This Week in Our Schools February 20 - 23, 2018

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Featured this week:

  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Calderon's 4th Grade ELL Students.
  • Franklin Elementary: Franklin Students Welcome a Special Visitor.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Hull's 4-year old PK.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class and Mrs. Sitzmann's Kindergarten Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: STEAM Club.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Pre-Ap Students.
  • Central Middle School: Mr. Edkin's Robotics 1 Classes.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Pautz's 8th Grade Science Class.
  • Central Middle School: Girls Night Out STEM.
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade ELA Students.
  • West Middle School: Orchestra Concert.
  • Muscatine High School: Muscatine FFA Chapter.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Hirschfield's Geometry Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Baille's, Mrs. Walsh's, Mrs. Ruesch's Science Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Schmelzer's Transition Students.


Young Musician's Honor Band

Henri Gross and Cambree Dohrman from Central Middle School, Danielle Maresca from Colorado, Jack Butler from McKinley, Lydia Sajak from Grant and Phoebe Wagler from Mulberry participated in the Young Musician's Honor Band at Cedar Rapids Prairie on Feb. 17, 2018


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Sign Language interpreters provide a moving interpretation of our traveling artist, Blake Alston, Wednesday. Students were captivated by the engaged story telling with call and response.

Our Muscatine Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department took a field trip to UnityPoint Health today and got a tour of the facilities and a Video Relay System (VRS) demonstration. The students had lots of questions and became more comfortable with the services should they need to use them in the future. This trip was made possible by the Bridgestone Grant of the Quarter.


Jefferson and Franklin Pre-AP Math Students

The Pre-AP mathematics students from Jefferson and Franklin attended the Career Fair at Muscatine High School this morning. They completed a "Business Bingo" and spoke with representatives from area businesses and colleges. Students asked great questions, such as, "How do your employees use math in their jobs? What do you look for in employees? What type of degree would you recommend if I want to explore this line of work?" Students said some of their highlights came when talking with Kent Feeds, Unity Point Clinic, Carver Pump, EMTs and firefighters with the City of Muscatine, and more!


Students in Mrs. Yahn's 3rd grade class at Colorado earned bounce house time for good behavior. 😊


4th Grade EL students in Mrs. Calderon's class learning about China and enjoying some rice with chopsticks for Chinese New Years.


Thanks Officer Hazelett for coming to visit us at Franklin!


Picasso has nothing on this little 4 year old who attends Mrs. Hull's preschool class! At times a masterpiece calls for two hands!


Mrs. Paul’s 4th graders and Miss Sitzmann’s kindergarteners synergized to create a creation of their own choosing during our buddy time.


Students in Mrs. Paul’s 4th grade class earned a “Read and Feed” for filling their compliment jar. Keep up the great work!



Second and third grade students learned about the structure of truss bridges. They were then challenged to work collaboratively to build a bridge using only gumdrops and toothpicks. Students tested their bridges to see how much weight they could support.

Fourth and fifth grade students learned about angles, slope, ramps and inclines. They were challenged to work in groups to design a rollercoaster with four tiers that could send a passenger, (marble), down for a ride without falling off!


Students in Jefferson Elementary's Pre AP Math Class attended the career fair at MHS today to begin to explore career opportunities involving Math. The students enjoyed finding out about career opportunities and steps they needed to take to attain their goals. (They also enjoyed the cool souvenirs they collected.)


Mr. Edkin's Robotics 1 classes of 7th and 8th-grade students have been making pull toys for their first group project.


Students in Ms. Pautz's 8th grade science class learned about light and color in their science lab this week.


Central Middle School students attended the GIRLS NIGHT OUT STE(ngineering)M Dream Big Movie viewing sponsored by Stanley Consultants. It was a great event and we appreciate this opportunity!


8th grade ELA students at West are analyzing primary documents as they learn about child labor during the Industrial Revolution. This is part of the Collections unit titled “Approaching Adulthood.”


WMS Orchestra students presented a concert for family, friends, staff, and the community. Great job Muskie musicians!


It was a heck of a day for the Muscatine FFA Chapter competing at the subdistrict level on Monday, February 19th. Prepared Public Speaking- Lexie Donath- Gold advance to Districts; Radio Broadcasting- Kyle Tomlin- Gold advance to districts; Individual Ag Sales- Sarah Mckillip- Gold advance to districts; Job Interview- Alley Gray- Gold advances to districts; Creed- Mckenna Riess- Gold advance to districts; Manual Quiz- Alyssa Hall- 3rd advance to districts; Parliamentary Procedure- Deja Carter Taylor Crane Summer Neece Andrew Van Nice Alli Youngbauer- Gold advance to districts; Chapter Program of Activities- Jorge Ocampo & Alexa Strada; Silver advance to districts; Conduct of Meetings- Nick Petersen Aidan Daufeldt, Trevor Barkalow, Brooke Horton, Jamie Sprague, Shelby Grady, Alexis Moeller- Silver alternate to state; Welding- Patrick Pendleton 7th, Jacob Legois 13th, and 6th team. Way to crew and good luck at districts on March 10th!


Students in Mrs. Hirschfeld's Geometry class made up a song and poster to show their learning of Trig Functions.


MHS Biology students in Mrs. Baille's, Mrs. Walsh's, and Mrs. Ruesch's classes analyzed the results of mutations by doing a mint lab simulation. All groups had different recipes that represented different DNA sequences. Today, they tasted the mints and had to guess which was the original recipe and how all of the other recipes were mutated!


Early Friday mornings MHS Transition students "POP-POP-POP" into action! Monday through Wednesday as part of their employability skills training MHS Transition students open up the Muskie Bistro to prepare and deliver an assortment of beverages ordered online by MHS staff. But on Fridays, the students change things up and "POP-POP-POP" into action to deliver freshly prepared popcorn to staff that has place delivery orders online. The popcorn is paid for and provided to staff as part of the MHS Social Committee activities.

A big shout out to all who submitted pictures this week!

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