This Week in Our Schools


April 5, 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: 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.


Muscatine Symphony's Young Artist Award

The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is proud to award Lauren Lettington 2nd place in our Young Artist Competition. The competition was the end of January and awards were given this past weekend.

Blue Out Day for Child Abuse Awareness Month

Visiting Artist Speaks to Grades 2-5

Students in 2nd-5th grade have enjoyed listening to our visiting author, Jill Esbaum! She told students about her books, and what it takes to be a writer: most importantly, never give up! (Pictured to the right is Ms. Esbaum with some of her fans - the district's teacher librarians!)


Spring Fling!

Parents as Teachers families enjoyed a morning of fun at the Spring Fling!


Mrs. Connor's Pre-AP Math Class

Students are learning about Stem plots in PreAP math with Ms. Connor.

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!


Miss Holly's PK and Mrs. Brewer's Begindergarten Classes

Miss Holly’s four-year-old preschool class and Mrs. Brewer’s begindergarten class synergized to make a spring banner for the hallway!

Clove Dental Coloring Contest Winner

Quinn H. was the winner of the Clove Dental coloring contest at Grant Elementary!
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"Try Everything" from Zootopia

For several weeks before Spring Break all 482 students at Jefferson learned, practiced, then were filmed signing "Try Everything" from Zootopia in American Sign Language. While the inclusion of the students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing into the hearing classrooms is important, equally as important are the hearing kids being included in the Deaf Culture within the building. Great job Muskies!! So proud of your hard work and effort!


Attendance Celebration

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

Mrs. Luna’s 1st graders were hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive Lirpa Loof (read backwards April Fool) bird. They sang the bird’s name and waved a carrot in the air in hopes to lure the bird from the tree. Students searched diligently only to later find out it was an April Fools joke!!
Mrs. Luna’s class also practiced telling time to the hour and 1/2 hour with a fun partner game. They also quizzed each other by making time on the mini clocks.


Major Saver Winners!

This week Mulberry students earned a limo ride and pizza party at Happy Joe’s for selling 10 or more Major Saver Cards. Congrats students!


EL Students Attend "Vang, A Drama About Recent Immigration Farmers"

"Vang, A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers" was performed on stage at MCC's Student Center April 4. There were two performances with an immigration workshop.

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

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

The Model UN club attended the Iowa High School Model United Nations conference at the University of Northern Iowa along with over 450 students from around the state. Students represented the delegations of Chile, China, and Mexico. Six students were recognized for an outstanding paper: Cassie Larsen, Paige Mathias, Ana Poffenbaugh, Caylie McConnaha, Hannah Pautz, and Maddie Heater.
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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!