The Rocket Review

Monthly Newsletter Update: April 2021

Upcoming Dates

April 2021

1st: No School - Easter Break
2nd: No School - Easter Break

5th: No School - Easter Break

6th: Election Day

7th: Nodaway Valley Booster Club Meeting at Maryville Pizza Hut, 6:30 PM
8th: Sophomores to Tarkio Technical Career Fair
8th: FFA Area Officer Interviews at Savannah, 4:30 PM

9th: 5th Grade DARE Graduation, 2:00 PM

10th: High School Play + Dinner Theater
14th: MAP Testing Kick-Off Kickball Tournament, 8:30-10:45 AM
14th: West Nodaway FFA Chapter Officer Interviews, 3:15 PM

14th: West Nodaway Board of Education Meeting
15th: MAP Testing Begins

15th: National Honor Society Field Trip
16th: Prom Set-Up in Elementary Gym

16th: FFA State Convention
16th: Mid 4th Quarter

17th: West Nodaway Prom, 8:00 PM
18th: Junior Prom Clean-Up, 4:00 PM
19th: FFA-Sponsored Student Development Workshop, 12:57-2:42 PM

19th: NHS-Sponsored Blood Drive at Burlington Junction American Legion, 2:00-7:00 PM
23rd: High School Spanish Field Trip

24th: FFA State Convention
26th: Decision Day for Seniors
27th: EOC Testing Begins

28th: Kindergarten Round-Up, 8:45-11:30 AM
30th: Senior Trip Begins
30th: High School Student Council End of Year Cookout

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

Important Reminders

  • If 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. Thank you! (Elementary: 725-4126, High School: 725-3317)

  • West Nodaway Senior Trip: Friday, April 30th - Monday, May 3rd

  • Elementary Spring Music Concert (PK-4th Grade): Wednesday, May 5th at 6:00 PM

  • Spring Band Concert (5th Grade, Middle and High School Bands): Thursday, May 6th at 6:00 PM

  • West Nodaway Commencement: Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 PM

  • Last Day of School: Friday, May 14th + Dismiss at 12:25 PM

Drama Club Play and Dinner Theater

Make plans to attend West Nodaway's production of "Spy School" on Saturday, April 10th in the high school gym! The time to reserve dinner theater tickets has elapsed, but don't worry! You can still purchase show-only tickets at the door for only $5.00. For those who have reserved dinner theater tickets, doors will open at 5:30 PM, dinner begins at 6:00 PM, and the play will start at 7:00 PM. Dessert will be served during intermission. Our cast and crew have been working hard, and we look forward to seeing you!

Nodaway Valley Booster Club

Are you interested in joining our newly-formed Nodaway Valley Booster Club? The first official meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7th at 6:30 PM at Pizza Hut in Maryville. Discussions will include fundraising and planning a community kick-off event. We hope to see you there!

National Honor Society Fundrasier

Mrs. Cindy Whitney has graciously donated over $300 in Pampered Chef items, and West Nodaway's National Honor Society chapter will be selling raffle tickets! Please contact any junior and senior National Honor Society member for tickets. You can purchase one ticket for $2.00, or three tickets for $5.00. All proceeds will go towards Briley's Heart Cart! Join us in raising donations for a locally-started foundation. The drawing will be held on April 15th!

Email our National Honor Society sponsors, Jennifer Downing (, or Linda Babcock (, with questions!

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West Nodaway Prom 2021

West Nodaway's Prom will be held on Saturday, April 17th in the elementary gym. This year's theme is "A Night Among the Stars." If you'd like to come see our students dressed in their best, walk-in begins at 7:00 PM, and the dance will follow at 8:00 PM.

Junior Parents: Prom clean-up will take place on Sunday, April 18th at 4:00 PM.

Spring Testing Schedules

Mitch's Memo

Greetings All,

As I write this memo, the bell has just rang and our students have been dismissed for a much needed 5 day break. I hope that during the break you are able to enjoy the time with your children and celebrate the Joy of the season. Spring is a very busy time of year with track, baseball, FFA and academic contests taking place.

By the next time I write to you, the April election will have taken place. As you prepare to go to the polls, I would ask you to consider carefully the information that has been provided in regard to the levy. It is only by working together that we can provide the best education and best educational environment for West Nodaway students.

Go Rockets!

Dr. Barnes

April 6th Levy Information

The West Nodaway Board of Education will hold a second special session/community forum on Wednesday, March 31st at 6:00 PM in the media center. Questions will be answered in regard to the April 6th levy question that will be voted on by district patrons. An agenda is posted on the school website ( under Menu > Documents > Board of Education.

Lunch Menu

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Elementary News

Greetings, Rocket Nation!

Spring is definitely in the air! This is the time of year when we get to watch the earth come back to life with greens and vibrant colors blooming all around us. The warmth of the sun fills us with energy and enthusiasm to be outside. It is my goal to cultivate all of this color and energy into our work here at the school. Our Rocket Team; students, teachers, support staff, parents, and community are an amazing group of people. We are not afraid of hard work or the challenging demands that come our way.

With the evidence of hard work this year before us, we are beginning to see so much progress in our students. (See growth chart below.) Their increased stamina with time on task has created a capacity to accomplish their academic goals and improve their decision-making skills in all areas. I am so proud of them and proud of the way they are treating one another, the way they are setting and meeting goals, the way they are willing to accept responsibility, and the way they are problem-solving, both academically and socially. We all make mistakes and learn to grow through each situation that comes our way. "We grow through what we go through." Learning to deal with adversity can be challenging at times, but being flexible and having a growth mindset has allowed us the opportunity to grow and become better human beings this school year.

It's hard to believe that we are almost through this year! As we finish out the school year with MAP testing, field trips, concerts, and assemblies, I want to encourage us all to carry on with the energy that spring will bring. We need to continue and finish this year strong. To do this, it will take ALL of us helping our wonderful students to be able to show how far they have come. Growth doesn't always come easily, and we appreciate all of your support to the staff as they continue to work in making sure that ALL students are successful.


Mrs. Barnes

Building AR Points Totals:

K - 858

1st - 2854

2nd - 1049

3rd - 1106

4th - 193

5th - 407

Continue to encourage your students to read and to take their AR Tests!

Dates for your calendar:

April 9: 5th Grade DARE Graduation

April 15: 5th Grade MAP

April 20: 4th & 5th Grade MAP

April 21: 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade MAP

April 22: 3rd & 4th Grade MAP

April 27: 3rd & 4th Grade MAP

April 28: 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade MAP

April 29: 5th Grade MAP

Please watch teacher newsletters with information about upcoming May field trips.

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Let's Keep Growing!

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Nurse's News

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Kids Heart Challenge (Jump Rope for Heart) has wrapped up for our elementary students. We kicked this event off with an assembly lead by our event coordinator, Stephanie Jumps. Mr. Calfee and I join together to have fun stations during PE classes, then students raised money on their own time at home. This program has interactive ways to learn about heart health, and students collected donations for the American Heart Association. Their earned prizes this year are heart hero keychains. Thank you, parents, for your help with this event! We are blown away with our fundraising of $1,534.84 this year!

The 4th grade challenge has begun. We are partnering with Mosaic Life Care in Maryville to provide 4th graders with a fun, interactive and educational program. This program is designed to give young people the skills they need early in life to be healthy and aware of the importance of an active, fit lifestyle. These students are learning about diabetes, obesity, smoking, exercise, stress management and nutrition. The faculty of the program include nurses, doctors, nutritionists and exercise professionals. They come to us on Tuesday afternoons for the activity, then students complete "homework" as well to earn prizes throughout the eight weeks. So far we've participated in an intense healthy vs. unhealthy lifestyle video, relay races to increase our heart rates, oral hygiene, and yoga for relaxation. We are about halfway into this program now.

Current 7th graders and 11th graders were able to get next school year's immunizations here at school on March 18th. Tabitha Frank from the Nodaway County Health Department came in and gave these to those students who were signed up. We had a great turnout. This really helps me plan ahead as well, so thank you for participating! If you are taking your student elsewhere, please remember to get these completed, as they are required prior to the start of the school year, per Missouri state law.

West Nodaway staff members were eligible to sign up and receive their first COVID vaccination with the partnership of Nodaway County Health. We were part of the county schools that participated in a mass event at the Hughes Fieldhouse on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.

Counselor's Corner

There are so many benefits to being physically active. Spring has arrived and many areas of our life are returning to a degree of normalcy. This makes it easier than ever to find active things to do! The calendar included can be used to challenge yourself to get active in April!

Besides the positive impact physical activity has on our bodies, it also has so many benefits for our mind. The following are true for children, as well as adults. Some of the benefits of physical activity to our mental health include:

  • Improved thinking and cognition (Perfect for state testing time!)
  • Actually grows the brain and helps it make new connections
  • Helps promote improved school attendance
  • Helps improve fine and gross motor coordination
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety and reduces the risk of depression and anxiety
  • Better quality and quantity of sleep
  • Improves mood
  • Boosts self-esteem and positive self-image
  • Minimizes stress
  • Can help to alleviate social withdrawal - especially when the activity is in a group setting
  • Helps prevent memory loss

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High School Highlights

The year is coming to a close and the days are flying by. Students have begun meeting with me to decide courses of interest for next school year. A concrete schedule is not in place yet, but students in grades 8-11 will still work on creating and/or updating their I-CAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan), and bring home a course plan that they can go over with parents. If anyone has questions about course options for their child, especially if your child has expressed interest in attending Northwest Technical School or enrolling in Dual Credit courses, please feel free to reach out to chat with me about that.


April 8 - Sophomores attend Tarkio Tech Career Fair

April 26 - (Tentative) Decision Day for Seniors

May 7 - Graduation Practice

May 9 - Senior Commencement at 3:00 P.M.


Senior Commencement is right around the corner. Many conversations are happening with seniors about finalizing their post-secondary plans. Be looking for information about a "Decision Day" to be held for them before the end of the year. As they are wrapping up their high school career, final scholarship deadlines are fast approaching. I have listed the local scholarship deadlines below. The top three have been extended from April 1st to April 6th, due to our Easter break.

West Nodaway Foundation Scholarship - April 6th

Edwardena Schneider Memorial Scholarship - April 6th

Jeff Cordell Memorial Scholarship - April 6th

BJ Kiwanis Educational Incentive - April 7th