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National History Day





















Two North Winneshiek students participated in the National History Day Regional Competition on Saturday, March 7. Maria Hendrickson, a sixth-grader, and Thomas Hendrickson, an eighth-grader, worked outside of school time to complete their projects. The National History Day program works to teach students how to research a topic and present the information in one of several formats. The theme this year was Leadership and Legacy in History—the students were asked to show how their topic showed both leadership and has left a legacy.

This was Maria's first year participating in the program and she chose to complete an exhibit project. Her display, about Prima Ballerina Margot Fonteyn, was a triangular-turning display of photos, facts, and information. Maria read Fonteyn's autobiography and many other source materials as well as watched videos of Fonteyn dancing. At the end of her project, Maria commented that it would have been fun to be able to meet Fonteyn.

Thomas Hendrickson participated for his third year in the program by writing a research paper about Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. He had a great time learning about the different character Henson and his associates created over time. He also enjoyed watching some video clips of Henson's early work. Thomas loved trying to imitate the voice of Kermit the Frog and using the home-made Kermit, practicing techniques he had learned from his research.

Thomas was selected as a state qualifier in the Junior Research Paper division.

Third Quarter Newsletter

The latest news from North Winneshiek teachers and staff is available here...

Act our Part and Read

Kindergarten through 5th grade will go to Decorah’s Viking Theatre on April 1 to watch “Home” as a reward for the March reading incentive.

STARRING: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Matt Jones
DIRECTOR: Tim Johnson

SYNOPSIS: When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip, who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.


Three Pathways

North Winn 8th graders became part of the Tiny Circus in the making of a film with stop-action animation for the Oneota Film Festival, the Depot Outlet, and Winneshiek County Recycling. The film shares Three Pathways of recycling, reusing, and disposing of Stuff in Winneshiek County. Here is the film they made...

The process involved moving objects between still shots, then playing back the stills as a movie. The eighth graders made the objects move and shot the stills. Tiny Circus initiators Carlos and Katie then edited and combined their shots with interviews of people involved in the Three Pathways processes.

The film premiered at the Oneota Film Festival on March 7, 2015, and will appear on the Depot and Winneshiek County Recyling websites.



Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the subjects in this month's Words on Wellness...





Preschool Registration is Open



North Winneshiek is now accepting applications for 2015-16 Preschool. All students must turn four-years-old by September 15, 2015. If you have questions, call Lynn at 563-735-5411. Here is the application form...a Word doc to type and print or a PDF to print and write. Forms are due in the school office on April 1, 2015.


Computer Sharing Project

Dick Dovenberg, our former IT Coordinator, was recently in Granada, Nicaragua. He visited Sacuanjocho International School, a private non-profit K-5 institution that hopes to expand into K-12. Most of their kids are sponsored by individuals or businesses both in Nicaragua and in the United States. There is a substantial waiting list of kids who want to get sponsored. Their website:

Dick spent most of his time talking to Janice Gallagher, founder and president of the board. With the introduction from Mr. Dovenberg, North Winneshiek has decided to donate 18 iBook computers to the school. These are computers that are no longer being used by North Winn students. IT Coordinator Melissa Wicklund is getting them ready and will be shipping them soon.

Right now Melissa is looking for donations of packing materials. If you have bubble wrap or styrofoam to donate, contact her at The computers will be sent to Texas where Janice Gallagher's mother lives. Then Janice will make arrangements to fly them back to Nicaragua. This will save a lot of money in shipping. If you would like to donate for shipping, contact Melissa.

Here are a few pictures of the school and their teachers and another photo of Mr. D in Nicaragua! We are very excited about the opportunity we have to support a school in Nicaragua!





Eagle Art











Guidance Counselor Scott Iverson is the person who maintains the display on eagles at the Decorah Fish Hatchery. In the current display he is using the eagles created by our 1st and 4th grade students. Not all the eagles fit and so he will change them out periodically.

This display is at the corner of the hatchery property, along the bike trail and road In a day or two the snow should be off the trail to make it an easy walk from the parking area. If you happen by, also have a look at the permanent info on the back of the sign.


Healthy Snack Options







Food and Fitness Resource Michelle Hockersmith has some suggestions available for you here...


Rock Cycles

A movie by Ruby Langholz...


Volleyball Fund-raiser

North Winneshiek 8th graders Maddy Michels and Hannah Snell (photo: front row) are members of the Mabel-Canton Junior Olympic Volleyball Team.  This year, along with their Coach Lonnie Morken and 7 other teammates, the girls will be qualifying for a spot to compete at the National Tournament in New Orleans, LA. 

To raise funds for the trip in June 2015, the team is partnering with Schwan's Cares.  The organization will earn : 20% – 40% back on every purchase during the 45-day fundraising campaign (ending April 6), and 5% back on every purchase for the rest of the year.  The supporters pay the same retail price as all other Schwan's customers, while contributing to an organization they care about. It’s a win-win situation!  

Here are two ways to support the team and our North Winn students!

Order Online:

1. Visit
2. Enter campaign ID:  19036 into the search box located in the upper right hand corner then click to open campaign.
3. Click the "Buy Now" button to purchase an eGift Card or "Shop Now" to place a product order.

Order by phone:
Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID:  19036


Driver's Ed in Summer 2015

North Winn will be the site for Driver's Ed classes again this year. The State of Iowa requires that each student attends and successfully passes 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of driving. No absences will be allowed. Class will meet from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7 and Monday, July 13 thru Friday, July 17. Driving time will be scheduled with the instructor Calvin Nygaard.

Students may register until Friday, May 8, 2015. Maximum class size will be 30 students. More information and the application form...











New Staff Member

Michelle Hockersmith is the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative Resource Contact for 2014 – 2015 for North Winneshiek and will be providing nutrition education and cafeteria support. Her interest in local, healthy food/healthy lifestyle began in the late 1990’s.

Since then she has moved (2002) from the Twin Cities with her husband to land they fell in love with in this area. They built a timber frame/straw bale home and she has been an avid gardener, cook, and Mom ever since. If you need to contact Michelle, her email address is

Together, We Grow Healthy Kids.

Michelle and son Ash

See Michelle's Health and Wellness Tips...




Tax Time is Coming...

89% of Iowans filed their income tax returns electronically last year!!
• Join your friends & neighbors!
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• eFiling is fast, safe, and easy!

Find out how at

File your federal & Iowa returns at the same time from links on the website and you might be able to eFile for free.


Supporting Students at Home

A new page is being added to the North Winn website to assist parents with suggestions of ways for parents to help students at home. More information...



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The North Winneshiek Community School District does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, socio-economic status, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Tim Dugger and can be reached at 563-735-5411.

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