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Featured this week:

  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Dalbey and Mrs. Noll's Classes.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Calderon and Mrs. Meyers' English Learning Classes.
  • Franklin Elementary: Student Leadership Team.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Weeks' 5th Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Holder's 5th Grade Art Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Ms. Sulzberger/Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Annual Student-led Craft Fair!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Pauls' 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Kisner's Preschool Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Randleman's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Eserhaut's P.E. Classes.
  • Madison Elementary: Preschool Class.
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Math Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Green's Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mr. Carlson's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Finley News.
  • CMS: Orchestra Holiday Concert.
  • CMS: Mr. Edkin's 8th Grade Automation & Robotics Class.
  • CMS: Mrs. Calderon's English Learning Class.
  • CMS: Mrs. Mrosko and Mrs. Haight's Classes.
  • CMS: Culture Fair.
  • CMS: Mrs. Christenson's 7th Grade ELA Class.
  • CMS: Mrs. Moeller's 7th Grade Honors Math Class.
  • CMS: Rock Orchestra.
  • WMS: Mr. Yerington's 6th Grade Science Class.
  • WMS: 7th & 8th Grade Musically-Gifted Students with J.M. James.
  • WMS: Mrs. Matteson's 6th Grade ELA Class.
  • WMS: 6th Graders and the Quad City Mallards!
  • MHS: Ms. Phillips' ESL Class.
  • MHS: Muskie Band News.
  • MHS: Boys' Basketball News.
  • District-Wide Staff: Mulberry Teachers.
  • District-Wide Staff: School Board Members Earn Award.
  • District-Wide Staff: Colorado Building Leadership Team.


Students in Mrs. Dalbey and Mrs. Noll's classes enjoy Friday Learning Buddies.


Students in Mrs. Calderon and Mrs. Meyers' English Learning classes made snowflakes for the winter season.

Snowflake fun while learning English!

Franklin's Student Leadership Team has been busy! They sold candy cane grams to raise money for their school and collected coats for those children in need this winter.

Raising money and collecting coats for a cause - Franklin's Student Leadership Team!

In Mrs. Weeks' 5th grade class, students recently finished learning about the different systems in the human body in science. As a final project students chose a body system and made a life-sized poster for each system. Students had to research where each organ is located, it's function, and what it looks like. Each poster has the main organs in each system along with their functions and the function of the system.

Students learn about the different systems in the human body.

Franklin 5th graders in Mrs. Holder's art class used liquid watercolors and oil pastels to create some vibrant trees to get ready for the holidays!

Using art to get into the holiday spirit at Franklin.


Students in Ms. Sulzberger/Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st grade class take turns reading to their classmates daily!

1st graders learn reading and listening skills.

Grant Elementary held it's third annual student-led craft fair last Friday, 12/9/16. The craft fair was hosted by the Student Leadership Team. Students made handmade items such as gifts, decor, trading items, and baked goods. All items were either made by students themselves or with the help of a family member. Over 85 students participated this year. The participants raised $2153.32, which was donated to Grant School! In the past, funds have been used to purchase new bike racks and a drinking fountain. The Student Leadership Team will meet to decide how to spend the proceeds. Thank you to all of our community shoppers!

Grant's Student-led Craft Fair raised over $2,000!

Indoor recess can be hard - especially when it lasts all week! But these Grant 4th graders in Mrs. Pauls' class are making the best of it!

Indoor Recess Fun!


Preschoolers in Mrs. Kisner's class had fun decorating gingerbread cookies!

Gingerbread fun!

Students in Mrs. Randleman's 3rd grade class wore "ugly" sweaters for participation in Jefferson's Ugly Sweater Contest!


Students in Ms. Eserhaut's PE class practice balance by walking on stilts.

Madison preschoolers worked hard this week building with blocks and putting on a Christmas performance for their parents!

4th graders learn the importance of mathematical representations and note taking in Math!


Gingerbread men were loose in Mulberry this week! Mulberry kindergarteners made their annual gingerbread man cookies only to find that they had escaped from the oven!! After a search around the schools, the cookies were found back in the kindergarten classrooms! Pictured below are students in Mrs. Green's class.

Where did our Gingerbread Men go?

Mr. Carlson's 3rd grade built their own thermometers to observe how water contracts and expands with changes in temperature.

Future scientists at Mulberry!

Finley received his first Christmas present! Mulberry 4th grader, Moices Garcia, saw the article about Finley in the "Voice of Muscatine," and cut it out and framed it for him! In return, Finley gave him a big sloppy kiss! Thanks, Moices!


CMS Orchestra Students presented their Holiday Concert on Tuesday. One of the highlights of the concert was the premier of a piece written by 7th grade viola player, Zane Brockert. Not only did he compose an amazing piece, he even conducted at the concert!

We have amazing, talented students in Muscatine Schools!

Students in Mr. Edkin's 8th grade Automation & Robotics class built and raced cars in robotics.

Check out the Journal's article on this fun STEM classroom activity:

Students in Mrs. Calderon's English Learning Class enjoyed traditional activities by making gingerbread houses.

Having fun while learning about traditional holiday activities.

Students in Mrs. Mrosko and Mrs. Haight's classes made cookies and other goodies for teachers and nursing homes.

Students give back to teachers and the elderly during this holiday season.

Central Middle School hosted the 7th grade Culture Fair. Students took an in depth look at countries around the world and became tour guides for parents, staff, and community members.

Learning about different cultures at CMS.

Here are 7th Grade ELA students in Mrs. Christensen's class at the Culture Fair. Students selected a country to research, then they created artifacts and presentations to teach their classmates, teachers, families, and community members about their countries.

Mrs. Moeller's 7th grade honors math students participated in a scavenger hunt to review finding missing angle measures. The scavenger hunt sent students around Central Middle School. The students solve a problem on the wall outside of a designated classroom. If they get the problem correct, it sends them to another room with a second problem. If not, it sends them to a room with no problem outside the room and they have to go back to the original room to compute the correct answer. They continue this pattern until they have complete all of the problems and end up back at the room they began the scavenger hunt.

Scavenging for clues.

On Friday CMS Rock Orchestra students played holiday music for area nursing home residents and businesses around town.


Students in Mr. Yerington’s 6th grade science class sorted rocks as they learned about weathering, erosion and the different sizes of rock particles.

Learning all about rocks in 6th grade science class!

7th & 8th grade students at WMS who are gifted musically had the chance Wednesday to work with musician J.M. James on composing music. J.M. James is a singer/songwriter out of Nashville. They worked on writing their own lyrics and creating a melody with these lyrics. Students came up with amazing, creative ideas!

7th and 8th Grade musicians in the making!

Sixth graders in Ms. Matteson's ELA classes have been studying author's purpose and author's point of view. They worked with partners to match textual examples with each option of author's purpose, and they played the game Memory with author's point of view game pieces.

Learning through play.

All sixth grade students who met their book report requirements for the first semester got to participate in an afternoon of fun with three players from the Quad City Mallards. The players answered questions about reading, school, growing up, and hockey, and the students each got a chance to show off their hockey skills in front of the experts.

Meeting goals in school = meeting the Quad City Mallards!


ESL high school students in Ms. Phillips' class decorated the ESL classroom and organized a wide variety of Christmas activities in their classes.

ESL students getting into the holiday spirit.

This week in our schools Mr. Heid, and Mr. Thoma are attending the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Thanks to a very helpful band mom (Tammi Drawbaugh) we also brought four students for leadership and future career training. The international convention includes an educational track for high school students interested in becoming music educators. MHS sent Adam Spiegel, Zach Miller, Brooke Steele, and Kaleb Drawbaugh to participate! They were all very excited at the end of the day Thursday. Friday they will attend sessions and concerts that hopefully will provide them tools for both their future and the rest of the year in our ensembles at Muscatine High School. The picture included is taken with Dr. Tim Lautzenheizer - one of the most sought after leadership training professionals. "This is one of the greatest professional development clinics in the world," said Heid, "and it's even more awesome that we could bring four of our finest student members to participate and experience this event!" "We really hope this experience will help guide them as they make decisions about their upcoming semester and college plans next year," said Thoma. Mrs. Drawbaugh was able to follow the students throughout the day. "Dr. Tim is so inspiring! It was an outstanding opportunity provided to our students, that I hope others can take advantage of in the future," stated Mrs. Drawbaugh!

Students experienced an exceptional professional development opportunity.

Joe Wieskamp broke the single game scoring record of 50 points Tuesday night against the Burlington Greyhounds! Joe also broke the MHS all-time scoring record of 1,066 points that was previously held by Josh Miller. Congratulations Joe and the Muskie basketball program - we can't wait to see what the rest of the season and next year will bring!

Picture courtesy of Dave Chesling, Muscatine Journal


Mulberry teachers were in the holiday spirit on Wednesday, dressed in their festive attire!

Mulberry teachers getting into the spirit of the season!

At the Iowa Association of School Boards’ (IASB) 71 st Annual Convention on Nov. 17, Muscatine Community Schools' board members Tammi Drawbaugh and Tim Bower were honored with an individual Award of Achievement for 2015-16. The IASB Better Boardsmanship Awards Program highlights board members who have put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities. IASB offers a range of activities that board members can participate in to earn credits for this award. These activities include IASB learning events in person and online, as well as advocating with legislators or sitting on board-appointed committees.

Congratulations President Drawbaugh and Director Bower!

Members of Colorado's Building Leadership Team enjoyed a day of learning with Jim Fay, author and creator of the Love and Logic Institute. The staff at Colorado is fully implementing Love & Logic practices and techniques with students over the course of the 2016-17 school year. This was a valuable experience for our BLT.

Thank you to all who submitted pictures and stories this week!

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