Fowler USD #225

January 2019 Newsletter

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

State Board Presentation

The following team of administration, teachers, and students presented our school redesign to the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday, December 11, 2018:

Jeff Bollinger, Superintendent

Corri McDowell, Principal

Kim McLachlan, 3rd Grade Teacher

Jayden Renfro, 4th Grade Student

Tammy Bollinger, 4th Grade Teacher

Micah McDowell, 5th Grade Student

Megan Adams, MS/HS Language Arts Teacher

Sydney Bollinger, HS Student

Oscar Teran, HS Student

Savannah Bollinger, HS Student

Barb Whitney and Jamie Boese represented our local board of education. The proposed redesign was formally approved by the state board following a motion made by Sally Cauble, our state BOE representative. USD 225 was presented with certificates and banners to mark the occasion. These banners are proudly displayed in each of our school buildings.

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Report Cards

First semester report cards for 6th-12th graders can be viewed online using your Parents Online account through Look for the transcript option. If you do not have your log-in, please contact Mrs. Lisa in the high school office. All grades will be finalized on transcripts by the second week of January.

K-5 Standards Based Report Cards will be mailed the second week of January.

Happy New Year!

Fowler USD 225 wishes its students and families a very Happy New Year!

1st Semester Honor Roll

A Honor Roll:

Alejandro Arenillas

Jurney Bird

Avery Bollinger

Savannah Bollinger

Ryleigh Foster

James Littlewood

Hannah Masri

Jahim Ross

Alexa Snook

Abby Zortman

A/B Honor Roll:

Patty Anurat

Logen Black

Sydney Bollinger

Jacelyn Huelskamp

Adrian Mendoza

Taein Nam

Oscar Teran

Kambrey Weber

Alex Zortman

Elijah Zortman

Quarter Rewards Qualifiers for academics, behavior, & AR points:

Ryleigh Foster

Kiera Holt

Jacelyn Huelskamp

Kimberly Velez-Prieto

Abby Zortman

Tabitha Dawson

Joaquin Velez-Prieto

Elijah Zortman

Summit Site Visit

On December 4th, our school's Summit mentor, Jared Chandler, visited FHS classrooms and learning labs to observe teachers and question students. Throughout the first semester, Jared held Zoom meetings with administration to check on progress, review data, and guide our implementation of Summit Learning. His visit was a great opportunity to see our progress first hand, and students had the opportunity to share about their experience with Summit so far. During the debriefing time, Jared offered affirmation that our launch is on track and challenged the staff with ideas to push ourselves further. We appreciate their support and the way Summit models mentorship and feedback for our school, as our teachers work to master their skills in mentorship and feedback for students.
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Spotlight on Internships

Logen Black, senior, is completing her internship with Artesian Valley Health Systems through their phlebotomy program. Recently 15 staff members allowed Logen to practice on them to help her toward the 50 required sticks she must perform. In addition to her textbook work, exams, and hands-on practice, Logen has also had the opportunity to observe surgeries. This internship has provided Logen with additional job skills that she is using to pursue a part-time traveling CNA position while she finishes high school.
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American Red Cross Blood Drive

Alexa Snook, senior, is managing a local blood drive on Monday, January 7th from 10:00-4:00 in the Dome. Appointments are still available. Please contact Alexa at 620-873-9603 if you'd like to donate!

January 2019 Breakfast Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider


January 2019 Lunch Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider

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Habit 3: Put First Things First

During the month of December, students learned to put first things first. This habit teaches students to do what they have to do so that they can do what they want to do. Students also learned the words priority and procrastination. You can use the following key points to reinforce this habit at home:

Habit 3: Put First Things First

I spend my time on things that are most important.

I say no to things I know I should not do.

I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.

I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

During the month of January, students will learn to think win-win. This habit teaches students about building trust with others through kindness, honesty, and keeping promises. It emphasizes cooperation over competition. You can use the following key points to reinforce this habit at home:

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.

I make deposits in others' Emotional Bank Accounts.

When conflicts arise, I look for options that work for both sides.

We set goals too!

3rd graders develop the 7 Habits by writing daily goals and keeping track of when they meet them. They also hold weekly class meetings to discuss the habits and their strengths and weaknesses as a class. Establishing these skills early helps prepare our students for additional Habits of Success which they begin learning about in middle school.
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State Debate Competition

Jahim Ross and Avery Bollinger have met with success in Debate, with an astounding 16-2 W-L record across four meets. This is both Ross' and Bollinger's first year in Debate, and they competed at the novice level for three meets and the varsity level for their final meet. In the novice division, Ross and Bollinger were undefeated and took first at each attended meet. In the varsity division, Ross and Bollinger placed fifth out of fifteen teams and had a 3-2 W-L record. On January 4th and 5th, Ross and Bollinger will compete in the Sunflower Novice Open as part of the 2019 Kansas Debate Championship Series in Wichita, a state-level competition. Wish them luck!
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Santa Fe Trails League

Fowler has been accepted into the Santa Fe Trails League beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This will be a positive move for Fowler as our students will have the opportunity to compete with schools that our similar to our size. We will continue to compete against some of the same schools from the SPIAA League as well through regular season play. We will also continue hosting the Black & Gold Tournament.


Christmas Festival 2018

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Project Week

Students generated proposals for a live animal operation for USD 225 during project week. Ideas ranged from bucket calf operations to sheep shearing to acquaponics. Thank you to the volunteers who served on the Q&A and Evaluation Panels: Clay Kuhns, Dave Snook, Tim McDowell, Dennis McDowell, Boyd Orr, Jenny Bartlett, Cheyenne Federau, Elly Sneath, & Dean Zortman.
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12 Days of Christmas - Student Council Activities

Photos below are courtesy of student photographers: Bobby Littlewood, Evelyn Velez-Prieto, & Henry Tacha


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