The Rocket Review
Monthly Newsletter Update: 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
- 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
Nodaway Valley Booster Club
National Honor Society Fundrasier
West Nodaway Prom 2021
Junior Parents: Prom clean-up will take place on Sunday, April 18th at 4:00 PM.
Spring Testing Schedules
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.
April 6th Levy Information
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.
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.
Let's Keep Growing!
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.
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
High School Highlights
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