With the extension of last school year due to twelve snow days, summer vacation was going to be a little shorter than usual, and it has gone by fast! School begins for students on Monday, August 26, and here are a few things to help you prepare for the upcoming year. High school office staff will be back on a full time basis July 24, but until then, your best bet to get information is to contact Principal Todd Wolverton directly at his email address firstname.lastname@example.org There are a number of activities that will start in August that you may have questions about and we do not want anyone to miss out!
It is very important that you register your students prior to the start of the school year. You will receive notification soon from the district with instructions as to how you can register your kids online. That is an option you can take advantage of that will save you a trip to the school. Otherwise you will need to come in for general registration at the following dates, sites, and times.
- Monday, Aug. 5 – at Valley – noon to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 6 – at NFVHS – noon to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 7 – at NFVHS – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you miss on those days, you can register late, but have to at each of the buildings you have children attending. And, at the high school, we do not register students on the first day of school until after 3:30 in the afternoon. We appreciate your cooperation with this process and you taking care of it as early as possible so we can be prepared and ready for your child on the first day of school!
For their own senior portraits, please make every effort to have those taken during the summer so that students do not miss school to have them done and so that they can meet deadlines for various publications. We need all seniors to turn in two wallet size photos, vertical perspective, to the office for the composite and yearbook. Make your appointments now! Seniors will also have a standard school picture for the information system.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!
Mark Tuesday, August 20 on your calendar for our annual Back to School Night! If you have a high school child that participates in any of our activity programs, at least one parent must attend this event. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with some team/group parent meetings and breakout sessions. The general session that all parents need to attend is at 6:00 p.m. in the PAC. That will be followed by more team/group parent meetings. We are currently working on lining up presenters for some of the breakout sessions, and finalizing the topics we plan to present. We take care to make sure that your time is well spent and that we have information that you will find useful. More details will be coming out in early August. Make sure to mark your calendar now!
All of our fall athletic teams will kick of their seasons with camps before pre-season practice begins. Coaches have sent information out to prospective student-athletes, but it is possible that some of you may not have received the information. Here is some general information about each of the camps and contact information.
- Volleyball Camp – July 29-31 – For more information contact Coach Jenny Lee at email@example.com Practice begins on Monday, August 12.
- Football Camp – August 5-9 – For more information contact Coach Justin Heins at firstname.lastname@example.org Practice begins on August 12.
- Cross Country Camp – August 3-4 – For more information contact Coach Neal Bentley at email@example.com Practice begins on August 12.
In order for any student athlete, or member of the cheerleading or drill team, they must have a current physical! Physical forms are available in the high school office, and will also be available at registration. Make your appointment with your medical provider now so you have this done by the start of practice!
ATHLETIC PHYSICALS: GET THEM NOW!
If you read the last topic, this is a repeat, which means that it is very important! In order for students to be able to participate in any of our athletic programs at NFVHS, they must have a current athletic physical. This includes camps and pre-season practices. Do not wait until the last minute! You may have to wait for a few days for an appointment, and you do not want to miss out! You can pick up a new form in the high school office.
I want your input and feedback! I need your input and feedback! I value your input and feedback! The Parent Advisory Team is a four-hour commitment each school year where I have very important conversations about a variety of things that take place at school or initiatives that we are considering. Four meetings lasting one-hour are held on Monday evenings during the school year. There is a good group of members in place, but we need more! Very little change happens in the high school before it is discussed by the Parent Advisory Team. Please consider joining us this school year! If you have an interest, or have some questions, contact Todd Wolverton at 422-3852×143, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement
The 2016 Iowa Legislature passed the meningococcal vaccine requirement for all seventh and twelfth-grade students starting with the 2017-2018 school year. A certificate must be on file for all incoming 7th and 12th graders certifying that they have had this immunization. Senior students will not be allowed to attend school this year until they provide this certificate. Our school nurse, Stephanie Wagner, will be present at registration, where you can ask if we have this information on file. If not, you either need to provide proof, or get your son or daughter vaccinated.
9th GRADE JUMP START! ON AUGUST 22
Incoming 9th graders are invited to join us for a jump start on the new school year at the high school on Thursday August 22 starting at 9:00 a.m. We will share information with them that will be helpful for them to know for their first year of high school, taken them through their schedule so they know where their classes will be held, have them spend some time with their advisors, and give them time to practice their locker combination. In addition to the teachers being here, some upperclassmen will join us to help the new 9th graders navigate the building, answer questions from a student perspective, and share a few things about high school that they believe are important. Students will also have lunch here so that they understand how that process works in the cafeteria. We will start the morning in the PAC with some general information and then the students will spend the rest of their time in various small groups. We will be finished at 1:00. Mr. Clark will be available afterward to answer any questions relative to the student’s schedule. We don’t intend to be a bunch of grumps, but this is a student activity, not a parent activity.
Bill Clark has been spending a good part of the summer working on student schedules and plans to have those ready sometime on Friday, August 2nd. At that point, he will open up Infinite Campus so students can see their course schedule for the upcoming school year. He will make himself available to discuss schedule changes by appointment during August. You can contact him via email – email@example.com – to set up a meeting time or ask questions. He will be in his office during registration from 8:00 to 1:00. Students will have until the end of the day on Thursday, August 29th, to make changes to their schedule.
First Day of School is August 26!
ACT PREP CLASS
Students at NFVHS have an opportunity to receive structured support to prepare for the ACT. A prep class is offered on Monday evenings throughout the school year. Four different sessions will be scheduled prior to each of the testing dates in October, December, February and April. Mrs. Kari Straube is the lead teacher for these classes and is joined by Mr. Tim Feldman and Mr. Tracy Nuss on nights when the content shifts to math and science respectively. There is an additional cost for these classes, and more information can be obtained by contacting Mr. Clark.
North Fayette Valley High School has two alternative programs available to our students. North Fayette Valley Alternative High School is open to 10th through 12th grade students who are behind in credits or are otherwise struggling in the traditional school setting. This program has been moved to a new facility as we are working to finish remodeling what was once the Keystone AEA building located across the parking lot from the library in West Union. Students who are interested in attending this alternative program need to reach out to Mr. Clark for an application. Our other program is The Downtown Academy, an off-site program for students with significant behavior disabilities who have an IEP. This program will also occupy the new facility mentioned above, though it will remain totally separate from the other one. Enrollment is limited, but referrals are considered. Contact Todd Wolverton if interested.
NICC will once again be offering a fall driver education course at NFVHS. Sign-up will start on August 5 on the NICC website. Classes will start on August 26 and run through October 31. Cost will be $349.00. Students must be available during all of the above-stated times for the duration of the course and driving may extend beyond the last class date. 100% attendance is required for 30 hours of classroom, 6 hours of driving and 6 hours of observation. Students must have an Iowa Driver Permit before the first class. Times listed are class times only. A driving schedule will be established within the first week of class with the instructor. Be ready to drive and have your permit with you on the first day of class and all driving lessons. You are encouraged to access the NICC website to find more information at: https://nicc.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassListing.ClassListingDisplay&int_category_id=7&int_sub_category_id=57&int_catalog_id=
After you have completed the registration process, please notify the instructor or the Disability Services Office at Calmar 563-562-3263 ext. 258 or Peosta 563-556-5110, ext. 280 of any academic, medical or physical accommodations necessary for the student during this course.
In terms of transportation for activities, North Fayette Valley policy that includes responsibility for transporting students to and from events. Students must use school provided transportation to out of town events. Only under very unusual circumstances will and exception be made, and only with permission of the high school principal. Students will not be allowed to drive to an out of district event under any circumstance. For the return trip home, there are options. Some coaches/directors require their players to ride home on the bus. Other coaches/directors do allow students to ride home with parents, and that is okay with the school district as long as 1) they ride home with a parent or an adult family member and 2) they sign out face-to-face with the coach or the coach’s designee at the site of the event. It is common for a student to ask to ride home with another student and their parent. That is allow as long as 1) it is okay with the coach or director, 2) a note is given to the principal ahead of time by the parent of the student wanting the ride, and 3) a note is given to the principal ahead of time from the parent that will be driving the student home. Communication in advance is very important so everyone is on the same page. If you have questions about school transportation contact Todd Wolverton at the high school.