This Week in Our Schools April 24-28, 2017 | mcsd communications

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

Featured this week:

  • Muscatine Preschool Alliance: Night of the Young Child.
  • District-Wide Students: Iowa Global Issues Problem-Solving State Bowl.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Wildly Successful Science Night.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor and Mr. Weber's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Kindergarteners, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade with Teacher Librarian Mrs. Bloomquist.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: 4th Grade TRIBES.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. DeVrieze's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Youngbauer's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Administrative Professional's Day.
  • Central Middle School: Gifted and Talented Students.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Monsanto Ag Safety Day.
  • Central Middle School: 7th Grade University of Iowa STEM Day.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Plemmon's Class.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade Monsanto Ag Safety Day.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Matteson's 6th Grade ELA Classes.
  • West Middle School: 7th Graders Participate in Day of Caring.
  • West Middle School: 7th Grade Toured University of Iowa.
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Chicago Field Trip.
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.
  • West Middle School: Mr. Hayes' 8th Grade Artists.
  • Muscatine High School: Future Problem Solving Teams.
  • Muscatine High School: Thoroughly Modern Millie!
  • Muscatine High School: FFA Envirothon.
  • District-Wide Staff: Admin Center Staff's Community Baby Shower.
  • District-Wide Staff: MHS Food Service Workers.


The Muscatine Preschool Alliance hosted a Night of the Young Child event on Thursday night. Preschool students enjoyed reading the book "The Pout-Pout Fish" and then participated in different activities connecting to the book.


Fourteen Future Problem Solving teams from Muscatine qualified to attend the Iowa Global Issues Problem Solving State Bowl on April 21 and 22. The students spent hours in a written competition, created and performed skits based on their action plans, and enjoyed a taste of college life on the Iowa State University campus. Congratulations for making it to the State Bowl!

The two MHS Future Problem Solving teams qualified for the state competition and received recognitions! Julia So and Rolando Garcia placed 6th in writing in the senior division. Brian Prussman, Lauren Lettington, and Sarah Oyervides placed 2nd in skit presentation in the middle division!


Mrs. Henderson's second grade class learned about saving money.


Jefferson Elementary held a Wildly Successful Science Night. They invited Becky Ortner from the Bettendorf Family Museum who developed 10 science stations for our families to learn together. MHS students also volunteered to help make the night a "wild science success!"


Mrs. Skidmore's kindergarten class learned all about eggs and waited very patiently for their classroom's eggs to hatch. It was worth the wait!


The 5th grade classes of Ms. Connor and Mr. Weber attended the Healthy Living Fair at the mall this past week.

Madison 5th Graders
A student holding a real brain from a sheep. Students also had the opportunity to see and touch the different parts of a sheep's eye.
A student is creating power by riding a bicycle with the help of Muscatine Power and Water employee Paul Burback.
This photo is of a student getting her heart rate monitored by a Muscatine Fire Fighter.


During their library lesson, Mrs. Bloomquist sent kindergarten, first, and second grade students on an egg hunt! They worked in small teams to find their eggs, and then had to unscramble the message inside. This activity definitely earned a lot of thumbs up!


Mrs. Strouf's 1st graders were learning about synergizing while also doing a S.T.E.M. activity where groups had to design a playground using unifex cubes. Then we practiced doing a gallery walk!


McKinley's 4th grade TRIBES meet every Wednesday at McKinley. TRIBES are groups of students that meet with a teacher to do team building activities and to create relationships.


Fourth graders in Mrs. DeVrieze's class braved the cold and went to Wildcat Den yesterday! We learned about our local history, experienced school in a one room building, learned how to grind corn into flour, and tried out some new tools. It was a great experience for all of us! ​


Students in Mrs. Youngbauer's 5th grade class had a great week! They held "biographies in costume" and then went to Wild Cat Den on a field trip.


McKinley staff and students love Mrs. Gaeta and Mrs. Shield! Here they show their appreciation during Administrative Professional's Day.


Gifted and Talented students at CMS have been working all semester to organize a community service project. The students researched trees native to Muscatine, collaborated with staff from Muscatine Parks and Rec., raised funds and purchased a tree, and finally, planted a tree at Brooke Street Park in recognition of Arbor day. After recent storms in our area, the students found a need to replant trees as a way to give back to our community that can be enjoyed for years to come.


This week sixth grade students from Central Middle School participated in Monsanto's Ag Safety Day. Students learned about protecting their bodies by making wise choices such as wearing safety goggles, turning down their earbuds, putting on a helmet when riding a bicycle or ATV, and always buckling their seat belts. In addition to learning more about how to be safe, students got to meet the Ag Center animals and enjoy a fantastic lunch. Thanks to the employees from Monsanto and to the high school ag students and staff for providing a great day of learning!


7th graders from Central Middle School went to the University of Iowa and participated in a STEM day. They met with doctors, geneticists, and held human organs! They also participated in a career day at Central Middle School. A variety of professionals came in and talked about their career- firefighters, police officers, bankers, hair stylists are only a few of the professions talked about!


Students in Mrs. Plemmons' class enjoy Dundee, West's new service dog, and having fun with Mrs. Bloomquist, West's teacher librarian.


6th grade students from West Middle School participated in Monsanto Safety Day at the Ag Learning Center. They rode pedal cars while wearing “drunk” goggles, learned about hearing safety, ATV safety, animal safety, and much much more!


Ms. Matteson's sixth grade ELA students were asked to wear their college gear along with their teachers this Friday. The classes discussed the importance of striving for a college degree, and they made lists of what they might like to major in and where they might like to go to college someday.


7th graders from West enjoyed participating in United Way's Day of Caring. They helped to clean Weed Park.


West Middle School 7th grade students toured the University of Iowa campus this week, learning about the different degrees offered, as well as the clubs, activities and sports students can participate in. Students also played a game of Jeopardy to test their memory about U of I facts they learned during a presentation.


West Middle School took forty-five 8th graders to the White Sox vs. Royals game in Chicago!


WMS 8th graders got to experience Washington D.C. as part of Close Up.


8th graders in Mr. Hayes' art classes at West used scale and made architectural models. Students chose their own buildings that they wanted to make. Model figures were added to help students see how scale models would look if real. Trees and background was added for effect also.


The MHS Spring musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie runs tonight, Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m., and tomorrow, Saturday, April 29 at 2 & 7 p.m.. Tickets available at the door for all performances! Box office opens 45 minutes before showtime! Don't miss seeing our talented student performers!


Muscatine FFA competed in the Envirothon April 23rd at Spring Brook State Park in Guthrie Center, Iowa. The competition consisted of hand-on tests in Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, Aquatics, and Soil Health.


The MCSD Admin Center staff participated in United Way's Community Baby Shower as part of their mission to support MCSD families and students. They collected a wide variety of needed baby items that will go to MCSA, Lutheran Social Services, and the Domestic Violence Shelter. Pictured below are a few of the staff who took part.


MHS Food and Nutrition Workers work hard to prepare meals for over 1,400 students at the high school. Year-to-date: 205,000 meals have been served at MHS!

Thank you to all who submitted pictures!

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