August Newsletter 2010

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					                                                                                                                       Parents: If you know
                                                                                                                       of someone who needs
                                                                                                                       to register for school,
                                                                                                                       ask them to call the
                                                                                                                       school at the following

                                                           Welcome, Class of 2014!                     Back to School Open House for
    2010-2011 Book fees: $42 per                                                                       Grades 10-12: Aug 12: 8am-8pm,
              student                             Freshman students and their parents are              Aug 13: 8am-3pm. Parents will
     Payable at orientation night                 encouraged to attend our orientation night,          need     to    accompany      their
                                                  August 16.
     Parking Permits: $10/year,                                                                        student(s) to complete paperwork
  registration, license and proof of              At 5:00 pm free hot dogs, chips and pop will be      and pay book fees.           Upon
         insurance required.                      available while parents complete necessary           completion of paperwork, students
                                                  paperwork.                                           will receive schedules and locker
The Sioux City Community School District          Parents and students can learn more about our        partners may sign up together for
will be recognized by:                            clinic, programs and services and sign up for        a locker. Once school begins Aug
Preparing Students for Success                    Booster Club.                                        19, locker sign-up will take place
                                                                                                       before/after school.
Our purpose is to effectively utilize             Parents can help their students find their
community resources to provide students the       classrooms using class schedules which will be
maximum opportunity for life success. We          available upon completion of paperwork.
are committed to the development of each
student’s individual skill sets to enhance        Lockers will be assigned to freshmen who have a
knowledge, optimize potential, and build          freshmen partner with them on Monday night.
                                                                                                       Fall Activities Start Dates
character through personal accountability.                                                             Activity     Date          Contact
                                                  Finally, the freshman class and their parents will
Standards, Expectations and Achievement           meet in the auditorium at 7:00 pm to meet the        Band         Aug 2:        Dustin Bliven
Our goal is to challenge our students,            principals     and   mentors,     review    basic    Camps:       Frosh         (712)898-2524
empower our staff and visibly communicate         procedures and get started on a new school
                                                                                                                    Aug 4: Perc
our progress. Our achievements are the            year!
result of high standards, clear expectations                                                                        Aug 9: Full
and timely benchmarks.                                                                                              band
Leading in a Changing World                                                                            Cross        Aug 9 See     Todd Siefker
Our vision is to develop citizens who are                                                              Country      Mr. S in      712-251-6471
prepared to succeed in a changing world.           Individual and family athletic passes for                        room 112
We must learn from our history and positively       the 2010-2011 season will be available             Football     Aug 4         Kyle
embrace the challenges of the future.               available in the West High main office                                        Ewinger:
Embracing our Diversity                            beginning August 16th. Contact the main                                        712-541-1795

Our commitment is to celebrate our diversity          office for further details: 279-6772.            Volleyball   Aug 9         Jamie Snyder
and utilize our cultural, social, and community                                                                                   712-899-3629
resources, while embracing changes to
enhance student learning.                                                                              Boys Golf    Aug 9th       Bill Lyle:
Parent Involvement and Community
                                                   Bus Fare: Effective July 1, 2010 the student
Our responsibility is held within our                                                                  For more information visit
stakeholders: our students;                        fare to ride the transit bus will increase to
parents/guardians; educators and community         $1.50. West High School sells 10 ride punch
as a whole. We must encourage                      tickets in the office. The price for that ticket    For athletic and school calendar visit
participation, empower our educators and           will increase to $15.50.                  
openly celebrate our teaching opportunities
and successes.

                                                                                                       Athletic    Physicals:     All   students
               HOMEROOM                                          Dates to Remember                     participating in activities at West High
 ALL STUDENTS NEED TO REPORT TO                   Aug 19 First day of school                           are required to provide annual evidence
HOMEROOM BEFORE 7:55 AM ON AUG                                                                         of a physical. For your convenience,
  19TH. HOMEROOM LISTS WILL BE                             ALL students in attendance from             physicals will be available at the school
    POSTED IN THE MAIN ENTRY.                                                                          for $20 on July 30:10am-1pm, Aug 5th:1-
                                                           7:55- 2:55
                                                                                                       4pm and August 6th: 9am-12pm, . Call
                                                           Fall Roll Out 6:00 pm WHS                   279-6809 for an appointment. This
REMINDER:                                                                                              service is provided through our
                                                  Aug 20 1st Home football game, pre game meal         Siouxland Community Health Center-
 Students will be released from school
 at 1:55 pm each Monday for teachers’             Aug 21   Freshman Mixer, 7:00 pm WHS gym             West High Clinic and Dr. Marino.
 professional development. Our focus                                                                   The West High Clinic, located in the
                                                  Sept 6   No School: Labor Day
this year continues to be differentiated                                                               counseling hallway, is open on an as
    instruction with a commitment to              Oct. 4-5 Parent-Teacher conferences                  needed basis.
 increased collaboration and review of
      high school reform research.                Oct. 8   No School: District Tech Conference
                                                                                         Summer Improvements:

Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014!                                                                  Freshman house was created in the former language arts hallway.
Right now you must be very excited and curious about the                                              Hallways were painted and wall words added. Freshmen students will
new school year awaiting you this fall. Whether it be the                                             take their core classes in this hallway and travel to other departments
beginning of your first year, or the ending of your last year
                                                                                                      for their electives.
in high school!
Starting off the 2010-11 school year will be… The Freshman                                           Construction on the new science addition on the south side of the
Mixer! This is a well attended dance along with                                                       building is ongoing. This project will add 10 new classrooms and labs using
Homecoming. This year the Freshman Mixer will be held on                                              state of the art equipment/technology. These classrooms will open 2nd
Saturday the 21st. Plan to attend, especially if you will be a                                        semester.
freshman, this dance is for you! (All Freshmen get in FREE!)
                                                                                                     A Success Zone was created in room 221, just outside the media center.
 Next on the schedule is Homecoming, yes it’s that time of                                            Academic assistance is available during study halls.
year again. Keep in mind Spirit Week, Powderpuff,
Coronation, Parade, Homecoming Football Game, and                                                    Teachers will enjoy planning for instruction in Professional Learning
ending it all with the Homecoming Dance. This year we are                                             Communities. A meeting area for centralizing resources has been
pleased to announce the theme: HOLLYWOOD! So start
                                                                                                      created so that teachers can design lessons in differentiated
looking for those dresses, tux’s, and maybe even dates!
                                                                                                      instruction, review data from common assessments and dialogue on
Spirit Days:                                                                                          student achievement and student needs.
Friday, Oct. 8- Traffic Light Day                                                                    Trees were added to along the 1st baseline of the baseball field.
Monday, Oct. 11- Neon/Bright Color Day                                                               With the help of grants from Downtown Rotary and MHRD, a concession
Tuesday, Oct. 12- Celebrity vs. Superhero Day                                                         stand with restrooms is being planned at our athletic facilities.

Wednesday, Oct. 13- Wacky Wednesday/Tie Day                                                New Staff:
Thursday, Oct. 14- Class Color Day                                                                     Jeremiah Pottebaum joins the physical education department. Mr.
                                                                                                        Pottebaum worked with youth at the Woodbury County Alternative
Friday, Oct. 15- Green & White Day!
                                                                                                        School in the Trosper-Hoyt building.
                                                                                                       Maria Tran joins the Spanish department. She comes to us from North
I’m sure we have all heard that these will be the fastest                                               High.
four years of your life, so let’s remember it well, and make                                           Bridget Knepper joins the social studies department teaching
memories that will last a life time! See you this fall!!                                                psychology. Bridget worked in the AEC at North High before finishing
                                                                                                        her teaching certification. Bridget replaces Marcia Waitt who is on
Eva Soria, Student Council President                                                                    sabbatical.
                                                                                                       Polly Meisner returns to the Sioux City Schools from River Valley. Polly
                                                                                                        had served as a media specialist at CC. She replaces Ms. Sweeney who
                                                                                                        transferred to North Middle.
All students will need:
                                                                                         Netbooks Project:         Once
1 ream printing paper, Looseleaf paper, Pencils/pens,
                                                                                         again a select group of 30
Multiple 2 pocket folders, Highlighters, 3X5 notecards,
                                                                                         freshmen at West High will
5-6 book covers, Spiral notebooks                                                        be given a compact laptop
 th                                                                                      referred to as a netbook.
9 grade students in the following classes will need:                                     Students can access their
Reading: 2 - 3 prong folders with pockets, spiral                                        textbooks        using      the
notebooks                                                                                netbook. By monitoring the
Health: 1”- 3 ring binder                                                                success of this program, the
Spanish: 1”- 3 ring binder, 3X5 cards in spiral ring                                     district will look at providing
English: 1” – 3 ring binder,                                                             all future incoming freshmen
Homeroom: 2 boxes of Kleenex                                                             in all 3 high schools with a
Math: 4 function calculator, scientific calculator is ok                                 netbook. Funding for this
                                                                                         program is provided through
                                                                                         the Microsoft settlement                 The 2010 Homecoming Week
                                                                                         funds.                                   will be October 11-16.
                                                                                                                                  Theme- Hollywood
      Sioux City Community School District’s                Notice to Public, Parents & All School District Employees
             Nondiscrimination Policy
                                                                ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN AVAILABILITY                             Powder puff game will be Sat., Oct. 9 at
  The Sioux City Community School District                                                                                        Riverside Field.
   prohibits discrimination based on race,       The Asbestos Management Plan for your school is available for review in the
 creed, color, religion, national origin, sex,   Administrative Office of each school Building or in the Asbestos Coordinator’s
  age, physical or mental disability, gender     Office for the District. This Management Plan is required under the Federal
    identity, sexual orientation or veteran      ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT (AHERA), codified in 40                   Thurs., Oct. 14- Coronation @ 7 pm in
     status. as required by the Iowa Code        CFR Part 763.                                                                    WHS Auditorium.
 sections 216.9 and 19B.11, Titles VI and VII
   of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.    Planned Asbestos abatement for 2009-2010 School Year:
   2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of
     1973 (29 U.S.C. 206, et seq.), Title IX
                                                  1. Six-Month Periodic Surveillance of all school buildings in September and     Fri., Oct. 15 – Parade @ 1:30 pm
                                                 March.                                                                                              th
 (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. 1681-                                                                                         On Pierce from 14 to Long Lines
   1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of      2. Repair/removal of any thermal pipe wrap or mud joints.
   1973, 29 U.S.C. 794), and the Americans                                                                                        Fri, Oct. 15 - Game @ 7:30 pm
   with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101, et     3. Repair/removal of any floor tile.                                            At Olsen Stadium.
  seq.). Inquiries or grievances regarding
      compliance may be directed to the           4. Removal of floor tile and mastic at Old Smith School.
   Director of Educational Equity, Marilyn
     Charging, Educational Equity Office,        Any Asbestos Abatement or Response Actions involving asbestos that was not       Sat., Oct. 16 – Dance from 8-11
     Education Service Center, Sioux City        planned can be found in the Management Plan for that school. If anyone has       At Marina Inn Conference Center
   Community Schools, 1221 Pierce Street,        any questions please contact Ralph Guenther at the O&M Building, (712)279-
 Sioux City, IA 51105-1497, (712) 279-6075.      6651.                                                                            So Sioux City, NE
                                                 Date: August 15, 2009

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