This Week in Our Schools


March 1, 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:

  • Grant Elementary: Miss Holly's 4-year-old Preschool.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Johnson's Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Read Across America.
  • Central Middle School: Skittles Group.
  • Muscatine High School: Work Experience Program Trainee of the Week; Academy Students.
  • District-Wide Staff: Central Middle School Staff.


Miss Holly's 4-year-old Preschool Class

Miss Holly's 4 year pre-k class at Grant have been learning about their 5 senses. Here they are making popcorn using all their senses while writing observations.


We had a friendly dinosaur directing traffic and keeping students safe and entertained!

Read Across America

Showing our Dr. Suess Spirit during Read Across America week.

Board president Tammi Drawbaugh also go in on the action of Read Across America with Jefferson's own Cat in the Hat (aka Principal Steel)!

Mrs. Randleman's 3rd Grade Class

Mrs. Randleman’s 3rd graders worked on multiplication skills while playing multiplication Jenga. They also worked on their fraction skills while building robots!


Mrs. Johnson's Class

Students in Mrs. Johnson's class enjoyed their reading time today along with a sensory break.


Read Across America

Mulberry students and staff celebrated "Read Across America" week in honor of the birthday of Dr. Suess. On Monday, students wore their favorite hats in honor of the book "The Cat in the Hat". On Tuesday, it was crazy socks day in honor of "Fox in Socks". Wednesday was Wacky Wednesday, with student dressing in mismatched or backward clothing. Thursday, the school wore clothing that represented a college in honor of the book, "Oh! The Places You Will Go!". Friday's events included Color Day, in which each grade level wore a specific color. All the colors of the rainbow were represented throughout the building! Friday afternoon, parents, grandparents, and special guests joined the classrooms for "Read With Someone You Love" time.
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Skittles Group

Our recent Skittles group went to Sunnybrook Assisted Living and painted and decorated Mardi Gras masks with the residents. The girls had a blast.

What is Skittles? A place where girls with different personalities, interests, and backgrounds come together as one group. "We are all different colors and flavors but are all the same." It's a great group of girls who are involved in mentoring, community engagement, connections, and new friendships!


Work Experience Program Trainee of the Week

This week's MHS Work Experience Program trainee is junior Nicholas Scheeper. Nick has been training with the automotive technicians at Toyota of Muscatine this year. Pictured are (L-R) Toyota Repair Technician Alex Easterla (2008 MHS graduate), Nick Scheeper, and Toyota Service Manager TJ Deere.

Nick has been getting a good look at the day-to-day operations of an award-winning Toyota dealership service and repair shop. He has also been experiencing the daily challenges the 'Techs" face to provide quality vehicle maintenance.

We're proud to also mention that Alex Easterla was an MHS Work Experience Program trainee back in the day and made his first steps into the automotive field while training with Toyota of Muscatine. Alex went on after graduation from MHS to earn a degree in Automotive Science from Kirkwood Community College before returning to Muscatine to work.

We would like to thank the staff at Toyota of Muscatine, located at 3000 N Highway 38, for working with our students over the years.

MHS Academy Students

On Thursday, a group of Juniors and Seniors from the MHS Academy visited Scott Community College and explored the Manufacturing, Culinary, and Automotive departments.


Central Middle School

CMS Teachers attended the Leader In Me Symposium in Des Moines this week to learn about how schools in Iowa are leading and learning with The 7 Habits!
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CMS Teachers participated in EdCamp style learning sessions this week to share systems and strategies for improving teaching and learning at CMS!

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