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This Week in Our Schools April 2 - 6, 2018

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

Featured this week:

  • Blue Out Day
  • Parents as Teachers: Spring Fling!
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Huber's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Silver Cord Volunteer.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Foxen's 1st Grade Art Students.
  • Grant Elementary: Major Saver Ticket Sellers.
  • Jefferson Elementary: STEAM.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
  • Madison Elementary: Celebrating 45 Office Referral-Free Days.
  • Madison Elementary: Theme Day - Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher.
  • Central Middle School: Science Bowl and Science Enrichment Students.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Hyink's 8th Grade P.E. Classes.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Ag Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Miss Montandon's Human Anatomy Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Model United Nations.
  • Muscatine High School: 11th and 12th Grade Academy Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Muscatine Jazz Ensemble.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Schmelzer's Work Experience Students.
  • Muskie Sports: Go Muskies!
  • District-Wide Staff

BLUE OUT DAY

The district participated in Blue Out Day for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month (sponsored by the Muscatine County CARES Child Abuse Council and the CPPC). Students and staff wore blue as part of this day. #greatchildhoodsmuscatine

PARENTS AS TEACHERS

Parents as Teachers hosted a Spring Fling for their families! Fun was had by all!

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

Students in Mrs. Hepker's Class performed community outreach at Sunnybrook Assisted Living. Ariah, Zaden and Frankie visited their friends at Sunnybrook. Ariah and Zaden showed some of the residents the tricks that Frankie performs. Overall, the conversations were great and positive!!!

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Second grade students in Miss Huber's class wrote "How to Make a Mask" and got to create their mask in the process to make sure they did not skip any steps. This was a fun learning process for both the students and Miss Huber!

GRANT ELEMENTARY

Ryan volunteers at Grant for MHS silver cord hours & is a very big help! He wonders why all kids do not eat breakfast because “it is so important!”

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1st graders in Mrs. Foxen's Art Class at Grant Elementary are "scientists" as they made drawings of beakers to experiment by mixing primary colors together. They are making their backgrounds with chalk pastel bubbles.

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Grant Elementary students were treated to a limo ride and pizza party for selling Major Savers cards.

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY

This week at Jefferson STEAM Club students and staff participated in The Great Egg Drop! Students worked in teams of four to design devices to protect a raw egg when dropped from a height. Students had many different materials to select from such as balloons, cotton balls, plastic cups, tissue paper, coffee filters, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, and much more. They had to draw their design and create a list of materials before they could start building. Students and staff had a fantastic time dropping their EGG-CELLENT designs from the top of the cherry picker. Special thanks to Jeff Miller and the Maintenance Department for helping us out! Congratulations to these two teams for building successful designs!

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Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing students took a field trip for Equine therapy. All of our students were able to ride the horses, then walk the miniature horses, and walk through to see the other livestock.

MADISON ELEMENTARY

Congratulations to Madison students on reaching our goal of 45 office referral free days! They celebrated this week with glow and read!

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One of Madison's Theme Days this week was Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher. Pictured are a couple of Mrs. Wards' former students who dressed like her and some 4th and 5th graders dressed like Mr. Stewart for the day.

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Several Science Bowl and Science Enrichment students at Central Middle School joined forces while building bridges. The goal was to build strong bridges using 5 supplies. After strength testing, the bridges will undergo alterations and in some cases, new construction.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

Some of Mrs. Hyink's 8th grade students in PE had a badminton "tournament" and these were our winners! Congratulations Grant and Miles!

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It's been a busy few weeks in Ms. Wiebe's middle school ag classrooms!

6th grade ag students are wrapping up their animal unit by rewiewing for their test and practicing proper animal interactions with a baby pot belly pig and bottle lamb.

7th grade ag students in the classroom are wrapping up their ag products and processing unit and are practicing what they have learned identifying different cuts of meat. While at the Ag Center, they are demonstrating animal safety and horse leading skills maneuvering miniature horses around.

8th grade ag students completed their plant unit by selecting seeds to actually plant and start growing in the germination unit lights in the classroom. At the Ag Center they jumped into their animal unit by learning about record-keeping and proper use of medications through actually giving vaccinations to baby lambs.

MUSCATINE HIGH SCHOOL

Miss Montandon's Human Anatomy classes visited Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport. Students toured the school and visited a human anatomy lab. We had a lot of fun, learned so much about the human body and got to attend a hands on lab! (i'll forward you the email with our pictures.. I can get them to upload to this email for some reason)

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On Thursday and Friday, 23 students from the Model UN club participated in the Iowa High School Model United Nations conference at the University of Northern Iowa. Delegates represented the delegations of Argentina, Belgium, and Brazil - working to draft resolutions in a variety of UN policy areas.

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This week the 11th and 12th grade academy students made a trip to the state capital building in Des Moines. This was the capstone of the a cross-curricular project they were working on in their Economics, English, and Government classes. They had a chance to meet with our local representatives, Gary Carlson and David Jacoby. They were able to ask them their stance on current issues being brought up in the Iowa State House. They also got to hear from each representative on legislation that is being passed to help them succeed after they graduate from high school.

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The Muscatine Jazz Ensemble performed at the Iowa Jazz Championships yesterday. They performed very well and earned a participation plaque as one of the top 15 bands in Class 4A.

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"Working the "Brick Yard." Last Wednesday, March 28th, fifty MHS Work Experience Students headed back for to spend the morning working the "Brick Yard." As part of the United Way of Muscatine's Day of Caring, students and staff traveled down to the former Morgan Trucking building off of Washington St. to help City of Muscatine Public Works with their Mississippi Drive Corridor Project.

An integral part of the project is the incorporation of reclaimed brick pavers, removed from Muscatine streets, into new sidewalks, crosswalks, and medians. The City staff has a stockpile of a mix of reclaimed bricks and road materials that the bricks need to be pulled from, cleaned, assessed for quality, and stacked on pallets. The project will require a total of 60,000 bricks of which 30,000 have already been processed. Our students were able to process 2000 bricks Wednesday morning.

MUSKIE SPORTS

JV Girls Golf

The JV girls golf team opened up their season with a match against Bettendorf JV on Thursday at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course braving the cold weather.

pictured left to right is: Kenni Hawkins, Amy Olivas, Brynn Reynolds, Alexis Moeller, Meghan Yetter

DISTRICT-WIDE STAFF

Colorado Elementary

Colorado staff wore blue on Monday for Autism Awareness Day.

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY

Teachers and Para Educators at Jefferson participated in professional learning about Active Supervision. As a part of the training, staff had the opportunity to role play either as students or as staff supervising them. Thanks to our PBIS team for the engaging training!

BLUE OUT DAY

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