Fowler USD #225

November 2018 Newsletter

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

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Student Leaders Accept Grant Award

Savannah Bollinger, HS StuCo President, and Jacelyn Huelskamp, MS StuCo President, accepted a grant award in the amount of $450 from the Fowler Legacy Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase additional books for the MS/HS library based on student requests. Thanks to the foundation for this award and to Ms. Heinz for writing the grant application.
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No School - November 5

Fowler Schools will not be in session on Monday, November 5. Teachers will be attending a League Inservice in Spearville.
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Annual Thanksgiving Meal

You are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with us on Thursday, November 15th.

Thanksgiving dinner will begin being served at 11:00 AM.

Price: $5.00 per person

Place: Grade School Gym

Please RSVP to the grade school office by Thursday, November 8th at 620-646-5234.

Invitations with RSVP's will be sent home with your student.

Thanksgiving Break

Fowler Schools will not be in session November 21-23 for Thanksgiving Break. The staff at USD 225 is thankful for our students and their families, and we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Winter Sports Pictures

Winter sport pictures will be taken Tuesday, November 27. Picture packets will be sent home with students.

Save the Date - Community Christmas Festival

The 2nd Annual Fowler Christmas Festival will be held on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at the School District Buildings. Activities for children, including a visit from Santa and our music programs, will be included. We will also "Light the School" at dark and offer a free community meal. More specific details will be coming soon.

Attention Online Shoppers!

As the holiday season approaches, please remember that USD 225 participates in a program in which a portion of your online purchases are returned to the school. Simply follow these steps when you plan to shop online:

1. Visit

2. Find "Fowler Elementary School" or "Fowler High School"

3. Click on Merchants

4. Find the store you plan to shop at in the drop down box (Ex. Wal-Mart, Target, Kohls)

5. Follow the link to that store and shop as normal

Thank you for taking this extra step when doing your holiday online shopping!


Fowler USD #225 District Calendar


November 2018 Aspire 4 Higher Calendar


Student grades are recorded in the Summit Learning and GoEdustar platforms. Parents have access to both so that grades can be viewed at any time. Grades will be finalized at the end of each semester. If you do not have access to your parent account log-ins, please contact Lisa in the high school office at 646-5221.

Student Learning Strategies

Part of the Summit Learning experience for students includes explicit teaching of learning strategies. In the photo below, high school students are receiving direct instruction on how to create Cornell notes and how to take notes on video resources. Students then practice and apply these learning strategies during self-directed learning time.
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Spotlight on Exchange Students

Alejandro Arenillas is an 11th grade exchange student joining us from Spain. His host family includes Darrel and Kyra Ellis and their children Hailey and Wyatt Ellis.

Alejandro has observed that the system of school is quite a bit different here than in Spain. They take a lot more exams in Spain, so he is happy about activities being more project or product based here. He loves hamburgers, so he is not starving to death, but he does miss some Spanish foods such as paella. Alejandro shared that his main focus here is making sure he gets good grades. After high school he is planning to attend two years of college in the United States and two years in Spain.

Alejandro has already been an asset to our school by keeping book for us at volleyball games and participating in football. He says, "I'm not good at football, but it was ok." His home school encouraged him to help students learn Spanish at his school in America if this was an option. Therefore, arrangements have been made for Alejandro to begin assisting with 4th & 5th grade Spanish class on Thursdays. It will be a great opportunity for our students to engage in conversation with a native Spanish speaker. Welcome to Fowler, Alejandro!

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Goldbug Athletics

Cross Country

Congratulations to freshman Elijah Zortman on his outstanding performance in cross country this season. With the encouragement of Coach Taylor Bollinger, Elijah placed 1st at league with a time of 18:53.6. The following weekend, Elijah competed at the regional meet, placing 4th and earning a spot at the state meet with a personal record time of 18:35. Elijah traveled to Wamego to compete at the state level, where he was the top freshman finisher and placed 28th overall.

JH Volleyball

Congratulations JH volleyball on earning 3rd place in the League Tournament and finishing the season with 9 wins! Team members include 8th graders Joselyn Romesburg, Ryleigh Foster, Kimberly Velez-Prieto, and Shaylin Garcia; 7th graders Jacelyn Huelskamp and Abby Zortman; 6th graders Kiera Holt, Olivia Durbin, Willow Juenemann, Lexus Shelby, and Veronica Garcia; managers Samanta Granados and Micah McDowell; and coach Corri McDowell.
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Game Day Spirit Showcase

The Fowler High School Cheerleaders will be attending the 2018 KSHSAA Game Day Spirit Showcase Competition at the Kansas Expocentre Landon Arena in Topeka, KS on November 17th. Spectators are welcome to come and support the Goldbug cheerleaders as they show off all of their hard work and dedication. The fee to get in is $15.00 per person. Good luck FHS Cheerleaders!
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Colder Weather

With the cold weather approaching, we would like to remind you that students may have recess or PE class outside, weather permitting. Please be sure to send your child to school each day with a coat or jacket. It may also be a good idea to write your child's name inside his or her coat/jacket. It's very common for a coat to be misplaced. If you are missing any item, please look in our lost and found that is located in the hall next to the library.

Glow Stick Dance Party

Fowler Grade School met its Wildly Important Goal for the first quarter of school: Goldbugs read 20 minutes per day 80% of the time. The Lighthouse Leadership Council gathered student input on ideas for a reward and ultimately chose to have a glow stick dance party. Reading for 20 minutes per day will continue as the goal for the second quarter, so please support your children in making sure they read and get their parent note signed on a daily basis.
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Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

In November students will focus on learning about the second habit- Begin with the End in Mind- in more detail. This is the habit of vision, or the habit of having a plan. Students will learn that planning ahead leads to good things. Part of Habit 2 involves identifying your roles and identifying your goals. Students are currently being interviewed for the leadership roles they have applied for at school. They are also learning about goal setting by participating in our school's Wildly Important Goal and tracking their own goals and progress in their personal Leadership Notebooks.

Here is a kid-friendly description of the second habit:

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

I plan ahead and set goals.

I do things that have meaning and make a difference.

I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision.

I look for ways to be a good citizen.

You can reinforce what your child is learning at school by using the phrases above in your home.

The leader in me

Enjoy this video from another Leader in Me school highlighting their insights and success.

Family Fun Night & Scholastic Book Fair

Family Fun Night will be held Tuesday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m. The main activity will be creating Christmas ornaments to decorate the school tree.

In conjunction with this, and just in time for Christmas, the Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 26-30. The fair will be open before and after school or by appointment. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from November 21 to December 6. If you order books online, they will be shipped to the school after the online fair has closed.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. All purchases benefit our school.


November 2018 Breakfast Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider


November 2018 Lunch Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider


Mid-America Air Museum Field Trips

In October, all Goldbug students visited the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas to study the science of wings. Students learned about how planes fly, including concepts like lift and drag, as well as toured the museum. In addition, the high school students visited Seward County Community College.

Real-World Application of Science

Mr. Adam's science students have truly been experiencing education through hands-on activities and problem based learning activities with real-world connections. The physics class visited the Dodge City Weather Station to build background knowledge and then launched their own weather balloon from Fowler which landed around 60 miles away. Students had to design their own experiment to record the weather data, conduct the launch, and then analyze the data collected. Chemistry students demonstrated chemical reactions using food.

Family Dinner Nights

The first family dinner night revealed a surprise twist- no silverware! Families enjoyed spaghetti piled high in the middle of their table. The structured conversation questions centered on Habit 1: Be Proactive.


FFA officers and members attended the Greenhand Convention in Sublette.
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Middle School StuCo Pumpkin Party

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Request for Proposal

Remodel bathrooms in grade school cafeteria. Please include all costs associated with remodel of existing bathrooms, sinks, toilets, all plumbing and fixtures, including any and all fees.

Also include recreating the space into three individual bathrooms with all listed above.

Work to begin in late May 2019 and conclude by August 1st.

To see the bathrooms and to ask any questions please contact Dave Weber at 620.646.5234.