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Ten 80 Rolls On...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Shenandoah Middle School Ten 80 Teams made the long trip out to New York and performed quite well. Full news and articles found from local media sources by clicking on them below... Way to go!!!
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Thursday, April 27, 2017


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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Woodmen School Speech Contest Twenty two 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students took part in the Woodmen School Speech Contest at Shenandoah Middle School on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Contestants were asked to write an original speech on the topic of “What Does It Mean to be a Hero?” The speeches needed to be 3 to 5 minutes in length. While notecards were allowed, students were encouraged to memorize as much of their speech as possible.
Judges for the contest were Doug and Cathy Flummerfelt, and Nancy Roberts, who volunteered their time in the interest of furthering speech opportunities for the students. Contestants received points for theme adherence, structure, content, logic and color in their speech as well as on their delivery and presentation.
Each participant received a certificate and pin for their efforts and plaques and journals were awarded to first, second and third place.
Third place winner, 7th grader George Martin, spoke knowledgably about the three presidents that he considers to be heroic: George Washington for leading the Continental Congress and being the first president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln for ending slavery with the 13th Amendment and guiding the country through the Civil War, and Theodore Roosevelt for establishing the National Park system. George’s parents are Tom and Sarah Martin.
Second place winner, Aurora Trowbridge, who is in 5th grade wrote about her hero Mother Teresa, who she first learned about at church. Auri detailed her accomplishments in helping the poor and sick and stated that she is inspired by Mother Teresa and hopes to help others when she grows up. Aurora’s parents are Angie and Justin Trowbridge.
Riley Hunter, a 7th grader, won first prize for her speech about Desmond Doss, who was the only conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War Two, along with numerous other honors, for his heroism as a medic. Riley will present her speech at the Level 2 District Speech Competition to be held on April 20 at the AEA Halverson Conference Center in Council Bluffs. She has won the local contest the past two years, and was a District winner last year for 6th grade. Riley’s parents are Rusty and Angela Hunter.
Modern Woodmen of the World, a fraternal financial services organization, sponsors the School Speech Contest to schools nationwide. More than 100,000 students compete in the contest each year to better their writing and communication skills. TAG teacher, Kelly Carey, is the local organizer of the event.
PHOTO Riley Hunter, Aurora Trowbridge, George Martin hold up their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plaques. Other contestants are: Hanna Nelson, Elijah Baldwin, Ethan Webster, Mara Dinges, Sarah Haynie, Baylee Richardson, Keira Bundy, Nolan Mount, Juan Cepeda, Caitlyn Jones, Matthew Childs, Elizabeth Mather, Bentley Palmer, Alex Razee, Paige Gleason, Hannah Stearns, Kaitlyn Widger, Keisha Copeland, and Abby Martin
 
 
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Monday, April 10, 2017
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Friday Recap 4/10/17
Monday, April 10, 2017
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Iowa Region Qualifying Event for Ten 80 Held at SMS
Monday, April 03, 2017
Saturday 4/1, Shenandoah entered 2 teams and hosted the Iowa Region Ten 80 Event. Local judges Monte Munsinger, Greg Ritchey, Jeff Baker, Richard Morgan Fine, and other helpers provided the work needed to support the event. Excellent attendance and performances were observed as Shenandoah's two teams took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the competition. Shen Horsepower was able to win 2 of 3 on the track. Enjoy the pictures below, both teams have qualified for the National Finals in Troy, NY!





 
 
STEMing in Science Exploration
Monday, April 03, 2017
Mr. Ehlers has been providing some intense student STEM challenges within his courses. Turning your heads to the side you will see an egg drop in which students tried to drop an egg from 1 story up without breaking it. On left David Rendon succeeded without damage to the egg. He wrapped it and suspended the egg within the box. Two group pictures to the right show groups involved in 'buoyancy' challenge. Students had to create a raft with limited tools and whichever raft floated by holding the most weight bearing washers won the challenge. STEM continues to be emphasized in many Middle School rooms, great examples at work...



 
 
2017 Dodge Ball Event Held at SMS
Monday, April 03, 2017
Another great community and school building event was held at Shenandoah Middle School on Friday March 10th... The Shenandoah Middle School Staff provided the hard work to help serve pancakes and officiate Dodge Ball, while all the proceeds benefit the Middle School PTO. The PTO pays for multiple field trips, special events, incentives for kids, and most recently helped pay for the Fitness Park behind the school. This year pancakes were served to nearly 300 folks and dodge ball was played by over 20 teams... Top Below is the 2017 Junior Division Champs, then below working left to right was the Junior Runner Ups, the Senior Division Champs and on the bottom the Senior Division Runner Up.


Thanks to all participants and the Helpers!




 
 
March Students of Month
Monday, April 03, 2017
March 2017 Students of the Month! Each month
Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for October were:
5th Grade: Nolan Mount and Aliyah Parker
6th Grade: Tyson Moore and Amber Miller
7th Grade: Jacob Nelson and Kirsten Head
8th Grade: Avery McCunn and Brooke Bauer


 
 
7th Innovative Technology Course STEMing
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Mrs. Hunter's 7th grade STEM course, Innovative Technology is hard at work in pictures below working on programming, wiring, and computer science which is a major component of STEM. Some great STEM learning at Shenandoah Middle School, Nice work SMS students...




 
 
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Monday, March 06, 2017
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
February 2017 Students of the Month! Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for October were:
5th Grade: Henry Martin and Hannah Stearns
6th Grade: Hunter Tomkins and Liz Rooker
7th Grade: Zach Neeman and Lilly Barnhart
8th Grade: Brody Owen and Mara Dinges

 
 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Middle School Science Bowl Team Competes in Ames Despite the weather, five 8th grade scholars traveled to Iowa State University to compete in the 14th Annual Middle School Science Bowl. The group has spent the last two months preparing for the event, spending their lunch hour being quizzed over their knowledge of Biology, Earth and Space Science, Chemistry, Physics, Energy, and Math. Kelly Carey, TAG instructor at SMS, is the coach.

Only 16 of the 24 teams scheduled for the event actually made it, due to the weather. Even so, the team competed 5 times in the morning, winning all 5 matches. That earned them a spot in the double elimination rounds in the afternoon. Although they were eventually knocked out, they stayed to watch the championship round where Ames High School defeated St. Alberts.

Ames Laboratory is the host of the Iowa Science Bowl and the winner advances to the National Science Bowl in Washington DC. This is the third year that Shenandoah Middle School has sent a team

Kelly Carey, “The competition is not divided by school size so the smaller schools are somewhat at a disadvantage, but we did really well overall. The important thing was how seriously these kids took the challenge. They showed up every day and really worked. Three of them had competed las year, and that helped a lot. We were specialized to some degree: Quentin is good and fast in math, Sam can really think on his feet, Kayla and Braden were new to the team but have a lot of knowledge, and Jeb sure knows his dinosaurs!”

Sam Martin, “Science Bowl is a fun experience that allowed us to have a chance to try something that we are good at.”
Quentin Slater, ‘It was a very fun experience for me. It really gave me something to think about.”
Jeb Jacobs, “The lunch was good and the ISU campus was nice.”
Braden Knight, “I didn’t actually answer many questions, but it was fun, and the lunch was good.”
Kayla VanRite, “Science Bowl was a great experience that introduced me to something that I hope to be able to continue doing in High School.”

Pictured Below: Coach Carey, Sam Martin, Jeb Jacobs, Quentin Slater, Kayla VanRite, Braden Knight
 
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Shenandoah Mathcounts Team Competes in Council Bluffs

On February 2, the seven members of the Shenandoah Mathcounts Team competed against other Southwest Iowa teams at the Boys and Girls Club of Council Bluffs. Four members, Quentin Slater, Erin Baldwin, Cain Lorimor, and Le Yuan Sun comprised the official team. Three other members competed as individuals: Evan Holmes, Brooke Bauer, and Jacob Nelson.

The competition consisted of a Sprint Round, a Target Round, and a Team Round. Following the morning rounds, scores were tallied and the top 10 scorers moved into a Countdown Elimination Round.

Le Yuan Sun, a 7 th graders who is enrolled in the Middle School pre-Algebra class, was among the top 10, and ultimately placed 5 th individually, earning her the opportunity to move on to the State Mathcounts Competition in Des Moines on March 31.
Le Yuan credits her Dad, Qixin Sun, for working with her and instilling a love of mathematics within her, and her math teacher, Alisa Andrews, for her success. Le Yuan is also the daughter of Jia Xuan Huang. Kelly Carey, TAG teacher at SMS, assisted the Mathcounts Team with practice sessions.


PICTURED: Back row: Le Yuan Sun, Evan Holmes, Quentin Slater, Jacob Nelson Front row: Cain Lorimor, Brooke Bauer, Erin Baldwin
 
 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Friday, February 17, 2017
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January 2017 Students of the Month!
Friday, February 10, 2017
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for October were:
5th Grade: Juan Cepeda and Macey Finlay
6th Grade: Dylan Gray and Sydney Edwards
7th Grade: Kris Wilson and Kiah Head
8th Grade: Reed Finnegan and Erin Baldwin
 
 
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Monday, February 06, 2017

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Week in Video Review-Super Bowl Edition...
Monday, February 06, 2017
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SW Iowa STEM Teacher of the YEAR!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Shenandoah Middle School has been rocking the STEM movement for a few years, and part of that movement has been Mr. Roberts and the Ten 80 Team... That hard work and dedication to STEM education has brought recognition to SMS and its great team of STEM teachers. Mr. Roberts has been helping SMS pave the charge for STEM education and the work has provided State and National Level award winning results... Last year the group performed highly in Florida, and this year the team has qualified for Nationals in New York! Nice work Mr. Roberts, a recognition well deserved! STEM Teacher of the Year... Shenandoah Middle School is a STEM leader in SW Iowa and this recognition helps recognize those efforts!



 
 
'Patriot Pen' Essay Winner From SHENANDOAH Middle School
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Congratulations to Baylee Baldiwn as she won the local, district and now state competition for the best essay in regards to being a 'Patriot'. Her essay qualifies her for National Level Review and a chance to meet the President in Washington DC! Our first winner at the State Level over many years! Way to go Baylee!
 
 
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Monday, January 23, 2017
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Friday, January 20, 2017


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Shenandoah MS Student Council Shows Leadership
Friday, January 06, 2017
Building relationships with the community is one of the pillars of Shenandoah’s Middle School Student Council. This year, the student council once again collected food donations for the Shenandoah Food Pantry. The council is able to collect items by establishing competition throughout each homeroom. This year’s competition included a dodge ball game, a large container of cheese balls,a root beer float party, and the overall homeroom winner being able to pie their homeroom teacher in the face. The items collected this year went to help those in need. This year the Shenandoah Food Pantry was able to help a total of 3,942 individuals in need. That number includes both children and adults. This need is up 9% of children served from the same time period in 2016.

The Shenandoah Middle School was able to collect and donate a total of 1,342 food items for those in the community who might otherwise have no means of providing a meal for themselves or their children. The student council looks forward to being able to partner with the Food Pantry again next year to continue this relationship.

 
 
TAG Adding Exploration Period
Friday, January 06, 2017
5th and 6th graders in TAG have been spending homeroom time to explore different STEM related camps and skills... Recently the students learned Physics and some construction skills as they build amusement parks and explored the laws of motion... More fun explorations lie ahead including forensics, 60 seconds or less, and many more...



 
 
Social Studies Learning 'Old Skills'
Friday, January 06, 2017
Many years ago during the early years of our country, the leaders learned to send coded messages. Some of these messages needed Vegetables and Fruits to help reveal the hidden message on paper. Mr. Daoust's 8th SS classes learned all about this and even practiced the skill... Learn more about this by talking to an 8th grader...

 
 
December Students of Month
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for October were:
5th Grade: Camden Lorimor and Lilly Irwin
6th Grade: Taylor Lattin and Cassi Waters (Missing from photo)
7th Grade: George Martin and Cassidy Morris
8th Grade: Riley Backus and Brynn Smyser
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Video Year in Review
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Mid Year Holiday Edition News IS IN...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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The Digital Stream Class supported by Mr. Daoust has created the latest edition of Shenandoah Middle School News... Read all about it...
 
 
This Just IN...
Friday, December 09, 2016
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5th Band in Live Action
Friday, December 09, 2016
The 5th Shenandoah Middle School Band led by Mr. Jones performed 12/8/16. See them perform a very difficult piece here...

Great work 5th Grade!
 
 
Shenandoah Middle STEM Continues...
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Two years ago SMS applied and were rewarded several State STEM grants. Part of the grant was implementing the materials the other part was sustaining them. SMS Teachers are doing an impressive job of sustaining, creating, inventing, and finding ways to keep STEM at SMS on the cutting edge... Check out some of the action below...

From Volcanos to Wind Circuits to Cell Construction Models to Ten 80 Racing Cars to Anatomy to Programmed Robotic Machines.... The students of SMS are experiencing great hands on learning and application of STEM preparing them for 21st Century Careers!





 
 
Novemeber Students of the Month
Friday, December 02, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for October were:
5th Grade: Jacob Weller and Maci Slater
6th Grade: Christene Johnson and Bentley Palmer
7th Grade: Jillian Buzzard and Dryden Thompsen
8th Grade: Joselyn Dominguez and missing picture Couper Gile...
 
 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Friday, November 18, 2016


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Family Math Night Held...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Shenandoah Middle held their annual Family Math Carnival Night on November 10. Families enjoyed an evening of playing math related games with play money that earned them tickets at a chance to win prizes.



 
 
Financial Literacy at SMS...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
On Thursday, November 10, Mr. Darrin Bouray and Mr. Ryan Spiegel, from Bank Iowa, came to speak to Ms. Bounds Social Studies classes at Shenandoah Middle School. Their topic of the day was Financial Literacy. In Iowa, Financial Literacy is one of the 21st Century Skills that all students should be aware of and understand. The 21st Century Skills are part of the Common Core.

Mr. Bouray and Mr. Spiegel shared a powerpoint presentation that they had created which covered many different topics about financial literacy. Some of the topics introduced included Budgeting, Credit History, Building Credit, Identity Theft, Savings, Interest, and Retirement, which also included personal instances of Identity theft that had been a reality for the Mr. Bouray.. The students had several questions for the gentlemen throughout their time in our class. Probably the favorite part of having guest speakers were the treats and pencils that they gave out after their presentation.

 
 
October Students of Month
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for October were:
5th Grade: Nick Weller and Hannah Nelson
6th Grade: Madyson Dickerson and Triston Akers
7th Grade: Jacob Jackson and Sara Morales
8th Grade: Seth Hughes and Cheyenne Gough

 
 
Middle School Mock Trial Teams Compete in Council Bluffs
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Middle School Mock Trial Teams Compete in Council Bluffs
Two teams, comprised of 17 seventh and sixth grade students, have spent the past two months learning about the judicial process and tearing into the facts and details of a civil case in preparation for the 2016 Middle School Mock Trial Competition.
The Iowa Bar Association sponsors the Mock Trial competition in Iowa on both the Middle School and High School level. Each year, a new case is presented that is based on a true occurrence. This years case involves the death of a young man who enters an extreme obstacle race with his friends. The obstacles are grueling and include lots of mud, cold water, electrical jolts, climbing and jumping from great heights, and other strenuous tests of ability. On one such obstacle, called Abandon Ship, the man leaps into a pool of mud and never surfaces. By the time his team mates realize he is missing, it is too late. He is resuscitated, but is brain dead and dies when he is taken off of life support. His grieving family is now suing the organizers of the event and charging them with gross negligence resulting in his death. The company, Storm Chase, claims to have had no fatalities in over 3 years and dozens of events and claims that participants enter such events having full knowledge of the dangers involved and must bear the responsibility of being prepared and exercising good judgement. And, they point out, the man did sign a waiver that included a death clause.
Middle students in Mrs. Careys TAG language and reading classes divided into two teams and were assigned roles as attorneys or witnesses. As each team must prepare to argue both sides of the case- prosecution and defense- most students played both roles.
After many weeks of analyzing the case, writing questions and opening statements and closing arguments, and learning about objection, refresh and impeachment protocol, and all others elements of court etiquette, the two teams headed to competition. 13 southwest Iowa teams met on November 1 to battle it out in mock trials staged before panels of real attorneys at IWCC in Council Bluffs
The competition was intense but the two Shenandoah teams fared pretty well for their first time competing, earning many 8s and 9s for their efforts. In addition, Andrew Johnson and George Martin each received recognition for being outstanding attorneys.

Pictured- Front-Paige Gleason, Olivia Steckelberg, Sarah Haynie, Bentley Palmer Middle-Riley Hunter, Jocelyn Kirk, Brooklen Black, Hadlee Kinghorn, Josh Schuster, George Martin Back- Lucy Martin, Andrew Johnson, Eli Schuster, Le Yuan Sun, Caden Mount, Jacob Nelson, Evan Holmes

 
 
TAG Students visit Creighton and UNO
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
TAG Students visit Creighton and UNO
What began as a research project into future careers, ended with an afternoon visit with the President of Creighton University for 9 students in Shenandoah Middle School. Last spring, students in the 7 th grade TAG language arts class investigated a career that they thought they might want to have when they grew up. They thought about their personal qualities and temperaments and what they were interested in. They also considered where they might have to live if they followed that career path.
Next they began to search for a specific college or university that offered an advanced degree in their chosen field. They looked at the types of classes that they would take and the cost to obtain the degree. The careers they looked at were: dentistry, pediatric surgeon, aviation pilot, forensic scientist, paleontologist, elementary teacher, cattle breeder, and orthopedic surgeon.
As a culmination of the research, the students thought that they would like to visit some colleges that offered the degrees they were interested. They also wanted to be able to compare a small private school with a larger public one. A little more research revealed that Creighton University and/or UNO offered degrees in all of their areas of interest and were within driving distance for a visit. However, by then it was the end of the school year and a mutual date for a visit couldnt be found.
Over the summer, RAGBRAI came through town. The Dostal family offered housing to a team from Creighton as Dr. Dostal had attended undergraduate and dental school there. One rider that stayed with them was Reverend Daniel Hendrickson, the President of Creighton. In talking with Nathan Dostal and his friend, Quentin Slater, he learned about the research the class had done and how they had hoped to be able to visit Creighton. Rev. Hendrickson then offered to facilitate a tour for the class.
A date was found to visit both campuses on October 26. The students went first to Creighton where they were given a tour by a university student named Gabriel who showed them classrooms, dorms, recreational facilities, the Commons, the library, and the Cathedral. The last stop was the Presidents Office. Reverend Hendrickson spent time talking to the students to discover what they were interested in and telling them what his job as a university president entails. He showed them the ceremonial mace that he carries at graduation and the medallions that he wears for the occasion.
From there, the students went to UNO for a similar tour of this larger state university. They heard from an admissions officer about the prerequisites for admission, the cost of attending UNO, and what college life is like. On a tour of the campus they visited dorms, classrooms, gym, library, saw the aviation simulator, and also learned that the Maverick narrowly beat out the Unicorn to become the mascot of the school!

Here are some of the students comments about the day.
I liked Creighton, because of its medical program. Brenna Godfread
I liked Creighton better because of the campus area, the classrooms, and the course options. Kayla VanRite
I liked UNO because the dorms were nicer and because there are more kids. The campus is bigger so its not so crowded. I like the flight simulator and the aviation program. Braden Knight
UNO is bigger and the dorms are nicer. Theres more to do. Jeb Jacobs
I liked the feel of the campus better at Creighton. Bailey Maher
I liked Creighton because they are getting a brand new dentistry building. Its also smaller so I wont get lost. I like the president, too. Jasmine Rogers
I liked seeing them both, but I probably will go to Iowa State because they have an Ag program. Sam Martin
I liked the diversity among students at UNO. They also had the forensic science program I want. Quentin Slater

In the picture in the president's office at Creighton: Kelly Carey, Jasmine Rogers, Bailey Maher, Kayla VanRite, Brenna Godfread, Quentin Slater, Reverend Daniel Hendrickson, Nathan Dostal, Braden Knight, Jeb Jacobs, Sam Martin
At Maverick statue at UNO: front- Jasmine Rogers, Bailey Maher, Brenna Godfread, Kayla VanRite. Back- Braden Knight, Quentin Slater, Nathan Dostal, Jeb Jacobs, Sam Martin other- Brenna Godfread tries on the president's medallions


 
 
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Monday, October 31, 2016
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Pony Express 4 HALLOWEEN EDITION...
Friday, October 28, 2016
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August and September Students of Month
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for first 2 months were:
5th Grade: David Chambers, Kassidy Stephens, Jade Spangler, and Abby Martin
6th Grade: Levi Carmichael, Madison Kirby, Tyler Laughlin, and Amelia Mattes
7th Grade: Michael Reed, Keelee Razee, Caden Mount, and Halle Wheatley
8th Grade: Carter Ruzek, Kayla VanRite, Zayne Zwickel, and Libby Ehlers
 
 
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Monday, October 24, 2016
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School Book Fair!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Follow link below to purchase books online to support Shenandoah School Library and support your child's reading...

Online Sales http://www.scholastic.com/bf/shenandoahk8school
October 23 - November 5
 
 
Outdoor Classroom Shaping Up...
Friday, October 14, 2016
The SMS Outdoor Classroom continues to take shape. Building upon the pond, the newest edition of the SMS Science Exploration class has planted hostas, pulled weeds, cleaned up around the area, and now has added a sign... Next up hopes for outdoor seating, a fountain, and other top secret inventions... Way to GO SMS!

 
 
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Friday, October 14, 2016


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Outdoor Fitness Looking Strong!
Friday, October 14, 2016
The Outdoor Fitness Playground is beginning to take shape ! The surface was put on today 10/14 and we will be ready to go to WORK on Monday 10/17... The playground will be open to all! Go Shenandoah!
 
 
Broadcasting is Now Live!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Please check here to see the first web based installment of Mr. Daoust's Broadcasting class. Each week the class works hard to meet deadlines and produce a school based digital news for the students of Shenandoah Middle School. Due to difficulty with sound at times at lunch, the news team has found a new way to broadcast the news, via You Tube... Enjoy

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Friday, September 23, 2016


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Friends of Library Book Sale
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Friends of the Library annual used book sale will be held Saturday, October 15 and Monday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Shenandoah Public Library, 201 S. Elm Street.

All childrens books will be 25 cents. Hard-cover books will be 75 cents each or 3 for $1.50. Paperback or softcover books will be 50 cents each or 3 for $1.00. Magazines, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and tapes will be 25 cents each. Individuals who purchase a Friends of the Library book bag for $10 will be able to fill that bag at no extra cost. On Monday, October 17, for $1.50, readers will be able to fill a shopping bag provided by Friends.

Donations of used books will be accepted at the Library on Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14 during regular Library hours. Home pick-up of donations for those needing assistance can be scheduled by calling the Library at 246-2315.

The Friends of the Library will use all proceeds from the sale to support the Shenandoah Public Library as a cultural, educational, and recreational asset of the city of Shenandoah.
 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Band places 1st in Creston
Monday, September 19, 2016


On Saturday, September 17 the members of the Shenandoah Middle School Marching Mustangs marched and competed in the 39th Annual Southwest Iowa Balloon Races Parade in Creston, Iowa. The parade, which worked its way through downtown Creston, Iowa was judged in three locations. The judges then complete ballots and finally scores are compared to determine placement. Awards were given at the Old Depot in Creston following the parade where it was announced that Shenandoah Middle School Band, under the direction of Michael Jones and drum majors Quentin Slater and Alexa Munsinger had earned 1st place in the Middle School division of the competition.

This is the first time the band has marched this parade in many years. Mr. Risher and I were looking for a parade where we could get good feedback to use to set goals with our students. This parade is very well organized and judged so we decided to return to Creston after not marching there in many years, probably since the late 1990s. It is always nice to march between buildings and to perform for a big crowd and to walk away with a trophy just makes it even better., said Mr. Jones.

The band has a busy schedule with ShenFest, Homecoming and Clarinda Band Day in just two short weeks.
 
 
2016 Pony Express Has Arrived!!
Sunday, September 11, 2016


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Mr. Daoust's Digital Stream class has arrived... The new Team of Pony Express Writers have put together an awesome volume 1, check it out...
 
 
MASCOT CHALLENGE
Thursday, September 08, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS, your school was one of the first 32 schools to register for the 2016 Healthiest State Walk and you have been entered into the #StepItUpIowa #WhyIWalk #MascotWalk challenge! If victorious, your school can win $1000 to improve your school.


Heres how it works:
32 schools will be put in a bracket and go head-to-head until one school remains. The bracket will be found on the Healthiest State Facebook page starting September 7: www.facebook.com/HealthiestIowa To vote, you must have liked our facebook page and then you will find the Mascot Challenge tab or the direct link to vote (and you can share via your social media) is http://woobox.com/p2map3. The school that receives the most votes will move forward each round, with the championship round being the week of October 5.

The voting rounds are:
- Round 1: September 7 September 11
- Round 2: September 12- September 18
- Round 3: September 19 September 25
- Round 4: September 26- October 2
- Championship Round: October 2 October 5
- The winner will be announced October 5 after the noon deadline!

 
 
OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 22
Wednesday, August 17, 2016


5:00-5:30 Review for new Families and 5th Families and respective students by Shenandoah MS Staff
6:00- Begin Open House Schedule
Homeroom 5:30 --- 5:58
Period 1 6:00 --- 6:12
Period 2 6:14 --- 6:24
Period 3 6:26 --- 6:36
Period 4 6:38 --- 6:48
Period 5 6:50 --- 7:00
Period 6 7:02 --- 7:12
Period 7 7:14 --- 7:24 *Additional Time for Locker practice and tours of building
 
 
Getting Closer Every Day...
Monday, July 25, 2016
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2016-2017 Student Registration
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Dear Families,

Good afternoon! I trust you are enjoying your summer. This email is a reminder that school will be starting on Tuesday, August 23rd and a notice that it is time to register your student(s) for school. We have changed the registration process this year to an online system using PowerSchool.

Registration will open Friday, July 22nd.

If you already have a PowerSchool Account

If you already have a PowerSchool account and can access the parent portal you can registration starting Friday, July 22nd.

If you have not used PowerSchool before

A PowerSchool account has been created for you if you provided the district your email address. Mr. Monte Munsinger will be sending your account information. Please watch for an email from Mr. Monte Munsinger. You will be able to access registration if you have this account information starting Friday, July 22nd.

We will need you to come to the JK-8 Building located at 601 Dr. Creighton Circle on Tuesday, July 26th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM if the district does not have an email address for you.

If you do not have access to the internet or a computer

Computers will be available to use on July 26th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the JK-8 Building located at 601 Dr. Creighton Circle. There will be staff available to assist you with PowerSchool and using the computer.

How will I pay for textbook fees and student meals?

You will be able to pay for your students meals and textbook fees online using a credit card. If you do not have a credit card, you will need to pay using cash or a check on Tuesday, July 26th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the JK-8 Building located at 601 Dr. Creighton Circle.

If you need assistance registering

We are available to help you with the registration process. We have reserved Tuesday, July 26th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the JK-8 Building located at 601 Dr. Creighton Circle.

Thank you for your help and cooperation with the registration process. We are looking forward to school starting and working with your family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kerri Nelson
 
 
May Students of Month
Friday, May 20, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month:
5th Grade: Kya Hungerford and Cade Fielder
6th Grade: Nick Opal and Lilly Barnhart
7th Grade: Lauryn Webster and Riley Backus
8th Grade: Ethan Voshell and Roxy Denton

 
 
Mars Ville
Monday, May 16, 2016
Marsville

Ten Shenandoah Middle School students have spent the past six weeks learning about Mars and preparing to be a part of a Mars colony simulation. Marsville was founded by the families of the seven Challenger Shuttle astronauts as a way to honor them and to teach and inspire the next generation of space explorers. In Iowa, the program is directed by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Page County 4H.

During the 6 week program, students learned about Mars and the recent efforts to establish a colony there by the year 2030. They formed themselves into mission teams of three or four and created a team uniform and badge and chose a support system to work on. Systems included food production and delivery, air supply, water supply, temperature control, transportation, recreation, waste management. Each team developed a prototype of a solution to problems encountered in sustaining life on Mars within their system. In addition, in cooperation with team from other towns, they organized the construction of Martian habitats on the Link Up Day in Clarinda on May 13.

Over 160 students from Shenandoah, Clarinda, South Page, and Southwest Valley were in attendance at the event. Students from Shenandoah were: Brooklen Black, Evan Holmes, Hadlee Kinghorn, Jocelyn Kirk, George Martin, Eli Schuster, Josh Schuster, Jessica Sun, Riley Hunter and Andrew Johnson. They were assisted in the endeavor by Mrs. Carey, TAG instructor.





 
 
Pony Express Special!
Friday, May 06, 2016
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Pony Express 15
Thursday, May 05, 2016
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Mustang boys Basketball Camp
Thursday, May 05, 2016
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April Students of the Month...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month:
5th Grade: Kaden Voshell and Kelsey Franklin
6th Grade: Michael Reed and Kirsten Head
7th Grade: Erin Baldwin and Zayne Zwickel
8th Grade: Mason Miller and Claire Adkins

 
 
Fillies Summer Basketball Camp
Sunday, May 01, 2016
Please click here for camp information.
 
 
6th Grade Helps Clean Up Shenandaoh
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Taking part in the world wide effort to keep our planet clean, 6th graders in Mr. Ehler's Science classes helped clean up Shenandoah Parks on Earth Day.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

 
 
Ten 80 Teams Take Regional Championship and Runner Up! 1-2 Punch...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Alpha Horses and Shen Horsepower traveled to Oskaloosa at 5AM Saturday and returned with the Championship and Runner Ups Honors...

The event started with classroom work that had to be turned in ahead of time for evaluation, next the teams took to the track. The first race was a 5 minute race, with the fastest lap time the goal! The Alpha Horses team won the speed category. Next was a 10 minute race in which the most number of laps was the goal. The final race was the Endurance Race on a simulated Nascar track in which the most laps over 25 minutes took home the win, in this race Shen Horsepower took 2nd. Overall Racing results or combination of the 3 events had both teams in a tie for second place just behind a team from Iowa Valley HS.





In other competitions, both teams had provided lots of research to create Data Driven Design projects, this was one of the major deciding categories for the success of both teams. A 10 minute presentation provided details to the data; Shen Horsepower won the Data Division contest and Alpha Horses were 2nd.

Other category competitions were the 30 second elevator speech and the 3 minute Business presentation. Both teams performed well in all categories, but found the work on the track and the detail to the data of the decisions they made on the track pave the way to success. Three of the teams in attendance will be headed to Miami, FL for the National Competition, including Shen Horsepower and Alpha Horses. Enjoy more of the pictures below from the action...

On Friday May 13th at 5PM, both teams will provide a demonstration of the competition from Saturday in preparations for the upcoming competition in Miami. Parents, Community, and Supporters are encouraged to attend the 'free will' donation event to help pay for the trip to Miami on May 18th. The teams will host an on floor test drive event for $1 per ride as well for any and all to try their driving skills... COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSTANGS!





Team Members:
Coach Brett Roberts
Alpha Horses: Trevon Sickler, Bastian Lewis, Greg Carmichael, Nick Swanson, Nick Mather, Jeb Jacobs, Blas Rendon
Shen Horsepower: Wyatt Aufdenburg, Devon Morelock, Dillow Wellborn, Nick Dinges, Ty Lantz, Anthony Stogdill, Jacob Harvey, Chad Padilla..





 
 
March Students of the Month
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month:
5th Grade: Tessa Shackelford and Dylan Gray
6th Grade: Sara Morales and Evan Holmes
7th Grade: Quentin Slater and Maria Mullenburg
8th Grade: Greg Carmichael and Kiersten Coltrain

 
 
Students Compete in Quiz Bowl
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Middle School Quiz Bowl teams compete in Omaha tournament.
20 Middle School students got to experience the fun of preparing for and competing in a Quiz Bowl tournament on April 1, 2016 held at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. The students organized themselves into four teams of five members each. In forming a team, they looked for a combination of students who are strong in areas of math, science, literature, history, current events, and the arts as the questions can come from any of those disciplines. Students brought their lunch to Mrs. Careys room every day to practice for a month. Since their hands and mouths were often full, they had to yell out Ding! to get a chance to answer a question. It was rather messy. This was the first Quiz Bowl experience for most of the students, although Sam Martin, Quentin Slater, and Jeb Jacobs had competed at the Middle School Science Bowl in February.

The teams each competed three times in the round-robin match ups in morning, and at least once after lunch in the sudden death matches. All of the students reported answering at least a few of the questions and each of the two 7th-8th grade teams won a match. Students competing were 8th graders Roxy Denton, Hannah Mulligan, and Ty Lantz; 7th graders Sam Martin, Quentin Slater, Jeb Jacobs, Bailey Maher, Brenna Godfread, Kayla VanRite, and Jasmine Rogers; and 6th graders George Martin, Le Yuan Sun, Evan Holmes, Hadlee Kinghorn, Jocelyn Kirk, Riley Hunter, Brooklen Black, and Andrew Johnson. Eastern Nebraska has a very active Quiz Bowl competitive season organized by Roy Smith of Omaha. The competition was stiff with many parochial and private schools represented. Brownell Talbot Middle School won the tournament. All of the Shenandoah students enjoyed the experience and look forward to competing again next year.

 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Student Places 2nd in Math Competition
Thursday, April 07, 2016

Le Yuan Sun places 2nd in Regional 6th Grade Math Bee

5 Shenandoah Middle School students have spent the past 7 weeks preparing for the 2016 Regional 6th Grade Math Bee during 8th hour homeroom! That sentence shows you how important numbers are in describing and quantifying what we do every day! On April 5, the team comprised of Le Yuan Sun, Riley Hunter, George Martin, Evan Holmes and alternate Alex Henderson, travelled 180 miles (round trip) to Logan, Iowa to compete with 24 other teams from 20 different schools. During the morning they took 6 different tests in the areas of: The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, and Group Problem Solving.

At noon, the top 25 scoring students were recognized and Le Yuan Sun was announced as the 2nd place high scorer and received a medal for her efforts. Mrs. Carey, who helped the team prepare, knew that Le Yuan had a tremendous grasp of mathematics. We used questions from past competitions to practice and prepare and Le Yuan would finish the page in minutes. It was difficult to find a problem she couldnt solve. It was gratifying to see how well she compared to other 6th graders in the region. The organizer of the event, Lori Lockwood, from Logan-Magnolia school, hopes that next year, the other AEAs in the state will hold similar regional events and that a state event can be created. Le Yuan plans to participate in the Mathcounts competition as a 7th grader next year. Le Yuan, also known as Jessica, is the daughter of Jia Xuan Huang and Qixin Sun.

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Pony Express 14 Has Arrived
Wednesday, April 06, 2016


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Road Less Traveled Conference 8th Girls
Monday, April 04, 2016
Road Less Traveled Conference At Iowa State University


On Thursday, March 31st, a group of twenty-seven 8th grade ladies, two parent chaperones, and Mrs. Andrew attended the Road Less Traveled Conference at Iowa State University. The conference focused on careers connected to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. All of the ladies traveled through four sections of STEM classes completing various STEM activities. During lunch, the ladies used a computer application called Kahoot to answer science quiz bowl questions. The overall fastest lady won a prize. They loved playing this STEM activity. The ladies ended their day with an opportunity to purchase Iowa State souvenirs from the universitys bookstore. Overall, we had a great day of STEM learning away from school at the Road Less Traveled Conference in Ames, IA!
 
 
PENNY WAR RESULTS
Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Click Here to read all about the Results from the Shenandoah Middle School Penny War that raised over $1300!
 
 
Pony Express 12 has Arrived...
Monday, March 14, 2016


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10-80 Racing Headed to FLORDIA
Monday, March 14, 2016

Check out the last update from Team Ten 80.... here


Shenandoah Middle School's STEM TEN-80 Racing Development Team has some BIG news... Mr. Roberts, the Classroom Instructor has two high powered development teams, the Alpha Horses and Shen Horsepower. Recently one of the teams has cracked the top 10 and is the #1 Middle School Stem Ten-80 Race Team in the NATION!

WHAT IS TEN 80?? ANSWER



Both teams have been working hard to move into the National Rankings, but recently one team was able to do so. Mr. Roberts credits web design as one area of strength. Both Race Teams are listed below, and you can click on the link to gather more details of their work and follow future developments.

Ten 80 Was a STEM grant rewarded to Shenandaoh Middle School which was written by Mr. Brett Roberts. This team has made great strides in year 1, and we look forward to more exciting STEM Learning!
Alpha Horses

Shen Horsepower


NICE WORK SMS! Check out the Ten 80 Team's Promo! HERE
 
 
Dodge Ball 2016 and Soup Event Held
Monday, March 07, 2016
Soup and Dodge Ball was the theme of another great community event sponsored by the Middle School PTO. This year over 30 teams participated in the Dodge Ball event that set teams up for 5 games each with the winners of the opening pool play action meeting for the Championship. Winners seen below for each pool and the Championship game.

Food was offered throughout the night as well, as Potato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Chili led the menu. Of course no dish is complete without some cookies. The PTO also ran the concession stand serving Mega Dogs and other concessions delights... See some pictures below of our Dodge Ball winners and thanks to all the help from the Shenandoah Middle School Staff who helped the PTO make this night a great success for future PTO purchases and support of our Middle School students!


Junior Runners Ups to the left

Junior Champs to the right










Senior Runner Ups Bottom Left

Sennior Champions Bottom Right




 
 
February Students of Month 2016
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. February Winners:
5th: Hunter Tompkins Julianna Stogdill
6th: George Martin Jillian Buzzard
7th: Bryce McDowell Olivia Stogdill
8th: Anthony Stogdill Lydia Morales-Llam
 
 
Math Counts Results...
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
A small group of enthusiastic math students began meeting three times a week in Mrs. Carey's room at the beginning of January to do math! Coached by Jack Campbell, who advanced to the State Mathccounts Contest last year, the students practiced by going through math problems from previous contests and by logging in many hours on the Khan Academy website. As only six students could comprise the team, tests were taken to determine the top six mathletes who made the trip to Council Bluffs on February 16: Ty Lantz, Sam Martin, LeYuan Sun, Cain Lorimor, George Martin, and Evan Holmes.


After a hearty breakfast, it was time for the competition. Numerous tests were taken, both individually and by the team as a whole. During lunch and a program about "Engineers without Borders" the scores were tallied and then the top 10 scorers moved into the final round. Although none of the Shenandoah team made it into the final round, it was exciting to see the competition for the top spot. The team celebrated the day with a quick stop at Freddy's, where their student coach learned that if you order a "3" of ice cream, you get 3 pounds, and not 3 scoops, as he believed.
 
 
Pony EXPRESS is HERE
Monday, February 29, 2016


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Middle School Science Bowl
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE BOWL On February19th, we went to Ames for the Iowa Middle School Science Bowl. That night we toured the Iowa State campus and saw most of the old buildings and educational buildings and learned a lot. Our chaperone, Mrs. Martin gave us a tour of the campus.

Saturday, February 20th, was the Science Bowl. San Martin, Quentin Slater, Jebediah Jacobs, Nick Hunter and Devin Morelock all were on the team for the Shenandoah Science Bowl.

Our coach, Mrs.Carey, had practiced with us for six weeks to prepare us for the science bowl. We answered questions about General Science, Life Science, Mathematics, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Space. We placed 6th out of 24 teams and overall it was a great experience.

 
 
Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association District Jazz Contest
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
On Tuesday, February 16, the Shenandoah Middle School 7/8 Jazz Band traveled to Audubon, Iowa to participate in the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association District Jazz Contest where they placed third. This was the bands first appearance in the contest.

The contest was judged by three jazz educators from the state of Iowa, Three students were also named as Outstanding Musicians for their work as soloists and improvisation. Students named were Alexa Munsinger on Trumpet, Nathan Dostal on Alto Saxophone and Quentin Slater on Trombone.

Mr. Michael Jones, SMS Instrumental Music Instructor said, " I am very pleased with the group's first outing. The students have worked very hard to understand how to play Jazz stylistic correct and to learn the basic in improvisation." The Jazz Band, along with the 7/8 grade concert band and 6th grade concert band at our next concert in April.



 
 
Library Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Great American Opportunities Fundraiser
Feb 15 thru Feb 23
www.gaschoolstore.com
school code: 1425032

Please help support our Shenandoah Middle School Library by renewing or odering a magazine subscription. Follow the website link above, enter our school code, perhaps even a student to support, and help support our library make a large purchase of new materials for our school's Library... Thanks for your support...
 
 
Pony Express is IN...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Pony Express live from the Digital Stream has arrived Click HERE!
 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Spelling Bee Winners
Monday, February 08, 2016
SMS Spelling Bee Winners are preparing for the Page County Spelling Bee. Winners listed below for each grade level at Shenandoah Middle School. These winners at the local level now advance to the Page County Spelling Bee held in Essex.

From the Sponsor Mrs. Ellen Christensen: Students in 4th through 8th grade in the Shenandoah Community School District, recently participated in our local spelling bee. Students studied difficult words for several weeks and participated against students from their own grade level. The students in the following pictures will advance on to the Page County Spelling Bee which will be held on Monday, February 8th at the Essex Community School begginning at 6:00. Good luck to all of the participants!

5th Grade - 1st Kaitlyn Widger, 2nd Lauryn Dukes, Alt. Olivia Steckelberg (absent from Photo)



6th Grade - 1st Riley Hunter, 2nd Jessica Sun, Alt. Madison Baker



7th Grade - 1st Mara Dinges, 2nd Jessica Hammers, Alt. Quentin Slater



8th Grade - 1st Ireland Palmer, 2nd Kaylee Crawley, Alt. Ciera Schierkolk
 
 
Open House a Hit!
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Shenandoah Schools and our Middle School had an excellent turnout at Open House on Wednesday evening. Listen and see the details here...
 
 
January Students of the Month
Friday, January 29, 2016

Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. January Winners:
6th: Logan Mather and Hadlee Kinghornbr> 5th: Kaden Studey and Madyson Dickerson
8th: Kinsee Rooker and Jake Wiegel
7th: Olivia Stogdill and Cain Lorimor
 
 
Digital Stream has Arrived with Pony Express 9
Monday, January 18, 2016
SMS Pony Express is in...

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December Students of Month
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. December Winners:

6th Madison Baker and Eli Schuster
5th Kaitlyn Widger and Levi Carmichael
7th Austin Wray and Cheyenne Gough
8th Koi Bartholomew and Alison Rice (missing from photo)

 
 
Scary Guy Visits Shenandoah Middle School
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Scary Guy visited SMS and brought a different way to work, deal, manage, or in general handle the negativity in our day to day world. Bullying is something people deal with daily. Whether it be non verbal, verbal, or physical, Scary Guy provided students and staff at SMS a different way to think about it.

Just like choosing food or what you put in your mouth to eat, we need to choose what we listen to or put in our brains to process. Deflecting negative comments or actions will help reduce our stress level and in turn reduce the effects of negative actions towards one another.

Scary Guy gave 3 suggestions to students and staff when the negativity surfaces, you can't 'Ignore It', so he states to deflect or deal with it. When the statement arrives ask yourselves:
1 Did I just hear that
2 Where did that come from
3 Who is that about
Asking these questions helps slow the brain from internalizing statements and in turn reduces the amount of stressful harm they can cause. Learn more at Scary Guy site.
In conclusion,
Step Up Shenandoah, eliminate negative statements in your life, live happier, and enjoy your world. Take the 7 Day challenge to not say a negative word about anything or anyone and see if you feel differently about the way in which you choose to live.

Who has the power to control your brain and thoughts? If its not you then its time to take control and manage your own brain.

Together we can end negativity and bullying, but it starts with each of us to be in control of ourselves first.


 
 
Iowa Caucus Held at SMS
Saturday, January 09, 2016
Shenandoah Middle School students led by 3 Social Studies teachers, Mr. Daoust, Ms. Bounds, and Mrs. Max held their own Iowa Caucus here at Shenandoah Middle School. KMA covered the story as well and the link is here.


Shenandoah Valley News also covered the story found here...

The students in grades 6-8 were part of the process as
we prepare for a National Presidential Election in the fall.

Great job staff and students!
 
 
Holiday Newsletter Edition
Friday, December 18, 2015
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Hour of Code (Computer Science)
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Please read an article that Mrs. Martin, 7th Math Teacher at Shenandoah Middle School shared to detail how her kids participated in 'The Hour of Code' recently. This is a movement across the nation for kids to experience Computer Science or Programming. Click Here...
 
 
The News is IN...
Monday, December 07, 2015


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November Students of Month
Friday, December 04, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. November Winners:
5th:Kate Lantz and Matt Overbey
6th: Josh Schuster and Reese Spiegel
7th: Ray Ontiveros and Brooke Bauer
8th: AJ Herold and Natalie Gilbert

 
 
Here it IS! Click
Monday, November 16, 2015
here
 
 
Family Math Night Held at Shenandoah MS
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shenandoah Middle held their annual Family Math Carnival Night on November 6. Families enjoyed an evening of playing math related games with play money that earned them tickets at a chance to win prizes.

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October Students of the Month
Monday, November 09, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. April Winners:
5th:Tyson Moore and Amber Miller
6th: Kristopher Wilson and Grace Teague
7th: Jace L'Heruex and Mara Dinges
8th: PJ Heilan and Emily McGargill

 
 
Pony Express is here...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
This weeks Pony Express is written in conjunction with National 'Drug Free' month, to bring awareness to a National Problem
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Pony Express 4 has arrived...
Thursday, October 22, 2015


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SMS Walks with State
Friday, October 09, 2015
Partnered with Iowa Healthy Kids, Shenandoah Middle School joined the state of Iowa in walking our campus on Wednesday 10/7. All 300 kids made the 1 mile journey in response to helping maintain healthy lifestyles...

Read More Here...


 
 
'Stomp Out Bullying'
Monday, October 05, 2015
Shenandoah Middle School with the help of its Student Council took part in 'Stomp Out Bullying' day on Monday October 5th. This day was recognized across the state and country. The school was decorated in blue footprints, balloons, streamers, and signatures were placed up giant paper footsteps to pledge to make a difference to help 'Stomp Out' Bullying. Some information about the event:

STOMP Out Bullying is proud to serve as a partner of "America's Promise Alliance" founded by General Colin Powell, an advisory member to the "Be A Star Alliance" and to be called upon by the media as a leading expert in Bullying and Cyberbullying prevention.

Please join us in our efforts to educate and advocate and most of all to STOMP Out Bullying!
Here is a link that provides more information...

Middle School students and staff were asked to dress blue to recognize our awareness to help end bullying, the pictures below reflect the students and staff who took part in the event as well as winners who dressed in the 'blue-est' outfit...
 
 
Pony EXPRESS is HERE
Friday, October 02, 2015
here
 
 
August and September Students of the Month
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. April Winners:
5th: Jaden Studey, Natalie Van Scoy, Wyatt Baldwin, Emma Johnston
6th: Clayton Holben, Jacob Jackson, Brooklen Black, Lucy Martin
7th: Seth Hughes, David Rendon, Joselyn Dominquez, Olivia McAlpin
8th: Devin Morelock, Michael Robinson, Natalie Gutschenritter, Ciarra Schierkolk (not in photo)
 
 
Homecoming!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The last week of September brings homecoming spirit to Shenandoah Middle School.
Monday-Mix it Up
Tuesday-Pajamas
Wednesday-Super Hero
Thursday-Grade Color
Friday-Mustang and Fillie Pride! Maroon it Out!

Lets go MUSTANGS and FILLIES!
Enjoy our spirit pictures below...



 
 
Marching Mustangs in 'Season'
Monday, September 21, 2015
The 7/8 Marching Mustang Band is in the middle of the fall marching season. So far the Band, led by Director Mr. Jones, has been to Essex Parade, Popcorn Days, and have upcoming events in Shenandoah and Clarinda. See Mr. Jone's website for full details. Enjoy the Photos Below...




 
 
The "Pony Express" Edition #2 has arrived...
Friday, September 18, 2015


This just in, hot off the press from Mr. Daoust's Journalism Class... Click Here...here
 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Newsletter Edition #1
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Click Here for the First SMS Newsletter...
 
 
STEM Has Arrived...
Thursday, August 27, 2015


Shenandoah Middle School is proud to annouce that school is in session, but this year with the help of the Govenor's STEM Program we have some new motivating class offerings. Enjoy a few pictures as students get into our 8th Innovative Technology class supplies that have just arrived from 'the hub'. !


 
 
2015-2016 Student Registration Information
Monday, July 20, 2015
Please click here for information regarding student registration for the 2015-2016 school year. Also, you will find information on free/reduced lunch by clicking here. See you all soon!
 
 
2015-16 School Supply List...
Monday, July 20, 2015
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STEM Coming to Shenandoah Middle School
Monday, July 13, 2015
With the start of the 15-16 school year several new Science Technology Engineering and Math opportunities will be arriving at Shenandoah Middle School thanks to several teachers who wrote grants, will spend some summer time in training, and a few schedule changes. A few years ago the Govenor's office encouraged schools to provide more STEM, next year at Shenandoah Middle School that is just what will happen:
Hyperstream-Mr. Daoust
KidWind-Mr. Ehlers
Ten80 Reacing-Mr. Roberts
A World in Motion-Mrs. Hunter
ST Math-Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Schubert
Engineering is Elementary-Mrs. McHargue

To learn more about the STEM scale up programs and the commitment made by SMS and the staff above please explore the link below...
http://www.iowastem.gov/Scale-Up/2015-2016-scale-up-programs
 
 
Quarter 4 Honor Roll 14-15 School Year
Friday, June 05, 2015
Click Here to see the 4th quarter honor roll at SMS.
 
 
May Students of the Month
Monday, June 01, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. April Winners:
5th: Greg Kraft and Ashely Lint
6th: Rylin Pritchet and Olivia Stogdill (missing from picture)
7th: Devin Morelock and Emily McGargill
8th: Levi Son and Tressa Phillips

 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Students Attend Water Festival
Thursday, May 21, 2015
8 students from Shenandoah Middle School attended the Iowa Children's Water Festival in Des Moines on May 14. The Festival is sponsored each year by the Iowa DNR and provides 2000 5th graders from across the state the opportunity to learn about the importance of water in their daily lives. Throughout the day students participated in science presentations, viewed displays, engaged in games and other hands-on activities relating to water. Shown in this picture with characters from the movie Frozen are (front) Riley Hunter, Brooklen Black, Jocelyn Kirk, Hadlee Kinghorn, and (back) Evan Holmes, George Martin, Andrew Johnson, Jessica Sun. The group was accompanied by teacher Kelly Carey and parents Sarah Martin, Brian Johnson and Shari Foote.
 
 
7th Grade Going to YMCA after Pie Contest...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Seventh grade teachers challenged the 7th grade students; if they the 7th graders won the building challenge for Iowa Assessments each homeroom teacher would get a pie in the face. Seventh grade students met that challenge and one student from each homeroom was chosen to throw a pie in their homeroom teachers face. Next stop the YMCA for the building award... Way to GO 7th GRADE!


 
 
'Our Country's Flag'
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Shenandoah Middle School and the Amercian Legion, Legion Auxillary, Legion Jr. Auxillary, and the Iowa National Guard held a flag etiquette, flag retirement, and review of what some of our local American Legion groups are. It began with the National Anthem sang by LeAnna Leporte, followed by Auxiliary presentation. Next was the 7/8 Choir song on Patriotism followed by Iowa National Guard presentation on flag etiquette. Next was a musical piece by the 7/8 Band followed by a Flag retirement ceremony which finalized outside with the proper retirement of flags. Thanks to all participants and our local groups for the wonderful assembly and learning opportunity... Enjoy some pictures below:




 
 
6th Hits the Lake and the Fish were Biting!
Monday, May 11, 2015
6th PE teacher Mr. Ratliff and the 6th Teachers went for an afternoon of fishing on Friday 5/1. Several students were avid anglers as multiple sunfish, crappie, bullheads, bass, and catfish were reeled in. Enjoy the action:




 
 
April Students of the Month
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement.
April Winners:
5th: Reese Spiegel and Christopher Wilson
6th: Jessica Hammers and Quentin Slater
7th: Kiersten Coltrain and Nick Mather
8th: Jack Campbell and Claire Campbell

 
 
Battle of the Books...
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Battle of the Books an interview with members by Claire Adkins
What is The Battle of the books? > A competition where schools around Southwest Iowa form teams to read and prepare for a battle for the books! It tests your knowledge of the people and events in the books. Who are the halfCAPS?
>Shenandoahs Battle of the Book team name. Who all is on the team? >Hailey OHara, Roxy Denton, Hannah Mulligan, Ireland Palmer, Nick Hunter, and Claire Adkins. Ciara Schierkolk is our student coach. Mrs. Carey is our sponsor. How did we prepare?
>Our team read 20 books and prepared for a 60 question online test about the books as well as an authors test How well did we do?
>We got 18th place out of 68 teams. Will you get to go to any further competitions?
>Yes! The top 20 teams advance and we are going to an all day competition called the Ultimate Battle of the Books in Neola, Iowa on April 15, to see how well we do at a higher level. What books that you read would you recommend? Book Recommendations Hannah Mulligan: I recommend the book Slated. It may be a thick read, but is very interesting. If you enjoy Divergent or The Giver, then this would be a good book for you!
Nick Hunter: I recommend the book Prisoner B-3087 because I like learning about the Holocaust, and it taught me in a very interesting way!

Ireland Palmer: I recommend the book Jeffersons Son because it takes place around the time when Thomas Jefferson was president, and not a lot of people know about his home life. It talks about the kids he had with Sally Hemmings, and how they want to be free when they are older.

Roxy Denton: I recommend the book QB1 because I like football, and it talked about football in an interesting manner.

Claire Adkins: I recommend the book Curveball because it talks about the life of teens, and is a comedy. It also involves baseball which is a sport I am interested in.

Anything else? >Yes, we would like to thank Mrs. Maxine and Mrs. Dudley for making sure we had all the books, and the Shenandoah Public Library, too.
 
 
6th Math Team Performs
Thursday, April 09, 2015
6th Grade Math Bee Team
Five Shenandoah Middle School students traveled to Logan, Iowa on March 31 to compete in the Southwest Iowa Regional 6th Grade Math Bee. There they joined 23 other teams and spent the morning taking individual tests in the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability, and Ratio and Proportional Relationships. The final test was a Team Problem Solving test.

Everyone waited anxiously while the scores were compiled and then the top 25 out of the 120 students were announced. Quentin Slater was the 20th ranked student and Sam Martin tied for 7th place. The team as a whole came in 8th out of the 24 teams. Other team members include Brenna Godfread, Bailey Maher, and Jessica Hammers. Mrs. Carey was the sponsor and coach of the team.

 
 
March Students of the Month
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement.
March Winners:
5th: Josh Schuster and Sara Morales
6th: Couper Gile and Olivia McAlpin
7th: Mason Miller and Kally Carmichael
8th: Levi Weber and Kendra Linberry
 
 
3rd Quarter Honor Roll Annouced
Friday, March 27, 2015
Honor Roll for 3rd quarter at SMS has been announced. Click to view.
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Shenandoah Education Support Professional receives statewide honor
Thursday, March 12, 2015
English Language Learner associate will receive award at ceremony in Des Moines

DES MOINES, IA (03/12/2015)(readMedia)-- Shenandoah Community Schools English Language Learner associate Patty Roberts will receive the Iowa State Education Association's (ISEA) Education Support Professional Award, Friday, April 10, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines before a group of statewide educators attending the ISEA Delegate Assembly.

"We represent so many outstanding professionals and Patty is a wonderful example of someone who has gone above and beyond and truly exemplifies what it means to be a committed and caring professional. Patty's dedication to her students, her school, the ELL community and her local association make her a gift to the entire community" said ISEA President Tammy Wawro. As an ELL associate, integration of services, interpreting, translating, and mentor/coaching are all part of a day's work. Patty wears many hats in the Shenandoah schools, especially serving the K-12 population, but she has demonstrated a deep and caring understanding of the importance of her role and how integral it is to the success of all students.

"Patty is such a wonderfully caring and committed professional and we are proud she is a member of the association. She embodies the Education Support Professional Award and we are pleased to be able to give her the recognition she so richly deserves," added Wawro.

The Education Support Professional Award was established to recognize the many contributions school support staff members make to teachers, students, and the education profession.
 
 
2015 Dodge Ball and Waffles a Success
Monday, March 09, 2015
Check out some of the action from the 2015 edition of Dodge Ball at Shenandoah Middle School. 28 Teams gathered to spend Friday night having some fun at school. Over 300 people came to watch, eat waffles, or play in the tournament of Champions. Check Action. The Junior Division CHAMPS were Team Orange while with a few new member Team Dodgefather were crown CHAMPS with a partial back to back claim. Pictures below...


 
 
Penny War 2015 Results go to Wabash Trace
Friday, March 06, 2015
Shenandoah is home to The Wabash Trace, a hiking, biking, bicycle trail that runs along what was originally known as The Wabash Railroad. The trail is enjoyed by people far and wide by hosting an annual marathon. Other activities are hosted throughout the year, contributing to funds that help with maintaining the trails road, bridges, and tree trimming.

This year the student council at the Shenandoah Middle school held its annual Penny War with all proceeds going to the Wabash Trace. The Penny War ran for three weeks beginning on February 9th and ending on February 27. All homerooms grades five through eight competed against each other to raise money for this cause. Throughout the competition each homeroom student is encouraged to bring in pennies as a donation. Students may also bring in silver or paper money that may be used to bomb other homerooms. This bomb decreases the total amount of money collected by that homeroom, but also increases the total amount collected.

Through the many donations made by all students the award winner for the 5th grade was Mrs. Inmans homeroom collecting a total amount of $112.42. Homeroom winner for the 6th grade was Mrs. Fichters homeroom collecting $47.76. Donations collected by Mrs. Bounds homeroom in the amount of 40.88 made them the winners in 7th grade, and the 8th grade homeroom of Mrs. Perry collected an amount of $41.48. The overall grade level collecting the most money was the 5th grade with an amount of $551.50.

This year the Shenandoah Middle School collected a total of $1,348.87 to be given to The Wabash Trace. Homerooms will be making a final decision in the coming weeks on how this money will be spent. Suggestions include a bench and native plantings. Once again, the middle school students show they care about the community through their generous donations.

 
 
February Students of the Month
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement.

February Winners:
5th: Eli Schuster and Grace Johnson
6th: Brooke Bauer and Sam Martin
7th: Blake Swanson and Claire Adkins
8th: Denver Sickler and Kassidy Kelso
 
 
Page County Spelling Bee
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Shenandoah Schools recently held their local spelling bee. Students in 4th - 8th grade participated. Names of the winners are as follows:
4th Grade 1st Place - Kaitlyn Widger, 2nd Place - Bentley Palmer, Alt. - Madison Dickerson
5th Grade 1st Place - Riley Hunter, Jessica Sun, Alt. - Madison Baker
6th Grade 1st Place - Jessica Hammer, 2nd Place - Mia Parker, Alt. - Mara Dinges
7th Grade 1st Place - Kaylee Crawley, 2nd Place - Kayla Shelton, Alt. - Dakota Murren
8th Grade 1st Place - Donivan Kinghorn, Monet Malone, Alt. - Kassidy Kelso



Photo: Botton row - Madison Dickerson, Bentley Palmer, Kaitlyn Widger Second row: Madison Baker, Jessica Sun, Riley Hunter Third row: Mara Dinges, Mia Parker, Jessica Hammer Fourth row: Kaylee Crawley, Kayla Shelton, Dakota Murren Top row: Kassidy Kelso, Monet Malone, Donivan Kinghorn

Shenandoah Middle School 6th grader Mia Parker was the winner of the Page County Spelling Bee. The Page County Spelling Bee was held on February 16th. Mia will represent Page County and advance on to the Midwest Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 14th in Omaha. Congratulations Mia! and Good Luck!
 
 
MS Science Bowl Excels...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Shenandoah Middle School Science Bowl Team: Connor Henderson, Jack Campbell, Callie VanRite, Mone't Malone, and Levi Weber. Kelly Carey is the team's sponsor.


On Friday, February 20, the team headed to Iowa State University to take part in the 12th Annual Middle School Science Bowl, a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams faced-off in a fast-paced question and answer format covering a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math on Saturday, February 21. In Iowa, the competition is sponsored by the Ames Laboratory of ISU. The Shenandoah Team performed well in the round-robin matches in the morning, and moved into the double-elimination brackets in the afternoon. Although they did not place in the afternoon, they were proud of their accomplishment and received T-shirts for making it into the afternoon round. On Friday afternoon, the group was met by Dr. Brian Hornbuckle, professor of Meteorology at ISU and given a tour of the facility and other parts the campus. Dr. Hornbuckle is a Shenandoah graduate and is the son of CE and Carol Hornbuckle. He is a good friend of Andy Campbell, who accompanied the group to Ames.
 
 
Lakin Outstanding Teacher Awards Nominations Open
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Each of us have had that one teacher that really "made a difference" in our lives. It's exciting to recognize the great teachers in our lives, and now's your chance! The nomination period for the Charles Lakin Outstanding Teacher Awards is now open. Nominations can be made for current teachers in our district online via the KMA web site at:

http://kmaclosings.connections.net/lakin.asp

The nomination period closes March 31.
 
 
Math Counts Sends One to State
Monday, February 16, 2015
7 Middle School students attended the Southwest Iowa Regional Mathcounts Competition on February 10 in Council Bluffs. Mathcounts is a national math program for Junior High Students sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the CNA Foundation, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathmatics. Four students comprised the Shenandoah Middle School Team: Claire Campbell, Jack Campbell, Connor Henderson, and Mone't Malone. Three other students competed as individuals: Donivan Kinghorn, Ireland Palmer, and Seirra Ray. They joined 140 other students from 14 other Southwest Iowa Schools.

All students took part in two rounds of testing, a Sprint Round and a Target Round, and then the team participated in a collaborative Team Round. At the conclusion of the testing, team and individual scores were tallied and the top ten individuals moved into a Countdown Round.

Jack Campbell was the fourth highest individual scorer, but was defeated in the Countdown Round, resulting in a fifth place finish. The top six individual scorers automatically earn the opportunity to compete in the State Mathcounts Competition in Des Moines on March 20. The three top scoring teams that are advancing to State are Lewis Central, Harlan, and Underwood. From there, the winning team and individuals advance to the National Competition in Boston, MA on May 8.

Jack Campbell is the son of Andy and Bridget Campbell and was coached by Preethi Reddi and Madeline Woolery, students at Shenandoah High School. The team sponsor is Kelly Carey.

GOOD LUCK AT STATE JACK!
 
 
7th Grade Visits Strategic Air and Space Museum
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The 7th grade team led by Mrs. Martin, Ms. Bounds, Mr. McGinnis and Mr. Ehlers took a field trip to SAC Museum. Activities, exhibit visits, learning, exploring, and simply seeing the artifacts were all part of fun-adventure packed day for the 70+ students. See some pictures of the visit below...



 
 
January Students of Month
Friday, January 30, 2015
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement.

The winners for this month:
5th: Kallee Kalkas and Evan Holmes
6th: Cheyenne Gough and Jebediah Jacobs
7th: Greg Carmichael and Natalie Gilbert
8th: Carlie Manrose and Zach Harms
 
 
Quarter 2 Honor Roll
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Second Quarter Honor Roll has been announced. Students who earn only A's made the all A honor roll. Students who earn only A's or B's made the A/B Honor Roll See LIST
 
 
December Students of The Month
Friday, December 19, 2014
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month: 5th: Kiah Head and Jacob Jackson 6th: Sidda Rodewald and David Rendon 7th: Koi Bartholmew and Natalie Gutschenritter 8th: Monet Malone and Nathan Priest
 
 
Ms. Bounds Homeroom Takes TITLE!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The traveling trophy for the homeroom that brings in the most cans went to Ms. Bounds and her homeroom students. Way TO GO!!!


 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Student Council Leads Can Drive
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
SMS Student Council led by Mrs. Perry ran a great food drive this month for the local Shenandoah Food Pantry. Weekly themes and rewards helped motivate the drive to meet their goal. In the end, the traveling trophy for the best Homeroom was awarded to 7th Grade and Ms. Bounds Homeroom. Great Job to all kids and Thanks to SMS STU CO.! Enjoy the pictures...





 
 
November Students of the Month
Friday, December 05, 2014
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month:
5th: Payson Gillespie and Lucy Martin
6th: Riley Backus and Erin Baldwin
7th: Alex Kent and Zaydi Ladish
8th: Trevor Bauer and Cayley Lorimor
 
 
5th Grade Mock Trial Held
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Mrs. Carey held a Mock Trial with her 5th grade TAG Language Arts students. The students got to play the parts of judge, jury, prosecutor, defense, jailer, bailiff, just to name a few... See the photos of the fun learning opportunity created at Shenandoah Middle School...


 
 
Extreme Science!
Monday, December 01, 2014
Extreme Science assembly was brought to Shenandoah Middle School. The presentation approximately 45 minutes of fun filled Science experiments and learning that captivated the audience. Mr. Shaffer was very pleased with the event and was quoted "One of the Best School Assemblies Ever!"... Many students shared that sentiment as the event was quite exciting... Thanks Dr. Hagerman!



 
 
Parent Grade by Grade Review of Common Core MATH
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Parents this helpful document gives all of us some advice on how to prepare, help, and encourage our children to explore and learn Math. Follow this LINK...
 
 
Family Math Night 'A Great Success'
Friday, November 14, 2014
Family Math Night was held at Shenandoah Middle School on November 6th. Over 150 families stopped out to SMS and enjoyed the cookies-provided by FCS class and staff, Hot Dogs-provided by the High School FFA, and Popcorn-provided by SMS office. In addition to the great snacks, the real purpose of the event was to enjoy a night together with family using Math skills to earn dollars and a chance to win great prizes donated by several local Shenandoah businesses. Thanks to all who helped make this a great success! Enjoy the photos provided by Mrs. Martin-7th Math Teacher...

 
 
October Students of the Month...
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month:
5th: George Martin and Jillian Buzzard
6th: Cain Lorimor and Mia Parker
7th: Jacob Harvey and Monica Ontiveros
8th: Tyler Courtier and Imani Rogers

 
 
Pack the Pantry Food Drive
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Shenandoah Middle School student council has started a food drive to help our local Food Pantry; read details here
 
 
Pella Writing Contest Winner!
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
6th grader Quincy Mattox was a recent winner of the Pella Writing contest. Details from Pella: We received almost 100 essays from area school children in grades 3-6 for our Character Essay Contest. Children could choose between one of five pillars and were asked to write a short essay on what it means to them and why it is important.

Shenandoah Middle School had nearly 70 of these entries as all 6th graders participated through Mrs. Holste's class. Quincy was our winner and the Pella Winner! Nice Job Quincy and enjoy your movie package!
 
 
Family Math Night Coming Soon... 11/6
Monday, October 20, 2014
For more information Click HERE
 
 
Law Enforcement Presence at School
Thursday, October 16, 2014
We are excited to announce a new partnership forming between Shenandoah School District, Shenandoah Police Department, and Page County Sheriffs Department. Local law enforcement has communicated a willingness and a desire to establish more of a presence in our buildings. The goal of the increased presence is to form relationships, encourage better student decisions, and increase safety at school.

Shenandoah Administrative Team
 
 
BOOK FAIR!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at school during conferences on October 23, 2014 from 8 am to 8 pm. This is a great way to get some early Christmas shopping done!! For more information click on the link:

LINK
 
 
Shenandoah Middle School Has Spirit!
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Homecoming Week has arrived as have the days of showing your spirit for your school, community, and of course the Mustangs and Fillies: Winners each day are presented a certificate and character counts card; they are pictured below...


Thursday: Color Day:

Tuesday- Twin Day



















Monday-Fashion Disaster



 
 
Design a Decal Winners
Friday, October 03, 2014
The Iowa State Education Association contest for Design-A-Decal has a home at Shenandoah Middle School. Once again a Shenandoah Middle Student is bringing home top honors. Claire Adkins had her design picked out of thousands of entries across the state. Jessica Sun and Riley Hunter also took home some top recognition for their excellent designs as well. The trophy can be seen in the entrance of the Middle School along with several other past winners.. Congratulations to the Girls! And to Mrs. Stevenson who helped lead the charge!


 
 
September Students of the Month
Friday, October 03, 2014
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month:

5th Grade: Zach Foster and Madison Baker
6th Grade: Jace L'Heureux and Trisha Watterson
7th Grade: Taylor Courtier and Conner Birt
8th Grade: Anthony Dinges and Callie VanRite


 
 
Blood Draw in Science
Friday, October 03, 2014
Mr. Ehler's 7th Science classroom has been learning all about blood and then some the past few days. One day the topic was blood pressure, the next day students are having blood drawn and learning all about blood types! With the help of Shenandoah Health resources, the kids were exposed to the process of blood and what types of blood mean...



 
 
August Students of Month
Monday, September 15, 2014
Each month Shenandoah Middle School recognizes one boy and one girl from each grade as Students of the Month. Student's teachers make nominations and each student is given consideration based on character pillars, grades, behavior, extra-curricular involvement, and other school based positive involvement. The winners for this month: 5th Grade: Morgan McGargill and Clayten Holben 6th Grade: Avery Martin and Libby Ehlers
7th Grade: Kinsee Rooker and Clay Waterson 8th Grade: Alexis McGinnis and Ray Liles
 
 
M.A.Y. Mentoring Bingo & Silent Auction-September 27th Depot Deli
Friday, September 12, 2014

 
 
M.A.Y. Mentoring Free-Will Offering Chili Supper September 26th
Friday, September 12, 2014

 
 
Iowa School Food Settlement
Monday, September 08, 2014
A lawsuit was filed against Martin Brothers who is a food distributor for Iowa schools. Our district has been listed as one of the many school districts in Iowa that has done business with Martin Brothers. The district has purchased food items from Martin Brothers through The Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing.

For more information about the lawsuit against Martin Brothers click here.

For each student who attended an IEC-Member School, you will be entitled to receive a one-time payment of up to $3.50 per year of attendance up to a maximum of $50 per student if you submit a valid, sworn and timely claim. If you are unsure whether the schools you identify are members of the IEC, you can check the list of IEC-Member Schools available here.

To receive reimbursement you must file a claim by September 30, 2014. You will need to fill out information on the claim form for each of your children, which attended one of the schools listed, between the years of 2000 and 2014.

To complete a claim form click here.
 
 
Shenandoah Booster Club and Shenandoah Athletic Department Fundraiser
Friday, August 08, 2014

The Shenandoah Booster Club and Shenandoah Athletic Department will kick off a fundraiser on Monday, August 11th. Members of the high school cross country, football and volleyball teams will be selling a discount card that can be used in about twenty Shenandoah businesses. Profits will be split 50/50 with the Booster Club and Shenandoah Athletic Department to support the various needs of our programs and student/athletes.

Student/athletes will be selling the card for $20. The card has hundreds of dollars of value when used at the participating Shenandoah businesses. Card are valid from now until July 31, 2015.

We are in hopes that you will support our youth, the Booster Club and Athletic department with this fundraiser. In turn we feel this project supports a "shop Shenandoah" concept as well. We are in hopes of making this a win/win situation for our local businesses and the fundraiser.
 
 
Grading Practices
Monday, January 07, 2013
Under the links below, you will find information in regards to Shenandoah MS grading policies. These two documents will remain on our website as well. Here are the two new documents to help explain changes made moving into semester two.
Letter to Parents/Guardians
Grading Examples

If you have questions don't hesitate to contact the school. Thanks
 
 
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.
 
 
Resources for Dealing with Tragedy
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Our thoughts are with the Newtown, Connecticut community as it mourns the loss of students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School. These events leave a never ending impression on our hearts and minds.

The safety of our students and staff is the number one priority of the Shenandoah Community School District. All staff members are required to wear identification badges and visitors are required to sign in at the office and wear a visitors identification badge while in the building. All doors are locked with the exception of the main entrance of each attendance center. All buildings are also equipped with security cameras. We are in the process of adding security locks to the main doors of each building where all visitors will be required to be buzzed into the building.

The extensive media coverage can have an impact on students, and it is important for school staff and parents to have information to assist children in coping with the news. Here are a few resources that may help you when you are talking with your child/children about these types of events. To view these articles please click here

Thank you to the National Association of Elementary School Principals, National School Public Relations Associations and School Administrators of Iowa for providing these resources.
 
 



 

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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