March 21, 2016 - Meeting with the Community
March 22, 2016 - Meeting with the Community
November 16, 2015 - Regular Meeting
WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECEIVES FREE WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATION FROM
DELTA DENTAL OF IOWA FOUNDATION
Sloan, IA (May 8, 2019) – It’s now easier for students and staff at Westwood to feel the numerous health benefits of drinking optimally fluoridated water throughout day. Through the “Rethink Your Drink” partnership led by Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, an Elkay water bottle filling station will be installed at Westwood Elementary replacing an existing water fountain. In addition, the district will receive water bottles, toothbrushes, and bookmarks for all students and staff, and a Rethink Your Drink education kit.
“We are very excited to have a bottle filling station in the elementary,” said Mr. Lutt, Pk-3 Principal and Superintendent. “We have many students that fill their bottles every morning and throughout the day the old fashioned way, catching it in the opening from a regular station. This will get more students drinking water and being hydrated so they are ready to learn!”
More than 50 percent of children and teens in the U.S. are not properly hydrated during the school day, which can impact cognitive function and energy levels. Despite efforts by families, schools and public health agencies to educate students on better drink choices, children and teenagers often choose caffeinated beverages, sports drinks and energy drinks. By choosing optimally fluoridated water, students and staff are more alert, better hydrated, protect their tooth enamel and make their teeth more resistant to cavities.
“The impact of “Rethink Your Drink” across Iowa continues to build,” said Jeff Russell, president of Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. “Research shows kids are not drinking enough water which contributes to obesity, fatigue and dehydration. By learning the basic building blocks of good health at an early age, Iowa students can carry those good habits into adulthood.”
As of February 2019, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and partners had donated and installed 115 water bottle filling stations in Iowa schools. The goal is to double that number by the end of 2019. “Rethink Your Drink” is funded by Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and supported by the Healthiest State Initiative, Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Iowa Public Health Association, Iowa Department of Education and In Depth Marketing.
For more information about “Rethink Your Drink,” visit: https://www.deltadentalia.com/foundation/rethink-your-drink/
About Delta Dental of Iowa
Delta Dental of Iowa, a not-for-profit health and wellness company, provides dental and vision benefits to more than one million Iowans. Locally focused and nationally networked, Delta Dental of Iowa invests in oral health and wellness projects through the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and community giving that focus on access to care, prevention, education and research. Since 2002, Delta Dental has invested more than $38 million to improve the oral health and overall health of Iowans.
Delta Dental of Iowa is a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the leading national network of independent dental service corporations. The Delta Dental member companies provide dental benefits to more than 78 million Americans in more than 146,000 employee groups throughout the country. For more information, visit the website at www.deltadentalia.com.
3rd and 4th Grade - 9:00 -10:45 a.m.
5th and 6th Grade - 10:45-12:00 p.m.
1st and 2nd Grade - 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Iowa AEA Online is a virtual library that provides no-cost access to 14 high-quality, web-based resources for accredited public and non-public PreK-12 schools. Students and staff have access at home and at school. The following databases are part of Iowa AEA Online:
A collection of five interactive eBooks for elementary students. Cybersmarts is designed to teach students about staying safe online. These interactive eBooks can be projected on a whiteboard or viewed on individual student computers. Lesson plans, reproducibles and research prompts are included.
FreedomFlix™ is an online resource that converts the Cornerstones of Freedom series into enhanced eBooks. All the eBooks include related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text. All books include an optional natural-voice read-along of all text, sidebars and captions. Educator resources include lesson plans, writing prompts and whiteboard activities. FreedomFlix™ aligns to the Common Core Standards by featuring multiple text types and a cross-curricular, nonfiction focus. FreedomFlix™is also compatible with tablets (i.e. iPads) and smartphones.
Northwest AEA has purchased eBooks for use in our schools. Mackin Via is an online portal that makes it easy to access these eBooks. Mackin Via provides users four ways to search for content: keyword search, viewing pre-selected categories, advanced search using the available filters, and browsing the collection. Mackin Via also permits students to save the e-resources they like using the Via Backpack. MackinVia eBooks can also be read on tablets, mobile devices and Smart phones by downloading the free app.
A collection of five interactive eBooks for teens. Teen Cybersmarts was designed to give teens hands-on experience in safely navigating the online environment. These interactive eBooks can be projected on a whiteboard or viewed on individual student computers. Lesson plans, reproducibles and research prompts are included.
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps with meanings that branch to related words. Visual Thesaurus has over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings. Words are color-coded to indicate parts of speech. Pronunciation of words is also included.
Vocabulary.com is our newest online resource. Vocabulary,com is a tool that is used to improve vocabulary by using an adaptive learning system that offers differentiated vocabulary instruction to students at all levels. It continuously assesses each student and focuses their efforts on words they need to learn. Teachers can create classes of students, assign work to them, and monitor their progress. Teachers can assign their students one of the thousands of already created vocabulary lists made from the most popular texts taught in schools, or easily create their own lists using the Vocabgrabber list making tool. Vocabulary.com has gamified vocabulary instruction as well. Students can earn points, achievements and badges that motivate them to keep playing and to keep learning.
Bridges is a cooperative project between libraries in Iowa. Bridges is powered by OverDrive and provides access to eBooks and audiobooks. To access resources from Bridges, teachers will need an access code. Contact Kim Noteboom for that information.
Fable Learning is an eBook collection. Teachers can log in using their Iowa AEA Online building username and password. Fable Learning's collection is evenly divided between fiction and nonfiction and covers Pre-K through 8th grade content. Fable Learning also includes a Spanish Bilingual collection. Each eBook has been adapted and professionally narrated for digital streaming. The collection is multi-user so a whole class can read the same book at the same time without check-in/check-out delays. Students have the option of having the book read to them, having the book automatically play, or reading the book independently. All titles are accompanied by a Teaching Links document which matches eBook to relevant CCSS and provides suggestions for CCSS appropriate teaching activities and further inquiry. Students will be able to access this content through MackinVia.