Fowler USD #225

April 2018 Newsletter

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GEMINI REDESIGN

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

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State Science Fair

Fowler students competed well at the Regional Science Fair at Seward County Community College on March 3rd, bringing home 25 medals.


Medal Winners:

Makenna Smith, Carter Granados, & Bobby Littlewood

Bryce McDowell, Ollie Dierking, & Natalie Bollinger

Michael Klotz & Ayrian O'Hotto

Alexa Teran & Eliana Zortman

Lillian Littlewood & Evelyn Velez-Prieto

Lexus Shelby, Veronica Garcia, & Olivia Durbin

Danny McLachlan

Alex Zortman & Abby Zortman

Ethan Boese & Zach McLachlan

James Littlewood & Corban Dierking

Lia Granados & Caleb Heinz

Alexa Snook


In addition, 20 students qualified to compete in the State Science & Engineering Fair at Cessna Activity Center in Wichita on April 6th.


State Qualifiers:

Ariana Barrera, Micah McDowell, & Maxine Thomas, "What's Peelin'?"- Chemistry

Kate Cunningham, Aiden Barrera, & Joey Dierking, "Homemade Lava Lamp"- Chemistry

Danny McLachlan, "Magnets"- Energy

Alex Zortman & Abby Zortman, "Pulley Power"- Physics & Astronomy

James Littlewood & Corban Dierking, "Cooking with a Heat Lamp"- Energy

Ethan Boese & Zach McLachlan, "Boom!"- Engineering Mechanics

Alli Granados, Wyatt Ellis, & Damian Teran, "Will it Float?"- Physics & Astronomy

Lia Granados & Caleb Heinz, "Power of Conformity"- Behavioral Science

Alexa Snook & Saul Medina, "The Viscosity of Oil"- Physics & Astronomy



Good luck at state Goldbugs!!!

Night of the Arts - Monday, April 23

Save the date for an evening of special activities highlighting the music, drama, and art of our students of all ages. This will include elementary music as well as high school. The evening will also include a fundraiser meal by the Fowler Teacher's Association to fund their scholarship, and will conclude with the traditional Seniors vs. Faculty ball game. Watch for more details in your child's folder and on the school Facebook page.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Friday, April 27

Elementary conferences will be based upon individual student need and parent or teacher request. Appointments will be scheduled by the office for teacher requests. If the teacher does not set up a conference for your child, parents are welcome to contact Erica in the grade school office at 620-646-5234 to request a conference.


7th-11th grade conferences will be used to create or update the Individual Plan of Study (IPS). An appointment will be scheduled by the office for each student. Students will be assigned to a teacher for this conference, and this teacher will continue as the student's mentor next year. During this appointment you will review your child's credits and test scores, discuss future educational goals, and pre-enroll for next year's classes. All students entering 8th-12th grade next year are required to have an IPS before they can begin school. If you need to request a certain time for your appointment, please contact Lisa in the high school office at 620-646-5221.


Appointment notices will be sent out in mid-April.

State Assessments

Students will begin taking state assessments on Monday, April 2. We appreciate your partnership in making sure your child has a nutritious breakfast and is well rested. It is important that students are on time for school as many days assessments will begin around 8:15. Students who are absent are required to make up the assessments.


April 2-5:

5th, 6th, & 8th Grades- Science or Social Studies


April 9-12:

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, & 10th Grades- Language Arts & Math

11th Grade- Social Studies

KESA Accreditation

Teachers worked diligently to prepare for our Kansas Educational Systems of Accreditation (KESA) visit in March. Three educators from outside districts spent the day analyzing our ideas and progress and offering feedback and encouragement. Our district is currently in year one of a five year accreditation cycle. The visiting team expressed support for our vision for education and especially enjoyed the tours of the school they received from our student tour guides.
DISTRICT CALENDAR

Fowler USD # 225 District Calendar

ASPIRE 4 HIGHER CALENDAR

April 2018 Aspire 4 Higher Calendar

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Students and teachers helped save lives at the National Honor Society's blood drive on March 21st! We are especially proud of our courageous first time student donors and the NHS members who organized the event. 28 units of blood were collected which surpassed our goal of 24. Thank you to all community participants who donated as well!

FFA Banquet

Fowler FFA will host its 1st Annual FFA Banquet on April 13th at 7:00 PM in the high school gym. All Ag students and families are encouraged to attend. Additional information will be provided closer to the date.

Prom 2018

Fowler High School's prom, Mid Summer Night's Dream, will be held on April 21, 2018. Dinner will be at 6:30 PM, with the promenade following at 7:30 PM, and the dance beginning at 8:30 PM.
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Middle School Bowling Reward

11 middle school students qualified for a bowling reward trip for maintaining good grades and behavior and meeting reading goals during the 3rd quarter.


Congratulations Elijah Zortman, Charlie Littlewood, Alli Granados, Kimberly Velez-Prieto, Nathan Peters, Ryleigh Foster, Samanta Granados, Abby Zortman, James Littlewood, Bethany Barrera, and Jacelyn Huelskamp!

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High School Branson Field Trip

In keeping with creating educational experiences at Fowler schools, 21 high school students recently visited Branson, MO. History came to life at the Titanic Museum as students were assigned passengers aboard the ship and discovered their fate in the final gallery of the museum. Other experiences included the Dixie Stampede, Silver Dollar City with Marvel Cave, and Buckets 'N Boards. Drew Boese, sophomore, said, "I think that this trip was a great opportunity. Not many students have the chance to go and do things like this as part of their school. The Titanic was my favorite part. I hope that we can have another trip like this in the future."

March Project Week

Senior captains led their teams in proposing a solution to the essential problem during March Project Week. Congratulations to Victoria Bruckner for leading her team, including Lia Granados, Drew Boese, Nate Cunningham, and Blaze Bilodeau, for the best response to the question, "How will you address the recreational needs of Fowler citizens?" Victoria will receive a $500 PBL Scholarship. Thank you to the City of Fowler, Meade County Economic Development, and Fowler Booster Club for contributing to this scholarship fund.


Middle school students tackled the question, "What can you do to beautify Fowler?" Ideas that impressed the panel included adding lanterns to the city park, improving the appearance of the pool fence, planting drought resistant flowers, maintaining yards and homes for the elderly, and installing a new welcome sign along the highway. Any community groups or members who would like to work with students to further develop and implement one of these ideas is encouraged to contact Mrs. McDowell. We'd love to see our students ideas become realities within our community.


Thank you to those who served on our evaluation panels for Project Week:


Carol Salmon

Erin Bergkamp

Crista Tacha

Dudley Strong

Steve Federau

Nikki Thornburg

Jamie Boese

Vern Mayo

APRIL 2018 BREAKFAST MENU

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APRIL 2018 LUNCH MENU

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Body Venture

Kindergarten through 5th grade students have an exciting event coming up on Thursday, April 26. Body Venture is a 45 foot by 50 foot venture-through exhibit representing the human body, brought to us by the Kansas State Department of Education. It's a great opportunity for students to learn about the importance of making healthy food choices and being physically active. It's an exciting tour of the human body featuring engaging, experiential educational activities.


This event requires a large number of adult volunteers for set up and take down. Set up will take place at 4:00 on April 25th in the high school gym. Tear down will take place the afternoon of the 26th. It also requires many volunteers to lead short mini-lessons at stations within the exhibit. All instructions and materials are provided by Body Venture. If you are willing to volunteer with set up, tear down, or with facilitating a station, please contact Corri McDowell at cmcdowell@usd225.org. We look forward to bringing another great experience to our students!

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Book Fair

The "Buy One Get One Free" book fair is coming! Get ready for summer reading by coming to the Spring Book Fair, April 23-27. The book fair will be open before and after school as well as during the Night of the Arts and parent-teacher conferences.


Book Fair customers may help the school build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the “All for Books” program, where kids can share the thrill of reading by donating loose change to purchase books from the Book Fair for the school library. Scholastic matches monetary donations with a donation of up to one million books, which go to national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping families in need, such as the Kids in Distressed Situations and Kids in Need Foundation.

Aspire 4 Higher

The last day of the Aspire 4 Higher program for the 2017-18 school year will be on Thursday, May 3rd.
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