Fowler USD #225

September 2019 Newsletter

THE FOWLER MODEL

Fowler School District - Where Education is Experienced - A Gemini School

School Communications

The school app is used to communicate changes in schedules, school closings, and other important announcements and reminders. Please download this app by searching for "Fowler Schools USD 225" in your App Store. Be sure to enable notifications. All school closures and cancellations will be communicated through this app.


This app, as well as our school Facebook feed, both link to the homepage of our school website as well. You can find us at www.usd225.org.


In addition to Facebook, our school also posts on Instagram. We'd love for you to follow us on these social media platforms!


Our school utilizes a Google calendar that you can sync to the calendar on your phone. When events are updated within the school calendar, it will automatically update on your personal calendar. You can also click to view the most current calendar on both our school website and our school app. The link (below) is also included in our newsletter every month.


In addition, a printed monthly calendar will be mailed to patrons this year, beginning with the month of September.

Free & Reduced Meal Applications

Free and reduced meal applications are available in the grade school and high school offices. If your family did not receive an application during enrollment, please visit either office to get a new application for the 2019-2020 school year. This application must be completed annually. If you have any questions, email erarden@usd225.org or vcrone@usd225.org.

District Newsletter to your Inbox

If you know people who would like to have the Fowler Schools newsletter emailed directly to their inbox each month, email erarden@usd225.org with ADD NEWSLETTER in the subject line. Their email will be added to the updated mailing list for the new 2019-2020 school year. We are happy to include any community members or extended family members who would like to receive this information.

Fall Picture Day

Fall picture day is Tuesday, September 3rd. Picture packets will be sent home with students. Individual, class, all-school, and athletic pictures will be taken this day. Picture retakes will be Wednesday, October 16.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

PK-5th grade conferences will be held by appointment on Thursday, September 12th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, September 13th from 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. Conferences will take place in the student's classroom. Parents will receive a conference schedule via their student's blue folder. If you would like to request a certain time for your conference, please contact the grade school office.


6th-12 grade conferences will be held come-and-go style in the Grade School Gym on Thursday, September 12th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, September 13th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents. The conference will begin with a check-in with the student's mentor. Parents are welcome to visit with other classroom teachers afterward.

Homecoming - School in Session

Fall Homecoming is Friday, September 20. School will be in session for all students this day. Student Council will advertise homecoming festivities once finalized.

Attendance

School begins at 7:55 a.m. each day. Students should arrive at school at 7:45 a.m. so that they are in their classroom and ready to begin class on time. Please do your best to schedule appointments for students on Fridays when school is not in session.


In accordance with Kansas Statute 72-1113, a child may be considered truant if absent 3 consecutive days or 5 school days in any semester or 7 school days in any school year.


Please review the graphic below for information illustrating the importance of regular attendance at school.
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DISTRICT CALENDAR

USD #225 Calendar of Events

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Keep up to date on district events and activities

Booster Club

Good luck to all Goldbug athletes as you compete in Cross Country, Football, and Volleyball this season. One great way to show your Goldbug spirit is to fill the stands and cheer on our teams! The athletic schedule is available on the calendar link in this newsletter. A printed schedule will also be mailed to Fowler residents.


Another great way to show your Goldbug spirit is to join the Booster Club! This small group of volunteers is very much in need of additional parent volunteers in grades 6-12 to help plan and implement their efforts throughout the year. You can learn more about what Booster Club does and how you could help by contacting Kevin Milford at 620-338-6511 or stopping by the Booster Club table at a home ball game.


Booster Club is kicking off the year with volleyball and football scrimmages and a free hot dog meal on Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Summit Learning Overview

In case you missed the parent meeting at Back-to-School night, the link below connects you to a reference sheet that briefly explains the key components of the Summit Learning curriculum. There are also short videos that explain the same components.


Parent log-ins were available at Back-to-School night and will also be provided at parent-teacher conferences on September 12th-13th.


This year parents will receive automated text messages that provide information about their student's progress in the curriculum. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, you can opt out by replying STOP. These messages are available in both English and Spanish.

Mentoring: Knowing Every Student with Summit Learning
What do projects look like with Summit Learning?
The Self-Directed Learning Cycle in Summit Learning

The Leader in Me- Habit 1: Be Proactive

Proactive people are responsible for their own lives. They make decisions based on values instead of feelings. Proactive people know they always have a choice about how they can respond to a situation. Proactive people choose their actions, attitudes, and moods.


Parents, please encourage your child to be proactive at home, too! This could look like encouraging your child to get out their blue folder each night to ensure that you see important notes and initial it. It could also look like laying out clothes the night before or teaching them how to set an alarm so that they are on time for school. They will love to hear you using the word "proactive" at home!


We appreciate your partnership in growing great leaders at FGS where we believe that Goldbugs lead their lives, their school, and their world!

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Homework

In lieu of homework papers, teachers ask that students read or are read to for 20 minutes, 4 nights per week. Students who meet this goal are invited to participate in the Principal's Ice Cream Party at the end of the quarter.
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ASPIRE

The Aspire after school program begins on Tuesday, September 3. It runs from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday for grades PK-8. During Aspire, students enjoy a snack and recess, enrichment activities, and complete their 20 minutes of reading. A calendar of enrichment activities will be included in the back of your child's blue folder. Students are welcome to attend every day or pick and choose the days they come based on the activities they are interested in. For more information, contact Mrs. Norman.
SEPTEMBER BREAKFAST MENU

September 2019 Breakfast Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

SEPTEMBER LUNCH MENU

September 2019 Lunch Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

RECENT ACTIVITIES

Kansas Commissioner of Education Visited FHS!

The USD 225 faculty and staff had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Randy Watson, the Kansas Commissioner of Education, at Fowler High School for two hours on August 7th. He shared his vision for education in the state of Kansas, reinforced how the beliefs and values of our school system align with the state board of education, and thanked teachers for persisting through the hard work of redesign.
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Leadership Positions Elected

Congratulations to the following students who were elected into leadership positions at FHS!


High School Student Council:

Sydney Bollinger, President

Jahim Ross, Vice President

Oscar Teran, Charlie Littlewood, & Joaquin Velez-Prieto, Co-Treasurers

Odalis Castillo-Prieto, Secretary

Damian Teran, 9th Grade Rep

Elijah Zortman, 10th Grade Rep

Morgan Durbin, 11th Grade Rep

Tabitha Dawson, 12th Grade Rep


Middle School Student Council:

Bianca Hankins, President

James Littlewood, Vice President

Lilly Hankins, Secretary

Jacelyn Huelskamp, 8th Grade Rep

Lexus Shelby, 7th Grade Rep

Eddy Mendoza, 6th Grade Rep


FFA:

Caleb Heinz, President

Darien De La Torre, Vice President

Nate Cunningham, Treasurer

Angelica Mendoza, Secretary

Rolando Guzman, Reporter

Daniel Garcia, Sentinel

Joaquin Velez-Prieto, Historian


In addition, the 7 students pictured below did a phenomonal job giving speeches as candidates for president of the grade school's Lighthouse Leadership Council. Jordan Padgett was elected president, and Natalie Bollinger was elected vice-president. The rest of the council, as well as school-wide leadership roles, will be determined very soon.

Every Piece Matters

Teachers from both buildings presented the programs and techniques that they are each involved with implementing within our district. This illustrated how seamlessly the values and beliefs flow throughout the district and how the programs complement and build upon one another. Staff were encouraged to remember that every piece matters.
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Back-to-School BBQ

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Fowler Cheer attends Spirit Spreader Clinic

On August 28th, Fowler's junior high and high school cheer teams attended the KSHSAA Spirit Spreader Clinic in Dodge City. The cheerleaders learned about safety, new cheers, chants, partner stunts, team building, crowd leading, and boogie chants. The coaches attended KSHSAA safety and rules training. This was a great experience, with a lot of new memories made for our cheer teams.
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