The purpose of this project was for classmates to build the fastest mousetrap vehicle, the most distance traveled vehicle, the most force vehicle, or the most acceleration vehicle. The resources they were able to use were their partner and any non-motorized parts, to build their vehicle. The mousetrap had to travel 5.0 meters and was graded on class average placement.
Mr. Lahners supplied 1 standard mousetrap. The students were able to use any other mousetrap in their final run. No kits were allowed They were able to practice on as many mousetraps as the student wanted to buy.
The videos of the vehicle can be seen on the link below.
Mr. Killpack’s Environmental Science class was awarded the Tree’s for Kids Grant through the Iowa DNR this fall. The initial planting and maintenance of the trees were tied into the course curriculum in the habitat unit focusing on habitat loss, conservation, and restoration. Once the trees are established they will also be used in other units such as flora (plant) identification. The establishment of this outdoor classroom space will also serve as a benefit to our native habitats increasing the opportunities for hands-on, outdoor learning experiences. Our goal is to establish a school forest that could be used as a cross-curricular tool throughout the entire district at all grade levels.
This project’s goals and benefits will positively impact our district's role within the community and its goals for the community. These goals include school beautification initiatives and maintaining our status as a destination district. This project will also serve as a focal point for student-led inquiry-based learning, hands-on projects, and opportunities to actively engage students with the outdoors and their community. This project will also aid us in building students’ appreciation for the efforts put forth by the community and previous classes to better their learning. This will help build an appreciation for the efforts our community and previous classes have put forth and help build a stewardship ethic among the students for our school and their community.
October 5th was the night Underwood and Riverside volleyball stood up to cancer. The event included a Pink Out, donations from the fans and student body, as well as playing for and honoring those people affected by cancer. Thank you to Riverside volleyball for helping out and thank you to all who supported our Pink Out last night. #UWoodEaglePride
The Underwood Community Schools District was ranked the 19th best school district in all of Iowa. This includes every district from a size 1A school up to a 4A. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Data was taken from the US Department of Education as well as reviews from students and parents. Congratulations to the teachers, staff, and students of Underwood!
A bench to be placed in front of the entrance to the high school was donated by the Richard Torneten family this afternoon. Richard was a 1954 graduate of Underwood. His children and most of his grandchildren all graduated from Underwood as well. He was a lifelong farmer in the Underwood/McClelland area and was very active in 4H along with being on the Westfair board.
He and his wife Kathy were staples at Underwood activities most notably basketball, softball, and baseball. Mr. Torneten passed away in December of 2020.
The 2021-2022 Homecoming Court has been announced. King candidates were: Steve Barnes, Easton Eledge, Collin Brandt, and Joey Anderson. The Queen candidates were: Aubrie Massie, Abbie Martin, Allie Witt, and Sierra Fox. Mason Ogle and Leslie Morales-Foote were elected king and queen. Congratulations to all.
The Underwood School District would like to introduce all the different people who make the district go.