October 1 - 5, 2018 THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOL

Scroll down to see our students and staff in action This Week in Our Schools!

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide: Belin-Blank Center's Recognition Ceremony.
  • District-Wide: Deaf Awareness Week.
  • Franklin Elementary: CountFast Math - First Grade.
  • Franklin Elementary: Recess Fun.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Reed's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Campfire Reading Fun!
  • Madison Elementary: MakerSpace.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Zitzow's 2nd Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Hill's Art Students.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Johnson's Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evans' Preschool Class.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Denton and Mrs. Ness's ELA Class.
  • Central Middle School: TAG Performing Arts Students.
  • Central Middle School: Mr. Edkin's Design and Modeling Class.
  • Central Middle School: Mr. Edkin's Robotics Class.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade JA Biztown.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Joslyn's 8th Grade Science Class.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Avenger Superstars of the Week!
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Duran's EL Class.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade JA Biztown.
  • Muscatine High School: Speech and Debate.
  • Muscatine High School: WQAD's Good Morning Quad Cities.
  • Muskie Sports
  • District Staff


Numerous Muscatine students were recognized at University of Iowa's annual Belin-Blank Center Recognition Ceremony for exceptional scholars on Sunday afternoon, September 30. Congratulations, Muskies, for stretching yourselves academically! And congratulations to the teachers you chose to honor for making a significant impact on your learning.

Muscatine High School Awarded School of Distinction

The Muscatine Community School District was also recognized at this ceremony as a School of Distinction and as one of the top 25 schools in the Iowa Advanced Placement Index. The School of Distinction designation was earned by the district for recommending students for many extended learning opportunities and for a continued commitment to the professional development of teachers. The Iowa AP Index recognizes school districts who provide a high level of advanced placement opportunities to students.


Deaf Awareness Week was last week. Here are a few more photos showing student and staff support!


Franklin first graders learn to play CountFast during a number talk. Students enjoy playing CountFast by ordering numbers as fast as they can!

Mrs. Freolich's 1st Grade Class
Ms. Wolf's 1st Grade Class


Students at Franklin enjoyed new playground soccer and basketballs donated by Wesley Church.


Mrs. Reed’s 3rd grade class celebrated meeting their attendance goal of 97% for the month of September. Great job students!


Outdoor Education Day! Students participated in nature hikes, fishing, canoeing, Native American games, storytelling, furs and exploration of the nature center. They also enjoyed sharpening their saw by eating with friends outside!Thanks to all the volunteers working at the Discovery Center to make our Outdoor Education day a great experience for all of us!


Madison students celebrated with "campfire" reading this week when we filled our buckets with awesome tickets!

First Grade


Students are enjoying the new MakerSpace at Madison! Below is a student testing out a robot that he put together!


Second graders in Mrs. Zitzow's class are working on our community during morning meeting. We made a class web while greeting each other. We also read Flat Stanley to review skills and made our own flat friends to send out. We can't wait to see what fun places they go!


Students in Mrs. Hill's art class worked on their fall leaves with oil pastels.


Students in Mrs. Johnson's class had fun at Wilson's Apple Orchard this week, played music on the xylophone, and got to spend time with Winnie.


Preschoolers in Mrs. Evans' class learned about the letter “m” and the sound it makes. We made mini muffins! We walked to the kitchen after mixing them up and watched them go in the oven. We will eat them at snack.


In Ms. Denton and Mrs. Ness's ELA class, we learned about the revision process using Social Media Stations. The students corrected the grammar in text messages, tweets, and Instagram posts before finishing their Fictional Narrative paper.


Talented and Gifted performing arts students from Central Middle School attended the Turtle Island performance on Wednesday. Students had an opportunity to experience music enrichment and learn techniques in impromptu composing and performance.


Students in Mr. Edkin's Design and Modeling class are using manipulatives to learn how to design in both 2-D and 3-D.


Robotics students in Mr. Edkin's class are building drag racers and pull toys. The video shows one of our drag racers.


All of the sixth grade students at Central Middle School have been busy this week preparing for BizTown. BizTown is a simulated town where students perform all the jobs and responsibilities required for a successful community. Below are pictures of students giving mayoral speeches and students exercising a civic responsibility of voting for the mayor of BizTown, an important role for next week's simulation.


Eighth grade science students in Mrs. Joslyn's class designed safety features to protect their passenger, Humpty Dumpty (an egg) in a head-on collision with an egg, Hot Wheels cars, track, and a concrete block.


Congratulations to Central's 6th Grade Avengers Superstars of the Week. They show superhero attitudes and actions in the both the classroom and outside of the classroom.


Students in Mrs. Duran's EL class at West Middle School enjoy new sensory bands on their chairs.


Mrs. Larson, Ms. Schumaker, Miss Sommer, and Mrs. Stutzel's 6th grade Purple House from West Middle School, explored the world of JA Biztown Thursday. Students worked hard to earn money that was used to buy goods from various businesses. It was an excellent learning experience about being productive members of a community.

On a much needed lunch break!
The most profitable business, The Sports Shop sold out of inventory.
Quad City Times Newspaper employees hard at work.
Taylor and Ethan casting their votes.
DJ Jazzy Jared at the radio station.
Variety Shop
Mailman Extraordinaire and JA Citizen of the day, LJ.
Mayor Matthew being inaugurated.
Agriculture Center employees.


The Muscatine HS Speech and Debate team has earned significant recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association. Students earn points and degrees in the association's honor society based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

The Muscatine chapter achieved a total of 100 or more degrees last year ranking among the top 20% of schools nationwide and earned membership in the Association's prestigious 100 Club. This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills - including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization. Congratulations Muskies!


MHS students got up bright and early on Friday morning to be featured on WQAD Channel 8's Good Morning Quad Cities segment! Students had to arrive before 5:30 a.m. Over one hundred students, the band, pom pon, and cheerleaders attended and showed their Muskie Spirit!


JV Boys Cross Country

JV beat DeWitt this week! Go Muskies!


Congratulations to MCSD's October's Outstanding Employees! Employees are chosen for going above and beyond on a continual basis for students, staff, and parents. Parents, staff, community members, and students can nominate an employee at any time.

Austin Kinsey - Language Arts Teacher at MHS
Jacque Young - Special Ed Para at Madison
Mackenzie Strouf - Instructional Coach at Grant Elementary
Tanise Colvin - Assistant Principal at CMS
Debbie Stoube - Special Ed Para at Jefferson Elementary

To read more about these outstanding employees, go to:

To nominate a deserving employee, go to:

Thanks to all who submitted pictures this week!

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