Meskwaki Elementary School

Success for All…Working Together

Preparing students to be responsible, independent life-long learners, preserving the language and culture of the Meskwaki Tribe.



On behalf of all staff at Meskwaki Elementary School, welcome!

Meskwaki Elementary School serves approximately 200 students throughout an average school year. Class sizes average around 11 students per classroom, allowing each student to receive much needed individualized attention throughout the school day. To assist the classroom teacher with individualization of instruction, almost every classroom has a teacher associate to help students succeed.

Students at Meskwaki Elementary School start their education in a rich and deeply saturated exploration of the Meskwaki language. The Meskwaki Tribe made a huge commitment to the language by funding the immersion program, which is an early childhood education program where only Meskwaki is spoken in the classroom. The 3-year-old Immersion classroom meets for half days, four days per week. There is a morning class that meets from 8:30-11:30 and an afternoon class that meets from 12:30-3:30. The teacher to student ratio in the EC Immersion classes are 1-4. This teacher to student ratio allows for high levels of student engagement, understanding, and interest during the course of a school day.

The 4-Year-Old Preschool Immersion classes step up the language curriculum into a higher level age appropriate curriculum. Students in the 4-year-old Preschool Immersion classes meet all day, from 8:25-3:25, five days a week. Although the number of students in these classes are higher, the teacher to student ratio continues at a level of 1-4. This continues to provide high levels of student engagement to support the Meskwaki Language.

As the mission and vision of passing on the language and the culture of the Meskwaki Tribe continues, students receive 60 minutes of language instruction per day in grades K-6. In addition to an extensive language program, Meskwaki Elementary School also offers a comprehensive K-6 academic curriculum with a multi-tiered system of supports for students. This system of supports includes special education teachers for grades K-2 and 3-6, one interventionist and a foundation room teacher for grades K-6.

Our students benefit from beautiful facilities, a very supportive Tribal Council, a deeply involved community, and a highly qualified and caring staff that are focused on what is good for students.

Paul Henely
Elementary Principal

Meskwaki Elementary School Highlights

• Meskwaki Language structured community nights
• Collaboration with Meskwaki Language Preservation Program
• State of the art P.E. program
• Student Leadership Team
• Mentorship Program
• Career and Health Fairs
• Multi-Tiered System of Support
• Close collaborative relationship with Meskwaki Natural Resources and all other tribal entities
• Communication: text, phone, and email parent/guardian informed of events and reminders related to our school
• As a yearly tribute to the Meskwaki Nation, Pride Week is celebrated in the Spring
• Gifted and talented program

The Meskwaki Elementary School Student & Parent Handbook is a guide for the policies and procedures under which the school operates.

Meskwaki Elementary School Handbook

2017-2018 School Calendar

2017-2018 School Calendar

Elementary School Hours

PK-6 8:25 AM – 3:25 PM (M – F)

AM EC Immersion 8:25 – 11:30 AM  (M – Th)

PM EC Immersion 12:30 – 3:25 PM (M – Th)

Supervision 8 AM – 3:25 PM (M – F)

MAP 3:45 – 4:45 PM   (M – Th)

Office 8 – 4 PM (M – F)

Wikesino-Akawabatisono (Be Safe) Kekinawattawino (Be Responsible) Ayawenetitake (Be Respectful)

Student and Parent Resources

Reflex is designed to help students of all ability levels develop fluency with basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. (see below for account information)


IXL is an immersive K-12 learning experience providing comprehensive content for math, language arts, science, and social studies. (see below for account information)


Keyboarding Without Tears teaches pre-keyboarding and keyboarding for students in grades K-5 with engaging lessons and activities. (see below for account information)

Keyboarding Without Tears

Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!


Learning Games for Kids contains songs for kids reinforcing important skills for preschool and elementary school kids.

Learning Games for Kids

Iowa AEA Online is a virtual library that provides access to high-quality, web-based resources for students, parents and staff.

Iowa AEA Online

Prodigy incorporates the math curriculum into a video game format appealing to students.


PBS Kids provides educational games and videos from “Curious George”, “Wild Kratts” and other PBS KIDS shows.

PBS Kids

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) features companion web sites for nearly 250 PBS programs and specials, as well as additional resources supporting learning.

Public Broadcasting System (PBS)

GoNoodle publishes popular educational mobile apps and online videos that focus on physical activity and interactive learning.


Math Connects, the current math materials for Meskwaki Elementary School, gives parents, students, and educators online access to the classroom materials at home. (see below for account information)

Math Connects

Treasures, the current reading, language arts materials for Meskwaki Elementary School, provides students, parents and educators necessary resources to promote reading learning. (see below for account information)


FunBrain provides educational math, grammar, science, spelling and  history games for kids of all ages.

Fun Brain

Sheppard publishes educational brain teasers, puzzles and activities for kids to play online.


Spelling City builds vocabulary, literacy, phonics, & spelling skills for elementary students.

Spelling City

Information is available from Michelle Phinney for sites requiring payment or account username and password.

Elementary School Staff

Early Childhood Immersion Program (3-yr Old: 1/2-day)
Pre-Kindergarten Immersion Program (4-yr Old: Full-day)
Second Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Language Program

Diahann Wanatee

Kindergarten-Grade 1

Vicki Bear

Amber Scabbyrobe

Grades 2-3

Jill Davenport

Grades 4-6

Wanda Lasley

Rose Wanatee


Megan Assenmacher-Umthun Music

Ben Blystone Instrumental Music/Music

Betty Kadner Art

Sarah Murphy (web) Physical Education

Special Education

Jane Applegate Grades 3-6

Susan Baker K-6 Foundation Room

Susan Bastidas Grades 3-6

Jennifer Gates Grades K-2

Julie Zuber Interventionst

Teacher Librarian

School Counseling

Dina Keahna

School Counselor

School Counseling Mission

The mission of the Meskwaki Settlement School Counseling Department is to support and empower all students to preserve their Language and Culture by addressing the intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of students to promote responsible, independent life-long learners.

To accomplish this mission, as a school community, we will:

  • Advocate for a safe, supportive, and growth-promoting environment for all students.
  • Promote self-awareness, appreciation of diversity, and a love of learning among students.
  • Teach skills such as anger management, problem solving, conflict resolution, active listening, and social skills.
  • Engage students in career planning and goal setting.
  • Celebrate student growth and achievement.
  • Involve families and the community in the school counseling program.
  • Collaborate with tribal support agencies, when necessary, in referring students and families to other helping professions.

Student Services

Occupational/Physical Therapist

The occupatoinal/physical therapist promotes student motor development and participation in everyday routines and activities that are a part of the education program.

Cynthia Campbell

Physical/Occupational Therapist

Mental Health Counselor

School-based mental health counselors help individuals work through personal, social and/or emotional issues.

Paul Daniel

Mental Health Counselor

Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists work with children with a variety of communication delays and disorders spanning from mild articulation delays to more complex disorders.

Kathy Baker

Speech Pathologist

Barb Koth

Speech Pathologist

Special Education Coordinator

The special education coordinator has oversight of programs that provide educational assistance to students with mental, psychological, learning, behavioral and/or physical disabilities.

Bonnie Lowry

Special Education Coordinator

Meskwaki Elementary School

1610 305th St, Tama, IA 52339

(641) 484-9990 (v)

(641) 484-3264 (f)

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