Van Allen Staff

Weekly Newsletter

Igniting a Passion for Learning


To develop respectful, successful citizens who demonstrate self-motivation, self-confidence, & critical thinking skills.
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The above words were shared with me via a Voxer conversation from a principal friend, Hamish Brewer (@brewerhm) in Virginia, in a discussion that we were having about the FiSH! Philosophy.

Articles, Blogs, etc. Worth Sharing

10 Vintage Ideas to Spark Innovation in Your Classroom

  • Via John Spencer (@spencerideas), author of Launch
  • "...the best learning is timeless..."

All About Voxer for Team Communication

  • Voxer is a communication application
  • Last year, I wrote a guest blog (linked) for Voxer about my benefits from using Voxer
  • The group that went to ITEC, just started a Voxer group for how we plan to bring-back our learning to you


Sunday, October 16th

  • Run for the Schools

Monday, October 17th

  • Iowa Assessments testing week
  • 4th grade PLC, 8:59-9:53am
  • 3rd grade PLC, 12:05-12:59pm
  • NO Monday Mtg.
  • Van Allen PTO hosting a listening post with members from the ICCSD BOE, 5:30-7pm

Tuesday, October 18th

  • Iowa Assessments testing week
  • 5th grade PLC, 8:59-9:53am
  • PreK PLC, 10:55-11:25am
  • EE out-of-the-building, ESC, 11am through the end-of-the-day
  • 1st grade PLC, 1:53-2:47pm
  • Club's Choice Fundraiser, Pick-Up

Wednesday, October 19th

  • Iowa Assessments testing week
  • Student Support Team mtg., 3:10-3:40pm

Thursday, October 20th

  • Happy Birthday, Amy Halverson!
  • First deadline for collection of Box Tops
  • Iowa Assessments testing week
  • Think College Thursday #TCT
  • SpEd PLC, 7:40-8:10am
  • 6th grade PLC, 8:05-8:59am
  • K PLC, 12:05-12:59pm
  • 2nd grade PLC, 12:59-1:53pm
  • Early dismissal, 1:55pm
  • Professional Development: Deconstructing Standards - team four pod, 2:10-3:40pm

Friday, October 21st

  • Iowa Assessments testing week
  • Fun Fair, 5-8pm


  • If you haven't, please share your Iowa Assessment schedule for next week ASAP. Thank you to those who have already shared them.

  • PLEASE remember to submit the information via your multicultural/gender fair lessons to me. We are working on how to attempt to enhance this for future entries

  • You must certify completion of the ELL module #2 (for more info., please see the email sent by Lora Daly from 10/5) by end of workday on October 28th. These should be turned-in to Karen in the office

  • Halloween parade is Fri., 10/28

  • If you haven't please complete the #EdCampICCSD survey (linked) to provide us with your feedback from last Friday afternoon's PD

  • If you haven't, please complete the Basic Info. survey (linked) (most of you did this at the start of the school year)

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