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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: April 10-13, 2017

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Featured this week:


  • District-Wide Students: 1st Grade Winners of Dental Coloring Contest!
  • Franklin Elementary: Student Leadership Food Drive.
  • Franklin Elementary: EL Students and Staff Celebrate Shine Hat Day!
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Clemens' and Miss Harder's Kindergarten Classes.
  • Grant Elementary: Student Donates to Domestic Violence Shelter.
  • Grant Elementary: 1st Grade Leaders Present to PTO.
  • Madison Elementary: Kindergarten Students Learn New Vocabulary Words.
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Students.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Person Centered Planning with Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Beatty's 6th Grade English/Language Arts Class.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Arnold's 8th Grade Science Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Boy's Soccer.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA Results from the 2017 Iowa FFA Convention and Conference.
  • Muscatine High School: Muskie Boy's Track - Tyler Olsen Breaks Meet Record!
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Phillips' EL Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Paulsen's French II Class.
  • District-wide Staff: MHS Math Teachers.
  • District-wide Staff: CMS and WMS Math Teachers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, April 10, 2017 Regular Meeting

The Muscatine Schools' Board of Education met on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall: Members present: Bower, Dabeet, Drawbaugh, Finn, Mather, Naber and Wildermuth. Others present: Superintendent Riibe, Assistant Superintendent McGrory, and Director of Finance Anderson.


  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. President Drawbaugh welcomed visitors and media.
  3. Megan Custis, Jr. Class Student Council President, provided a student council update to the Board. 
    1. Senior Survivor raised over $33,500!!
    2. Prom is April 22 - they are still in need of chaperones!
  4. Janessa Ford, Tammy Holcomb, Jillian Poppe, Karen Woods, and Amy Danay were honored for receiving the Employee Recognition Award for April.
  5. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  6. The consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. Minutes of March 6, 2017 Regular Session and Minutes of March 27, 2017 Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations:
      1. New Hires for 2017-18: Sarah Greim - SPED Strategist - District-wide; William Hines - SPED Strat II at MHS; Katie Yetter - SPED Strat II at Madison.
      2. Resignations - Certified Staff: Ashley Alons - 8th Grade ELA at CMS; Madelyn DeSimone (Deuth) - 7th Grade Science/Social Studies at WMS; Holly Hanna - C o-Lead Teacher at East Campus; and Joshua Hanna - Co-Lead Teacher at East Campus.
      3. New Hires - Schedule C: Mindy Stoltzfus - MHS Girls Tennis: Angie Kulland - CMS Track.
      4. Resignations - Schedule C: Sara Alvidrez - MHS Dept Chair - Art; Joni Anderson - MHS Department Chair - Counseling; Gabe McDonald - MHS Department Chair - Math; Dan Ramos - MHS Department Chair - Social Studies; Duane Williams - MHS Assistant Football; Matt Shoultz - MHS Assistant Football.
    3. Bills and Claims against the district dated April 10, 2017.
  7. The board did not approve the Leader in Me contract with Franklin Covey as they felt the contract language regarding cost was misleading. They will consider a revised contract at its next meeting.
  8. Approved two 28E agreements with Louisa-Muscatine for shared counselor and shared family and consumer science teacher for 2017-18.
  9. Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with  Community Action of Eastern Iowa for Head Start.
  10. Approved the following upgrades to transportation software:
    1. Transfinder.
    2. Zonar Systems.
    3. Travel Tracker.
  11. Approved the purchase of four Rational ovens from Wilson Restaurant and Supply.
  12. Declined all bids for MHS Phase II Project.
  13. Reviewed a draft of the School Improvement "Plan on a Page."
  14. Held a first reading on policy 403.19 Notification of Arrest, Criminal Charges, or Child Abuse Complaint.
  15. February and March financials were presented.
  16. The following announcements of upcoming meetings and events were made:
    1. April 14, 2017: No School and Non-contract day for employees.
    2. April 24, 2017: Board Work Session at 6 p.m. at MHS (location to be determined).
    3. April 28, 2017: Kindergarten Visits - No School for current kindergarten, begindergarten, and 4-year old preschool.
    4. May 8, 2017: Board Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
  17. The meeting adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: March 27-31, 2017

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Featured this week:


  • District-Wide Elementary: 5th Grade Band Students Attend Solo and Ensemble Contest.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Carlson's 3rd Grade Gifted and Talented Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Major Saver Winners!
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Holder's Kindergarten Art Classes.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Schlawin's 3rd Grade Music Classes.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Major Saver Winners!
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Zitzow's 1st Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: PBIS Awards.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Reinier's Reading Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
  • McKinley Elementary: Reading Buddies.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Student Leaders Teach Cheer.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Root Beer Float Celebration!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mr. Carlson's Third Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Ms. Meerdink's 4th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Steele's 5th Grade Class.
  • Central Middle School: Gifted/Talented Students Participate in National History Bee.
  • West Middle School: 6th Graders Meet Quad Cities Mallards!
  • West Middle School: Ms. Matteson's 6th Grade ELA Classes.
  • West Middle School: 8th Graders Visit State Capitol.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Ag Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Fire Island Robotics Team.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Klingborg's Welding Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Ms. Mohapp's Physics Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Kroll's Spanish 3 Class.
  • Muscatine High School: 9th Grade P.E. Classes - 9 Square!
  • East Campus: Mr. Falkena's Science Classes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, March 27, 2017 Board Work Session

The Muscatine Community School's Board of Education met in work session on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Administration Center. Those board members present: Bower, Dabeet, Drawbaugh, Finn, Mather, and Naber. Director Wildermuth was absent. Also present: Superintendent Riibe and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.


  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. President Drawbaugh welcomed visitors and media representatives.
  3. A public hearing was held for the purpose of certifying the 2017-18 school budget.
    1. There were no written or oral comments.
  4. A public hearing was held on the proposed plans, specifications, proposed form of contract, and the estimated cost of said improvements of the MHS Gymnasium Entrance.
    1. There were no oral or written comments.
    2. Superintendent Riibe noted that the bids came in higher than expected (approximately $1.4 million over budget). He also noted that the district is looking at ways to bring this closer to the budgeted amount.
  5. Two architectural firms were chosen to present information on their firm for the opportunity to serve the district for the MHS Phase III Project (science and industrial tech renovations). (Board action will be taken at the April 10, 2017 meeting.)
    1. Tom Wallon, Vassil Petrov, and Brandon Pierson of FRK Architects and Engineers gave a presentation on their architectural firm.
    2. Andrew Van Leeuwen, Mary Wurst, and Ken Hagen of DLR Group gave a presentation on their architectural firm.
  6. The board approved the certification of the 2017-18 budget, approving a levy rate of $14.85644 and certified budget amount of $​88,324,501 for fiscal year 2017-18.
  7. Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers updated the board on the proposed special education delivery service changes at the elementary level for next school year.
  8. Superintendent Riibe provided information and a suggested timeline for his upcoming evaluation.
  9. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday,  April 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
  10. The meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: March 20-24, 2017

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Featured this week:


  • District-Wide: Sarah Prineas - Visiting Author.
  • District-Wide: 5th-8th Grade and the Muskie Way.
  • Parents as Teachers: Muscatine Art Center Event.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Eserhaut's P.E. Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Throwing Kindness Like Confetti!
  • Franklin Elementary: Miss Harder's Kindergarten Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Holder's 1st Grade Art Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Students Prepare for LIM Lighthouse Event!
  • Jefferson Elementary: Dean Jacobs Visits Jefferson Students.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe's 4th Grade Math Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Science Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Carlson's 3rd Grade Gifted and Talented Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Students Participate in Fundraiser for MHS' Senior Survivor.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Mergen's 1st Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Finley, Mulberry's Therapy Dog.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Story's and Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classes.
  • CMS: 6th Grade Students Celebrate Custodian Dave Busch!
  • MHS: Band and Orchestra Visit Los Angeles!
  • MHS: FFA Banquet.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

This Week in Our Schools: March 3 - 9, 2017


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(Next week: there will be no edition of This Week in Our Schools due to Spring Break.)

Featured this week:


  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Franklin's Student Leadership Team.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: 5th Graders - Genius Hour Passion Projects.
  • Madison Elementary: Read With the One You Love.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Strouf's 1st Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Youngbauer's 4th Grade Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. DeVrieze's 4th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Ms. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Distance Learning.
  • Central Middle School: Suicide Awareness Project.
  • Central Middle School: Student-led Learning Conversations.
  • Central Middle School: 7th Grade Honors English Language Arts Class.
  • Central Middle School: 8th Grade Honors English Language Arts Class.
  • West Middle School: Jazz Band and 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's Ag Classes.
  • District-Wide Middle School: Central and West Students Work Together.
  • District-Wide Middle School: Kennedy Honors Orchestra.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA News.
  • Muscatine High Schoo: Talent Show.
  • District-Wide Staff: WMS Teacher Kathy Haltmeyer Recognized at Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament.