THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS january 29 - february 2, 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 First Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Ms. Holder's 3rd Grade Art Students.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Hafner's Kindergarten Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Schliesman's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Lab.
  • Jefferson Elementary: STEAM Club.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Eserhaut's 1st Grade P.E. Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Rufus and Winnie.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Spratt's Kindergarten Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: World Read Aloud Day with Mrs. Bloomquist!
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Super Heroes!
  • Central Middle School: 8th Graders Visit Carver Pump.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Acker's English Language Learning Class.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Pautz's 8th Grade Science Class.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Vocal Music Department.
  • Muscatine High School: Ag 1 Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Ms. Christensen's Geometry Students.
  • District Staff


Paving the Path: Girls in STEM

Mrs. Mueller and Mrs. Steele took a group of students to IPTV in Johnston, Iowa today, where they held the first ever "Paving the Path: Girls in STEM" education fair. Out of forty schools that applied, only ten were selected to attend. Muscatine was represented by eighth graders Nevaeh Davidson and Kimberly Frisbee, and high school students Anahi Gonzalez, Lily Poci, and Kaitlyn Cawiezell.

Students interacted with chemists, food scientists, industrial engineers, computer software coders, medical professionals, agricultural engineers, actuary scientists, mathematicians, and many other female professionals in a STEM-related field. They took part in scientific activities, such as extracting DNA from strawberries, building electric circuits, designing windmills, and testing for food quality. Ask any of these students about their experience and the types of careers that are available for women who enjoy STEM related subjects!

4th Annual Middle School Science Bowl

The Fourth Annual Middle School Science Bowl was held on Monday, January 29, 2018. Students from Central Middle School, West Middle School and Wilton Junior High completed in a double elimination tournament. The day was full of Science questions that challenged most of the visiting adults. Congratulations to all the students on a job well done!


There are huge benefits to having an Ag Learning Center: getting to teach life lessons through hands-on agriculture! Many West Middle School 7th and 8th grade and high school ag students are getting to witness the miracle of birth for the first time!


Mrs. Noll's first graders celebrated 100th Day with a team building activity. Students worked together to complete 100 piece puzzles! They also celebrated meeting TWO PBIS goals with Forts, Flashlights, and Donuts! Yay!


Colorado 3rd graders in Ms. Holder's art class painted their Keith Haring inspired drawings.


Ms. Harder’s kindergarten friends celebrating the 100th day of school with stacking 100 cups and finding 100 Hershey kisses to match the number on the bottom of the candy to a hundreds chart! Also, writing our names on our chalk board doors for the first time!


Frankie continues to bring happiness to Mrs. Hepker's Class!!


Mrs. Hafner's kindergarten class has been working on writing letters. They wrote a letter to Mrs. Freers celebrating the 518 books that they read at home! Way to go Mrs. Hafner's class!


Students in Mrs. Schliesman’s 3rd grade class take 10 minutes every day for “Two Minute Talks.” This allows students to share as much as they can about the book they are reading for two minutes. Students practice speaking and listening skills while learning about books from other students.


This week in Leadership Lab, Grant students met reptiles and amphibians, created masterpieces of art, explored the health benefits of trail mix, and wrote code to manipulate robots. It was a very exciting week!


Jefferson Elementary held their second STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Club this week. Second and third graders learned about simple machines by creating clothespins cars and racing them down an incline. Fourth and fifth graders used simple machines to construct and test catapults. Students and staff enjoyed learning and working together!


Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class celebrated the 100th day of school by hunting for 100 Hershey's Kisses, licking a lollipop 100 times, and stacking 100 cups.


Madison's Mrs. E polled 1st graders about their super bowl picks before a practice game in P.E.!


Rufus and Winnie, McKinley therapy dogs, are taking a rest after spending the day learning and snuggling with students!


Students in Mrs. Spratt's Kindergarten class practiced their sight words by playing tic tac toe.


To kick off World Read-Aloud Day, Mrs. Bloomquist read "The Bad Seed" by Jory John to students during SuperStart. Later on, fifth grade students worked together during their library lesson to find text features in nonfiction books.


Congratulations to our superhero students in 6th grade at Central Middle School. These students have been recognized for working hard, being responsible, and showing strong leadership skills. Keep up the great work!​


Several 8th grade students from Central Middle School were invited to build community connections at Carver Pump on Wednesday. The students toured the facility, learned about career opportunities in Machining and Engineering at Carver Pump, and discussed courses that would be recommended for high school and post graduate education. Thank you Carver Pump for spending the afternoon with our students!


Students in Ms. Acker's English Language Learner class enjoyed Mr. Bakke's presentation of reptiles and amphibians from the Discovery Center. After his presentation, they wrote letters to thank him for his visit.


8th grade science students in Mrs. Pautz's class listened to music with homemade record players.


The MHS Vocal Music Department is taking 28 students to St. Louis in March for a whirlwind two-day excursion! We'll be singing at the Cathedral Basilica, getting a clinic from a university choral director, seeing the off-Broadway show "A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder," and visiting some of the sights like the zoo and the City Museum!

The students are fundraising to lower the cost of their trip since we didn't fill all the seats on the bus, and we need your help! The choir students are selling NCAA tumblers for only $20 each, and the students will get $8 for every tumbler they sell. If every student going on the trip can sell 15, we completely ERADICATE the extra cost for the bus! If you'd like to support a particular choir student, let them know that you're interested! They can win prizes for selling! They'll be making phone calls on Friday, February 2nd and asking around for interest in the days prior and following. If you'd rather shop online and get access to thousands more products, please visit:

he online store is open now. But hurry...the online store will only be open until Tuesday, February 6th at midnight! Please consider helping our students reduce the extra cost of this trip!


Agriculture I students at MHS learned about and how to shear as a part of their sheep unit out at the Agricultural Learning Center.


In Geometry, students in Ms. Christensen's classes proved the Pythagorean Theorem the ancient Greek way, using area to show how pieces of right triangles relate to each other.



MHS staff held a staff chili cook off in preparation for the Super Bowl. The Winner - Mr. Gehret for being named Muscatine High School Super BOWL Chili Cook Off CHAMPION! His White Philly Cheese Steak Chili was a hit!!


WMS Food Service Workers are participating in the Muskie Booster Club Cake Auction tonight! Come out and bid on their yummy creation!

Thank you to all who submitted pictures for this week's edition!

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