THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS November 14-18, 2016 | mcsd communications

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

Featured this week:

  • Franklin: Mrs. Hawkins' 4th Grade Class.
  • Grant: Girl Scouts.
  • Grant: Mrs. Sitzmann's Kindergarten Class.
  • Grant: Staff and Families at China Garden.
  • Grant: Mrs. Morton's 2nd Grade and Mr. Valenzuela's 5th Grade Classes
  • Jefferson: Mrs. Zitzow's 1st Grade Class
  • McKinley: Veteran's Day Assembly.
  • Mulberry: Mrs. Green's Kindergarten Class.
  • CMS: Ms. Walgren's 7th Grade Math Class.
  • CMS: Chinese Artists Visit CMS Students.
  • WMS: Mrs. Plemmons' and Mrs. Ortega's Science Classes.
  • WMS: Mr. Yerington's 6th Grade Science Class.
  • MHS: Mr. Schmelzer's Work Experience Class.
  • MHS: Mr. Klingborg's Advanced Welding Class.
  • MHS: 11th Grade Students Visit Grinnell College.
  • East Campus: Ms. Sheperd's Service Learning Class.
  • District-wide Staff: Jefferson Elementary Staff.
  • District-wide Staff: Admin Center Staff.


4th graders in Mrs. Hawkins' class shared what turkeys had to say after they read "Turkey Trouble" and "The Night Before Thanksgiving." The letters are addressed to humans with a plea not to eat the turkey and suggestions on what to eat instead.

Franklin students share from a "turkey's perspective."


Grant's Girl Scout Troop is hosting a product drive for the MCSA. They presented their information to the Grant student body at our LEAD Meeting.

Grant Girl Scouts helping those in need.

Ms. Sitzmann's kindergarten students at Grant synergized and shared shapes to re-create parts of a book called, Mouse Shapes.

Synergizing in Kindergarten!

Grant Staff and Families had a "Sharpen Your Saw" event hosted by the China Garden. 12% of the sales from the evening were donated to the school. Thank you China Garden!

Students, staff, and families "sharpen the saw" at China Garden.

Leaders in Mrs. Morton's 2nd grade and Mr. Valenzuela's 5th grade met during their DEAL (Drop Everything and Lead) time. They talked about what they are thankful for and planned their celebration for increasing their percent proficient on FAST progress monitoring!

Drop Everything and Lead (DEAL) Time at Grant.


In 1st grade at Jefferson, Mrs. Zitzow's students did a literature study of the book From Seed to Pumpkin and engaged in reading and math activities centered around pumpkins.

Reading and math pumpkin activities in 1st Grade!


Last week, McKinley held a Veteran's Day assembly, honoring local veterans.

Celebrating our Veterans at McKinley Elementary.


Mrs. Green's Kindergarten class celebrated Mickey Mouse day by making their own shirts, practicing their sight words and talking about Walt Disney's growth mindset (top 3 pictures) and then learned about good hand washing with a visit from The Red Cross and Scrubby Bear (bottom 3 pictures)!

Mickey Mouse and Scrubby Bear - a busy fun-filled learning week in Kindergarten!


Ms. Walgren's 7th grade class worked on multiplying and dividing fractions while playing Jenga!

Fun with math and Jenga!

Famous Chinese artists came to Central on Tuesday and taught the kids their styles of art, from calligraphy to making masks.


Michelle Berns from the Discovery Center joined Mrs. Plemmons' and Mrs. Ortega's science class to learn about turkeys!

Learning all about turkeys in science!

Students in Mr. Yerington’s 6th grade science class played the review game “Grudge Ball” where answering a question allowed them to take away points from other teams. In addition they got to shoot the Nerf ball for bonus points they could also take away.

Reviewing science through "Grudge Ball."

Below, a student in Mr. Yerington's class scores some bonus points for his team during the Grudge Ball review competition.


Work Experience students in Mr. Schmelzer's class at Muscatine High School took advantage of the beautiful Fall weather to experience corn harvesting, learn about beef production, and get questions answered about careers in agriculture from former MHS students.

Mr. Schmelzer's Class with the Petersen's.
Last Thursday, students traveled northeast of Muscatine to Petersen Farms run by of Dan, Bill, Joe, and Gary Petersen. The Petersen's raise corn and soybeans along with operating a beef cow/calf operation. The Petersen's are all graduates of Muscatine High School and were actively involved in FFA.
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a $200,000 combine! As you can see Shane Beason (L) and Adam Rininger (R) are happy to get the opportunity after receiving expert operating instructions from farmer Bill Petersen (C).
Dan Petersen, Erica Barajas, Brianne James, Katie Hanssen, and para-educator Carol McKillip (L-R) watch harvest from a safe location. The girls were anxious to get their turn at the wheel of the John Deere 9570 STS combine.
Students listen to Dan Peterson explain the importance of corn production to the Iowa economy and the jobs that are associated with agricultural production while standing in a Cyclone of bees wings.
The smile tells the story, as Katie Hanssen stops for a snapshot before descending the ladder of the combine she just finished driving.
The student’s also learned about beef production in Iowa, “no bull”. Well, actually there were a few bulls on the farm. Isaac Banuelos (center) reassures Shane Beason (background) and Dominick Jones (foreground) that he knows how to handle this 3000# Black Simmental bull. “Don’t worry guys, I saw this on a movie. All I have to do is rub this spot on his forehead and he’ll go right to sleep.”

Advanced welding students in Mr. Klingborg's class designed and built a round bale feeder for the Ag Center.

Applying learning to real life situations - Advanced Welding students.

A group of 11th grade students visited Grinnell College this week. They enjoyed a meeting with admissions staff, a campus tour and lunch in the dining center.

Getting a first-hand experience at college life!


East Campus students in Ms. Sheperd's Service Learning Class helped Rebuilding Muscatine build wheelchair ramps for people in the community.

Giving back to the community at East Campus!


Jefferson Staff would like to thank Holly Hanna and several high school students who came to facilitate a discussion panel during our staff PSST. We learned so much about relationships, passions, and growth from each student that presented. We look forward to partnering with them in the future!

As part of the Admin Center staff's mission to support buildings and students, several staff helped Jefferson Elementary by filling over 600 balloons for their balloon launch on Monday.

Thank you to all staff who submitted pictures for this week's edition of This Week in Our Schools!

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