joseph Christian at Nodaway-Holt, 5:30 PM]

19th: My Success Event for Juniors and Seniors, 7:30-3:30 PM

21st: Picture Day [JH Basketball and Cheer, Make-Ups]
24th: Staff Development Day

24th: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:30-7:00 PM
24th: West Nodaway Flu Shot Clinic [Staff, Students, Families], 3:00-7:00 PM
28th: Missouri Western Representative Visit, 3:15 PM

You can access the athletic calendar and view upcoming contests by clicking here.

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Reminders and Information

  • When your child is unable to attend school, please notify the appropriate school office by 9:00 AM. When your child is seen by a physician, please ask for a doctor's note so we can verify attendance. (Elementary Office: 660-725-4126, JH/HS Office: 660-725-3317)

  • If you would like to be added to West Nodaway's "Rocket Alert" list, please contact the high school office. Parents and guardians are automatically added to the system. It's a great way to keep updated with current happenings!

  • If you know of anyone that would like to sign up to receive this monthly newsletter, please call the high school office at (660) 725-3317 and provide the recipient's email address. We look forward to sharing this information with you all each month!

  • Make sure you "like" and "follow" us on Facebook (@WestNodaway) and Twitter (@WNRockets)! We send out lots of information about upcoming events, cancellations, and fun school activities.
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Current Fundraisers

Featured Student Art Work

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Mitch's Memo

Greetings All,

I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well. With the decline in evening temperatures, you can certainly tell that Fall has arrived. Time seems to have flown by very quickly since the start of school. There are only two weeks until the end of the 1st quarter. Once the quarter ends, we will have parent/teacher conferences. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 24th, from 12:30 to 7:00 p.m. If at all possible, please take the time to come to parent/teacher conferences. The turnout for these conferences in 7-12th grades can only be described as very poor. In regard to academics, tutoring is available for students who are struggling academically. If your student is struggling, please contact their teacher to arrange tutoring or reach out to me and we will get something arranged.

The Board recently voted to place a fence around the elementary playground. This work is now in progress, with all the fence posts being set. The fence will be a 6 ft. chain link fence with a gate on the north and south sides. This project should be completed very soon. Another item we have been able to fix is replacing the chairs in the band room. The chairs in the band room were very worn and tattered. We were able to purchase a set of 24 chairs and a rack through MVE.

Our Fall sports seasons still continue, Junior High basketball will be starting soon, and in about a month varsity basketball will get underway. I want to encourage you to come out and support our athletes as they compete.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything in regard to the district, please call or stop by the office.

Go Rockets!

Dr. Mitch Barnes

Junior High and High School News

Elementary News

Hello, Rocket family! Fall is in the air, and that means things get very busy around the elementary. I would like to start by congratulating Steve Goff, who is our "Character Student of the Month." Steve received the most "Character Stars" by demonstrating self control throughout the month of September. In October, we will be focusing on the character trait "Integrity," and I look forward to many students earning "Character Stars" for demonstrating integrity in our school and in our community.

I am very excited to be bringing back our class lunch days. Each month, one class will be able to invite a special guest to our school to eat lunch with them. We will be starting with Kindergarten on October 11th. Information will be sent home by the classroom teacher as their day approaches.

Amazingly, the end of the first quarter is very close - Friday, October 14th. Parent-teacher conferences will be held on October 24th from 12:30-7:00 PM, and we will be reaching out in the very near future to schedule conference times. Please keep an eye out for information to schedule your individual conference time.

We have completed our beginning of the year assessments. I take pride in the "Response to Intervention" process that we have at West Nodaway Elementary School. It is our goal to provide the best education that we can to all students. This begins with our RTI process. If you have questions regarding the assessments your child is taking, or what the scores mean, please reach out to the classroom teacher for details. We regularly track student progress and use this data to drive our instruction and intervention plans to assist students.

If you feel your student could use extra help or tutoring, please reach out to your classroom teacher. We can, and will, provide after school tutoring to students.

Once again, I would just like to express the extreme pride I have to be the principal at West Nodaway. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the elementary office and I will do my best to help you.

Thank you,

Mr. Conn

Agriculture Talk

What is an SAE?

SAE stands for "Supervised Agricultural Experience." The SAE is a required component of being enrolled in agricultural science courses. Through the students’ involvement in the SAE program, students are able to consider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected workplace behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment. Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities.

What are the different types of SAEs?

There are six different types of SAEs, and they are listed below:

• Ownership and/or Entrepreneurship
• Placement and/or Internship
• Research
• Exploratory
• School-Based Enterprise
• Service-Based Learning

Lunch Menu

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Nurse's News

Big Smiles Dentist was here on September 13th. It was a successful day and we were able to see and treat over 20 students. They will be back in March for a 6 month visit.

Wellness screenings are wrapping up. We still have a few elementary classes to complete. If I have contacted you for a referral, please get those completed as soon as possible! A special thank you to the Kiwanis Club here in BJ for their donation to provide a student in need with some new eye glasses. The donation will be enough for a new eye exam and glasses too! We love our community support!

Mark your calendars for our annual flu shot clinic. Nodaway County Health will be here on October 24th (parent teacher conference day) from 3-7 pm. She will be in the elementary nurse's office. This is for staff members, students and their families. Bring your insurance card, or $20 if no health insurance.

Our illness seems to be improving. We've already been hit hard early. Please remember students must be fever-free without any fever-reducing medications for 24 hours prior to returning to school. We consider a fever to be a temperature greater than 100 degrees.

Thank you!

Counselor's Corner

October brings an emphasis on careers and thinking about post high school endeavors. Elementary students are making the connection between their learning at school and how it connects to the work place. Lower grades are using the book "Jamal's Busy Day" to see how specific skills such as listening, following directions, reading, and drawing are connected to jobs. They have already completed sorting tasks and generated questions to help bridge school and careers concepts. Upper grades will continue using a system called "CareerTrek" to examine various jobs and determine which fields need advanced education, spend time outdoors/indoors, and use math and reading skills. Soon we will take the information gathered and work on group presentation skills as they report back to the class on specific careers.

Junior High and high school students will have a surge of career and college information this month. Freshmen and sophomores listened to a presentation from Upward Bound, which is a program designed to help students succeed in high school and college by offering items like ACT prep, tutoring, cultural experiences, and a chance to reside on a university campus for a few weeks during the summer. All students are encouraged to apply to this free program...applications are due November 19th! Eighth graders will be attending the Nodaway County Manufacturing Day on October 7th. This field trip introduces students to various businesses across the county and gives them an opportunity to see inside the manufacturing facilities, watch products being made, and ask questions to grasp a better understanding of the skills and education needed to be an employee. Juniors and seniors will be attending the My Success event on October 19th in St. Joseph. This program provides question-answer time with people in various career fields, live demonstrations, and hands-on application opportunities.

Scholarship links, tips, and applications have been provided to seniors. They are also working on personal statements in English class to help with scholarship essays. At this time, they have around twenty different scholarships to explore. Additionally, juniors and seniors have been polled as to what types of colleges they are interested in, and we have several representatives heading to West Nodaway this month to meet with the students. From technical schools, to universities, to military, students have an opportunity to ask questions and gain information about each location.

- Lani Clayton, School Counselor

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West Nodaway Rockets App

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Just for Fun

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