Alessa Lavrenko was nominated for the All-State Speech Festival

Alessa Lavrenko was nominated in two categories for the 2019 IE All-State Speech Festival. She was nominated as performer in Poetry and a non-performer in Solo-Musical Theatre.

The all-state festival will take place at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls on March 25, 2019. Opening at 8:30 am in the McLeod Center. For more information, visit the websites linked below.

http://www.ihssa.org/ie_all_state_program.html

http://www.ihssa.org/ie_all_state_nominations.html

http://www.ihssa.org/

2018-19 Wrestling Awards Announced

Wrestling clipart

The awards for the 2018-2019 wrestling athletes were announced at the end of the year wrestling banquet. View them below or at the Wrestling Web Page.

Award2018-20192016-172015-162014-152013-14
Most Valuable WrestlerIsaac SteffansUvaldo CamarilloUvaldo CamarilloElfego MarroquinTy Mielke
Most Dedicated/Hardest WorkerCaleb Hughes & Isaac SteffansMac HugesFrancisco De La RosaMac Hughes & Drew ReicksTanner Walker
Freshman/Newcomer of the YearTraer Bodley & Tony MarroquinSabino ChilelWilly Martinez
JV Wrestler of the YearAlan MilanRoberto LopezAntonio VazquezCole SpainAldo Gonzales
Academic AwardsCole Spain & Mac Hughes
Most PinsElfego Marroquin (19)Josue Marroquin (17)Elfego Marroquin (16)Ty Mielke (12)
Most WinsIsaac Steffans (36)Uvaldo Camarillo (42)Uvaldo Camarillo (32)Elfego Marroquin (23) & Mac Hughes (23)Tanner Walker (24)
Fastest FallIsaac Steffans (17 s)Uvaldo Camarillo (13 s)Uvaldo Camarillo (11 s)Antonio Vazquez (5 s)Blayze (14 s)
Oil Can AwardWilson PerezIsaac Steffans
Most ImprovedBrian Schroeder
Most Team PointsIsaac Steffans (246)
Most FallsIsaac Steffans (21)
Most TakedownsIsaac Steffans (48)
Most EscapesIsaac Steffans (21)
Most ReversalsRiley Rankin (15)
Most Near FallsCaleb Huges (21)
CaptainsIsaac Steffans
Riley Rankin
Wilson Perez
Caleb Hughes
2018-19
Letter WinnersRiley Rankin
Chris De La Rosa
Traer Bodley
Tony Marroquin
Caleb Hughes
Wilson Perez
Alan Milan
Drew Wedo
Brian Schroeder
Isaac Steffans
Isabelle Berger
Letter Winners (Managers)Melanie Avitan
Victoria Bacon Ortiz
Fatima Henriquez

Board Approves Revised School Calendar For Days Missed This Year

calendar page with marker

Since Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the district has had 12 days cancelled and 6 late starts/early outs due to winter related issues such as ice, snow and cold temperatures.

The district calendar is based on hours and not days.  The regular day at Postville is from 8:10 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. which equals 6.9 hours or 415 minutes in length. Lunch time is excluded from the daily total. On early out days such as in-service time, school is in session from 8:10 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. which equals 4.9 hours or 295 minutes in length.

The minimum time that schools need to be in session is 1,080 hours excluding lunchtime. Postville traditionally builds in more hours above the state minimum. The calendars are approved with 1,144 hours, which is 64 more than needed. The additional hours allow for flexibility as we look at finishing the school year. At this time, Postville is projected to finish the year with 1,117 hours which is 37 more than the state law. This total includes time for 1:30 P.M. dismissals for teacher professional development and parent/teacher conferences.

The school board approved a plan for making up instructional time at the March 11, 2019 school board meeting. The start/end times for students will remain the same for the balance of the school years. The following schedule reflects days other than the regular full schedule.

Regular School Days 8:10 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
In-service Days 8:10 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

March 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019 1:30 P.M. Dismissal for the end of the quarter
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 1:30 P.M. Dismissal for In-service and K-6 Parent/Teacher Conf.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:30 P.M. Dismissal for In-service and K-12 Parent/Teacher Conf.
Friday, March 29, 2019 No School for Teacher Compensation Day and No In-service

April 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:30 P.M. Dismissal for In-service and 7-12 Parent/Teacher Conf.
Friday, April 19, 2019 No School for Spring Break
Monday, April 22, 2019 School in Session for a Make-Up Day

May 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:30 P.M Dismissal for In-service
Friday, May 31, 2019 Last day with students 1:30 P.M. Dismissal

These changes have been made to the school calendar and can be viewed at: https://www.postvilleschools.com/home/calendars

Board Meeting Minutes For March 11, 2019

Picture of Notebook

Postville Board of Education Meeting
Regular Scheduled Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Center Lobby
March 11, 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: Staci Malcom, Tony Gericke, Jamie Smith, and JoAnn Jacobs.

President Cox welcomed the visitors.

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

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve the consent agenda, with the addition of Rey Mucia as a hire. Carried unanimously.

  1. Approve February 11, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes.
  2. Approve the monthly invoices (reviewed by Jamie Smith) and financial reports.
  3. Approve the hiring of Yoselin Perez/Part-Time 7-12 Newcomer Para; Rey Mucia/Soccer Coach.
  4. Approve the resignations of Kayla Miller/Paraprofessional; RaeAnne Caldwell/Wrestling Coach.
  5. Approve the transfers of April McQuade, Jackie Vargas, and Trista Snitker to Full-Time Paraprofessionals.
  6. Acceptance of donations. ($1,415.20 from Frankville EMS for AED Updates)

Mr. Dugger led a discussion about outstanding balances and Small Claims Court. The board gave the direction to send a drafted letter about the intent to move to Small Claims Court for balances owed, at and above the threshold of $250.

Mr. Knudtson provided information on the new junior high online assessments. The weather is causing scheduling issues with practice schedules and spaces.

Mrs. Schutte shared information on the after-school tutoring program. Information for the upcoming summer school program was also presented.

Mr. Zurbriggen shared information on the District Leadership Team.

For Learning and Leadership, Jenny Schutte and Mary Guese presented information on Standards Institute they attended.

Motion by Smith, second by Malcom, to deny an open enrollment request. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to approve the second reading of the following policies. Carried unanimously.

  1. 505.5 Graduation Requirements
  2. 505.8 Alternative Diploma Education Program
  3. 605.4 Graduation Requirements

Motion by Malcom, second by Gericke, to approve the Hard Surface Routes Plan. Plan will be published on the website and shared with parents. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Smith, second by Malcom, to approve the 2018-2019 calendar make-up schedule. The final day with students will be Friday, May 31st. Carried unanimously.

An overview of the FY20 Budget was shared. A public hearing for the 2019-2020 will be held on April 8, 2019.

Public hearing on the 2019-2020 District Calendar was opened at 7:27 P.M. 1146 instructional hours are included in the proposed calendar. Public hearing was closed at 7:29 P.M.

Motion by Gericke, second by Jacobs, to approve the 2019-2020 District Calendar as presented. First day of student contact will be August 23rd. The last planned student contact day is May 22, 2020. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Smith, to approve the extension of the NICC contract to Summer Class options, including high school credit for completed classes. Carried unanimously.

Motion by Gericke, second by Smith, to move the meeting to an exempt session to negotiate employee contracts at 7:32 PM. Motion by Smith, second by Gericke, to exit the exempt session at 7:47 PM.

Motion by Gericke, second by Malcom, to approve non-bargaining employees FY20 contracts. Carried unanimously with Smith abstaining.
Darlene Bisselll 2.9%
Melissa Fettkether 6.6%
Annette Fry 2.9%
Brendan Knudtson 2.9%, plus addition of 5 days for a 220-day contract
Glen Lansing 2.9%
Noah Schaufenbuel 2.9%
Jenny Schutte 2.9%, plus addition of 5 days for a 220-day contract
Laurie Smith 2.9%
Adriana Vazquez 2.9%

Items for April Board Meeting

  • FY18 Audit
  • 2019-2020 Budget Hearing
  • 2019-2020 Budget

The April Board Meeting for the Postville Board of Education will be held on April 8, 2019, at 6:30 P.M, at the Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Motion by Smith, second by Jacobs, to adjourn the meeting at 7:53 P.M. Carried unanimously.

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Jeff Cox, President Melissa Fettkether, Secretary

Pre-Employment Students Demonstrate Teamwork With Project

Recently in Pre-Employment Strategies class, the students demonstrated teamwork by completing a team-building project. Students were given limited resources with the purpose to complete a vehicle within the class period. Near the end of the class, students shared the features of the "vehicle" and explained the "soft skills" that were utilized during the activity. Soft skills (people skills) that were demonstrated included: teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, listening, speaking, organizing and time management. The class members are juniors & seniors in this concurrent (college) class that helps prepare students for all careers.

students work on pre-employment project
students work on pre-employment project
students work on pre-employment project
students work on pre-employment project