The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.
(submitted by Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s office)
Two West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) teachers were recognized for organizing the district’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election. Students voted on their choice of the 2016 general election candidates. The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s website: https://sos.iowa.gov/youth/polI/resuIts.aspx.
Stilwell Junior High teacher Sherri Bogue.
Stilwell Junior High School teacher Sherri Bogue and Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch stepped up and registered to include WDMCS students’ voices in the statewide straw poll. As a result of their efforts, their students received a unique civic education experience. Former Valley High School teacher Tracy Johnson was also recognized for organizing participation in the straw poll while a Valley teacher.
Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Bogue and Welch, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. Additionally, the social media program, #IAparticipate, was a national top five
finalist for a Government Social Media Award.
Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch.
Pate sent these teachers a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.
“My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success,” Pate said. “More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them become engaged in civics in their community.”
The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101—free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.
They are available for anyone to use at Elections101.org.
There were four teams from each school competing in the double-elimination competition.
Teams of students studied multiple science disciplines, including chemistry, physics, earth science, genetics, astronomy, human biology, botany, zoology, and taxonomy. Teams were coached by Indian Hills science teacher Shelly Urban and Stilwell science teachers Bryan Bacehowski and Ruth Henderson.
Many teachers and administrators volunteered their time as judges, timers, scorekeepers, and general supervision.