Carleigh Opal(4th), Meredith Hjelle (1st), Ava Schuster (6th), and Owen Fletcher (3rd) each had their artwork selected for the Art Educators if Iowa Youth Art Month shows in Des Moines at the State Historical Museum during the month of March. Meredith's artwork was also chosen for National Convention to represent Iowa. Ava's artwork was also chosen for the Governor's Show which will be on display in the Governor's office at the state Capitol.
The 2020-2021 Underwood Activities Hall of Fame nominations are now open. We would like to ask for your help in nominating those individuals from Underwood who were participants in extra-curricular events such as band, choir, speech, and sports or as coaches or sponsors at Underwood who are deserving of being inducted into the Underwood Activities Hall of Fame. Guidelines to be nominated are:
1. Extra-Curriclar Participant who graduated from Underwood Community Schools.
2. Coach or Sponsor who worked at Underwood Community Schools.
3. Must be 5 years out of High School.
4. Nominations are due by April 4th, 2020
The Underwood Choirs have been very busy the past few weeks as their competition season gets underway. "Unlimited" show choir and "North Street Jazz" jazz choir have been putting in hours of work on their competition pieces; recently, their hard work has paid off!
On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Unlimited competed at the UNO Show Choir Festival, where they placed 2nd in their division. In addition to their high placement, the show choir received "Best Band" and "Best Female Soloist" awards. On the same day, the choir returned to UHS to host the Iowa High School Music Association State Show Choir Festival. In their second performance of the day, Unlimited received a Division I rating from all three judges.
Later on Monday, February 10, 2020, North Street Jazz competed at the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Choir Festival, where they received a Division I rating. Underwood High School is one of five high schools across the state who compete in both State Show Choir and Jazz Choir events in Class 2A, and the only 2A school to receive Division I ratings in both events. The students' hard work is paying off this season!
Both Unlimited and North Street Jazz will perform at their Pops Concert on February 25, 2020, at 7:00 PM at the UHS Auditorium. Unlimited will compete at the Lewis Central "Clash of the Titans" on Saturday, March 7, 2020, before they host their own Underwood Ultimate Invitational on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
Unlimited and North Street Jazz would like to thank their parents, the Underwood staff, administration, and community for all of their support throughout this busy season!
Great news from the Iowa School Performance Profile (ISPP) data that was just released last week. This is the first year scores from the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) were included in the score, so there were some unknowns leading up to the release of the scores. The high school score placed it in the "High Performing" category, the second-highest ranking level in the ISPP. Of all of the high schools in Iowa, Underwood High School scored 23rd and among the top 15%! The middle school made a move up from their previous level and are now in the "Commendable" range, as is the Elementary school. Congratulations to all of our great teachers, staff, and students for doing so well!
The Iowa School Performance Profile includes a great deal of data in many different areas. Mr. Greg Bachman, our Data Specialist, will be breaking down the results so we can continue to improve upon our 2019 levels. More information will be made available to you as we get those reports. In the meantime, check out the details on the DE website: Iowa School Performance Profile Link
Students in Mrs. Teten's class received a $250 Project Jack Grant. This grant is a Pay it Forward grant where the students get to choose how to use the funds to help their chosen recipient. This year the students chose the Micah House. Each student was given $10 to buy items such as toiletries, cereal, canned goods, pillows, etc. off a wishlist provided by the Micah House.
The students also chose to do a clothing drive for them. The total for their non-food donations(including clothing) was 229.8 pounds. They brought their donations to the Micah House and helped stock the food shelves and weigh their non-food donations. Daylee Olson, Micah House Coordinator, then gave the students a tour of their facilities.
Click on the link below for information about Driver's Education for 2020 and for the form to fill out:
Please return forms to the high school office as soon as possible. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Richard Wenninghoff Leaves $5 Million to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
(Council Bluffs, IA) – The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation announced today that they have received a special bequest of $5 million dollars from Rick Wenninghoff. Mr. Wenninghoff specified that the foundation earmark the money for scholarships for students in the Treynor and Underwood Community School Districts. The gift is the largest bequest in the Foundation’s history.
“We are truly grateful and humbled by the generosity of Rick Wenninghoff and his family,” said Donna Dostal, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation President and CEO. “With this gift, Rick Wenninghoff set the stage for us to build leaders for generations to come. His foresight and generosity are truly amazing and we are honored to be entrusted to carry out his wish for Iowa’s children to have the opportunity to further their education and live strong, productive lives.”
Rick Wenninghoff was educated in the Treynor Community School District. His daughter, Julie attended the Underwood Community School District. As Mr. Wenninghoff explained in a letter to his children, his choice to make this gift of scholarships to the two schools was about wanting to create an endowment fund that would continue to benefit future generations.
“On behalf of the Underwood Community School District Board of Directors and the Underwood community as a whole, I want to extend a sincere thank you to the Wenninghoffs for this generous scholarship program for Underwood students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities,” said Edward H. Hawks, Superintendent of Schools with the Underwood Community School District. “This gift will open doors that otherwise may have been closed for young people who wish to advance themselves educationally.”
“The Rick Wenninghoff gift is transformative for the Treynor Community School and its students,” said Dr. Mark Hopkins, Superintendent of Schools with the Treynor Community School District. “These scholarships will change the lives of our students by dramatically increasing college education opportunities. The gift will have an enduring impact for our school, and we are extremely grateful to Rick Wenninghoff and his family.”
The scholarships will be awarded through the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation and will be available for the graduating class of 2021.
About Rick Wenninghoff
Rick Wenninghoff was born and raised on his family farm, and there was never a doubt that he would carry on the family tradition. He loved the land and embraced the challenges that came with it. His years of farming consisted of early mornings and late nights, along with a passion to succeed that fueled it all. He made a name for himself in the community, stemmed from the local farmer’s market where he sold “the best sweetcorn and tomatoes around.” He was a smart and savvy businessman, and even with all of his successes, he was a down-to-earth man who kept things simple and genuine.
Wenninghoff had a kind heart and was generous and helpful to his family, friends, and farm workers. His children were important to him and were part of the many hours in the fields. They were taught at an early age about the importance of working hard, a trait they have carried with them in their own endeavors. Like their Dad, they work hard and play hard, and family is important to them. They continue to celebrate and spend time together at holiday and life events.
About the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity, 501(c)(3), that serves thousands of people who share a common interest in improving the quality of life in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
Through the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, individuals, families, businesses and organizations create permanent charitable funds that help communities meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation invests and administers these charitable funds. Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is nationally accredited by the Council on Foundations (www.cfstandards.org).
Like all community foundations across the United States, the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying the needs of their communities.
Mission: The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is a partnership of rural and urban citizens dedicated to improving the lives of all residents by supporting and stimulating donor-driven philanthropy.
On Thursday, December 5th at the home wrestling meet the 1999 and 2000 state champion wrestling teams were inducted into the KMA Hall of Fame. The 1999 state championship team scored 97 points and were lead by individual state champions Blu Wahle and Joe Durick. The 2000 team continue the success with a team championship with 111 1/2 points scored and were led by individual state champions Keith Clausen and Mark Lander. Congratulations on your induction into the KMA Hall of Fame!