A Good Start

NW Students begin the year active and involved

Full Speed Ahead at Northwest

The days are full for students at Northwest Junior High. Academics and sports have been up and running for three weeks and now all of our fall clubs are also getting into gear. This week Drama Club and Lego League will be added to Chess, MathCounts (Team 1 and Team 2), Art Club, Fit Club, Poetry Slam Club, Garden Club, Ecology Club and Sewing Club! That is a lot of activity. If you know a NW student, encourage them to try out one of our many club experiences. For a complete list of clubs, follow this link: http://www.edline.net/pages/Northwest_Junior_HS/ACT

Magazine Sales Begin Next Week

Northwest holds one fundraiser each year which covers the added costs to all of our extra programs such as performing music, athletics, and clubs. The magazine sales will be with a kickoff assembly on September 25 and finish October 7. Please consider participating in our sale by renewing your magazines with a Northwest student. If you want to contribute, but do not want to purchase magazines, please consider donating to the school. Your generous donation is vital to our ability to offer quality programs.

Viking Adventurers Begins

Hello Parents,

My name is Michael Loots; I am a Language Arts instructor here at NWJH, but I teach youth climbing and a variety of wilderness recreation classes at the University of Iowa’s Touch the Earth program. In working with the University, and in my experience with the National Outdoor Leadership School, I have witnessed firsthand that often lauded, but rarely accessed power of wild places to strengthen and instruct in character. Oh yeah, and I always have fun when I’m outside, playing in the woods!

In order to offer the joys and lessons of adventure to our students: to make healthy bodies and sound minds, I am offering up a new club. In partnership with the University of Iowa’s Touch the Earth program, and Coralville Recreation, NWJH will now offer the Viking Adventurers!

This club will meet irregularly, so if your child wishes to participate make sure that she or he is listening to announcements for important dates to remember. Waivers will need to be signed at home and brought in to school for most events, and a small fee may apply.

Our first gatherings are coming right up:

· Thursday, September 19th—Full Moon Hoot Owl Night Hike and Howl. Woodpecker trailhead, just off West Overlook Rd; Across from “Funcrest” campgrounds- see Google map

· Sunday, September 22nd—Kayaking Lake MacBride. 3-4:30 Join us for an autumn hour on the water with some legendary University kayak instructors. Map linked on Mr. Loots’s teacher website.

· Sunday, October 13th—Kayaking lake MacBride. 3-4:30 Round two for those who couldn’t make it in September

· Friday, October 18—Full Moon Hoot Owl Night Hike and Howl. Bloomington entrance to Hickory Hill. (follow Bloomington Street as far East as it goes, then park in the small parkinglot at the bottom of the hill)

It is our vision that your child may participate in these “Adventures in the Everyday” in order to build experience and rapport. At the end of the year, with enough of these little adventures under their belt, your child will be eligible to participate in a larger, longer, wilderness trip out West—guided by myself and instructors from the University.

It is also our vision that this club be available to EVERY STUDENT INTERSETED, regardless of ability to pay, or access transportation. As long as your student can maintain “expedition behavior” they are welcome, and we will pull any strings we need to so that they can come be leaders with us. If you think your student would like to participate, but you are finding it difficult getting them to our gatherings please contact us.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns or expertise to share(or if you would like to provide granola and hot cocoa for our young adventurers J) feel free to email or call Mr. Loots at:

Loots.mike@iccsd.k12.ia.us 515

After School at Coralville Rec

Coralville Transit

Coralville Transit operates the PM Special, a public transit route, open to the general public and may be useful for Northwest students who live north of the interstate who are not bus eligible. The PM Special departs from the bus top in front of Northwest Junior High at 2:27 p.m. and 3:27 p.m. , Monday through Friday. This route operates only when ICCSD are in session. The cost is $1 per ride or a 20 punch pass for $20. The route has stops on Holiday Road both east and west of 12th Avenue, Lynncrest Drive, and Northridge Drive. Questions can be directed to Coralville Transit at 248.1790.

Coralville Rec Center – After School Drop In Activities

Each week day afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m. the Coralville Rec Center has a variety of free drop in activities for students in 5th – 8th grade. A staff led, organized game or program is offered each day and a schedule can be found at www.coralville.org under the School Age Activities page or located on the bulletin board at the Rec Center. Students may also use the game room and gym areas during this time. Special guests such as local artists or officers from the Coralville Police drop in to have some fun with the group from time to time. Questions can be directed to Matt Hibbard at 319.248.1750.