Wildcat Wire

October 14, 2022

A letter from Mrs. Schwamman

Dear Wildcat Families,

My how time flies as we are nearing the end of 1st Quarter! It has been an outstanding start to the year! Our students are shining in classrooms and in our extracurricular activities. Our enrollment is stable and shows a great increase in the number of open enrolled students.

Fall has been an outstanding season. Get out and drive around town or anywhere to see the beauty of Iowa. Our farmers are having a wonderful harvest and we continue to hope to get crops in safely. We are blessed to be here in North Iowa!

Please come out and support our teams as we start the post-season play for football, volleyball and cross country! We are hosting one round of volleyball at home, hopefully a home football game, and look forward to our athletes performing at state sanctioned events. Remember that tickets must be purchased on-line ahead of time at IHSAA or IGHSAA.

Our Riceville School Improvement Committee (SIAC) met and looked at all our data demographics to ISAP, FAST Testing, ACT Scores, and others trends. Our Riceville Building/Ground committee will be meeting to look at all our building and facility needs.

A reminder that Riceville School Board Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. This month’s meeting has been moved to Monday, October 24th at 5:30pm as to accommodate for this Monday’s home volleyball game and possibilities for advancement.

As always let us know if you have any questions or concerns and GO Wildcats!

Mrs. Schwamman

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National School Lunch Week!

This week for Iowa's 5,2,1,0 Healthy State Month we focused on food! The kitchen crew gave them 5 or more choices of fruits and veggies every day and threw in some new choices to make it fun!

Apple Crunch Day

Thursday, October 13th Iowa and six other states this year joined the Great Apple Crunch to help celebrate local foods and highlight National Farm to School Month. The event celebrates healthy kids, locally grown apples, and strong community partnerships with local Iowa farmers!

Archery PE Unit

Thank you to Chelsea Ewen (Mitchell County Conservation) for investing her time with our 6th -12th grade students this week, enlightening them to basic archery skills. The students had a great time learning about a lifelong hobby / sport that they could continue into adulthood.

Earthquake Proof Buildings!

The Natural World class has been learning about plate tectonics, the formation of earthquakes and tsunamis, the waves associated with earthquakes, and current construction technologies associated with earthquake-resistant structures. As a project-based learning lab, students had to construct an earthquake-resistant structure within given parameters and remain within an allotted budget. The buildings were tested on a shake-table while adding weight with each simulated earthquake.
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Special Thanks to Kwik Trip/Kwik Star for donating bananas to ALL students this week!

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2nd Grade field trip to One Room School House!

A letter from Mrs. B!

Hello and Happy Friday!

Fall is here! With the colder temperatures, remember to send your students with the appropriate outerwear for recess. Also, please send your PK-5th grades students an extra of bottoms in the event they become wet/soiled/ or they are incontinent.

Just a friendly reminder that when the weather turns colder and we spend more time indoors, head lice like to make their appearance! We are currently seeing an increased number of students (elementary) with head lice.

Though we can check your student here at school for head lice, the parent or guardian has the ultimate responsibility to ensure children are free of lice and nits and provide treatment if necessary. It is recommended that you check your child’s head weekly for lice and/or nits. Head lice is not something that will harm your child, but it is a pest that can be difficult to get rid of. Per the IA Department of Public Health there is no need for children to be sent home or to miss school, though treatment should be started before returning to school the next day.

Head lice can be found on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the scalp, especially around the nape of the neck and the ears. Head lice are not known to spread disease.

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person, like during play at school, at home, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, etc.). Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested is uncommon, but can happen.

Head lice survive less than one or two days if they fall off the scalp and cannot feed. Washing, soaking or drying items at a temperature greater than 130 degrees Fahrenheit can kill both head lice and nits. Only items that have been incontact with the head of the infested person in the 48 hours before treatment should be considered for cleaning. Routine house cleaning, including vacuuming of carpet, rugs, furniture, car seats and other fabrics covered items, as well as laundering of linens and clothing worn or used by the infested person is sufficient.

Treatment for head lice is recommended for persons diagnosed with an active infestation. All household members and other close contacts should be checked; those persons with evidence of an active infestation should be treated. Some experts believe prophylactic treatment is prudent for persons who share the same bed with actively-infected individuals. All infested persons (household members and close contacts) and their bedmates should be treated at the same time.

Please refer to:

Head Lice - CDC

For more information

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Principal Squared

Heather Suckow PK-12 Principal

Marcia Grimm Associate Principal

Barb Schwamman Superintendant