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NASA
3...2...1...Blastoff!
03/23/2017
SHS students attend the NASA Space Settlement Design Competition at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
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Grant Recipients
CF Industries Award Mini-Grants
03/17/2017
CF Industries awarded mini-grants to teachers throughout the district.
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Blood Control Certification
Students Earn Blood Control Certification
03/15/2017
Health Academy students completed the newly launched Blood Control Certification course through Spencer Hospital.
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Tiger Expectations Award
Students Earn Tiger Expectations Award
03/15/2017
Thirty middle school students were peer or teacher nominated to receive the Tiger Expectations Award, exemplifying the ideals of living the "TIGER" way!
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Kyle
D.A.R.E. Creating a Toolkit to Live a Safe, Healthy Life
03/10/2017
Through D.A.R.E., Lt. Kyle Van Otterloo of the Spencer Police Department, works with all 5th graders for 10 weeks to teach decision-making skills for safe and healthy living.
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Mentors
Tiger Mentoring Program Mentor Appreciation
03/09/2017
Tiger mentors gathered to be recognized for their service, receive a mentor training refresher and grow together through networking.
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Mentoring Matters
02/24/2017
Learn more about how to support and participate with the Tiger Mentoring Program at Spencer Middle School.
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Ag Outlook
Spencer FFA Particpated at Ag Outlook
02/22/2017
Spencer FFA participated at Ag Outlook 2017 by hosting a booth and networking with agriculture vendors and speakers.
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Writing Strategies
Students Benefit from Newly Implemented Writing Strategies
02/16/2017
Elementary representatives share about new strategies to teach writing through the implementation of Common Core Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing.
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PBL
Project Based Learning...STEM Style
02/15/2017
Through Project Based Learning, eighth grade students at Spencer Middle School were able to become experts about one of the six STEM-based professions of their choice and present their findings to their peers and parents during conferences.
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Noteboom Implement, Something for Every Skill Set
02/11/2017
Noteboom Implement representatives taught SHS students during a Career Experience that there is a job for nearly every skill set available at their dealership.
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Learning from Community Leaders
02/09/2017
Community leaders share life lessons with English I students.
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Smart Bus
School Buses Get "Smart"
02/07/2017
Getting smarter isn’t only for the students at Spencer Community Schools. Buses are next in line to get “smarter” as the transportation and technology departments work together to complete a test pilot to determine the usefulness and cost effectiveness of Wi-Fi on school buses.
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Wild Fit
Wild Fit
02/07/2017
Students spent time during structured recess competing against animals during Wild Fit.
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Iowa WORKS
Iowa WORKS Youth Academy
02/03/2017
Extended Career Experience students attended the Iowa WORKS Youth Academy and worked with a team of people to develop a greater sense of their areas of interest and the tools necessary to turn those interests into post-secondary plans.
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The Game of Life
02/01/2017
Seniors at Spencer High School got a financial reality check as they took part in the 3rd Annual Game of Life.
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OSHA
Blazing the Trail to the Real World Through Extended Career Experiences
01/30/2017
Through Extended Career Experiences, students get real-world experience at worksites located throughout the region.
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Classroom Benefits of Moving Naturally
01/20/2017
Students benefit by incorporating movement into the everyday classroom.
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Teacher In-Services...Why Everyone Wins
01/20/2017
Learn more about teacher in-services and the direct impact they have on student achievement.
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Newspaper Bridge Building Activity
01/19/2017
Homebase at SHS was spent creating a project utilizing time management and collaboration skills.
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Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Came to Visit the First Graders
01/19/2017
Bree Hanson, Clay County Conservation Board Naturalist, visited first graders at Johnson School, and owls were the topic of conversation.
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Foundation’s Tiger Pa’s to Perform January 20
01/17/2017
Support Spencer Tiger Basketball and the Spencer Community School Foundation by attending the basketball games Friday, the 20th. Be entertained by the Tiger Pa's during halftime of both the boys' and girls' games, and consider a donation to benefit elementary students.
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Pitch
Pitching Entrepreneurial Passions
01/15/2017
After a semester of research and development, Entrepreneurship students pitched their business ideas to a panel of community leaders.
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Rube Goldberg
Physics Students Participate in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
01/11/2017
Physics students will be taking their zany creations to Minnesota State University to participate in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.
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The Great Depression
A Trip to the Clay County Heritage Center
01/10/2017
English ll students visited the Great Depression Exhibit at the Clay County Heritage Center to prepare for their next unit.
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Google Expeditions
Creating Opportunities for Students
01/03/2017
Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of students attending Spencer Community Schools.
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Aloha!
12/20/2016
Feel the warmth and traditions of Hawaii and the Philippines amidst the frigid outdoor temperatures.
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Bringing Blessings to District Families
12/20/2016
The Spencer Education Association & SHS Student Council partnered to bring blessings to families who have students attending Spencer Community Schools.
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Farm Credit Services
Farm Credit Services of America Donation Impacts SHS Ag Program
12/13/2016
A donation from Farm Credit Services of America allows for the purchase of new agriculture curriculum.
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Spanish Students Impact the Healthcare Industry
12/06/2016
Spanish II students partner with regional healthcare providers to create cheat sheets with basic Spanish phrases and questions to help with Spanish-speaking patients who have limited Englis
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Instructional Mentor Coaches at SHS
12/02/2016
Spencer Community Schools has implemented the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System to help staff grow professionally and provide the best possible learning environment from which all students can benefit.
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K9 Designs
A Visit to K9 Designs
11/30/2016
A Career Experience at K9 Designs proves beneficial as an Entrepreneurship student gains knowledge about the business in which she wants to develop.
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Book Club
Survey of Literature Students Experience Value Beyond School
11/30/2016
Veterans, Spencer Public Library staff and students in Jean Fischer's Survey of Literature class came together for a powerful book review.
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Panda Rescue
The STEM Panda Rescue
11/28/2016
Using Lego WeDo 2.0, third graders built a helicopter to rescue a panda during their STEM class.
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Max
Lessons from Uncle Max
11/23/2016
As the highlight to their Culture unit, Max Elg spent time with first graders at Johnson School to share his story, past and present.
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Reading
Daily Reporter Staff Volunteer as Guest Readers
11/23/2016
Daily Reporter staff volunteer as guest readers throughout the year, sharing their passion for reading and writing with elementary students.
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JA
Junior Achievement Our Community
11/23/2016
Community volunteers teach students how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success.
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What Would Marty Do?
What Would Marty Do?
11/22/2016
Students listened to speaker V.J. Smith shared the important life lesson of how gratitude can change your life.
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Making a Difference through Project Based Learning
11/15/2016
Students presented projects completed through Project Based Learning during conferences.
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Herman the Worm Motivates Students to Read
Herman the Worm Motivates Students to Read
11/15/2016
As students read, Herman the Worm grows!
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Spencer Community School Foundation Announces Annual Giving Program
Spencer Community School Foundation Announces Annual Giving Program
11/15/2016
Learn how the Spencer Community School Foundation partners with the school to enrich and enhance the education of students.
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Thank You Veterans
11/10/2016
Students at Lincoln School discussed Veterans Day and how to actively participate in honoring those who serve our country.
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The Study of Different Belief Systems
11/09/2016
Find out what students learned when studying world religions and how differing belief systems create conflict.
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Passion Project Presentations
11/02/2016
6th graders put the methods of Project Based Learning into use as they created and presented their Passion Project. The students developed many important 21st century skills, while concluding that everyone has something to contribute to make a community a better place.
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NHS Students Making a Difference
11/01/2016
See how NHS students are making a difference.
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Alumni Reflections Video
Alumni Reflections
09/08/2016
Take a few minutes to hear alumni reflections about how Spencer Community Schools impacted their lives. Spencer Community Schools...Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow
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Farmers Bank
Farmers Bank Donation Moves SMS Closer to 1:1
Through a donation to purchase 30 new Chromebooks, Farmers Trust and Savings Bank helped Spencer Middle School move closer to their goal of going 1:1, issuing a Chromebook to each student for daily use.
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