This Week in Our Schools March 20-24, 2017 | MCSD Communications

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

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide: Sarah Prineas - Visiting Author.
  • District-Wide: 5th-8th Grade and the Muskie Way.
  • Parents as Teachers: Muscatine Art Center Event.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Eserhaut's P.E. Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Throwing Kindness Like Confetti!
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Holder's 1st Grade Art Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Students Prepare for LIM Lighthouse Event!
  • Jefferson Elementary: Dean Jacobs Visits Jefferson Students.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Math Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Science Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Carlson's 3rd Grade Gifted and Talented Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Students Participate in Fundraiser for MHS' Senior Survivor.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Mergen's 1st Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Finley, Mulberry's Therapy Dog.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Story's and Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classes.
  • CMS: 6th Grade Students Celebrate Custodian Dave Busch!
  • MHS: Band and Orchestra Visit Los Angeles!
  • MHS: FFA Banquet.

DISTRICT-WIDE

McKinley's fourth and fifth grades, along with West's sixth grade classes enjoyed a visit from Sarah Prineas. She has written the Winterling series, the Magic Thief series, and two books for high school students. She told students about her inspirations for the books, how books are made, and even showed us covers of her books from other countries! We are very lucky to have had this opportunity!

Sarah Prineas, a visiting published author, led a writer's workshop for middle and high school GT students on Thursday afternoon!

ESL students had a nice opportunity to attend Sarah Prineas' Visiting Author presentation. They enjoyed to meet with fantasy author who has written books that retell the famous fairy tales. Sarah spoke about her career, her inspiration and answered questions.

Young Adult book author, Sarah Prineas, spoke at MHS on Thursday morning. Sarah talked to 9-12th grade students about her writing and publishing processes and her new book, Ash & Bramble. Students also asked her some great questions. Following her visit, all MCSD libraries are selling autographed copies of Sarah's books (she has written series for students in upper-elementary and middle school; and has written two young adult novels). See the button below for a link to the order form!

Order forms are available at the link below. Orders are due Thursday, April 6th.

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Thirty-five student leaders in grades 5-8 represented all of our Muscatine school buildings to help develop the idea of the Muskie Way. Students worked on ideas to help create a unified vision of what it means to be a Muskie. Go Muskies!

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PARENTS AS TEACHERS

Parents as Teachers had fun this week at the Muscatine Art Center creating art after reading the book "Grant and Tillie Go Walking."

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COLORADO ELEMENTARY

Students learn yoga and relaxation techniques from yoga expert, Maggie Hines, in Mrs. Eserhaut's PE class.

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Colorado students are determined to "throw kindness like confetti around the school."

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FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

Students in Miss Harder's kindergarten class had special guests, principal Mr. Wester and Franklin librarian Ms. Elshoff read to them during their library time! They also like taking a brain break and practice yoga!

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Franklin 1st graders in Ms. Holder's art class made gumball machines!

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GRANT ELEMENTARY

Grant Elementary is preparing for a big event- a Lighthouse Review by "Leader in Me"! They invited school district employees and school board members to visit Grant so students could practice how they have infused "Leader in Me" throughout their building and culture, and the positive results they yield as a result. Good luck Grant Elementary!

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JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY

Dean Jacobs visited Jefferson students this week. His talk was sponsored by the Stanley Foundation and showcased his travels up and down the Mississippi and around the world. Jefferson students loved to hear about his global adventures!

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MADISON ELEMENTARY

4th grade students in Mrs. Poppe's Math class showing multiple pathways!

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Ms. Connor's 5th graders started a new science unit, Mixtures and solutions!!! They LOVE mixing chemicals!

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Madison 3rd grade gifted and talented students in Mrs. Carlson's class used divergent thinking skills working on the inventing process with brainstorming and trying many different ideas in The Great Paper Tower Building Tournament.

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MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY

First graders in Mrs. Strouf's class explored shapes this week. They are working on attributes of different kinds of shapes!

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MULBERRY ELEMENTARY

Kindergarteners in Mrs. Evans' class worked hard this week doing a variety of learning activities!

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Mulberry students busted a move at a dance marathon fundraiser for Senior Survivor.

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The first grade students in Mrs. Mergen's room celebrated with donuts. As a class, they met their reading goal and read over 6,000 minutes in five weeks! Great job first graders!

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Finley, the Mulberry Therapy Dog, learned how to play checkers this week!

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Students from Scott Community College Interpreting Prep Program came and presented 3 different songs to Mrs. Story's DHH students at Mulberry. The students got to read to the interpreting prep students, then they had some time to socialize. What a great learning opportunity for both sets of students.

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Two students in Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class wrote their own books about themselves and their hearing losses, then shared their books with their class. Pictures attached below.

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CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

6th grade students lined the hallway to say goodbye to custodian Dave Busch who retired March 22nd after working eleven years for the district! Congrats, Dave!

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MUSCATINE HIGH SCHOOL

The MHS Band and Orchestra took a combined trip to LA. They left at 12:30 am on Saturday, March 4 and arrived back to Muscatine on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 15. The group took in many activities while in LA including a trip to Universal Studios (see group picture) and attended a concert of the LA Philharmonic (see picture below). On Monday, March 13 the group worked with Larry Livingston at the USC Thornton School of Music as well as held an outdoor performance.

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The annual FFA Banquet was held on Thursday, March 23rd at the Ag Learning Center. The banquet celebrates the accomplishments of Muscatine's FFA members of the contests and activities they have participated in over the course of the year. Around 400 people were in attendance. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Ag Department and FFA this year! Especially thanks to our administration, staff, community support, parents and student members.

Thank you to all who have submitted pictures for this week's edition!

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