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.
Facilities & Transportation
In the early 1990’s it was determined that additional facilities were needed to accommodate the growing number of students. Therefore, an early childhood center was established in a tribal building located one mile from the main school building. In addition, portable trailers were stationed on the main school grounds to accommodate those classes and programs remaining at the main school building.
The completion of a new state of the art school building in 2001 brought everyone under the same roof. The new school building originally houses Early Childhood through 8th grade. Starting with the 2003/2004 school year, a grade was added each year until the 2006/2007 school year when presented the first class of graduating seniors. In the spring of 2007, construction of the Meskwaki High School began. Finished in the fall of 2009, grades 7 through 12 began in the new school.
An effective school facility is responsive to the changing educational delivery and provide a physical environment that is comfortable, safe, secure, accessible, well illuminated, well ventilated, and aesthetically pleasing.
High-quality school facilities support student learning, effective teaching, and efficient operations and administration.
349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339
Request for Use of Meskwaki Settlement School Facilities
Submit a completed Request for Use of Meskwaki Settlement School Facilities to the approrpiate school administrator for review.
School meals are healthy meals required to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines require schools to offer students a nutritious balance of fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk, whole grains and lean protein with every meal.
Food Service Director
National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted school meal program to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
If household earning is at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, legally responsible adults are encouraged to contact school to complete a school meal application.
Completed applications are reviewed by local school officials to determine eligibility.
The Meskwaki Settlement School Food Service Program creates and posts a menu monthly.
Estelle Buffalo — Federal Food Program Secretary
School nursing is the specialized practice advancing the well-being, health and safety, academic success, and life-long achievement of students through active collaboration with the student and family.
The Meswkaki Settlement School has procedures in place for sending and keeping children home from school when they are ill to make sure that children are given an adequate amount of time and rest to get well before returning to school, and to prevent the spread of germs to other children and school staff.
- Keep your child home from school when he/she has a fever of 100° (F) or greater and for 24 hours after the fever has gone away, without taking acetaminophen (Tylenol™) or ibuprofen (Advil™, Motrin™).
- Your child should stay home from school when he/she has diarrhea and/or vomiting and for 24 hours after these symptoms have occurred.
- If your child is diagnosed with a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics, he/she will need to be on the antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
- When your child returns to school after an illness he/she should be able to participate in the total school program including outdoor recess and physical education. Your child will be excused from outside recess and physical education after an illness only by a written recommendation from your family doctor or primary health care provider.
Please be sure the school has a telephone number where you can be reached in case your child becomes ill at school.
Diet Modification Request Form
Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students with dietary needs pertaining to a medical condition should submit to the Food Service Director or school nurse a completed Diet Modification Request Form.
Student Enrollment Health Requirements
Requirements for Newly Enrolling Students
All children newly enrolling in an Iowa preschool, elementary or secondary school are required to provide certain health records.
An immunization record is required by the Iowa Department of Public Health to enroll a child in preschool.
Preschool (EC-2 & PK-4)
Schools are required to give all enrolling preschool students’ parents or a legal guardian a student vision card.
All children newly enrolling are required to provide the school with a record of a dental screening performed by a licensed dentist, dental hygienist, nurse, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Dental, Lead and Vision Screening certificates may all be filled out by your Health Care Provider/doctor during your child’s school physical.
All children enrolling are required to have at least one lead test.
All children enrolling are required to have valid vision screening performed no earlier than 1 year prior to enrollment and no more than 6 months after the date of the child’s enrollment.
All children enrolling or enrolled in grade 3 are required to have valid vision screening performed no earlier than 1 year prior to enrollment and no more than 6 months after the date of the child’s enrollment.
All students entering 7th grade and above if born on or after September 15, 2000, shall have a one-time dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
Beginning the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter, students entering 7th grade born on or after September 15, 2004 shall have one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (A,C,W,Y).
All children entering grade 9 are required to provide the school with a record of a dental screening performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist.
Beginning the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter, students entering 12th grade born on or after September 15, 1999 shall have two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (A,C,W,Y); or 1 dose if one dose was previously received when the student was sixteen years of age or older.
Meskwaki After School Program
Meskwaki After-school Program
The Meskwaki After-school Program (MAP) and Summer School are funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Bureau of Indian Education. MAP goals include increasing student achievement, increasing family involvement, and providing a wide variety of engaging enrichment and cultural activities.
MAP serves students in first grade through twelfth grade who are enrolled by their parents. The program runs Monday through Thursday during the school year. There is no MAP on days when there is no school, school dismisses early, or on days of home athletic events or extracurricular activities beginning before 6 p.m.
Summer School serves students in Pre-kindergarten through grade 11 referred through test scores, Individual Education Plan, General Education Intervention, or teacher recommendation. Summer School focuses on reading and math remediation.
Summer School is in session Monday through Friday in June. Student hours are typically 8:30- 12:30 with breakfast and lunch served.
21st CCLC Coordinator
Prolific the Rapper and Brian Frejo, guest panelists for Standing Rock Awareness presentation
Students learning about, talking about and making art at Falconer Gallery.
Students work on computers during MAP.
Preparing students to be successful for the future requires a robust and flexible infrastructure capable of supporting new types of engagement and providing access to the technology tools that allow students to create, design, and explore. Building and maintaining a robust technology infrastructure begins with student learning goals and desired outcomes that support engaging and empowering learning experiences.
Help Desk (MSS Staff only)