Friday, May 19, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: May 15 - 19, 2017

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Featured this week:


  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Ms. Schumaker's Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Ms. Phillips' and Mrs. Smith's 2nd Grade Classes.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: 4th Grade Field Trip to Wild Cat Den!
  • Grant Elementary: Outdoor Education Day at Wild Cat Den!
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Loos' 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Madison Student Leadership Team.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Bloomquist's School-wide Reading Challenge.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: PBIS Picnic Lunch.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Special Guest Visitor - Miss Muscatine!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Mergen and Mrs. Haag's 1st Grade Classes.
  • Central Middle School: Reading Challenge Winners.
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Band Concert.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Plemmons' Students.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade River Bandits Game.
  • West Middle School: Annual Teachers vs. Students Volleyball Game.
  • West Middle School: Published Poet Kiley R.!
  • Muscatine High School: Muskie Band Awards Banquet.
  • Muscatine High School: University of Iowa Steel Band Performs for MHS Band.
  • Muscatine High School: Sophomore Gifted/Talented Tours University of Chicago.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Hunger Banquet.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Science Club.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Kramer's Chemistry Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Sophomore Gifted/Talented Northwestern and University of Chicago Tours.
  • Muscatine High School: Transition and Work Experience Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Class of 2017 Graduation Practice!
  • District-Wide Staff: WMS Honors Retirees.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: May 8 - 12, 2017

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Featured this week:

  • Race for the Schools!
  • Parents as Teachers: Learning and Fun with Home Visits.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Muffins for Moms!
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Coss' Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Truitt's 5th Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Student Leadership Team.
  • Franklin Elementary: 1st and 5th Grade Trip to University of Iowa.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Fick's 5th Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: All School Carnival.
  • Franklin Elementary: 5th Grade Recognition Luncheon.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Newhall's Preschool Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Kindergarten Girl Scouts.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Grant School (3rd -5th grade ) Read and Feed.
  • Madison Elementary: Preschool and Kindergarten's Muffins for Moms.
  • Madison Elementary: 5th Grade Field Trip.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Franklin's 5th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evan's Kindergarten Class.
  • District-Wide Middle School: Ms. Blanchard's Orchestra Students.
  • District-Wide Middle School: Gifted and Talented Students.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Ricochet Leadership Group & 7th ELA Honors.
  • Muscatine High School: 2017 Academic Awards Assembly!
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Long and Mr. Truitt's General Resource Math Class.
  • District-Wide Staff: School Nurse Day!
  • District-Wide Staff: Grant Staff Attend Leader in Me Training.








Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, May 8, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

The Muscatine Schools' Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Members present: Directors Bower, Dabeet, Finn, Mather, and Wildermuth. President Drawbaugh was absent. Also present: Superintendent Riibe and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.

  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Vice President Wildermuth welcomed visitors and the media.
  3. Saul O'Campo, MHS Student Council Rep, provided a student council update to the Board. 
  4. Kris Gladwell, Sarah Manjoine, Jeanne Petersen, Kelly Gillespie, and Gina Schliesman were honored for receiving the Employee Recognition Award for May.
  5. Superintendent Riibe honored the board as part of School Board Recognition Month.
  6. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  7. The consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. Minutes of April 10, 2017 Regular Session and Minutes of April 24, 2017 Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires for 2017-18
        1. Joshua Day - MHS Ag
        2. Haley Denton - CMS 7th & 8th ELA
        3. Noelia Espinal-Lujan - Early Childhood SPED
        4. Craig Johnson - MHS Industrial Tech
        5. Jodi Jones - Grant Early Childhood SPED
        6. Megan King - CMS 7th Pre-AP & 8th ELA
        7. Angela Pautz - CMS 8th Grade Science
        8. Alicia Schmitt - Franklin Guidance Counselor
        9. Nathan Swartzendruber - WMS Vocal Music
        10. Luke Turelli - MHS At Risk Science
        11. Derek Zabranskky - WMS 8th Math
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff
        1. Ashley Enabnit - Franklin 5th Grade
        2. Sandra Eversmeyer - McKinley TAG
        3. Bryce Giesmann - Colorado Art
        4. Blayke Lawrence - Madison Kindergarten
        5. Cynthia Machael - Franklin 3rd Grade
        6. William Mayer - MHS Industrial Arts
        7. Teresa Newhall - Grant Special Ed
        8. Crystal Pottebaum - MHS Spanish
        9. Dan Ramos - MHs Social Studies/Instructional Coach
        10. Danielle Reagle - East Campus English/Language Arts
        11. Savannah Skidmore - Franklin Title I
        12. John Vonderhaar - Franklin 4th Grade
        13. Shannon Walker - MHS Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science
        14. Derek Weber - Madison 5th Grade
      3. Leaves of Absence: Kari Morton - Grant 2nd Grade (2017-18 school year)
      4. New Hires - Certified Administrators: Susan O'Donnell - WMS Principal
      5. Resignations - Certified Administrators
        1. Jan Collinson - WMS Principal
        2. Brian Walthart - CMS Assistant Principal
      6. New Hires - Schedule C:
        1. Karey Hawkins - MHS National Honor Society
        2. Carolyn Hurlbut - MHS Color Guard
        3. Rachel Hansen - MHS Curriculum Coord - Social Studies
        4. Betsy Hirschfield - MHS Curriculum Coord - Mathematics
        5. Karey Hawkins - MHS Curriculum Coord - Guidance
        6. Jeff Heid - MHS Curriculum Coord - Fine Arts
      7. Resignations - Schedule C:
        1. Jayme Steffen - MHS Assistant Volleyball
        2. Sally Echelbarger - WMS Track
        3. Heather France - MHS National Honor Society
        4. Elizabeth Thomas - MHS Student Council Co-Advisory
    3. Student Teaching Agreements with: Iowa Wesleyan, UNI, and St. Ambrose.
    4. Bills and Claims against the district dated May 8, 2017.
  8. Approved the MCSD Strategic Plan.
  9. Approved the tentative list of graduates of the Class of 2017.
  10. Reviewed and approved the administrative procedures for policy 900.9 Nutrition and Wellness Program.
  11. Approved the scheduled laptop replacements for teachers and administrators not to exceed more than $463,230.
  12. Approved a two-year contract for tenured administrators (admin who are starting their 4th year at MCSD).
  13. Approved the salary adjustment for administrators and non-union classified professionals to follow the Chapter 20 guidelines of May 1, 2017 (1.97%).
  14. Authorized the district to move forward in developing plans for the next phase of the MHS Construction Project.
  15. Held a second reading on policy 403.19 Notification of Arrest, Criminal Charges, or Child Abuse Complaint.
  16. Jeff Miller updated the board on summer projects for district facilities.
  17. April financials were presented.
  18. Thanked the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for providing the Excellence in Education Awards for the past 30 years with over $1.2 million dollars given to students at MCSD.
  19. The following announcements of upcoming meetings and events were made:
    1. May 16, 2017: Senior's Last Day
    2. May 21, 2017: Class of 2017 Graduates at 2 p.m. at MHS
    3. May 26, 2017: Last Day for Students; 2-hour early dismissal
    4. May 29, 2017: Memorial Day
    5. May 30, 2017: MCSD Retirement and 30 Year Celebration; Last Day for Teachers
  20. The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
  21. Next meeting: June 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
For more in depth information about this meeting, go to the Board Book.

Friday, May 5, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: May 1 - 5, 2017

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Featured this week:



  • Colorado Elementary: Environmental Day.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Schumaker's Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: 1st Grade Tiger Cub Scouts.
  • Franklin Elementary: 2nd Annual Culture Fair.
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Clemens' Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Morton's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Zitzow's 1st Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Character Matters Musical.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Swailes' Preschool Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Spratt's Kindergarten Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Grades 1-5 Physical Education Fitness Record Breakers!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mr. Carlson's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Steele's 5th Grade Class.
  • West Middle School: WMS Library's Second Annual Poetry Contest Winner!
  • Muscatine High School: College Decision Day.
  • Muscatine High School: Congrats to Tyler Wilson - 4th Place at Drake!
  • Muscatine High School: 2017 CAPE Car Winner!
  • District-Wide Staff: Mr. Gehret's May 4th Tribute.
  • District-Wide Staff: School Lunch Hero Day!
  • District-Wide Staff: May Employee Awards!


Friday, April 28, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: April 24-28, 2017


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Featured this week:


  • Muscatine Preschool Alliance: Night of the Young Child.
  • District-Wide Students: Iowa Global Issues Problem-Solving State Bowl.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Wildly Successful Science Night.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Skidmore's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor and Mr. Weber's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Kindergarteners, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade with Teacher Library Mrs. Bloomquist.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: 4th Grade TRIBES.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. DeVrieze's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Youngbauer's 5th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Administrative Professional's Day.
  • Central Middle School: Gifted and Talented Students.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Monsanto Ag Safety Day.
  • Central Middle School: 7th Grade University of Iowa STEM Day.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Plemmon's Class.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade Monsanto Ag Safety Day.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Matteson's 6th Grade ELA Classes.
  • West Middle School: 7th Graders Participate in Day of Caring.
  • West Middle School: 7th Grade Toured University of Iowa.
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Chicago Field Trip.
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.
  • West Middle School: Mr. Hayes' 8th Grade Artists.
  • Muscatine High School: Future Problem Solving Teams.
  • Muscatine High School: Thoroughly Modern Millie!
  • Muscatine High School: FFA Envirothon.
  • District-Wide Staff: Admin Center Staff's Community Baby Shower.
  • District-Wide Staff: MHS Food Service Workers.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, April 24, 2017

The Muscatine School's Board of Education met in work session on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the high school in the media center. Those present were board members Bower, Dabeet, Drawbaugh, Mather, Naber, and Wildermuth. Director Finn was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, Director of Finance Tom Anderson, High School Principal Jared Smith, High School Athletic/Activities Director Andy Werling, Facilities Supervisor Jeff Miller, phys ed and strength and conditioning teachers Ann Edkin and D.J. Hawkins, and community member and past athletic director/MHS principal Chuck Van Hecke.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the needs of the high school as it pertains to the MHS Phase II Construction Project.

  1. Ann Edkin and D. J. Hawkins spoke of the need for extra gym space for students and athletics as well as extra space needed in the weight room.
  2. Andy Werling shared that one initiative the high school has worked on the past two years is increasing student participation in activities and athletics:
    1. boys and girls soccer, boys golf, and volleyball have nearly doubled their participation numbers since 2012. 
    2. This puts added strain on the current gym space when teams practice year round.
  3. Chuck Van Hecke shared his thoughts on North Scott's stand alone weight room/gymnasium/and conditioning area and how something like this could positively impact our students and community.
  4. Mr. Van Hecke suggested to revitalize the swim entrance for a more handicapped accessible entrance for the community.
  5. Mrs. Edkin also shared as a parent and coach the need to have practices until 9 p.m. due to lack of gym space to accommodate all teams and how this puts a strain on families and students. 
  6. Jeff Miller, Facilities Supervisor, offered two dates for board members to visit North Scott to see their new weight room/gymnasium building. 
    1. Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. and Monday, May 1st, also at 6 p.m. 
  7. Mr. Miller shared a document that lists all of the outside organizations that utilize the district's gym facilities.
  8. The board then discussed the various phases of the high school and next steps.
  9. Director of Finance Tom Anderson reviewed the current PPEL budget.
  10. The board will take action to give FEH Architects authority to proceed with the design phase of the project and to schedule a design meeting for board members and staff.
  11. The board went into closed session at 7:40 p.m. to for the superintendent's evaluation.
  12. The board returned to open session at 8:10 p.m.
  13. The board approved to extend the superintendent's contract as per current contract language.
  14. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
  15. Next meeting: Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.



Friday, April 21, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: April 17-21, 2017

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Featured this week:


  • UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING
  • District-Wide Elementary: Gifted and Talented Events.
  • Colorado Elementary: Ms. Schumaker's Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Ms. Phillips' 2nd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Holder's Kindergarten Art Students.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mr. Loos' 3rd Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Leader in Me Assembly.
  • Grant Elementary: Leadership Day!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: UNI Visits Grant.
  • Madison Elementary: Miss Lawrence's Kindergarten Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's, Mrs. Luna's, and Mrs. Vogeler's 1st Grade Classes.
  • McKinley Elementary: 4th and 5th Grade Leadership Team.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Stutzel's 6th Grade Math Classes.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's 6th Grade Ag Class.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's 7th Grade Ag Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Johnson's Anatomy and Physiology Class.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Drama Presents: Thoroughly Modern Millie!
  • Muscatine High School: Ms. Christensen's Geometry Classes.
  • District-Wide Staff: Muscatine Preschool Alliance Teachers Meet.
  • District-Wide Staff: Colorado, Grant, and Madison Food Service Ladies.
  • District-Wide Staff: Franklin Teachers Present at ASCD.