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Winter sports update; projects progressing

posted Mar 8, 2018, 8:09 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

The good news is that March is here and hopefully the cold and snow will soon be a distant memory and we will be able to have a normal school week which will allow our students to get back on a routine.

I want to thank everyone that went to Des Moines last week to support the girl's basketball team. Our communities were well represented and our students were complimented on their behavior as I had several people tell me they were some of the politest student fans. It is always nice to hear positives from individuals who work at these events that we have great students in our district! 

The girls qualified for state for the fourth year in a row! It was a great season led by our two Seniors, Sophia Peppers and Kealey Nelson. There are not many student-athletes that can say they made it to state all four years of their career. We have a strong nucleus returning next year, but the two seniors who both scored over 1,000 points for their career will create a gap that others will need to fill. 
The girls lost a tough semi-final game to 3-time state champion Springville. Sophia was named to the State All-Tournament team for the second year in a row which is a tremendous honor. Sophia and Kealey were 1st team All-Conference and Ellie Schultes was 2nd team. Congratulations to Coach Petersen and his staff and to all of the girls on the basketball team!

The boy's basketball team finished a successful season and had 3 representatives on the All-Conference teams: Cole Burmeister 1st team, and Josh Pettepier and Dakota Rold 2nd team. In addition, Cole Madsen and Trey Nelson were honorable mention.  The season ended with a loss to state qualifier Council Bluffs Saint Albert. Cole Madsen, our lone senior, will be missed next year, but with a number of returners, the team should be focused on their goals for next year.  

The wrestlers, with only one senior finishing the season, grew as a team and Dawson Carey was our representative in districts. It was good to see a few of our younger students show improvement and hopefully, we will be able to add to our line up next year.

At the February board meeting, contractors were approved for our general obligation bond projects. I will provide additional timelines as we meet with the contractors and figure out starting dates. The bids came in at budget which allows us to move forward instead of sending out to rebid with different designs. KPE, our architect, and the school board were pleased with the number of bids we received and were happy that some of our local contractors submitted a bid and were awarded different parts of the enhancements. 

This facility update could not have happened without the support of our communities because we had 72% vote yes for the board which is impressive with the economy and our demographics. Once the projects have been completed we will open up the buildings for the communities to see the improvements. 

Have a great few weeks and hopefully we will see Spring soon!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Trevor Miller 
Superintendent/High School Principal 

No School Friday, March 2nd

posted Mar 1, 2018, 5:48 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

There will be no school on Friday, March 2nd at Exira-EHK Schools. This will allow Spartan fans the opportunity to support the girls basketball team in the state semi-finals at 1:30 pm in Des Moines. This day will be made up on April 2nd. 

Congrats to the Spartans on the victory yesterday over AGWSR! It was great to see so many people there to represent our communities.

Exira-EHK to have a full day of school Thursday, March 1st

posted Feb 23, 2018, 7:44 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
On Thursday, March 1st we will have a full day of school.  There will not be a 12:30 dismissal for professional development. After looking at the number of instructional hours we have missed due to weather delays, cancellations, and early releases this is an opportunity to have a full-day of school.
As of today next week we will have a 12:30 dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 28th, a full day of school on Thursday, March 1st, and depending on how the game goes on Wednesday will determine what Friday looks like.
I appreciate everyone's flexibility during this time period between winter break and when spring arrives.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Trevor Miller
Superintendent/High School Principal

Updates on Girls State Basketball Tournament; school to dismiss at 12:30 on February 28th

posted Feb 22, 2018, 11:33 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Community Members:

The Exira-EHK high school girl’s basketball team qualified for the Girls State Tournament which will be held the week of Feb. 26th . This is the 4th consecutive year the girls have qualified for the state tournament.

Our girls will play Wednesday Feb. 28th  at 3:15 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines vs AGWSR. Due to the game time we will have a 12:30 dismissal from school to allow families to travel to Des Moines to support the team.

Mr. Petersen has said the state is not providing advanced ticket sales this year. All tickets must be purchased at Wells Fargo so you might want to arrive a little early to purchase tickets. The ticket window is on the South side of Wells Fargo Arena.

The state t-shirt order forms are due on Friday Feb. 23rd at 10:30 AM to allow for the order to be submitted on time.

If the girls win on Wednesday, they will play again Friday March 2nd . We will communicate with everyone about Friday’s schedule after the game on Wednesday.


Trevor Miller
Superintendent/High School Principal

Invention Convention 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 8:26 AM by Kathleen Mayes   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 12:45 PM by Matt Schmitz ]

This year our Exira-EHK school has participated in a special kind of science fair called the Invention Convention for the entire 7th grade class and the 4th & 5th grade TAG students. It was designed to promote student's problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. The student followed a step-by-step process to invent a new product or develop a new method for doing something. We began our preparation for the Invention Convention by having the students learn about inventors and their inventions. By doing so, we hoped the students gained an appreciation for the invention process and thus be better prepared to create their own inventions. The first step in the actual invention process was finding an idea for an invention.

The student was encouraged to find a problem that needed to be solved. He or she asked if they had a need for something that will help them solve a problem. Once the student had settled on an idea and researched it to make sure that the idea had not been used before, an Intent to Invent form was completed in class and brought home for parent signature.

The student then began the planning stages. Mr. Blake (7th grade science teacher) and Mrs. Dreier (TAG Instructor) reminded the students that although inventors often experience failure along the way, they remain persistent and keep trying and thinking of new ideas to solve a problem. Once the invention has been completed, the student may applied for a patent by completing a Patent Application form available through the school. And they worked on ways to market their product.

The Invention Convention was held at Exira-EHK Middle School Cafeteria on February 26, 2018 at 2:00pm which was open to the public. Each 34 student's entries were judged as were the student's knowledge of his or her invention.

Our winner for 7th grade class was Trey Petersen and his invention, the Band Wagon Hat. Alex Peterson took 2nd place with the Pedal Powered Kayak, 3rd place Marshal Lile with the Retractable Remote, 4th Place Gavin Bengaard with Kernel Katcher and Shayle Young with the Book Buddy. Our 4th & 5th TAG grade winner was Owen Juhl and his invention, Hoe Planter. Alex Hansen and Cannon Hansen took 2nd place with the Ultra Chicken Feeder and Brylie Andersen took 3rd place with the Goat Warmer.

Our 7th grade science teacher, Ross Blake, comments, “The 7th graders spent the last few weeks brainstorming, building, tinkering, and perfecting their inventions. We should all be proud of their dedication to the Invention Convention. "  

Mrs. Dreier, our TAG Instructor, “ The Invention Convention was an event that gave students an opportunity to demonstrate skills independently as they invented a new product or process! Every student should be very proud of the steps they took to make their final product (their invention) and express their excitement through the Invention Convention event! I would like to thank the students, Mr. Blake and parents who continue help strive to make academics a key focus in our school through this event!”

7th Annual Exira-EHK Spelling Bee

posted Jan 12, 2018, 11:32 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

The Exira-EHK Schools hosted the 7th Annual School Spelling Bee Contest for 1st-8th grades. Students were given the opportunity to compete in the school spelling bee contest by obtaining one of the top 5 scores on our Great American Spell Check Fund Raiser Spelling test of 50 words.  We had 40 students participating in the event. The contest was held on January 10th at Exira-EHK Middle School at 9am. Our judges this year were Deane Erickson, Ann White, Linda Petersen and Lisa Dreier.  

Emily Bricker (6th grader) was this year’s Spelling Bee Champion. Emily will be representing our Exira-EHK School at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on February 21 in Rock Island IL (Augustana College). Paige Konecne was the Runner-up. The winner in the Elementary division was Zoey Rasmussen.  “We want everyone to wish, Emily, Good Luck at REGIONALS! Our staff would like to Congratulate, Emily, Zoey and all participants for doing an awesome academic job in our 7th Annual School Spelling Bee!“ stated Mrs. Dreier, TAG Instructor.

Our 1st-3rd graders conducted the Great American Spell-Check Fundraiser where the students were asking for donations for every correct spelling word, which they collected over $1,800. The money will be used for SPARTAN PRIDE program and/or technology. T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U to the students who collected pledges and studied for the Great American Spell-Check. T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U to many parents and supporter who helped make Great American Spell-Check one of the most successful fund-raisers in our school’s history again.

Top 5 Best scores on the 7th Annual School Spelling Bee!

1st grade Jacob Porter, Brooklyn Brabham, Karson Johnson, Chloe Konecne, and Aubrey Nelson.

2-Zoey Rasmussen, Olivia Inman, Brooklyn Schneider, Jaylen Malloy, Lillian Niklasen,

3-Michelle Wilson, Lily Bricker, Cooper Paulsen, Brooklyn Flathers, Garix Muzzy, and Riley Miller

4-Austin Rasmussen, Paige Konecne, Grace Nelson, Josten Kilworth and Sophie Kitelinger,

5-Hailey Bieker, Jacey Smith, Alex Hansen, Gracie Olsen and LillianMcCall

6- Jameson Kilworth, Aiden Flathers, Hannah Nelson, Emily Bricker and Eric Wilson

7-Alex Petersen, Shayle Young, Braeden Parker, Gavin Bengaard, Katie Andersen and Molly Schneider

Happy Holidays from Superintendent Miller!

posted Dec 20, 2017, 6:47 AM by Matt Schmitz

Reminder we will have a 2:30 Dismissal on Friday December 22nd to start holiday break and students will return on Thursday January 4th. It is hard to believe that the first semester will end this Friday. The first semester has flown by and I know our students and staff are working hard to end this week on a positive note before the holiday break.

I wanted to share a few of the positives that have been happening in our district this semester. The first is our staff has been working hard in the high school during the newly implemented seminar time to help our students complete their work, make up tests, and help students who just need a little additional support to help ensure success. The staff has started to analyze data and develop plans for individual students. We put together a data chart that is based upon 10 different indicators that have been developed. This is a fluid document and we run the data every few weeks to see how our students are progressing. 

Second positive is at our elementary and involves Spartan time where all hands are on deck to work with students in small groups. As most of you know one of the assessments used is the Fast Assessment and our teachers use this as a screener and use additional interventions to find out the core area that needs improvement. It is great to see teachers and paras working with small groups of students to help ensure our students success.

Third positive is our Middle School has added a reading period in addition to the Literacy period. This will help our students to master skills in literacy including grammar, spelling etc. in addition to having a period dedicated to reading to hopefully develop a love of reading for our students. This is a work in progress and will be adjusted every quarter.

Fourth positive is we are moving forward with the school improvement plan and hopefully will have all improvements completed before school starts next year. It is impressive that we passed our bond in September with a 72% yes vote. The support of our district by our communities will help our students have access to the best facilities possible. Thank you for your support for our students and staff. We could not be making our improvements without you. I will provide more detailed plans in January and February when plans and contractors have been awarded. 

Those are just a few of the positives that are happening at the Exira-EHK District. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we have daily/weekly updates on activities, early dismissals, etc. 

A reminder if you have not updated your phone or email please contact Mr. Humphrey to be part of the notification when we have a late start, no school, or an early dismissal due to weather. In Iowa you just never know when the weather will change.

Have a great holiday season!

Trevor Miller 

Basketball at Wells Fargo Arena, December 23

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:33 AM by Kathleen Mayes   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 9:09 AM ]

Basketball and Holiday Fun! The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams will play at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, December 23, against Nodaway Valley. Our Winter Guard team will be performing at halftime of the girl’s game.  Tickets to the event are on sale for only $10 a ticket which gives admission to both the boy/girls games along with admission to the Iowa Wolves game later that evening. Our girls play at 2pm with the boys to follow at 3:30. Tickets can be purchased at both the high school/middle school office

Pink-Out Fundraiser January 5th

posted Dec 5, 2017, 12:42 PM by Kathleen Mayes   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 9:07 AM ]

Come out and support the fight against cancer by wearing your Pink Out shirt or socks on Friday,
January 5th's game against Woodbine in Elk Horn.  Games, prizes, and raffles.  You can get order forms for your shirt or socks at both school offices. Orders due Friday December 15th.

Stay in the know with the Activity Scheduler app

posted Oct 4, 2017, 7:05 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator
Exira-EHK Schools is now using the rSchoolToday Rolling Valley calendar for all school events.  You can find the calendar under the "Calendars" heading at the top of our website or at:

If you'd like a simple app to see all school activities, you can download the Activity Scheduler App for your phone or mobile device.  To get links to both the iOS and Android apps, go to:

Once downloaded, setup the app by selecting "Iowa" and searching for "Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton" (or simply "Exira").

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