THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS november 28 - december 2, 2016

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

Featured this week:

  • Colorado: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class with CMS 6th Graders!
  • Jefferson: Miss Williams' 3rd Grade Art Class (Mrs. Todd's Class).
  • Jefferson: American Education Week Balloon Launch!
  • Jefferson: Miss Williams' 5th Grade Art Students.
  • Madison: Perfect Attendance Award Winners!
  • Madison: 1st Grade Readers.
  • Mulberry: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • CMS: Social Studies Classes with special guest John Dabeet.
  • CMS: Blue Zones Tye-Dye Event.
  • CMS: Ms. Christenson's Environmental Action Club.
  • WMS: Mrs. Ortega's and Mrs. Plemmons' Science Class.
  • WMS: Mr. Kvapil's Computer Technology Class.
  • MHS: Mr. Thoma's Orchestra Students.
  • MHS: Mr. Muscatine 2016!
  • MHS: Bags of Blessings and MHS Work Experience Students.
  • District-wide Staff: Bridgestone/Bandag's Classroom of the Quarter Grant Recipient!


Gifted and Talented Students participated in Future Problem Solving Research Day at the University of Iowa's genetics lab. Students participated in genetic activities, toured the labs, and learned more about the study of genetics. Students from all seven elementary schools, Central, West, and MHS participated in this research day.

Learning about genetics at the University of Iowa.


On November 21, 2016, Mrs. Hines' kindergarten class celebrated Thanksgiving with their classroom family by having a class feast. Students helped in all the food preparations for turkey, stuffing, cornbread muffins, sweet potato fries, corn, and of course pumpkin pie!

Mrs. Hines' Kindergarteners' class Thanksgiving.

6th graders from CMS shared Leader in Me stories with Mrs. Yahn's 3rd graders!

Leader in Me with 6th Grade Buddies!


Mrs. Todd's 3rd grade class made it around their paint palette and earned a reward day in their art class with Miss Williams. They voted to draw and eats donuts!

Who knew art could be so tasty!

Jefferson staff and students participated in American Education Week by releasing balloons with messages about what students like about school and also drawings. Here is a video highlighting found balloons--some as far away as Michigan!

Jefferson 5th graders in Miss Williams' art class did the country Australia for their house for the holiday stroll.

Check out their display at the Holiday Stroll!


Madison students with perfect attendance for the month of November enjoyed a basketball game and dance party as an acknowledgment for their hard work!!

Congratulations Madison Students with Perfect Attendance!

Madison 1st graders love to check out books and read!!!

Readers are Leaders at Madison!


Students in Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing class took a field trip to the post office where they mailed letters and learned about the postal system. They then went to Fareway to purchase ingredients for their Thanksgiving feast and made their dishes for their feast back at school

Learning about the postal system and making goodies for the Thanksgiving feast!


John Dabeet, Muscatine School District Board member, had the privilege to present to four Social Studies classes today at Central Middle School. Civic work and voluntarisms are the two topics they discussed! Thank you Miss Elizabeth Negus for your hospitality! Great questions and great discussion!

School Board Member John Dabeet talks to CMS social studies students about volunteering and civic duty.

The Blue Zones Committee at CMS organized a tye-dye day. All students tye-dyed blue shirts for all future Blue Zones activities.

Central students are "blue" for Blue Zones!

CMS Students in the Environmental Action Club learned about native mammals and reptiles from special guests from Discovery Park.

Learning about mammals and reptiles from Dave Bakke.


Mrs. Ortega's and Mrs. Plemmons' science class learned about how the digestive system works by creating wearable models.

Learning about the digestive system.

Students in Mr. Kvapil's Computer Technology class will be participating in the Hour of Code next week! Also, students have been learning HTML, CSS, and now just starting Javascript in their coding classes.

WMS students learning about computer coding!


Four orchestra students represented MHS at the 70th annual Iowa All-State Music Festival. They performed Swan Lake, Claire de Lune, and a new piece written this year called Fullmetal. Pictured are Jack Eichelberger, Leticia Gomez, Dr. Jacob Harrison (director of the All-State Orchestra, and director of Orchestras at Iowa State University), Emily Fillmore and Lauren Kundel. They performed in the Hilton Coliseum in front of 4,000+ audience members, on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

Mr. Muscatine is a student council fundraiser that raised approximately $3000 in ticket sales and another $1407.05 through voting buckets. The buckets were passed around for students to put in money to cast a vote for their favorite contestant. The proceeds normally go toward the Student Council Food Drive, but this year they will be donated to a scholarship fund in honor of Micaela Brunson.

Seven senior contestants competed for the title and participated in fashion, talent, improvisational dance, and impromptu questioning. Four judges awarded points from one to five for each student and category. All contestants received a title but Kaleb Drawbaugh was crowned Mr. Muscatine for 2016! Other contestants included: Joe Bartling: Mr. Congeniality, Kole Beik: Mr. Moves, Evan Burkamper: Mr. Creative, Jacob Cawiezell: Mr. Entertainment, Nick Hilton: Mr. Talent, and Nolan Osland: Mr. MVP!

2016 Mr. Muscatine Contestants

The Bags of Blessings has moved. The Bags of Blessings project is a cooperative effort of Faith United Church with support from the Muscatine High School Work Experience Program and Muscatine School District’s elementary schools. The project that has been operating out of Madison Elementary School for the past four years is now being run out of Muscatine High School.

Bags of Blessing’s is currently providing 190 at-risk elementary students with a paper bag of food to take home on Friday to supplement their nutritional needs over the weekend. Faith United Church coordinates the efforts with logistical support coming from MHS Work Experience students and staff. The program is supported through generous monetary and food donations from the community.

Loaded and ready to go: Jim Westphalen (L) manager of Muscatine Fareway stands with Tyler Clark (c) and Elvis Palacios (R) next to one of the bi-weekly loads of food items headed for Muscatine High School to be processed for weekend delivery.
Taking Inventory: Katie Hanssen (L) and Erica Barajas (R) help Pat Mundel, Secretary at Faith United Church (C), with the initial inventory of food and stocking.
When you have 190 bags to fill with food items each week you have your work cut out for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the process. Laura Koch’s morning EBCE Work Experience class works in close quarters but are fast, efficient, and coordinated workers. The students are learning to count new and outgoing product, rotate stock, work on an assembly line, being accountable, communicate work needs, and social communication within a group.
Out for Delivery: Almost there as teacher Katie Zitzow holds the door for MHS seniors Dominick Jones and Tyler Clark as they roll the totes of bags up the ramp at Jefferson Elementary only one of many stops on Friday morning’s route.


MHS Instructional Coach Alison Anson and Math Teacher Gabe McDonald were awarded the Bridgestone Classroom of the Quarter Grant. The money from the grant will be used to purchase a Swivl camera. The Swivl will be used to videotape classroom lessons for students and professional development for staff. Congratulations Alison and Gabe!

Congratulations Alison Anson and Gabe McDonald!

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