This Week in Our Schools March 19 - 23, 2018

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

Featured this week:

  • District-wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: 2nd Grade Classes.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Rocco.
  • Jefferson Elementary: 5th Grade Future Problem Solvers.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Major Saver Top Sellers.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Principal of the Morning!
  • Madison Elementary: Dodgeball PBIS Award.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Ward's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mr. Stewart's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Holder's 5th Grade Art Students.
  • Madison Elementary: Hat Day!
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Scientists.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Willett's 4th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. McDonald's 5th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: 5th Grade Visits Art Museum.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Graders Visit Herbert Hoover Museum.
  • Central Middle School: Meet Lucky!
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Visit to the State Capitol.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Rauenbuehler's 9th Grade English Students.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Fire Island Robotics Team.
  • Muscatine High School:  Key Club.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA.



Clove Dental and Clark Orthodontics went to the 7 elementary schools in Muscatine and talked about oral health. They had the children draw and color a picture on what they learned. Then the two dental offices picked one child from each school that had the best picture and that student won a $25 gift card to Palms Movie Theatre. The overall winner received $200 for their school! Here are a few of the coloring contest winners! Congrats everyone!

Mia Torres, Madison School winner of Clark's and Clove's coloring contest called "Drawn 2 Smile."
McKenna Hogan from Mrs. Kiddoo's 1st grade class at Colorado.
Kadence Sywassink was "Drawn to Smile" coloring contest winner for Jefferson School,


Middle School students Emilio Bobay, Caleb Bettis, and Grant Valiant competed at the state MathCounts competition on Thursday held at DMACC. Congratulations to all three students!


Mrs. Hines' kindergarten class reached their PBIS goal of earning 400 pom poms! Students celebrated with a fancy lunch! We even had fancy restaurant music and dessert!


Mrs. Noll's First Grade at Colorado earned a Game Day in the gym as a PBIS reward. Students worked together to pass a ball using only their feet! They also had a relay race with balloons!


Colorado Second Graders participated in Dance Me a Story with the Quad Cities Ballet. They acted out Swimmy.


Mrs. Henderson's 2nd grade class enjoyed their time coming up with a dance for the book Swimmy. The Ballet Quad Cities did an awesome job encouraging their interpretations​​.


Grant's Therapy dog, Rocco, is hard at work!

Jefferson Elementary

Three fifth grade students from Jefferson will be competing at the state level for Future Problem Solving. The writing competition takes place in Ames on April 6th. Way to go!


Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing program hosted Adriana Graham on Thursday from the Quad Cities to do a Deaf girls mentoring group. She spoke about being born hearing and getting very sick with meningitis at age 3, then growing up in the mainstream setting before going to NTID for a business degree. She met her husband, had 4 children and now uses her degree and experience to care for kids on the arsenal. She emphasized resilience, surrounding with positive people and attending college. She spoke about Gallaudet as the main Deaf University (liberal arts) option along with NTID (for technology). She was kind, supportive, inspiring and a welcomed mentor for our students! We look forward to seeing more of her in the future!


Ten Jefferson students who were the top sellers of Major Savers cards enjoyed a ride in a Limo to enjoy a special pizza lunch at Happy Joes.


Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Graders received the Project Jack Grant. This project gives students an opportunity to "Pay It Forward" in any way the class choses. They have decided to give new pajama's, blankets, and stuffed animals to children who are homeless or in foster care. "We want to do something for these kids that will help comfort them in a scary and uncomfortable time."


Introducing Delany Hagens, Madison's Principal for the morning. Her favorite activity was visiting classrooms and recognizing students who were respectful, responsible, and safe.


Several Muskie Football players came to play dodgeball with our Madison Muskies as a PBIS reward for earning 2018 awesome tickets!



Ms. Ward's 2nd grade classroom finally won the attendance "A" award! Way to reach your good attendance goal!


Mr. Stewart's 3rd grade class is celebrating along with our whole school for 40 office referral free days! Hat day is always a great day!


Madison's 4th grade scientists "lit up" their classroom as they learned about electricity.


Mrs. Willett's 4th grade class also "lit up" their classroom as they learned how to transfer energy from the battery to the light bulb using wires.


5th graders in Ms. Holder's Art Classes at Madison worked on their ceiling tiles! Each fifth grade class leaves a part of their Madison Muskie legacy behind when they transition to middle school. The ceiling tiles are then placed in various locations throughout the hallways.


It's Hat Day at Madison Elementary this week thanks to an office referral-free week!! Way to go Madison Muskies!


Fifth Grade Students in Mrs. McDonald's art class were painting with monochromatic color scheme as a background for their cityscapes. Once the paint dries, they are adding a complementary color scheme for their cityscape. We're looking forward to seeing what they look like when they are finished.


The 5th graders at Mulberry went on a field trip to the Muscatine Art Museum to look at the Regionalism paintings in their collection. We got a great tour of the museum, did an art activity like a Grant Wood landscape, and looked at the collection by two contemporary artists currently on display. What a FUN and educational experience! We LOVED it!!


6th grade students at Central attended the play Heroes of the Underground Railroad at the Herbert Hoover Museum.


Lucky is a 6 week old male pot belly pig that is under the care of Terry Youngbauer and his students. Terry brings Lucky to school every day and cares for him over the weekend. He is a big hit with the students!


West 8th graders visited the Iowa State Capitol this week


Mrs. Rauenbuehler's 9th Grade English students are getting ready to read Romeo and Juliet by forming opinions, debating across the room, and rationalizing responses to real-life issues related to the play.


Last weekend, the MHS Fire Island Robotics Team competed at the Kansas City “Heartland” Regional. Team Fire Island ended up not making it out of the qualification rounds but still had a successful weekend. They received the Judges Award which is awarded to the team that the judging panel decided deserved recognition for community work and embracing the principles of FIRST. They demonstrated this to the judges by explaining their involvement in the community. In the last 18 months, Fire Island has started/mentored one First Lego League, four First Tech Teams, been involved in developing STEM in the school district, and successfully written grants to provide learning opportunities for both teachers and students.

Although they did not advance to the national competition, they are going to compete at the Cedar Falls regional (3/22/18 - 3/24/18) for another chance to advance to the national competition.


Three MHS Key Club members attended the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Convention and Leadership Conference this weekend. Saul Ocampo, Julia So, and Suzette Gonzalez did a fantastic job representing our whole club.

The MHS Key Club was recognized with several awards - a 2nd place trophy in Single Service for our Annual Talent Show as well as recognition for Kiwanis Family Relations, On-Time Reporting, Distinguished President (Saul Ocampo), Distinguished Vice President (Erika Ricketts), Distinguished Secretary (Allie Bishop), Outstanding Senior (Julia So), and Outstanding Sophomore (Marcos Bautista). Congratulations!!

In addition, Senior Saul Ocampo won the Sandy Nininger Award. This award is given to one senior from each district who, among other criteria: demonstrates a concern for others, respecting other students, and giving of him/herself to help others be better people. The Sandy Nininger Award is the highest award that can be given to a high school senior in Key Club. This is an incredible accomplishment for Saul and we are so proud!


It was a good day for the Muscatine FFA Chapter competing at District contests at Montezuma on Saturday, March 10th. Way to crew, congratulations! Now to prep for state.

  • Extemporaneous Speaking - Hannah Spies - 1st Gold advance to state.
  • Individual Ag Sales - Sarah McKillip - 1st Gold advance to state.
  • Job Interview - Alley Gray - 1st Gold advance to state.
  • Creed- Mckenna Riess - 3rd Gold advance to state.
  • Parliamentary Procedure - Deja Carter, Taylor Crane, Summer Neece, Andrew Van Nice, Alli Youngbauer - 4th Gold.
  • Prepared Public Speaking - Lexie Donath - bronze.
  • Radio Broadcasting - Kyle Tomlin - silver.
  • Manual Quiz - Alyssa Hall - silver.
  • Chapter Program of Activities - Pat Pendleton, Jorge Ocampo & Alexa Strada - Silver.
  • Middle School Ag Impact - Ava Daufeldt, Grace Williams, Jessie Salazar, Madi Scherer, Nate Beatty, Ashtan Hodges, Austin Wright - Bronze.
  • Middle School Ag CSI - Riley Webber, Bailee Williams, Gretchen Trego, Eve Millage, Cadee Oldfield - Silver.

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