District Mission: "With community involvement, we will empower learners to become contributing members in our changing world. Welcome back!
Meet the Communication Teacher Leaders (CTL) of the Cherokee Community Schools, Amy Brunsting (Roosevelt Elementary), Megan Pigott (Cherokee Middle School), and Jill Phillips (Washington High School). The Communication Teacher Leader is a position that was added in our district at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. The purpose of the position is to “work with building principals and instructional coaches in reporting to stakeholders through various platforms that support the district goal of communication”. When a post is read on Facebook, an article is read in the newspaper, or any other social media site concerning activities happening at school, it is very possible that one of these ladies has published it. The CTL’s have worked with local businesses to organize a Cherokee Schools store for employees. Thanks for all of your hard work Cherokee Communication Teacher Leaders!
Begins January 20
CHEROKEE, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will kick-off a Middle School Ricochet After-School Program beginning immediately after school until 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 20.
Ricochet: An Extreme Leadership Adventure is a middle school leadership initiative created and sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H. It is open to all middle schoolers and encourages youth to develop their leadership skills.
“When you ricochet, you’re on the move, full of energy and ready for whatever comes your way,” said Debbie Erpelding, Cherokee County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will lead the program. “These characteristics are also signs of a true leader. Middle schoolers often bounce from one thing to the next, trying on different roles as they find their place in the world. Some may see this as unpredictable, but do you know what is also unpredictable? The opportunity and need for leadership, especially from our kids.”
Erpelding explains that Ricochet prepares youth to become leaders and helps them to accept leadership opportunities that arise through the use of adventure and hands-on experiences.
During the remainder of the school year, the Ricochet program will be held the third Monday of every month at the Cherokee Middle School. All sessions will begin immediately after school and finish by 5:00 p.m.
“Middle school is the perfect time to help our kids develop their leadership potential,” Erpelding said. “Not only will we learn, but we will have fun with our friends while we learn.”
Ricochet is free to participate in thanks to sponsorship from the Cherokee County Extension Council; however, preregistration is needed to plan adequately for space and materials. To preregister, contact Debbie at 712-225-6196 or email@example.com.
This weeks’ Alumni Spotlight features Dani Hansen!
Danielle (Dani) Hansen graduated from Cherokee Washington High School in 2011. Dani received her post secondary education from Northwest Missouri State University. She currently lives in Franklin, North Carolina and is Environmental Health Specialist.
Other information: Family, hobbies, fun facts: Dani moved to the mountains in order to pursue her love for the outdoors! She spends most of her free time hiking the Appalachian Trail, close by, or exploring the National Forests near her home. She also loves photography and listening to good tunes.
Dani’s best memories from attending Cherokee Washington High School include performing improv in speech all four years and said it was SO MUCH FUN! She said a proud moment was her senior night in basketball, when she scored the first two points. Normally she said she sat on the bench (which she said was fun for her haha), and coach let her start. She hadn’t scored in a varsity game all season so those first two points during the last home game we’re special!
Dani’s words of advice for students: “A few thoughts: get involved, be kind to EVERYONE, and appreciate your teachers. I had two very important teachers that really prepared me for college. Especially as a science student, I used my notes from chemistry class in college. Getting involved and trying new things helps make you well-rounded! It also makes getting involved in college and in the real world less intimidating. And be kind because your fellow classmates and faculty are all humans trying to do their best too. High school shapes who you will grow into, so being a good person now will lead you in the right direction.”
A big Brave's welcome to Mrs. Hauser, a new staff member at Cherokee Middle School!
From Mrs. Hauser:
My name is Jenny Hauser and I am looking forward to working with the students at Cherokee Community Middle School as a special education teacher. My husband Jamie and I have lived in Le Mars for 20 years and we are blessed with three children.
Jamie is a Deputy Assessor and Appraiser for Plymouth County and is extremely active in BSA scouting. Our oldest daughter Elizabeth lives in Corning, IA. Her fiancé, Josh, is a middle school math and science teacher and baseball coach for Southwest Valley. Lucas is a senior at Le Mars Community and is enjoying his senior year. This summer he will be leaving for basic training through the Iowa Army National Guard. Aaron is a junior and enjoys everything with music and theatre. Both of our boys are Eagle Scouts and active in football, band, choir, show choir, speech, and track.
I have worked at Le Mars Community High School for 10 years as a special education teacher’s associate. In 2013 I decided to continue my education to become a teacher. I graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College in 2017 with my Associate of Applied Arts degree. I continued for my bachelor’s degree through Buena Vista University. I graduated this December with my elementary education degree along with my special education and reading endorsements. I am looking forward to meeting all the staff, students, and parents at Cherokee Community. Go Braves!!!
January is National Mentoring Month!
Braves Mentoring Program serves 42 students grades 5-8.
Are you looking for a way to be a part of the Braves Mentoring Program? Here’s a great opportunity! Your generous donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by an anonymous donor. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Central Office or Cherokee Middle School and made out to Braves Mentoring.
Thank you to our volunteers and supporters of this program. You are making a difference in the lives of our students!
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