“Sink or Float” in 8th-grade Technology class

students working on boat challenge

Recently, the 8th graders in Mrs. Lenth's Technology classes conducted a boat challenge. Mrs. Salinas, our Tech Integrationist, help create the challenge for the students since some of them had prior experience with 3D printing. Their goal was to give students the opportunity to design a product using Tinkercad and the 3D printers. For this challenge, the boats had to meet certain dimensions and see which boat could hold the most cargo (pennies). An optional challenge was stability to see how many paper clips could be hung on the side of the boat before capsizing. During the challenge, students enjoyed seeing their boats "float" and the friendly competition among classmates. Winners from each 8th-grade section enjoyed a prize of Gatorade & candy, plus bragging rights!

students working on boat challenge
students working on boat challenge

Students Perform Well At Music Festival

trumpet trio from music festival

Seniors Nick Jacobs and Travis Fish, with Freshman Pierce Harbaugh, after their rock solid trumpet trio performance at the 2018 Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, held at West Central High School, in Maynard. Superior work, on very challenging music!

trumpet soloist from music festival

Junior Leah Bean, receiving judge's comment at the 2018 Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, held at West Central High School, in Maynard. Leah's hard work really paid off, as she earned a perfect score on the trumpet solo 'Spica', by Vandercook.

Students Place At NEIA Art Show

Seven students from Postville earned eight awards at the NEIA Art Show on April 11.

  • 2nd Place in Mixed Media Category: Drew Plagman
  • 3rd Place in Graphic Design Category: Matt Russell
  • Honorable Mentions: 
    • Aleesa Lavrenko in Painting Category
    • Sapphire Miller in Mixed Media Category
    • Drew Plagman in Colored Drawing Category
    • Kadar Mohamed in Graphic Design Category
    • Hannah Gormly in Sculpture Category
    • Yaritzy Hernandez in Ceramics Category

Students worked hard to prepare for this Art Show and did a GREAT job representing Postville!

Sports Teams Receive Awards

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The Postville Girls Basketball team received the the Distinguished Academic Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Boys Basketball and Wrestling Cheerleading received the Excellence Award.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has a recognition program for academic achievement by athletic teams and cheerleading squads. They recognize those teams/squads which collectively have excelled in the classroom.

There are two awards: (1) Excellence in Academic Achievement. This award is given to the teams/squads who achieve a combined grade point average of 3.00-3.24. (2) Distinguished Academic Achievement. This award is given to the teams/squads who achieve a combined grade point average of 3.25-4.00.

Awarded schools will receive a certificate for each team/squad recognized. Each team/squad member will also receive a certificate of recognition.

Foods Classes Composts Their Food Waste

compost tower
Mrs. Rupard's Foods class has started composting their organic leftovers from food labs with the help of WORMS. While the idea of having a tower of worms in your room might sound disgusting to some, Mrs. Rupard and her classes have gotten accustomed to the new "class pets" and enjoy seeing the progress the worms make daily as they break down leftovers that are fed to them after food labs. Peels, cores, egg shells and more are saved and added to the compost tray for the worms to break down into soil.
The idea of worm composting came from Central Community High School when Mrs. Rupard mentioned that she wanted to have a compost bin in her classroom, but was worried about the smell that would likely come with it. Ms. Gritzner, Central's Environmental Science teacher, then mentioned the idea of using worms to help with the process. She explained that worms help decompose food more rapidly and there are special towers that are designed to keep the right environment for things to run smoothly. Central currently uses worm composting on a large scale and composts much of the organic waste that would otherwise be thrown away at lunch. 
While on a smaller scale, Mrs. Rupard's class is cutting waste from class with the help of a 3 tiered worm tower and 2,000 worms that were gifted to Postville School from Central Community School.
For more information about worm composting use this website. Can-O-Worms Composting

JH Students Attend STEAM Event

Many JH students from Postville attended the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) event held at the Keystone AEA in Elkader, Thursday, March 16th. The STEAM agenda used the code word: STEAM it up. It was a series of makerspace STEAM Challenges for the 7th and 8th graders.  

Some of the activities they participated in were

  • Creating CoSpaces
  • Using a 3D VR headset
  • Create, build, and problem solve while building a robot using a straw
  • Create code using the NEW Micro:Bits

It was a great event for these hardworking students.

Students Create a Presentation on Jewish Culture

Two students created a Google Slide presentation for the upcoming Diversity celebrate during their Home School Assistance class.   Two young ladies worked really hard on creating the presentation on the Jewish culture.  Up until now they had very little experience using the computer for a project such as this.  The presentation will be shown at the Diversity Celebration on April 6.
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Boys Basketball Awards Announced

The 2017-18 boys basketball awards winners were announced at the annual basketball awards banquet.

Team Awards2017-182016-172013-14
Most Valuable PlayerOwen JacobsonOwen JacobsonRiley Brockway
Free Throw AwardHarrison DehningNash ReicksEvan Jacobson
Mr. DefenseNick JacobsAboody AbdullahiEvan Jacobson
Dedication AwardHarrison DehningNash ReicksJosh Jacobs
Craig Martins AwardNick Jacobs
All Substate TeamRiley Brockway
1,000 Point ScorerOwen Jacobson

Varsity Letter Winners for this year include:
Blake Wettleson, Owen Jacobson, Nick Jacobs, Jacob Steffans, Maynor Henriquez, Christian Soy, Cole Walch, Harrison Dehning, Collin Bacon, Gabe Loera

boys basketball awards winners
boys basketball awards winners
boys basketball awards winners