THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS november 7 - 11, 2016 | mcsd communications

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

Featured this week:

  • Colorado Elementary: Leadership Assembly.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Phillips' 2nd Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Kulland's Kindergarten Physical Education Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison: Veteran's Day Celebration.
  • Mulberry: Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry: Mrs. Kulland's 4th Grade P.E. Class.
  • CMS: Mrs. Beale's 7th Grade Science Class with Jefferson's Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Grade Class!
  • CMS: Mr. Evans' 8th Grade Social Studies Class.
  • CMS: Ms. Wiebe's Ag Students.
  • CMS: PBIS Celebration.
  • CMS: Mr. Havemann's Special Education Class.
  • WMS: Future Problem Solving Writers Group.
  • WMS: Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Lopez's 8th Grade Math Class.
  • WMS: Mrs. Ortega's and Mrs. Plemmons' Special Education Classes.
  • WMS: Mr. Rivera's 8th Grade Social Studies Class.
  • WMS: Mrs. Hillman's Class.
  • WMS: Veteran's Day Celebration - Color Guard.
  • MHS: 2017 National Merit Scholarship Commended Student!
  • MHS: Mrs. Reade's World Language Classes.
  • East Campus: Mr. Woodward's Algebra 2 Class.
  • District-Wide Staff: Live United!
  • Veteran's Day: Honoring MCSD Veterans!


Students from Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Truitt's classes presented a skit during the Leadership Assembly about Growth Mindset: Being Proactive. Students helped "The Beastly Attitudes" find ways to channel their efforts in more positive ways. No more "Beastly Attitudes" in School.

Colorado's Leadership Assembly

Ms Phillips' 2nd grade class from Colorado School were presented with "Thankful Bags" created by a group of East Campus girls. This was a service learning project facilitated by Patty Lawrence.

2nd Graders in Mrs. Phillips' class with their "Thankful Bags" from East Campus.


Kindergarteners at Grant were working on volley and striking a balloon with paddles during physical education with Mrs. Kulland.

Kindergarteners learn volley and striking skills.


Mrs. Poppe's 4th graders at Madison have been learning to divide using the standard algorithm and with a little help from the Division Song.

5th graders at Madison celebrated Veteran's Day by honoring and listening to a student's brother, Johnathan Arangure talk about why he decided to join the military, what it took for him to get in, and other aspects of being in the military. Thank you for your service Johnathan!

Honoring a current military member, Johnathan Arangure!


Students in Mrs. Evans' kindergarten class read the book "A Turkey for Thanksgiving" and made turkeys! Thank you to our parent helper for getting the turkeys ready for us!

Mulberry Kindergarteners with their Turkeys!

Mulberry 4th graders in Mrs. Kulland's Physical Education classes incorporated math and physical education together. They were working on multiplication to advance to the next level.

Math and Phys Ed join together in a fun activity at Mulberry!


7th graders from Mrs. Beale's science class Central Middle School explained their cell analogies to 5th graders from Mrs. Manjoine's class at Jefferson Elementary School. The students in Mrs. Beale's science class made cell analogy posters comparing the parts of a cell to parts of something else. They extended their learning by explaining their projects to younger students. It was a great learning experience for everyone involved!

Mrs. Beale's 7th Grade Science students teach Mrs. Manjoine's 5th graders about cells.

On November 7th, students at Central Middle School in Mr. Evan's social studies class participated in a political debate leading up to the Presidential election. Students researched platforms, wrote questions and speeches, even moderated the debate. Participants were asked questions and gave responses, as well as responding to each other directly.

The topics discussed were healthcare, immigration and American prosperity. Each topic was based on feedback from earlier classroom discussions. The debate was lively, but respectful. The students had a fun time discussing topics with good back and forth, giving them a chance to show their knowledge in the specific topic areas.​

Central Middle School Students in Ashley Wiebe's Ag classes have been busy kidding around! They have been learning about goats and had the opportunity to meet the Ag Center's week-old pygmy goats. There were many oohs, ahhs and bahs as the kids were passed around from student to student.

CMS student got to meet the new "Kids."

Students at Central Middle School participated in a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Celebration. Students played Minute to Win It Games using Solo cups and cookies while listening to their favorite tunes. Congratulations to all students that earned the reward by demonstrating good attendance, grades and behavior.

Celebrating Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Students in Mr. Havemann's special education class participated in Popcorn Friday and tie dye day at CMS!

Popcorn Friday and Tie-Dye Day!


Future Problem Solving Scenario writers led a lesson on the elements of a futuristic scenario.

Future Problem Solving Scenario Writers Group at West Middle School

This week in Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Lopez's 8th grade math class, students are exploring how to solve equations using algebra blocks.

Solving equations using Algebra blocks.

Mrs. Ortega's and Mrs. Plemmons' special education classes at WMS learned about the election and participated in their own classroom election.

Students learn about the election.

Mr. Rivera's 8th grade students at West painted windows in honor of their Veterans Day Ceremony.

Honoring Veterans at WMS.

Students in Mrs. Hillman's class honored veterans by placing names of friends and family who served our country on a wall at WMS. This is part of West's annual Veteran's Day Recognition program.

Veterans Honor Wall at WMS.

On Friday, November 11th, WMS hosted its annual Veteran's Day Recognition. Students invited their family members or friends who are veterans to this event. Afterwards they had refreshments with the veterans in the library. Veterans were honored for their time in the service and their sacrifices for our country. Below is a video showing the presentation of the flags with students as the Color Guard.


Principal Jared Smith announced that senior Camilla McNeely has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program! About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered into the 2017 competition! Congrats Camilla!

2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student, Camilla McNeely!

MHS World Language students in Mrs. Reade's classes had a campus visit at University of Iowa and learned how to earn credit for language classes taken during high school, requirements for minors and majors in a language, and study abroad opportunities. They sat in on intermediate level language classes and were excited by how much they were able to understand.

World Language students learn about college opportunities at the University of Iowa.


Six East Campus Algebra 2 students in Mr. Woodward's class were exposed to post secondary opportunities at Monsanto. They were given a plant tour and had an opportunity to shadow lab technicians for an afternoon. They experienced a day in the life of a lab analyst, and got to see what content and employability skills were needed in the real world.

East Campus students learned what it takes to be a lab tech at Monsanto.


MCSD Staff showed their support for the United Way's Live United campaign.

WMS Staff Living United!
Franklin Staff Living United!
Jefferson Staff Living United!

Muscatine Schools would like to take this opportunity to thank its vets and active military for serving our country!

Thank you to all staff who submitted pictures this week!

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