This Week in Our Schools


May 10, 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: 5th Grade Girl's Basketball Team; Race for the Schools; 4th Grade STEAM into MCC.
  • Franklin Elementary: Perfect Attendance Pizza Party!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Foxen's 5th Grade Art Students; Yoga Leadership Club; Student Leadership Team's Staff Appreciation Day.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Johnson's Begindergarten Class; 5th Grade Girls Basketball; Spring Fun! Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class; Miss Zitzow's 2nd Grade and Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Reading Buddies.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Schroeder's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Foxen's 2nd Grade Art Students.
  • Central Middle School: STEM at the Ballpark.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Clark's Essential Chemistry Class; AP Chemistry Students; FFA Plant Sale! Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • District-Wide Staff: MHS Staff Appreciation Week; Leader in Me Training.


5th Grade Girl's Basketball Team

5th Grade Muskie Basketball program finished today, (Wednesday, May 8.) Pictured are 5th grade girls from Colorado, Grant, Jefferson, Madison, McKinley, Mulberry & Hayes Elementary schools, along with members of our MHS Girls Basketball program team and staff.

These girls met for practices the past 4 Tuesdays after school and then competed in games at the Chuck VanHecke Center.

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Race for the Schools

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Muscatine Race for the Schools on Saturday, May 4th. What a beautiful day! Our race committee is happy to report a record number of participants at this year's race. 105 participants in the Muskie Mile and 200 in the 5K.

Congratulations to Colorado School for winning the SCHOOL CHALLENGE (having the most runners, walkers, and volunteers) a total of 77, that's a record too! West and Central were tied for 2nd place and Madison was third.

EVERYONE (adults too) who completed the Muskie Challenge gets a medal. If you left before the awards ceremony on Saturday, please check the results at Muscatine Running Club to see if you earned a medal. You can pick up your medal at the Muscatine Schools Administration Center (2900 Mulberry).

If you ordered a different shirt size, please continue to check our school district Facebook page, we will post an announcement when the shirts are available.

A very Special thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors. We couldn't have done it without you.

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Race for the Schools Pictures

Select the link to see pictures from the 2019 Race for the Schools 5K and Muskie Mile!

4th Grade STEAM into MCC

4th graders enjoyed STEAM activities at Muscatine Community College!


Perfect Attendance Pizza Party

Perfect Attendance Pizza Party! Students who had perfect attendance from March 25-April 30 received a pizza party! Way to go!


Mrs. Foxen's 5th Grade Art Students

5th graders at Grant made 3-dimensional masks out of construction paper.

Yoga Leadership Club

Students in the yoga club with yoga instructor, Mrs. Phelps, not only learn the various poses but also learn about mindfulness techniques.

Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team spoiled all of the educators at Grant this week. We started the week with videos from past and present students thanking teachers, had a daily snack and drink cart delivery, a breakfast made by SLT members and their families, smoothies, lunch made by PTO and student families, and an extra recess for students so teachers could go get a chair massage. We also had an optional Hawaiian door decorating contest to go with the theme of the week. Mahalo to all of the educators in Muscatine for all that you do day in and day out for our students. It's great to be a Muskie!!


Mrs. Johnson's Begindergarten Class

MHS Senior Bria Holthe completed her final monthly environmental sustainability lesson with Mrs. Johnson's Begindergarten class. Bria was awarded a $1500 scholarship to Central College for her efforts. Congrats Bria! What an accomplishment!
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5th Grade Girls Basketball

Jefferson girls got to learn basketball skills and teamwork as they participated in Muskie Basketball at the 5th grade level.
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Spring Fun

Between the rain showers, Jefferson students are having fun at recess and enjoying the warmer, spring-like weather!
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Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class

Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at Jefferson in Ms. Story’s ASL class painted hands to look like the sign they represent.

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Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class

Kindergarteners in Mrs. Skidmore's class enjoyed Kiddie Barnyard.

Miss Zitzow's 2nd Grade/Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Classes

Miss Zitzow’s second grade and Mrs. Skidmore’s kindergarten partnered this year for reading buddies. Each week they get together on Wednesday to spend some time enjoying books and each other. Everyone looks forward to reading buddies!


Mrs. Schroeder's 2nd Grade Class

Ms. Schroeders 2nd graders are ready for FAST testing!

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Mrs. Foxen's 2nd Grade Art Students

Second graders at Mulberry rotated to different stations in the art room to make special gifts for their Mom's!
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STEM at the Ballpark

Some 8th grade students participated in STEM at the Ballpark this week. They had a great time trying out different STEM-related activities at the Eastern Iowa Community College Urban Campus.


Mrs. Clark's Essential Chemistry Class

Mrs. Clark's Essential Chemistry Class completed an acid and base investigation. Using pH strips, students explored various household items to see which ones were acidic or basic. Students then compared the pH value of each household item to its ingredients. By doing this, students were able to see similarities and differences in the ingredients of household items that were acidic or basic.
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AP Chemistry Students

MHS AP Chemistry students came to yoga to focus their minds after their final & before their AP test.
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FFA Plant Sale

Stop in and check out the FFA greenhouse for all of your spring planting needs! There are plenty of plant choices still available to add color to your landscape!
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Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class

This week the MHS Deaf/HH resource class was working on a cooking unit. So far we have made chili, pepperoni pizza, scrambled eggs, and pancakes. It was all delicious!

One of our DHH students was accepted into the National Council of Youth Leadership Muscatine Area Chapter. This will allow him to attend a leadership training in the fall and compete for scholarships given by the chapter.
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MHS Staff

MHS Staff were treated to sundaes for staff appreciation week!
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Leader in Me Training

McKinley, Mulberry, Grant, and CMS participated in a Leader in Me Community Coaching Day this week. Lighthouse coordinators and building principals had a meaningful day of learning and modeling!

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