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May 2018 Newsletter

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GEMINI REDESIGN

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

Fowler Summit System

Fowler MS/HS


For 2018-2019 there will be some additions to our educational program. Students in grades 6-10 will have the traditional core subject matters of language arts, social studies, math and science delivered in a new format. This format will allow for the following:


-Core subject matter instruction in math, science, social studies and language arts

-Technology based content that is monitored and guided by subject matter teachers

-Skill based modules that transfer into hands-on learning projects

-Ability for teachers to allow for advancement through subject matter as well as remediation


Questions:


Will my student be on a computer all day?

No.


It is true that the content, curriculum and assessments are delivered on their device via the digital platform. But it is also true that each individual core teacher will be working with students individually, in small group or large group instruction on items that they need to master the skill. Some students may work ahead or some may require extra attention from the teacher to help learn a skill. The students will be using their devices to access the platform as well as research and develop their projects.


Students currently access much of their content and research through their devices, some of this will be very similar to what they already experience. The difference is that there is a stronger focus relating their skills acquisition to their application of those skills.


Does this system meet state requirements?

Yes.


In fact, this is fully supported by the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education. The Commissioner of Education, Randy Watson, has been leading our state through the process of implementing the ideas that Fowler is enacting. The major focus of the State is personalization and project based learning.


Will this system prepare my student for college?

Yes.


A major focus of our system is critical thinking and problem solving. These are not only skills that will help them as they seek a career, but it will help them through college as well. The core instructional system will also help to prepare them for the academic skills necessary to succeed at the college level.

Will my student still have access to electives?

Yes.


Students will have many options available to them throughout the day. In the IPS process students and parents will have the opportunity to choose various options throughout the schedule.


Grades 11/12:


These students will have the full slate of course offerings available to them. They will not be in the digital platform unless requested through the IPS. During one period a day students will be required to create an individualized project. They will work with an instructor to design a project that lasts throughout the semester. Prior to graduation, students will also be required to complete a semester long internship program. They will work with the internship facilitator to create a suitable placement.


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State Science Fair

Congratulations to our students who placed in their categories at the State Science Fair in Wichita on April 6th.


Physics and Astronomy - Division I: Alexa Snook and Saul Medina - Gold

Energy: Physical - Division III: Daniel McLachlan - Silver

Energy: Physical - Division III: James Littlewood - Bronze


These students qualified at both the local and regional levels to compete against students from across the state. Students were encouraged to work toward an increased standard of excellence in science, math, engineering, and technology. We are tremendously proud of these Goldbugs!

Math Contest Results

Congratulations to the following 4th-8th grade students who placed at the SPIAA League Math Contest hosted at Fowler on April 4.


Jude Holt, 4th Grade, 9th Place in Problem Solving

Alex Zortman, 5th Grade, 8th Place in Geometry

Danny McLachlan, 5th Grade, 9th Place in Geometry

Elijah Zortman, 8th Grade, 8th Place in Mental Math

Elijah Zortman, 8th Grade, 9th Place in Geometry

Elijah Zortman, 8th Grade, 6th Place in Problem Solving

Summer Food Program

When school's out, you can power up for summer fun! Fowler Grade School will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program again this summer.


Fuel Up for Summer Fun - Eat Smart. Play Hard.

Join us for a FREE breakfast and lunch!

*Open to all children and teens 1-18

*No registration or identification is required


DATES: May 21 - August 9, 2018

TIMES: Breakfast: 8:00 - 8:30 AM and Lunch: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Meals are served Monday through Friday

LOCATION: Fowler Grade School Cafeteria

Adults over 18 are welcomed to join us for $5.00/per meal (adults cannot share a plate with a child).


Please contact the grade school office with any questions.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

DISTRICT CALENDAR

Fowler USD # 225 District Calendar

HOBY Leadership Conference

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership provides lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. Their vision is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.


Caleb Heinz has been selected to represent Fowler High School at the HOBY Leadership Conference on May 31-June 3 at Kansas State University. Caleb's teachers recognize his leadership potential in his quiet, behind the scenes leadership style, as well as his ability to collaborate well with others and dedication to see things through to the end.


FHS would like to thank the Fowler Community Alliance for sponsoring Caleb for this conference. We appreciate your support!

Awards Banquet & NHS Induction, May 8th

On Tuesday, May 8th high students and their families are invited to the annual Awards Banquet and National Honor Society Induction. This event will be held in the high school gym beginning at 6:00 PM. Dinner will be provided.

FHS Graduation, May 12th

Fowler High School's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 PM in the grade school auditorium. Congratulations graduates on your outstanding achievement. We wish you the best of luck on all of your future endeavors.

Sports Physicals, May 9th

Meade Hospital will be at FHS on May 9th from 1:30 - 3:00 PM to administer sports physicals for the 2018-19 school year. The cost is $25 per student, and must be paid by cash or check the day of the physical. Current 5th-11th graders can take advantage of this opportunity. A physical is required before any student can begin practicing with any athletic teams next year. Paperwork will be sent home with students.

8th Grade Promotion & JH Awards, May 17th

The 8th Grade Promotion and Junior High Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 PM in the grade school auditorium.

Junior High Track is Breaking Records

The Fowler Junior High Track Team is off to a great start this season. Madison Sutterfield, 7th grade, has shattered the school record in both the 2 mile, with a time of 11:51, and the 1 mile, with a time of 5:44. Madison has the potential to set new league records in these events.


6th graders, James Littlewood, Jacelyn Huelskamp, Jimmy Fink, and Abby Zortman have begun their track experience strong, placing in multiple events including discus, shot put, 800m, 100m, 200mH, and long jump.


7th graders, Samanta Granados, Shaylin Garcia, and Ryleigh Foster have also performed well at this year's meets, each placing in individual events including the 1600m and 200m. Other 7th grade athletes are improving each week and getting very close to placing in their events.


8th grade athletes continue to make Fowler proud at each meet. Elijah Zortman has placed in the top 3 of the 1 and 2 mile events at each meet and is continuing to improve his time. Charlie Littlewood has received gold in the 200m and 800m, and has placed in the high jump and the medley relay. Felipe Granados, Alex De La Torre, and Jackie Hewitt are also doing well this season, competing in the triple jump, the medley relay, 400m, 200m, and 4x200m.


Great job Goldbugs!

Summer School

Check it out!! Coming June 2018!! Fowler Grade School is offering summer school. Beginning at 8:30 each morning, and running until 11:30, summer school will follow the same 4 day, Monday thru Thursday, week as regular school. There will be lots of activities; reading, math, centers, enrichment, movement, and more. Lots of fun activities will be going on. Students finishing PK through 5th grades are invited to enroll. We hope to see you there. Deadline for enrollment is May 31st. Students can arrive at 8:00 for breakfast, and stay after for lunch at 11:30.

Little Bugs Preschool

FGS plans to continue offering the Little Bugs program to students who are three and older as of September 1, 2018. Opportunities for screening and enrollment will be offered toward the end of summer. Information will be posted around town and provided in future newsletters. We're excited to meet our new Little Bugs soon!

Aspire 4 Higher

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

Last Day of School- May 17th

FGS will celebrate our year of success with several family activities on May 17th.


8:30 Awards Assembly in the Grade School Auditorium

9:30 Photo Opportunity

10:00 Field Day begins at the Football Field


A family BBQ will be provided at the football field in conjunction with field day. Any parents who would like to volunteer to help grill or serve the meal can contact Mrs. McDowell at cmcdowell@usd225.org.


At the conclusion of field day, parents may sign out their children, or students may return to their classrooms with their teachers to help clean and organize the classroom for summer.

MAY 2018 BREAKFAST MENU

May 2018 Breakfast Menu. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

MAY 2018 LUNCH MENU

May 2018 Lunch Menu. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Month in Review

FHS Softball Team

FHS introduced its first Lady Goldbugs softball team in April 2018.
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FFA Banquet

Fowler High School hosted it's first FFA Banquet on April 13th. Being a new chapter, all members were only eligible for Greenhand Degrees. To receive a Greenhand Degree members needed to attend the Greenhand Conference in Dodge City, have started a Supervised Agricultural Experience, attend the local banquet, be a 1st year member, and recite the FFA Creed. Recipients were: Haydn Weston, Seth Cross, Dakota Rarden, Nate Cunningham, Jahim Ross, Rolando Guzman, Morgan Durbin, Saul Medina, Kenyan Weber, Joaquin Velez-Prieto, Jurney Bird, Darien de la Torre, and Caleb Heinz.


The new officers were installed and are as follows: Caleb Heinz, president; Jurney Bird, Vice President; Haydn Weston, Secretary; Nate Cunningham, Treasurer; Darien De La Torre, Reporter; Joaquin Velez-Prieto, Sentinel.


Seth Cross retired as president and turned the chapter suspenders over to the new president, Caleb Heinz. The suspenders were given to our chapter by Drew Glenn and are to be in the possession of the current chapter president.

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FHS Prom 2018

On April 21st FHS held its 2018 prom, themed a Mid Summer's Night Dream. Thank you to the junior class, class sponsors, parents, and volunteers for all of your help making this year's prom memorable.

Seniors vs. Faculty Softball Game

On Monday, April 23rd, the FHS seniors faced the faculty in a fun filled softball game.
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Book Fair

Thank you to all of the families and community members that supported the FGS Book Fair. Your support helps build the school and classroom libraries.
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4th Grade students cheered on the state science fair qualifiers as they boarded the bus to Wichita.
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