The Rocket Review

Monthly Newsletter Update: October 2021

Important Upcoming Dates


5th: District PreACT and ACT Testing for High School Students

7th: PTO Meeting in Media Center, 6:00 PM

8th: Homecoming - Football vs. Bishop LeBlond at Nodaway-Holt, 7:00 PM

13th: Northwest Missouri State University College Fair, 9:20-10:30 AM
13th: Financial Aid Night in Ms. Wennihan's Room, 5:30 PM

13th: West Nodaway Board of Education Meeting

20th: End of First Quarter

20th: National Honor Society Induction, 6:00 PM

20th: Picture Day [Elementary Make-ups, JH/HS Make-ups, JH Basketball, JH Cheer], 2:30 PM

27th: Trunk or Treat (PK-6th Grades), 1:30-2:30 PM
27th: Elementary Classroom Halloween Parties, 2:30 PM

27th-30th: National FFA Convention
28th: No School [Parent-Teacher Conferences]

28th: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

29th: No School [Staff Development Day]

You can access the athletic calendar and view upcoming contests by clicking here.

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Reminders and Information

  • When your child is unable to attend school, please notify the appropriate school office by 9:00 AM. When your child is seen by a physician, please ask for a doctor's note so we can verify attendance. (Elementary Office: 660-725-4126, JH/HS Office: 660-725-3317)

  • If you know of anyone that would like to sign up to receive this monthly newsletter, please call the high school office at (660) 725-3317 and provide the recipient's email address. We look forward to sharing this information with you all each month!

  • Thunder cheerleaders will be hosting a junior cheer clinic on October 22nd (Nodaway Valley vs. South Holt at West Nodaway). The cost for the clinic will be $20, which includes the camp and a t-shirt. Forms with more information will be sent home within a week! Contact Ashley Grossman at (660) 725-3317 or with any questions.

Current Fundraisers

  • PTO has braided Nodaway Valley Thunder bracelets for sale. They are $10 each. Please contact Jennifer McGinness at (660) 725-4126 or for more information, or to purchase.

  • FFA fruit sales will begin soon! Keep your eye out for upcoming information.

  • The West Nodaway Student Council Store is up and running, and they have a lot of Thunder gear for sale! Check out the merchandise below. See our Student Council sponsor, Ms. Talmadge, before or after school, or email her at

Homecoming Week

October 4th - October 8th

Nodaway Valley will host Homecoming on Friday, October 8th. The Thunder will take on Bishop LeBlond at Nodaway-Holt. The crowning of our Homecoming royalty will take place BEFORE the game this year, beginning at 6:00 PM. The varsity football game will begin at 7:00 PM. A movie and scavenger hunt for all high school students will follow the game.

We have a very fun week of dress-up days and activities planned. The theme this year is "Lettuce Celebrate," and we can't wait to celebrate with you! Go Thunder!
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Featured Student Art Work

Mitch's Memo

Greetings All,

I hope this newsletter finds you doing well. The end of the 1st Quarter is quickly approaching. The quarter ends on October 20th. October 20th will mark our 40th day of school for the year. Parent teacher conferences will be held on October 28th from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. We hope you are able to come out that day and meet with your students teachers. October 29th there will be no school.

An issue I want to address this month is communication with school coaching personnel. Having been a coach for many years there a thousand decisions to make when coaching students. Those decisions are either right or wrong depending on who is watching, how they feel, and how it effects them. Before each season coaches hold player and parent meetings and cover their guidelines for parents, players, and the team. A general rule we have is that upset parents should wait at least 24 hours before attempting to talk to a coach after a game. This is suggested particularly if the parent is upset. Likewise, after ball games individuals often times find themselves emotionally charged and need to relax a little. It is not that we do not want coaches to communicate with parents, it is that when people have had time to reflect, they are generally able to conduct themselves in a more appropriate manner. Likewise, I want to inform you that coaches may use social media platforms such as GroupMe to communicate game information/changes with parents. The purpose of the school using these platforms is just that: to communicate information. If you have questions in regard to playing time, your individual student, etc. Those questions need to be asked directly to the coach as school personnel will not answer questions about individual students in open forums.

Lastly, Below you will find the Tax levy of 90 schools in Northwest Missouri. If you draw a line across I-70 and up HWY 65, that is the area containing the 90 schools. As depicted West Nodaway is 74th out of 90 in regard to the levy provided to support students. We are the district highlighted in yellow. The average of all districts is highlighted in green.

As always if you have any questions please stop by for a visit.

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Middle and High School News

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Elementary News

Fall is in the air here at West Nodaway Elementary school. We are halfway through the first quarter and beginning of the year assessment scores will be sent home October 1st. If you have questions regarding these scores and what they mean, please reach out to the classroom teacher and she will be happy to explain.

Homecoming week is October 4th-8th, and elementary students are welcome to dress up for the spirit days. Go Thunder!!!

The last week in October will be a busy week in the elementary. On Wednesday the 27th, we will have "Trunk or Treat" at the football field from 1:30-2:30 PM. Parents are welcome to join us on the football field for this event. At 2:30 PM, students will return to their classrooms for class parties. Parents may sign their children out at 2:30 if they wish. Parents/guardians will not be able to come into the school building to attend classroom parties.

Thursday the 28th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM are parent-teacher conferences. Just like in previous years, an email will be sent with a link to sign up for a time slot.

Friday the 29th, school will not be in session.

Have a wonderful month of October and a happy Halloween.

Lunch Menu

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Nurse's News

Wellness screenings are wrapping up. If I have contacted you, please get follow-ups completed as soon as possible.

Elementary has kicked off our school mall fundraiser. This year it is renamed "Reading for Education," and we will be earning books for school. Thank you to those that have sent out emails and helped your students earn prizes. The stuffed animal "huggers" have been a huge hit!

Big Smiles Dental Team will be here on November 8th. Permission slips will be coming home soon. Middle school/high school parents, please reach out if you'd like your student to see the dentist while they are here.

We have started seeing some cold/respiratory illness. Please remember students must be fever free without any fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, prior to returning to school. We consider a fever to be a temperature greater than 100 degrees. Thank you for your help!

Counselor's Corner

Elementary Classroom Lessons:

We are having so much fun getting back into whole group counseling lessons in the elementary with all grade levels! See below for the topics and discussions that have been happening for the first few weeks.

Miss Dye has been working with PreK through 2nd grade on the following:

PreK: Feelings Unit (Identifying feelings and how to handle them.)

Kindergarten: Manners, Anger Management, Tattling vs. Reporting and Moods (And how to change them!)

First Grade: Manners, Anger Management, Tattling vs. Reporting

Second Grade: Anger Management and Safe Places (Where do I feel at peace?)

Mrs. Snead has been teaching in grades 3-6. Some of the topics have included:

All Grades: Meet the Counselor - What are things school counselors do and things they don't do, Getting to know S'more About You - Group game of building a s'more while learning new things about each other in small groups.

3rd Grade: Bullying Prevention - What is bullying? What defines a target? What is a bystander?

4th Grade: Compassion and Active Listening

5th + 6th Grades: Book Study with the book Wishtree by Kristina Applegate. This will take several weeks, and we will explore several different themes within the book such as empathy, friendship skills, safety and security, community building, etc. while also using reading and writing skills.

High School Information:

October is a very busy month in the high school! Below are some things that are happening.

October 5 is Testing Day. Freshmen and Sophomores will take the PreACT. Interested Juniors and Seniors will take the ACT. These are college readiness tests.

FAFSA opens for all seniors on October 1st. This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Any senior planning to attend college after graduation needs to get started on this process. There will be some opportunities for students and families to fill these out together with assistance from financial aid experts. We will be hosting a Financial Aid Night here at West Nodaway on October 13th from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Library/Media Center. Look for more information to come via email to seniors and senior parents!

October 6th Tarkio Tech is hosting a "Fill-Out-The-FAFSA" Night. It will be a come and go event from 6:00-8:00 PM at Thompson Learning Center on the Tarkio Tech campus. John Davis, long time college and career counselor, and President of Tarkio Tech will be available to instruct and assist parents and students in filling out their FAFSA. The sooner students fill out their FAFSA, the sooner they will know what federal aid is available to them. Many colleges have a priority deadline of February 1st for FAFSA completion. This opportunity is of no cost to families.

The Northwest Missouri State College Fair is being held on October 13th. Juniors and Seniors had the opportunity to sign up to attend. We will be there from 9:00-10:30 AM that morning, exploring several booths hosted by technical schools, community colleges, universities, and military personnel. Students will be able to gather informational material, application information, as well as ask questions of the representatives at each booth.

There are several upcoming dates that college admissions representatives will be visiting West Nodaway to talk with interested students in 11th and 12th grades. These dates are always read in our announcements, emailed out, and students can sign up in the office to be able to attend.

We have also had representatives from various branches of the military visiting in the last few weeks to connect with students who may be interested in that path. The Army, Army National Guard, and Marines have all been on campus.

Upward Bound was here in September to present their program to all 9th grade students. Please ask your child about it! All freshmen students took an application. Upward Bound is a grant funded program that gives students necessary tools to enter and be successful in college. They provide academic support, social and cultural enrichment, and opportunities for personal growth. The services they provide are completely free to students and families, and there is also opportunity for students to earn money by being a member of Upward Bound. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me! Not only can freshmen apply, but they are also still accepting applications from 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

Juniors had a visitor last week that presented a wonderful opportunity to them. Pat Walter, from United Electric, was here to encourage students to apply to the Youth Tour Contest. It is for all juniors in schools that reside in United Electric's service territory. Students simply fill out application information and complete an essay to qualify. The essay topic this year is about students' role models. The prize for winning this contest (top two students) is an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for six days learning about our nation's history, government, touring many national landmarks, and is a great leadership experience. The 3rd and 4th place winners earn an all-expense trip for 3 days to Jefferson City, MO to participate in the C.Y.C.L.E Conference (MO Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience). West Nodaway has been fortunate to send several students to these trips. The top 6 essay writers will be invited to interview in front of a panel of judges to determine the top 4 winners. Please encourage your child to apply and write the essay!

Finally, if you are the parent of a senior, it is very important for them to check their email! This is the way that I communicate many things to them throughout the year, especially scholarship opportunities.

If at any time you have questions, concerns, or just want to visit with me about your child, I am here for you! Just call, email, or set up an appointment to come in.

Happy Fall everyone!

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Northwest Technical School "Student of the Month"

West Nodaway senior, Hunter Dawson, was selected as one of Northwest Technical School's "Students of the Month!" Their character trait for the month was "integrity."

Nick Sherlock, welding and fabrication instructor, had this to say about Hunter. "Hunter is quickly developing into a skilled welder and fabricator. He is very focused and dependable." Congratulations, Hunter!

Just for Fun

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