K-8 Families-- As I prepare to write this there is a terrible 4-letter word on my mind and I have a feeling that my mindset will want to head in a very negative direction on Monday and Tuesday! That being said, mindset is a choice and I am going to work really hard to have a positive mindset. This week is just as important as any other, so why ruin it? My weekly quote to my staff this week was "Your energy is contagious. Either you affect people or you infect people." The choice is yours!
Although the first two days this week won't be great to get outside, our students will be getting outside over the next few weeks to enjoy the nice weather. We have elementary classes planning picnics at the park. We have the 6th grade who is going to participate in Earth Day by doing some cleaning at a local park on Friday. The 5th and 6th grade "track and field" day will be held in the afternoon on Friday, May 14. I am sure there will be many more events scheduled and I am sure all the teachers will be communicating information to you about those.
As a reminder to all the 3rd-8th grade families, ISASP testing is happening this week from Tuesday-Friday. I sent a separate email on Friday with details. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Congrats to the MS girls track team who had a strong first outing with the 8th graders winning the team title and the 7th graders getting second! This week we are supposed to see both teams in action on Monday in Treynor, the girls are scheduled to be in Clarinda on Tuesday and then the boys at Lewis Central on Thursday. Hopefully we will get to see some of that action!
The 5th and 6th grade music programs will be held on Tuesday, April 27. The 5th grade will start at 5:30 and the 6th grade will start at 6:30. Both of these concerts will be held in the HS gym. Masks will be required to attend but we will not have any audience number restrictions.
The 3rd (5:30) and 4th (6:30) grade music concert will be held on Friday, April 30. These concerts will be held in the K-8 Commons. We ask that only immediate household members attend to accommodate social distancing. Masks will be required to attend.
The Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades have been creating their virtual concerts and it has been fun to see them in action. Those videos are in the production room and we hope to have those out to you in early May.
The PTO Track Meet (ages 5-12) will be on Saturday, May 1. Don't forget to get your registration forms in by April 23 for the early-bird discount.
May 18 will be Middle School Showcase Night. More information will be coming soon on that event as well.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Thanks and have a great week! --Mr. Burdorf #horsepower
The Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association (SCIA) announced a logo design contest for Shenandoah's 150th year celebration during ShenFest in September. The chosen theme is Generations Past & Future. High school student, Hadlee Kinghorn's design was selected for 1st place and will receive $150 in Chamber Bucks. Her design will be utilized on all seed packets Earl May will be passing out, on signs, and shirts. High school art instructor, Crystal Wittmer's design was selected for 2nd place and will receive $75 in Chamber Bucks. Her design will also be utilized for the celebration.
Hadlee Kinghorn plans to pursue a degree in Graphic Design after high school. Congratulations Hadlee and Mrs. Wittmer!
We would like to congratulate our March Students of the Month here at the Shenandoah Middle School. Students earn "The Mustang Way" cards for being respectful, responsible, and being safe throughout the month from teachers and staff. Those cards are then used to select the winners for each month. Those winners then receive an award for being chosen. This month's winners are:
Front Row: Lilly Wittmer and Mille O'Brien
Back Row: Brody Burdorf and Sylvia Hennings
We would like to congratulate our March Students of the Month here at the Shenandoah Elementary. Students earn "The Mustang Way" cards for being respectful, responsible, and being safe throughout the month from teachers and staff. Those cards are then used to select the winners for each month. Those winners then receive an award for being chosen. This month's winners are:
Front Row (L to R):
Livi Hutchinson, Grayson Howard, Jansen Van Der Vliet, Ariah Wells
2nd Row (L to R):
Ayden Baucom, Dominick Lawson, Eoin Cowan, Stockton Rankin
3rd Row (L to R):
Hayden Heard, Jaydin Koso, Jayden Thompson, Ryleigh Turner
4th Row (L to R):
Addison Blane, Emma Schebaum, Alivia Grow, Jonathan DeLong
Back Row: (L to R):
Steven DeLong, Levi Major, Aubrey Baker
Date: Saturday, May 1st, 2021; 10:00am No rain date will be scheduled, No refunds
Location: Ray Graves Track, Shenandoah, IA
Field and running events registration closes at 9:30am- NO EXCEPTIONS
Competition: Running events begin at 10:00am, Field events to follow
Send entries to: Shenandoah K-8 Building
601 Dr Creighton Cir
Shenandoah IA 51601
Order of events: All events will run by age, youngest to oldest, girls first followed by the boys.
Running Events begin at 10:00
800 meter run
50 meter dash
100 meter run
400 meter dash
200 meter run
1500 meter dash
After completion of running events- field events
7-8 years, 9-10 years-----long jump
5-6 yeas, 11-12 years ----softball throw
7-8 years, 9-10 years----softball throw
5-6 years, 11-12 years---long jump
A concession stand will be available throughout the meet. Listen to KMA and the K-8 Facebook page for cancellations due to weather.
Shenandoah Community School District is thrilled to introduce Ignite, which will offer flexible, personalized, enriching educational experiences to Shenandoah students starting in the 2021-22 school year.
As a virtual learning option, Ignite will maximize student learning potential using a personalized education plan that includes access to core instruction through traditional or online learning, career technical education programs, or other specialized teaching and learning. Students will be engaged in a continuum of service, which could include one or more of the following: online learning, blended learning, project-based learning, and work-based learning and/or apprenticeships.
The Ignite program may be appropriate for families who homeschool as there are many options for the district to support your child that may be on-campus, off-campus, in small groups or online learning while they learn from home.
All students are issued a district-owned Chromebook which passes all activity through the district's internet filter. For students that don't have access to the internet, the district provides internet service at 4 locations throughout Shenandoah and at each of the district's 3 school buildings.
Ignite students will follow the Shenandoah Community School District Academic Calendar. Students will be expected to log in and make academic progress daily to be counted present for attendance purposes. Families are still responsible for student attendance and participation in Ignite.
Interested in learning more about Ignite?
Complete the Interest Survey here
2021 Shenandoah High School
When: Tuesday, June 1st Monday, June 7th
Wednesday June 2nd Tuesday, June 8th
Thursday, June 3rd Wednesday, June 9th
Friday, June 4th Thursday, June 10th
Saturday, June 5th Friday, June 11th
Each day 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. THESE DAYS ARE REQUIRED. Driving times will be determined during class.
Where: High School Classrooms taught by two Certified Instructors unless COVID-19 restrictions dictate us to move class to virtual.
Cost: $300.00 (Add $25.00 for non-SHS students) *Adjustment for Free/Reduced Lunch
Students must provide a copy of their drivers permit upon registration.
Students are required to attend all ten three hour classes.
Classroom work must be completed at 70% or higher.
Students driving will be on a pass/fail scale.
Students are required to have 6 hours of “Behind the Wheel” drive time with the instructor, and 12 hours of observation time (in the car while others are driving.)
Note: Payment is due prior to first class on June 1st. Checks need to be payable to Shenandoah Community Schools. Space is limited, so sign up by emailing email@example.com to arrange payment drop off or mailing.
Any questions about program, contact Drivers Ed co-instructors:
Questions during summer may be referred to Shenandoah High School
Contact: Mrs. Allensworth or Mrs. Nebel or Mrs. McGinnis at 712-246-4727 or email us