This Week in Our Schools


April 18 and 25, 2019

This Week in Our Schools allows parents and the community to take a peek inside our classrooms each week. Scroll down to see our students in action as they learn and grow as a Muskie! (*select an image to enlarge it)

Featured this week:

  • District-Wide: Night of the Young Child; United Way Day of Caring; Shakespeare Shakespeare Unrehearsed.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Hazelett's 3rd Grade Art Students; Attendance Helps Us Bloom!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Brewer's Begindergarten Class; Battle of the Books; G/T Mock Trial; Mrs. Thompson's 1st Grade Class; Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Science Fair.
  • McKinley Elementary: Earth Day Celebration.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mock Trial.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Super Hero Avengers of the Week! Mr. Edkin's 8th Grade Robotics II Students.
  • Muscatine High School: All Iowa Show Choir First Time MHS Participant; FFA State Results; FFA Bee Hive Release; Ms. Pautz's AP Chemistry Students; Dr. Moehlmann's AP Physics Class; Mr. Hennes’ Physics Class.
  • District Staff: MHS Student Teacher Allison Warren; Preschool Teachers Work on Mission; Special Education Teachers.


Preschool: Night of the Young Child

The theme this year for Night of the Young Child was A Bad Case of the Stripes! The children had fun doing activities with all of our preschool teachers and community agencies! Thank you to everyone who participated!

United Way Day of Caring

Students from all over the district participated in United Way's Day of Caring by helping with various projects throughout the community.
Muscatine High School's FFA
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Ms. Haltmeyer's and Mr. Keith's West Middle School 7th grade Day of Caring students at the Muscatine Arboretum. The students stacked and moved bricks and mulched trees and bushes in the morning. In the afternoon the students cleaned and mulched the garden. All 22 students worked very hard.
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Muskie Football players were hard at work today during the Day of Caring. These guys did a great job and took pride in helping out in the community. If you go to Pollinator Park, the YMCA, or the River Front you might see some of the work they did.

Shakespeare Unrehearsed

The Western Illinois Theater Department performed Shakespeare Unrehearsed for Central 6th graders and high school freshmen. Students were able to see Shakespeare in action to help get ready for their own performances later next month.
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Ms. Hazelett's 3rd Grade Art Students

Franklin 3rd graders made their own scratch art paper and created designs with geometric and organic shapes.

Attendance Helps Us Bloom!

Each class gets to put up a petal on their flower when their class has perfect attendance. Each grade level will get a popcorn party when they collectively reach 10 petals! "Perfect Attendance Helps Us BLOOM!"
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Mrs. Brewer's Begindergarten Class

Mrs. Brewer’s begindergarten class made bunny hats and went on an egg hunt!

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Battle of the Books

4th- and 5th-graders participate in Battle of the Books led by volunteer Amy Danay.

Mock Trial

4th grade GT students from Grant participated in Mock Trial this week. Their trial took place at Muscatine City Hall, and afterwards, students took a tour of the Muscatine County Courthouse. It was a great day!
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Mrs. Thompson's 1st Grade Class

Ms. Thompson's first graders have been learning about animal characteristics and survival in Science. Our Engineering question was "How could you make it easier for a human to walk through the desert?" Each science team designed, built, altered, and tested their own project based on animals that survive in the desert. We mimicked elephants, komodo dragons, and camels with our designs!

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Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st Grade Class

Mrs. Dusenberry”s first grade class had a wonderful Easter celebration!!


Science Fair Finisher

Jefferson had many participants in the Science Fair held last week. We would like to congratulate Maddy on her 4th place finish in the 5th-grade individual biological category! Great job everyone!
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Earth Day Celebration

To celebrate Earth Day, 2nd graders walked the neighborhood picking up garbage.


Mock Trial - 4th Grade G/T

4th grade GT students from Mulberry participated in Mock Trial this week. Their trial took place at Muscatine City Hall, and afterwards, students took a tour of the Muscatine County Courthouse. It was a great day!


Central's 6th Grade Superhero Avengers of the Week!

Sixth Grade Superheroes of the Week for Central Middle School Avengers for April 18! Congratulations to these sixth grade superheroes!

Mr. Edkin's 8th Grade Robotics II Students

8th grade Robotics II students programmed controllers for the first time and had fun driving their vehicles around the CMS campus.


All Iowa Show Choir First Time MHS Participant

For the first time ever, a Muskie was selected to the All Iowa Show Choir! Senior Ngonyo Mungara will be performing with some of the top show choir performers in the state on July 22 in Pella, Iowa at the ICDA Summer Symposium.
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Iowa's State FFA Convention

It was a great trip to Ames for the Muscatine FFA Chapter during Iowa's State FFA Convention. On Monday, April 15th, Muscatine FFA members that had qualified through sub-district and district contests competed in the following leadership contests:

~Ag Radio Broadcasting- Reserve State Champion, Gold Rating- Jocee Boynton.

Individual Ag Sales- 4th Overall, Gold Rating- Alley Gray.

~Parliamentary Procedure- Bronze Rating- Alexis Moeller, Sophie Crooks, Andrew Van Nice, Jamie Sprague, Joshaua Robinson, Brooke Horton.

~McKenna Reiss and Jaide Schmelzer served as delegates in the business session and voted on important issues.

On Tuesday, April 16, Muscatine FFA had two teams competing in state-level skills contests:

~Team Ag Sales- 3rd High Team, Gold Rating- Tyler Moeller, Hunter Meyer, Jake Draves, and Nick Petersen. Along with their travel squad/practice pushers- Crew Schliesman, Grant Van Nice, Ava Daufeldt, Grace Williams.

~Poultry Judging- your new State Champions to represent at Nationals in October, Gold Rating- Hope Reichert, Alli Youngbauer, Lexy Donath, Dailyn Garrett and Riley Webber. Last but not least- receiving his State Degree- Andrew Van Nice.

Mr. Tometich was also recognized on stage as a past State FFA Officer, as it is an anniversary year of the officer team he served with.

It was really cool to see a lot of our Muskie support team and alumni at State FFA Convention as teachers, judges, Block n Bridle contest help, and volunteers. MVPs all around. This is a huge event that does not run itself and your willingness to give back is appreciated!

Thank you to all who helped us prepare!

Congratulations to the whole Muscatine crew!

FFA Bee Hive Release

On Monday, April 22, thirteen Muscatine FFA members assisted Mike Hagerty in the release of three hives of bees at the Ag Learning Center Hives. In all, there are six hives now at the Ag Center. Raw Honey from the Ag Center will be available at the Greenhouse Plant sale - April 25, 26, May 2,3, 9,10, 16, and 17.
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Ms. Pautz's AP Chemistry Students

Students in Ms. Pautz's class are hard at work studying for the AP Chemistry exam!
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Dr. Moehlmann's AP Physics Class

Students in Dr. Moehlmann's AP Physics class described the interaction between a copper coil and magnets resulting in the transfer of electrons and resulting light released in an incandescent bulb to a visiting teacher.

Mr. Hennes’ Physics Class

Mr. Hoover, student teacher in Mr. Hennes’ physics class, explains resistors in circuits to students during small group breakout sessions.


Muscatine High School Staff

MHS student teacher, Alison Warren, who student taught with Mrs. Kramer (science) had all of her students sign her graduation cap so they would be with her in spirit for her May graduation! We wish you well, Allison!
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Preschool Teachers Work on Mission

Preschool teachers work on developing a mission for the Muskie Early Learning Center!

Special Education Teachers Receive Professional Development

Dr. Sarah Bergthold delivered professional learning with our MCSD special education teachers on April 22nd with a focus on best practices within assessments and functional behavior.

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