Monthly School Report (March 2017)

Superintendent Steve Hanson · Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We hope you enjoyed the middle school production of Wizard of Oz earlier this month.

The students did an excellent job; it was a wonderful production, thanks to Brenda Miller, Ashley Smith and a whole host of staff and community who supported the effort through set construction, costumes, props, sound, lights, program, ticket sales and other efforts.

Thank you all very much! The title of this year’s high school spring play is "Chateau La Roach," by Lauren Wilson. It is a farcical comedy about a hotel that gets some very unwanted customers. It will be presented April 20 - 22. We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the middle school Mathcounts team! They placed 2nd overall, and three WLMS students made it to the top 10 in the individual round out of over 40 students!

Daniel Zeman placed 3rd overall and advances to state! A great day to be a mathelete at WLMS! Thank you, Marilyn Rasmussen and Jackie Henderson, for preparing them and taking them to this competition.

Jackie Henderson took five girls to Rockwell Collins for a day of engineering. The girls who went were Allie Wickman, Addison Cline, Abby Tanchinh, Martha Pace and Maya Barerra.

WLHS FFA is number one in the State of Iowa!

Based upon evaluation of the National Chapter Award (a 30-page assessment submitted by WLHS FFA officers), WLHS FFA has been designated the Supreme Chapter, which means they are #1 in the State of Iowa out of 220 Agriculture/FFA Programs!

They were also state winner in the areas of "growing leaders" and "building communities." Congratulations, Zach, Dick, FFA students and supporters.

Congratulations to the following FFA students, who competed in district competition on March 4 and are advancing to State:


Morgan Peterson

Gold, 3rd place

Program of Activities

Morgan Nichols, Kelzi Mather, Jaida Dalton

Gold, 2nd place

Job Interview

Gracie Danner

Gold, 1st place

Public Speaking

Alyssa McMichael

Gold, 1st place

Manual Quiz

Madison Law

Gold, 1st place

Parliamentary Procedure

Jack Baker, Tatum Dickey, Parker Werling, Aly Jones, Gabi Evans

Gold, 2nd place

Conduct of Meetings

Madison McIntosh, Austyn Crees, Haylee Lehman, Alexis Partida, Brittney Harned, Marissa McMichael, Austin McMichael, Karsyn Ruess

Gold, 2nd place

Experience the Action

Emma Martin, Lauren Aird, Sarah Seele, Alyssa Snider, Brookelyn Harned

Gold, 1st place


Isabel Morrison, Janey Gingerich, Emily Bierman, Lindsey Laughlin, Averi Goodale, Martha Pace

Gold, 1st place

The following FFA students also competed at District and won awards:

Ag Radio

Sean Salemink

Gold, Alternate to State

Ag Impact

Brielle Page, Chance Thrasher, Austin Elizalde, Abby Tanchihn, Miranda Putney, Addison Cline

Gold, Alternate to State

Greenhand Quiz

Kayla Maurer, Jessica Stepanek, and Miranda McHugh

Kayla (silver), Jessica (silver), Miranda (silver)

Website Presentation

Joe Baker


The West Liberty chapter of FFA held their annual banquet on March 21. After a fine catered meal for 250 people, all gathered in the auditorium for a re-cap of the year and presentation of awards.

The school calendar for 2017-18 was approved by the school board in March. School will begin on August 23; the last scheduled student day is June 1. The calendar is posted on our website.

Due to the generosity of Principal Dr. Nancy Gardner, a scholarship has been developed for Elementary staff through the West Liberty Community School District Foundation. The deadline to apply is April 1st.

Las Cafeteras, a band from the Los Angeles area, performed at our middle school earlier this month, through a residency activity with Hancher. They also performed at the Center for Worker Justice on March 7, and at Hancher Auditorium on March 9.

Thanks to Chuy Renteria (WLHS Class of 2003) for offering this opportunity and to Vicki Vernon for following through.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the planning and execution of Math Night at Elementary on March 2.

After a dinner in the cafeteria, parents and students were invited to participate in three of four sessions that were offered that evening:

1) Acing Math: One Deck at a Time

2) Computers, Coding, and Comets

3) Learning and Playing

4) Number Sense in the Real World.

West Liberty Elementary School teacher Maideli Garcia was featured in an article in the Hawkeye Caucus. To find the article, search “Hawkeye Caucus Maideli Garcia.”

MidWestOne Bank opened an exhibit of selected artwork from students in Kindergarten through 6th grade on Friday, March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments were served as 26 art pieces were featured for the 2018 MidWestOne calendar. One piece of art will be framed and on display at the bank throughout the year.

Congratulations to Stephanie Paulsen, Russ Hughes, Jackie Henderson and all others who have been helping seniors fill out FAFSA forms. Our completion rate is very good. See and compare completion rates among Iowa high schools. You can find the site by searching “Iowa FAFSA completion.”

At the March 7 WLHS band and vocal music concert, all music students at WLHS (approximately 150 vocal and instrumental students) took the stage to perform together as one large group.

Would you like to view and hear the performance? Check out the video at this link:

On March 9, 27 new members were inducted into the National Honor Society at WLHS. Dr. Naomi DeWinter, President of Muscatine Community College, was the guest speaker.

Thank you, Deb Weiss, for all you did to organize this event.

Last week we conducted interviews for Teacher/Activities Director. We had four external candidates and one internal. Brittney Boffeli was chosen by the interview team and has accepted our offer. Congrats, Brittney! This week (the week of March 27), we are interviewing seven candidates for Elementary Principal.

The elementary school finished their building-wide reading of The One and Only Ivan on Friday. Thanks to the One School, One Book Committee for all their work.

The event was made possible by a Ryan Grant submitted last year by Donita Anderson. One of the activities related to this event were some visits to the elementary school by Muscatine County employees who brought raptors (a hawk and an owl) to show the students.
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