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January Principal Newsletter
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Welcome back SHS Students, Staff and Families – 2nd Semester is here! I do hope that you all had a family-filled, fun-filled break and now we are ready to get started for the new semester.

A couple of reminders for you parents. This time of year we have a lot of illness. If your child is ill or has an appointment, please call school before 9 AM the day of the absence. If we don’t hear from you we will call to check on your child. One more reminder – will you please confirm on PowerSchool that your contact information is correct? Maybe your cell phone number has changed or you no longer have a land line – if you will just check that information for us please that will be helpful when we do need to contact you.

As we start back to school this week activities will ramp back up. We have bowling, basketball and wrestling events resuming on January 4th. Speech-ems are practicing for District Large Group Speech Contest on January 20 and FFA students are preparing for their sub-district contest here on February 7.

Seniors – Your final semester at SHS! You have been working hard all these years and this semester will be no exception. One of your first tasks this semester is to fill out and submit the Uniform Scholarship Application which is due to Mrs. Weiss at the end of January. Shenandoah Community is gracious to give our seniors thousands of dollars in scholarships. Mrs. Weiss met with you before Christmas and the information about the application is available in her office or online. Do not procrastinate! Take advantage of this great opportunity. Senior parents – if your child is headed to post-secondary education make sure you are filling out the FAFSA form for financial aid. We will continue to give you updates and reminders about senior items as the semester progresses. If you have questions or need help filling out forms or applications please contact Mrs. Weiss at 712-246-4727.

Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen – you still may think you have a long wait until you get to think about graduation, but it will be here before you know it. Start planning now with the classes you are taking, the learning that you are doing in those classes and the grades that learning results in. Make sure you are asking questions of your instructors, make sure you are getting the help you need and make sure you are handing in all assignments complete and on time! Take charge of your education! In addition to classroom learning, participate in extra-curricular activities. While it may be too late to join a winter sport, spring sports are just ahead and we’d love to see each one of you involved. It’s not too late to check into Individual Speech contest or find out more about those spring sports. Another opportunity that each of you can be part of is volunteering. Seniors know they must complete 20 hours of community service for Senior Portfolio, but each one of you should be volunteering at least that many hours each year. When you do apply for scholarships or jobs or colleges, one of the items those folks look for is community service. By serving others you will meet new people, learn about yourself and may gain some new skills that you can use later on in life.

Second semester will fly by! We hope to see you at lots of events over the winter season. You can check out the activities schedule at www.shencsd.com and look on the “Calendars/Activities” tab. Stay warm!
December Principal Artilce
Monday, December 04, 2017
The calendar says December and we have lots to do in the next three weeks before Christmas break. Semester tests will be December 20, 21 and 22 and before we get to those culminating assessment days students and teachers are working to do reading, research, complete labs, finish art work, auto projects, woods and metals projects, write papers, complete required readings, and so much more. For the semester tests we do ask that some sort of assessment be given in each class. We allow 90 minute blocks of time for the test sessions and students might be giving presentations, completing a lab, sharing project or research data or taking a traditional test. Students in Math and Language Arts will be taking the winter assessment for the IReady. The IReady test is a test similar to the Iowa Assessments which are given in February. However, the IReady tests are given three times a year and have more open-ended questions and questions where students must show work to get credit or give evidence of an answer.

We will do a couple of fun things at the beginning of semester tests. One is our semester SHS Success Assembly. We honor students who have been involved in fall activities and we honor students for doing the right thing –like cleaning a mess that wasn’t theirs or helping someone when they didn’t know anyone was watching. It’s a fun celebration of all the good things about our students. Another fun tradition is Grad Talk day. We ask recent grads to come back and share with high school students about their experiences post-high school. We ask them to share with us what college life or work life is like, how they manage their time, how they keep track of their expenses, and what advice they have for those getting close to graduation. It’s always fun to connect and catch up with those graduates.

In addition to semester tests, celebrations and the Grad Talks, students will receive their second semester schedules from Mrs. Weiss and be invited to make changes if they wish. This process includes a teacher signature, parent signature and making sure there is room in that particular class. We do our best to make sure that students’ wishes for electives are honored along with the required classes for graduation.

Winter Activities have started. Basketball, Wrestling and Bowling are in full swing. Please join us for evenings of cheering our high school athletes. They are working hard and it’s always fun to celebrate a win with them. Thank you to the coaches and student athletes for wearing the SHS uniform and showing our pride! In addition to sports we are pleased to have the Choir and Band Winter Concert on December 10 at 2:00 PM at Gladys Wirsig-Jones Auditorium. You will hear some of your favorite Christmas music and I’m sure you will want to sing along!

Winter X Games is the week of December 4th. SHS Student Council is getting ready for this winter homecoming celebration. There will be competitions and dress up days. Student Council will also host a chili supper on Friday, December 10 starting at 5 PM. The proceeds from the chili supper will go to the State Student Council Project for this year, Colleen’s Dream Foundation, which provides research funds for ovarian cancer.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call the high school at 712-246-4727 or visit our website at www.shencsd.com. All of the activities can be found at that website under “Calendars” then “Athletics/Activities”. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
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
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
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.
Updating Student Information Made Easy!
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Do you have a change of address, email or a phone number? The district has made it easier for you to notify the school of such changes by allowing you to go the school website and select the "Parents" link in the upper right hand corner under "Quick Links." Once you have selected the "Parents" link you can change you information by selecting the "PowerSchool-Update Contact Info" link.

For further information click here.
Weather Notification Information
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Inclement Weather

When school is canceled because of inclement weather prior to the start of the school day, students and parents are notified over KMA radio (960 AM), Omaha television stations, and through the SchoolMessenger Parent Notification System. Please check these sources before calling the school. The missed day will be made up by adding it to the end of the school year.

If school is dismissed because of inclement weather after the school day has begun, parents are notified by the same means.

Extracurricular activities or practices scheduled for the day or evening of a day when school is canceled or dismissed early are generally canceled or rescheduled. The principal/athletic director may determine whether to hold extracurricular activities or practices. If the extracurricular activity is to be held, students and parents are notified over KMA Radio (AM 960).

School Closings and Athletic Practices

Student activities are a vital part of the total educational program and should be used as a means for developing good human relations and wholesome activities as well as knowledge and skills. The health, safety, and welfare of the students participating in student activities shall be foremost in the minds of those directing such activities and responsible for such activities. In the interest of student welfare and safety, the following procedures shall be followed during times of school closings due to inclement weather, emergency situations, etc.

A. Superintendent closes school all day Superintendent and Athletic Director and/or Principal shall determine if practices are to be conducted in the afternoons.

B. Superintendent dismisses school early or notifies of a late start:

1. Superintendent and Athletic Director and/or Principal shall determine if practices are to be conducted in the afternoons.

2. Unsafe road conditions: There will be no high school classes, practices or activities. All students are to be released from school and return to their homes immediately. If school has a late start because of the weather there will be NO high school classes, practices or activities. If it is a late start this means nothing until school starts at 10:00.

Contracted Contests

1. School closed all day -- The athletic director shall be responsible for any postponements, cancellations and rescheduling of contracted contests. The building principal shall be responsible for decisions on postponements, cancellations, and rescheduling of other events and activities.

2. School dismissed early -- The superintendent shall be responsible for canceling all activities and/or events. The athletic director and/or Principal shall notify the contracted parties, news media, transportation director, and others as the need arises of the cancellation. In addition, he shall be responsible for rescheduling the canceled events and activities.
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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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