Due to an outbreak of Influenza A, West Carroll is cancelling their F/S tournament. At this time, our regularly scheduled game at West Carroll on Friday night is still on. This will allow the staff at West Carroll time to thoroughly clean the facilities.
[Editor’s Note: Apologies for the lateness of this post. We’ll work on getting this out sooner in the future]
Happy New Year! With our first month of 2017 officially in the books, Warren Community Unit School District 205 is focusing on increasing our community engagement this year. Therefore, we will be writing a monthly article to discuss what has been going on in our district. Additionally, we will be looking to spread our vision and core values throughout the community. We will be delivering posters to local businesses that describe our vision and core values. If our team does not catch your business and you would like to display a poster, please contact the school and we will get you one as soon as possible. The community is an essential stakeholder in regards to our school district in addition to the students, staff, parents, and board of education. While school districts are considered the heartbeat of their communities, we strive to do our best to ensure that you have a school district that you take the utmost amount of pride.
This past month has been exciting at Warren CUSD 205. Teachers came back a day before students from break and examined their courses in relation to the New Illinois Learning Standards. We identified the strengths and weaknesses in our curricula to make necessary adjustments to best support the needs of our students. In addition, students completed their second of three phases of MAP testing, which we use to track progress and curve our teaching in the areas of math, reading, language arts, and science. Notably, one of our students, Analiesa Harbach, participated in the Illinois Music Education Association Honors Choir on January 28 in Peoria. She represented the top 1.5% of music students in the state, while representing our school district during this prestigious music experience. Another student, Kaitlyn Lozada, won our school district’s National Geographic Bee, is now in the running for a chance to compete at the world competition.
Finally, I would like to thank our county, local businesses, and consumers in regards to the county school facility sales tax. This facility sales tax is for one percent on qualifying retail purchases. This facility sales tax generated over $200,000 of revenue last year for the district to update our facilities. This source of funding can be used in multiple ways to improve our facility and help pay off building bonds. It cannot be used for salaries, benefits, instructional costs, textbooks, computers, movable equipment, school buses, or operating costs. Our hope is that this source of revenue will help us maintain a safe learning environment that is conducive to student learning.
Additionally, as we complete our ten-year health life safety resurvey this year, we hope our recent updates limit the amount of required improvements that will need to be completed by the school district. I encourage you to visit our building and see the recent updates in our gymnasium, parking lot, hallways, and many other areas that we were able to complete through this source of funding. This spring, we plan to break ground on the adjacent lot purchased by the district to erect a greenhouse using this funding along with multiple donations collected by our FFA Alumni. Ultimately, this source of funding will help the district keep our building updated to lessen the burden on taxpayers within our district.
During the month of February, our doors will be open on February 8, as our Servant Leaders will be hosting a blood drive in the gymnasium. Our spelling bee will take place on February 9 along with an assembly hosted by the Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey team. In addition, our students will sing the national anthem for the Dubuque Fighting Saints at their game on February 24. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please stop by the school.
The Warren FFA would like to thank everyone who participated in the Cheese Curd Fundraiser on Fri, Jan 20th. We sold 20 lbs of Roelli cheese in less than an hour and a half. Our apologies to those who were not able to secure some curds. We will add to our order for next time… National FFA Week Feb 18th to the 25th (Curds on Fri/24th?).
We are accepting proposals and bids for 30’ wide x 48’ long greenhouse. Click here for the RFP document that contains general specifications and bid documents.
Warren FFA Alumni will be grilling butterfly pork chop sandwiches and rib-eye steak sandwiches at Gavilon on Saturday October 29. Serving from 11 am till 2 pm or when sold out.
Pre-order lunches for pick up, or pick some up as you bring in your harvest! Sandwich, chips, cookie, and bottled water. $8 pork chop lunch and $10 rib-eye lunch. Text 815-541-3304 for pre-orders, which would be appreciated!
Please share to area farmers bringing in harvest to Gavilon, or if you just don’t feel like cooking
Our HS Volleyball game vs Galena will be streaming soon.
Everyone is invited to our Homecoming Pep Assembly on Wednesday October 5th at 7pm in the HS gym. Come out and show your support for your Warren Warriors with a fun filled evening led by Coach Breed and her cheer and pom teams.
The Warren FFA members attended their first Land Use Career Development Event on Pecatonica Road near Winnebago, IL. There were nine schools participating in the Soils Contest where students judged five separate pits that were approximately 25 feet long by 4 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet deep. The objective for the five person team was to determine the soil profile, texture, and structure with land uses for farming as well as housing and septic drainage field.
The Warren FFA varsity team consisted of Bryana W and Catie A (two varsity team members did not attend) and the junior team consisted of the current 8th-Grade Ag-Mini students. The Varsity Team achieved an amazing feat of 8th place with only two people on the team. Imagine what place they could have had with the other members that would have possibly doubled their score? I’m very proud of the ladies who competed. Please congratulate them for their fine accomplishment.
The Junior team consisted of Brianna L, Emilie S, Hunter H, ILayzia W, Maddy G, Matthew R, and Ryan M. Although their scores were not used in the competition, they were able to have a very valuable experience of being in the practice pit and five judging pits. This cannot be reproduced in the classroom and is not something that is readily available to students. This practice prepared them physically and mentally to compete in the future. Illinois FFA is beginning to allow the middle school grades to compete and gain experiences as other states and the National FFA Organization who are already utilizing in the Agriculture Education Programs.
The Land Use CDE is a valuable tool to introduce a variety of careers to students. One in particular is a Surveyor.