October 22 - November 2, 2018 THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS

Scroll down to see our students and staff in action This Week* in Our Schools! (*two-week edition due to parent-teacher conference week)

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide Students: 5th Grade Orchestra.
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Colorado Elementary: Halloween Fun!
  • Colorado Elementary: Raffle Ticket Winners.
  • Colorado Elementary: K-9 Unit Demonstration.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Meyer's EL Students.
  • Grant Elementary: Leader in Me - Sharpening the Saw.
  • Grant Elementary: Miss Michelle's 4 year old Preschool Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Brewer's Begindergarten Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Thompson's 1st Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Halloween Parade!
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Stych's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mr. Loos' 3rd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's 3rd Grade Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
  • Madison Elementary: National Unity Against Bullying Day.
  • Madison Elementary: Madison's Maker Space.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Halloween Fun!
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Luna's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Pedersen's 2nd Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Phelps' 5th Grade Yoga Students.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Haag's Class.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Avengers Superheroes.
  • Central Middle School: Gifted and Talented Students.
  • West Middle School: Fall Band Concert.
  • Muscatine High School: Academy Students.
  • Muscatine High School: National FFA Update.
  • Muscatine High School: FAFSA Night.
  • Muscatine High School: Model United Nations.
  • Muscatine High School: World Language Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Drama Presents: "The Matchmaker."
  • Muscatine High School: Student Council's Annual Canball Tournament.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Hennes' and Mrs. Clark's Physics Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Government Students Participate in Straw Poll.
  • Muskie Sports
  • District-Wide Staff:



5th Grade orchestra had their first rehearsals this week. These beginners are perfecting their pizzicato technique and are starting to play with their bows. Looks like an excellent group of hard working kids!


Parents as Teachers had fun learning about BATS this week at the Environmental Learning Center!



Fifth graders got in the Halloween spirit by dressing as their favorite book character!

Colorado held their annual Halloween Parade this week!


The theme of this year's Colorado Fall Festival was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Students who met their raffle ticket goal and the top 25 sellers got to dump food on Principal Price's head at the assembly in front of the whole school.


The Muscatine County Sheriff's and Muscatine Police Department's K-9 units gave a demonstration to Colorado students this week.


Kindergarten EL students in Ms. Meyers' class learned about pumpkins! Students were able to look, feel and smell all the different parts of a pumpkin. 4th grade EL students in Ms. Meyers' class made a jack-o-lantern. For most of them, it was their first time making a jack-o-lantern!


Students at Grant practice Leader in Me activities daily at school and at home! Below are students who practiced Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw based on the principle of renewal, continuous improvement, and balance.

Rocco and friend hang out while waiting for a band lesson!
This Grant student Sharpened his Saw over the long weekend and painted a "Grant Muskies" pumpkin!


Miss Michelle's 4 year old preschool class from Grant took a field trip to the Red Barn Pumpkin Farm last week. The students took a hayride, went through a corn maze, hurled corn cobs with water balloon launchers, played with a parachute, played in the corn box, and went through a hay bale maze. When they returned to school, they carved a jack-o-lantern out of a pumpkin they got at the farm. A great time was had by all.


Mrs. Brewer’s begindergarten class had a great time painting pumpkins, playing pumpkin ring toss, and celebrating Halloween!


The First Graders in Ms. Thompson's class at Grant studied music this week, and they celebrated by learning about and building their own ukuleles! Rock on first grade!


Grant students participated in our annual Halloween Parade where they got to show off their costumes to their friend and family!


Second graders in Mrs. Stych's class took part in Halloween STEM activities this week.


Jefferson 3rd graders in Mr. Loos' class went to Muscatine Art Center to see Springs Sprockets and Pulleys and studied static electricity to learn more about physical science.


Mrs. Story's 3rd Grade Deaf and Hard of Hearing students enjoyed Jefferson's Fall Festival and experimenting with bugs in Mr. Loos' class.


October 24th was National Unity Against Bullying Day. In support of the cause, Madison staff and students held Madison Muskie Unity day with our Madison Muskies A.B.C. (Anti-Bully Club) where students wore orange and teachers purchased Kindness shirts to wear.

The A.B.C. crew also handed out orange ribbons to all students/staff in honor of Unity day.


Madison Families enjoyed working together in Madison's new library MakerSpace during parent-teacher conferences. They had many choices of activities including a crafting station, cardboard construction, Virtual Reality, coding, magnetic blocks, Snap Circuits, Legos and our Dash Robot. Thanks to the many families who stopped in to check out our space!

Students in third, fourth and fifth grade at Madison christened their Library Makerspace by taking on the Impossible Paper Challenge. Together they persevered and experienced multiple failures before ultimately succeeding . Click on the link below to try it yourself!


Mrs. Poppe's 5th graders have been working on the Stem Scope: Observing Stars in the Sky in science class. Each student was able to create a diagram of five stars in the sky to show their distance to Earth. They also had a great time celebrating Halloween and participating in Madison's Halloween Walk!


Halloween fun was had by all, students and staff!


Mrs. Luna’s 1st grade class celebrated Franken-Friday on October 19. Students played math games, made Frankenpudding, and described their pudding using adjectives and their 5 sentences. Students also participated in the costume parade!


Students in Ms. Pedersen's 2nd grade class were busy this week working with CountFast Math, STEM activities with pumpkins, Halloween festivities!


5th grade students enjoy practicing yoga in Mrs. Phelps' yoga classes.


Students in Mrs. Haag's class at Mulberry enjoyed their Halloween party this week.


Congratulations to Central's 6th Grade Avengers Superheroes of the week!


Many of the Central GT students participated in the International Day workshop sponsored by the Stanley Foundation and the University of Iowa. Students learned about the third declaration in the Declaration of Human Rights: Freedom from Discrimination, as they also acquired skills directly related to GT standards in leadership and cultural competence.


West Middle School held their annual Fall Band Concert last week during Tuesday night conferences. Students could dress up in their Halloween costumes for this concert!


MHS Academy students helped keep Muscatine beautiful by walking the trail at the YMCA and collecting garbage and gave back to the community by helping tear down displays at Stinky’s House of Horrors!


MHS senior students and their parents attended FAFSA night this past week! FAFSA night allows parents and students to work on and complete their child's FAFSA application for student aid for college. This moves them one step closer to attending college next year! Congrats to those students who finished their FAFSA!


Five Muscatine FFA members attended the National FFA convention held in Indianapolis, IN this past week. Over 65,000 FFA members, advisors, and parents were in attendance from every state in the nation. Though the convention did host major happenings such as Garth Brooks in concert and President Trump making an appearance, the Muskie's missed both those events while there.

Lane Miller was the State FFA talent show winner singing and playing guitar and still had to submit a video application in for the talent committee to view. Only a certain percentage are selected to compete at the National Convention. Lane was selected and performed in the first round on Tuesday, where he advanced to round 2 and narrowed him down to being among the top 15 in the nation. The talent was incredibly tough, and unfortunately Lane did not make the top three, but he did get a chance to play again on Friday and had a lot of positive recognition. As the event was broadcasted on RFD-TV and live-streamed by many across Facebook, Lane's talent has now been heard across the nation.

The Ag Mechanics team who represented the state of Iowa, as the champion team from the summer competed in a very tough contest where they did a variety of activities from electrical work, to welding, team problem solving, to surveying, troubleshooting a tractor, and more. All the team members rated silver individually with a team rating of silver and earning 22nd overall team in the nation.

The freshman that attended National FFA Convention learned about contests, activities and leadership opportunities FFA offers on the way to convention Wednesday before attending the opening session and hearing the keynote speaker. Thursday they took a tour of the national skills contests, visited "The Blue Room" where they learned about agriculture's plan to feed the world by seeing some of the latest and greatest in agricultural technology and meeting the companies behind it. They interacted with businesses and colleges in the trade show, watched Lane perform in National Talent before sitting in on Session 4 and listening to the Stars Over America presentation. Friday they walked through more of the trade show, attended Creed Speaking and Conduct of Meetings finals and then toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday morning they toured Fair Oaks Dairy, a farm that milks over 37,000 dairy cows on 11 sites and also runs approximately 8000 pigs. They have their own product line and restaurant where they feature many dairy products they make. The biodigester naturally processes in the new or collecting the methane which in turn is used to help power the entire operation.

It was a great time of competing, learning, and growing. All the ag teachers are proud of the students for representing Muscatine in the state of Iowa in such a positive manner.


Last week, Model United Nations students attended the Iowa Youth Symposium at the State Capitol in Des Moines. The event coincided with the celebration of International United Nations Day. There were 21 schools represented by over 250 students from around the state of Iowa. Students wrote resolutions on four pressing global issues: the protection of consumer data, the crisis in Yemen, plastic waste, and the longevity crisis. Their resolutions will be passed on as policy recommendations to the UN headquarters in NYC.

Oustanding Delegates: Hannah Pautz and Kristen Schlawin. (Photo Credit: Mercedes Smith)
Twenty-one delegates from Muscatine High School attended the general session of the symposium.
Members of the Economic Committee discuss their actuating clauses during their caucus time. (Photo Credit: Mercedes Smith)
Raquel Navarrete works with her fellow committee members in the House Chambers. (Photo Credit: Mercedes Smith)
Fourteen students were recognized as outstanding delegates in our Southeast Iowa Regional and attended the first day of the symposium.


World Language students in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish visited the University of Iowa where they learned about majors & minors in the languages, study abroad opportunities, and how to earn credit for the language courses they’ve already taken in high school. They spoke with a professor in their language, toured campus and a dorm room, and ate lunch in the dining center.


The MHS fall play cast is hard at work on their upcoming production of The Matchmaker, a comedy about love, money and the love of money! Don't miss it! Next Friday and Saturday, November 9 & 10 at 7 pm in the MHS Auditorium. $6 - Tickets sold at the door! Student Activity Passes accepted.


On November 1st, Student Council's Annual Canball Tournament was held. Nine teams battled for the title in the 3-hour volleyball event. The winning team, "Let It Grow", consisted of nine seniors. Proceeds from the event, 116 canned goods and over $300, will be donated to MCSA.

Back Row Left to Right: Carson Borde, Tanner Niehaus, Tom LoBianco, Cooper Zeck, Brennan Broders, Will Zillig; Front Row Left to Right: Eddie Treiber, Coach Nathan Diercks, Carson Orr

Students in Mr. Hennes' and Mrs. Clark's Physics Class calculated velocity based on their rollercoasters. They also made motion maps out of playdough to represent the velocity and acceleration based on their velocity-time graphs.


Government students in Mr. Foxen's and Mr. Acord's classes participated in the Iowa Straw Poll on Tuesday, October 30th. Nearly 40,000 votes have been tallied in Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Fall 2018 Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Although some results continue to trickle in, Secretary Pate projects Kim Reynolds the winner in the gubernatorial race. Rod Blum, Christopher Peters, David Young and Steve King are the projected winners in Iowa’s four congressional races, respectively. Muscatine High School's results are:



This past weekend the girls' swim team participated in their sectional meet. They ended the meet with Abby Lear qualifying for state in two individual events: 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. The 400 freestyle relay team of Abby Lear, Hope Reichert, Sarah Schoer, and Jillian Hilbrant also qualified for state. The State Swimming/Diving Meeting will be held Nov. 2 & 3 at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA. Congratulations MHS Girls' Swim Team and Good Luck at State!

State Swimmers(pictured): Abby Lear (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay) Hope Reichert (400 freestyle relay), Sarah Schoer (400 freestyle relay), Jillian Hilbrant (400 freestyle relay).


Check out the highlights from the Muskie's last football game against Davenport North!



West Middle School Principal Chris Nienhaus, Franklin Elementary Principal Julie Stoneking, Maintenance/Custodial Supervisor Jeff Miller (aka Spider Man), and elementary physical education teacher Nathan Randleman went Over the Edge for Special Olympics and Big Brothers/Big Sisters! Each participant had to raise $1,000 in order to face their fears by rappelling off a building in downtown Muscatine.


Colorado staff had so much fun dressing up as different book characters for Halloween!


Franklin staff got into the Halloween spirit by dressing as the 7 dwarfs!


Mulberry's PTO hosted a Staff Halloween Costume Contest on October 31st. Students voted and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible were our grand prize winners. Mr. Carlson was dressed as Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Haag dressed as Mrs. Incredible. Mulberry Elementary had a fun Halloween day!


WMS staff participated in a team building scavenger hunt on Monday. Two of the challenges were to do 10 laps around the gym on a scooter and make 5 three point shots and 10 free throws!


The bus drivers want to thank everyone for a great start to the school year!

7 Habits Training

CMS, Mulberry, & McKinley staff participated in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training during teacher inservice on Monday. It was an awesome day of having teachers focus on themselves!

A big THANK YOU to all who submitted pictures for this week's edition!

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