Wildcat Wire

August 2022

A Message from Mrs. Schwamman

Dear Riceville Community School Family,

May I be the first to say WELCOME BACK!!! We hope summer has been a time of reflection and relaxation, and it is not over yet!! We hope you are spending time with the people you love and doing things that bring you joy and help to refill your soul! Your mental health and physical wellbeing is so important as we have an incredible task ahead of us each and every day; as we give of ourselves to give our students the very best they can be here at Riceville CSD! The 2022-2023 school year is going to be a journey that will allow us to go to new heights!

The last few years have been a time of great challenges, in the state, country, and world! Our school is no different! We continue to be resilient and adapt, improvise, and overcome! We are blessed with all positions that we have filled with over 1200 teaching jobs available in Iowa at this moment. Please welcome our new team members this year to the district!!!! We are also still hiring new staff later this week.

Please welcome these new Riceville Wildcat School family:


Bria Crooks/2nd grade Jaden Bohr/Guidance Counselor

Jessica Wilson/4th grade Luke House/Social Studies

Justin Kyrin/5th grade Nancy Eastman/Food Director

Andrea Fair/Title 1 & Reading Lynette Houser/High School Secretary

Joanna Sunnes Johnson/PE Makel Gebel/Para

Caprice Anderson/HS English Shannon Pickar/Para


As I begin my 6th year at Riceville and 8th at Osage, I reflect on the progress we have made and am committed to the vision of the School Board as we will continue to improve our school facilities, and the culture we have created by focusing on teaching and learning curriculum, and opportunities for students to learn via real-world experiences and projects. Every staff member plays a vital part in this process.

Please enjoy every single moment of the time you have left before the hustle and excitement of this school year begins. Please email, call, or stop in the office to visit with me if you have any questions. I can’t wait to see you all and hear about your families and summers. Here is to an amazing year at Riceville! If you have any questions please let me know and I will help you in any way.

Mrs. Schwamman

Back to School Conferences

Monday, August 22nd is back-to-school conference day. We look forward to seeing everyone again! To schedule a conference, log onto your JMC account and select Parent Conference Scheduler. Middle school and high school students should sign up for their homebase advisor. Your advisor will have your computer and go over new policies and procedures. If you would like to speak with other teachers, feel free to sign up! Welcome back Wildcats!

Free/Reduced Meals 2022-2023 School Year

When the 2021-2022 school year ended, so did free meals for every student. While the federal government funded a program that allowed all students access to free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress recently declined to continue funding this program. We understand this change may cause you to worry. This means all families will need to carry a positive balance in their children's school meal accounts when school begins next fall. There are important steps you can take today to make sure your student receives the meals they need next year.

  1. Complete An Application for Free and Reduced Meals NOW.

Please apply and see if you qualify as our school also qualifies for additional grant opportunities depending on our percentage. If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them this year, but you must take action to make it happen. Fill out the 2022-2023 online application which will be available on the District's website at the time of registration for the 2022-2023 school year.

2. Budget for the Cost of School Lunches (if you do not qualify for free and reduced

meals). Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals can start depositing money into their student's lunch account to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in the near future.

3. Pay Off Negative School Lunch Balances

If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay that as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into your student's account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

To apply for free or reduced meals, please complete an online application through our website. The application is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. For assistance completing the application or for questions, please contact our Food Service Department Jen Dunn or Nancy Eastman

Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch photography will be set up in the multipurpose room for your convenience from 10 AM to 6 PM. Envelopes will be available in the office or you may purchase pictures online. All students, including seniors, need to have their pictures taken for our records. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley.

Principal Squared

Associate Principal Marcia Grimm and PK-12 Principal Heather Suckow