Meskwaki Settlement School

Success for All…Working Together

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


Dear Families,


We are incredibly excited to be past the half-way point here at Meskwaki Middle and High School for the 2016-17 term. Our year up to this point has been filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before!  We continue on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will continue to be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and many extracurricular clubs and activities, performing arts groups, and athletic teams certain to encourage our Warriors to be involved and stay connected!

During the 2016-17 school year, we will maintain and build upon and our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions, and continued excellence in education. Besides comprehensive Meskwaki language and culture classes, our faculty offers excellent opportunities for growth in all of the challenging disciplines your child will need to be a contributing member of the community moving forward.

Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. We invite and encourage students and parents to work in partnership with us to seize opportunities in all facets of our Meskwaki program.

We are experiencing a very positive and productive year together, and expect it to continue!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want . . . we need . . . and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Your active participation is key to the success of your young Warriors during his/her middle and high school years.

Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at Meskwaki. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises – about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities – as well as other events and happenings.

Again, we welcome you to Meskwaki Middle/High School and to our wonderful learning community . . . a place alive with much energy . . . enthusiasm . . . and a high standard of excellence! It is, indeed, a place where opportunities abound! Here’s to an AWESOME continuation of the school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day.

Thomas Barr, Ed S.
MS/HS Principal

Student & Parent Handbook

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

Student & Parent Handbook

2017-2018 School Calendar

2017-2018 School Calendar

MS/HS School Hours

Instructional 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Supervision 8 AM – 3:30 PM

Office 7:30 AM – 4 PM

Sett Gazette

The Sett Gazette is the student newspaper for the Meswaki Settlement School. The entire publication (articles, photos, organization, & editing) is created by students at the school, and is printed in-house at the school for circulation within the community.

Sett Gazette

Spring 2017

Winter 2017

Fall 2016

Middle School/High School Staff

Career & Technical Education

Jean Daleske Family & Consumer Science

Delonda Pushetonequa Business Education

Todd Robbins Industrial Technology/Pre-Apprenticeship

Heath Brown E2020

Fine Arts

Megan Assenmacher-Umthun Music

Ben Blystone Instrumental/Vocal Music

Julie Bousum Art

Physical Education & Health
Special Education
Teacher Librarian
Teacher Associates

Graduation Requirements

Definition of Credit

Courses which meet one period a day every day for one academic year are equivalent to 1 credit. Courses which meet one period a day every day for a semester are equivalent to .5 credits. Courses which meet alternate days/times are weighted to the time and frequency of the course.

Dual Credit

Students may earn credits towards High School graduation and college credit for courses completed at a 2 or 4 year college. Dual credit students and students with special circumstances may receive PE exemptions as determined by Administration. Dual credit courses must be approved through the Administration and are not to replace courses offered by the Meskwaki Settlement School.

Transfer Students

The amount of credit transferred from a school will be evaluated and awarded on a comparative basis by considering several factors. Administration will determine the amount of credit to be transferred, grade classification of the transferring student and any exemptions.

Required Credits

To graduate from the Meskwaki Settlement School a student must earn 28 credits. These credits must include a minimum of:


Credit Type Credits
English (Must include Native Literature) 4
Math 3
Science 3
Social Studies (Must include Government, Native Studies & U.S. History) 3
Language/Culture 4
P.E. 2
Electives 9


Special Considerations

Graduation requirements for students receiving special education services will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described in their Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Prior to the special education student’s graduation, the IEP team shall determine whether the graduation requirements have been met.

School Counseling

Rebecca Hohmann

Middle School/High School Counselor


The ACT test is a curriculum-based education and career planning tool for high school students that assesses the mastery of college readiness standards. Students have the option to take the ACT for the first time during the spring of their junior year. Student can then retake the ACT their senior year if they would like to try to improve their scores.

ACT Prep

ACT Registration

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is focused on increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.


American Indian Higher Education Consortium

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian higher education issues for the nation’s tribally and federally controlled colleges and universities.


Federal Application for Federal Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.


Meskwaki Nation Higher Education

The Meskwaki Higher Education Program seeks to achieve the highest, most diverse level of post-secondary education and training opportunities for the Meskwaki people.

Higher Education

Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education

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:

  • 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.
Individual Counseling

The school counselor focuses on helping students maximize their potential both inside and outside of the school. The school counselor assists students with personal, social, or academic concerns. The school counselor also helps students prepare for college and life after high school. The school counselor collaborates with parents, teachers, and outside professionals to promote a positive educational experience for each student. 

Group Counseling 

With parent permission, the school counselor provides group counseling for students that may benefit from connecting with their peers based on similar connections/experiences. The focus of groups is to empower students to make positive choices.

Four Year Plan

Each year the school counselor assists students in tracking their progress towards graduation. This process is intended to make students aware of the importance of their course work as well as motivate them to develop crucial skills that are needed for college success.

Virtual Job Shadow

Virtual Job Shadow helps students discover their interests and strengths so they are able to create a roadmap for future success. Through this process students create a portfolio online which starts with interest inventories which are used to guide further career exploration. Students then use online tools to explore different types of careers. Students will discover new careers that interest them as well as eliminate career choices that do not intrigue them. Students will connect careers to colleges and learn more about college requirements. Students will eventually build a resume and finalize a plan to follow during and after high school for future success.

Virtual Job Shadow

Job Shadow

The school counselor partners with the Iowa Valley Intermediary Program to connect students with job shadow experiences. With parent consent, students who are in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade have the opportunity to go to an on-site job shadow. During the job shadow students learn about the profession and have the chance to ask professionals questions about the career. Students are limited to two job shadows per school year.

Career and College Readiness

The school counselor assists students in college and career exploration, college and scholarship applications and help prepare them for the transition to college. School counselor partners with the Meskwaki Higher Education Program to ensure students will have support as they transition to college.

College Visits

Each year juniors and seniors have the opportunity to participate in multiple college visits provided by Meskwaki High School. Students typically visit a community college, a small four year college and a larger university within the state.

Iowa Regents Adminission Index

The RAI combines factors that strongly predict success at Iowa Regent Universities: Iowa State University, University of Iowa & University of Northern Iowa.

Iowa Regents Adminission Index



UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth.



Terra Rouge UNITY Resolution


Steadman Brown

Yvondra Buffalo

Stephanie Vest

UNITY Network Creed

As a member of the UNITY Network, I…

...accept spirituality as an important foundation for a healthy, balanced lifestyle;

...recognize that pride in my culture and preservation of my heritage give me strength and dignity;

...will be honest, understanding and respectful of the diversity and uniqueness of self, others and our environment;

...know the importance of refraining from the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs to maintain physical and mental well-being

in order to be a positive role model for present and future generations, and finally

...make a personal commitment to strive toward reaching my full potential.



Terra Rouge UNITY Creed


...will keep education a priority.

...represent our school and tribe with pride, honor and dignity.

...will present myself to community and public with pride, honor and dignity.

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 Middle School/High School

1608 305th St, Tama, IA 52339

(641) 484-9000 (v)

(641) 484-9090 (f)

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