The Rocket Review

Monthly Newsletter Update - November 2020

Upcoming Dates


2nd: Big Smiles Dental Program, 8:15 AM
11th: West Nodaway Board of Education Meeting

20th: Mid-Quarter

20th: 6th Grade Virtual DARE Graduation + Pizza Party

24th: Picture Day (Make-Ups, Organizations, HS Basketball, HS Basketball Cheer)

25th: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

26th: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

27th: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

30th: No School (Staff Development Day)

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

Mitch's Memo

Greetings All,

I hope this month's memo finds you all doing well. It is hard to believe that the first quarter is already over. We have certainly had some challenging times. I would like to thank the school staff and teachers for their dedication and commitment to provide a quality education in uncertain times. I would also like to thank the community for your cooperation and understanding with the different restrictions we have put in place. These restrictions are based on the safety needs of our students and staff. To this point we have had almost 80 students in quarantine for various periods of time.

As you may be aware, before the beginning of this school year action was taken to eliminate several staff positions in the district. These decisions were not made lightly but in an effort to balance the districts budget and end what was a trend of deficit spending. The district's present financial situation is such that the district recently took out a (TAN) tax anticipation note, to help cover expenses for November and December. Once tax money is collected in January this note will be paid back. The district's financial position has led me to begin discussions with the Board in regard to a tax levy increase.

Lastly, all Fall sports seasons have ended except Cross Country. Winter sports season practices begin Monday, November 2nd. The Cross Country team will compete for State honors on November 7th. Please send well wishes their way and offer them your support. I look for them to have much success. This news letter comes out at the first of the month so I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, even though I am a few weeks early. My door is always open if you have any items or ideas you wish to discuss.

Go Rockets!

Dr. Mitch Barnes


  • 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)

  • FFA will be hosting virtual fruit sales through November 29th. Please see any FFA member or Mrs. Honan ( to order. You can also order online at The password is 4SBURL06. Thank you for your support!

  • If your family qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch and you aren't signed up for Backpack Buddy food, we still have several available! Please contact Mrs. Snead as soon as possible if you would like to sign your child up to receive a sack of food every Friday. Students in grades PreK-6 are eligible, and if they have an older sibling that would benefit from it, please let us know!

Lunch Menu

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Quarantine Q+A

  • Contact tracing is within six feet for more than 15 consecutive minutes.
  • Positive Covid quarantine is typically 10 days, those contacts around the positive case are 14 days, and a household contact is typically 24 days (10 days with the positive case plus another 14 days).
  • Contact tracing is done around a positive case, therefore only those in contact with the positive case will be placed in quarantine. Siblings may not all be included!
  • Quarantine dates are given by the Health Department, and are entire days, not hours.
  • Quarantine dates are given as follows: Two days prior to onset of symptoms, or if no symptoms, then it is based on the test date.
  • Health Department will call parents with quarantine standards, school will also call with educational plans.
  • Quarantine dates can be lengthened if symptoms change.
  • Teachers are essential workers and will be at school during quarantine with a mask on, social distancing measures, and will do symptom checks as recommended. If symptoms appear, they will no longer be at school.

Counselor's Corner

Have you ever heard your child say things like "I am just not good at science" or "I can't do this homework"? Statements like these are pretty common and have to do with how your child approaches challenges. It doesn't always have to do with how motivated or resilient they are, it could mean they have a more "fixed" mindset. The chart below outlines how to encourage children to have a "growth" mindset. The brain is a muscle. Just like our muscles get stronger with exercise, our brains get more powerful when we are challenged to think harder, overcome struggles, and not give up. Having a growth mindset can be as simple as using the "Power of Yet". When you take the statements in the first sentence and simply add "yet" to the end, it means that even if you don't have a concept right now, you can get there eventually by continuing to try, putting forth effort, accepting the challenge, and even asking for help.

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Financial Aid Information

Scholarship Deadlines for Seniors

  • Coca-Cola Scholars - October 31st

  • John T Belcher Scholarship - November 1st

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - November 15th

  • Elk’s National Foundation Most Valuable Student - November 15th

  • Hagan Scholarship - November 15th

  • 10 Words or Less Scholarship - November 30th

  • Nodaway County Cattlemen’s - December 1st

  • Frank Felton Farm Youth Award Scholarship - December 4th

Elementary News

October was a busy month in the elementary with students and staff working diligently to show progress in reading math. Throughout the quarter, teachers have been persistently providing small group instruction to assist in student success in these core areas. Teachers will continue to monitor our student reading levels and math fact fluency progress on a monthly basis.

The elementary ended the month with a PBS quarterly Halloween Bash and a Trunk OR Treat celebration at the track where we had several parents attend. Thank you to the 14 local businesses that contributed to the success of our first Annual Trunk OR Treat! We look forward to doing this again next year!

#1 - First Christian Church

#2 - Family Medical Center

#3 - Snodderley Lumber

#4 - Elmo Betterment Club

#5 -The American Legion Aux

#6 - Methodist Church

#7 - IAMO

#8 - Goff Home Grocery

#9 - R Family Cuts

#10 - Farmers Supply

#11 - CBT

#12 - Yellow Rose Sorority

#13 - Terra's Cuts

#14 - Clearmont Fire Department