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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!





Rock Cycles

A movie by Ruby Langholz.


Middle School Skis

North Winneshiek sixth, seventh, and eighth graders spent the day, Tuesday, February 24, at Mt. LaCrosse, learning the ins and outs of downhill skiing. Kailer McCabe shows us how to do a Black Diamond, the biggest slope!

Open Gym

There will be open gym, with activities for the whole family, on following Sundays from 1-3pm: March 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Old Creamery Theatre Winner

Congratulations to Kenneth in 5th grade for getting 3rd Prize in the Old Creamery Writing ContestHere is the list of other winners from all area schools.

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, 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...











Food Service Job Opportunities

The North Winneshiek Community School District is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Wanted for the 2015-2016 School Year
Food Service Manager 30 hours/week
Food Service Worker 12.5 hours/week

The job application is available on the district’s here (Word .doc) or here (pdf).

Send application to:
North Winneshiek School District
c/o Wendy Twait
3495 North Winn Road
Decorah, Iowa 52101

The application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015.

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.







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



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...


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.


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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