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Featured this week:

  • Colorado: Building-wide Learning.
  • Colorado: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado: Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Truitt's 5th Graders Learn About Bees.
  • Franklin: Mrs. Holder's 2nd Grade Art Class.
  • Franklin: Mrs. Hawkins' Special Education Class.
  • Grant: Miss Dindinger's Begindergarten Class.
  • Grant: Mrs. Foxen's 5th Grade Art Class.
  • Jefferson: 2nd and 3rd Graders and Football Fridays!
  • CMS: Mrs. Duffe and Mrs. Turbett's 6th Grade Social Studies Classes.
  • CMS: 6th Grade Back-to-School Night.
  • WMS: Ms. Schneider's 6th Grade Service Learning Class.
  • WMS: Ms. Bezdek's English/Language Arts Classes.
  • MHS: Band/Orchestra Perform for 5th Grade Students.
  • MHS: Muskie Football Highlights.
  • MHS: Golf Highlights.
  • MHS: Muskie Locker.
  • MHS: Mrs. Dicken's and Ms. Ruesch's Chemistry Class.
  • MHS: Ms. Christensen's Geometry Classes.
  • District-Wide: Physical Plant & Equipment Levy Community Forum and Special Vote.


Engaged learning is happening all throughout the day at Colorado Elementary. Students are practicing literacy skills on devices and with board games, writing reflective sentences, working together on metric conversions, and enjoying check-out time in the library.

Colorado students engaged in learning activities building-wide.

Mrs. Hines' kindergarten class at Colorado started daily math centers this week. Students work at math with someone (partners), math games, math by myself, and math with the teacher. During math centers students review skills previously taught and practice new skills.

Students in Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten class started daily math centers this week.

Colorado fifth graders in Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Truitt's classes walked to Bridgestone Bandag Learning Center and enjoyed an educational session on honey bees and honey harvesting.

Colorado 5th Graders at the Bridgestone Bandag Learning Center experienced hands-on learning about honey bees.


Franklin second graders in Ms. Holder's art class painted bug jars complete with a wide variety of bugs!

Franklin 2nd Graders with their bug jars.

Mrs. Hawkins class played "The longest line." The students needed to read the phrases and words before they could add it to their line.

A student in Mrs. Hawkins' class finished his "Longest Line" by reading phrases and words!


Begindergarten students in Miss Dindinger's class at Grant are building their reading stamina!

Begindergarten students beginning their reading skills.

5th graders are creating "Name Kaleidescopes" in Mrs. Foxen's art class.

5th Grade Artists at Grant Elementary


Jefferson students participate in Football Fridays to show support for their favorite teams. Pictured below are 2nd and 3rd graders at recess sporting Hawkeye and Muskie colors.

Football Fridays at Jefferson Elementary. Students get to wear their favorite team color to show their support.


At Central Middle School, Mrs. Duffe and Mrs. Turbett's 6th grade Social Studies classes experienced "shopping" to prepare for our BizTown trip in October. Students practiced writing checks, depositing paychecks, and keeping a check register.

Up and coming "Biz Town" residents/workers!

Central Middle School hosted a Sixth Grade Back-to-School Parent Night on Thursday, September 9. Parents and students met with each of their teachers as they went through their daily schedules. Parents got a taste of how tricky it is to get a locker open and find their next class in just a few short minutes. Thanks to all who took time out of their busy lives to attend. Go Central Chargers!

Parents learn what it's like to be a 6th grader at CMS during Parents Back-to-School Night.


Students in Ms. Schneider's Student Service Learning class participated in team building exercises.

Ms. Schneider's 6th Grade Service Learning Students

This week Mrs. Bezdek's ELA classes learned how authors establish tone and mood in literature. Students also learned how these concepts are used in the real world in career fields such as advertising, art, and film. For a final project, students used a film editing tool to remake classic movie trailers to tell very different stories with very different tones. Imagine Mary Poppins as a horror film. It was a lot of fun, and students can't wait to watch their final products in class on Monday!

Ms. Bezdek's ELA classes worked on re-creating classic movies utilizing film editing tools.


The MHS Band and Orchestra performed for 5th grade students.

MHS Band and Orchestra students

​The Muskie varsity football team lost a close game last week 27-31. We appreciate all the support. Please come out and support the Muskies this Friday night against Pleasant Valley! This Friday night is Staff Appreciation night.​

The Mighty Muskie Football team and #1 fans at last Friday night's game.

Boys' Golf Highlights from Thursday, September 8 @ Palmer Hills: Muscatine JV: 193, Pleasant Valley: 175, Bettendorf 194. Individual Scores: Miles Utley 39, Brigg Burback 47, Chris Kenefick 53, Devin Pelton 55, Kole Beik 52 Nate Diercks 53, James Solt 65. Medalist: Miles Utley. Next Meet is Sept. 16 @ Muni vs. North Scott & Clinton.

Muskie Boys Golf Team

Pictured is a portion of the donations that have been collected from MHS Staff for the Muskie Locker. The Muskie Locker has serviced over 50 students with all manners of needs. Mulberry Elementary also has a Muskie Locker donation box (pictured, right) that Jenny Brauns has set up. They'll be assisting us in supplying our students with basic needs!

Muskie Locker - serving students in need.

The Chemistry Department at MHS is studying the history of the atom and several of the teachers took their classes outside for a demonstration. Mrs. Dicken's and Ms. Ruesch's chemistry class created a model related to the atomic theory. The students were acting as electrons in Ernest Rutherford's model of the atom. The students spread out over the whole practice football field to help them realize that Rutherford believed an atom was made up of mostly empty space. \

Ernest Rutherford's model of the atom via MHS chemistry students.

Students in Ms. Christensen's Geometry classes worked with Ms. Hansen to examine fair access to health care in Muscatine by constructing perpendicular bisectors.

Students in Ms. Christensen's Geometry class at MHS.


Superintendent of Schools, Jerry Riibe, provided information to the community at two community forums on the upcoming Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL) Special Vote. The special vote is this coming Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Superintendent Riibe shares information on PPEL at the community forum held at Jefferson Elementary.

Below is a short, 3-minute video on the PPEL and how the district has utilized this important funding source.

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