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Graduation Sunday in SHS Gym
Friday, May 12, 2017
The Class of 2017 Graduation will take place inside at the Shenandoah High School Gym Sunday, May 14, at 2:30 PM.  The forecast for the afternoon is breezy conditions which are not conducive to good sound at the football field.   We hope to see you Sunday! Congratulations Class of 2017!
May High School News
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The month of May brings lots of events to SHS. We are two days from Large Group Music Contest. Mr. Risher and Mrs. McIntosh and the Band and Choir members have worked diligently to prepare for this event. The SHS Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Band will all perform at Abraham Lincoln High school Saturday, May 6. They will celebrate their year at the annual Music Banquet on May 11.

SHS Art program, under the direction of Mrs. Wittmer has had an exciting month. They hosted the Hawkeye-10 Art Show, participated in Vans Culture Shoes Art competition and this weekend will participate in the annual Shenandoah Art walk. It is amazing how much talent our students have. They use that talent and their hard work to showcase diverse pieces of art.

Industrial Arts students, guided by Industrial Tech teacher, Mr. Sweet, will compete with their woodworking projects at state competition the weekend before graduation. Several students have made detailed projects which will be judged in Des Moines. We are looking forward to these students earning recognition and perhaps even a scholarship as a result of their hard work.

After the seniors graduate next week, the underclassmen will continue work to finish up their year. As they wrap up their learning in core classes and electives, in vocational classes and fine arts classes they will be reflecting and reviewing what they have learned. 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take finals on May 22, 23 and 24th. They are expected to be at school each of those days finishing their school year strong and prepared for their next classes.

Spring sports, Tennis, Golf and Track are participating in conference meets and getting ready for state competition. These student athletes and their coaches have practiced hard and earned much success this year. Congratulations and “Do your Best” as you compete these next few weeks.

As seniors spend their last week at SHS they will be presenting papers, projects, speeches and taking finals. On Wednesday, May 10, they will be honored at the Awards Ceremony at 6:30 PM in the SHS Gym. The public is invited to join us to celebrate their hard work. Members of the class of 2017 will be awarded over $100,000 in scholarships. We have a generous community and we are privileged to have so much financial support for our students.

Where has the year gone? It seems incredible that as I write this we are just over a week away from graduation. Shenandoah High School is proud of the class of 2017 and all they have accomplished. They have shared their talents in Academics, Music, Art, Speech, Athletics, Vocational classes and competitions. As they leave us they will go to post-secondary institutions that are two-year, four-year, and vocational. Some are going straight to the work force or military. No matter what they do or where they go they will always have the status of Shenandoah High School Graduates. Please join us for Graduation on Sunday, May 14, at 2:30 PM at Mustang Field. Congratulations Class of 2017!
Class of 2017 Senior Bulletin
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Time is moving along at a very fast pace, and in order to keep things running smoothly you must keep the following details and times in mind. First and foremost, complete your course work for 2nd semester classes. Some of these are fulfilling requirements for graduation. You must pass them!!

1. Pay all fees that are recorded in Mrs. Ruzek’s office and at the high school office. This includes library fines, activity fees, individual class fees, etc., both PAST AND PRESENT.

2. Cap and Gown Formality 1.) Cap & Gown will be worn at Awards Assembly, Senior Walk at K-8 and Commencement.
2.) The cap is worn straight, with the single tassel over the left temple (boys remove caps at appropriate times).
3.) Corsages are not worn at Awards Assembly or Commencement.
4.) Dress clothes are worn under the gown for commencement. No jeans, shorts, no flip flops, or tennis shoes.
3. Final senior check-out - Complete all of these items by 4:00 P.M. May 12, 2017.
1.) Library books returned by May 10thand all library fines paid.
2.) Textbooks turned into instructors and class obligations completed.
3.) Lockers cleaned out and checked by homeroom teacher.
4.) Obligations to Mrs. McGinnis completed.
5.) Complete exit survey with Mrs. Weiss.
6.) Senior check out with Mrs. Hilding


May 2nd Rotary Honor Luncheon 12:00 PM (Invitations will be coming in the mail, from a local business)
May 10th -12th Library Books are due and fines must be paid.
May 3rd - Baccalaureate – 6:00 PM in Auditorium
May 8th -10th Finals
May 10th – Awards Assembly Rehearsal- 1:00 PM Class Photo (with your cap and gown) 5:30 PM-Gym (Please bring your picture packet at this time: payment is due on this date) Awards Assembly line up in Auditorium – 6:00PM Awards Assembly 6:30 PM in Gym -***New Time**
May 11th Thank you Note Thursday!! 8:30-12:30 AM in library for scholarship recipients
May 11th & 12th Final Checkout with the office After all finals are complete. This will be first come first serve 7:00 AM - 11:00 A.M
May 12th Graduate Walk thru at the K-8 Building 12:00-wear cap & gown Commencement rehearsal in gym 1:00 PM at Mustang Field following gym rehearsal
May 14th Commencement ceremony @ Mustang field 2:30 PM Line –Up 2:00 PM

Thank you for your cooperation in making your graduation successful.

Baccalaureate-The Ministerial Association will invite you and your family and notify you of the location, time and date.
Monday, April 03, 2017
Shenandoah FCCLA Attends State Leadership Conference; Green Takes Gold!

Shenandoah High School FCCLA members were among the approximately 500 members, advisers and guests to attend the 2017 Iowa Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference. It was held March 26-28 at the Des Moines Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center.

The theme for the 2017 conference was “Leading 4 Change”. Members had the opportunity to experience the theme through listening to keynote speaker Molly Kennedy, attend a variety of engaging workshops, elect candidates running for state and national officer positions, meet leaders across the state, and test leadership and career skill sets in competitive events.

Cheyanne Green competed in the Nutrition and Wellness Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competitive event. Green’s project entailed gathering a group of individuals from the community to track food intake and physical activity; she then helped to determine goals and strategies for improving overall health. Cheyanne earned a gold medal for her efforts, and the right to represent Iowa and compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this July in Nashville.

The Shenandoah High School FCCLA chapter is advised by Stephanie Langner, Family and Consumer Science instructor. Additional members attending the conference included Ami Apperson, Kylee Flynn, and Natalie Johnson.

FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), is the Ultimate Leadership Experience and teaches students things such as financial literacy, health and nutrition, career preparation, and early childhood development skills through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is a unique organization because its programs are planned and run by student members. It is the only student-led organization with the family as its central focus. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters in fifty state associations, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since it was founded in 1945.
High School Teacher Classroom Information
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Here is the link for high school teachers' syllabi and lesson plans. If you can not view please contact Mrs. Hilding at hildings@shencsd.com

SHS Classroom Information
School Registration
Friday, August 05, 2016
If you have not registered for the upcoming school year please do so. We'd like to have 100% of our students registered before the first day of school on August 23. The information follows. Thank you - Mrs. Hilding

Register Online https://ps-shenandoah.gwaea.org

Walk in Registration Assistance SHS any time from 7 AM - 3 PM

Call for assistance with account user name and password High School 712-246-4727 Elem. & Middle School 712-246-2520

Transportation requests should be made to the Bus Barn 712-246-2815 or greenwaltt@shencsd.com
Prescription Drug information
Monday, October 20, 2014
Dear Shenandoah High School Parents and Guardians,

We write this notification to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse in teenagers and to emphasize your role as a parent/guardian in being proactive with your teen. Teen prescription drug abuse occurs when a young person takes a prescription medication, prescribed for someone else, for a non-medical use. Teens often get their hands on prescription drugs right in their own homes - from a parent or relatives medicine cabinet, drawer or kitchen cupboard. Sixty-four percent of teens (age 12-17) who have abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives.

Based on the most recent Iowa Youth Survey, 17% of Iowa youth find that prescription medications are easy to get and 11% found them very easy. More specifically, 20% of students in Page County find prescription drugs east to get and 12% find them very easy.

Research shows that teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parent or guardian are up to 50 percent less likely to try drugs.

Here are some facts for you to consider: 1 in 4 teens has taken a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them by a doctor.

Every day, 2,500 teens take a prescription pain reliever for a non-medical use for the first time.

More teens abuse prescription medications than illegal drugs, except marijuana.

Prescription drug abuse poses serious risks to teens:
Abusing prescription medications is not safer than taking illegal street drugs like cocaine or heroin.
Teen prescription drug abuse can result in addiction,as well as other health issues, and can be fatal.
Mixing prescription drugs with alcohol and illegal drugs is particularly dangerous and can be fatal.
Teen prescription drug abuse can impact a young persons developing brain and good judgement, their relationships with family and friends, and academic performance.

Take Action Now
Create a Safe Environment
Know whats in your medicine cabinet
Properly dispose of unused or expired medications
Secure all prescription medications in a safe place
Educate family and friends (especially grandparents)

Notice Common Signs of Abuse
Physical and psychological changes
Changes in academic performance
Pills missing from the medicine cabinet
Talk to Your Teens
Be open and non-judgemental
Communicate regularly
Talk about the dangers of prescription drug abuse

We invite you as parents to consider this information and educate your teens. Information from this notification is part of a program titled SmartMovesSmartChoices.org.

We appreciate your consideration of this matter and encourage you to contact me or Mrs. Hilding with suggestions, concerns, or questions. Kind regards, Ms. Laughlin RN, High School Nurse and Mrs. Hilding, High School Principal
Social Media update
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Shenandoah High School is working on improving its social media outreach.

Many groups have accounts on Facebook and Twitter already, but we would like to continue to promote the academic and extracurricular activities for all of SHS.

Please like the Shenandoah High School Facebook page as well as follow on Twitter @ShenandoahHS.
These accounts will be updated and maintained by students involved in the Shenandoah News Team and the Student Council.

Any questions, please let me know! Thanks! Jennifer Cole, Social Science Teacher
New Year-New Changes For Teen Drivers
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
During the 2013 session of the Iowa General Assembly, Senate File 115 was passed that made amendments to the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). The changes take place as of January 1, 2014. It is important that you take a few minutes to read about the changes.

The changes will affect transition from the instruction permit to the intermediate license, intermediate license passenger restrictions and minor school license passenger restrictions.

Please click here to read the letter from the Department of Transportation.

Information concerning these changes can also be viewed at www.iowadot.gov
Chat Mobility School Rebate Program
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Chat Mobility is offering a school rebate program. Participating school will receive a 2.5% cash rebate on enrolled member's monthly service fee. It doesn't cost you a thing!

Click here for more information.
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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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