The Rocket Review
Monthly Newsletter Update: November 2022
Important Upcoming Dates
1st: Juniors Take ACT Test at West Nodaway, 8:00-11:30 AM
2nd: FFA Area Fall Speaking and Rituals Contests [Savannah], 4:30 PM
4th: Elementary First Quarter Awards Assembly [Elementary Gym], 9:00 AM
8th: Elementary Family Math Night [Elementary Gym], 5:30-7:30 PM
9th: First Grade's Day in the Lunch Room
9th: West Nodaway Board of Education Meeting
9th: FFA District Fall Speaking Contest [Cameron], 4:30 PM
14th: Staff Development Day
21st: IMPORTANT - West Nodaway Classes in Session
22nd: Picture Day [Yearbook Groups, Organizations, JH/HS Grade Levels, JH/HS Basketball]
23rd-28th: Thanksgiving Break
Reminders and Information
- When 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)
- If you would like to be added to West Nodaway's "Rocket Alert" list, please contact the high school office. Parents and guardians are automatically added to the system. It's a great way to keep updated with current happenings!
- If you know of anyone that would like to sign up to receive this monthly newsletter, please call the high school office at (660) 725-3317 and provide their email address. We look forward to sharing this information with you all each month!
- Make sure you "like" and "follow" us on Facebook (@WestNodaway) and Twitter (@WNRockets)! We send out lots of information about upcoming events, cancellations, and fun school activities.
SCH Photo will be photographing elementary make-ups, JH/HS make-ups, JH/HS grade levels, organizations, post-season athletic honors, high school basketball, and high school cheer.
By the time you receive this newsletter, parent-teacher conferences will have come and gone. It is hard to believe the 1st quarter is already over. All of the fall sports have wrapped up, except HS football and cross country. With the approach of winter, basketball season has started for the JH teams and varsity practices will begin on Monday, October 31st. I was able to watch both the boys and girls JH basketball teams compete Monday night against Rock Port.
I have written to you in the past about turnout for parent teacher conferences. At our fall conferences, the turnout was not what I hoped it would be. However, it increased significantly from the last time we had conferences. Turnout more than doubled from the last time, so this is a step in the right direction.
Please take the time to review the upcoming dates at the top of this newsletter. There are always many activities and events taking place. Our school website has a live feed section where you can also keep up on school activities. Likewise, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. If you know of anyone who is not on the mailing list for this newsletter, and they would like to receive it, you may contact us at the school with their email address and we can add them to our mailing list.
Lastly, I want to reiterate another item I have written to you about in the past. That is sportsmanship. As winter approaches and activities move inside (basketball). It is important to remember that we should conduct and expect others to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. It seems each year that I have to escort someone to the door at the behest of the officials, or send someone a letter about appropriate behavior at a sporting event. I hope to avoid that for the rest of the year, as it has already happened during football. You will not find anyone who is more competitive than I am. However, it is important to show respect and sportsmanship for coaches and officials as they engage in the difficult tasks of coaching and officiating. Let the officials officiate, the coaches coach, and the kids play!
Our first quarter awards assembly will be held on Friday, November 4th at 9:00 A.M. in the elementary gym. We will start with K-2nd, and when finished, they will return to class. We will then honor 3rd -6th grades.
Mark your calendars! Tuesday, November 8th from 5:30-7:30 P.M. will be Elementary Math Night in the elementary gym. NWMSU students and staff will be holding activities and games based around math for students to have fun and learn. We would love for everyone to attend this event.
November 9th will be first grade's lunch day. First grade parents, be on the lookout for more information coming soon!
Please pay close attention to the calendar. We WILL be in session on MONDAY the 21ST. This is Thanksgiving week. We will have school on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd, and school will be on break Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, and Friday 25th. School will NOT be in session on Monday the 28th, as per our normal four-day school week. Students will return to classes on Tuesday, November 29th.
Have a great Thanksgiving, Rockets!
Junior High and High School News
Congratulations to the students below for earning "Perfect First Quarter!" These students had perfect attendance, no discipline referrals, and were never tardy to class for the entire first quarter! They were treated to a special lunch of pizza, pop, chips, and cookies on Tuesday, October 25th. Great job!
Reading Tips from Ms. Rusco
Reasons to Read 20 Minutes Per Night
- Reading is “brain food.”
- Reading improves listening skills.
- Reading builds early literacy skills.
- Reading prepares children for kindergarten.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Reading improves academic performance.
Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Children
- Reading develops a stronger vocabulary.
- Reading builds connections between the spoken and written word
- Reading provides enjoyment.
- Reading increases attention span.
- Reading strengthens cognition.
- Reading provides a safe way of exploring strong emotions.
- Reading promotes bonding.
Upcoming Music Concerts
We have been hit with a big wave of Strep throat in the elementary these past few weeks. We'll be reminding students to take extra precautions with hand washing and sanitizing this cold and flu season. Please remember to keep students home a full 24 hours to be fever-free or to let antibiotics get started. This will help the spread within classrooms. Also, we appreciate a heads up of a morning if medicine has been given, so no duplicates will be given here. Even a note would be helpful!
I have gone through a lot of chapstick and cough drops already this year. If you can, please send your student with a tube to keep here at school! 😊 We do allow cough drops to be brought in as well, we just ask that they are given to the teacher so we know when one in consumed.
Coat season is here. If your student needs a new coat, please have them come see me. We have lots of new ones to choose from. If I don't have the right size, I will get one! Remember to send hats and gloves, recess gets pretty chilly some days.
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Junior High: 8th Grade participated in Manufacturing Day and visited JL Houston, Metal Culverts, Kawasaki, and Mosaic. Students were able to ask questions, watch products being made, and do a few hands-on activities. The trip allowed them to discover various types of jobs at each location and understand the skills needed. Starting second quarter, the 7th Grade class has been meeting with me once a week to work on critical thinking, study strategies, and learn about careers. The goal is to broaden their understanding of career pathways and the connection those options have to personal skills/traits.
High School: Juniors and Seniors attended the My Success event at the Civic Arena. They explored various career options related to health care, education, technology, construction, and many others. They had the opportunity to ask employers questions and discover requirements to work at various businesses. This was a good chance for students to make a connection between the workforce and their school achievements. Hopefully they can utilize this understanding when applying for jobs in the near future and beyond. Freshmen and Sophomores have been given A+ Program information. This is a good way for students to obtain a scholarship for college/tech school after graduation. "Hour Logs" are located in the basket outside my office door and need to be turned in quarterly. If any current upperclassmen forgot to complete their logs last year, please gather that information and necessary signatures by the end of this quarter.
Coming up in November, I will be meeting with each high school class to discuss academic and career goals. Additional scholarships will be distributed to Seniors (they currently have been given 39 different applications along with numerous search engines), ASVAB scores will be discussed with Juniors, and the ACT will be given to those upper classmen who registered. Representatives from State Tech, Southwest Iowa, and Northwest have visited with students and there are more in the next few weeks.
- Lani Clayton, School Counselor
Updated Voter ID Information
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Just for Fun
Happy Thanksgiving from West Nodaway
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