WMU District Newsletter

Motivating Lifelong Learners

Message from Administration

There are a lot of exciting things going on at WMU. Our hallways are filled with motivational decorations for the girls basketball team. You have also read in previous newsletters and will read in this one about all of the other successful groups including speech, band, and ag. The weather is warming up and spring is just around the corner. We are working on plans for next year. The secondary students have been requesting courses for next year. We encourage parents to discuss the course selections with their student and obviously if you have any questions feel free to contact Ms. Wyse. Outdoor activities are starting soon and the end of the year will be here before we know it. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Yours in Education,

Mr. Jeff Maeder, Superintendent of School

Mr. Dave Edwards, 6-12 High School Principal

Mrs. Karinda Wahls, PreK-5 Principal/Curriculum Director

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Spotlight on our Physical Education Department

Our Teachers

Mrs. Drey - Year 2 - Teaches Middle and High School Classes

Ms. Iverson - Year 1 - Teaches Elementary and High School Exercise Science

Department Focus:

It is our hope that when our students leave WMU they will have a toolbox full of knowledge and skills to live a happy and healthy life both physically and mentally.

Elementary Physical Education K-5:

Our Elementary Physical Education classes have been enjoying a variety of activities so far this semester including parachute, dance, and kickball. The students absolutely loved the different activities done with the large parachute where we focused on cooperation and teamwork! Dance was also introduced this semester. Popular dances such as the Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, and Cotton Eyed Joe are being taught to the students in hopes that when they attend life events such as school dances, weddings, and birthday parties they are able to dance along. Dancing is a lifetime fitness skill that students can use to remain healthy both physically and mentally. Lastly, we have been playing different kickball variations. Kickin’ it old school with this one! Kickball is a timeless activity that promotes teamwork while working on many fundamental skills.

Middle/High School Physical Education:

Our middle and high school students have primarily been focusing on team sports this semester. We started the semester introducing Pickleball. Pickleball has been a rapidly growing sport over the past few years played by people of all ages. The students participated in round robin tournaments where they could showcase their skills and their competitive sides. Other team sports we have been playing include floor hockey and Tchoukball. Tchoukball is a fast-paced handball sport that focuses on coordination and speed. We will also be playing Spikeball, Wiffle Ball, Soccer, and hoping to bring Frisbee Golf to class.

High School Exercise Science:

High schoolers have the option to take Physical Education or Exercise Science during their time at WMU. In our Exercise Science class, we focus on fitness concepts along with speed and agility training. Students are working on improving their coordination, agility, flexibility, explosiveness, strength, and overall athletic performance. The students participate in a comprehensive weight training program that goes hand-in-hand with their current activities. Students are tested in different areas including a variety of sprints and jumps. SHOUT OUT to our students who have continuously set personal records during our testing days. We also do yoga every Friday. The students seem to love this change of pace.

Pull Toy Excellence

The Winfield Mt. Union 8th grade students have a class about Robotics. In Part of that class, students learn about the transfer of energy and motion. They build mechanisms in the early part of the class with VEX Robotics components and then apply those skills to building “Pull Toys” where the movement of the wheels on the pull toy powers another mechanism. The students create different ideas of how this transfer of movement will best be performed and then build their contraption based on those ideas. One week is usually the time frame for designing, creating, building, and troubleshooting the pull toys and then they are judged by a group of people that have not seen any of the building process. A video is always made and posted on Mr. Kongable’s YouTube channel so students can learn what has been successful in the past for other students. This year presented a difficult task for the judges as all of the pull toys were successful in making the motion of the wheels be the power to move another mechanism. The winner was “Old Glory” built by Mitchell Cummings and Carter Thornton. There was a tie for second place with “ Whopper Whopper” by Justin Knipfer and August Giesleman and “ Just Keep Swimming” by Kaylynn Kellogg and Josie Ford. The video of the competition can be seen on YouTube under the title “ Pull Toy Excellence!” on the Mr. Kongable channel.

Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Youth Swine Judging Contest

Crooked Creek FFA sent two teams of students to the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Youth Swine Judging Contest in Des Moines on Thursday, February 2nd. As part of the contest, they competed in live animal classes, including a class of market hogs, commercial gilts, a keep/cull class, and a carcass evaluation class, as well as two tests - commercial pork production and meat quality.

Our teams competed against 162 others in the senior division with 706 individuals. Team one, consisting of Quinlyn Smith, Katie Miller, Carter Loyd, & Eli Miller, placed 3rd overall. Team two, consisting of Kurt Beard, Grant Anderson, & Caiden Ball tied for 114th and were all first-time competitors for an FFA Livestock Judging Event. Individual placings were Katie Miller - 11th, Quinlyn Smith - 33rd, Carter Loyd - 49th, Eli Miller - 142nd, Caiden Ball - 222nd, Grant Anderson - 462nd, & Kurt Beard - 497th.

Drums Alive

Drums Alive combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. Drums Alive is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Our students are excited to have this opportunity.

Preschool/Kindergarten Open House and Registration

Our Preschool/Kindergarten Open House and Registration was rescheduled until Tuesday, March 7th from 5:30-6:30. This opportunity will give families to see the classrooms and meet the teachers. We look forward to seeing all of you.


You are invited to Family Math Night on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 6:00 to 7:00. Explore the wonders of math with your child. Come see what your student is learning. It’s an evening of family fun!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd. We look forward to discussing your student's successes with you.

7th Annual Mini Dance Marathon

WMU Student Leadership Council will be hosting a dance marathon on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Preschool-6th grade students will dance from 6-7:00 pm. The 7th-12th will be dancing from 7:30-9:30 pm. This is a school service project to promote student to student relationships, as well as benefit the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, which provides financial and emotional support to pediatric oncology patients at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Our goal is to raise $5,000 and dance for those who can't. Information will be coming home soon. Please contact Mrs. McCabe or Mrs. Blake if you have any additional questions.

Elementary Snapshots


WMU Students Qualify for State Speech

The following students have qualified to participate in state speech.

Isabel Kann~Expository Address

Allison Humphreys~Radio News Announcing

Brynn Pogmore~Poetry

WMU Lady Wolves Punch Their Ticket to State Basketball

Huge Shout Out to the WMU Lady Wolves and Coaches for punching their ticket to the state basketball tournament in Des Moines! We are so proud of you!
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