WMU District Newsletter

Motivating Life Long Learners


As we close out our second quarter of the school year on December 21st, everyone is looking forward to a much-deserved Winter Break. Thankfully, we have had a very good first semester; none of this could happen without the support and cooperation of staff, students, and families. So, THANK YOU! As we prepare for the start of our Winter Break, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to a great 2023 with all of you!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Maeder, Mr. Edwards, and Mrs. Wahls


Mrs. Beard's Family and Consumer Science (FCS) courses (formerly known as Home Economics) at WMU is a core exploratory class for all 7th and 8th Graders and currently offers five elective courses to high school students, with hope to add an additional course in the coming year. The current five courses offered are the following: Foods I and II, Advanced Foods, Independent Living, and Child Development. Not only do students get to experience cooking labs, but beforehand they learn the safety and basics of cooking. We also dive into different culinary careers and compete in local cooking competitions in Advanced Foods and child development careers, as well as learning to live as an adult in Independent Living.


Students also have the opportunity to be members of FCCLA. FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Mrs. Beard took a group of 6 FCCLA students to Des Moines on Wednesday, November 2 to the FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally. The Rally kicks off the membership year by bringing together members all across the state of Iowa for one day of engaging leadership experiences, industry presentations, and professional networking opportunities. These are the 22-23 school year FCCLA officers.

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Student Leadership Council is an organization made up of students in grades 9-12 who volunteer to be a part of it. They help with activities such as the Veterans Day Assemblies, PBIS Assemblies, Bus Load of Books, reading to students, running food drives, and putting on our Mini Dance Marathon to raise money for the U of I children's cancer hospital. Our members this year are: Anna Anderson, Abby Miller, Melina Oepping, Isabel Kann, Bradie Buffington, Keely Malone, Alli Humphreys, Keetyn Townsley, Afton Wilkerson, Aurey Meeker, Audrie Gipple, Pacey Schlee, Summer Neubauer, Josie Nelson, Lennon Scott, Beatrice Anderson, and Katie Miller. The picture below is from their November Food Drive.
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Meet Dr. Brad Nordyke

Dr. Brad Nordyke graduated from Winfield Mt. Union where he was very active in multiple sports, band, choir, speech, and newspaper. He was also the student council president and athlete of the year in 1978. Upon graduation, Dr. Nordyke attended the University of Northern Iowa and received his Bachelor's Degree in Education. He then joined the Navy and attended the University of South Dakota and studied medicine. After med school, he became the senior flight surgeon in Guam and ran a flight line clinic. He moved to Brownsville, Texas and owned his own clinic for 25 years while living part time in Winfield so his son, Brayden, could graduate from WMU as well. Dr. Nordyke is now back in Texas working half time at the Brownsville Community Health Clinic, but continues to be an advocate for the WMU school community and will be sponsoring a Gift Giveaway for all students Prek-12 during the Santa's Workshop.
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Look up in the sky, is it J-Term, is it May Term, no it’s Spring Term. The secondary Building Leadership Team proposed Spring Term after their October meeting and it was approved. The Spring Term will be March 31 thru April 6. For five days, WMU will be engaging in Spring Term. Students and teachers will take a break from classes and immerse themselves into a project of their choosing. Past projects have included Wilderness Survival, School Branding, Crochet Coral Reef Movement, and many other hands-on activities that are of particular interest to the students. The students plan, conduct, and present their projects. Juniors and Seniors have the option to job shadow during the week. Part of the reason for the switch from May Term to Spring Term was to allow for the job shadows to be available to seniors. In May Term the seniors have already graduated.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2022~Elementary Winter Music Concert @ 7:00

Wednesday, December 14, 2022~School Board Meeting @ 6:00

Thursday, December 15, 2022~Santa's Workshop and Gift Giveaway

Monday, December 19, 2022~6-12 Winter Concert @ 7:00

Wednesday, December 21, 2022~End of First Semester

Thursday, December 22, 2022-Monday, January 2, 2023~Winter Break~No School