Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.  The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Talk to your student about the importance of #SchoolEveryDay

Virtual Reality Class

This picture is from the Virtual Reality classroom. In the background you will see the gaming towers donated by the R.J. Thomas Company. These devices have helped us to speed up our rendering and have offered us more capability in the gaming process. Pictured are second year students Jake Zwiefel and Michael Burkhart.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Special Olympics Summer Games

Cherokee Washington High School brought six high school student to the Special Olympics Summer Games May 25th and 26th in Ames, Ia. The four girls Tiffani Brown, Amanda Van Roekel, Danielle Olson, and Melissa Kelly participated in a cheer clinic where they learned 5 new cheers. They had the opportunity to perform their new cheers alongside local high school cheerleaders during the opening ceremony in front of all the athletes and spectators. During the opening ceremonies we lined up as a group to represent Cherokee in the opening march through Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University. As we were lining up to enter the Coliseum we were met by the ISU football player who formed a line and gave high-fives to the athletes as they walked into the Coliseum. 
These students took part in the college experience on the ISU campus where they slept in the dorm rooms and ate in the cafeteria. 
Two of the students Kyle Carey and Johnathon Stevens competed in doubles tennis. They played well and had a great time playing against another team. They placed second in their division and age group. 

Senior Amanda Van Roekel, who participated in Bowling and cheerleading this school year was nominated for the Elite Athlete Award for Special Olympics. She was awarded as an Elite Athlete for her dedication to the sports she participated in Special Olympics. By being given this award she has been featured in the Des Moines Register. In June the Des Moines Register will honor the athletes' accomplishments throughout the state. She will attend a banquet where she will get the chance to meet the guest speaker Shaquille O' Neal.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ART APPRECIATION CLASS: The students are focusing in on Abstract Expressionism. In the pictures they are channeling their inner most "Jackson Pollock" to give the drip and throw methods a try. GREAT FUN....and a big mess!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fine Arts Night

The high school Fine Arts Night was held Tuesday May 2. The night started with the 9-12 art show opening to the public at 4:00pm. The high school students set up the entire show and it was a great success. A big thank you to all the art students for their terrific work. Over 900 pieces were a part of this show. New this year was an alumni section. We had three former students summit their college works. The show closed at 9:00pm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Anatomy Class on their field trip to the Cadaver Lab at Briar Cliff.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Intro to Agriculture

Introduction to Agriculture
Students have been preparing for National FFA week, which is February 18-25. While we do not have a chartered FFA Chapter this school year, the students wanted to acknowledge National FFA Week in preparation for starting an FFA Chapter next year. We will be hearing from 10 professionals in the agriculture industry about their career and how it relates to agriculture. Some of the speakers lined up include: Mike Pearson, Ag. Broadcaster  for Market to Market; Danielle Hamilton, Precision Ag. Specialist for Landus Coop.; Annaliese Magnussen, Landscape Designer; and many more. The Cherokee FFA Chapter will be holding it’s first meeting and electing officers later this spring!