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High School Students to Return

As you are all aware, the Boone School Board voted to apply for and was approved for a waiver for our high school students to move to remote learning through December 22nd. I am happy to report that our high school numbers have dropped dramatically since this action was taken and the high school COVID-19 positive cases and students with symptoms currently sit at less than 1%. In addition, we have 10 students currently quarantined. Given our current data, we will be resuming activities beginning tomorrow, December 23rd. The high school will also return to onsite learning five days a week starting January 4th. We will continue to partner with Boone County Public Health and our families over the winter break. Please continue to communicate with us if your child becomes ill, has a COVID-19 test, and/or is exposed to a positive case. This information will continue to be reported daily on our website. We encourage our families and students to continue to utilize mitigation strategies to stay healthy over break and to help ensure we can implement our current plans to return to onsite learning. Happy Holidays!

COVID-19 Tracking Over Break

We will continue to collaborate with Boone County Public Health and medical professionals during the upcoming winter break to continue tracking district metrics. We are asking that you partner with us in these efforts by communicating the following :

  • Positive COVID-19 cases
  • Developing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Pending student tests or household tests
  • Exposures to a positive COVID-19 case (resulting in quarantine).
  • Any other concerns related to COVID-19

Please use the following numbers based on your students grade level for communicating during the break :

  • Preschool - 8th Grade : Superintendent's Office at 515-433-0750 then click on number 3 to be directed to Central Office.
  • 9th Grade - 12th Grade : High School Office at 515-433-0890 ext. 5122
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*Central Office Hours : 8:00 am - 4:-00 pm

*High School Office Hours : 7:00 am - 3:00 pm - New years day 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

*Central Office and High School Office will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

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A reminder from the nurses

Bring a water bottle to school

  • It’s so important to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches and make it hard to concentrate. Get fresh water every morning and refill your bottle after lunch.

Wear your mask correctly

  • Your mask should be covering your nose and mouth at all times. If your mask is falling down stop in to visit your nurse. She will help you adjust it to fit better or give you a new mask if you need one.


  • If you are not feeling well stay home. We understand that navigating through the list of CoronaVirus symptoms can be confusing. If you have questions, call your nurse. We are happy to help.

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Winter Weather is Here!

Please remember to send students to school with appropriate warm-weather clothing including warm coats, hats and gloves/mittens. As a reminder, students will typically go outside for recess when the temperature & wind chill are above zero so students will need to dress appropriately. Please reach out to our school staff if you need assistance in getting winter clothing for your student.

little elves keeping things clean in kindergarten!

Mrs. Baker’s class is working hard on finding the main idea and key details in a text.

Mr. Doty's 4th graders took a little time this past week to decorate the classroom!

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YSS Volunteer Leader and Service Award - Boone County

Kelly Curvin!

Kelly truly exemplifies what it means to be a champion for YSS programs! As one of the Boone Middle School secretaries she is actively involved in supporting YSS programming at the middle school. During the 2019-2020 school year Kelly became a mentor herself even though she rarely has an extra moment in her day.

Kelly sees the value of mentorship at the Boone Middle School. This is shown through her commitment to supporting the program and mentors. Kelly is always responsive to YSS needs and is a great communicator. She recruits potential mentors and plays an active role in monitoring and supporting mentoring pairs. She stays on top of the mentoring schedule, knows what mentors are coming and when. If a student is absent, she lets the mentoring facilitator know so the mentor can be contacted. She also communicates when a mentor doesn’t come in or if she is aware of a mentee acting in a way that needs to be addressed by mentoring staff. The mentoring program would not be what it is at Boone Middle School without her. She truly is an extension of the YSS Mentoring team.

Each year students in the mentoring program are asked to share, “what has having a mentor meant to you”. Kelly’s mentee shared, “A mentor has provided a great friendship and it also makes me want to be a mentor as well!” One of the greatest gifts someone can give another person is to inspire them to give back in the same way that someone has given to them. Kelly inspires us all to be kind and to support others.

Mr. Howell's SPED students using their creativity in class this week!

Dear Iowa Teachers,

The State Treasurer’s Office and College Savings Iowa are celebrating the end of the year and the gift-giving season by giving away 100 College Savings Iowa contributions! A winner in each of Iowa’s 99 counties will win a $529 contribution and one grand-prize winner, from all entrants, will win a $1,529 contribution. Entrants can visit to enter for a chance to win one of the contributions.

It’s never too early to start saving for the future, and I want to get as many Iowa families involved in saving for education. Please see the attached documents for a newsletter article and a College Savings Iowa Giveaway Flyer to use for your communications about the giveaway.

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Futures students getting in the holiday spirit by decorating cookies!

Shop with a Cop

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The High School Student Council raised $810.35 to be donated with the event Shop with a Cop. Pictured above are students handing the money over to School Resource Officer Ethan Bailey. Thank you to all who donated and helped make this event possible!

Pictured: Front Row - Gabbi Pratt, Julie Trepa - Superintendent, Ethan Bailey - School Resource Officer, Emily Ades, Paxton Swanson

Back Row - Benjamin Lumley, Zoey Hightshoe, Alex McDonough

Help your Student Council today!

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High School Activities

High School Athletics will restart practices over Winter Break beginning on Wednesday Dec. 23. Coaches will communicate plans and schedules to players/families.

High School Competitions will start back up the week of Jan. 4.

Rescheduled Dates:

*Thur. Jan. 7 HS Basketball @ Bondurant-Farrar (Home vs. B-F on 1/26)

*Thur. Jan. 14 HS Basketball @ Carlisle

*Mon. Jan. 18 HS Wrestling vs. Winterset/ADM

*Mon. Jan. 25 HS Basketball @ ADM

*Mon. Feb 8 HS Basketball @ Winterset

Middle School Practices, including 7th/8th Boys Basketball and MS Wrestling, will begin on Monday, Jan. 4.

7th Boys Basketball: 3:30-5:15pm (Franklin Gym)

8th Boys Basketball: 3:30-5:15pm (MS Gym)

7/8 Wrestling: 3:30-5:00pm (MS Wrestling Room)

Full Schedules can be found at:

Breakfast - December 2020

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Lunch - December 2020

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