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One Million Dollar Grant to upgrade Stewart Elementary PDF Print E-mail
Monday, May 03 2010 13:46

The Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI) has selected the City of Washington to receive an Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant in the amount of $1,000,000.  The funding will be used for the following projects at Stewart Elementary School: adding insulation, upgrading HVAC system, windows and lighting.

The Iowa OEI has awarded 78 statewide grants totaling $5.8 million under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program for projects across the state that will reduce energy use, have a positive impact on budgets and enhance the economic development through job creation.  Washington was awarded the largest grant in the State of Iowa.  This was truly a team effort of many people within our school district (Dave Sextro, Superintendent; Jeff Dieleman, Business Manager & Veta Thode, Curriculum Director) and special thanks to members of the city of Washington (Dave Plyman, City Administrator & Ed Raber, Director of Washington Economic Development Group).  Thank you!

 
WCSD receives $283,000 in funding! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, May 03 2010 13:44

Over the next four years, the WCSD will be receiving $283,000 from Microsoft.  The funds are from a class action lawsuit by Iowa consumers and businesses where according to the settlement a portion of the unclaimed sum would go to Iowa Schools based on free and reduced lunch rates.  All 5 of our schools qualified.  The funds will be used to support the implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum.  Our district is eligible for approximately $283,000 over a four-year period.  Funds will be dispersed: 50% on eligible software, 35% on eligible hardware and 15% on professional development.  Only Microsoft approved items qualify for purchase.  Our project includes: classroom computers, assistance with implementation of a high-speed wireless network, innovative software for writing/ publishing and professional development.  The process for applying for this funding began April 2009 and the district plan was approved April 2010.  Thanks to Jeff Brock (Technology Coordinator), John TeBockhorst (Assistant Technology Coordinator) and Veta Thode (Curriculum Director) for all your hard work in making this happen!

 
ELP Quiz Bowl Coming Up! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, May 03 2010 11:52

It’s May, time for the Soaring High Quiz Bowl; a competition for Extended Learning Program (ELP) students (3rd-5th & 6th-8th grade).  The competition originated in the 90’s and rotates among schools hosting the event each year. This year, 3rd-5th graders compete May 10th (Monday) at Lone Tree. May 14th (Friday), 6th-8th graders compete at West Liberty.

The Quiz Bowl consists of 3 rounds where teams of 6 students accumulate points while competing against 6-7 other schools.  Rounds consist of questions from 5 topics (this year's include Iowa Tourist Attractions, author Roald Dahl, Earthquakes, Winter Olympics & History of Mathematics), resource questions (answers in dictionary, 2010 World Almanac, world maps, phone book & the Des Moines Register newspaper) and Brain Teasers.  Students begin researching, studying and practicing for the Quiz Bowl about a month before the big day.

Awards are presented for 1st & 2nd place schools for each grade level; as well as, for overall school winner. This is a FUN DAY for the students (and a chance to show off their hard work)! Renee Sieren is the ELP teacher for the 3rd-6th graders & Erin Suter is the teacher for the 7th and 8th graders.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 
May 3- 7: Teacher Appreciation Week PDF Print E-mail
Monday, April 26 2010 13:12

Teachers impact many lives: Thank you to all our teachers with Washington Community Schools!  Teacher Appreciation Week is a good time to reflect upon the great teachers that have influenced your life, as well as the teachers affecting the lives of the people around you.  Our teachers play a crucial role in making sure every student receives a quality education. Hats off to ALL the teachers in our world!  During this special week be sure to show your appreciation.

National Teacher Day is May 4, 2010. National Teacher Day may have started around 1944 when an Arkansas teacher began writing to political/ educational leaders about a need to honor teachers with a special day.  Eleanor Roosevelt became involved and congress established a National Teacher Day.  In 2009, two congressmen presented a bill establishing a national day of teacher recognition on the first Tuesday of the first full week of May.  From this, the President was prompted to issue a proclamation to the American people to observe and celebrate a National Teacher Day. Great teachers make great public schools!

 
Gateway to Technology at WJHS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 29 2010 12:09

Washington Jr High school will be implementing a new program in the curriculum in the 2010-2011 school year, Gateway to Technology.  GTT is a middle school program offered to help students explore math, science, and technology.  This activity-oriented program challenges and engages the natural curiosity of middle school students and is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum.  GTT will be taught next year at the eighth grade level, working with design and modeling projects.  Students will be using solid modeling software to be introduced to the design process.  This class is designed to be a stepping stone to Project Lead the Way classes offered at Washington High School.

 
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