November 12 - 16, 2018 THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS

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

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide Students: Honoring Our Veterans.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Meyer's and Mrs. Calderon's EL Students.
  • Franklin Elementary: After School Program.
  • Franklin Elementary: Food Drive.
  • Franklin Elementary: Thanksgiving Celebration.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Labs.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Roles.
  • Grant Elementary: Rocco and Friends.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Ms. Jones' 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: 1st Grade Publishers.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Foglesong's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: 5th Grade Students.
  • Madison Elementary: MakerSpace.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Nannett's Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Berry's 1st Grade Library Class.
  • Central Middle School: CMS MTSS Group: Muskie Spirit Jewelry Students.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Schroeder's 8th Grade FTC Class.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Goddard's 7th Grade Pre-AP ELA Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Choir Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Iowa All-State Band.
  • Muscatine High School: Work Experience Highlight.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Walsh's AP Environmental and Environmental Science Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS FFA Alumni Reception.
  • Muscatine High School: Agriculture, Industrial Tech, and Physics Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Gifted/Talented St. Louis College Visit.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Day's Ag 1 Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Woodward's MHS Academy Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Huot's MHS Academy Students.
  • District-Wide Staff



Grant Elementary held a Veteran's Day Assembly to honor all Veterans and current Service Men and Women! It was a wonderful opportunity for students to continue to showcase their leadership skills, from greeting guests at the door to taking photos of Veterans and their families! (photos imbedded into email plus attached)
West Middle School Held a Veteran's Day Reception for local veterans.
Mulberry's 5th grade hosted its second annual Veterans' Day program on November 12.


Ms. Meyers' and Mrs. Calderon's EL students created feathers for their turkeys. They used pattern blocks to make the feathers and then counted how many of each shape they used to create them.


Franklin's After-School program performed a Thanksgiving play and made a delicious snack with their families.


Students are donating food items for their student-led food drive to help those in need.


Students shared the Thanksgiving story and special song of thanks to our staff and families.


Ms. Jones' 2nd grade class is finishing their final lesson of Our Community. They have learned what a community is, different careers people have, how government jobs help the community, etc. This week they learned how money moves about the community and played a money match up game which everyone enjoyed!


Leadership Labs have been going on at Grant Elementary. The students get to take an hour out of their Friday to Sharpen their Saw! Some labs include Sewing, just dancing, science, sign language, learning about Italy, Yoga and much more!

Students painted rocks for their Leadership Lab time. After all the rocks get painted we will be placing them into our courtyard area to make a Legacy Garden for students, staff, and community to remember for years to come.


This year 146 students applied for school-wide leadership roles. That's about half of the school!! Leadership roles teach students important 21st-century skills, help students to be more responsible, and allow children to be involved and feel a sense of belonging! This week we are showcasing our recycling renegade student leadership role! These boys synergize by going around to each classroom every week to collect their recycling. This not only helps our school stay clean but helps the environment as well!


Rocco continues to make friends and make himself at home at Grant School!


First grade students at Madison worked together to publish their own book complete with a cover, text, and illustrations. If you are interested in learning how peanut butter is made it's a must read!


Mrs. Williams' 1st graders wrote and illustrated a book on "Farm to Table."


Mrs. Foglesong's 2nd graders talk about Why School Is Important!


Fifth grade students at Madison are working together to complete a research project about animals. This week, they collaborated to determine if websites were trustworthy. Students used a process to evaluate sites to see if they earned enough points to be deemed trustworthy enough to gather accurate information from.


Third, fourth and fifth grade students are loving learning how to build structures out of wooden planks and cardboard, how to build circuits, and how to code in Madison's library Makerspace!


This week, Mrs. Nannet's kindergarten class jumped into a STEM project! They were told to build themselves a house. The house had to have a door, one window, a roof, and a driveway. When they built their houses, there were trees, animal habitats, and water in the way! They had to remove some of the environment in order to build. After their first build, they had to go back and redesign their house to protect more of the environment. All of the groups went back and made smaller houses that helped keep our environment healthy! This kindergarten class is full of future engineers!


First graders learned about rhyming in Mrs. Berry's library class this week. They read a silly story about an old lady who ate all kinds of things on Thanksgiving Day. Then they collaborated to match up rhyming words. If they matched them all before time ran out they were challenged to put them in alphabetical order.


CMS students involved in the Muskie Spirit Jewelry Designs (MTSS group) delivered hand-made bracelets to Unitypoint Nursing staff. The bracelets are selling for $5.00 a piece and will be available to purchase in the hospital gift shop. Bracelets are also available in the Main Office at CMS. The money collected from the sales will be used create "Little Muskie Care Packages." These packages will be distributed to children who present in the emergency room, either as a patient or with a sick family member.


West Middle School 8th grade FTC class were given a box of LEGO Mindstorm and asked to build a moving robot without instructions. Through trial and error this is an example of what they were able to create. The first one was signaled on by a noise such as clapping, then would run until it bumped into something they reversed and continued on running. The second one was also sound activated, and the third one once started ran until it bumped into an object reversed and continued running. Students surprised themselves and learned more about coding and building robotics.


In Mrs. Goddard's 7th Grade Pre-AP ELA class, writing groups drafted paragraphs for a class argument essay.


Three Muscatine choir students, McKenzie Lofgren, Olivia Bastin, and Zeke Ellis, are participating in the IHSMA 2018 All State Choir! This 600-member chorus is auditioned in October across the state. Thousands audition, but only this 600 were selected. It's a great first day of rehearsal at CY Stephens Auditorium on the ISU campus in Ames!


Muscatine has 6 students (5 band and 1 orchestra) practicing and performing with the Iowa All-State Band from Thursday through Saturday. The performance is on Saturday at 7:30 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The performance of the All-State Band, Orchestra, and Choir is televised on IPTV on Thanksgiving evening every year.


This week's MHS Work Experience Trainee is Joseph Leaver. Joseph is a junior at MHS who has been learning the ins and outs of the automotive repair business this Fall 2018 Semester. Joseph is pictured with Steve Curry, owner of Curry's Inc. Curry's Inc. is a family owned and operated full-service auto repair and sales business located on Mittman Road. Steve and his staff have been servicing the automotive needs of the Muscatine community for thirty-six years. We would like to thank Steve, Troy, and Stephanie Curry along with their staff for working with our students for the past three years.


Mrs. Walsh's AP Environmental and Environmental science classes did a project where they created board games to represent the five biogeochemical cycles. After they created their own game they got to play and evaluate each other’s games to help review their knowledge of the cycles. The really enjoyed the planning and creativity that went into developing the games.


Seventy-six FFA Alumni Gathered on November 3rd. Actives included: dinner, trivia, tours, a look back at scrapbooks and yearbooks dating back to 1928. There were also some good stories shared by Alumni. Through ticket sales and support, the group raised money for college scholarships. Thanks to everyone who sold tickets and helped organize. The Muscatine FFA Chapter is the oldest existing chapter in Iowa!


Keith Gray presents to agriculture, industrial tech, and physics students on careers in engineering technology.


Eighteen GT students in 10-12 grades visited and toured Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis University last week. Muscatine Alumni, Collin Wettach, Alexa Santaniello, and Shalini Raichur answered questions about college and showed students around!


Students in Mr. Day's Ag 1 classes received hands-on experience by learning how to shear sheep this week.


This week the MHS Academy students in Mr. Woodward's classes were ringing bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign!


MHS Academy students in Mrs. Huot's class work one-on-one with Jefferson students in Mrs. Ales' class.


Below are MHS staff who volunteered at the food bank delivery. Over 150 families received enough food for a family of four for two weeks thanks to the River Bend Food Bank.


Board members Tammi Drawbaugh and Board Secretary Lisa Bunn show their support for Iowa schools at the IASB Convention this week. Other attendees included board members Toby McCarter, and Randy Naber, and Superintendent Jerry Riibe and Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory.

Thanks to all who submitted pictures for this week's edition of This Week in Our Schools!

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