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

Featured this week:

  • Parents as Teachers: ISU Extension Nutrition Class.
  • Colorado: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Colorado: Homecoming 2016!
  • Franklin: Miss Clemens' Kindergarteners.
  • Franklin: 5th Grade Classes - Big Sand Mound Field Trip.
  • Grant: Penny War Fundraiser for Hayden!
  • Grant: Homecoming Synergy!
  • Grant: Special Guests!
  • Grant: Mrs. Doane's 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson: Playground Opens Today!
  • Jefferson: Leadership Assembly.
  • Jefferson: Homecoming 2016!
  • Jefferson: Leadership Luncheon.
  • Jefferson: Mrs. Reifert's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison: Ms. Lawrence's Kindergarteners.
  • Madison: Band and Orchestra Students.
  • Madison: Homecoming 2016!
  • Madison: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison: Mr. Weber's 5th Graders and Google Classroom.
  • McKinley: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley: Mrs. Strouf's Class Learn at the Library!
  • Mulberry: Special Visitors - Muskie Marching Band.
  • CMS: Mrs. Beale's 7th Grade Science Class.
  • CMS: MHS Pom and Students Lead CMS Assembly.
  • CMS: Talented and Gifted Award.
  • CMS: Homecoming Wacky Hair Day.
  • WMS: Mr. Yerington's Science Classes.
  • WMS: Students and Staff and Homecoming 2016!
  • MHS: Ms. Kramer's Chemistry Class.
  • MHS: All Chemistry Students and the Bohr Model.
  • MHS: Mighty Muskie Marching Band at Marion, Iowa.
  • MHS: Mr. Mayer's Manufacturing I 2nd Period Class.
  • MHS: Varsity Boys' Golf.
  • MHS: A Taste of Homecoming 2016!
  • District Staff: Jefferson Staff Participate in Community Day.

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Parents as Teachers staff enjoyed spending time with the littles while the families enjoyed learning about nutrition and healthy habits with Kari from Iowa State University Extension office. This was the first session in the 8 week series.

Littles in the Parents and Teachers group participating in fun activities while parents learn about nutrition and wellness!


Colorado students in Mrs. Yahn's 3rd grade class enjoyed the Homecoming 2016 activities.

3rd graders in Mrs. Yahn's class showing their school spirit!

Homecoming 2016 at Colorado Elementary! Students and staff showed their school pride and spirit! They also had a special visit from the MHS Pom Squad!


Kindergarteners in Miss Clemens' class practiced writing sentences together this week and celebrated homecoming spirit week with crazy hair day, jersey day, and Muskie spirit day! We even got a special visit from the Muscatine Dance Team Friday morning.

Miss Clemens' Kindergarteners learning and getting into that Muskie Spirit!

On Wednesday, fifth graders at Franklin went on a field trip to Big Sand Mound. Students experienced a variety of habitats and hiked up the sand mounds.

5th graders experiencing different habitats and the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve.


Grant had an all school assembly to celebrate the success of our Penny War fundraiser! We synergized to raise over $1800.00 for Hayden and his family!

Grant students and family synergized by coming together to support the Muskies at the homecoming parade! Go Muskies!

Go Muskies! Grant students and families came together to show their support for the Muskies!

Great minds think alike! Mrs. Caffery and Koen representing their favorite decade for Homecoming Spirit Week!

Decades Day Twins!

The Grant Staff relived their favorite decades on Tuesday!

The 50's came back to Grant Elementary!

Grant special guests: Luke Wichers and Alphonso Soko stopped by Grant School this week to tell about how they are proactive on and off of the football field! The Grant Dolphins really look up to the leaders! AND former Principal at Grant School, Mrs. Wichers, surprised the Grant Dolphins with a special visit during LEAD meeting. The students were so excited to see her!! Hugs all around!

Grant students enjoyed their special surprise guests!

4th Graders at Grant in Mrs. Doane's room enjoying a birthday treat outside!

You Scream, I Scream, We all scream for Icecream!


After almost 3 years without a playground, Jefferson students finally had a chance to play on their new playground on Friday, September 30th! Just look at those smiles! It's GRRRREAT to be a Jefferson Bear!

Jefferson students on their brand new playground for the very first time!

Jefferson School enjoyed our first leadership assembly of the year, as our 5th Grade classes taught fellow students what it means to "Be Proactive!" Everyone had a great time celebrating the many ways in which Jefferson students and staff are Proactive each day! Go, Bears!

Jefferson Leadership Assembly

Jefferson had some visitors this week for Homecoming. It was great to have the Muskie Cheerleaders, Poms, Band, Football Team and Homecoming Court visit our school to celebrate pride in our community! Go, Muskies!

Go Muskies! Homecoming 2016 at Jefferson Elementary.

Jefferson Elementary held it's first Leadership Luncheon of the year. 20 Jefferson Students were recognized for displaying Habit 1, "Be Proactive" during the first month of school. Students are nominated by their homeroom teacher each month for this special recognition.

Jefferson Leaders!

Second graders in Mrs. Reifert's class cozied up reading in the library on pajama day and also participated in small group reading with their new Journey's curriculum!

Mrs. Reifert's 2nd graders practicing their independent reading.


Kindergarteners in Ms. Lawrence's class played "Beep Numbers."

Madison Kindergarteners learning through play.

Band and orchestra students try out various instruments to find the right fit!

Future musicians at Madison Elementary!

Madison School celebrated MHS Homecoming by dressing 50's style! We also enjoyed visits from the MHS Pom Pom Squad and the 2016 Homecoming Court during our morning opening.

The 50's at Madison Elementary - "Decade Day" for Homecoming 2016!

Students created a class anchor chart in Ms. Poppe's 4th grade class.

Mrs. Poppe's 4th graders at Madison.

Madison 5th graders in Mr. Weber's class learning with Google Classroom.

5th graders checking out Google classroom.


Mrs. Strouf's first graders enjoyed taste testing apples while working on adjectives. Kids then voted for their favorite apple (red, yellow, or green)!!!!

What's your favorite apple? (Mrs. Strouf's 1st Graders)

Teacher Librarian Mrs. Bloomquist taught Mrs. Strouf's first graders about parts of a book. Then they placed a super fun game checking their understanding on the different parts!!!


The Mighty Muskie Marching Band marched to Mulberry on Thursday for their morning announcements. The band played the Muskie Fight Song, the School Song, and Cuban Shuffle. All of the great music was a perfect addition to Homecoming week!

The MMMB at Mulberry Elementary!


7th graders in Mrs. Beale's science class at CMS discovered cells!

7th graders learning about cells in Mrs. Beale's science class.

High school students and Muskie Pom led a Central Middle School assembly on Thursday afternoon. In an effort to create more unity between the high school and other buildings in the district, high school Peer Mentoring students met with leaders from Central Middle School to teach middle school students Muskie Football cheers. Students in middle school will stand closer to the high school student section for the Homecoming game tonight and will be cheering along with older students in the district. Go Muskies!

High school students and Muskie Pom led a Central Middle School assembly.

Student, Noah Miller, and GT Specialist, Becky Stogdill, were recognized for Academic Excellence in Education by the Belin Blank Center for Gifted Learners at the University of Iowa on Sunday, September, 25.

Congrats to Academic Excellence Award Winners Mrs. Stogdill and CMS student Noah Miller!

Students and staff participated in Wacky Hair day at CMS as part of Homecoming 2016!

Mr. Kulland and a student taking part in Wacky Hair Day.


Students in Mr. Yerington’s 6th grade science classes are learning about radiation by monitoring the temperature of soil and water every two minutes for 20 minutes in the sun, then the shade. They are finding that it takes MUCH more heat energy to raise the temperature of the water!

Students learn about the sun's radiation in Mr. Yerington's science classes.

West Middle School students and staff participated in Spirit Week on Thursdays' Wacky Hair/Hat day.

Staff and students at WMS don their Homecoming Spirit!


Greasers, hippies, glam girls, and Michael Jackson oh my! #kramerchemistry #throwbackthursday Class enjoying homecoming themes and making atomic structure video games.

Ms. Kramers' Chemistry students getting their Homecoming 2016 on while learning about atomic structures!

The high school chemistry students (of all chemistry teachers) are learning about atomic structure. We have spent some time outside building models of the atom using hula hoops and different sizes/colors of balls. In the classroom our students also worked with Bohr Model kits (made by the Chem PLC team). These activities have helped them learn about how many protons and neutrons belong in the nucleus and how many electrons belong in the different energy levels of atoms.

MHS Chemistry Students and the Bohr Model.

The Mighty Muskie Marching Band placed second in the Marion, IA, marching invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24. From left - Katherine Hurlbut, color guard co-captain, drum majors Chris Kenefick, Kaleb Drawbaugh, Molly Matkovich, and Breanna Osborn, color guard co-captain.

The MMMB placed second at Marion last week! Way to go Muskies!

Students Reggie Krogman and Derrick Lauterwasser in their Manufacturing 1 class with Mr. Mayer, were pouring their sand casting molds that they made themselves. Reggie poured a JFK medallion while Derrick poured an Eagle wall hanger. This was the second time that students poured in this class this term.

Amazing work of amazing students!

Boys Varsity Golf took 2nd at the MAC over the weekend. The two-day tournament at Kewanee Dunes, Kewanee IL had the Muskies in the lead over Assumption and Bettendorf by 6 strokes and 4 strokes, respectively, after shooting a 309 to end Round One. Day Two still had the Muskies posting some great scores for a 316, but it wasn’t enough to beat Assumption who posted 308 to win the MAC by 2 strokes. Muscatine’s total two-day score of 625 is 32 strokes better than their 4th place finish last year! Muskies lead scorers were Bryce Howard who finished 7th overall shooting 79/77 = 156 followed by Josh Hutton and Ben Linderman who finished tied for 8th with a two-day total of 76/81 = 157. Muskies compete for District next Monday, October 3rd at Palmer Hills in Bettendorf. Congrats Muskies and good luck at District.

Way to go Muskie Golf!

Here is a sample of Muskie Homecoming 2016! Go Muskies!

Muskie Homecoming 2016


Jefferson Elementary Staff held our first "Community Day," heading over to MCSA to help with some light cleaning after school this week. We cleaned chairs and cabinets in the kitchen to help prepare for the painting being done as part of the Annie Sloan Chalk-Painting project taking place at MCSA during the month of October. It was great to visit with Maggie Curry and the rest of the MCSA Staff to hear about all the wonderful things taking place at MCSA!

Jefferson Staff participated in their first Community Day.

Thank you to all staff who submitted photos for this week's blog!

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