THIS WEEK IN OUR SCHOOLS March 6-9, 2017 | mcsd communications

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

(next week is Spring Break, therefore, no This Week in Our Schools will be published)

Featured this week:

  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Franklin's Student Leadership Team.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: 5th Graders - Genius Hour Passion Projects.
  • Madison Elementary: Read With the One You Love.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Youngbauer's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. DeVrieze's 4th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Distance Learning.
  • Central Middle School: Suicide Awareness Project.
  • Central Middle School: Student-led Learning Conversations.
  • Central Middle School: 7th Grade Honors English Language Arts Class.
  • Central Middle School: 8th Grade Honors English Language Arts Class.
  • West Middle School: Jazz Band and 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's Ag Classes.
  • District-Wide Middle School: Central and West Students Work Together.
  • District-Wide Middle School: Kennedy Honors Orchestra.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA News.
  • Muscatine High Schoo: Talent Show.
  • District-Wide Staff: WMS Teacher Kathy Haltmeyer Recognized at Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament.


First graders in Mrs. Noll's class learned not to "Take the Bait" when it comes to bullying. Mrs. Kinyon-Johnson presented a very fun lesson!



Franklin's Student Leadership Team held a bake sale to support MCSA to assist with post tornado clean-up


Mrs. Henderson's 2nd grade class discussed their strategies for solving story problems. Math best practices at work!


Franklin 5th grade students sharing their genius hour passion projects.



Students at Madison participated in Read With the One You Love last week in celebration of Dr. Suess' birthday.



This week 1st graders in Mrs. Strouf's class started working on shapes as well as growth mindset. The students built squares and cubes and then connected them to make a "sturdy" tower to go along with the Rapunzel fairytale they read... (continued)

.... The students worked more on growth mindset by trying to find a way to help Rapunzel get out of her tower. If plan "A" didn't work, then they tried plan "B"! The kids LOVED IT!!


Mrs. Youngbauer's 4th grade class read with their Reading Buddies and ...

... worked on an oil spill STEM activity.


Students in Ms. DeVrieze's 4th grade class at McKinley did an Oil Spill activity! They observed and recorded how water and feathers were affected by oil after a spill. Then they had the challenging task of cleaning up the spill. They were given materials to clean up the spill in their "pond." Then they learned how Dawn dish soap helps clean feathers on birds! It was a great way to kick-start break! ‚Äč



Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Distance Learning: Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing reach out across districts to network with deaf peers that they met during summer camp. Being the only 5th grade deaf student and the only female within four grades, Marissa Lopez has the opportunity to use distance learning to have class with other girls her age.



Last November, after Micaela Brunson passed away, Katherine Hernandez, a 7th Grader at CMS, wanted to do something to honor Micaela and raise awareness at school. Katherine made ribbons for suicide awareness and sold them around the school. This week, Brian, Alma, and Rebekah Brunson (a CMS 8th grader) came to CMS where Katherine presented the Brunson's with over $100 she raised through selling her ribbons.


Students at Central Middle School prepared for their Student Led Learning Conversations by practicing with a partner. They have been working on setting classroom goals, tracking their progress and collecting examples of their work to provide evidence of their learning. Students are excited to lead the conversations with their parents this week during conferences. They then presented to their parents ...

Students at Central Middle School have been working all year to prepare for their first Student Led Learning Conversations. Students set quarterly goals and tracked their progress in their data notebooks. They took time to reflect on their learning in each subject and collected examples of their work to show evidence of their progress. They practiced their conversations with classmates before sharing with their parents during conference time. Some of them even made it a family affair. Thanks to all the families that participated in our student conversations!


The CMS 7th grade Honors ELA students spent the quarter writing articles and compiling magazines. The first place magazine winners got to spend time on an internship with a reporter. Students went to either the Muscatine Journal or The Voice of Muscatine.


The Central 8th grade Honors ELA students shared Historical Fiction Poetry Novels they wrote with the 7th grade Honors ELA students.



WMS held their Jazz Band and 7th & 8th Grade band concert this week. They did an awesome job!


Ms. Wiebe's West Ag Classes got to learn about pigs Wednesday and Thursday!



Both WMS and CMS students worked together to clean up Franklin Elementary and Taylor Park after this week's tornado.


Pictured below are students who were selected to participate at the Kennedy Honors Orchestra in Cedar Rapids this past Saturday. They rehearsed all day with some of the best 6th-9th graders in eastern Iowa, and concluded with a concert that evening. Students from MHS, CMS & WMS participated.



Southeast Districts FFA was hosted in Muscatine this past week. There were over 40 schools and FFA programs representing the Southeast FFA District.

Muscatine District FFA Results from Southeast Districts:

  • Middle School Ag CSI- 4th: Sophia Maher, Logan Rinnert, Eren Serpen, Brianna Witkoske, Alejandro Becerra.
  • Middle School Ag Impact: 1st & Gold and on to state - Cruz Birkhofer, Dailyn Garrett, Aidan Daufeldt, Nick Petersen, Nick Scholz, Trevor Barkalow.
  • Welding team- 2nd & Gold: Tanner Gerard (4th individually) and Jacob Miller (8th individually).
  • Parliamentary Procedure Team: 3rd Gold & alternate to state - Ryan Calvert, Kelsey Holladay, Deja Carter, Summer Neece, Taylor Crane.
  • Prepared Public Speaking: 4th & Gold - Sarah Mckillip.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking: 4th & Gold - Kyle Tomlin.
  • Creed Speaking: 1st Gold and on to state - Ximena Bernhardt.
  • Radio Broadcasting: 2nd gold & on to state, Nolan Osland.

Those advancing will compete at the Iowa FFAs State Convention is Ames in April. We are proud of ALL of you-whether you advanced or not-for the growth and development you've shown. Keep up the good work Muskies!

Thank you to all our community members, alumni and supporters for serving as judges and helping with concessions!! Thank you to our huge student group not in contests that served as runners, room watchers, and hall directors- there are to many to tag and everyone did a great job. Kudos! Thanks to all the parents for believing in our program and letting us work with your students!


This morning was the 2017 MHS Talent Show hosted by Key Club and UNICEF Club. There were eleven fantastic acts:

  • Kaleigh Bell sang "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele, accompanied by Nicole Garrido.
  • Ryan Lukkarinen played a piano solo, "See You Round the Blues."
  • Breanna Osborn sang "Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine and played the Ukulele.
  • Brooke Steele performed "Hayden's Cello Concerto No. 1" accompanied by Nicole Garrido.
  • Rachel McCoy sang a solo, "Colorblind" from Glee.
  • Callie Kellet sang "Come Home" by OneRepublic, accompanied by Emmie Smith.
  • the Rock Ensemble of Jordan Schmelzer, Jack Eichelberger, and Lauren Kundel played "American Idiot" by Green Day.
  • McKenzie Lofgren performed the song "Pulled" from the Addams Family.
  • Ryan Calvert choreographed and performed a color guard routine.
  • Lane Miller sang and played guitar to Brad Paisleys, "The World."
  • the group 1,000C, made of Gabby Dennis and Diamond McGee, performed a KPop Dance.

In addition, Jazz Etc, directed by Teale Burford, and River City Rhythm Show Choir, directed by Jonathan Ryan and Rachel Plummer, performed. The show, hosted by Melissa Burzlaff and Brina Kraft, raised just under $3,000 for the charities UNICEF and March of Dimes.

Judges awarded Most Unique performance to 1,000C and Crowd Favorite to the Rock Ensemble. The top three performance of the morning were: McKenzie Lofgren, Ryan Calvert, and our winner, Lane Miller. Congratulations!



Kathy Haltmeyer, special education teacher at WMS (formerly at MHS) was recognized this past Saturday evening at the Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament! They were celebrating the 50th anniversary of her Mediapolis Bullettes 1967 Iowa State Championship!! Congratulations Kathy!!!

Left Picture: Kathy - back row, 3rd from the left!

Thanks to all who submitted photos this busy week of conferences!


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