We have something very exciting happening at Winterset Junior and Senior High Schools on Friday, Feb. 14. We are holding our first student conference – All You Need Is Love. This is modeled after a similar program Knoxville Schools began a couple of years ago in response to supporting student’s social and emotional learning. Kendra Alexander (Coordinator of Student Services), Jayci Kuhns (Social Worker) and Natalie Montross (Juvenile Court Liaison) have been working hard to put this dream into a reality for students in Winterset. The goal of All You Need is Love is to provide our students an opportunity to learn and talk about ways they can live a positive and fulfilling life.

The day will begin with a keynote speaker. We have an inspiring author, speaker, and cardboarder coming to Winterset from Missouri who has challenged tens of thousands of students across the nation to build a better world. Instead of focusing on all the things NOT to do, he talks to students about the fact that their lives are defined by the things we DO: the actions we take, the people we help, and the lives that we change. He will challenge students to think about the things they can do NOW to start living an incredible, world-changing story. The speaker tells us his number one mission is to constantly work on one thing: closing the gap between the way the world is and the way it could be.

After the keynote, students will be able to attend 2 break-out sessions. We asked our students what they wanted to learn about and then our community stepped up and volunteered to provide these sessions for students. There are 30 different choices ranging from Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships, The Dangers of Vaping, Yoga, Kindness Rocks, Finding Your Passion and Making a Living Doing It, Strengths Finder, Music Theory, Therapy Dogs, Positive Mindfulness, etc. 

We will have fun snacks and a special lunch for students as well. Local celebrities like our firefighters and EMT professionals will be helping to serve and mingle with students. We look forward to a positive and uplifting day for students and appreciate all the support from our community for this very special day for students. 

As always, all of us involved in the Winterset School District work daily to maximize areas of strength and address areas of need. As we work to continuously improve, we value your input. If you have feedback or ideas, do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail is smeade@winterset.k12.ia.us or I can be reached at 515-462-2718. Our Twitter accounts are @WintersetSchool and

@WintersetHusky; our Facebook account is Winterset Community Schools.