This Week in Our Schools April 16-20, 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. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: 4th Grade Junior Achievement.
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Day.
  • Grant Elementary: Miss Dindinger's Begindergarten Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Kulland's Kindergarten P.E. Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Celebrating Student Leaders.
  • Jefferson Elementary: 5th Grade Music Students.
  • Jefferson Elementary: 5th Grade Project Jack Grant Award.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Student Talent Show.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Annual School Carnival.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students and ASL/Bilingual Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Randleman's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Miss Bean's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Johnson's Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Pedersen's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: 5th Grade MathCount Winners.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Ag Safety Day.
  • Central Middle School: Mr. Edkin's Robotics 1 and 2 Students.
  • Central Middle School: Mr. Kvapil's Coding Class.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Mosher's 6th Grade Reading Classes.
  • West Middle School: Miss Bloomquist's Battle of the Books.
  • West Middle School: Mr. LeClere's 7th Grade Robotics Class.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA Banquet.
  • Muscatine High School: IHSMA Solo/Small Ensemble Contest.
  • Muscatine High School: Ag Class Bee Release.
  • District-wide Staff


Iowa's Future Problem Solving State Bowl

Forty Muscatine students qualified to participate in Iowa’s Future Problem Solving State Bowl held on Friday, April 13. The students and coaches traveled to Ames, Iowa for a busy day that included a tour of the Iowa State University campus and a challenging global issues writing competition on the topic of Cloud Storage. Congratulations on all your hard work!


Mrs. Noll's first grade read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and celebrated meeting a PBIS goal by painting pictures, just like Vashti in the story!


Colorado's 4th graders had their last day of Junior Achievement with Tasha Phillips from MPW. They learned about becoming entrepreneurs. Thank you so much to all the businesses that participate in the this program!


Miss Harder's kindergarteners have hatched baby chicks and are so excited! Also, the kindergartener's Wesley partners purchased a book for EVERY Franklin student from our book fair! Lots of exciting things happening in Kindergarten!


Mrs. Henderson’s 2nd grade class learned the importance of saving money!


Grant hosted their Leadership Day on Tuesday, April 17th. Family, community members, and staff from all Muscatine schools were invited! The staff and students have been working hard to showcase what great things are happening here at Grant!


Miss Dindinger’s Begindergarten class at Grant is studying buildings. Today they built structures using shaving cream as mortar!


Grant Kindergarteners in Mrs. Kulland's P.E. class had a preschool friend come visit PE to play with the parachute. They all synergized to include him in our parachute tent and "pop" some foam balls like popcorn!


Fourth graders in Mrs. Paul's class at Grant love wearing their pajamas and love this sunny warm weather!


A few select Jefferson students were celebrated for their leadership in our building. Students were nominated by a teacher after demonstrating leading qualities for habit 5 & habit 6. Sherif Leza came and spoke to our kids in addition to enjoying some cake and punch to celebrate their achievements. Way to go Jefferson Bears!


Fifth graders at Jefferson have been working on a long term project in Music Class. Students worked in groups to compose and perform Stomp routines using everyday objects. Thanks to Miss Lindsay for making learning fun!


Jefferson 5th Grade received the 2018 Project Jack Grant worth $250. The money was to be used anyway the class chose to 'PAY IT FORWARD" in their community. They donated 33 pairs of pajamas, 7 blankets, and 10 stuffed animals to MCSA and the Domestic Abuse Shelter. The students felt by giving something soft and warm to children who are scared would be comforting to them.


Jefferson 5th graders in Mrs. Manjoin'es class were invited to tour the radio station as part of their Junior Achievement unit with Jamie Hopkins, the station's general manager.


Jefferson Elementary students showed off their many talents at the school-wide talent show last week. We had dancers, singers, musicians, magicians, beat boxers, martial arts and even a comedy act. What a show!


Jefferson students and families enjoyed the annual school carnival last week. We had games, food, bake sales and bounce houses!


On Friday when school was not in session, three of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students went on a field trip with Ms. Story and Mrs. Hill to Scott Community College to see Trix Bruce perform. She is a famous Deaf performer who was in our area for all the Deaf students in Mississippi Bend AEA 9 region. Several students were asked to come up and perform with her. Such a cool experience!

Ms. Story's Bilingual (ASL/English) class worked together weekly to create a fictional narrative for a selected picture. Students pulled our isolated vocabulary, created an artistic picture to represent the photograph, developed their ASL story telling, then transliterated it to English. They are taught ASL grammar, non-manual markers, classifiers, vocabulary English grammar and more. This week they self produced a video short of their class fictional narrative.


Mrs. Randleman's 3rd graders worked with Tetrominoes to create different quadrilaterals.


In Ms. Bean's kindergarten class at Madison, students had baby chicks hatch and join their class family!


Mrs. Poppe’s fourth graders made kindness bags during their morning meeting. All students wrote something positive about every one of their classmates and made them into little baggies full of positive messages for them to read when they need them.


JA volunteer, Mike Danz, teaches Ms. Connor's 5th graders work-readiness skills by playing games and having mock interviews!


Students in Mrs. Johnson's class learn responsibility by taking care of her baby chicks. This is week two of growth for the chicks!


Students in Ms. Pedersen's 2nd grade class made polygons with spaghetti and had pajama day!


Mulberry 5th Graders have been participating in a trial of Math teaching materials created by a local startup company named CountFast. This week, students participated in a CountFast 24 Mulberry tournament, with the winners being invited to a local Math Tournament hosted by the CountFast company and the MCSD district. The CountFast and MCSD Math Tournament will take place at the new Merrill Hotel Ballroom on Saturday, April 28th, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM. Pictured are five of the Mulberry winners that are moving on to that tournament: Myles Ford, Kate Olson, Kayla Hirschfeld, Matthew Spies, and Estella Bland.


6th grade students at Central participated in Ag Safety Day sponsored by Monsanto and the Muscatine High School FFA program. Students participated in activities learning more about how to be safe around electricity, impaired driving, how to put out fires, how to escape from a room filling with smoke, animals, farm equipment, etc.


Robotics 1 students in Mr. Edkin's class making "Spinning Signs." Students had to use mechanisms and computer programming to create their signs.

Robotics 2 students in Mr. Edkin's class converted "Road Trip" cars into "Line-Following Tanks." The tanks will be autonomous when complete, following a line on the classroom floor using the computer code that the students wrote.


COOL CODING. Just when the students thought coding couldn't get any more cool, students in Mr. Kvapil's Coding Class practiced their coding skills using CSS3 by creating anaglyph 3D images and animation. The introduction to stereoscopy is a great way to introduce the value of programming in 3D animation and virtual reality.


Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Mosher's 6th grade reading strategies classes from WMS had survival day out at Saulsbury Recreational Area after reading Hatchet. Students went on a nature hike and learned about animals. They got a chance to see and feel animal hides that would be common in Canada, where Brian, the main character of Hatchet, had to survive. Students also learned how to build shelters and make fires in the wild.


Mrs. Bloomquist held the Third Annual Book Battle this week. Student teams read from a list of 12 books and battled to see which team knew those books best. They all did a great job! Congratulations to the winners: Garrett, Caleb, and Jacob!


In Mr. LeClere's 7th grade Robotics class at West Middle School, students work on finish their spinning sign project.


The 2018 Muscatine Agriculture & FFA Banquet was held Thursday April 12th at the Muscatine Learning Center. Students took on the leadership roles of planning and hosting the event. They recapped the events and activities the Ag Department and FFA Chapter participated in this past year, celebrated our successes, and advisors recognized our seniors. Everyone enjoyed good fellowship. The chapter awarded two honorary FFA member awards to Tim Bower and Dr. Jared Smith. It was a great night for the nearly 400 in attendance. More photos can be found on the Muscatine FFA Facebook page. The Muscatine Ag teachers would like to thank all our students for the hard work this past year, the parents of our students for trusting us to work with them and grow them as young adults, and all the rest of our fabulous support along the way. We are proud of you!- Mr. Day, Ms. Wiebe, Mr. Paul & Mr. Tometich


On Thursday March 22, 2018, a few of the Muscatine FFA Chapter officers met at Farm and Fleet to receive a donation. The donation was from KeyStone Consolidated INC, through Blain’s Farm and Fleet of Muscatine. The donation is received as a part of Red Brand’s Home Grown Fencing program which is based upon sales at the Muscatine Farm and Fleet Store. The donation will go towards helping students with their livestock projects and any expenses at the Iowa FFA State Convention coming up at the end of April. Muscatine FFA would like to give thanks to KeyStone Consolidated Inc. and Blain’s Farm and Fleet for their support towards the Muscatine FFA Chapter!


The choir, band, and orchestra departments competed at IHSMA Solo/Small Ensemble Contest last weekend at Davenport West High School. There, the choir department performed very well, earning 2 Division III "Good" ratings, 9 Division II "Excellent" ratings, and 11 Division II "Superior" ratings! Congratulations to all groups and soloists who competed--it was a successful day!

Solid Harmony, the barbershop choir, under the direction of Teale Burford, earned a Division II rating.
The A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Jonathan Ryan, earned a Division I rating.
The Treble Choir, under the direction of Teale Burford, earned a Division I rating.
The student-led Octet, The Vorpal Blades, earned a Division I rating.


Students in MHS Agricultural classes released bees to help populated hives out at the Ag Learning Center.



Jefferson/MHS School Nurse Julie Kundel and CMS School Nurse Wendy Donald attended the Iowa School Nurse Spring 2018 Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Great information was being shared and learned! There were over 125 school nurses attending. Both Julie and Wendy can’t wait to share with the rest of the MCSD nurses!


Franklin's TLC Team learned about collective efficacy and personalized learning at Iowa ASCD.

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