Mrs. Miller's Weekly Update

April 25 - May 1, 2022

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Whether we like it or not, we are impacted by the people around us. That impact can be either positive or negative. It's so important for us to focus on surrounding ourselves with the people who build us up, not the ones that tear us down. I strive every day to be the person who supports and encourages the people around me. I'm also blessed with so many people who have my back and build me up.

Along those same lines, we all have different experiences. The saying shown below is one of my favorites. No one can tell us what is best for us because no one knows what we have experienced first hand.

That is why it is so important for us to provide support for others as they work through struggles and challenges in their lives. No one walks in their shoes, but we all can be there to support them through their journey! "Inspire them to be the best version of themselves!"

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Last but not least on this topic, when we support each other and build each other up, it makes us feel better about ourselves, too. When someone asks me for advice or input, it feels good that they trust me and value my opinion.

Like the saying below says, "Life is a journey, not a competition." We are so much better when we work together to build each other up and guide each other on our journey!

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Way back when, I remember taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). Some version of that statewide, mandatory test has existed in some fashion for it the ITBSs, ITEDs, or Iowa Assessments.

If you look at the image below, I bet you can remember taking a test and filling in the bubbles.

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Well, TIMES HAVE CHANGED! For the last few years, our GHV students have been taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) test, and that means NO MORE BUBBLE SCORE SHEETS!
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There are several things that make the ISASP test different.

1. It is aligned to the Iowa Core Standards, which teachers are required to teach to. This is an asset, as it is measuring what we are teaching and how well our students are learning it. We can use this data to help guide our teaching to best meet the needs of our high school students.

2. The test is not all multiple choice. At the high school level, the tests are computerized, and there are also open ended questions. Students have to respond in writing to questions, which shows a deeper understanding of their knowledge of the material.

3. The test is not timed. Because the ISASP test is more rigorous, it is not timed. Students can complete the tests at their own pace.

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The ISASP tests are incredibly important. In the field of education, we call it a "high stakes test". Here is why having our students try their very best is so important:

1. GHVHS is rated as a school in part on the results of this exam. Each year, the state puts out the Iowa School Performance Profile. This is an online tool showing how public schools performed on required measures. The website was developed to meet both federal and state requirements for publishing online school report cards, and the ISASP data is a big part of that. Schools who don't perform well in the performance profile may be labeled as "targeted", and even state funding can be impacted. That's why it is so important for our kids to do their best.

2. It helps us know what to focus more time on in the classroom. As a building and a district, we use the ISASP data to help determine areas of strength and potential gaps in student learning. This can help guide our instruction to best meet the learning needs of our kids.

3. It indicates individual student learning levels, which can have an impact on college class opportunities and ACT scores. Our GHV students have wonderful opportunities to take college course and participate in career academy programs while still in high school. To consider which students qualify, one factor is how they perform on the ISASP test. This is why it is so important that our kids try their best. Also, when it comes to ACT scores, another standardized test, the ISASP can give some insight into how well your student performs on these types of tests.

4. It helps us better teach your child. If a student tries and doesn't do as well as we hoped, that's great information. It helps us tailor our teaching to their learning needs. On the other hand, if a student doesn't try and scores poorly, we are not getting an accurate assessment of their learning levels. This will lead us down the wrong path on educating your student.

Our ISASP testing at the high school will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings for students in 9th-11th grade.

Please encourage your child to get a good night's sleep and to try their very best on their ISASP test! We appreciate your support!

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The ISASP is just one test, but it's a very important one, as I mentioned previously and gave you the reasons why.

However, as the picture above shows, there is so much more to our kids and their education than a test score. It's important for them to do their best so we have an accurate assessment of their learning levels.

With that said, we are investing in so much more when educating our kids. We are doing our best to help teach them life skills and lessons that will help make their futures as bright as possible!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again....


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In addition to our ISASP scores, our Conditions for Learning survey data is also part of our School Performance Profile data for the Department of Education. Parens/Guardians should have received an email in early April asking you to take this short survey. This data helps us see where we are doing well; it also helps us see where we can improve serving our families.

Please follow this link to take the survey:

English: Survey Link and Instructions for Parents

Spanish: Survey Link and Instructions for Parents (Spanish)

The survey should take about 15 minutes. You may complete the survey for each child.


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In honor of Earth Day, the High School PE classes, led by long term PE substitute Ashley Pahnisch , picked up garbage around the community Thursday. They made their way to the PK - 8th building, cleaned up 2 parks, and then finished by picking up some neighborhoods close to the school.

At the end of the day, the total weight of garbage picked up was 117 pounds!

The students had a great time participating in this Earth Day activity for our community. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Pahnish as well as Mrs. Edwards, our instructional coach, who helped supervise and participate in this activity. They enjoyed watching these students perform an act of community service while also showing respect to our planet!!

A thank you also goes out to Kris Hanson for supplying our students with gloves, garbage bags, and taking care of the garbage we collected!!

Think about it... 117 POUNDS! That's the weight of an entire person! Way to go, staff & students!

If the weather would have cooperated Friday, I can only imagine what we could have accomplished in two days! :)

happy earth day!

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GHV Golf

Weather has not been kind to us with regards to spring activities, but we have been able to get some events in this past week.

For my newsletter this week, we are focusing on golf!

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Girls' Golf Team

Our girls' golf team is off to a great start. At Bear Creek Golf Course in Forest City, our girls shot a season low of 194! Congratulations! Well done, girls!

Pictured above: Audrey Overgaard, Jessa Heitland, Sydney Helgeson, Kenedee Frayne, Rylee Frayne, & Jailyn Krein.
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Boy's Golf Team

Boys golf is also off to a great start. We have some returning seniors as well as some younger golfers contributing to the team. Keep up the great work, boys!

Pictured above: Ashton Strom, Brennan Swartout, Sam Wood, Brody Frayne, Braxton Moretz, & Braden Renner.


Coaches & Parents: If you would like your sport or activity showcased in my weekly newsletter, please email me pictures and details at I love to share all the great things our kids our doing, both in and out of the classroom!
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A HUGE thank you goes out to Paula Laird and Ashley Young, our junior class sponsors, who coordinated an amazing grand march and prom dance!

I also want to thank the junior parents who planned and supervised the post prom party.

I am proud of myself for refraining to go full on break dancing when "Footloose" came on. Today's "throwback oldies" are right up my alley! :)

Enjoy the pictures!

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Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 25

4:15 p.m. - Girls/Boys Golf @ Eagle Grove, w/ West Hancock (Dismiss-2:25/Bus-2:35)

4:30 p.m. - Girls Track @ Lake Mills (Dismiss-2:50/Bus-3:00)

4:30 p.m. - JV Boys Golf @ Clear Lake (Dismiss-3:25/Bus-3:35)

4:30 p.m. - Trap Meet @ Ventura (MC Meet)

5:00 p.m. - Boys Track @ Northwood-Kensett (Dismiss-3:10/Bus-3:20)

5:30 p.m. - Boys Soccer @ Webster City (Dismiss-3:05/Bus-3:15)

5:30 p.m. - Girls Soccer (H) vs. Webster City

6:30 p.m. - Special Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 26

ISASP Testing: 8:25 - 10:50 a.m.

Period 1: 10:53 - 11:16

Period 5: 11:19 - 12:28

Period 2: 12:31 - 12:54

Period 3: 12:57 - 1:19

Period 4: 1:22 - 1:44

Period 6: 1:47 - 2:09

Period 7: 2:12 - 2:34

Period 8: 2:37 - 2:59

Period 9: 3:02 - 3:25

4:30 p.m. - Boys Track (H)

4:30 p.m. - Girls Track @ Forest City (Dismiss-3:15/Bus-3:25)

Wednesday, April 27

One Hour Early Dismissal

Thursday, April 28

ISASP Testing: 8:25 - 10:00

Period 1: 10:03 - 10:31

Period 2: 10:34 - 11:02

Period 5: 11:05 - 12:14

Period 3: 12:17 - 12:45

Period 4: 12:48 - 1:17

Period 6: 1:20 - 1:49

Period 7: 1:52 - 2:21

Period 8: 2:24 - 2:53

Period 9: 2:56 - 3:25

4:30 p.m. - Girls/Boys Track @ North Union (Dismiss-2:00/Bus-2:10)

5:30 p.m. - Boys Soccer (H) vs. Belmond-Klemme

5:30 p.m. - Girls Soccer (H) vs. Belmond-Klemme

Friday, April 29

7:00 a.m. - NIACC/Composition Writing Assessment - GHV HS Media Center

4:15 p.m. - Girls/Boys Golf (H) w/ Belmond-Klemme & Bishop Garrigan

Saturday, April 30

9:00 a.m. - Girls Soccer vs. Hudson (H)

9:00 a.m. - Boys Golf @ West Hancock (Bus-8:00 a.m. fr/ Country Club)

9:00 a.m. - Girls Golf @ Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (TBA)

9:00 a.m. - Trap Meet @ Osage (Osage Meet)

12:00 p.m. - Boys Soccer Tournament @ Spirit Lake

Sunday, May 1

5:00 P.M - Senior Pizza Party - Pizza Ranch

- Seniors will be treated to a free buffet compliments of staff at GHVHS

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