Fowler USD #225

March 2019 Newsletter

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New Resource

Check out this great new resource below from the Kansas State Department of Education that reminds us of the vision for education in Kansas and how the things we do in Fowler align with it.

KSDE Talking Points - Kansans Can School Redesign Project


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

Spring Picture Day

Spring individual and team pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 20th. Picture packets will be sent home with students.
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Science Fair Success!

Congratulations to the winners of the local science fair held on February 14th at Fowler:

9th-12th Grade Division:

1st Place- Hannah Masri

2nd Place (tie)- Alejandro Arenillas

2nd Place (tie)- Elijah Zortman, Alex De La Torre, & Matt Anderson

3rd Place- Caleb Heinz & Jurney Bird

6th-8th Grade Division:

1st Place- Abby Zortman & Alex Zortman

2nd Place- James Littlewood, Damian Teran, & Zach McLachlan

3rd Place- Joselyn Romesburg, Ryleigh Foster, & Jacelyn Huelskamp

3rd-5th Grade Division:

1st Place- Dray Dawson, Micah McDowell, & Maxine Thomas

2nd Place (tie)- Kate Cunningham & Aiden Barrera

2nd Place (tie)- Jayden Renfro & Silas Brown

3rd Place- Colt Dizmang & Saul Mendoza

In addition to the winners above, congratulations to these students who also qualified to compete at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Seward County Community College on March 2nd!

Shaylin Garcia, Samanta Granados, & Ethan Boese

Kimberly Velez-Prieto

Landon Bollinger

Desmond Thomas & Eddy Mendoza

Lillian Littlewood & Evelyn Velez-Prieto

Dakota Martin & Jacob McNemer

Bryce McDowell & Jordan Padgett

Bobby Littlewood & Makenna Smith

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade each completed a class science fair project that will also be entered in the regional science fair.

Special thanks to our community volunteer judges: Fred Brubaker, Elly Sneath, Robert Zielke, and Cheryl Dizmang. Good luck to all of our students at regionals!

For more information on the local science fair, see the article by Savannah Bollinger at the link below.

Fowler Science Fair

Student News Article by Savannah Bollinger

Night of the Arts & Sciences

Mark your calendars for our next family event, the Night of the Arts and Sciences on Thursday, March 7th! The night will music performances, forensics performances, presentations by the 2 finalists from Project Week, art and STEM projects on display, and a robotics showcase by elementary students. It's a night you won't want to miss!

Further details will be coming soon!

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SPIAA League Math Contest

Fowler will be hosting the league math contest for grades 4-8 on Wednesday, March 27th. Community volunteers are needed to help monitor the testing rooms, score the tests, and help with other organizational tasks. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Lisa Tatro at the high school office at 620-646-5221 or Thanks in advance for your support!

Aspire 4 Higher News

Aspire is kicking off March with their quarterly PBL week. Projects will be focused on illusions and magic. Students come check this out! Another exciting activity is the art and videography taking place at the public library on Fridays. Be sure to check the calendar for all of the activities, dates, and times!


March 2019 Aspire 4 Higher Calendar


USD #225 Calendar of Events

ACT Update

Due to the weather delay, students were unable to take the ACT Test as scheduled on February 20th. The state designated make-up day is April 2, 2019.
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Self-Directed Learning Success!

Self-Directed Learning is just one component of the Summit Learning system, and our students have made great strides so far this year in mastering the skills necessary to be self-directed learners. SDL focuses on teaching students how to set goals, prioritize responsibilities, manage time, develop note-taking skills, and apply Habits of Success while studying content needed for their class projects. This component counts for 30% of their grade in a course, whereas the projects completed in class count for a greater 70%. So far this year our students have passed 1,206 focus areas, which is an average of 20.8 focus areas per student.

6th Grade- passed 252 focus areas (12 students) = avg. 21.0

7th Grade- passed 220 focus areas (10 students) = avg. 22.0

8th Grade- passed 284 focus areas (10 students) = avg. 28.4

9th Grade- passed 130 focus areas (6 students) = avg. 21.7

10th Grade+- passed 320 focus areas (20 students) = avg. 16.0

Note: Some 10th Grade+ students are enrolled in fewer Summit courses.

We are very proud of our students for the growth they have shown in their responsibility, perseverance, and work ethic as a result of building their self-directed learning skills.

March Breakfast Menu

March 2019 Breakfast Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

March Lunch Menu

March 2019 Lunch Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday, February 28 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, March 1 from 8:00-12:00. The schedule has been sent home in student folders.

There will NOT be conferences for the middle school/high school at this time. Individual Plan of Study meetings will be held for these students in April.

WIG Pep Rally

The Lighthouse Leadership Council, comprised of 8 elementary students in grades K-5, regularly tracks the progress of the school toward its Wildly Important Goal. While the weekly data posted on the bulletin board was improving, it was still falling slightly short of meeting the goal. Piggy backing on the PBL group's idea to add the Rise and Read program, this team of students decided to hold a reading pep rally to bump up effort toward meeting our WIG.

The council members paired up to plan music, games, cheers, and treats. On January 28, these students led the pep rally entirely on their own. They are pleased to announce that their data has improved since the pep rally, and they are now on track to meet the WIG for this quarter!

Habit 6: Synergize

During March, students will be learning about Habit 6: Synergize. Synergy means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It also supports the idea that two heads are better than one. Synergy is teamwork, team building, and the development of unity and creativity with other human beings. It’s the habit of creative cooperation; the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems.

Students who synergize demonstrate the following skills:

* Value other people's strengths and learn from them.

* Get along well with others, even people who are different from them.

* Work well in groups.

* Seek out other people's ideas to solve problems.

* Show humility.

Also, check out the great new graphic below that reminds us about Habit 1: Be Proactive. Proactive people focus their efforts within their Circle of Influence, or what they can control, rather than focusing on what they cannot control.

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Winter Homecoming

Congratulations to Jurney Bird & Alexa Snook who were crowned winter Homecoming King & Queen on February 15th! Their court included Saul Medina, Savannah Bollinger, Emie Carillo, & Logen Kernell. Kindergarten escorts were Dominic Zortman, Kolbie Boese, & Damien Vanover.

High school student council and cheerleaders did a fabulous job coordinating the week's activities including dress up days, seminar games, the pep rally, and the homecoming dance and game night. Thank you to all who contributed to a wonderful week!

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State Piano Festival

Congratulations to Elijah Zortman for earning a I rating on his piano solo at the KSHSAA State Piano Festival held at Wichita State University on February 16th!

FFA Week

FFA week was February 18-21. Fowler FFA had an exciting week for our 2nd National FFA Week since re-establishing our chapter last year. First, we went bowling with several other chapters and played leadership games. On Monday, we started a coloring contest with the grade school students and the chapter officers wore official dress. On Tuesday, we took a trip to the cotton gin in Moscow- it was a little chilly! Wednesday was Dress like a Farmer Day. Thursday, we wrapped up the coloring contest and hosted a corn hole tournament with the boards we made in Ag Structures.

For more information on our FFA chapter, check out the link to the article below.

Fowler FFA

Student News Article by Savannah Bollinger

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SPIAA Big Read Award Recipients

Congratulations to James Littlewood, Jacelyn Huelskamp, and Ryleigh Foster for placing 2nd in their categories at the SPIAA Big Read competition! Not pictured: Patty Anurat



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