- North Polk Community School District
Highlights from November 18 Meeting
Electronic agendas and supporting documents can be viewed at least 24 hours in advance of each meeting. The full agenda of the November 18, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.
Representatives of the North Polk elementary Interventionists provided a recap and update to the board on their MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) work. The best way to describe an Interventionists work is like popcorn. Every student can learn at a high level, some students need different avenues of learning, different ways of thinking, and extra practice to eventually “pop”. The MTSS is skill-focused meaning one student isn’t on a specific tier, just their skill. Tier 1 includes all students, Tier 2 represents some students who need extra support in a specific skill. Tier 3 focuses on a select few students.Intervention allows students to bloom in specific and individual ways. Thank you to our great Interventionists and all the work they do!
During the board meeting on November 18th, Mr. Dave Porter had his final meeting as a member of our school board. Mr. Porter served as the President of the board and served for the last five years. Thank you for your service to our school, staff, students, and community.
Dave left us with this, “Thank you to the community. We have parents that care in this district, never stop caring about our kids.”
With Mr. Potter retiring, the community elected Mr. Matt Aicher. He was sworn in as a new member by our board secretary, Mrs. Aspengren. Our new President is Mr. Keith Bormann and Vice President, Mr. James Hill.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will take place on December 16, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Collaborative Center at North Polk High School.
North Polk Activity Information
Winter sports are officially underway! Check out our social media pages for weekly updates on activity information. Our link to our full activities calendar can be found here! Good luck to all our winter sports and activities. Go Comets!
Will Power 5K
On Saturday, November 20th, the Will Power 5K was held at Lakeside Fellowship in Polk City in support of junior student-athlete Will Ford. All of the proceeds and donations will be given to Will and his family. We had a great turnout! Thank you to all who participated and donated. Comet Proud!
Mr. Eberly Community Event
During the week of November 15th, Mr. Eberly’s middle school physical education and health classes had the opportunity to get outside of the classroom and help support the community. This project was a part of a larger unit on mental health. In the first part of the project, the students learned the benefits of exercising outside. Studies have shown that exercising outside can increase serotonin levels which can help ward off depression and anxiety. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative moods and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
The second portion focused on journaling. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, “One of the ways to deal with any overwhelming emotion is to find a healthy way to express yourself. This makes a journal a helpful tool in managing your mental health.”
Journaling can help you:
- Manage anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Cope with depression
- Prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
Finally, the students learned the importance of volunteering and giving back and how that can benefit their mental health. Different acts of altruism have been proven to increase physical and thoughts, feelings, and effects. Mr. Eberly took each of his classes out to volunteer and rake up leaves. His classes did a total of 6 different yards. Thank you for helping our community! Great work everyone. Go Comets!
Starting in January, our high school will be adding a new mock trial club. Mock trial is a competition against other schools over a specific case, one side is the prosecution one side is the defense. Members can be either key witnesses or attorneys! Interested in becoming a lawyer? Join us! Mock trials can help improve your professional and public speaking, critical thinking, leadership, and knowledge of the legal system. The first meeting will be on December 8th, at 7:30 AM or 3:20 PM! To get involved, email Mrs. Trier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blessing Box
Thank you for all who supported the Blessing Box. We had awesome support for their annual Thanksgiving and Christimas boxes!
Thank you for taking the time to review our first issue of the North Polk Community School E-Briefing. The purpose of this publication is to provide board updates, news, and events from around the district. If you have suggestions, recommendations, feedback, or any questions please reach out!