WELCOME TO 
MANSON NORTHWEST WEBSTER

New Superintendent Search Update
The two final superintendent candidates are scheduled for interviews on Monday, May 8.  See the schedule and candidate biographies here.  Information on location of the public meet and greet will be forthcoming soon.

Family Fun Night This Saturday (April 29)
On Saturday, April 29, from 4-9 p.m., the MNW Makerspace Club is hosting a Family Fun Night.  There will be a movie and all sorts of activities. Since it looks like rainy weather, activities will be inside. Many activities will be free (including the movie) whereas, if you pay $5, you get access to all of the activities. Concessions will be served. Money raised will go to the Makerspace Club to purchase a computer and to go on a trip next fall. Contact Mrs. Sturgeon with any questions. Bring your family and friends! (Parental supervision of children is expected.) 

High School Fine Arts Awards Night Coming Up
The Fine Arts Awards Night is on Monday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons.  we will recognize achievement in Band, Choir, Speech, Fall Play, and Art.  Sandwiches, chips, lemonade, plates, and napkins will be provided; please print a salad or dessert to share.

2017-2018 School Calendar
The Board has approved the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.  You can view or download it here.

Monday News from Barnum
Watch it here.  Mrs. Beneke talks about kindness, there is a special appearance for Cougars with Talent, and a kindergartner gives the best answer ever for Question of the Week.

Book Fair at Elementary School
Parents, the Scholastic Buy One-Get One Free Book Fair is back! Each class has its own day designated to purchase books. These days are:

TK-K        Monday, April 24
1st            Tuesday, April 25
2nd          Wednesday, April 26
3th-4th    Thursday, April 27
5th-6th    Friday, April 28

Tuesday and Thursday, the book fair will be open after school to all grades.  One Tuesday, May 2, the book fair will be open from 4-7 p.m. for families.  Remember, it's the Buy One-Get One Free Sale, so it's a great time to stock up on books for your kids!

Superintendent Search Update
Here is another update on the search for a new district superintendent.  (Updated 4/20/17.)

FFA Plant Sale
The FFA is having a plant sale at the Greenhouse at the high school.  Dates and times are found here.
Yearbook Cover Winners
Congratulations to Ashley Westering in Miss Waller's 6th grade class and Bianca Aquino in Miss Halverson's 3rd glass class for winning the K-8 yearbook cover contest.  You can get a sneak peek of their artwork here and here.  

Sign up for Spring Grill!
You are invited to make reservations at The Springtime Grill, MNW's student-run restaurant. See the menu and more details here.

MNW Cougars Basketball Camp
Want to improve your game? Sign up for the MNW Cougars Basketball Camp for students (boys and girls) entering third through eighth grades held this summer.  Here's the form. 
Streaming of Board Meetings  
The MNW Education Association will stream most school board meetings, starting with the April 19th business meeting.  Go to thecube.com/cube/mnwcougars to watch it live or after the meeting.

Community Survey
If you have already taken this survey, please disregard!  Every five years, we send out a community survey to students, faculty, parents, and other community members.  We will use this data to create new district goals as we move forward.  Secondary parents, please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this survey, elementary parents, this one.  Please only fill out one survey - if you children at both schools, you decide which one to do.  MNW appreciates your time and support.  Thank you!  

Art Contest for K-12 students 
Iowa students (K-12) are invited to submit artwork to be considered for the “From the Farm to You” calendar. The calendars are distributed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at the Iowa State Fair and include artwork that emphasizes the connection between the production of Iowa’s farmers and the products used by people.Students of all ages are invited to submit artwork. Pictures should be drawn using only black lines on plain white paper, 8 ½ by 11 inches. The pictures should not be colored. They can be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Calendar Kids, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319. Drawings must be received by May 1, 2017 to be considered. On-line Version of Current Calendar.

Alumni Pages Back on Website 
Go to www.mnwcougars.com/alumni/ to see photos from the last century - and the one before that! - of Manson High School graduates.  Also find this on the website under the District/Alumni tab. Email Mrs. Sturgeon if there are any dead or wrong links.

Cougar Apparel
We are proud to partner with Modern Designs - Fort Dodge to offer Cougar apparel for sale. There's everything from t-shirts and sweatshirts (in sizes Youth Small - 3XL) as well as winter scarves and hats, water bottles, coffee tumbler, and customized blankets, all with the Cougar emblem. Print out this order form, fill it out, and drop it off with cash or check (payable to MNW) at the elementary, secondary, or central office. Orders will be picked up and dropped off on the last school day of the month. Modern Designs - Fort Dodge is donating 5% of all sales to the school's Cougar Club.

Time to Sign Up for Drivers Education 
Sign up for summer drivers education has begun. Students wishing to take drivers education during this session should stop in the high school office and pick up a registration form from Jan. The form will include pertinent information.

The form does NOT contain information about driving. Students are required to complete 6 hours of driving in order to meet the requirements of the law and that driving is scheduled during the first couple of class sessions. If you have any questions about summer drivers education, please contact Mr. Wubben

MNW Seeks Host Families for Next Year
For four years, we have partnered with Educatius to bring international students to study here at MNW. Students are fully insured, have their own spending money, speak English, and are committed to maintaining good grades. The requirements for host families are simple: have a genuine willingness to share your family's daily life with an international student; provide a bedroom for the student with a bed, desk, and closet space; feed the student breakfast and supper on weekdays, plus all weekend meals, and pass an interview and background check. If you are interested, email or call Kelli Girard at the high school (email: kgirard@manson-nw.k12.ia.us). 

Have an Announcement for the Website?
Email Christine Sturgeon at csturgeon@manson-nw.k12.ia.us 




FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT
We're excited to release our school's new website. Here you will find all the usual items like the school
lunch calendar and a calendar of upcoming events. But now teachers and coaches can update their own pages, so you'll find the results of the latest Cougar basketball game on the girls' ba
sketball page, a link to the MNW Band Handbook with this year's performance calendar on the Cougar Pride Bands page, and a list of Mr. Olson's favorite books on his page. We haven't forgotten the elementary! You'll find MNW's Preschool page with class hours, videos made by our own students on the PBIS page, and a link to the online catalog on the Library page. We will update early and often!  

PreK12 Vision for Teaching and Learning
Manson Northwest Webster staff will actively engage all students in real-world, relevant, and academically challenging experiences in a safe and positive environment. Staff will share accountability for the learning of all students through professional collaboration, innovative thinking, and the use of technology and research-based strategies.

CTE Notification
The Manson Northwest Webster High School offers career and technical programs in the following service areas:  
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Business
CALENDARS
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QUICK LINKS
Infinite Campus (for Parents)
Infinite Campus (for Teachers)
Daily Announcements
Requistion/Purchase Orders
Staff Templates
Non-Public Transportation Reimbursement directions and fillable form

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