Fowler USD #225

December 2018 Newsletter

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Date Change

The December Board of Education meeting has moved from December 10th to December 3rd.

USD 225 to Present to the KS State Board of Education

On December 11th around 10:30 a.m. the Fowler School District Redesign Team will be presenting "The Fowler Model" to the State Board of Education in Topeka. Administration, teachers, school board members and several students will appear before the board to present the exciting things going on in our district. This will truly be an honor for Fowler School District to be before the State Board to illustrate all of the creative and innovative things that are happening for our students and community.


You can view the presentation via live stream at https://www.ksde.org/Board/Kansas-State-Board-of-Education/Streaming-Media.

GEMINI REDESIGN

Fowler School District - Where Education is Experienced - A Gemini School

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Music Concert Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,


As I’m sure you all know, the upcoming Christmas festival is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th . If your child is in Kindergarten-5th grade, they will be singing Christmas carols starting at 6:00 p.m. I know a lot of you will already be there in advance for the other activities, but for this group I’m asking that they please be in the elementary music room no later than 5:45 p.m. I don’t have a dress code for the younger ones, but if they want to wear some sort of Christmas sweater/shirt/pants/Santa hat etc. that’s perfectly fine. To my understanding they are singing outside, so coats, hats, and gloves would also be a good idea.


If your child is in band or is singing (6th-12th grade) I ask that they please be in the elementary music room no later than 6:15-6:20 so that we can warm up. They will be performing in the grade school auditorium after the elementary caroling is completed. I do understand that this is on a Saturday evening, and I know things come up on weekends, but this performance is part of their grade. If I don’t receive notice from a parent/guardian or principal that they aren’t going to be here, I will unfortunately have to give them a zero for the concert. The dress code is all black (please no leggings unless they are under a black dress or skirt) and a Christmas accessory of some sort (Santa hat, elf hat, Christmas tie, etc.).


Thank you so much,

Ashley Boe

Winter Break

Winter break is December 24, 2018 through January 6, 2019. School resumes Monday, January 7, 2019. The faculty and staff at USD 225 would like to wish our students and their families a very happy holiday season and wonderful new year!
DISTRICT CALENDAR

Fowler USD #225 District Calendar

DECEMBER ASPIRE CALENDAR

December 2018 Aspire Calendar

Black & Gold Tournament

Come out and support your Goldbug athletes during the Black & Gold Tournament on December 4th, 6th, & 7th. Estimated tip off for the girls is 6:00 each night with the boys following at 7:30. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Slam dunk, freethrow, and 3 point shooting contests will be held on Tuesday at 4:30.

Focus Frenzy Checkpoint Challenge

The day before Thanksgiving break, students were issued a challenge by their teachers: the Focus Frenzy Checkpoint Challenge. As soon as they completed 100 focus areas or project checkpoints as a whole student body working together, they were rewarded with fun activities for the remainder of the day. You can see their reaction below when they achieved this goal.
DECEMBER BREAKFAST MENU

December 2018 Breakfast Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

DECEMBER LUNCH MENU

December 2018 Lunch Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Banner Reveal

Members of the Lighthouse Leadership Council recently presented the new school banner to the student body. The school motto, "Goldbugs lead their lives, their school, and their world," is representative of our vision for developing the leaders of the next generation.

Wildly Important Goal

Our school's current Wildly Important Goal is for 80% of students to read for 20 minutes, 4 days per week. This is the expectation we set for students in lieu of traditional homework. The graphic and article below offer a nice explanation about why we place our emphasis on this.
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How Reading 20 Minutes a Day Impacts Your child

Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers. This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read.


Helps in language development

From the time your child is born, reading out loud is a positive influence. As your child grows, daily reading will help the brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary in the process. Adding to that benefit, vocabulary knowledge equates to masterful spelling. In fact, reading, spelling and vocabulary are critically important to a child's lifelong achievement.


Promotes brain development

Educators have long said reading makes people smarter, and there’s research backing them up. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.


Aids in understanding of a world outside our own

Reading is more than just translating written words into verbal form; it is about understanding those words were once ideas in the minds of great thinkers. It is about realizing those ideas can be connected to personal experiences. Through daily reading, children are exposed to a world outside their own reality. It expands their know-how, opens their minds and creates the potential for a continuation of ideas and an endless number of possibilities.


Strengthens family relationships

There is nothing quite like reading together as a family. Whether you're flipping through picture books with your little ones or sitting in the same room with older kids while, each immersed in a piece of literature, these are times you remember. For a moment, you are all able to escape worries and experience art in written form. It is something that can be recreated in different forms with every new book and family read-a-thon.


Provides endless possibilities

Whether it’s a picture book, a novel or even help resources, there are many options.

With technology such as the Kindle for Kids Bundle, your children can access books anytime, anywhere. The Kindle for Kids Bundle can hold thousands of books and also allows your children to search for new titles and, based on their interests, easily find recommended books. Additionally, children can take advantage of a Kindle to improve reading skills through the development of word fluency and comprehension. Word Wise, for example, places short and simple definitions and synonyms directly above difficult words in text, so kids can better understand the material and keep reading with few interruptions. Vocabulary Builder automatically takes words users look up and creates flashcards with definitions and word usage examples.


So, in honor of National Reading Month, this is a great time to encourage your child to dive into a great new book and get the whole family reading each day too.


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Aspire 4 Higher

The Aspire 4 Higher after school program has added fun new activities for the month of December. Be sure to check the calendar for the different activities offered. Also, please notice that there will be no Aspire the week of December 17th through December 20th.

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

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FHS Scholar's Bowl

The FHS JV Scholar's Bowl team took the 1st place win at the Minneola Meet on November 26 ending the meet 7-1. The team has shown great dedication and growth this season, and will continue to compete in December and into the new year. Good luck Goldbugs and keep up the good work.
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Game Day Cheer Competition

The Fowler High School Cheerleaders traveled to Topeka to compete in KSHSAA's annual Game Day Spirit Showcase in November. A limited number of schools are selected to participate each year, and Fowler was one of 11 1A teams to participate. The team practiced hard, and showed a tremendous of amount of spirit. This was a new experience offered to Goldbugs this year, and we are very proud of how they represented our school.
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MONTH IN REVIEW - OUR EXPERIENCES

Thanksgiving Dinner

By Lillian Littlewood, 5th Grade Student Reporter


This year's Thanksgiving meal was hosted in the grade school gymnasium on November 16th. It started at 11:00 a.m. Everyone was invited. The amount that attended the Thanksgiving meal was 126 people from the school and 60 RSVP's.


Thank you high school StuCo for serving us the meal. Special thanks to the cooks for cooking it, and thanks to the maintenance group for setting up the tables. Thank you janitors for cleaning up the gym.


Kids or students made decorations to put in the gym. The food we had was turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roll, green bean casserole, banana pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, chocolate pie, and to drink they served us tea and water.


The 4th grade class said, "It was very great and we loved the food!"


The first grade teacher, Mrs. Dizmang, said, "The students enjoyed making them (the decorations) and had fun and were excited for everyone to see them."


Another fun activity coming up is the Christmas Festival on December 15th hosted at Fowler Schools. There will be Christmas carols and a band concert.

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ONLINE BILL PAY

Our Web Store empowers you to save time, reduces trips to the district office, and eliminates the need to send cash and checks with your statement. Make a quick payment in the evening or during your lunch hour with just a few clicks!

District App

Fowler Schools now has a mobile app available for Android and iOS to help keep you up to date and notifed of special announcements (notifications). We will be phasing out our current EZ Messaging system this school year and begin using our new app notfication system to notify the community of announcements, including school closures, game schedule changes, etc.


The app is now live in both stores:

The direct links are below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.socs.usd225

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fowler-schools-usd-225/id1389825442


Using your mobile device, you can also use your browser (Google, Safari) to visit our district website, www.usd225.org, and a banner will appear at the top of the page with a VIEW button that will take you to the store to download the app.


You can also search the store for Fowler Schools USD 225.


Once you have the app downloaded, make sure you allow for notifications. You must open the app at least once to receive notifications.


In addition to notifications, the app will give you easy access to meal menus, the district calendar, and our Facebook feed.

Request for Proposal


Remodel bathrooms in grade school cafeteria. Please include all costs associated with remodel of existing bathrooms, sinks, toilets, all plumbing and fixtures, including any and all fees.


Also include recreating the space into three individual bathrooms with all listed above.


Work to begin in late May 2019 and conclude by August 1st.


To see the bathrooms and to ask any questions please contact Dave Weber at 620.646.5234.

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