This Week in Our Schools april 3-7, 2017 | mcsd communications

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Featured this Week:

  • District-Wide Students: Gifted and Talented Grades 5-12.
  • Parents as Teachers: Parents as Teachers Visits ISU Extension.
  • Colorado Elementary: Pawsitive Peer Lunch Group.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: 4th Grade Pooch Perfect Girls.
  • Grant Elementary: Miss Dindinger's Begindergarten Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Grant Students Practice for Leader in Me Lighthouse Review.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Major Saver Winners!
  • McKinley Elementary: Penny Wars.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Steele's 5th Grade Math Class.
  • West Middle School: Mr. Hayes' 6th Grade Art Students.
  • West Middle School: 6th Graders and Special Guest Bandit!
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Plemmon's New "Student!"
  • Muscatine High School: Thoroughly Modern Millie Drama Rehearsals.
  • Muscatine High School: Students of the Quarter and Service Leader Awards!
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Walker's EL English 11 and 12th Grade Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Johnson's ELL Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: CTE (Business/Industrial Tech) Career Day.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Music Band, Orchestra, and Choir Students.
  • East Campus: Mr. Battern's Government Class.
  • District-Wide Staff: April Employee Awards!
  • District-Wide Staff: MHS Staff of 3rd Quarter!
  • District-Wide Staff: Nate Randleman - Bridgestone Classroom of the Quarter Grant Award Winner!


Gifted and Talented students in grades 5-12 participating in the Future Problem Solving State Competition visited the Muscatine Police Department to research their current topic of study: Identity Theft. Detective Hesseling shared interesting research on the topic for our students. These students also participated in a tour of the police station as well as a tour of the Muscatine County jail.


Parents as Teachers families spent time at the ISU Extension office learning how to incorporate more veggies into their family meals. They also participated in fun carnival games!


Members of the Pawsitive Peer Lunch Group work on positive quotes for all of the restrooms throughout the school. Our mission is to spread happiness and inspire all students to be the best they can be.


In math, students in Mrs. Hines' kindergarten class worked as a team to count various sets of objects. Students had to identify which sets of objects were groups of ten.


Third graders in Mrs. Yahn's class at Colorado had an ice cream sundae party to celebrate the success of learning all of the multiplication facts!! ...

"Orange" you glad it's Friday? :-)


These Colorado 4th graders made purses, bracelets, and sold candy and dog treats through their self-marketed group "The Pooch Perfect Girls" to the students of Colorado Elementary. They raised over $100 and donated the proceeds to the Muscatine Humane Society last Saturday. Great job students!


Begindergarten kiddos in Miss Dindinger's class at Grant put first things first while working in math stations.


Grant Elementary hosted it's second Leader in Me Open House this week! Students were visited by several teachers, administrators, and staff from throughout the district. Students shared what leadership is all about and how Leader in Me has helped improve student leadership, as well as academic achievement. This opportunity not only shared Leader in Me in action, but also helped Grant students and staff prepare for their upcoming Lighthouse Review.


Second graders in Mrs. Hepker's class at Jefferson practiced spelling words using popsicle sticks!


The top students from Madison that sold the most Major Saver Cards got to take a limo ride to Happy Joes!


McKinley students are competing in a "penny war" to raise money for the Muscatine Humane Society!


Students in Mrs. Steele's 5th grade math class played a game. They practiced multiplying mixed numbers, fractions, and whole numbers.


6th graders Carter Ohl and Zoie Kleindolph work on printing their foam relief prints in Mr. Hayes' art class. Students started with a sketch and then had to redraw the image onto a sheet of foam.


On Monday, the sixth grade students at West Middle School had a special guest visit them for a surprise assembly. Bandit from the River Bandits baseball team came to West to motivate students to read so they can attend a River Bandits game in May.


Say "Hello and Welcome!" to West Middle School's newest addition: Dundee! He is Mrs. Plemmons' 2-year old black lab assistance dog that will be in her classroom. He has only been there for one week and has already done so much for the students. Welcome Dundee!


MHS Drama students are rehearsing for the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie that is coming to the community April 27, 28 & 29! Tickets are now on sale to the public. Come out and see our many talented students!


MHS Students of the Quarter & Service Leaders were recognized at a Recognition Breakfast hosted by Hy-Vee on March 31st. Students are recognized for their outstanding performance or demonstration of significant service to the school throughout the last nine-week period. They are nominated by their teacher for such things as: individual accomplishments in the classroom, standards of excellence, performing in a unique manner, or making exceptional contributions to the class.

Students of the 3rd Quarter

Top (L to R): Ali Jimenez and Ximena Bernhardt; Bottom (L to R): Al Evans and Brittany Georgi
Top (L to R): Jasmine Logel and Owen Hazelwood Beard; Bottom (L to R): Raelynn Deleon and Jasun McFadon
Top (L to R): Kirstin Osland and Deja Carter; Bottom (L to R): Hailey Huggins and Kate Gabriel

Service Leaders of 3rd Quarter

Left to Right: Emily Astley and Sarah Spellman

Congratulations Students!


Last week, Mrs. Walker's ELL English 11th and 12th grade class learned the ins and outs of theatre at ISU, including lights, sound, set design, costumes, and make-up. The day ended with a live performance of the musical Little Women.


MHS students in Mrs. Johnson's English Language Learning classes began their journey to earning Silver Cord Hours by volunteering. Students had fun volunteering for the first time at McKinley Elementary's Carnival last Saturday. Great job, girls!


CTE (Business/Industrial Tech) and HNI had a Career day at MHS on Friday April 7th in the morning. There were over 150 students who attended this event. Thanks!HNI.


MHS Music band, orchestra, and choir students have been preparing for IHSMA Solo/Small Ensemble Contest on Saturday, April 8th. This free event is held at Davenport West and offers students a chance to perform as soloists or part of a small ensemble to compete for a rating. Good luck to all!


Muscatine School Board member John Dabeet visited Mr. Battern's Government class at East Campus on April 6. Dabeet was invited by students to talk to the class about volunteerism, what it means to serve on the school board, and to answer their questions.


The MCSD Employee Recognition Award is for those employees who go above and beyond on a continual basis for students, staff, and/or parents. Nominations can come from community members, parents, and staff members. The district would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you and congratulate April’s best of the best at MCSD!

Top L to R: Amy Danay - ALC Aide at MHS and Jillian Poppe - 4th Grade Teacher at Madison and Karen Woods - 2nd Grade Teacher at Madison; Bottom L to R: Tammy Holcomb - Special Ed Teacher at CMS and Janessa Ford - Kindergarten Teacher at Jefferson

To nominate a staff member, go to:


MHS Teachers and Support Staff play an important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. Each quarter MHS recognizes outstanding educators at Muscatine High School and highlight her/his achievements. Staff are nominated and selected based on the following criteria: Excellence in the Classroom, Motivation, Leadership, Creativity and Imagination, Dedication, and Communication. Here are the 3rd Quarter Staff Awards:

Left to Right: Kathy Danner, Marcus Holler, Sam Paul, and Vicki Tometich


Congratulations to Nate Randleman on receiving the Bridgestone Classroom of the Quarter Grant! His grant application is for the Advancement of Rhythm and Health Through Movement. He will be able to purchase stability balls and drum sticks to promote movement through music and drumming! What a fun activity for his students! Congrats Nate!

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