This Week in Our Schools


March 8, 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 Students: Race for the Schools Poster Contest Winner Announced.
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Colorado Elementary: Ms. Holder's Kindergarten Art Students; Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium; 2nd Grade Library Students.
  • Franklin Elementary: 4th-5th Grade EL Students; 3-5 Student Leadership Team; Mrs. Week's 5th Grade Class; Dean Jacob's Presentation.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Read Across America Day.
  • McKinley Elementary: 4th-5th Grade Yoga Club; Ms. Niehaus' First Grade Class.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Stogdill's and Mrs. Justus's 8th Grade ELA Class; Ms. Kirby and Mrs. Mrosko's Classes; CMS Robotics Students.
  • West Middle School: Muskies of the Month at West.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Work Experience Trainee of the Week.


Race for the Schools Poster Contest Winner

Congrats to Jonathan Shellady, Franklin Elementary 5th grader, for having his poster chosen to represent this year's annual Race for the Schools event! Jonathan wins a free entry into the race!
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Muscatine Art Center Visit

Thank you Katy for a fun morning at the Art Center! Parents as Teachers had a fun morning making flowers in anticipation of Spring!


Ms. Holder's Kindergarten Art Students

Colorado kindergarteners are thinking spring! Look at our beautiful flower paintings!

Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium Visit

Last week, Mrs. Hines' kindergarteners and Mrs. Noll’s and Mrs. Smith's first graders visited the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and learned about river life (as well as ocean life). The stingray tank was a crowd favorite as students got to touch them! Thanks to Karen Hartman and Colorado PTO for setting up our Colorado field trip to The River Museum in Dubuque.

Mrs. Hines' Kindergarteners:

Mrs. Noll's First Graders:

Mrs. Smith's First Graders:

2nd Grade Library Students

Second graders at Colorado are learning how to use online and print dictionaries. They learned about what a dictionary is, how it can help them, and how to use them. Then they finished the lesson by collaborating to complete a fun St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt.


4th-5th Grade EL Students

This week 4th and 5th grade EL students at Franklin went to the Herbert Hoover Museum to watch the theater performance about the Underground Railroad. We also toured the museum and learned a lot about Herbert Hoover our 31st President.

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Student Leadership Team Teaches Younger Classes

Franklin 3-5 Student Leadership Team students taught a lesson in the kindergarten-2nd grade classrooms this week. After reviewing expectations, students signed the "WE LEAD" poster as a promise to follow leadership expectations.

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Dean Jacobs Presentation

Franklin students enjoyed listening to Dean Jacob's stories and adventures from around the world.

Mrs. Week's 5th Grade Class.

Franklin fifth graders in Mrs. Weeks’s classes have been working hard on their genius hour research and projects! They are excited to present next week.


Read Across America Guest Readers

Jefferson students enjoyed the guest readers on Read Across America day!


Yoga Club

4th & 5th grade yoga club at Mckinley is an optional club students can choose to be in instead of going outside for recess every Thursday. Students get to play Yoga games, work on different ways to use mindfulness to breathe & self-soothe with Mrs. Phelps.

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Ms. Niehaus' First Grade Class

Ms. Niehaus' first grade gifted and talented class at McKinley created "Brainfocals" to help them see things in different ways!
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Mrs. Stogdill and Mrs. Justus's 8th Grade SpringBoard ELA Class.

Students in Mrs. Stogdill’s and Mrs. Justus’s SpringBoard grade 8 ELA CMS class presented their multimedia presentations to administrators, school board members, as well as the mayor. The presentation consisted of an awareness of a cause they had researched. The students created videos, posters, brochures, radio podcasts, and more. They did an outstanding job!

Ms. Kirby and Mrs. Mrosko's Classes

Ms. Kirby and Mrs. Mrosko's classes volunteered at Rebuilding Together in Muscatine to build handicap accessible ramps for members in our community. They completed 5 ramps during their visit!

Mr. Edkin's Robotics Students

CMS Robotics students built pull toys. They took their finished builds over to Jefferson School to share with several of the elementary classes. They were great presenters to a great audience.
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Muskies of the Month

Muskies of the Month at West that we celebrated this week! These students exemplify what it means to be a Muskie!



Work Experience Program Trainee of the Week

This week's MHS Work Experience Trainee of the Week is senior Isaac Banuelos. Isaac is currently training at the Kum&Go store, located at 1429 Park Avenue, where he has been experiencing the operations of a modern-day 24 hr convenience store. Pictured with Isaac is General Manager Heather Koenig who has been working for Kum&Go in Muscatine for thirteen years.

We would like to thank Heather and the staffs at both of the Muscatine Kum&Go store locations for providing a clean and comfortable place for our students to learn. Kum&Go has been a great place for our students to gain employability skills while providing for the food, fuel, and beverage needs of the Muscatine community for many years.