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Exira-EHK Schools closed tomorrow, Monday, March 15th and for the next four weeks

posted Mar 15, 2020, 8:47 PM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Exira-EHK will be closed starting tomorrow March 16th for the next four weeks. This is due to Gov. Reynolds announcement tonight for schools in Iowa to close for 4 weeks due to COVID-19. We will provide more information on school and activities as it becomes available. 

March 15 Update

posted Mar 15, 2020, 12:42 PM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Good afternoon: Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,

As I am sure some of you are aware Governor Reynolds held a press conference on Saturday night to update COVID-19 and how now it is community spread. We will be limiting outside visitors to our district for the time being until we have a better grasp of exactly what is happening in our area.

As I am trying to keep up with all of the information, I wanted to provide an update on some of our school activities:

1)The Washington DC​ ​trip has been postponed. We are working with WorldStrides, the travel company, to find possible make up dates and options. I will have separate communication to all parents/students that this affects on Monday. We will not have the parent meeting on Monday. Please watch for separate communication on this.

2)Parent teacher conferences: Our teachers will be available ONLY by phone or email from 4:30-7:30 on Monday and Thursday evenings. The teachers will send information home with your students and will call parents during their scheduled times. IEP meetings will also take place on the phone. High School/Middle School Teachers will coordinate times with each other to call parents of students they feel need to be contacted.

a.We want to continue to provide this vital opportunity for you to connect with your student’s teacher(s) as it really does take a village to raise a child. We also want to ensure that our students, staff, and all of our parents who participate in these conferences can do so safely.

3)Elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems are being urged to stay home or away from large gatherings or numbers of individuals. This affects some of our staff and I will be working on a plan for coverage as we need to do what is best for the safety and well-being of our staff and students.

4)Musical: I will be meeting with Mr. Parmley on Monday morning to look at options for our Musical. Today Atlantic canceled their Sunday Matinee after Governor Reynolds spoke last night.

5)Field Trips: As I said on Friday, all other field trips will be canceled and/or postponed for the foreseeable future.

6) KFCat the Elementary has been canceled

7)Only students, staff, and those approved by administration will be allowed access to the buildings during the school day.Until further notice, no visitors will be

allowed into shared spaces during the school day, including cafeterias and classrooms. This includes volunteers, mentors, and all non-approved visitors.
If you need to meet with or talk to a teacher or administrator, we encourage you to contact the school and set up a time to meet. Parents who come to pick up or drop off their child will be restricted to the office area
.

Listed below is the updated information from the Iowa Department of Public Health from Saturday evening.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Trevor Miller

Superintendent

COVID-19 community spread confirmed in Iowa, state agencies take additional measures to limit spread and assist Iowans

DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of one additional positive case of an Iowan with COVID-19, for a total of 18 positive cases. The individual is an older adult age 61-80, and a resident of Dallas County.
Additionally, IDPH has determined, based on the new COVID-19 case and the announcement this evening of community spread in Omaha, Neb., there is now community spread in our state. Community spread occurs when individuals have been infected with the virus in an area and cannot specifically identify the source of the infection, or do not know how or where they became infected.

Due to the detection of community spread, there are new recommendations for individuals with underlying conditions, and all Iowans should be prepared for cancellations and disruptions in routine activities.
Mitigation measures should be implemented immediately to have the most significant impact on slowing the spread of the virus.

Leaders of institutions and organizers of events should begin to act on their contingency plans related to large gatherings, including church services. Iowans should not hold or attend large gatherings of more than 250 people and consider making adjustments for smaller gatherings with high risk groups.

Health care organizations should also review their contingency plans and consider how telehealth can support the needs of Iowans.
At this time, school closures are not recommended. Based on
CDC guidelines:

·If a school has a positive case in a student, faculty member or visitor, we recommend a short-term suspension of a few days for cleaning to mitigate spread of the virus.

·If there is significant absenteeism of staff and students, they should consider a short to medium length suspension of 2 to 4 weeks.
·For substantial community spread, longer suspensions of 4 to 8 weeks or more are recommended.

Iowans should do their part to protect their health and the health of others:

·Individuals older with underlying conditions should stay at home and avoid gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including travel to affected areas.
·Consider personal social distancing measures: avoid large gatherings, limit the number of attendees per gathering.

·Consider working remotely or online learning when possible.
·Encourage staff to telework (when feasible), particularly individuals at increased risk of severe illness.
·Limit non-essential work travel and gatherings.
·Follow CDC guidance regarding school closures if a school-based case is identified, implement short term suspension for school cleaning and contact tracing, and alter schedules to reduce student mixing. Cancel extracurricular activities as needed.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa provided by IDPH can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
State agencies are taking the following steps:

Similarly, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) suspended all in-person visitation for their six state-run facilities to prevent risk to the individuals served and to mitigate against community-spread. The Department will consider limited exceptions and is offering virtual options to allow continued communication with loved ones.

In addition, DHS is putting policies in place to ensure access to childcare during this time, including financial and operational assistance. These include paying child care providers based on enrollment rather than attendance and expediting licensing to enable increasing capacity. Childcare inspection and regulatory functions will shift to provide technical assistance focused on hygiene and sanitation. DHS also recognizes the stress that emergency events cause children and families and are developing strategies to identify and address their needs.
Iowans can help prevent the spread of illness by following simple daily precautions including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and IDPH recommends getting the flu vaccine. Influenza activity is widespread in Iowa and as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to receive the vaccine. 

Exira-EHK Advance to State in First Lego League Competition

posted Dec 16, 2019, 2:35 PM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Congratulations go out to the Exira-EHK Spartan Bots who advanced to State in First LEGO League Competition to be held at ISU on January 18th! The 7th Grade Accelerated Math class participated in this year’s First LEGO League (FLL) Challenge.  The Exira-EHK students engaged in this amazing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) opportunity. First LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program was built around theme-based Challenges (this year’s theme called City Shaper) to engage children in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the First Core Values, which emphasizes teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce. 


First Lego Leagues is a new curriculum program for the Exira-EHK students and teachers who competed on December 14th (Saturday) in Oakland, IA. The top 3 teams of 12 advance to State at ISU. Our team called the “Spartan Bots” competed in a Research Presentation Project round, a Lego Robot Mission round, and a Core Value Presentation round to a panel of judges. Our team members were students Jacey Smith, Anna Potts, Iryland McCarthy, Shelbi Partridge, Alex Hansen, Gideon King, Harlee Fahn, Josh Nelson, Gracie Olsen, Brayden Burnison, and 2 coaches Connie Jessen and Lisa Dreier. We are so proud of this team!








KMA to honor 2010 Exira Viking Girls Basketball team December 20th

posted Dec 16, 2019, 2:31 PM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Calling all former Exira Viking's Basketball players from the championship team from 2010!

KMA will be recognizing the 2010 Exira state championship team into the KMA Hall of Fame on Friday, December 20, in between games. Players and coaches from the team will be there.

We hope all community members can take some time on December 20th to come out to the game in Elk Horn. The girls start at 6:00 PM, boys to follow the girls' game.


Quiz Bowl results

posted Nov 25, 2019, 1:17 PM by Matt Schmitz

Congratulations goes out to the High School Varsity TAG Team. Kamryn Waymire, Ellie Schultes, Tyler Petersen and Cooper Larsen were awarded 2nd Place trophy in the RV Conference and 4th Place trophy in the 12 team Quiz Bowl tournament. So AWESOME!


Our JV team- Kate Hansen, Davis Larsen, Brody Haag, Ashley Hansen and Kassidy Chadwick. 



"Our Varsity and JV did quite well in the tough academic tournament. SO proud of these kids!," said coach Dreier.


Reminder regarding school communication for severe weather and emergencies

posted Nov 14, 2019, 9:48 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Dear Exira-EHK Families,
 
A reminder that Exira-EHK Community School District utilizes the “JMC Messenger” system as the primary method to send weather and emergency notices.
 
In addition to "JMC Messenger" and school Alerts, the District will also send weather and emergency notices to the following stations and via the following avenues:
 
  • KNOD, KDSM, KJAN Radio
  • WHO TV
  • KCCI TV
  • WOI TV
  • School District Facebook Page
  • School District Twitter Feed 
JMC Messenger and School Alert provides Exira-EHK Schools the capability to call and send text and voice messages directly to cell and home phones in the event of adverse weather or emergency situations that require school late starts, early dismissals, or cancellations. If you have not set up your account please contact Steve Humphrey or Beth Peppers.
 
As inclement weather season approaches I would like to assure parents and patrons that at all times, the safety of students and staff is the underlying basis for determining when to cancel school, start late, or send school buses home early.
 
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding when school delays and cancellations occur.
 
Respectfully,
  
Trevor Miller

Incident information

posted Oct 11, 2019, 1:15 PM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, we feel it necessary to inform you of an incident that occurred yesterday at Exira-EHK Middle School.

An Exira-EHK student made a verbal threat towards staff in the late morning hours of 10/10/19 regarding bringing a weapon to school. School administrators immediately began an investigation regarding the threat. School disciplinary action has been taken as appropriate. At no time yesterday was there any immediate danger to any student or staff member. The procedures that we have in place allowed us to handle this situation with little disruption to the other students in the building.

We appreciate your willingness to continually trust us with your children. We make every effort to provide them with a safe and caring environment while at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Principal Mary Bleth-Harris or myself.

Sincerely,
Trevor Miller
Superintendent

Bids being accepted for 2006 Suburban

posted Sep 4, 2019, 9:37 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Exira-EHK Schools will be receiving sealed bids on the following vehicle until 9/13/19 at 4:00 PM.  
Please submit to Trevor Miller, Superintendent

2006 Chevy Suburban. Body in excellent condition, interior very good, tires average. runs great. Has been regularly serviced at the Elk Horn Service station.

Mileage 130,700 AC worked last spring.





Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

posted Aug 6, 2019, 7:55 AM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!
Spartan Pride ... Expect Excellence

Happy August 5th everyone. It is hard to believe that school will be starting soon. As we kick off the new school year, new teachers and their mentors will start on Friday, August 16th. Returning staff will start on Monday, August 19th. We are looking forward to the 2019-20 school year as we continue on our journey.

Thank you again for your support as I start year 4 at Exira-EHK. Great things are happening in our district and I am looking forward to the 2019-20 school year. I will be in Exira-EHK 3 days one week and 2 days the next. I will try to have a set schedule but as we all know, situations may arise where the schedule may need to be adjusted.

We have a New Secondary Principal in the Elk Horn Building, Mary Bleth-Harris. I appreciate the board understanding the needs of our district and adding this position to help our district continue to move forward in instruction and to have an administrator in the building every day. This year we have several new staff members and would like to introduce them:

In the Exira building, Kirstin Blake will be preschool and Alicia Petersen and Brittni Williams will be 1stGrade. In the Elk Horn building, Andrea Nulle will be High School Science and Coach, Alex Hansen will be High School Social Studies and Coach, Cory Bartz will be Middle School Math, Personal Finance and Coach, Cody Parmley K-12 Music, Megan Wilkerson will be Middle/High School Special Education and Beverly Ohlinger will be High School Special Education.

We will be having an OPEN House on Wednesday, August 21st
Elk Horn will be from 5:30-7: 30 pm and Exira will be from

4:30-6:30 pm.

  • ●  FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL WILL BE AUGUST 23rd

  • ●  REMINDER SCHOOL START TIMES HAVE CHANGED: School starts in both buildings at 8:10 A.M.

  • ●  Bus shuttles will leave both locations at 7:35 A.M.
    If you have elementary students living in Elk Horn and need to go to Exira please have them at the Elk Horn building by 7:30 A.M.

  • ●  If you have a Middle School or High School Students living in Exira and need to ride the bus to Elk Horn have them at the Exira building by 7:30 A.M.

Preschool this year will be 8:10 A.M. to 11:10 A.M. Monday through

Friday in both locations and also 12:30-3:30 in Exira.

Lunch will not be served to preschool.

If you have questions about registrations, the administrative assistants at each building will start on Friday, August 9th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. They will be able to answer your questions. If you need a new registration packet, please call or stop in and we will be happy to help. If you have a question about your schedule, please contact Mrs. Eischeid.

Listed below are a few important dates coming up over the next month.

Important Dates:

  • August 16 - New Teachers Report 
  • August 19 - Returning Staff Report
  • August 19 - 6:00 PM School Board Meeting
  • August 21 - Open House see the schedule listed above 
  • August 23 - K-12 First day of school
  • September 3 - First Day of Preschool
  • August 30 - First football game at Fremont-Mills 7:00 pm 
  • September 2 - No School Labor Day

If you see Derek, Mitch, Kevin, Theresa, Kristi please thank them for all of their hard work on having the buildings ready for school.

If you have any questions, please email or call.
In addition, I will also give updates to activities on my Twitter Account @TrevorMiller1

Have a Great Rest of the Summer!

Sincerely,

Trevor Miller Superintendent 


Changes to open enrollment information on registration

posted Jul 30, 2019, 12:15 PM by Exira-EHK Administrator

Parents/guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their child/ren in another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the following dates:

March 1, 2020—Last date for regular open enrollment request for the 2020-2021 school year.

September 1, 2019—Last date for open enrollment request for entering kindergarten students and those students falling under the “good cause” definition for the 2019-2020 school year.

Parents/guardians of open enrolled students whose income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend.

Parents should be aware that open enrollment might result in the loss of athletic eligibility.
For further details, contact the school office.

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