Emmetsburg Secondary News

November 2021 - Middle School and High School

Our Purpose

Our vision with this newsletter lies in showcasing the great things our students and staff are involved in at the Middle school and High school.

From the Desk of Mrs. Christensen:

Portrait of a Graduate -- A goal that was identified in the School’s strategic plan is to ensure that all students are future ready through career exploration and first hand innovative learning opportunities aligning with the career pathways they aspire to follow. In order to move the District forward in this direction, we are using the Portrait of a Graduate process to identify and implement the core competencies (or skills) a student should develop before they graduate from Emmetsburg. We had an initial meeting with a group to get this process started and would welcome other community partners to join us in this endeavor. The next meeting is scheduled for November 9th at 5:00 p.m. in the MS/HS Library. If anyone is interested and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the High School.


Fall Play -- Emmetsburg High School students are presenting Space Princess Wars by Don Zolidas on November 12th and 13th in the Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. If you love Star Wars or The Princess Bride or if you are a fan of science fiction or comedy, this is the play for you! Tickets can be purchased from a cast member for $5 or at the door! Thanks for supporting our students by attending this event!

STEM in the Emmetsburg Community School District

STEM stands for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH. Just as important: STEM is about learning how to solve problems, be creative and innovative, think logically, and understand the world a bit better. These are valuable skills and habits of mind for kids to acquire, no matter what they do in life. Helping them to acquire these skills can pay big dividends. The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has supported STEM education for the past 10 years. The Emmetsburg Community School District is working to incorporate hands-on learning to create real-world learning opportunities so that students are future-ready.

Simple Ways to Support Students in STEM

Family members don’t need to be an engineer, doctor, or scientist to support children’s exploration of STEM learning. Help support STEM education by simply:

  • Setting clear and high expectations of student performance

  • Creating supportive learning environments at home

  • Asking questions that help to guide the exploration of courses students need to pursue STEM career pathway

Check out these additional opportunities to explore STEM learning at home:

Information from https://www.pta.org/home/programs/stem and https://www.iowastem.gov/parents

Social Emotional Learning

This year, as a district, we are focusing on the five social emotional learning (SEL) competencies from the CASEL framework. Please click the link to learn more!

Each month we will be focusing on one competency to dive deeper and develop a better understanding.


In September, we focused on where we are in understanding Self-Awareness. This led to our October focus of Self-Management. Why are these competencies important? For staff and students to function at their highest capability they must be able to understand and regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations. We are only at the beginning of this work with SEL and teaching/practicing these competencies, but we are excited to learn more and implement our this work in our day-to-day lives.


SEL Competencies:

  • Self Awareness

  • Self Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship Skills

  • Responsible Decision Making


Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS)

PBIS provides a framework for school-wide systems for creating and sustaining a safe and effective school. P.B.I.S focuses on prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data for addressing existing behavior concerns. To do this, teachers and staff teach, model, and expect students to display E-Hawk Pride.


Up to this point in the school year, we have been focusing on students getting to class on time. Through work on our WHY this is important and teaching what it looks like to be on time, we have come a long way as a community to teach this skill. Thanks to a variety of different supervisors and managers in Emmetsburg for providing some insight on why it is important that their employees show up on time and by valuing this practice in school will carry over into their future as employees.

We met our goal of 90% of students being to class on time and celebrated with donuts for breakfast Thursday October 28th. PBIS will also be recognizing our students of the month selected by our teachers for showing E-hawk Pride! Congratulations to these students for September and October who were served Pizza Ranch for lunch for all their hard work!


September and October Students of the Month

These students showed great E-Hawk Pride, character, academic achievement or improvement, leadership, among other things. Congratulations.


Photo 1 Below: HS September - M. Theesfeld, M. Dunlap, S. Carlson, M. Kinnetz and O. Lace. Missing: E. Schany


Photo 2 Below: MS September - A. Rouse, M. Malm, J. Wilcoxon, M Bay, J. Reese, A. Garrelts, I. Gomez, N, Hernandez, and J. Garber.


Photo 3 Below: HS October - Front: R. Miner, L. Auten and Z. Vazquez. Back: K. Joyce, G. Franker, D. Poeppe and K. Hamerlinck. Missing A. Petersen.


Photo 3 Below: MS October - T. Garmen, RJ Schwering, L. Straw, K. Chapman, H. Swanson,

L. Cadwell, and C. Frederick
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