Thats more than enough cold weather!

Thought I'd try to brighten your day just a bit to recall a glorious summer day on the water with this background. As I write this (January 31, 6:00 am) the real air temperature is -28 degrees, again.

This has been an unprecedented run of cold, extending over roughly 80 hours under zero, and most of them with lethal wind chills. I wish we could have come to school today, but we would have had to wait until noon to try an avoid -30. At that temp, it is 20 minutes or less to frostbite. With the walkers and possible long waits at bus stops that could happen. It's gotten to the point that the National Weather Service, out of LaCrosse, is sending school superintendents detailed maps and forecasts for these temps. You can see what they have for today here.

Last day of School - June 5

Possible make up time

Over the last 10 weekdays, we have been in school, 2 times, and both of those were shortened days. That leaves us with 7 days to make up, which, if nothing else changed, would put our last day on June 5, a Wednesday. There is still a lot of winter to go. I am planning on presenting some strategies to make up time so that we don't go beyond that, and may, if we get lucky, reduce the number of full days we have to make up. Options we can and would consider includes the following:

  • Easter Break - I think going to school on Thursday of break is a possibility. We may also consider Monday the 22nd, but I do receive requests not to eliminate that break, but we can use it if we need it.
  • Cancelling Wednesday early dismissals - We can gain 75 minutes each Wednesday that we go full time. Roughly 5 Wednesdays would make up a day. We do have meaningful things going on those days, so we can't eliminate all of them, but I think 5 can easily be done.
  • Extending the school day - Since we count minutes, it is possible to make up days by making each day longer. A full day is 6.5 hours, if we use the 4 to 5 weeks between basketball and track seasons, we could get 22 extended days between February 18 and March 25. I use those weeks because extending days during sports seasons will just be more instructional time lost to activities travel.
  1. Add 35 minutes to each day (8:15 to 3:50) we can make up 2 days
  2. Add 18 minutes to each day we make up 1 day . (8:15-3:38)
  3. Add 10 minutes to each day for the rest of the year we make up 2 days

We will talk with the board and put together a plan, maybe we just go till we are done in June, that can still be a possibility. Stay tuned!

More schedule changes

It might seem like we haven't had any activities going on, but as you can see above, not all have been cancelled. Winter seasons did get messed up these last two weeks. I know they are struggling to find ways to play as many games as we can. The Girls Basketball team starts their district play on Saturday the 9th against Anamosa, and the boys team plays Monday the 11th, so time is limited.

Wrestlers begin Sectionals on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Decorah, then qualifiers will wrestle at Districts on the 9th. Several of these grapplers have had a great season, lets get behind all our teams and see who we can get down to the big stage! Go TigerHawks!

For full reschedules on any events, please go to our rSchool Calendar, under Activities on the webpage, or at this link:

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NFV HS is moving into Work Based Learning in 2019-20

The Future Ready Iowa Movement, which is supported by the Future Ready Iowa website, is a concerted effort to improve the career and college readiness of all students. The website is a database of careers for students to use when contemplating that age old question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" The major component of answering that question lies not in the website, but in opportunities to experience a career in a workplace. For that purpose, NFV Principal Todd Wolverton and I are visiting with a few major employers in the district to explore the possibility of student experiences in their businesses.

Some of you may have been in an MOC program, Multi-Occupations Course, a generation ago, that is not what Work Based Learning is. MOC was developed to provide work day experiences in any setting, putting a student to work in order for them to understand the responsibilities of a job. Work Based Learning is a combination of experiential learning including multiple ways for students to experience a potential career. Students then not only learn more about the world of work, but also the work of multiple careers.

A small pilot project will be implemented next year in targeted industries. Northeastern Iowa Community College (NICC) is a partner with NFV in this project as is Keystone AEA. We hope to bring several of the experiential learning strategies to our students and give them a chance to experience and grow towards their future careers.

Leader in Me helps schools create well-rounded learners by developing the whole-person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders. Leader in Me unites students, staff, and families around a common goal to prepare students with college, career, and life-readiness skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced environment, like:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Self-Discipline
  • Vision
  • Initiative
  • Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Goal Achievement
  • Public Speaking
  • Global Awareness
  • Emotional Control
  • Teamwork
  • Listening Skills
  • Time Management
  • Leading Projects
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Problem Solving

Backed by the Franklin-Covey Corporation, this program incorporates 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in the day to day lives of our students. With a goal of building leadership skills in our people and throughout our schools, NFV Schools aim to increase learning and improve relationships for our students. If you have a MS student ask them about it!

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