This Week in Our Schools
MUSCATINE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Featured this week:
- District-Wide: Muscatine Symphony's Young Artist Award; Blue Out Day; Visiting Artist.
- Parents as Teachers: Spring Fling!
- Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Connor's Pre-AP Math Class; Perfect Attendance.
- Grant Elementary: Miss Holly's PK and Mrs. Brewer's Begindergarten Classes; Clove Dental Drawing Winner!
- Jefferson Elementary: "Try Everything" from Zootopia!
- Madison Elementary: Media Center Scavenger Hunt.
- McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Luna's 1st Grade Class.
- Mulberry Elementary: Major Saver Winners!
- Muscatine High School: EL Students Attend "Vang, A Drama About Recent Immigration Farmers"; Horticulture II Students; Model United Nations.
- District Staff: Three Programs, Many Needs.
Blue Out Day for Child Abuse Awareness Month
Preschool/Begindergarten Staff - Grant Elementary
Mrs. Brewer's Begindergarten Class - Grant Elementary
Grant's Student Leadership Team planting pinwheels.
Miss Holly's Pre-K Class- Grant Elementary
Mrs. Meerdink's 4th Grade Class - Mulberry Elementary
Mrs. McDonald's 5th Grade Class - Mulberry Elementary
Mulberry's Student Leadership Team planted pinwheels.
Mrs. Stogdill’s and Mrs. Justus’s 8th grade Class at Central Middle School.
Mrs. Stogdill’s and Mrs.Justus’s 8th grade planted a pinwheel garden and wrote facts as well as ways to prevent child abuse on the sidewalk for others to view.
Visiting Artist Speaks to Grades 2-5
--PARENTS AS TEACHERS--
Perfect Attendance is in Bloom at Franklin!
Perfect attendance helps us bloom at Frankin School! Each class gets to add a petal to their stem each perfect attendance day. This week, second grade is in 1st place!
Clove Dental Coloring Contest Winner
"Try Everything" from Zootopia
Aja S. improved her attendance dramatically this year. Her goal was to get off of the tier 2 and 3 attendance lists. Aja's Mom has been very supportive of improving Aja's attendance and is participating in our school's REACH program for parents. Great job Aja! Keep up the good work!
Media Center Scavenger Hunt
Students at Madison School prepared for a visit from author, Jill Esbaum, by participating in a scavenger hunt. Second, third, fourth and fifth graders worked in teams to complete a webquest to learn more about Jill and her books. They are excited to meet her in person today at Central Middle School. Jill has written 14 fiction books and 22 nonfiction books. Students will have the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of her books starting today. Look for a form in your child's backpack.
Mrs. Luna's 1st Grade Class
Major Saver Winners!
--MUSCATINE HIGH SCHOOL--
EL Students Attend "Vang, A Drama About Recent Immigration Farmers"
43 High School students with their teachers Katie Brown, Denise Hillman and Alla Phillips attended this event and participated in the workshop.
Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and ACT Kennedy award-winner Matt Foss collaborated to create this drama.
Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch immigrants all spoke of their struggles, survival skills and their strong desire to return to the land. The play shares the intense journeys of the individuals and families.
Thanks to the Stanley Foundation and MCC president Naomi DeWinter for the invitation and providing the lunch and transportation for our EL students.
Horticulture II students visited Flowers on the Avenue to discuss the different uses for flowers and then finished the visit by creating a bud vase, boutonniere, and corsage. Thank you for Flowers on the Avenue for the education and donating the supplies.
Model United Nations
Three Programs, Many Needs
On Wednesday, March 27, two of our MCSD teachers were interviewed on the Hy-Vee Today with Tony Tone Show about the needs that some of our students face and three valuable programs that have been put in place to help assist in meeting those needs. MHS teacher Laura Koch, WMS teacher Jeff Keith, along with Bags of Blessing Coordinator Pat Mundell sat down with Tony to visit about these programs.
Muskie Lockers at WMS and MHS
The Muskie Locker programs are set up to address the needs of students for school supplies, clothing, personal care products, and food.
The WMS Locker is overseen by Jeff Keith and open to students on an as-needed basis. MHS Locker is overseen by Laura Koch with daily assistance provided by MHS students and staff associated with the MHS Work Experience Program. The MHS Locker is open to students five periods a day every school day. (Pictured to the right above are Laura, Jeff, and Tony)
Bags of Blessing
Bags of Blessings is a weekend food assistance program for MCSD elementary students who are food insecure and has been operating since January of 2010.
The Bags of Blessing program is currently run out of MHS. Each week, 220 students receive their bag containing fourteen food items prepared to help meet their weekend food needs. These items are prepared, packed, and delivered by students and staff associated with the MHS Work Experience Program.
River Bend Food Pantry
The River Bend Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry has started to come to town this school year to assist our MCSD student’s families with their food needs. The Mobile Food Pantry travels to MHS's back parking area to set up on the second Tuesday of each month and is open after school from 4:30-6:00. Jeff Keith oversees this program with the help of 20-25 volunteers. Please stop by or contact Jeff if you would like to volunteer.
If you would like, as they say, "to hear the rest of the story” instead of getting "just the facts ma'am" please click on the link below to view the Hy-Vee Today with Tony Tone: March 27, 2019 episode!
A big THANK YOU to all of you that have been a part of these valuable programs over the years whether through your work or contributions! Added thanks to Laura Koch, Jeff Keith, and Pat Mundell for their countless volunteer hours that help make these programs successful in helping our kids!