Wednesday, October 31, 2012

State Volleyball information

Congratulations to the Warrior Volleyball Team

The Sioux Center High School Volleyball team qualified for the Iowa State Volleyball Tournament last night by defeating East Sac County in three games. 

No School Thursday November 8th

The Warriors will play Union High School of La Porte City at 1:30 pm on Thursday November 8.

There will be no school on November 8th.   That day will be made up on President’s Day February 18, 2013.

*State Tournament Venue *

Due to extended renovations of the US Cellular Center, the 2012 State Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena located at 1100 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. The State Tournament is November 7th through the 10th.


The admission price for each of the seven sessions is $8.00 per student and adult. There is no admission charge for children who are not yet in kindergarten.


Advance Ticket Sales

Tickets for Thursday’s match with Union High School will be on sale in the Sioux Center High School Office starting at 8:30 am on Monday November 5th.  Tickets are $8.00.

Spectator Seating

All seating is general admission.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Conferences Moved to Thursday November 15.

Middle School Basketball

The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball games with Hinton scheduled for November 15th have been cancelled due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

High School Musical

·         Should the Warriors lose on Thursday, the musical goes as scheduled.

·         Should the Warriors win on Thursday they will play in the semi-finals Friday, November 9th at 3:30 pm.  Friday, November 9th was already scheduled as a day with no school. The Musical performance scheduled for Friday Night will be rescheduled for Monday night the 12th of November.

·         Should the Warriors lose on Friday the Saturday Matinee and Saturday evening performances will proceed as originally scheduled.             

·         Should the Warriors win on Friday they would play in the state championship on Saturday November 10th at 2:00 pm.

·         The Saturday Matinee will be moved to Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm and Saturday Night will move to Tuesday Night.

Middle School Vocal Concert

If the musical is moved to November 13th, the MS concert on the November 13th will be moved to November 19 same time and place.

Welcome Home

Should the Warriors play in the state championship, there will be a welcome home Sunday win or lose.

Friday, October 26, 2012



«  Kari Wieking for providing a tour of Kinsey School for visitors from the Sheldon School District last Saturday morning.

«  Carol Kooiker, Aaron Vanbeek, and Andrew De Jongh for qualifying for the All State Chorus

«  Josh Olvera and Haile Duden for qualifying for the State Cross Country

«  Tony Landegent, Austin Faber, Morgan Slagter, and Katie Movick for qualifying for the Opus Honor Choir.

Friday, October 19, 2012

2nd order change

I have taught like I was taught;  I am seeing the light, though.

"Teaching is not telling; repeating is not learning!"

As much as we might dislike the implications, research is showing that didactic exposition of abstract ideas and lines of reasoning (however engaging and lucid we might try to make them) to passive listeners yields pathetically thin results in learning and understanding - except in the very small percentage of students who are specially gifted in the field.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday Early Dismissals

I often get asked what our teachers do on the Wednesdays when the district dismisses an hour early. Like any profession it is extremely important for educators to hone their craft.  The staff is involved in professional collegial conversations about curriculum mapping, formative assessment, effective instruction, and Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW). 

By dismissing an hour early every Wednesday our teachers are engaged in regular conversations, discuss issues in more “real time”, and allow peers to provide timely feedback on their lessons and assessments.

At one time a teacher was similar to an independent contractor.  The teacher would go into their room, close the door, and teach whatever they wanted to teach.  Many times the education your child would get depended upon which teacher the student was assigned.  The research shows that student achievement increases when teachers collaborate and the curriculum becomes guaranteed from teacher to teacher.


October 26th will now be changed from and hour early out to a half day early out and the afternoon will be used to analyze MAP test results


Kinsey Elementary will dismiss 11:20 AM and the Middle School and High School will dismiss at 11:30 AM