Starmont Elementary is creating a school environment that supports healthy behaviors and aims to empower students through nutrition education, school meals, and engagement of staff, parents, and the community through a project with the Iowa Department of Education. Continue reading
Starmont is applying for a $25,000 merit-based grant that is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to enhance education in the areas of science and math. The grant would be used to construct a new greenhouse that could be used for all grades K-12 to in enhance students’ education. The opportunities a new greenhouse brings are unlimited for all grade levels to learn. Continue reading
It’s National AmeriCorps Week!
If you’re not familiar with the AmeriCorps organization, what their members do, or why it matters, I would love to spread the word. Knowledge is power, people! Continue reading
Hi! I’m Jake Geis and I will be the resource contact for North Fayette/Valley, West Central, Starmont, and Riceville. I come from Green Bay, but I spent my college years at Luther before graduating this past spring. I’ve been in the area for a few years now and I’m so happy to be back. While studying, I could always see that there were great things happening here in Northeast Iowa, but I didn’t have the time to get involved. I’m so excited for this position, and the opportunity it allows me to finally engage in this active and passionate community.
I double majored in Environmental Studies and Biology, using my education as time to explore and begin to understand the physical world around me. I love the outdoors, and I am fascinated by Ecology and Sustainability. I find that the values of preservation and responsible, intentional progress are key to Healthy lifestyles as well. During summers, I have served as Camp Staff to help direct program and lead youth in focused curricular activities. It is so great to be able to find outlets which allow me to share my gifts, knowledge, and passion with others, so I’m glad that I was able to find AmeriCorps.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with a flood of new information. I’m finding it a lot easier now that I’m physically in the school and gaining context for my many binders. I’m excited to meet more kids and teachers, and to begin doing lessons, singing songs, and getting active with them!
Two Iowa school districts have been honored for their efforts to create campuses and education programs that stress environmentally sound practices. Continue reading
By Amy Gauntz, Starmont FFA Advisor
The smell of the grill fired up, sun shining and birds chirping would lead one to think that
spring is here! Boy is that true, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was a cold blustery day on Tuesday, March 19 when the FFA members hosed a “Field to Fork” supper for families in grades K-6 at Starmont. Continue reading
On Thursday, October 18, youth wellness champions and their adult coaches from sixteen area schools attended the first of four 2012-2013 Food & Fitness Regional Youth Leadership Team Meetings. The meeting was held at the West Union United Methodist Church. It was a day jam-packed with activities centered around school food. Continue reading