PK-8 Principal Jason Halverson

South Wiinneshiek Elementary/Middle School

PK-8 Principal Jason Halverson


208 E. Brooks St.  
P.O. Box 298
Ossian, Iowa  52161

Office Hours:  7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Mon - Thurs.
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM Friday 


School Hours 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM

  Great Things Are Happenin' Here Video Link

Importance of Parents Volunteering in School

High School Announcements

Daily Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22nd there is a 1:15 early dismissal.  There is no school Thursday and Friday.

Menu change

Chili will be served for lunch Wednesday.

Semester Milk and Lunch Prices

If you want to provide semester milk for your student please send payment by the first week of January 2018.  You can send this in any time before January 2018, but at least by January 5th, 2018. Thank you for your consideration.

 PS is $35 per semester per child and K-4th Gr. Is $40 per semester per child.

Checks can be made out to South Winneshiek.

School lunch prices are on the rise.

Each year we evaluate what the lunch price increase should be based on several factors. Food prices, production costs and state requirements.

Although we raised our prices by a nickel this past year as well as in the years before, we, according to state regulations, did not increase our weighted average price enough.   So with much regret, we must increase them at the beginning of January 2018 to complete the 2017-2018 school year.

This is not what we want to do, but with the state requirement, unfortunately we must comply to continue to receive state reimbursement.

Thank you for your understanding.

Prices will go up January 3rd at the start of the 2nd semester.

Price increases area as follows.  PK-5 $2.30, 6-8 $2.40 and HS $2.50 per lunch.

Lunch prices are the only meal that will increase, breakfast prices will not go up at this time.

Activities Calendar

Activities Early Childhood and Jump Start Preschool

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100 Days of School

South Winn Elementary Celebrates 100 Days January 2015

Student responses from Mrs. Huinker's students on a journaling page titled, "When I am 100 years old" included the following:
"I will marry Mrs. Huinker because she will be 100 too!"  Gavin F.
"I will take naps."  Carver W.
"I will be dead."  Elliot M. and Landon H.
"I will walk slow."  Ava F.
Student responses from Mrs. Zweibahmer's students on a "Before I am 100" Bucket List included the following:
"Get a puppy."  Avery M.
"Eat egg tortillas."  Hector A.
"Be SpongeBob."  Lauro G.
"Go see my new baby cousin because she is not born yet!"  Lauren O.
"Go to the beach."  Tegan D.
"Rest."  Cooper H.
"Go to the water park."  Diego G.
"Study numbers for college."  David A.
"Marry a man."  Aubree G.
"Have a van."  Haley F.
"I want to be smart."  Johannah H.
"I want to get Square Blankie back because he's at the Blankie Hospital to get fixed."  Zachary P.
"Watch a parent movie.  I have to be 18."  Lilly P.
"Race against another race car."  Kaden C.

Week of the Young Child

Early Childhood

Week of the Young Child

This past week was Week of the Young Child. In the Early Childhood classroom, we have been learning about community helpers. Our students have enjoyed learning about doctors, vets, construction workers, farmers, chefs, postal workers, and police officers. We will continue to learn about more jobs in our community for the rest of the school year.

Thank you!
Samantha Christophersen, SWECSP

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Immunization Requirements
Preschool and Kindergarten registration for the South Winneshiek Community School District

Registration may be accomplished by contacting Tiffany Wagner at the schoolor by email at 

South Winneshiek Community Schools Announces
For the 2017-18 School Y

Preschool and Kindergarten registration for the South Winneshiek Community School District has been set for the week of Monday, January 30 until Friday, February 3. Parents may register anytime during the week. Registration may be accomplished by emailing Please include your child’s name, birthdate, and parent contact information.   If you do not have email you may stop by the school or call between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. that week. Initial contact with the school is for the purpose of enrollment counts and receiving and filling out the necessary registration materials.

South Winneshiek’s Preschool Program is open to any child that will turn 3 on or before Sept. 15, 2017 and any child who turns 4 on or before September 15, 2017. The preschool runs full days Monday-Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. A monthly tuition is charged for the 3 year olds (this year that fee was $265). HAWC scholarships are available to help lower the cost to those who qualify based on income. Four year olds are charged once at registration in August (this year the fee was $45).  Preschool starts about two weeks after the regular school year and then follows the South Winn calendar for the rest of the year. This program operates Monday-Thursday full days and is taught with a certified teacher and certified teacher associate.

Kindergarten: A student entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2017. The program operates all day, every day and is taught by certified teachers, focusing on the Common Core Standards.  Kindergarten Round-up screening date for 2017-18 kindergarten students will be held on Fri., March 10 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Parents will need to pick their child up at 1 p.m.

Parents should feel free to contact the school concerning any questions they may have and also set up tours or observation of the preschool programs. Please call with any questions 563-532-9365.


JumpStart Preschool has reached a Quality Rating Scale (QRS) 4/5 star rating.
Wonderful job to all our preschool teachers and paras in earning this high rating!


Welcome to South Winneshiek PK Programs/ Early Childhood and Jump Start

We are pleased to offer a variety of options that are developmentally appropriate and can meet the needs of our students emotionally, socially and academically.  Our staff is being trained using the Creative Curriculum and are also highly qualified to teach Early Childhood.  Our youngest learners are able to explore the world around them and learn through play and structures activities based on themes.  
If you want to come and take a peek, we’d love to have you.  Our Early Success, Jump Start Preschool, and K Prepclasses are outstanding.             Our facilities are up to date and well taken care of.  We hope to see you soon!   


Explanation of Early Childhood Programs

  • *Full day program, 4 days a week
  • *Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • *Certified staff
  • *Transportation provided
  • *Must meet age requirements by September 15 of school year

Early Childhood 3 yr old program

  • Serves 3 year olds 
  • Free for families meeting eligibility requirements
  • Runs Tuesday Sept.  2017 - May 2018*NAEYC Accreditation
  • Cost is $265 per month

Jump Start

  • Serves 4 year old
  • FREE monthly tuition from SWVPP GRANT*
  • Runs Tuesday Sept. 2017 - May 2018, (Last Day of School)
  • Full Days M-Th.
  • Transportation via school bus


It is the Policy of the South Winneshiek CSD

It is the Policy of the South Winneshiek CSD

Equal Educational Opportunity

It is the policy of the South Winneshiek Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the Superintendent of Schools, 304 S Webster Street, Calmar, Iowa, 563-562-3269 or email