THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS January 9 - 13, 2017 | mcsd communications

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

Featured this week:

  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Mohror's 3rd Graders with Ms. Schumaker's Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Goddard's Reading Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Skidmore's Reading Classes.
  • Grant Elementary: 3rd Grade Student Leaders Visit with Wilton Teachers and Staff.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Kulland's 5th Grade P.E. Classes.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Miss Mary's Preschool Class.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Curtis' Future Problem Solvers.
  • Muscatine High School: Band News!
  • District-Wide Staff: Jefferson Staff


Mrs. Mohror's third graders enjoy their Learning Buddy time with Ms. Schumaker's kindergarten class.

Students in Mrs. Goddard's reading class enjoy reading to her pet rabbit.

First graders in Mrs. Noll's class at Colorado practiced sight words and building pyramids. They know many words!


Students in Ms. Skidmore's Reading Classes have been very busy learning!

Students are working on a syllable division puzzle. They have been working on learning where to divide syllables and this fun game is extra practice!
Students have been practicing their fluency by doing repeated readings of nursery rhymes. The activity goes right with the nursery rhyme we read. This activity goes with word families that were used in the nursery rhyme!
Students worked very hard to come up with New Year's Resolutions. They wrote a paragraph and then edited it. They then put it on fancy paper that will be displayed around the room so they don't forget their resolution!


Staff from Wilton Elementary visited Grant this morning. Some of our 3rd grade leaders shared their leadership notebooks with them! The Wilton staff could tell how proud the students were!

Mrs. Paul's 4th grade class enjoyed ice cream sundaes after filling their jar half way with marbles. The students earn marbles by showing leadership skills, following the 7 Habits, and just following directions, being on task, etc. Can't wait to see what they do when it is full!

5th grade students at Grant were working on their basketball dribbling skills in Mrs. Kulland's P.E. classes. Mrs. Caffery and Mrs. King came in to practice with the students too.


Students in Mrs. Hepker's class practiced their spelling words using string and then participated in team building activities.

Miss Mary's preschoolers learned about the letter G this week.


Future Problem Solving teams in Mrs. Curtis' classes at West did research about 3D printers in preparation for a visit to HON on January 23.


A record eleven members of the Muscatine High School Band have been accepted into the 2017 South East Iowa District Honor Band sponsored by the SouthEast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA). The students accepted are Bass Trombonist Zach Miller, Trombonists Justin Hughes, and Ethan Sherer, Euphonium Brian Prussman, Tenor Saxophonist Joe Morrison, Percussionist Adam Spiegel, Flautist Victoria Roth, Clarinetists Emily Woodward, Nicole Frisbie, Rachel Wagner, and Madison Keller.

"This is the most students that have been selected for the honor band in 16 years that I’ve been directing the band at Muscatine High School,” said Director of Bands Jeffery Heid. “We had 15 students audition for the honors concert band and 5 audition for jazz honor band. To have so many audition, was a great thing - to have this many accepted is wonderful! It’s really starting our year off on the right foot!”

The students went through a challenging day-long audition in Fairfield, Iowa, in order to be selected for the band. Each student was required to demonstrate a high level of proficiency on their instrument. Audition requirements included playing the chromatic scale over the complete range of the instrument, playing a solo of choice and a number of etudes, or musical composition of considerable technical difficulty which are designed to provide practice material for perfecting a technical skill.

According to Heid, there is fierce competition for a seat in the Honor band, and as the name implies, it truly is an honor to be selected. This year approximately 300 students from southest Iowa auditioned for the 109 open seats in the band. Heid also stated, "This is particularly great for us because we had three students who were freshman selected for the honor band! I really look forward to what they will do in the future!” The honor band will perform in Iowa City, and The University of Iowa Voxman Music Building, in the concert hall on Saturday, January 21st. The High School concert will begin at approximately 6pm.


Jefferson Staff participated in a Mindfulness and Tai Chi experience during PSST time given by Denise Thorson and Caleen Pagel.

Thank you to all who contributed photos this week!

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