This Week in Our Schools March 5 - 8, 2018

Scroll down to see our students and staff in action This Week in Our Schools! Check out the learning opportunities happening district-wide!

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Cheering on the Muskies!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Abbott's 1st Grade and Mrs. McKee's 3rd Grade Classes.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Abbot's 1st Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: P.E. Yoga.
  • Madison Elementary: Lucky Clovers.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Kinyon's 2nd Grade Leadership Group.
  • Madison Elementary: Read with the One You Love.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Pangburn's Kindergarten Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Pedersen's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Avenger Superheroes!
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. (Walgren) Meyer's 8th Grade Math Class.
  • Central Middle School: MathCounts Regional Contest.
  • Central Middle School: Future Problem Solvers.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Hurlbert's Classes.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Matteson's ELA Classes.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade Box Tops Fundraiser Winners!
  • Muscatine High School: Jazz Ensemble.
  • Muscatine High School: Speech and Debate.
  • Muscatine High School: Senior Survivor.
  • Muscatine High School: Vocal Music Department.
  • Muscatine High School: Mock Trial.
  • District-Wide Staff: Hogenson Named SAI's Middle Level Principal of the Year!


MHS/CMS Band Students

MHS and CMS Band students at the direction of Mr. Plummer and Mr. Rickard held a joint band concert last Friday, March 2.

4th Grade Mock Trial

On Monday and Tuesday mornings this week, defense and prosecution teams tried two court cases - one civil and one criminal. The civil case involved Clara Muffet and an apartment infested with spiders. She claimed that she did not need to fulfill her lease due to the horrible living conditions. The criminal case involved charges against siblings Hansel and Gretel Schmidt, who were accused of criminal mischief, petty theft, and aggravated battery. Cases were presided over by the Honorable Judges Karissa Burton and Alex Sichterman (high school students with extensive experience in Mock Trial), and held at City Hall, due to the Courthouse being used. Over lunch, however, we were able to take a field trip to the Courthouse and learn from the Clerk of Court all about the ins and outs of holding real trials.

Gifted Music Students - CMS/MHS

Gifted music students from Central Middle School and Muscatine High School attended the Jackson Concert Series starring the Tesla Quartet. The string performance introduced students to new genres of music and the performers spent time answering student questions after the concert.


On Tuesday, Colorado school students and staff were cheering on the Muskies to beat Iowa City West!!


The Muskie football players came to play with Mrs. McKee's 3rd grade class and Mrs. Abbott's 1st grade class for being the two classes showing the highest percentage of growth on FAST. In between classes, they went around and read with students and tested their 5th grade math abilities! As you can see by the pictures, guarding the pins so they weren't knocked down was serious business.


Mrs. Abbott's first graders will read here and there, we will read everywhere in first grade as they celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday!


As part of last week's Read Across America and celebration of Dr. Suess' birthday, Mrs. Story's classroom door received 2nd place in the door contest! Students in her class won a party! All of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing team gathered to enjoy some extra time together!


Mrs. Manjoine's 5th grade class sharpened the saw this week...... synergy at it's finest!

5th graders in Mrs. Manjoine's class have been researching and writing reports celebrating black history. The students ended the project with a Google Slide presentation for their class.


All students at Madison school were treated to yoga during gym on Monday. Muscatine Yoga taught our students several poses for cooling down.


Our Madison Student Leadership Team is working hard to spread lucky clovers around the building. Students can write a "thank you" to another student or staff member.


Mrs. Kinyon's 2nd grade leaders as part of the K-2 Leadership Crew at Madison Elementary created a Friendship Fence for Madison's playground! This is a place for students to hang out if they need someone to play with. The 2nd grade leaders were so excited about revealing it to the school during morning announcements this week!


Madison held their annual Read With Someone You Love event. They had over 125 guest readers last week! It was awesome to see students who are excited about reading.


Mrs. Pangburn's kindergarten class continued celebrating Dr. Suess on Monday! The cat stole some sight words off the word wall and students had to go find them in the hallway!


Ms. Pedersen's 2nd grade students received "I Love NY" t-shirts from her recent trip to the Big Apple!


Introducing Central's 6th Grade Avengers Superheroes of the week! They do their part both in and outside of the classroom at Central.​​​


8th grade students in Ms. Walgren's Pre-Algebra class at Central worked on a breakout activity! They had 4 different types of locks they had to crack in order to escape! The students had to solve different math problems and riddles, along with a few other types of problems in order to get the combinations for their locks. Some of the pieces of the breakout kit included a UV light, a puzzle, and a scytale code. Most groups escaped- but not without the help from some hints!


A few students from Central Middle School competed in the regional MathCounts competition. Our first place individual winner, Emilio Bobay will be advancing to the State Competition later in March. Go Muskies!


Central Middle School students who participate in Future Problem Solving developed and performed skits based on solutions and action plans they created to a futuristic problematic scenario. We will find out after spring break if we qualify for the state competition. Good luck!


Sixth grade students made ice cream in Mrs. Carey and Mr. Hurlbert's room.


Before the end of the third quarter, students in Ms. Matteson's ELA classes participated in debates. This was the students' first exposure to debating, so they were elated that they could freely, and professionally, voice their opinions on various controversial topics.


At the end of our Box Tops fundraiser, the sixth grade classroom at West Middle School that collected the most Box Tops was Ms. Sommer's homeroom with a total of 675! In second place was Mrs. Stutzel's homeroom with a total of 648, and Ms. Matteson's homeroom took third place with 252 Box Tops. The sixth grade students will be delighted when they find out what their Box Tops money is going to be used for!


The Muscatine High School Jazz Ensemble is going to the Iowa Jazz Championships! This is an incredible honor for the students as they are one of 15 bands in class 4A to be invited. This is also the first time that Muscatine has qualified for this festival! The Iowa Jazz Championships are held on Thursday, April 5th in Ames, Iowa. The class 4A competition is held at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium and Muscatine will perform at 11:30 AM. Great job Muskies!

Left to Right-Front Row: Andrew Kundel, Joe Morrison, Courbin Stineman, Lauren Lettington, Justin DeFosse, Jessica Ahluwalia; Second Row: Kevin Erber, Ody Orr, Rolando Garcia, Carlos Acuna; Third Row: Jack Eichelberger, Justin Hughes, Al Evans, Ethan Sherer, Joaquin Bobay; Back Row: CJ Hunn, Claysha O'Neill, Kjirstin Osland, Cameron Christiansen, Christina Szymanski; Not Pictured: Chasey Sedam


Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the Speech & Debate team traveled to the University of Iowa for the Iowa Forensic League State Tournament! Although qualification to Nationals was determined for our district at a previous tournament, this tournament is a chance for the students to compete against teams from across Iowa and work for the title of "Best in the state!" We had a team of 13 students with some entered in more than one event.

The results:

For the entire state there were 20 entries in Program Oral Interpretation (POI). Only 10 students advanced to Semi-finals. Muscatine had 2 students advance. Eliminated after Semi-Finals - Kristen Schlawin; 2nd Place - Seery Awbrey; Original Oratory had 16 entries in the preliminary rounds, Semi-finals narrowed the field to 8 with only 6 entries making it to the final round; 3rd Place - Kjirstin Osland; Humorous Interpretation was another huge event with 15 entries! Both Muscatine entries made it to the final round along with 4 entries from other schools; 6th Place - Daniel Salazar; 3rd Place - Gabe Dipple; Out of 8 entries, only 4 teams went to the final round of Duo Interpretation, THREE of them from Muscatine! 4th Place - Hannah Pautz & Caylie McConnaha; 3rd Place - Macey Webber & Seery Awbrey; 2nd Place - Lucy Brookhart & Jeremiah Daniels; They also had 3 students compete (but not place) in Congress rounds on Friday & Saturday.


Senior Survivor was last week. Team purple, Ellie Cahill and Ethan King won $3700 for Erika Kate Hope Alliance. Together, the students raised over $11,000 for local and national charities!


The MHS Vocal Music Department is preparing a choir of 31 singers to travel to St. Louis for a 2-day trip over Spring Break. We've prepared two pieces in four rehearsals, and the choir sounds great! The choir will perform at Webster University and receive a clinic from Dr. Trent Patterson on Friday, March 9th. Then, on Saturday, March 10th, the students will perform at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. They're excited to perform and see the city and some attractions, including the off-Broadway show "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"!


MHS Mock Trial competed at the Regional Mock Trial Meet in Waterloo and earned 2nd Place --- just 2 points behind the first place team. They will compete again at the State Meed on March 26 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Front Row: Micaiah Poffenbaugh, Leo Galoso, Alex Sichterman, Seery Awbrey, Julia So, Meghan Custis Back Row: Wyatt Mason, Chris Kenefick, Coach Mike Fladlien, Jeremiah Daniels, Saul Ocampo


Terry Hogenson, principal of Central Middle School in Muscatine, has been named the 2018 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa!

“Students and staff at Central Middle School have looked to Terry for leadership for over 15 years, and his longevity in this position is a testament to the quality and inspiration of that leadership. His vision and passion for assuring that each student finds success is evident in how well they are prepared to excel once they reach high school,” commented SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.

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