Image: FFA 2018 2019 Farm Safety

FFA 2018 2019 Farm Safety

Image: Student Council MS 2018 2019

Student Council MS 2018 2019

Image: Kristi Elsbernd Veteran's Day and Flag

Kristi Elsbernd Veteran's Day and Flag

Image: Harbor Freight Grant Melissa Ward

Harbor Freight Grant Melissa Ward

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Melissa Hageman Harbor Freight Award

Image: Girls Cross Country Seniors  2018-2019

Girls Cross Country Seniors 2018-2019

Image: 2018-2019 South Winn Swimmers

2018-2019 South Winn Swimmers

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Volleyball MS 2018-2019


South Winneshiek High School

203 W. South Street
P.O. Box 430
Calmar, IA  52132
Phone: 563.562.3226 Fax: 563.562.3228
Office Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.





High School Principal's Welcome

Welcome to South Winneshiek High School

South Winneshiek is a district that includes four towns within its borders:  Spillville, Calmar, Festina, and Ossian.  We have a rich agricultural environment and an economy that has direct ties to agriculture. Manufacturing is also present in Calmar.

Because of our close proximity, South Winneshiek High School has formed a partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) which allows our students to easily take college credit classes on campus (Examples of classes taken at NICC are:  welding, construction, automotive, drafting, job seeking skills).  Additionally, several of the SW teachers teach concurrent enrollment classes which gives our students both high school and college credit for these classes (Examples of concurrent enrollment classes are:  Composition I and II, General Biology I and II, Statistics, College Algebra, Customer Service, Psych of Human Relations, Public Speaking, Intor to Psychology, Calculus I, Precalculus, Principles of Agronomy, and others).  It is not unusual for a SWHS senior to graduate in the spring with both a two year NICC diploma and a SW high school diploma.  

This past school year it was figured that the graduating class who took classes at NICC or on campus for college credit since they were eligible to take these classes saved their parents $610,456.55 in college tuition costs.

Combine this year’s savings with last year’s saving, and the savings to parents was over 1 million dollars.

South Winneshiek students are definitely academic achievers.  Our academic success is measured by various assessment tools including IA Assessments and Measures of Academic Progress.  Seventy-five to 100 percent of our students tested on the IA Assessments were proficient in the areas of math, reading, and science.  Over 90 % of our students go onto post secondary institutions.

The South Winneshiek Warriors participate in the Upper Iowa Conference made up of the following schools: Central, Clayton Ridge, Eastern Allamakee, MFL Mar Mac, North Fayette Valley, Postville, Starmont, Turkey Valley, and West Central, This is a very competitive conference and, depending on the sport, has three different classes within it for state competition.  It is very rare that a conference school is not involved and competing in the state championship tournament or event. The South Winneshiek Athletic Boosters (SWAB) support all athletics at SW.

Our Fine Arts programs have earned many division one ratings in state competitions, and we have representatives at All State which is the most elite for various activities.  The SW Musical and play are well attended each year and play to a full audience.  FAB (Fine Arts Booster) supports all of the fine arts programs at SW.

South Winn’s Vision Statement says it all:  The Vision of South Winneshiek Community School District, with shared responsibility of school, home, and community, is to provide the best teaching and learning environment while developing skills needed to foster life-long learners.

It is my hope that you will enjoy the high school side of the website.  it will be enjoyable and provide information to help you recognize what South Winn has to offer.

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa

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. Nor in any of the CTE programs offered (Business, Agriculture, Information Services, Applied Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Services). There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator: Kris Einck (563)-562-3269 or email at South Winneshiek Community School District, 304 S Webster Street, Calmar, Iowa.