Mother-Son Game Night JK-6 Grade

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Mother (or special role model) - Son Game Night

At the Northeast Iowa Wellness & Recreation Center Community Room
FRIDAY, MAY 3 6:00 - 7:30

$20 Per Mother-Son Pair
$25 Per Family with multiple sons
Sponsors are Available Upon Request (Call Elementary School Office)
Pay at the Door on May 3, please do NOT send money with permission form


Sponsored by PEPTO, Proceeds go to support the new playground

Noche de Juego Madre - Hijo

En el Centro Northeast Iowa Wellness & Recreation
VIERNES 3 DE MAYO 6:00 - 7:30

$20 Por Madre - Hijo Par
$25 Por familia con varios hijos
esponsores disponibles
Pague en la puerta el 3 de mayo, NO envíe dinero con el formulario de permiso


Patrocinado por PEPTO Los ingresos van a apoyar el nuevo parque de recreo

Foods Class Practices Marinading and Broiling

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The Foods class was busy again as they made marinated shish kebabs to practice marinading and broiling as cooking techniques. Students had fun adding color to their skewers by adding peppers, pineapple, onion, and tomatoes along with their chicken/pork. Hopefully the next time they make kebabs they can do it on a grill with some nice weather!

Watch 6th Grade Students Perform Two One-Act Plays

Postville's 6th graders will be performing two, one-act plays in the Fine Arts Center on

Friday, April 26th at 7pm.

The plays are called "Snow...Sort of...White" by Ken Bradbury and "Snow White: Story of a Hip Hop Diva" by Murray Austin.

In "Snow...Sort of...White", a narrator attempts to tell the story of Snow White, but keeps being interrupted by familiar characters like the Wicked Stepmother and the dwarves, and a few new ones, like...Prince Bob? Can our poor Narrator take back control of the story before things get too far out of hand?

In "Snow White: Story of a Hip Hop Diva", the classic fairy tale takes on a new attitude, when a rapping Snow White crosses paths with Coach White, who just wants to recruit players for his basketball team. With a gambling addicted stepsister, lazy dwarves and King Henry the VIII, this is sure to be a version of Snow White unlike any you have ever seen!

Don't miss the stage debut of our newest Pirate Performers! Admission is free!
Directed by Derek and Anne Friederich.

Attend A Presentation To Learn How To Pay For College

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Free Financial Aid Presentation for Juniors and Parents

The high school counseling office has invited a representative from the ICAN to provide a free presentation on financial aid for juniors and their parents on:
Time: 6:00P.M.
Day: Tuesday
Date: April 16, 2019
Location: FAC Auditorium

Topics will include:

  • Financial Aid Process
  • FAFSA Application Review
  • Understanding FAFSA Results
  • Understanding Costs – College Comparisons
  • Financial Aid Options
  • Scholarships Process
  • Where to Go for Help

For more information, contact Denise Mauss at 563.864.7651 ext. 425

About ICAN
ICAN is a nonprofit, educational organization and the College Access Network for Iowa. A member of the National College Access Network (NCAN), ICAN has 10 Student Success Centers in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Shedon, Sioux City, and Waterloo, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit

Información Sobre Ayuda Financiera

¿Necesitas ayuda en como pagar por la universidad?
Una educación universitaria es una buena inversión para el futuro. Desafortunadamente, puede ser muy costosa. Hoy en día, ayuda financiera es normalmente necesaria para pagar por la universidad, pero el proceso puede ser confuso y agobiante.

Para ayudar a entender el proceso, la oficina de consejería a invitado al Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN) a dar una presentación gratuita para estudiantes y sus padres. Este es el momento ideal de recibir respuestas a tus preguntas sobre ayuda financiera
Presentación sobre Ayuda Financiera
Time: 6:00P.M.
Day: Tuesday
Date: April 16, 2019
Location: FAC Auditorium

Temas incluyen:

  • El proceso de ayuda financiera
  • Información sobre la FAFSA
  • Comprensión de los resultados de la FAFSA
  • Costos Universitarios – Como comparar precios
  • Opciones de ayuda financiera
  • Proceso de becas
  • Donde recibir ayuda

Para aprender mas sobre ICAN, visita

Denise Mauss
School Counselor
563.864.7651 ext. 425

Note: La FAFSA es una forma gratuita que puede ser completada sin asistencia profesional vía forma electrónica o papel proveídas por el Departamento de Educación de EE.UU. Los servicios gratuitos de ICAN ayudan a reducir la confusión y pueden asegurar exactitud.

Board Meeting Minutes For April 8, 2019

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Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
Room 102
April 8, 2019

President Cox called the regular meeting of the Postville Board of Education to order at 6:30 PM, on Monday, March 11, 2019, with the following members present: Tony Gericke, JoAnn Jacobs, Staci Malcom, and Jamie Smith.

President Cox welcomed the visitors.

Motion by Malcom, second by Smith, to approve the agenda, with the addition of a second list of invoices, Brad Rose as a hire, Amanda Rude as a transfer, and the TLC Program for 2019-2020. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the consent agenda. Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve March 11, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Jeff Cox) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hiring of Kirsten Richardson/Summer School Teacher, Ashley Cioccio/Summer School Teacher, Tonya Vagts/Summer School Teacher, Marissa West/Summer School Teacher, Jenny Fangman/Summer School Teacher, Jessie Koester/Summer School Teacher (until June 14, 2019), Jennifer Benda/Summer School Assistant, Jesania Vargas/Summer School Assistant, Jaqueline Lopez/Summer School Assistant, April McQuade/Summer School Assistant, Joanna Smith/Summer School Assistant, Elizabeth Perez/Summer School Assistant, Yaneth Rafael/Summer School Assistant, Mandi Sebastian/Summer School Assistant, Stephanie Burroughs/Summer School Assistant (after regular secretarial contract is complete), Morgan Taake/Summer School Coordinator, Laurie Smith/Summer School Food Service, Deb Schultz/Summer School Food Service, and Chris Trone/Summer School Food Service, Brad Rose/Drivers Ed.
  4. Approve the resignations of Cornal Baker/Custodian; Betsy Shea/High School Drama Director and Junior Class Sponsor.
  5. Approve the transfers of Morgan Taake/K-8 TAG/Computer Science Grant, Dara Knudtson/9-12 TAG from .64 to .94 FTE, and Amanda Rude/4th Grade.
  6. Acceptance of donations. ($21.00 West Post Project Club for Kids’ Needs).
  7. Approve the continuation of mowing/trimming services with A&S Lawn Care for the 2019 mowing season.
  8. Approve a senior trip to the Twin Cities on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 through Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Mr. Dugger shared the PPEL Vote was approved with a 74% approval rate (159 yes votes, 57 no votes), which extends the Voted PPEL tax to 2033.

Mrs. Schutte shared information on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Action Plan. Tonight, STEAM night is being held for children and parents. Kindergarten Roundup is scheduled for April 26, 2019.

Mr. Knudtson presented a quick look at ESSA and PD in the secondary building.

Learning and Leadership information was incorporated into the principal reports regarding ESSA.

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to accept the FY18 Audit. Carried unanimously.

President Cox opened the 2019-2020 Budget Hearing at 6:52 PM. The hearing was closed at 6:57 PM.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the 2019-2020 Budget, with a tax rate of $13.069. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the first reading of the following board policy. Carried unanimously.
a. 506.1 Education Records Access

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Program Staffing for the 2019-2020 School Year. Carried unanimously.
Elementary Professional Learning Community Team Leaders - Additional Time Stipend $1,000
Lisa Acevedo, Denise Imoehl, Ashley Morarend, Brooke Rooney, LaRae Schutte, Stephanie Spain, Katie Vorwald

Jr/Sr High Building Leadership Team - Additional Time Stipend $1,000
Anne Friederich, Aleya Grimes, Kayla Rupard, Susie Schlein, DeAnn Lenth, Susie Mueller, Scott Zierath

Model Teachers - Additional Time Stipend $2,500
Jennifer Harman, RJ Olsen

Instructional Coaches
Mary Guese Additional Time Stipend $6,250
Sara Kellogg Additional Time Stipend $7,500
Joy Minikwu Additional Time Stipend $6,250
Danielle Rose Additional Time Stipend $7,500
Lindsay Salinas Additional Time Stipend $7,500

Items for May Board Meeting

  • Budget Amendment Hearing
  • Graduation List
  • Cooperative swimming agreement with Decorah
  • Renew Human Resource Sharing Agreement with MFL MM
  • Renew the Elementary Guidance Sharing Agreement with MFL MM
  • Renew the Transportation Director Sharing Agreement with MFL MM
  • Update on Playground Project

The May Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on May 13, 2019, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Smith, second by Gericke, to adjourn the meeting at 7:07 P.M. Carried unanimously.

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Jeff Cox, President Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Parent & Student Information for Statewide Academic Testing

Parent information

Students in grades 9-12 will be taking the state required Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) from April 8 to April 12.  Our schools performance on these tests are made public and are used by the state to determine if the students are learning what they are supposed to be learning.  It can also be used by the staff to guide what needs to be focused on in class.  For these reasons this test is very important and we ask for parents help in preparing students to perform their best.  Please follow the tips below to encourage your child.

Tips for helping your child be prepared for successful ISASP testing

  • Show an interest in your child’s testing by wishing them luck on their ISASP every day they have one
  • Provide them an adequate breakfast on the testing days
  • Make sure students go to bed early enough to obtain an adequate amount of sleep
  • Make sure students arrive to school on time
  • Ask them how their tests went at the end of the day and give them encouraging advice.
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High School Daily Schedule During April 8-12 Testing

(This schedule may change)

5th hour Assembly in FAC to introduce ISASP Testing 9-11th Grade ONLY
5th Newcomer discussion - with Minikwu in Caldwell's Room

Tuesday, April 9th (MATH)
Normal 1st hour
HS students report to scheduled Testing Room.
Testing at 9:00 a.m.,
HS students report to 2nd Hour then 4th if time when Testing is completed. Intercom announcement will dismiss.

Wednesday, April 10th (1:30 schedule) (READING)
Normal Early out 1st hour
Testing at 8:43 a.m.
HS students report to 6th or 7th Hour (dependent upon completion time).

Thursday, April 11th (LANG ARTS/WRITING)
normal 1st hour
Testing at 9:00 a.m.
then HS students report to 3rd Hour when testing concludes

Friday, April 12th (SCIENCE)
--9:00 testing for only sophomores
--other students regular schedule
--students with missing ISASP Tests might make up those tests during this time