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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!
 
 
Homecoming week themes
Monday, September 18, 2017
Each day, SHS will have a different dress up day to celebrate Homecoming 2017 - Our Pride Cannot be Tamed!

Monday - America Day (dress patriotically)
Tuesday - Animal Day
Wednesday - Fashion Disaster Day
Thursday - Dynamic Duo Day
Friday - Spirit Day
 
 
September Principal News Article
Monday, September 18, 2017
Two full weeks of classes already – this quarter will fly! I hope you and your family are in the “school routine”. If your child is a student please make sure that sleep is a priority as well as attendance at school. Please make sure you call school before 9 AM if your child is going to be absent. We do make phone calls home if we have not heard from a parent when a student is absent. When your child does return to school remind him or her to check with every teacher to find out what works needs to be completed. We will also work with that student to make sure he or she is caught up. Attendance at school each and every day is of utmost importance – the habits students make today will follow them into the world of work later on.

A major change we made to the schedule this year was combining Homeroom and Pride Time. We meet in the middle of the day for Power Hour which is a 45 minute stretch of time that students have to complete homework, meet with teachers, or have club meetings. One of the early uses for this time was for 9th, 10th and 11th graders to take a pre-assessment called I-Ready. This assessment scores students on Math and Reading Comprehension and is very much aligned to the Iowa Core. We are completing those pre-assessments this week and will look at the data in order to better help students grow in those two areas. Another use of this time will be for students to work on post-secondary test preparation for the ACT test. The district purchased OntoCollege with John Baylor for each student at high school. OntoCollege gives online practice and test taking tips for the ACT and other “high stakes” tests. One of our goals in using OntoCollege is for students to raise their ACT scores significantly. A jump of 2-5 points on the ACT test can help a student earn better scholarships and improved college tuition opportunities. Raising an ACT score can help families reduce their costs on college tuition. I hope to roll this out to students in the next few days. Parents – I will send you messages through School Messenger about OntoCollege as well.

September 18th and 19th, the Southwest Iowa School Counselors will host Southwest Iowa College Fair at the Armory. High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about options available after high school. This is a college fair in which representatives from nearly 60 colleges, universities, service organizations, and military branches will be in attendance. The purpose of the Southwest Iowa College Fair is to give high school students and their parents an opportunity to discuss admission requirements, housing, financial aid, scholarships, internships, and specific majors with college representatives. Again this year, the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) will be presenting on financial aid from 7-7:45pm. The financial aid presentation will cover the types of financial aid available and how to qualify including important updates to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This presentation will also be located within the Armory.

The College Fair will be held on Monday, September 18, from 6:30-7:30pm at the Shenandoah National Guard Armory, located at 583 West Ferguson Road. During the morning of Tuesday, September 19, all juniors will be transported to the Southwest Iowa College Fair.

The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) will also be sponsoring a number of Paying for College meetings in September at community college campuses and centers. The information presented will be an explanation of the financial aid process including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The target audience for these presentations is this year’s high school seniors and their parents, but students from any high school grade level are welcome to attend. October 1, 2017 will be the date for the 2018-19 FAFSA to go online. All presentations are free of charge and students or parents from any school district are welcome to attend.

Here is the schedule for these regional financial aid meetings in western Iowa: Sept 13 Shenandoah – IWCC Center 6:00 pm Sept 20 Creston – SWCC 6:00 pm Sept 27 Council Bluffs – IWCC Student Center – Reiver Room 6:00 pm

Fall sports are in full swing. We’ve already had home meets for Cross Country, Football and Volleyball. Student athletes and their coaches have been working hard this summer and continue to work hard this fall. Cheerleaders and Mustang Marching Band are also working diligently to prepare for games and contests. Please take time to attend one of the many events this fall. Schedules are on the school website, www.shencsd.com under “Calendars” then “Athletics/Activities”. You may also call the high school at 712-246-4727. Thank you for supporting our Mustangs and Fillies in all they do!
 
 
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

 
 
August SHS Principal Newsletter
Monday, August 14, 2017
What did YOU do this summer? That’s a question that many times students are asked during those first days of school. I imagine that you were asked that same question when you were in school.

At Shenandoah High School this summer we’ve done lots of “getting ready” for this new school year. I appreciate all the work that Dennis Rogers, our head of Building and Grounds, and his crew, and a crew of volunteers, have done to clean and paint rooms and move furniture and teachers’ materials. You will see a different look in our concession stands both at the high school and the football field, as well as the high school cafeteria. We are working to finish up our new record boards for the Gym hall and the new score board will be in place for Football season. Thank you to the sponsors and boosters who provided those new boards.

We are excited to welcome our new teachers to SHS. Ms. Catherine Bettag will teach Language Arts, Ms. Ashleigh Sons will be the high school Vocal Music instructor, Ms. Angela Hunter will teach Science at SHS as well as SMS, Mr. Tim Freed will be a Special Ed instructor and Mr. Brian Daoust will teach Economics, Sociology and Psychology at SHS. We also would like to welcome our Activities Director, Mr. Aaron Burdorf and Ms. Pam Nebel, our new high school secretary. Other new staff members include Mr. Joe Skahill and Ms. Holly Olson, who will work as associates, Derek Hogue, high school custodian and Ms. Emily Furst, Food Service Director as well as Chris Gibson, Kim Rausch, and Melissa Smithhisler, high school kitchen staff. As you stop in at the high school please feel free to give a big welcome to all of our staff members.

One of the things I hope all of our students did this summer was read and explore and continue to learn. As you get ready to send your child back to school please talk with him or her about the importance of making learning a life-long habit. Talk with your child about making the most of each education opportunity including taking advantage of new classes or classes that are out of his or her comfort zone and going out for a sport or other extra-curricular activity. Talk with your child about his or her use of social media and the responsibility that entails. Sometimes it seems that high school students need just as much “looking after” as our youngest students, in that we need to keep the communications lines open to help them always make good choices. We will also talk with students those first days of school about these very topics and I appreciate you joining with us in this effort.

For those of you who have registered your child for school already – thank you. If you have not had the time to register please do so online. You will find the link on the front page of our website, www.shencsd.com and a blue box that says “Shenandoah CSD register online click here”. If you need help or have forgotten your password please call the high school at 712-246-4727.

Fall sports practices have begun. Please make sure your child has his or her sports physical completed.

Open House for Shenandoah School District will take place Monday, August 21, from 5 – 7 PM. Each of our schools will be open for you to tour and meet teachers, and at the high school, pick up your child’s schedule. At 7 PM on August 21, Shenandoah High School will also offer a Welcome to SHS meeting to new students and their parents and 9th grade students and parents. We will meet in the Gladys Wirsig-Jones Auditorium at the high school. This meeting will cover some of the particular rules for SHS as well as the Technology Boot Camp. All parents of high school students must view the boot camp presentation before the student is allowed to take a computer home. Parents – if you are unable to attend the meeting please stop in during the school day starting August 22 and we can make the presentation available to you. You will need to sign that you have viewed the presentation.

The start of a new school year is always exciting! New students, new teachers and a fresh start for all of us! Thank you for joining with us to make opportunities for each student and for allowing us to be part of their education experience! Welcome to 2017-2018 school year!
 
 
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
 
 
Cyber Security Opportunity for students
Monday, July 17, 2017
CyberStart is an on-line game of discovery that helps students learn about cybersecurity. The CyberStart program was developed as an on-ramp for a nationwide cyber talent pipeline. While exploring CyberStart high school juniors and seniors (16 years old or older) and college students can approach hundreds challenges in any order and earn points\badges for solving challenges. Students do not need any prior knowledge in cybersecurity and do not have to travel to participate; all they need is an Internet-connected computer.

A portion of the game will be available July 14-28 so students can try it out. Students who do well during the trial period will receive an invitation to play the full game from August 1-28.

Students from Iowa who excel in the program may share in $150,000 in scholarships to further their cyber education, and ultimately for $500,000 in scholarships for college and graduate-level training in cybersecurity preparing them for certifications that are widely sought by employers.

Location: More information is available at www.sans.org/cyberstartUS .
 
 
School Nurse information
Monday, July 17, 2017
To Parent/Guardian of 11th Grade Students,

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law. This change requires that all students entering 12th grade have the Meningococcal vaccination before school starts.

If your 11th grade student, is currently 16 years of age or older, they are eligible to receive the Meningococcal vaccination now to meet the 12th grade immunization requirement.

I would like to recommend a few options in order to meet the 12th grade immunization requirement:
1. Shenandoah Medical Center is offering free sports physicals and an immunization clinic (parent must be present for immunizations) on Saturday 7/22 or Saturday 8/12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.*
2. Shenandoah Medical Center has an immunization clinic available Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call Sue at 712-246-7463, Dena at 712-246-7165, Nancy at 712-246-7108, or Chris at 712-246-7347 to schedule an appointment.*
3. The SMC Immunization Clinic will also be open on Monday 8/21 from 5 - 7 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.*
4. Schedule the immunization with your physician.

*You do not have to doctor at SMC to have access to immunizations or sports physicals.

Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings and typically affects older teens and young adults.

There will be no grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement, when school starts for your student as a 12th grader (Fall 2018).
If you have questions, please contact me at laughlinl@shencsd.com. I check my email routinely during summer break.
Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement,
Linda Laughlin RN Shenandoah High School Nurse
 
 
AFS Hosting Opportunities
Thursday, June 29, 2017
If you would like to consider hosting an exchange student for the 2017-2018 school year, AFS has opportunities. Please contact Sara Roberts Sara Roberts, Team Development Specialist – Midland Central and Western Iowa/Nebraska Teams, AFS-USA

email: sroberts@afsusa.org
office: 646-381-3375
 
 
Community Service Opportunities
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Students - there are several community service opportunities for you this summer. Your parents and guardians have been sent information via email. If you have not seen that email or do not have email and are interested please contact the school, 712-246-2727, for more information.

Class of 2018 - remember to contact Mrs. Skillern or Mrs. Hilding to make sure the community service you choose counts for Senior Portfolio hours.
 
 
Weightlifting and Open Gyms this summer
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Weightlifting is available to every student at SHS from 6 AM - 9 AM Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Open gym times are also offered to students in various sports.  For more information and times please see the school website under "Calendars", Athletics/Activities.  

We hope you take advantage of all these opportunities!  
 
 
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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.

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

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

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

d. 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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