Muskie Virtual Backpack

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

So long, April!

Just like that, the month of April is over. I could have sworn I blinked and we went from complaining about the snow and cold to wearing shorts and having to look for sunscreen! The next few weeks are incredibly busy all across the Muscatine Community School District. This week alone with seeing the return of Prom at Muscatine High School along with C.A.P.E taking place after. Did I mention that one lucky MHS senior will win a fully loaded 2011 Jeep Liberty from Krieger's?! You'll see that pictured next to this and we're extremely thankful to the Krieger family for their support. I would be remiss if I didn't thank the ENTIRE community for helping ensure the C.A.P.E happens this year. I'd also like to thank the group of parents and volunteers on the C.A.P.E committee for their efforts, well done! Here's to a great week and starting the month of May! -Tony 'Tone' Loconsole

Useful Info for Muskie Families!

See below for on-going events or, resources available in Muscatine for our families!

Muscatine FFA Plant Sale

Don't miss your chance to support Muscatine FFA during their annual Plant Sale! Great selection this year and you can order & pay online!

Copy & Paste the links into your browser;

Order by clicking HERE

Pay online by clicking HERE

Race for the Schools THIS WEEK!

Don't forget to log your miles during the 2021 'Race for the Schools' taking place this week! Please also use the hashtag #RacefortheSchoolsMuscatine or #MuskieRacefortheSchools when sharing pictures or videos! Be sure once completed that you take a picture of yourself wearing your bib # and send it to; include; names of all registered, phone number, email and school your students attend. You'll then be entered to win a ton of great prizes!!

Race for the Schools Website for the latest!

2nd Annual Muscatine Baseball Mattress Fundraiser

Support the Muscatine Muskie Baseball team during their 2nd Annual Mattress Fundraiser coming up on Saturday, May 22nd! Every purchase benefits the baseball team! STop by the Van Hecke Center at Muscatine High School to view the options. For more information please click on the flyer!

Community Job Fair THIS WEEK!

Calling all High School Students & Adults Seeking Employment! You're invited to the Community Job Fair coming up on April 28th! Please click the flyer to learn more about this event!

Junior Achievement Inspire Virtual Career Fair!

Junior Achievement Inspire Virtual Career Fair

Junior Achievement (JA) has been a long-time partner of our school district. New this year, JA is providing a self-guided student learning experience called the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair. Available until June 3, 2021, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths available at regional businesses, city governments, trades, and other organizations.

Learn more by clicking here.

Nice is the New Cool T-Shirt Fundraiser!

The Muscatine Prevent Violence Coalition is hosting an online t-shirt fundraiser! Use the link below to purchase a t-shirt. Proceeds from the shirts will go towards an interactive mural in downtown Muscatine and family-oriented activity boxes that will be placed throughout Muscatine County.


If you would rather make a cash donation you can do so via Venmo: @Shawn-Lucas-38

Cash or checks made out to PVC can be dropped off at Pearl City Tattoo (229 E. 2nd Street, Muscatine)

#NiceIsTheNewCool #Muscatine #MuskieSchools

Get Your Rear In Gear 2021!

Get Your Rear In Gear returns to Muscatine with a virtual run, walk or ride for 2021! During the month of June, log your miles and help the community reach 5,000 miles total! This event is all about raising awareness and funds for Colon Cancer. Funds raised support colon cancer screening, prevention, and patient support in the Muscatine area! Additional information and registration links are below.

Register Online HERE!

Get Your Rear In Gear Muscatine FB Page

Walk to End Alzheimer's Muscatine 2021

The Walk to End Alzheimer's returns to Muscatine on Saturday, September 24th at the Pearl City Station located along the riverfront. Consider forming a walk team and registering online via the link below. Proceeds from the walk go to the Alzheimer's Association. For more information contact Megan Francis at;

Click HERE to register!

Strolling For Safe Sleep; Theo Wolf Foundation Charity Walk

The 1st annual 'Strolling For Safe Sleep' event is coming up on Saturday, June 5th here in Muscatine. Presented by the Theo Wolf Foundation this charity walk & family FUNdraiser honors the life of Theo Wolf who passed away in 2019 from unsafe sleep. We are honored to host the walk at Susan Clark Junior High here in Muscatine. Each registered walker will receive a t-shirt and a live butterfly to release at the conclusion of the walk in celebration of Theo's 2nd birthday. Following the walk will be a Family FUNdraiser happening from 10 am until 2 pm! Click the flyer for all the details.

Register Online HERE!

Theo Wolf Foundation Facebook Page

Dance Into Spring!

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Ballet Des Moines and Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa have come together to create Dance Into Spring, a state-crossing collaboration featuring outdoor performances in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Muscatine. These free performances offer the opportunity for attendees to gather together for beautiful performances celebrating the spirit of renewal.

Local musicians and those interested are able to meet & greet the ballet performers prior to the show at 12:30 pm at the Pearl City Station along the riverfront in downtown Muscatine.

Hancher Auditorium Website HERE

Ballet Des Moines Website HERE

'Dance into Spring' Meet the Performer's!

Invitation to all the local dancers and young musicians to meet and greet with the dancers and musicians before Hancher's Dance into Spring.

Student Art Exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center!

Don't miss your chance to check out the 'Student Exhbit' featuring 4th & 5th-grade artwork at the Muscatine Art Center! The exhibit will be on display from April 15th through May 16th. A reception will take place on Sunday, May 16th from 1:30-3:30 pm. For additional details please click the flyer or visit

Flickinger Learning Center Goat Yoga Fundraiser!

The Flickinger Learning Center does so many great things for our students and the Muscatine community! We hope you'll consider supporting their 'Goat Yoga' fundraiser! Please click the flyer for additional details and don't miss the fun happening on May 15th!

Summer Orchestra Camp!

Summer Orchestra Camp returns for 6th-9th grade students June 21st to the 25th at Susan Clark Junior High! Click the flyer for all the details and we have a link available below to the registration form!

Summer Orchestra Camp Registration

Muscatine Beginning Band Information

Calling all Muskie elementary students and their families! Be a part of the band! Use the link below to learn all about our band program! You'll also find links to sign-up via Class Dojo.

MCSD Beginning Band Website

5th-6th Grade Band & Orchestra

Calling all 4th-grade Muskies & their families! Now is the time to start thinking about joining the 5-6th grade Muskie Band & Orchestra! Our district's program is one of the largest and most well respected in the entire state of Iowa! Click the flyer for more details.

Be a Part of the Band video

Beginning Band a great way to learn more about instruments and find the one that interests you the most!

Beginning Orchestra

Putnam Summer Camps 2021

Memorable summer camp programs are available for Kindergarten - 5th Grade at the Putnam Museum! Get more details by clicking the flyer or by their website (link below).

Putnam website

YSF Flag Football!

The time is now to sign-up for Flag Football with the Youth Sports Foundation! Available for 1st & 2nd graders here in Muscatine! Fun starts this September and registration is going on right now! Get all the details by clicking the flyer or logging onto

Muscatine Art Center; April 2021 Calendar

The month of April brings a full offering of activities/events from the staff at the Muscatine Art Center! Coming up this month is; Earth Day in a Bag, Kids Saturday Workshop, Nature in the Garden, and much more! Everything you need to know to stay connected with the Muscatine Art Center is just a click away via their flyer! Should you have any questions please contact them at (563) 263-8282 or visit their website at;

Youth Sports Foundation; Tackle Football, Cheerleading & Volleyball

Our friends at the Youth Sports Foundation are excited to announce that registration is scheduled to take place from April 15th to the 17th here in Muscatine. This includes; tackle football, cheerleading, and volleyball! To learn more simply click on the flyer or, visit them online at

I-Smile Dental Sealant

Trinity Muscatine Public Health has received a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health to conduct a School-Based Dental Sealant program at your child's school. This grant allows Trinity Muscatine Public Health to provide a basic dental

examination for children in 2nd , 3rd , 6th , 7th and 8th grades. Click the picture for more details. You'll also have to complete the online consent form by clicking here;

Muscatine Summer Youth Volleyball Camp

Muscatine Summer Youth Volleyball camp is back! Open to students entering grades 5th-8th who are interested in playing volleyball. Get all the details by clicking the flyer. Registration forms are due by July 16th to guarantee a t-shirt. Contact with any questions!

Registration Form HERE!

Summer Kids' Club!

Summer Kids' Club at the Muscatine Community YMCA, is a DHS Licensed summer child care program is open to youth entering K-6th grades. The focus is on Youth Development with the help from science, art, wellness, music and mindfulness. Weekly themes tie the activities all together for a fun and educational summer. There are spots available for full-time care and part-time care. Registration will open on March 1st! Find out more at or by contacting Amy at 263.9996 or

Camp Wyoming

Camp Wyoming is a summer camp in Eastern Iowa. We provide camp experiences for kids in grades K-12. This is the perfect way to get them away from their screens and help them to be active and outdoors this summer.Click the flyer for more details!

Camp In A Bag!

The Muscatine County Extension & Outreach Office has a brand new service for area youth & their families! "Camp In A Bag" offers 9 different themed bags available year round. Each bag contains a book, 6+ activities with instructions & some supplies, a list of resources available to enhance and much, much more. Please click the flyer for all the details. You may also click here for the 'Camp In A Bag' order form.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering their Family-to-Family Education Program starting on April 5th. This is an eight week evidence-based program for families and caregivers of individuals dealing with a variety of mental health challenges. This is presented by NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley in conjunction with Trinity Muscatine Public Health.
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MCSD Text Announcements

Muskie Families! Make sure you opt-in to receive text messages from the district when we send out communications. Easy to do just follow the instructions on the flyer. Thank you!

Social Media Reminder!

Stay connected with the Muscatine Community School District on social media!

We're active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube! #MuskieStrong

Jefferson Elementary Military Surprise!
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MCSD Communications

Tony "Tone" Loconsole

Director of Communications & Community Engagement