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North Mahaska Community School Warhawk News

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Community Meeting To Discuss Possibility of Going to 8 Man Football on November 13 at 6:30 in the North Mahaska High School Auditorium
We would like to invite the community to engage in a discussion around the possibility of North Mahaska High School Football going to 8 man football. Your input is important, and we anticipate several questions around this possible change. The main reason for consideration of transitioning to 8 man football is the decreasing number of athletes due to smaller class sizes.

Enrollment Trends for North Mahaska School
While open enrollment continues to increase, our resident student count continues to decrease. This year’s certified enrollment shows a decrease of 41.2 students for North Mahaska. This decrease is due to graduating a large senior class in 2017 and fewer resident students living in our district. The state’s enrollment projections for North Mahaska shows a trend of declining enrollment. The state’s projections are based on births in Mahaska County. While the projections are not always correct, we do anticipate another decrease in enrollment of resident students in the 2018-19 school year as well. Below is a table showing our actual enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.

As you can see, the non-resident public students attending our district continues to increase. We have 91.3 students choosing to open enroll to North Mahaska!

Planning Ahead for Inclement Weather
In case of an early dismissal for inclement weather, the school will notify parents through the automated alert system. Parents who have up to date contact information listed in PowerSchool, should receive a text or phone call notification when the alert system is used. We encourage parents to double check their contact information in PowerSchool to ensure you receive timely notifications. We will also post no school, late start, and early dismissals due to inclement weather on the North Mahaska Website, KCCI-TV8, WHO –TV13, Channel 5, and KBOE.

Please join us for our High School Musical: Bye Bye Birdie
The North Mahaska High School students under the direction of Tara Carrico will be presenting Bye Bye Birdie on November 10th and 11th at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. There will be a soup supper served before the show from 5:00 to 6:30. The supper will be a free will donation with proceeds going to after prom fundraiser.

The Importance of Reading
If a student starts reading for 20 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days, Student B will have read for 12 school days, and Student C will have read for 3. Want to be a better reader? Simply read.

Substitute Bus Drivers’ Needed for North Mahaska Community School:
North Mahaska School is in need of substitute bus drivers for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested, please contact the high school office at 641-637-4187.

Have a question you would like answered or a topic you would like addressed in upcoming news, please feel free to contact me at the NM School offices 641-637-4041 or 641-637-4187. –Angela Livezey