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May 21-25, 2018 THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS

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

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Field Day.
  • Franklin Elementary: Special Visitors.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Poster Contest Winners.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Jefferson's Special Visitors.
  • Madison Elementary: Kindergarten Gum Ball Goals.
  • Madison Elementary: Step Up Day.
  • Madison Elementary: Quidditch!
  • Madison Elementary: 4th and 5th Grade Harry Potter Lunch Clubs.
  • Madison Elementary: MCC - Madison Quidditch Teams.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Godden-Alloway's Kindergarten Students.
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Classes.
  • McKinley Elementary: School-wide Reading Challenge.
  • McKinley Elementary: 5th Grade Rocket Launch.
  • McKinley Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Poster contest Winners.
  • McKinley Elementary: 5th Grade Graduation!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Voegler's and Mrs. Mergen's 1st Grade Classes.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Ms. Blaesing's and Mrs. Lowe's 4th Grade Classes.
  • Mulberry Elementary: PBIS Spring Picnic.
  • Central Middle School: Gifted/Talented Passion Projects.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Acker's 7th Grade EL Students.
  • West Middle School: Mr. LeClere's Step Up Day Activity.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Day's Horticulture II Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Hutton/Galoso - First to Finish MHS Scholars Program!
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Schmelzer's Work Experience Students.

DISTRICT-WIDE STUDENTS

FRANKLIN AND MADISON ELEMENTARIES

Madison and Franklin were honored with a 2017-2018 School of Excellence award for their usage and growth of the Imagine Learning Language and Literacy program. Out of 15,000 schools nationwide, Madison and Franklin were the only Iowa schools to achieve this award out of the 40 schools recognized in the United States!

COLORADO ELEMENTARY

Colorado students participated in their Field Day this week!

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

Past Franklin students visited students this week! West Middle school band, orchestra, and chorus groups were touring Thursday to some of the elementary schools.

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Students in Mrs. Hepker's class were busy this week practicing art/letters with sidewalk chalk, celebrating their success in Imagination Learning, and walking Frankie!

GRANT ELEMENTARY

Congratulations to Grant's 4th grade winners for the Muscatine Power and Water poster contest! Thanks to Paul Burback for the presentation, paper, contest, and cool awards and prizes to all the 4th graders that participated!

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GRANT'S CELEBRATION DAY!

Grant held a Celebration Day on Thursday celebrating a great school year!

Students from Mrs. Doane's 4th grade class at Grant's Celebration Day yesterday (5/24)!

Grant's staff had fun at Grant's Celebration Day, too!

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY

Jefferson students enjoyed watching special visitors: the CMS Orchestra, Rock Orchestra, and Show Choir last Friday afternoon! We even saw some former Jefferson Bears!

MADISON ELEMENTARY

Look at all these kindergarteners who made their Gumball Goals! Way to set goals and reach them!

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"This is how you do it!" One hurdle this incoming 6th grade CMS student has overcome...mastering the three-digit combination lock. On Step Up Day Wednesday, CMS teachers shared that learning to unlock their locker combinations is one of the new 6th grade students' biggest fears. This Madison student has got it!"

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Madison Quidditch players play once a month under the supervision of Ms. Maida and Mrs. Eserhaut. So much exercise...so much fun!

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4th and 5th Grade Harry Potter Lunch Clubs: "We're all about reading during Harry Potter Lunch Club!" The 4th and 5th graders read the first three books this year and loved every word!

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The MCC Quidditch team invited the Madison team to play during the MCC Harry Potter Festival last Saturday. They were coached by Harry Potter himself!

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Kindergarten students in Mrs. Godden-Alloway's class practiced sight words with fly words and swatters!

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The past week has been a busy one for Madison 4th graders! At the end of last week Muscatine Power and Water came for an electricity demonstration. This week they got to participate in Step Up Day and meet the 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Poppe and Ms. Shepherd. During Step Up Day they got to take part in the Great Egg Drop and enjoy the bounce house as part of our schools PBIS reward!

MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY

Last week, students were able to celebrate the conclusion of the School-wide Reading Challenge with Mrs. Bloomquist. They earned tickets for reading, and those tickets were the chance to possibly throw a pie at a teacher! The teachers that were pie'd this year were: Ms. Baars, Ms. DeVrieze, Ms. Franklin, Ms. Howell, Ms. Bloomquist, Ms. Hurlbut, Ms. Pedersen, Mr. Othmer, Ms. Spratt, Ms. Tharp, and Ms. Youngbauer. See if you can figure out who's who under all that whipped cream!

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Last Friday, 5th Graders at McKinley launched rockets!

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Congrats to these 4th Grade MPW Poster Contest winners at McKinley!

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McKinley's 5th Grade students participated in their 5th Grade Graduation. This event takes place at their Step Up Location - West Middle School! Congratulations 5th Graders!

MULBERRY ELEMENTARY

This week, the first graders at Mulberry were treated to a presentation from members of the Muscatine Fire Department. They learned about important fire safety rules, and even practiced how to stop, drop and roll! Afterwards, they received a pencil, crayons and a coloring book. Thank you MFD!

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Students in Ms. Blaesing's and Mrs. Lowe's 4th Grade class at Mulberry's did the mile run last week.

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Principal Mary Beilke dressed up as a bee as students celebrated their PBIS Spring Picnic!

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Mulberry 4th grade students participated in the MPW poster competition. HUGE shout out to Caleb Teed winning overall district poster! Congrats to all of the 4th graders participating in this event and making it a fun annual event. THANKS also to Paul Burback for the paper, the inspiration and for the awesome bags to all of the students that participated.

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Central Middle School GT students presented Passion Projects this week. The students are working on leadership standards and autonomous learning skills by self selecting topics, researching, and giving a presentation of their learning. Topics included Ukuleles, Painting, Clarinets, Chinchillas, Tree Care, WWII, and Astronomy. A special thank you to those who attended.

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CMS 7th Grade EL students in Ms. Acker's class enjoyed their first baseball game to celebrate making their reading goals. The River Bandits won!

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

Students in Mr. LeClere's Project Lead the Way class on Step Up Day participated in an activity using spaghetti and marshmallows to see who can build the tallest free standing structure.

MUSCATINE HIGH SCHOOL

Horticulture II students worked at Flowers on the Avenue creating corsages and boutonnieres.

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Last week, Leo Galoso and Joshua Hutton presented their capstone projects to a panel of professionals to be the firsts to complete the MHS Scholars Program. They will be recognized as science and engineering scholars at graduation and will receive a medal for their work. Joshua's research focus was on building a bridge in the medical field between eastern and western practices. Leo's analyzed and compiled data regarding where it pays to go to college. Congrats to these distinguished seniors!

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MHS Work Experience Students Continue the Battle Against Solid Waste: Every week, students connected with the MHS Work Experience Program carry on the valiant battle against solid waste by recycling cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard. MHS Recycling is one of the student’s service learning projects.

On average, eighty-two cubic feet of material (1/2 of a dumpster a week) is collected to be processed, re-purposed, and kept out of area landfills. That may not sound like much but over a school year it adds up to approximately 3000 cubic feet of material! Good work troops, get some rest this Summer and we will see you back here on the frontline next Fall!

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