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What's Happening in the Classroom

Congratulations, Graduates!

This Sunday, May 16, at 3 pm is the Class of 2022's Graduation ceremony. These students are a diverse, engaging, and energetic group of young adults who will do well in the changing world they are preparing to enter. They have all become a leader to their peers in many ways and a joy to watch grow and mature over their time at West Harrison. Congratulations and best wishes to you all in all of your future endeavors, Class of 2022!

Graduation information:

  • Wednesday, May 11: Senior Awards Night, 6 pm; Baccalaureate, 7 pm, high school gymnasium
  • Friday, May 13: Senior and Staff breakfast and Graduation practice, 7:30 am
  • Sunday, May 16: Graduation Ceremony, 3 pm, high school gymnasium
  • Thursday, May 19: Senior Trip Day, 8:30 am

Middle and High School Last Days Schedule

Middle School:

  • May 18: Park Day (go to Mondamin park for a couple hours, splash pad permitted if good weather)
  • May 24: Fun Day (go to Crew Center in Woodbine to swim and play). Students will be bringing home a permission slip for parents to sign and return.
  • May 25: Last Day of School: 1:30 early out

High School:

  • Semester Test Schedule will show that students will be permitted to come to school late and leave early on Monday (5/23) and Wednesday (5/25).
  • May 25: Last Day of School: 1:30 early out

Semester Test Schedule

This is the semester test schedule for the high school for the last week of school, May 23-25.

Secondary Spanish Teacher Position

Plan, program, teach Spanish within middle/high school curricular objectives; evaluate and

report all students; demonstrate gains in student performance; meet course and school

student performance goals. Collaborate with staff and peers to co-plan, co-deliver, and

individualize instruction and accommodate student needs, enhance environment, and

overcome challenges, implementing instructional activities that provide active engagement

in meaningful learning experiences. Establish weekly objectives and units of study within

IA Learning and Common Core Standards. Facilitate activities and project incorporating

communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Identify, select, and modify

instructional resources to meet student varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special

needs; assess curricular needs and offer improved plan. Communicate with students, parents, and other professionals. Participate in training and professional development. Establish positive, encouraging, appropriate relationships with students. Work with teachers and staff as contributing team member for a cooperative and positive environment.

Minimum Requirements: Bach degree, or equiv, in Education, Humanities, or closely related

field; valid IA teaching certificate with appropriate level endorsement in Spanish; speak and

write fluent Spanish.

Send resumes to Tonya Radil

West Harrison CSD

410 Pine St, Mondamin, IA 51557

A Letter from Deb Evans, the School Nurse

Dear Parents/Guardians,

If your student takes medication at school:

Your student’s medication is to be picked up at the end of the school year in the school office. These medications will not be sent home with the student. Please see your school nurse (before the end of school on May 25th, 2022) or school secretary about this matter. This will prevent other students from tampering or ingesting medication that would be harmful if taken by others.

Medication not picked up by May 31st, 2022 will be properly disposed of by the school.

Thank you for your time and cooperation in this matter. It has been a joy caring for our students!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Have a great summer!

Letters have been mailed regarding school health requirements for school year 2022-2023. If your student is entering Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 7th grade, 9th grade, or 12th grade you should have received a letter in the mail. There are specific requirements per Iowa State Law upon entering those grades. If you have any questions regarding these requirements please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse to discuss.

Have a wonderful and safe summer! See you in the fall!

Respectfully, Deb Evans, RN

West Harrison Booster Club needs you!!

The booster club would like to remind anyone who might be interested in joining our fun group who LOVES to support our students that we are always looking for new members. Also we will be starting our softball and baseball seasons this coming week, with that means another concession stand to run!! If any parents or high school students would be willing to help out some of the time, we would greatly appreciate it. We have several members who have children that will be playing and they would like to be able to watch them. Those members can be there to help set up and clean up afterwards but would like to be able to step out during the games. Please please consider in helping us keep this program going!!!!

What has Miss Haag been up too..................

As we think about rounding out this school year, we look forward to things like prom and graduation. This year I took up the mantle of half of the prom sponsor… and wow has that been an experience. Our theme took us to a night of luxury, and I’d say this entire year with the juniors can be captured in their theme “Dripping in Luxury”. This has been a year full of new experiences while working through the fundraising, planning, decorating, and the event itself. Thankfully, we had a wonderful class to work with and they have helped to make this year a year full of amazing memories. I’m excited to see what the future holds for prom festivities as this is an adventure I have enjoyed.

In other news, I started teaching 6th and 8th grade science this year and that has been a challenge in some ways and in others it is a blessing. 6th grade is currently learning about Earth science, 7th grade is working through their life science unit, and 8th grade has begun their physical science unit. I think the favorite unit in each grade has been the engineering unit. Planning for this unit is still a work in progress as I learn what works and what does not. The 6th graders loved working with alternative energy to try to build items using solar and wind energy. 7th grade got to dive into robotics with some ‘toys’ we borrowed from the AEA; they especially had fun with the Spheros we used as a programming piece. Biomedical engineering was the focus of 8th grade as we learned about devices that have been made to help people such as prosthetic limbs, heart valves, and many more. The most important lesson we talk about during the engineering unit is ‘productive failure’ or the ability to learn from our mistakes.

8th grade started this year with a new curriculum for reading. We have, at times, struggled through this but we are starting to find our footing. Currently the 8th grade is working on writing a mini research paper about the Holocaust before we move into our final unit. This year we may not get through everything we would like to get through, but it is a learning experience when you start working with a new curriculum.

Miss Seuntjens gives a little report on her math classes.......

The math department is busy as usual! All of the classes are proceeding at a good pace as we near the end of the school year. The small but mighty Prealgebra class just finished a chapter on proportions and are now learning about functions. Algebra 1 is in the midst of learning about quadratics functions. A recent class had the students playing FOIL BINGO to practice some of their skills. Tech Math is learning about owning a business and calculating their employees’ salaries and benefits. Geometry is learning how the coordinate plane can be combined with geometry to derive different equations (circles, parabolas, lines). Algebra 2 just finished a chapter on exponential functions and is now starting to look at transformations of functions. Precalculus just finished a three month period of learning trigonometry and is reentering the world of rational functions. It has been a great year of learning in the math department and such fun to watch all of the students grow in their mathematical abilities!

Miss Vanausdeln took some art students to the RVC Art Conference on April 28, 2022

Here are some photos from the 2022 Rolling Valley Art Conference hosted by Exira- Elk Horn. Our students where able to spend the day in workshops and got to see the show up close. Congratulations to the creative Hawkeyes that had their artwork featured in the exhibition. These students include Ava Garcia, Kierstyn Bieler, Josephyne Whetstone

Nelson Clark, Riley Acker, Chenoa Bowman, Ethan Blue, Maggie Wolter, Lily Gustafson, Veronika Caddell, Noah Rath, and Devyn Harris. We even had a couple take home some awards! Ava took home a first place ribbon and medal for her Dot Painting in the Acrylic Non- Representational category. Chenoa received and Honorable Mention Award for her Small Scale Sculpture entry.