Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Washington Community Schools

On January 30th, we had a very nice presentation from Willie Stone about Washington Community School District and how the district is preparing the students for success throughout their whole career at school.
Willie shared with us that Washington is using a MTSS or Multi-Tiered System of Support for every student in the district.  This system is based on three tiers of support. 
Tier 1 = Core Classroom Instruction
                This is the base of the system and each student receives core instruction
Tier 2 = Targeted Small Group Instruction
                This the middle of the system, and focus on children who may need some additional support and could benefit from more intensive group work on a certain subject
Tier 3 = Intensive Individual Instruction
                This is the top tier and is for students who would benefit from one on one instruction or guidance

This system provides a framework to help screen and support students and provides a chance to implement real time support.  This is implemented at all levels within the school district (primary to high school).
The next item Willie explained to us was the concept of the “Profile of a Graduate”.  This was presented as the hopes and dreams for our students, what skills do they need to achieve these dreams and how to transfer this to classroom work.  This concept was presented to the district and 6 core qualities for each student became the focus for graduates from Washington Community School.
1.       Communicate
2.       Contribute
3.       Collaborate
4.       Innovate
5.       Persevere
6.       Think Critically
Thank you, Willie, for all your hard work and preparing our students for whatever their next chapter in life may be!

Upcoming Events:
-          Daffodil Days Sales; sales sheets are out and orders are due back the week of March 5th
-          Annual Rotary sponsored Blood Drive; Feb 13th @ UP Church 1:30 – 6:30pm
-          Kewash Trail Half Marathon   April 18th, 2020
Upcoming Programs:
-          2/6/2020   Craig Davis
-          2/13/2020 BLOOD DRIVE DAY
-          2/20/2020 Brent Hinson
-          2/27/2020 Emory Styron

9/11 Memorial at the 2020 County Fair

On January 23rd we were joined by Carol Horning to share with the club that the 9/11 Memorial will be returning to the Washington County Fair this year.   Carol was a major organizer for the memorial to come to Washington back in 2018 and is very excited to have them come back again.  They have completely gutted and updated the displays, so even if you saw the memorial last time, this will be a new experience again.   

The mobile exhibit was started back in 2013 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives on 9/11.  The experience is topped off with guided tours by FDNY firefighters who provide firsthand accounts of the day and days following the attack.  Funds raised by the Stephen Siller Foundation go towards Gold Star Family Home Program and Smart Home Program who provide mortgage free homes to a surviving spouse with young children or veterans who have a disability that affects their mobility.
The memorial will be here 3 days again (currently set for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the fair)
2018 Washington County Fair informational flyer

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

State of the Club

On January 2nd we Kurt lead the meeting with the State of the Club. 
We were also joined by 3 previous RYLA participants and were able to hear updates on their college careers so far. 

Aaron Vittetoe is currently studying at Iowa State University in Ag Business.  He is planning to graduate soon and join the workforce using his Ag Business and Agronomy skills.  While at Iowa State University, he was able to travel to Costa Rica and study the soil, crops and farming techniques there. 

Reid Baston is currently studying at the University of Iowa in Audiology.  Reid will be a senior at Iowa next year and will move on to start studying for his AuD in Audiology after.  Reid has enjoyed his time at the University of Iowa so far and is looking forward to his several more years of school!

Mark Engelken is currently a sophomore at Iowa State University and is studying Genetics with the plan to advance to pharmaceutical and molecular chemistry.  Mark has really enjoyed his time at Iowa State University and has been able to participate in the STEM Scholars Program the university offers as well.
Thank you to the former RYLA students for joining us today and sharing all your wonderful experiences so far in school!

12 Days of Christmas

On December 19th we had the joy of singing the 12 days of Christmas!  Our group had a great time participating and sharing in the fun of this Holiday Season together.  
We were also joined by a group from the Washington Middle School choir.  Cailee Wenger, director, brought a large group of students to sing carols to and with us.


On December 12th, Tsalika invited Lori Sundberg from Kirkwood and Lorraine Williams who is on the Board of Trustees at Kirkwood to update us on all that Kirkwood has to offer.
Lori is the current and first female President at Kirkwood since 2018.  She has previous senior administrative experience and brings all that knowledge to Kirkwood.  Currently there are 15,000 credit students enrolled with 5,000 high school concurrent students.  Kirkwood offers 2 year liberal arts degrees and many career/tech degrees.   They also offer a wide variety of continuing education classes with approximately 60,000 registrations per year.  
Kirkwood has the main campus in Cedar Rapids and currently 11 satellite sites.  
Lori’s focus while at Kirkwood has been for long term goals and metrics for Kirkwood.  She would like to establish a long term perspective and help the college meet the short term goals but also set and help set a plan to achieve long terms goals as well.  She has also been focusing on the Kirkwood Foundation and creating a solid Emergency Management Plan for the main campus and satellite sites to implement.