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Katelyn Fritz Selected as Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Participant

Congratulations to Katelyn Fritz on her selection as a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship participant. Katelyn will attend Iowa State University in the fall, but this summer she is one of 23 students selected to work in the Philippines at the International Rice Institute.  Katelyn is an officer of the Southeast Polk FFA Chapter . . .

Physics in Sports

Students use multimedia platforms to explore how physics concepts are applicable in the real world

Students in Mrs. Whinery's high school physics class completed physics in sports multimedia projects about a sport of their choice, incorporating 4 physics concepts, 3 formulae, and solving for 2 equations to demonstrate their . . . read more

Students Recognized at Honors Assembly

Lexi Burrows, Freshman

Southeast Polk Senior High School held its annual Honors Assembly to recognize the achievements of outstanding juniors and seniors in the auditorium on May 12. Principal Steve Pettit began the assembly with a welcome speech that . . . read more

SEP Students Attend FFA Leadership Conference

by Matthew Eddy, High School Agriculture Instructor/FFA Advisor | May 1, 2015

Members across Iowa celebrated success when they gathered for the 87th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference on April 19-21 at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.    The Iowa FFA State Leadership . . . read more

The Freedom of Forgiveness

Harbor students learn about letting go

by Dan Kline, Harbor English Language Arts Teacher | May 1, 2015

Harbor students traveled to Ashton-Wildwood County Park to visit the Ashton Observatory on Thursday, April 16.  Students were there to view the night sky as they never had before, and had the opportunity to look through a powerful . . . read more

Assistant Principal Joel Schutte Elected to NAEA Board

April 28, 2015

High school assistant principal Joel Schutte was recently elected to the board of the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA). The organization provides advocacy and support for professionals who work in the field of alternative . . . read more

Students Recognized at 2015 High School Honors Breakfast

Jacey Huinker receives Bill Burch Humanitarian Award

by Julie Eslick | April 1, 2015

The Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Altoona was full of proud parents and students on the morning of March 27, as the 2015 High School Honors Breakfast commenced. The annual breakfast honors 40 seniors , 30 juniors , 20 sophomores , and 10 freshmen . . . read more

Civility and Argumentative Claims

HS students learn about argumentative claims using an online forum

March 8, 2015

High school students in English II are currently working on an argumentative writing unit. This unit teaches students to write an argumentative claim, acknowledge opposing claims, and support their claim with credible sources. Teacher Amy . . . read more

SEP Students Represent and Advance at State DECA

by Carol Von Tersch, High School Instructional Coach | March 1, 2015

The following students competed in an individual event in which they took a 100-point test and then completed two role-play scenarios with two different judges over their competition area. Those placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd earned the right . . . read more

Students Learn about Writing with Regional Color

Author J. Harley McIlrath visits high school English class

March 1, 2015

On Tuesday, January 27, students in the 11 th grade American Experience English class were treated to a special guest speaker. J. Harley McIlrath visited with students about his experiences as an author. Part of the discussion focused on the . . . read more

DECA Students Represent SEP at Competition

by Carol Von Tersch, High School Instructional Coach | February 1, 2015

On January 16, 2015, 52 students from Southeast Polk competed in the District 3 DECA Competition. Students participated in one of 10 events and then completed a role-play scenario with a judge over a given business scenario.  Of the 52 . . . read more

More Than a Trend

SEP High School weaves promising futures with textiles and design classes

by Julie Eslick | January 1, 2015

Interweaving technology, history, and more, the fashion industry has become a complex textile vital to the modern world. At Southeast Polk High School, Ms. Aimee Marasco’s textiles and design courses are preparing students for future . . . read more

HS Health Careers Class Visits Des Moines University

by Mary Owens, High School CNA Teacher | January 1, 2015

On Tuesday, December 2, the high school students enrolled in the Health Careers Academy had an experience they will never forget.  Students traveled to Des Moines University and were provided with some very unique hands-on learning . . . read more

Fishing for Knowledge: High School Students Raise Barramundi

by Julie Eslick | December 1, 2014

Aquaculture and agriculture – these words have a similar meaning, but we all know that “aqua” relates to water. So what are two Southeast Polk High School ag students doing that brings up the word “aquaculture”? . . . read more

HS Students Learn about College Writing Expectations

by Julie Eslick | December 1, 2014

This November, students of college prep writing classes at Southeast Polk High School had the opportunity to learn about college life and what it takes to succeed in college writing classes when Iowa State University Professor Christiana . . . read more

2015-16 High School Registration Guide is Now Available

November 25, 2014

The 2015-16 High School Registration Guide has been approved by the school board and is now available for viewing. Click here to view the guide.     Please see below for highlights:    Current . . . read more

Instructional Model Takes Shape at the High School

by Carol Von Tersch and Katie Henry | November 11, 2014

With the school year quickly approaching the end of the first semester, the teacher leadership model has rapidly made an impact.  With over 2000 students and 120 teachers, there are great things happening at the high school every period . . . read more

NCRC Exam Predicts Workplace Success for SEP Students

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) - Results from Spring 2014 Pilot

October 3, 2014

Seventy-five (75) students in Business, Health Occupations, and Agriculture Education took the National Career Readiness exam at Southeast Polk High School in the Spring.   The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a . . . read more

Student Driver Permit

Minor School Permit

Student Driver Permit applications begin in the front office of the high school.  Students must bring their Driver Education Certificate and current permit to the office.  We have the DOT forms and will also generate the necessary . . . read more

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