This Week in Our Schools August 28 - september 1, 2017

Welcome to the Back-to-School edition of This Week in Our Schools! Scroll down to see our students and staff in action!

Featured this week:

  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Mohror's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Breakfast Time!
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Franklin's Makerspace.
  • Grant Elementary: Breakfast Time!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Sitzmann's Kindergarten Classes.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Abbott's 1st Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Morning Meetings.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Yetter's Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Willett's 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Shepherd's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Spratt's Kindergarten Class.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Larson-Walgren's 6th Grade Reading Class.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Bezdek's 8th Grade Pre-AP ELA and 8th Grade ELA Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA Livestock and Meat Judging Teams.
  • District-Wide Staff: Food and Nutrition Workers.
  • Shout Out! MHS Special Education Receives Award!
  • Shout Out! Stanley Foundation Supports MHS Social Studies!


Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten class started school this week. We are off to a great start!


Mrs. Mohror's 3rd graders enjoyed their reading time!


Colorado students enjoy breakfast before the day begins.


Franklin Kindergartners in Mrs. Harder's class playing and making new friends!


Students at Franklin Elementary enjoyed experimenting with their Makerspace. A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Students currently use it when they have free time during the day, before school and at recess. It is an area all students have access to. This space was designed to help develop creativity and curiosity.


Grant students enjoy having breakfast before they start their day.


Theresa Riley, Food Service, and Ms. Sitzmann teach kindergarten students what it means to LEAD at Grant Elementary while in line for lunch.


First Grade students in Mrs. Abbott's class at Grant School learned about growth mindset after reading "Pout Pout Fish Goes to School."


Madison Elementary is embracing Morning Meetings as a way to build community and relationships in the classroom.


Kindergarteners in Mrs. Skidmore's class are having fun with math games!

..and Mrs. Skidmore's class on their first day of school!


Ms. Yetter's students enjoyed trying out their new calming tools that teachers made for them this past week..


Mrs. Poppe's 4th grade class spent some time observing their mealworms from their FOSS Environments science kit. They also created an environment for them to live in to satisfy the mealworms basic needs.


Students in Ms. Willett's 4th grade class were welcomed on their first day of school with a positive message.


Ms. Shepherd's 5th graders expressed their creativity in art class.


McKinley students enjoying their lunch!


Mrs. Spratt's kindergarten class worked in small groups on sorting letters and words, and writing their names and letters of the alphabet. The kindergarteners had a great first week of school.


Students in Mrs. Larson-Walgren's 6th grade reading class are enjoying their new flexible seating.


Mrs. Bezdek's 8th grade Pre-AP ELA students worked on learning literary terms through an activity that made them the teachers. The students were placed in groups and asked to come up with a definition and mnemonic device to help their classmates remember an assigned vocabulary word. Presentations included dance moves, rhymes, and even a rap!

Mrs. Bezdek's 8th grade ELA students have been learning about narrative structure and how to identify the five plot stages of a story. First, students read children's books and created posters mapping out the story's plot stages. Students then moved to more complex text to apply their new knowledge.


On Saturday August 26th, 2017, Muscatine FFA Livestock and Meat judging teams competed at the 2017 State contests, held in Ames Iowa. Muscatine had on FFA meats judging team, and had two livestock teams, one was FFA and the other was 4H.

The meats team placed 8th overall. The competition had 4 categories-meat identification, a test, quality and yield grading, general judging. The team consisted of, Hope Reichert (10th grade), Alli Youngbauer (10th Grade), Andrew VanNice (10th grade), and Alex Sotelo (11th grade).
Muscatine had two teams for the livestock judging contest. The FFA team placed 9th overall, and the team consisted of, Dakota Heath (12th grade), Dalton Peterson (12th grade), Kaylee Goddard (10th grade), Tyler Moeller (11th grade). The 4H team members were, Jake Draves (9th grade), Trevor Anderson (10th grade), Grace Williams (8th grade), Ava Daufeldt (8th grade)


Food and Nutrition staff are ready for hungry students!


August 30, 2017: Muscatine High School (MHS) Special Education received recognition from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during an awards ceremony held August 30, 2017 in Cedar Rapids. MHS Special Education was honored with a Group Governor's Volunteer Award by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) for their participation in the DOT's HIghway Cleanup Program.

For the full write up, go to:


A shout out goes to Jill Goldsberry and the Stanley Foundation for the support given to the MHS Social Studies Department through the purchase of curriculum materials from the Choices Program at Brown University. The resources will be used in Mr. Acord's Modern U.S. History course. Thank you Jill and the Stanley Foundation!


Thank you to all who submitted photos and announcements for this week's This Week in Our Schools!

Here's to the start of a great year of learning!

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