This Week in Our Schools October 3 - October 7, 2016 | mcsd communications

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

Featured this week:

  • Colorado: Mrs. Schumaker's Kindergarten Students.
  • Colorado: 4th Graders Enhance Math Skills.
  • Colorado: 5th Grade Art Students.
  • Franklin: Ms. Holder's Kindergarten Art Students.
  • Grant: Mrs. Sitzmann's Kindergarten and Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Classes.
  • Jefferson: Students Participated in the Healthy Iowa Initiative!
  • Mulberry: Mr. Carlson's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry: Deaf Awareness Week Celebration.
  • CMS: Mrs. Rivera's Phys Ed Classes.
  • CMS: 6th Graders Prepare for JA's Biztown!
  • WMS: Mr. Yerington's Introduction to Acting Class.
  • WMS: Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • MHS: Mighty Muskie Football!
  • MHS: Mr. Klingborg's Welding Students.
  • MHS: Mr. Paul's Ag II Students.
  • MHS: Ag Students at District Soil Judging Contest.
  • MHS: Spanish Club.
  • MHS: Mrs. Baillie's Biology Class.
  • District-wide Staff: Bridgestone/Bandag Classroom of the Quarter Grant Winner!
  • District-wide Staff: October's Employee Recognition Awards!
  • District-wide Staff: Colorado's Fall Festival.


Firefighter Mike Hartman talked to Mrs. Schumaker's kindergarteners about the importance of his job and fire safety!

Kindergarteners learn about fire safety from one of Muscatine's finest!

4th grade students enhance their math vocabulary and reasoning through math games.

Learning can be fun with math games!

5th grade students at Colorado showcase their artwork!

Colorado art students.


Kindergarten students in Ms. Holder's art class at Franklin learned about different kinds of lines. They painted their 5 favorite types of lines on their paper. Next, they will mix the primary colors to fill in their white spaces.

Future artists at Franklin Elementary!


Kindergarteners in Mrs. Sitzmann's class and 4th graders in Mrs. Paul's class stared their D.E.A.L. (Drop Everything and Lead) buddies this past week. They did a fun "get-to-know-you" activity and then had a popsicle party! They love being leaders at Grant!

D.E.A.L. buddies at Grant!


Students at Jefferson elementary took part in a healthy walk this week as part of the Healthy Iowa Initiative.

Jefferson Bears walking for health!


Mr. Carlson's third grade class is studying structures of life in science. They are shown here observing and categorizing the growth stages of a bean plant as well as observing crayfish structures and behaviors.

3rd graders learning about life science at Mulberry.

This has been an exciting week at Mulberry for Deaf Awareness Week! Every class in the building was taught some sign language, learned about interpreters, and learned about the equipment our students get to use to help them hear better. Each morning students for morning announcements have been learning sign language to the Pledge of Allegiance. We wrapped the week up with a music video of Phillip Phillips "Home" in ASL by Deaf Film Camp. The Journal came to interview students and staff about our amazing program for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We are very proud and excited about the support, high expectations, and inclusion Mulberry staff and students have had for our students.

Mulberry celebrates Deaf Awareness Week!


Students in Mrs. Rivera's CMS PE Classes learned golf skills this week. The Iowa PGA (which local Golf Pro Steve Hutton is a part of) gave all the PE departments in the Muscatine Schools amazing new golf equipment to teach lifetime skills of golf to all our students. We are a pilot school program for this new equipment. Thank You Steve Hutton and Iowa PGA!

Students learn the lifelong skill of golf thanks to the Iowa PGA and local golf pro and PGA member Steven Hutton!

Central Sixth Graders Prepare for Biz Town! The sixth graders are preparing for JA BizTown. Students have been learning about the election process and a citizen’s responsibility to vote for elected officials. Today students heard mayoral speeches and voted for the candidate from each team that had the skills and leadership abilities to oversee their simulated BizTown community. Thank you to the auditor’s office for the use of the voting booths for our election process.

Students learn about the voting process while preparing for JA's Biztown!


At West Middle School students can sign up for numerous activities held Fridays during homeroom. Here students who signed up for Mr. Yerington’s “Introduction to Acting” class are practicing their improvisational skills by drawing a random prop and creating a scene with the prop. It was quite entertaining!!

Future actors and actresses at WMS!

West 6th Graders in Ms. Mullikin's Project Lead the Way Class: Energy & the Environment built solar ovens. (Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate with cooking, so we had to improvise, but we still enjoyed our s'mores!!) A huge thank-you to businesses in town that supported our project!! Sal Vitale's & Pizza Ranch donated pizza boxes. Domino's donated BOTH pizza boxes & pizza coupons to our competition winners. Thanks so much, the kids loved building & testing their ovens!!

Making solar ovens in 6th grade at West!

Students in Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing classes at WMS and MHS celebrated Deaf Awareness Week. Students gave presentations to their teachers and classmates about themselves and students and staff learned about hearing loss, famous deaf/hard of hearing people and good ways to communicate.

Deaf Awareness Week was celebrated at WMS and MHS!


The Muskie Varsity Football team had a big Homecoming win last Friday night! The Muskies beat Davenport North 52-7. The Muskies travel to Iowa City on Friday night to play the City High Little Hawks. Go Muskies!

Great job Muskies!!

Students in Mr. Klingborg's welding classes were able to utilize their classroom lessons into hands-on practice.

Welding students at MHS.

Ag II students in Soil Science class evaluated their soil pits.

Ag II Soil Science students getting the "dirt" on their soil.

Muscatine Ag students finished 5th in soil evaluation in district competition! Muscatine will advance to state this weekend, October 8, in Ames. There were 39 teams in the contest. Students had to judge four different pits and also take a written test.

Great job Ag students!

Spanish club members, along with Mrs. Kroll, MHS Spanish teacher, met at Las Lomas for some good food and Spanish conversation!

MHS Spanish Club Members.

Students in Mrs. Baille's Biology class created posters to show how the foods we eat give us energy to move, live and grow.

Students learning about food and energy in Biology.


Congratulations to Bandag Classroom of the Quarter Grant Winner Jessica Blanchard! Jessica Blanchard, Orchestra Teacher at Central and West Middle School, was awarded the Bandag Classroom of the Quarter Grant this week. Jessica will purchase auto tuners for students to use to tune their instruments when they come to class. This will not only incorporate technology but also save precious instructional time that was previously spent hand tuning instruments. Ms. Blanchard and her students were happily surprised when the committee came to present the award and can't wait to get started using the tuners.

Congratulations Jessica!


The district recently initiated and Employee Recognition Award program to recognize those employees who go above and beyond on a continual basis for students, staff, and parents. We are proud to introduce to you October's award winners!

Rachel Hansen, MHS Social Studies Teacher
Blanca Herrera, Paraprofessional at WMS.
Nancy Schuler, Building Aide at Madison.
Lisa McKee, Third Grade Teacher at Grant.
Patty Freese, Custodian and MHS.

To read more about these five individuals, select the button below:

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Colorado Elementary: Several volunteers help us gear up for tonight's Fall Festival. This event is made possible through family donations and countless volunteer hours. Thank you Colorado families! Your dedication helps make our school a success!

"It Takes A Village" is evident in our schools - especially at Colorado this week! Thank you volunteers for all of your hard work and dedication to our students!

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