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100 Day























North Winners have traditionally celebrated the 100th day of school by doing something special. This year, several students and staff members dressed like a "One Hundred Year Old Person." See more...

Second Quarter Newsletter

Here is the latest North Winn Newsletter...



Middle School Ski Trip / Skating Fundraiser


The Middle School students will go on a ski trip to Mt. LaCrosse Feb. 24. The 4th-8th grade students will also roller skate in PE this winter. To help with the cost of both special programs, we are once again holding a cheese curd fundraiser.

Orders for curds from WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon are due Monday, Jan. 26 and will be delivered to school Friday, Jan. 30. Thank you for all your support.



Important Dates to Remember

Mid-term grades will be emailed home on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Parent/teacher conferences are Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 3:30-7:00.

A Letter to Parents About Reading

From the Iowa Department of Education Director Buck...


















Cedar Rapids Team: Parker Hubka, Jack Arenson, Garrett Lovstuen, Tyler Bullerman, Steven Sexton
















Kinini Ifi Team: Meg Sessions, Maria Hendrickson, Thomas Hendrickson












These Future City Planners also participated, Andrew Heine, Josie Ryan, and Gavin Puffer (not pictured)

North Winneshiek Furture City planners attended the Iowa Future City competition on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Each team presented their City to a team of judges. Both teams were awarded with Spotlight Awards...

Here are some facts about the Future City program:

• The annual Future City Competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students is held from September 2014 through February 2015.
• More than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools are participating nationwide in the regional competitions. The winning team from each qualifying regional competition receives a trip to the Future City National Finals at the Capitol Hilton, February 14-18, 2015.
• Major funding for the National Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, and Shell Oil Company. Additional program funding is provided by CH2M Hill, EA, and PMIEF.
• Student teams, led by an educator and volunteer mentor, (teacher Jay Geisler and parent volunteer Julie Strom at North Winn) research and design a solution to a city wide challenge that changes each year. This year’s challenge—Feeding Future Cities—asks students to design a futuristic urban farm environment to grow enough of one vegetable crop and one protein crop to feed their citizens. They research and brainstorm solutions to learn about what is happening in urban agriculture today—such as aeroponic systems for roof top farms, recycled gray water, and the farm-to-table movement —and they develop solutions for tomorrow.
• Competing teams are judged by panels of volunteers from the engineering community on five program deliverables:

o A Virtual City: Teams design a city using the latest SimCity software;
o An Essay: This 1,000 word essay outlines their solution to the Feeding Future Cities challenge;
o A City Narrative: In only 500 words teams must describe their city of the future;
o A Model: With only a $100 budget teams build a model of their city to scale with at least one-moving part using mostly recycled materials; and
o A Presentation: Teams have only 7 minutes to impress the judges by showcasing what they’ve learned and what their city is all about.

• The top prize at the National Finals is $7,500 for the organization’s STEM program plus a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for the official team members, awarded by Bentley Systems. Runner up teams win other prizes.
• Thirty-seven regional final competitions are held, include the one in Iowa.

Second Quarter Honor Roll


Congratulations to these NW Middle School students...

Future Engineers

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be 3:30-6:45 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. You can sign up for conferences by going to the website: Notes are going home with reminders on how to sign up with your child. If you need assistance or do not have internet access, please call Lynn at 563-735-5411. The website will be closed after Jan. 29.


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Box Top Campaign


The NW Middle School student council is sponsoring a Box Top competition. The class that brings in the most Box Tops for Education will win a fabulous prize. The competition runs from January 5-28, 2015. Start collecting now!

Iowa Assessments

Students in 3rd-8th grades will take the Iowa Assessments Jan. 26 to Feb. 6. Middle School students will have two testing sessions each day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 3rd-5th graders will test only in the mornings, spread out over the two weeks.

The Iowa Assessments, formerly known as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, is a collection of subject area tests in which scores have been averaged at each grade level with students in Iowa and across the nation. As a result, students, parents, and educators can get an "external" look at the performance of our students, one that is independent of the school's own assessments of student learning.

The North Winneshiek Community School District must meet all of the federal requirements associated with the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2001. The Iowa Assessment is used to measure that goal.

If your child is absent due to illness, testing will be made up during school. Please try to avoid unnecessary absences. If you have questions, contact Kris Bigler.

Remember: #2 pencils, a water bottle, a breakfast (including protein, grain, and fruits) and adequate rest will help students be prepared to do their best.

OPUS 2014

Maria Hendrickson was the first (and only so far) student from North Winn to be selected for Opus. Maria, daughter of Julie Strom and Karl Hendrickson, from Decorah. She is a sixth-grader at North Winneshiek. She participates in choir and band, playing flute, at North Winn. She is involved with other things---lego league, Future Cities, volleyball, basketball--- as well as being an honor roll student.

Maria was recognized by her music teacher Alex Gisleson during the Winter Concert held December 9th. Maria says, “It was so much fun and it was an honor to be able to do it!”

Over 3500 students were nominated by their directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs in the twenty-ninth annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Selections were made by means of a recorded audition.

Guest conductors of the choirs include Tanya Rosenkranz, Indian Creek Elementary, Linn Mar Schools, 5th & 6th Grade Elementary Honor Choir; Dave Heupel, Greene County High School, Jefferson, 7th & 8th Grade Bass Clef Honor Choir; Kandy Kunzman, Harlan High School, 7th & 8th Grade Treble Clef Honor Choir; and Ryan Person, Iowa City West High School, 9th Grade Mixed Honor Choir. The 2014 Opus Honor Choirs performed at 4:00 p.m. November 20,in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in the Iowa State Center in Ames. The Opus Honor Choir Festival is under the auspices of the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc.

Change in Financial Status?

Has your family financial status changed since school started? Please, consider applying for free/reduced price meals for your child/children. The applications are held in strict confidence and other school programs can also be funded. Call or email Lynn for an application.

Cheerleading Spirit Camp Winter 2015

The Mabel-Canton Cheer Camp will be on Saturday January 31 2-4pm, Mabel-Canton School Gym.The event is open to any student from K-6th grades. Cheer Campers will perform during half time on Feb. 3. Information and application form for the camp is here.






Attending Basketball Games

We encourage all students to attend basketball games to support our athletes and our school. ALL elementary students MUST have a permission note to stay after school to attend games. Students will NOT be allowed to call their parents for permission. The needs to be arranged prior to coming to school.

The boys’ basketball games are on Jan. 22, Fan 29, Feb 5, Feb 10, and Feb 17.




Cabin Fever

Get rid of some cabin fever by coming to the OPEN GYM from 1 to 3pm on Sunday, January 11 and January 25.




Tax Time is Coming...

89% of Iowans filed their income tax returns electronically last year!!
• Join your friends & neighbors!
• Refunds in days – not weeks!
• 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.

Blackbeard the Pirate

North Winn Students and Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) will present Blackbeard the Pirate on March 14, 2015. We look forward to meeting MCT directors Isabella and Jessica, as well as pirates, beach bums, mermaids and other creatures. Students in grades K-8 will act, sing, and dance as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure in the search for Blackbeard's treasure! Stay tuned for more information.







D.A.R.E. Graduation
















Members of the Fifth Grade class participated in their D.A.R.E. Graduation on December 10, 2014. The ceremonies were presided over by Winneshiek County Officer Tim Felton, their D.A.R.E. instructor.

We had all 14 students graduate, but one was not in attendance the day of the graduation due to illness.

Thank you to all who attended.  Four students shared their DARE essays, and a 4 others led class cheers. Students and guests enjoyed cake and refreshments following the ceremony. More photos...

Donate your 2014 calendars to the Art Room!

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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