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April Principal Newsletter
Monday, April 02, 2018
With the Easter snow on the ground it’s hard to believe that Track has already started and that Tennis and Golf meets begin this week! Practices have been in full swing and SHS Student-Athletes are ready to get out and compete. We are hoping for warmer weather so that our first home meets this week and next can take place. Kudos to the coaches and players who are willing to practice and compete in every kind of weather. We are also anxious to have the new track timing system in place. AD, Aaron Burdorf has been working to make sure we are ready to go at the Mustang Relays on April 9. We are always looking for volunteers for our track meets. If you can help please contact the high school at 712-246-4727.

In addition to sports we have many events in April. The Hawkeye-10 banquet is this week. Our conference is unique in that we honor academics and character at a special banquet. SHS Character representative is Mikalya Adkins. She was chosen by the SHS faculty and, along with the other representatives in the Hawkeye 10, will be honored at a banquet in Atlantic April 4. Saturday, April 7, Choir and Band students will perform at Solo and Ensemble Contest in Clarinda. Mr. Risher and Ms. Sons have been working with many individuals and groups to prepare for competition. Viz Arts is preparing for the H-10 Art show later in April as well as the Art walk and Spring Fest here in Shenandoah. It’s amazing to watch these students create beautiful works of art from a piece of clay or off a piece of paper. Our spring play, “Murder in the Knife Room”, a one-act play, will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM in the Gladys Wirsig-Jones Auditorium at the High School. Director Mary Peterson and the cast have been working hard and we are looking forward to this fun play! Admission is $3.

April also brings Prom! The theme for Prom this year is “A Night in Hollywood”. Jay Sweet and Renae Sweet and members of the Junior class are already working on decorations. Prom is Saturday, April 21 from 9 – 11 PM. The Grand March will take place in the HS Auditorium from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Junior Parents are planning, with lots of help from community members, the After Prom activities which will begin following prom.

There are just over 8 weeks left of this school year. Teachers are working with students on learning strategies that will take them long past their high school career. We are working to make sure students keep up with their grades, get make up work done as soon as possible and have time to meet with teachers for extra help. So many SHS students work hard toward excellence in their class work and in their extra-curricular activities. We are proud of their efforts and want to encourage them in their learning. Parents and community members – as you see students at home, out and about, in the store or at events please let them know that you are proud of them and encourage each one to be the best they can be!

March Principal Newsletter
Friday, March 02, 2018
Spring is almost here! For us at SHS these nice days mean we get to open the court yard up for students and staff to walk through and enjoy the birds and new growth from the trees and flowers. It’s been a cold winter and we’ve not had much chance to open that area up until now.

We look forward to many things in the spring and the beginning of the last quarter of the school year. Winter sports seasons are done and we are celebrating each team with a banquet. Spring sports practices have started or will start shortly and by the end of the month the first meets will take place. You can find our schedules at www.shencsd.com and click on the “calendars”/”activities” page.

Congratulations to the Speech-Ems on a great Speech contest season and to FFA on a successful Subdistrict contest. District Individual Speech winners will perform at state on March 10. FFA performs at Districts this weekend and are working toward state FFA convention in April. SHS Choir and Band will perform at their annual Winter Pops Concert this weekend and will then be practicing for Solo/Ensemble Contest which takes place in April. BPA just competed at their State event and earned several honors as they work toward the national competition. We have so many talented students who go above and beyond and work really hard at these extra-curricular activities. Many of them are involved in sports and non-sports and excel at both!

March brings Iowa Assessments to the high school. 9th, 10th and 11th graders all will take the Iowa Assessments on Tuesday, March 13. They take assessments in Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and Science. We have already met with each grade level and have shared how important these tests are – to them and to our school. We use these tests to measure how we are doing as a school and look at our curriculum and we also look at individual growth on these tests. We’ll also have some fun along the way with class competitions and celebrations during the day on March 13. If you have a high school student or know one – please encourage him or her to do their very best on these tests. They make a difference!

Thank you for celebrating all the great things that students and staff are doing at Shenandoah Schools. We appreciate your support as a community and love seeing you at our events. If you have questions please contact us at SHS, 712-246-4727.
1st Semester Honor Roll
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Congratulations to the following students for making the first semester SHS Honor Roll

Seniors - Mikayla Adkins, Madelyne Andersen, Delaney Bopp, Kathleen Cooper, Isaiah Coulson, Andy Crowdes, Natalie Cunningham, Olivia Denton, Josie Dostal, Eric Eivins, Ashley Feller, Trent Finnegan, Trevor Finnegan, Emma Gaffney, Madison Godfread, Cheyanne Green, Marissa Haigwood, Adrianna Holmes, Noah Johnson, Magi Jones, Reece Kreifels, Jayson Kuntz, Daniel Langley, Meighan Laughlin, Josh Lehman, Harley Martin, Brock Mattice, Crystal McDowell, Molly Moe, Cole Nebel, Katerina Noskova, Austin Perrin, Karmyn Pickens, Madison Regan, Tim Rogers, Jasilyn Roop, Madisyn Rostro, Jakob Sherman, Nick Stanley, Shayle Swanson, Dominic Vance, Vanessa Webster, Lindsey Wiesen

Juniors - Kealey Anderson, Ami Apperson, Brandy Avalos, Trevor Bauer, Maranda Bengtson, Jacob Buzzard, Claire Campbell, Jack Campbell, Jennifer Curd, Brock Davis, Katelyn Donnelly, Allison Dougherty, Zach Harms, Connor Henderson, Logan Hughes, Payton Jensen, Cydnee Kalkas, Doni Kinghorn, Leanna LePorte, Ray Liles, Kendra Linberry, Carlie Manrose, Paul McGargill, Alexis McGinnis, Mariah Munsinger, Anna Peterson, Bailey Poe, Drake Polsley, Imani Rogers, Heather Schlup, Jake Stenzel, Liberty Stikeleather, Callie Toms, Levi Weber, Alexus Willis

Sophomores - Claire Adkins, Wyatt Aufdenberg, Warda Belem, Conner Birt, Kelsi Carlson, Kyle Cerven, Bryton Davis, Roxy Denton, Levi Detrick, Alyssa Dukes, Natalie Gilbert, Nichole Gilbert, Prasun Guragain, Lauren Haynie, Austin Herold, Nick Hunter, Rekae Jackson, Baylee Johnson, Zayddi Ladish, Ty Lantz, Nick Mather, Emily McGargill, Lydia Morales, Devin Morelock, Hannah Mulligan, Hailey O’Hara, Sirr Olvera, Ireland Palmer, Ciara Schierkolk, Kayla Shelton, Blake Son, Payton Stephens, Anthony Stogdill, Blake Swanson, Ethan Voshell

Freshmen -Riley Backus, Erin Baldwin, Brooke Bauer, Mara Dinges, Nick Dinges, Joselyn Dominguez, Nathan Dostal, Libby Ehlers, Reed Finnegan, Couper Gile, Brenna Godfread, Cheyenne Gough, Seth Hughes, Allison Kinser, Braden Knight, Ethan Lattin, Cain Lorimor, Bailey Maher, Avery Martin, Sam Martin, Olivia McAlpin, Avery McCunn, Maria Mullenberg, Alexa Munsinger, Dawson Otte, Brody Owen, Mia Parker, Rylin Pritchett, David Rendon, Dominick Reynolds, Joanna Robinson, Sidda Rodewald, Ty Rogers, Carter Ruzek, Quentin Slater, Brynn Smyser, Olivia Stogdill, Aleah Thomas, Hannah Underwood, Kayla VanRite, Delanie Voshell, Trisha Watterson, Zayne Zwickel
Results from FFA Subdistricts Wednesday February 7
Thursday, February 08, 2018
1st Gold
Jake Stenzel Ag Broadcasting
Jake Stenzel Oxy-Ace Welding
Ty Rogers Arc/Mig Welding
Molly Moe Public Speaking
Tim Rogers Ag Sales

2nd Gold/ Silver
Delaney Bopp Job Interview
Callie Toms Extemp Speaking

Bronze(3rd Place) Advancing
Parli Pro: Payton Stephens, Devin Morelock, Hailey O'Hara, Ashton Dunkle, Ty Lantz COM: Sam Martin, Carter Ruzek, Ty Rogers, Braden Knight, Brody Owen, Quentin Slater, Seth Hughes

Many took the Greenhand Test and Farm Business Management Test
FFA Subdistrict Contest
Thursday, February 08, 2018
PBIS Student of the Month
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Shenandoah High School has chosen their first PBIS "Students of the Month." As part of the new PRIDE (Positivity, Respect and Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, Excellence) initiative, Quentin Slater and Nathan Priest were nominated and selected as the January students.

To qualify, students must be nominated by their peers with a write up of what part of PRIDE the student has modeled. Slater was nominated for Positivity, Respect, and Responsibility. The student who nominated Slater wrote, "Everyday he comes to school with a positive attitude. He's respectful to others and their property and is always open to helping people before they can ask. He is studious and hardworking in the activities he is involved in."

Priest was nominated after another student witnessed him stopping to help a community member shovel their driveway without being asked. This would be considered a moment of Excellence as Nathan didn't have to stop to help and he did not ask for anything of return.

Both students were recognized during the school day and will receive a school reward for being students of PRIDE at Shenandoah High School.
ACT Test Prep Available
Thursday, November 02, 2017
We are privileged to offer the On to College with John Baylor program to our students.  It is an ACT prep website which Shenandoah Schools purchased to help our students improve their test scores.  By improving ACT test scores students and their families may be able to get better scholarships or improved financial aid from their chosen college or university. 

The website is ontocollege.com.  All Shenandoah High School students have access to the Study Skills on the website .  9th graders can access Aspire and 10th, 11th and 12th graders can access the ACT prep course on ontocollege.com.

Students were given their login information to access the courses.  

Parents - please take a look at the website.  In particular on the right hand side of the front page of ontocollege.com choose the drop down "menu" and look at News and Media and The On to College Show.  If you have questions please call the school at 712-246-4727.
Yearbooks are Here!
Monday, September 25, 2017
The 2016-2017 yearbooks are here. 2017 graduates or their family members may pick up their yearbooks at school. Please stop in the office for assistance!
National Honor Society Information
Monday, August 14, 2017
Starting the 2017-18 school year the scholastic criteria for National Honor Society is going to be changed. If you would like to see what that change is you can click on the links below. This will allow you to see the By-Laws (the rules for NHS) and the forms that eligible students will be receiving in late August to fill out if they wish to do so. If you have any questions about National Honor Society, please feel free to contact Mary Peterson, NHS Adviser, by e-mail at petersonm@shencsd.com.

NHS Forms

NHS By-Laws

Supply List
Friday, July 21, 2017
High School students, in general, will just need to make sure they have pens/pencils and notebooks and binders. Students may want to have, but are not required to have, agenda or planner, ear buds, Kleenex and Clorox wipes.

Here are a few specific items that certain classes request from students:

Language Arts 9 : Spiral notebook (3 section) 120 pages, 3 glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils, 2 highlighters, ruler, pencil bag to hold the items

Algebra 1: 100 sheet composition notebook, Recommended - Graphing Calculator TI-Npsire CX - (Not Cas)

Social Science - Notebook

Spanish 1 - 3 ring binder, notebook used only for Spanish, 4-pack dry erase markers

Language Arts 11 - 3 ring binder

AP Chemistry - 3 ring binder and 2 notebooks

Ag1 - 3 ring binder and 5-8 dividers

Art 1 - 2 pack Ultra fine black sharpies

Clothing 1 (based on project) - Thread, pins/needles, buttons, material, zipper/drawstring

Language Arts 10 and Communications - Notebook, pack of notecards

Foods 1 - 3 ring binder (1 inch) and dividers

AP Lit - 3 ring binder and 2 notebooks
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Nurses Notes
Tips for influenza and respiratory illness containment in school outbreaks.

School absence rates are increasing across the state, as are the number of influenza-associated outbreaks. Once rates of absence reach 10 percent, an outbreak may be occurring, and the public health department should be contacted. (Some schools have reached over 25 percent of students absent on a single day due to influenza.) The following are key intervention measures for schools to stop transmission and potentially contain outbreaks of influenza and other respiratory diseases:

a. Work with the local public health agency (LPHA) to decrease transmission of these viruses and possibly decrease the school's outbreak impact on the community at large.

b. Conduct thorough environmental cleaning daily. Include stair hand rails, doorknobs and other commonly touched surfaces.

c. Send an informative letter home to parents as early in the outbreak as possible.

•  Be sure to include the following items or symptoms of influenza to recognize when a child has the flu.

•  if a child has the flu, they should stay home, and get vaccinated each year, especially children with health problems like asthma.

d. Teach and encourage children and staff to wash hands regularly with warm water and soap.

e. Consider the use of hand sanitizer in the classroom when soap and water are not readily available.

f. Limit assemblies, large group gatherings and interactions with other schools during a flu outbreak.

g. Use the resources at the State Health Department. Visit the influenza Web site here for fact sheets, student activities and more.

Strep Throat - Symptoms may be mild or severe. You usually start to feel sick about 2 to 5 days after you come in contact with the bacteria.
Symptoms usually begin suddenly, and can include, but not limited to:
  • Fever that begins suddenly and is often highest on the second day
  • Red throat, sometimes with white patches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • General ill feeling
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing

District Office

304 West Nishna Road
Shenandoah, IA 51601
Phone: 712-246-1581
Fax: 712-246-3722

Elementary School

601 Dr. Creighton Circle
Shenandoah, IA 51601
Phone: 712-246-2520
Fax: 712-246-2496

Middle School

601 Dr. Creighton Circle
Shenandoah, IA 51601
Phone: 712-246-2520
Fax: 712-246-2496

High School

1000 Mustang Drive
Shenandoah, IA 51601
Phone: 712-246-4727
Fax: 712-246-2842

Bus Barn

1001 South Center
Shenandoah, IA 51601
Phone: 712-246-9420
Fax: 712-246-2815

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