THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 3, 2017 | MCSD COMMUNICATIONS

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

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide: 5th-8th Grade Orchestra Students.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Truitt's 5th Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: 3rd Graders Meet Gutsy Goal!
  • Grant Elementary: Miss Holly's 4-year old Pre-K Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Ms. Story and Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Middle School: Gifted/Talented Science Bowl.
  • Central Middle School: 8th Grade Iowa Assessment Kickoff!
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Blanchard's 8th Grade Orchestra Class.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Alon's Culture and Climate Committee.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Kitzmann's Industrial Tech Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Boys Swim Team.
  • Muscatine High School: Ms. Christensen's Geometry Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Paul's Ag II Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Wells' and Mrs. Kelsey's Classes Toured WQAD.
  • Muscatine High School: Speech and Debate.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Walker's Honors English 9 and English 9/10 Classes.
  • District-Wide Staff: CMS Staff Get into the Iowa Assessment Spirit!

DISTRICT-WIDE

This past Sunday over 100 orchestra students in 5th-8th grade came and participated in our annual bowling party. We had a blast! This event is sponsored by the Muscatine Orchestra Boosters.

COLORADO ELEMENTARY

Students in Mrs. Truitt's 5th Grade Class participated in a fun, hands-on lesson to help students connect to just what "prepositional phrases" are...

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

Superintendent Riibe and Assistant Superintendent McGrory helped Mrs. Pugh and Franklin's third grade teachers and students celebrate beating their Gutsy Goal! Way to go 3rd grade!

GRANT ELEMENTARY

Miss Holly's 4-year old Pre-K class at Grant learned about shadows and having fun with flashlights.

Fourth graders in Mrs. Paul's class had a read and feed to celebrate good behavior and following the 7 Habits. We also had a student, Max, bring in his pet goat for the class to see. Fun times in 4th grade!

MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY

Mrs. Strouf's 1st graders learned to sing and play on the steady beat in music in Mrs. Meyer's music class!

MULBERRY ELEMENTARY

Education, Community Awareness, and Safety!! The Muscatine Parent Group for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing funded a special field trip for Ms. Story and Mrs. Hill's class of children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The students visited the Muscatine Fire Department and Police Department. The students taught the staff sign language, walked through the fire engine, ambulance, squad car and got to see all their amazing facilities and equipment! As a result of the trip, the Parent Group is committed to purchasing accessible alarms (flashing lights) for each of our district students with a hearing loss! A great opportunity for education, building community awareness and establishing greater safety for our kids.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

MCSD GT department hosted the third annual middle school science bowl for GT students this week. Central Middle School took first place after several difficult battles with West Middle School students and Wilton Community School students. Students were asked over 1150 questions regarding physical science, life science, earth science and math in the double elimination competition. Congratulations Chargers!

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

This week the students at Central Middle School got pumped up for the Iowa Assessment Tests that they will be taking next week. They had some surprise guests to cheer them on. Thank you to the MHS Dance Team, the Iowa Hawkeye Cheerleaders, and Herky the Hawk for motivating us to do our best on the test!

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

This week a group of 8th grade orchestra students from West Middle School were given the opportunity to play for the Chinese National Orchestra members when they visited the Muscatine Museum of History and Industry.

The Culture and Climate Committee at West Middle School started the semester on a positive note...literally! Students were asked to write inspirational comments and generalized compliments that would be helpful to others who may need a kind word to brighten their day.

MUSCATINE HIGH SCHOOL

Students in Mr. Kitzmann's Industrial Tech class toured HNI's Product Development, Model Shop, Machine Build and the Test Labs.

The MHS Boys' Swim team continue the tradition! A big thank you to BAAR salon in Muscatine. The JV boys placed 2nd in the JV invite last Saturday. Good luck to MHS Swimmers this Saturday at the District meet. Go Muskies!

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

Students in Mr. Paul's Agriculture 2 class participated in a lab on Dairy food products.

Mrs. Kelsey's and Mrs. Wells' classes from MHS toured WQAD news studios in Moline on Friday, February 3rd. News director, Alan Baker, conducted the tour and talked to the students about how the news is made and introduced them to morning news anchors Jonathan Ketz and Angie Sharp. The students and staff talked with the news anchors about their jobs. Then, they explored the news studio, interacted with the cameras and green screen, and learned about the news room where reporters do research and compose their stories. Students each received WQAD pens and gave the news anchors Muskie scarves to commemorate their visit.

Speech and Debate students headed to Iowa City High to compete over the course of two days. Despite being pulled outside for 45 minutes due to a fire alarm the team did extremely well. Dalton Belokopitovs competed in Mixed Extemp in his first outing and earned the shot to go National Qualifiers on Feb. 10-11. Erin Elizalde took fourth in Original Oratory. Macey Webber took third in Program Oral Interpretation and earned the shot to go to National Qualifiers as well. Wyatt Mason took first in Program Oral Interpretation. Gabe Dipple competed in Mixed Interp and earned a shot to go to National Qualifiers. Abby Haller competed in Original Oratory. Way to go Muskies!

Mrs. Walker's Honors English 9 and ELL English 9/10 classes summarized the book, "To Kill a Mockingbird" with art including Play-Doh sculptures, white board murals, collages and comic strips.

DISTRICT-WIDE STAFF

Central Middle School staff got into the Iowa Assessment spirit with Herky the Hawk and some "friendly" alma mater competition. Representing Iowa State: Denise Ness, Wisconsin - Troy Kulland, UNI - Cassie Calderon, and Oregon - Scott Mauck!

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