This Week in Our Schools April 9 - 12, 2018

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

Featured this week:

  • 2018 Excellence in Education Award Recipients
  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Mini-Dance Marathon.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Miss Mary's Preschool Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Godden-Alloway's Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Yetter's Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Kindness Challenge.
  • Madison Elementary: Attendance Incentive.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Ward's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mr. Stewart's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe’s 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Holder's Art Students.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Blue Out Day.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Major Saver Winners.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Finley and Friend.
  • Central Middle School: Student Leadership Group.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Pautz's Science Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Academy Robotic Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Model U.N.
  • District-Wide Staff


Congratulations to this year's Excellence in Education Recipients! and a big thank you to the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for their generosity in providing $73,000 in grant money to fund the scholarships and awards!



The 4th grade Gifted and Talented students visited the Water Treatment facility and learned about how to change dirty water into clean water again. They also visited the Muscatine Riverfront and tested the water to find characteristics such as pH, phosphates, nitrate/nitrite levels, water clarity, and temperatures.


Last Saturday, elementary and middle school orchestra students performed their solo ensemble music in front of a judge for the Elementary and Middle School Orchestra Solo & Ensemble Contest. This was a great way for them to showcase what they have learned and also receive suggestions from a judge.


Colorado Elementary School raised $765.65 for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital by hosting a Mini-Dance Marathon! Students wore their pajamas and danced the night away! These were the lucky winners of our door prizes for Best PJs, Best Dance Moves, and Most Spirit! Way to go, Tigers!


Third graders in Mrs. Yahn's class made carts for their Science Motion and Matter Unit.


Mrs. Noll's 1st grade class at Colorado celebrated after reading Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. The students dressed up like their favorite character and played games, ate sweets, and did crafts.


Students in Mrs. Hepker's class practiced yoga and helped to train Frankie to walk on a leash.


Fourth graders in Mrs. Paul’s class used their $100 prize from McTeacher Night at McDonald’s to purchase toys for the children at the Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Thanks also to all the families who also donated toys, clothes, etc. We appreciate everyone’s generosity!


Miss Mary's preschoolers took advantage of the spring snow on Monday and built a snowy friend!


4th grade students in Mrs. Godden-Alloways class did presentations on people from history. Heather chose Dr. Seuss!


Mrs. Yetter's class added a classmate this week-- a baby bearded dragon named Madi! The kids love learning about her, playing with her, and watching her in her habitat.


As part of Madison's Kindness Challenge, Madison's Student Leadership Team placed kindness quotes around the building!


Madison students work extra hard to be to school everyday and on time! This young lady worked hard to fill her gumball machine with daily attendance gumballs! Great job!


Mile day!!! Ms. Ward’s 2nd grade at Madison ran the mile while Mrs. Skidmore’s KDG cheer them on.


Mr. Stewart’s 3rd grade students are celebrating earning a PBIS reward! Lunch with Ms. Connor and then some rabbit snuggles!


Mrs. Poppe’s 4th grade class went on a magnetic attraction walk this morning. They were looking for things that contained iron and would be attracted to their magnet as part of their FOSS Science investigation.


Ms. Connor’s 5th graders ran the mile in Mrs. Eserhaut’s gym class and enjoyed the outdoor weather.

...post mile run silly group photo! They are working hard to get ready for the Race for the Schools!


Ms. Holder's art students at Madison had some fun with clay this week!


Mulberry students and staff dressed in blue last Friday for Blue Out Day to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention.


These lucky Mulberry students earned a limo ride and a pizza party for selling Major Saver Cards! Congrats to them!


Students at Mulberry love reading to Finley! (and Finley loves the attention)


Central Middle School's Student Leadership Group raised almost $1,200 from penny wars over the last two weeks. The students were competing against other homeroom classes for a movie and popcorn party. The winners in this competition were Ms. Dryg's 6th grade homeroom, Mrs. Beale's 7th grade homeroom, and Mrs. Arnold's 8th grade homeroom. The money raised will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City where families can stay for free while their loved ones receive the medical care they need.


Students in Ms. Pautz's science class skipped, walked, and walked backwards to collect data in order to create a distance vs. time graph and calculate speed - and had fun doing it.​


Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing class invited a former student/mentor, Austin Czerwiec, to conduct mock job interviews. Students practiced their job seeking skills and were given constructive feedback on their strengths and ways to improve.


Last Friday, six Academy Robotic students participated in the HNI Engineering Expo. They explored career options in engineering and participated in their building and design challenges. We had one student, Issac Mariani win the tower building challenge. In addition, one of the Academy groups were the only student group to build a working prototype for the group building challenge. They placed 7th out of 18 groups that participated. It should be noted that most of those groups were composed of engineers from HNI. Great job Muskies!


Model UN students received recognition at the Iowa High School Model UN conference for their outstanding contributions. Saul Ocampo Landa, Lauren Simmering, and Joanna Amaya were recognized for Outstanding Paper, and Micaiah Poffenbaugh was recognized as Outstanding Delegate in the Economic & Social Committee.



Madison teachers showed their support for public schools on Thursday!

Left: Ms. Yetter; Right: Miss Lofgren

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