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Friday, September 03 2010 09:29

 

 

Jerrad was honored by WJHS Principal Curt Mayer for his positive contributions in school. He was nominated by Bill Huisenga for being a positive role model by welcoming and assisting a new student to WJHS. Jerrad will have his referral and picture placed on the WJHS board outside the office and received a slice of pizza coupon donated by Casey's. Congratulations, Jerrad!

 
2nd Grade Parent Orientation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 01 2010 08:00

On August 31, 2010, the 2nd Grade Team held a Parent Orientation Meeting.  Parents were introduced to the team members, all school procedures were explained, the Character Counts program was described, Title 1 services were discussed, and  a curriculum overview was given, as well as 2nd grade expectations.  All parents were invited to visit their child's classroom, and each teacher spoke with parents about specific procedures in her own classroom.  Parents completed a survey giving many positive comments about the evening.

 
Welcome Back PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 26 2010 10:26

 
Junior High Cleared for Classes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 23 2010 08:54

The Junior High has been cleared for classes beginning on Tuesday.  The district will isolate the stage area in the gym for future remediation, but it has been determined that the building is fine for students to attend classes.    Thanks to all for their cooperation on this matter.

 
School Expenses May Qualify for Tax Credit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 19 2010 10:55

With the arrival of August, families with school-aged children are paying school registration fees and starting to buy school supplies.  “Save those receipts!  The State of Iowa offers an income tax credit equal to 25% of your costs for qualified K-12 education expenses,” according to Mary Weinand, ISU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist. Examples of qualifying expenses:  school registration fees, required school supplies, and fees for extra-curricular activities.   The expenses must be related to coursework and activities at an accredited school.  Driver’s education fees qualify if they are paid to the school.  Expenses that do NOT qualify include: school lunches, transportation, and clothing for everyday wear


The tax credit is limited to $250 for each school-aged child, so qualifying expenses up to $1,000 per child can be included.   Weinand acknowledges that “the typical elementary-aged child in public school is more likely to have expenses of around $100,” but adds that if a family has two children, each with school-related expenses of $100, then the family will be eligible for a $50 tax credit.  The simple task of keeping track of school expenses will add $50 to their tax refund.  “Most families will find that it’s worth the small effort involved.  I don’t know very many people who would walk right past a $50 bill they found on the sidewalk!” quips Weinand.  She adds that as students move into high school, many will have larger school-related expenses, making the tax credit even more valuable to their families.


Weinand points out that there are some fine distinctions between expenses that qualify for the tax credit and those that do not.  For example, required clothing for extra-curricular activities can also be included, IF it is not suitable for wearing elsewhere.  With that in mind, football shoes qualify for the credit because the cleats make them inappropriate for anything other than football.  However, basketball shoes can be worn elsewhere, so they do not qualify.

For more information about the tax credit, and which expenses qualify, contact the Mary Weinand, Family Resource Management Program Specialist, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 319-385-8126 for a fact sheet that describes the details.

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