THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS OCTOBER 10-14, 2016 | MCSD COMMUNICATIONS

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

Featured this week:

  • Colorado: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado: Mrs. Schumaker's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin: Ms. Holder's 1st Grade Art Class.
  • Grant: Mrs. Dusenberry's/Miss Sulzberger's 1st Grade Class.
  • Grant: Mrs. Doane's 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson: Family Reading Night!
  • Madison: Mrs. McGill's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley: Mr. Schroeder's 5th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry and MHS: Mrs. Mergen's 1st Grade Class with MHS Chemistry Club.
  • Mulberry: 5th Graders and the American Legion.
  • CMS: 8th Graders Visit UNI Campus.
  • WMS: Mr. Yerington's 6th Grade Class.
  • WMS: Ms. Matteson's Interest Group: #ChooseKind Initiative
  • WMS: Ms. Matteson's ELA Classes.
  • MHS: German Club.
  • MHS: Choir Students (along with CMS Students) Perform in Festival at Waverly.
  • MHS: 9th Grade Talented and Gifted.
  • MHS: Student Services.
  • MHS: Mr. Harmon's P.E. Class.
  • MHS: Mrs. Joslyn's Physics Class.
  • MHS: Latinx Youth Summit
  • District-Wide Staff: Jefferson

COLORADO ELEMENTARY

Mrs. Hines Kindergarten class has learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. This week both Kindergarten classes from Colorado went on a field trip to Pride of the Wapsi Pumpkin Farm in Long Grove, IA. Students took a wagon ride, picked their own pumpkins, built a scarecrow for the classroom, learned about the different animals on a farm and their purpose, and had some fall fun too!

Kindergarteners learning about fall through play and adventure!

Check out this short video of Kindergartener Noelia as she explains the life cycle of a pumpkin!

Mrs. Schumaker's kindergarteners also visited the Pride of the Wapsi Pumpkin Farm!

Mrs. Schumaker's Kindergarteners enjoying the Pumpkin Patch!

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

Franklin 1st graders in Ms. Holder's art class used watercolors on coffee filters to create tops for their fall trees! When the coffee filters were dry, they cut and glued them to trees they drew.

What a fun fall art project!

GRANT ELEMENTARY

First Graders in Mrs. Dusenberry's/Miss Sulzberger's class drew pictures of what they are scared of with storms as they are studying storms as the focus in reading this week.

1st graders studying about storms at Grant Elementary.

Here are students in Mrs. Doane's 4th grade class at Grant having a Read & Feed on Monday afternoon! It was perfect weather for their reward for being great leaders!

Grant 4th Graders "Reading and Feeding."

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY

Jefferson Elementary held our first Family Reading Night this week. Over 240 people came out to visit with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Other activities included a "Clifford" craft, free "Book Walk," children's librarian Betty Collins, "Spirit" the Therapy Dog, and a FREE hot dog dinner. It was a fun-filled family night celebrating our love of reading!

Students, staff and parents enjoyed Family Reading Night.

MADISON ELEMENTARY

Students in Mrs. McGill's 3rd grade class said goodbye to Miss Failor as she heads to student teach in New Zealand.

Mrs. Poppe's 4th grade class has been hatching and observing brine shrimp in science class, as well as working on food chain webs

4th grade scientists learning about food chains and brine shrimp!

MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY

Mrs. Strouf's 1st grade class had fun with team building!! We worked on team building during inside recess, as well as when we made a class spider web during morning meeting! We also played a fun game in music while singing "doggy doggy where's you're bone?"

Mrs. Strouf's 1st graders at McKinley Elementary.

McKinley 5th Grade students in Mr. Schroeder's class had a visit from Rhonda Theobald from the Muscatine Fire Department to discuss fire safety. Students received a pencil and packet to help plan for evacuation and the importance of a working smoke detector.

5th Graders with Firefighter Theobald.

MULBERRY ELEMENTARY

MHS Chem Club spent part of their morning today making a non-newtonian fluid (oobleck) with Mrs. Mergen's first grade class at Mulberry Elementary.

MHS Chem Club students with Mulberry 1st Graders and Oobleck!

Members of the American Legion came to Mulberry this week to talk to the 5th graders about American flag etiquette. Mulberry's 5th Grade Stars and Stripes Leaders practiced folding the flag with guidance from the American Legion.

5th grade students learn about our flag from our veterans.

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

CMS 8th Graders Visit UNI! This week eighth grade students from Central Middle School had the opportunity to visit the University of Northern Iowa Campus. Students had the opportunity to attend a Q&A panel, tour the campus, and eat lunch in one of their full service cafeterias. Thank you to the staff and students at UNI for welcoming us and allowing our students to learn more about the importance of a college education. Go Panthers!

CMS 8th Graders get a first-hand experience at college life at UNI!

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mr. Yerington’s 6th grade science classes tested solar energy collectors to find out which color would raise the water temperature the most. They also tested what effect a lid made!

Solar energy testing in 6th grade!

Students at West Middle School participate in an interest group every Friday during homeroom. The students in Ms. Matteson's interest group titled #ChooseKind Initiative by Wonder have been writing thank you notes to various groups of people (teachers, police officers, parents, etc.) to thank them for their service. Last Friday's cards have been given to WMS's school resource officer, Whitni Pena so she can share them with the other police men and women who do a wonderful job keeping our community safe.

Mrs. Pena feeling the love from WMS Students!

The students in Ms. Matteson's ELA classes have been working on determining themes for Pixar shorts, children's books, and short stories. Before they could do this, they first worked together to identify the difference between a main idea and a theme. Through this activity, the students also learned that, when they work together, they get the best results.

Mrs. Matteson's students working together to determine theme vs. main idea.

Ms. Matteson seems to have a few Cubs fans in her Periods 3/4 ELA class. They are excited for the games this weekend. Go Cubs Go

Go Cubs!

MUSCATINE HIGH SCHOOL

German Club met Thursday after school to try their hand at baking with traditional autumn baked goodies - Apfel Strudel! Despite a few setbacks they were delicious!!

Apfel Strudel anyone!

Fourteen students from Muscatine High School and four students from Central Middle School traveled to Waverly, IA this past Saturday to participate in the Real Men Sing festival at Wartburg College. They rehearsed and performed with the nearly 600 other men from across the state as well as the world-renowned ensemble Cantus.

What an experience for these young men!

Ninth grade GT ​students are preparing for a "Ceo for a Day" Titan Competition through Junior Achievement. This week, Bob and Tanya Howard came to teach the team about business savvy moves that they can consider when they compete against Quad City Area teams at Allsteel Headquarters next week.

MHS 9th Grade Gifted and Talented students prepare for competition.

The MHS Student Services Office is hosting College Completion and FSAid Workshops during Enrichment on Wednesdays during the months of October, November and December. Several students have taken advantage of the opportunity to receive help on their applications. The Student Services Office is excited to celebrate this milestone with the Class of 2017!

MHS Student Service celebrate those students heading to college!
Check out the College Bound wall display at MHS in Student Services! Way to go Class of 2017!

Students in Mr. Harmon's P.E. class tee off from the 7th hole of the frisbee golf course!

Frisbee golf is a great way to have fun and exercise!

Physics students in Mrs. Joslyn's class are determining where two buggies will meet in a dueling buggy lab.

Dueling buggy lab in Physics.

A group of 19 MHS students along with 3 teachers (Lisa Kroll, Olga Johnson and Alla Phillips) attended the Latinx Youth Summit in Iowa City on Friday, October 7. The students were motivated and inspired by Rosa Clemente, the keynote speaker, and attended workshops to learn about career paths, social justice issues and the role they play in a global society. Students found this unique experience to be energizing and an overall positive experience. Students said that it made them reflect on ideas they had never thought about before and that they now have a greater understanding of who they are as young adults.

MHS Hispanic students attend Latinx Student Summit in Iowa City!

DISTRICT-WIDE STAFF

Jefferson staff learned about Positive Behavior Intervention Support & Multi-Tiered Systems of Support on Tuesday.

Jefferson Staff

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