Muskie Virtual Backpack

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Hello Muskie Families!

MCSD's Virtual Backpack provides Muskie families a quick way to view all events and programs for you in one place! Scroll down for new and past items!

Welcome Back!

Winter finally decided to arrive! We're so glad to have our Muskie students back in-school and learning virtually after winter break. Please remember to dress warmly (you'll note the picture to the right of my three children; Henry, Theodore & Lucy) and to clearly mark that your students gloves, hats & snow pants belong to them. Stay safe and thank you for all your continued support and trust as we continue to navigate these challenging times together.-Tony Tone-

River Bend Mobile Food Bank; January 12th

The River Bend Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry returns to our MCSD Admin Building on Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30-6:00pm. Please click the flyer for more details and a sincere 'Thank You' to all our volunteers who make this event possible. Please note; attendees MUST have a child in the Muscatine School District.

'Write Now' Writing Contest!


Mark your calendars for the free, online short story competition. The event begins at 4 p.m. on January 15, when we’ll provide you with a set of writing prompts and 48 hours to write your best story.

Muscatine Art Center; January 2021

It's a new year at the Muscatine Art Center! From Virtual Bingo to their Kid's Saturday Workshops, Adult Studio and much more, click the flyer for all the details! The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine. Call 563-263-8282 for more information or visit www.MuscatineArtCenter.org

Virtual Kids Go STEM!


Join medical and health sciences students and professionals from the University of Iowa for interactive and virtual medical simulations, experiments, and more that you can follow along at home to explore careers in STEM, STEM concepts, and your health.

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.

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!

YSF Co-Ed Badminton!

Registration is now open for the Youth Sports Foundation's Co-Ed Badminton for 5th to 8th graders! To register visit www.YouthSportsFoundation.org deadline to sign-up is December 31st. Click the flyer for additional details.

Putnam Explorers!

Each month, students in grades 1-4 can join a Putnam educator in exploring a new science or history related topic! Checkout the remaining opportunities on the flyer from the Putnam Museum.

Iowa Reading Research Center

The Iowa Reading Research Center offers FREE assistive technology help for families of children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Please click the flyer for all the details or visit them online at; IowaReadingResearch.org/Assistive-Technology-Consultation-Families

Social Media Reminder!

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

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

Useful Info for Muskie Families!

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

Hawki Health & Dental Information

GRADE/AGE: ages-19; DEADLINE to Register: none


Hawki offers free or low-cost health coverage for kids and teens ages -19 for 2020, and now even more children are eligible for health care coverage! Thousands of kids qualify for coverage - do yours?


What does Hawki cover:


  • doctor's visits
  • dental care
  • eyeglasses
  • vaccines/shorts
  • well-child visits
  • inpatient hospital services
  • prescription drugs
  • outpatient hospital services
  • mental health services
  • much more...


Hawki can enroll children to receive full coverage which includes both medical and dental services or there is also a dental-only option available as well! Enrollment is easy, complete an application via phone by calling (855)889-7985 or complete an Iowa Medicaid application at https://dhsservices.iowa.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal.


Hawki Medicaid Form - English

Hawki Medicaid Form - Spanish

Jefferson Elementary School "Colors of the World."

The staff at Mulberry Elementary School have really gone all out this year with their door decorating contest! Here are just a few of the doors, great job to the staff and students who also helped out!
Jefferson Elementary "Colors of the World"
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MCSD Communications

Tony "Tone" Loconsole

Director of Communications & Community Engagement