For Your Information
The REC is going to replace power line poles near North Winneshiek School on Saturday, so the power will out from 9am to 3pm on Saturday.
Miss Iowa Visits
North Winn physical educator and Decorah coach Cristy Nimrod has been selected the 2013 Class 3A State Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Iowa Track and Field Coaches Association. Boys coach Dennis Evelsizer, husband of former North Winn music teacher Cathy Evelsizer, has been selected a 2013 Class 3A Regional Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. It is the 3rd time Cristy has won this award.
Coach Nimrod has been the head girls cross country coach at Decorah High School for the past 12 years. During that time, she has led the Vikings to the state cross country meet 10 times, with regional titles the last eight years in a row and conference titles the last 10 years in a row. Under Coach Nimrod's guidance, the Vikings earned their third state title in 2013, with her first being in 2007, including runner-up finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Coach Nimrod has also coached middle school girls track for the past 23 years.
Coach Nimrod is assisted by Sarah Nowack and will receive her award at the IATC Hall of Fame Banquet in Ames Saturday, Dec. 7th. Congratulations, Mrs. Nimrod!
Our annual Very Important Persons Day was on Wednesday, Nov. 27. See photos...
The Tuesday/Thursday Preschool VIPs were honored on Tuesday, November 26. See more photos...
Wonders of the Rain Forest
North Winn. students had the opportunity to meet some Rain Forest animals on Tuesday, November 26.Please note: the presenter made it clear that none of the animals make good pets! More photos...
Spirit Week--Dec. 2-6
Dress up Days are sponsored by the NW Student Council.
Upcoming Health Screenings
Keystone Area Education Agency will provide hearing screening Jan. 22 for North Winn students in grades K, 1, 2,and 7. Parents who have concerns about possible hearing loss in their children and want an earlier screening may contact
the nurse for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or 735-5411.
Basic vision screening will be done at school this fall by Andrea Homstad, school nurse. Grades Pre, K, 1, 2, 4 and 7,
plus special requests, will be screened according to University of Iowa guidelines. Please contact the office if
you have any concerns about your child’s vision.
Music Student of the Month
Each month the Decorah Music Boosters honors students in the music department. This month one of their honorees is North Winn Middle School graduate Keeley Greco.
Keeley Greco is a junior member of the Decorah HS Band in which she plays French horn during the concert season and mellophone during the marching season. She was one of the featured soloists in this fall's Stevie Wonder half-time show.
Keeley is the daughter of Lawrence and Joan Greco. She began in band at North Winn and played trumpet. She switched to French horn when she went to high school in Decorah. She is also involved in jazz band and girls' track. She enjoys working on her family farm and is a avid hunter. She hopes to enter the health field after high school, hopefully to become a nurse.
"Keeley is a fine player and a tremendous leader," commented DHS Band Direcot Jim Fritz. "She is always willing to lend a hand to younger members and works hard to be the best. She is an outstanding example of the many great students in the DHS Bands."
The World of Jan Brett
Several families from North Winneshiek attended the lecture and book signing by author/illustrator Jan Brett on Sunday, November 10. On Wednesday, students from First through Fifth Grades visited Vesterheim in Decorah to view the Brett exhibit and do some fun activities in the museum. See more photos...
The Reading Games
The Reading GAmes have officially begun! Teams are set and coaches are ready. Participating students will meet with their groups next week and should have thier first book to read before Thanksgiving. Happy reading to all!
First Quarter Honor Roll
The First Quarter Honor Roll for middle school students has been announced. Read more...
Veteran's Day Assembly
On Monday November 11, North Winneshiek will host a short Veteran's Day Assembly in the gym at 8:30am. The public is invited to attend.
Youth Market Place
Students from North Winn Middle School have been working with teacher Sarah Christopher with the assistance of Allison Grangerto prepare to their business plans and products. They sold their producats at the Decorah Bake and Craft Sale at Decorah High School onSaturday November 2ndand Sunday November 3rd. Students included Thomas Hendrickson, Lexie McCabe, Hailey Nierling, Avery Arneson, Stacia Sexton, Maddie Michels, Maddie Stahr, Hannah Snell, Emily Bolson, Nina Stahr, Garrett Austin, Michae Hansonl, Deanna Phillipsand Ashton Towne! The project is supported by Viking Bank and Trust. More photos...
Living History Farms Award
North Winneshiek 5th grade teacher, Kris Bigler, recently was recognized as the “Living History Farms Teacher of the Year" at the 2013 Farmtasia Gala. This award is presented to a teacher who brings learning to life for her or his students.
Begun in 2010, the award recognizes an Iowa teacher that participates in a tour, program, or outreach provided by Living History Farms. Nominations come from the teacher’s colleagues, parents, administration, and others. The recipient is chosen by the Education Advisory Committee at Living History Farms. This committee is made up of educators from all levels of education, and their mission is to provide advice and input from all of the educational programs offered.
Second grade teacher Janet Falck surprised her father-in-law's brother Willie Falck with her favorite bus driver Halloween costume. Willie is a bus driver for North Winneshiek.
Extraordinary Pumpkin Decorators
Kids and pumpkins have long been a recipe for creativity, but the annual decorating contest at North Winneshiek School takes this match to a new level. Students find interesting-shaped pumpkins, gourds, or squash and decorate them in unusual and imaginative ways, then bring them to school for the elementary students and staff to judge before Halloween. Entries are as diverse as a rainbow cupcake, skid-loader, beach scene, and breast-cancer awareness ribbon.
This year's winners include: (front, left to right) Jensen Korsness, Parker Hubka, Michael McCabe, Cael Wangsness, (2nd row) Miaja Quandahl, Jeramiah Rediske, Danielle Losen, Grace Stortz, Landen Wiedow, (top row) Ashley Nierling, Josie Ryan, and Garrett Lovstuen. Not pictured is preschooler Caden Hubka. More photos...
Save Money and Energy--Green Energy Program
The Green Iowa AmerCorp team provides FREE labor and discounte materials in rural Winneshiek County for low-impact home energy improvements. Read more information in the NW Weekly Newsletter...
Productive Fall Gardening Day
Students from all grades helped put the Mustang Gardens "to bed" today. Clipping spent plants and hauling the clippings to the compost pile took the majority of the day, which started with sunshine and ended with a few snowflakes. Students harvested kale and the last of the carrots. The cleanup was supervised by nurse Andrea Homstad, gardener Nancy Sojka, and NEI Food and Fitness Coordinator Member Megan Woodward with the assistance of classroom teachers. The garden is ready for winter! More photos...
Flu Vaccine Clinic here Nov. 7
The Iowa Dept. of Public Health has reported that seasonal influenza (“the flu”) is now present in Iowa. You can help protect your family and vulnerable people in the community by getting the flu vaccine.
Flu shots and nasal spray will be available to North Winn students and community members 2:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the school library. Winneshiek County Public Health nurses will come to school to provide vaccine. Students must pre-register to receive the vaccine during the school day without a parent present. Vaccine for community members will be available on a walk-in basis. Information about costs and student registration is attached. If you want a paper copy, please call the office. Return your child’s form, and payment if needed, by Nov. 1.
A Message from Nurse Andrea Homstad
Mrs. Homstad is sharing Words on Wellness, an informative newsletter each month during the school year.
You can access all of the health forms and information about immunizations, medical support, and wellness on the NW Health page.