The Rocket Review

Monthly Newsletter Update: March 2021

Upcoming Dates

March 2021

3rd: Sophomores Tour Northwest Technical School, 8:00-10:45 AM
3rd: Board of Education Special Session + Community Forum, 6:00 PM

6th: Booster Club Open Alumni Basketball Tournament

8th: No School - Staff Development Day
10th: 8th Grade County Government Day

10th: West Nodaway Board of Education Meeting
12th: End of 3rd Quarter
12th: Picture Day [Casual Pictures + JH/HS Spring Sports]

16th: Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff in Elementary Gym
16th: Pre-K Night + Parent Meeting, 6:00-7:30 PM

18th: Immunization clinic 1:00 pm 7th graders and 11th graders

19th: Eight Graders Tour Northwest Technical School, 8:00-10:45 AM
20th: After Prom Pitch Tournament at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Burlington Junction, 5:30 PM [See "Reminders" Section for Details]
23rd: Juniors Take ASVAB
23rd: Pre-K + Kindergarten Screening for 2021-2022 School Year, 9:00-2:30 PM
25th: Pre-K + Kindergarten Screening for 2021-2022 School Year, 9:00-2:30 PM


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

Important Reminders

  • After Prom Pitch Tournaments
    - February 27th and March 20th
    - St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Burlington Junction
    - 5:30 PM Start Time
    - $6.00 Per Person, or $10.00 Per Team
    - Snacks and Desserts Available for Purchase

  • FFA will be hosting a community breakfast on Sunday, February 28th at the Burlington Junction American Legion. Stop by from 8:00 AM -12:00 PM for some delicious breakfast! Free will donation.

  • The West Nodaway Board of Education will hold a special session/community forum on Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM in the school media center. Questions will be answered in regard to the April 6th levy question that will be voted on by district patrons. An agenda is posted on the school website (www.wnrockets.com) under Menu > Documents > Board of Education. See the "April 6th Levy Information" section below!

  • Mark your calendars! Easter Break: No School on April 1st, April 2nd, or April 5th

  • Election Date: April 6th

  • 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)

National Honor Society Fundraiser

West Nodaway's National Honor Society chapter is hosting a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, called Pennies for Patients. Bring in any loose change or bills! Whichever class collects the most money will win a sweet treat! There will be one winning class in the middle and high school, and one winning class in the elementary. Collections are happening now through March 5th. Thank you in advance for your support!

Mitch's Memo

Greetings All,


I hope this writing finds you doing well. Hopefully, by now you have been able to thaw out. It looks like the worst of the cold and snow may be behind us. Varsity track and baseball practice are able to start Monday, March 1st. Before we know it Spring will be in the air, the flowers will be blooming, the bees buzzing, and the birds chirping. Below this writing you will find documents in regard to the April levy proposal. This is provided for informational purposes. On Wednesday March 3rd @ 6:00 p.m. in the school library there will be a community forum. This is open to the general public. A presentation will be made and questions from the public will be addressed. I encourage you to attend this event. Likewise, you can call or stop by the school as my door is always open to community patrons.


On another note, I would like to thank all teachers and staff for their work this year on behalf of West Nodaway students. I appreciate the teachers' flexibility and work effort as we have navigated the 2020-2021 school year.


Go Rockets!

Dr. Mitch Barnes

April 6th Levy Information

Elementary News

Read Across America

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The annual event is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. Since the event is designed to encourage reading in children and is fostered through the schools we will observe this event by dressing up each day and reading together.


These motivational and awareness days call all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading. It encourages them to read where ever they are. Great ways to inspire reading in children include:


  • Keep books everywhere you spend time. Put them in the car, in every room of the house, and tuck them in backpacks and purses. Make them easily accessible.
  • Visit the library often. Knowing how to use the library and learning the benefits of a library fosters a love of reading as well as genuine respect for the services libraries provide.
  • Get caught reading. Children imitate what they see the adults around them do. Whether they see you read a magazine, newspaper, or novel, let them know reading is the cool thing to do.
  • Read to your children. No matter their age, reading aloud strengthens their vocabulary and language skills. It also opens up opportunities for discussion.
  • Have your children read to you, too. You never know what you might learn!


Please read each day with your students! Then post your own pictures in the comments section of our daily posts and include the following hash tags!

#ReadAcrossAmericaDay #DrSeussDay

Lunch Menu

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Nurse's News

We are starting to look ahead at our spring immunizations for the next school year. Incoming 12th, 8th, Kindergarten, and Pre-K will most likely need immunizations. I am working on individualizing this out for each student so you know what is needed. These will be mailed to you. If you have students in these grades next year, please start scheduling appointments with the county health or your primary care physician now. These have to be completed prior to the start of our school year, per Missouri state law. We are bringing in a county health nurse on March 18th at 1:00 PM to help get these immunizations completed. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know, or send permission slips back that have been mailed home. Please call with any questions!

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Counselor's Corner

PreK-12th Grade News

As we gear up to enter the last quarter of our school year, it is so important to keep in mind that parents and teachers are partners in the education of a child. Thank you to all parents that attended Parent Teacher Conferences this week. We all truly value the conversations that we are able to have with parents, and the collaboration that we can have to help children succeed.


Below is a graphic that illustrates just a few of the things parents can do to help ensure their child's success at school. Some things I would add, especially as your child enters middle school or high school, is to have conversations about things they may want to do beyond high school. It is so important that they have these conversations with family members, as well as school staff, and explore all the opportunities that are out there waiting for them.


March madness doesn't just apply to basketball! There is so much happening in schools in the spring to finish readying students for the next grade level and the next steps in their education journey. The 8th grade and Freshman classes are having meetings with Mrs. Snead to explore their learning styles, interests, study habits, and setting up their Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) that will help shape their course schedules to better prepare them for what they are thinking about doing after high school. The 8th grade and the Sophomore class will also get to tour Northwest Technical School to explore the career and technical programs they offer to see if they want to enroll their Junior and/or Senior year of high school. State testing will be taking place in April in grades 3-8, as well as End of Course Assessments for some high school courses, such as Algebra I, English II, and Government. Juniors will take the ASVAB on March 23rd (this was rescheduled due to the inclement weather in February). Seniors are finalizing plans for colleges they will attend or jobs they hope to get after high school and soaking in all of those last moments of high school. As you can see, the spring semester is a very busy time, but full of continued exploration, growth, and improvement!

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