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September 13, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are off and running at 1R. It has been a great start to the 2016-17 school year. We have been sharing the new Northwest mission/vision with our students this year “A Culture of Excellence. An exceptional community of learners committed to continuous growth.” We are encouraging our students to be excellent everyday in everything. We also had DeMoine Adam, a former Husker meet with students and share his “Game Plan” of how to be excellent in everything they do. It was great message to kickoff our school year. It has been an excellent start for students and staff!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, Sept 14, and Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2-8 p.m. Mrs. Pawling sent notices home last week, which included K-5 scheduled conference times. If you are not able to attend, please notify the office or teacher to reschedule. There are NO scheduled times for grades 6-8, so parents can meet with all classroom teachers. Mr. Hope will be absent due to Cross Country coaching responsibilities on Thursday. Please contact him if you would like to schedule a different time. School will dismiss at noon, and there will be no lunches served on these days. In addition, there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, Sept. 16. I would like to remind parents and legal guardians of the Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA). We cannot share academic information with anyone other than biological parents or documented legal guardians. While we value and recognize it takes a community to raise a child, we cannot share academic information outside these parameters—meaning stepparents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, boyfriends or girlfriends. We thank you for your cooperation with meeting the requirements of the law. Please share with the office if there are any parameters we need to be aware of in meeting these requirements.

Lunch Balances We are unable to carry negative lunch balances under federal guidelines and district policy. Therefore, will not be allowing K-5 students to charge second milks. Some of you may not have been aware your child was doing this hence your balance is used up quicker. Students also have access to water if they would like something more to drink. We encourage children to eat and/or try all their food items. 5th through 8th may order “al carte” in their homerooms, first thing in the morning. Again this is only if there is a positive balance. Please communicate with your child if they are regulars for “al carte” or seconds so you can make adjustments in your account. This can add up quickly especially if you have multiple children eating. Northwest along with our office send notifications when balances are low or negative. We appreciate your attentiveness to this matter.

Academics Students have quickly settled back into their daily educational routines. You will be receiving the 2015-16 Springs NESA scores early next week. Our 3rd-8th grade took these assessments in the spring in Reading, Math and Science. 1R students continue to perform better than the state average. Please celebrate their success! We are proud of their efforts and achievements. Teachers will also be sharing the Fall 2016 MAPS data during conference. Students will set goals based on their fall scores for the spring assessment.

Power School is a great way for 6th-8th parents to follow along with your child’s progress and grades. If you have already set up an account great, otherwise information was sent home last week to guide you in the process. Please feel free to stop in at the office if you need assistance. Middle school teachers have also established class websites about their curriculum areas, grading & policy, backgrounds and links to resources. Please check it these sights and ask questions.

Attendance please notify the school if your child will be absent or tardy. Mrs. Pawling will begin contacting home around 8:30 a.m. after roll is taken. Your child is considered tardy at 8:02a.m. After 5 tardies or absences in a quarter a letter notifying you will be sent according to district policy. New this year is 10 tardies will equate to ½ day absent and 15 tardies will equate to a full day absent. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the office

Please do not hesitate to contact the office or me if you have questions. Thank you again for all your support!


Steve Retzlaff, Principal

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