School Report (10/27/16)

Superintendent Steve Hanson · Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Homecoming week was celebrated during the week of Sept. 26. The Comets won the Homecoming game vs Mediapolis, then celebrated at the Homecoming dance the following evening.

In the three weeks since Homecoming week, the Comets have wrapped up the fall sports season; practices for varsity winter sports will begin soon. Junior high winter sports teams have already begun to practice; the first games for 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball will be on Oct. 31 against Mid-Prairie.

The RVC Honor Choir concert was held on October 3 in Durant. The middle school students who participated were Desiree Reinhardt, Nico Garrido, Ben Haskell, Reynolds Heath, Isabel Morrison, Jack Mahoney, Grace Evans and Cassie Aleman.

WLCSD fifth grade student, Mary Tharp, has been selected for participation in the thirty-first annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Over 3,000 students were nominated by their directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. Selections were made by means of a recorded audition.

The 2016 Opus Honor Choirs will perform at 4 p.m. November 17 in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in the Iowa State Center in Ames. Congratulations to Mary, her parents, and her music teacher, Robin Evans.

Parent-Teacher Conferences were held in early October for grades 6-12, and on October 19-20 for grades preschool-5.

Many thanks to the PTO for organizing and sponsoring Science Night at the elementary school on October 13.

The West Liberty High School Band received a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine for $2,440 to help fund their project Ready, Set, Grow!

The funds will be used to purchase new instruments and uniforms for the rapidly-expanding band program at WLHS. Anyone interested in contributing to the band's project is welcome to contact Ashley Smith (

Jackie Henderson took seven students to ISU for the annual STEM conference Taking the Road Less Traveled, for female students. ISU students provided workshops for the middle school students who attended.

Students chose from among workshops that included such topics as invasive species, construction engineering, packaging & design, robotics, chemistry, making slime, observing the use of liquid nitrogen, making glycerin, etc.

The conference emphasized that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is for all students -- guys and gals. The students who participated were Janey Gingerich, Allie Wickman, Mary Norris, Addison Cline, Abby Tanchinh, Maya Barrera and Martha Pace.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. at the elementary school, we will auction off approximately 750 patio blocks, mostly brickface patio blocks.

Interested parties can inspect the materials at the location on the north side of the elementary school. Winning bidders are responsible for removing the materials they purchase.

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the availability of the 2013–14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) data on the CRDC Reporting website (

The CRDC Reporting website contains summaries of selected facts, detailed data tables, data analysis tools, special reports, and state and national estimations for the CRDC. At this time, 2013–14 CRDC data are included in most of the website’s school- and district-level components.

Components that do not currently include 2013–14 CRDC data contain a “Coming Soon” message. The CRDC Reporting website works best with the Google Chrome browser.

The WLHS fall play is Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The play is scheduled for November 10, 12 and 13. The start time on Nov. 10 and 12 will be 6:30 p.m.; on Nov. 13 the production will begin at 2. p.m.
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