Friday, April 13, 2018

This Week in Our Schools: April 9 - 12, 2018

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Featured this week:

  • 2018 Excellence in Education Award Recipients
  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Mini-Dance Marathon.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Yahn's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Paul's 4th Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Miss Mary's Preschool Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Godden-Alloway's Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Yetter's Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Kindness Challenge.
  • Madison Elementary: Attendance Incentive.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Ward's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mr. Stewart's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Poppe’s 4th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Connor's 5th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Ms. Holder's Art Students.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Blue Out Day.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Major Saver Winners.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Finley and Friend.
  • Central Middle School: Student Leadership Group.
  • Central Middle School: Ms. Pautz's Science Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Muscatine High School: Academy Robotic Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Model U.N.
  • District-Wide Staff

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, April 9, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Present were Board President Tammi Drawbaugh, Board Vice President Mary Wildermuth, Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Nathan Mather, and Toby McCarter. Director Aaron Finn was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. A public hearing was held for the purpose of certifying the 2018-19 school budget. 
  4. Saul Ocampo and Brook Horton updated the board on recent and upcoming student council activities.
  5. The MHS Mock Trial Team was recognized along with advisor Mike Fladlien who was honored at the state event and inducted into the Iowa Mock Trial Hall of Fame.
  6. The April Outstanding Employees were recognized. They are: Tasha Cantrell, Kathy Degner, Stacy Emrich, Emily Schroeder, and Lorinda Toborg.
  7. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  8. As part of board targets, Superintendent Riibe presented information on enrollment trends.
  9. The consent agenda was approved which includes: 
    1. The minutes of the March 5, 2018 Regular Session and the March 26, 2018 Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations of: 
      1. Resignations - Certified Administrators: Jason Wester, Principal, Franklin Elementary.
      2. New Hires - Certified Staff: Kenedy Heirmerdinger - MHS Social Studies; Kyle Kennedy - MHS Social Studies.
      3. Resignations - Certified Staff (all effective at end of 2017-18 school year unless noted): Michael Clancy - MHS Social Studies; Virginia Dahms - Jefferson Instructional Coach; Travonne Danielson - Franklin 1st Grade (effective 3-21-18); Susan Guffey - MHS Spanish; Rebecca Harris - MHS Math; Kari Morton - Grant 2nd Grade.
      4. Resignations - Classified Professionals: Charles Velasquez - Energy Consultant.
      5. New Hires - Schedule C: Abigail Zoller - MHS Assistant Forensics; Andrew Dobek - WMS Track.
      6. Resignations - Schedule C: Rebecca Harris - MHS Girls Cross Country and MHS Girls Assistant Track; Gabriel McDonald - MHS Assistant Basketball; Herb Holler - MHS Assistant Football.
    3. Bills and Claims against the district dated April 9, 2018.
  10. Hired Bohnsack and Frommelt, LLP for auditing services for 3 years.
  11. Approved certifying the budget for the 2018-19 school year with a levy rate of $14.79105 and a budget in the amount of $86,202,797.
  12. Approved the 2018-19 General Student Fee Structure. 
  13. Approved the high school athletic sharing agreements with various surrounding districts.
  14. A second reading was held on policy 401.5 Family and Medical Leave.
  15. The board will conduct Superintendent Riibe’s Evaluation at it's next meeting.
  16. The financials for the month of February were shared.
  17. The following upcoming meetings and events were announced:
    1. April 12, 2018 Kindergarten Round Up; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Administration Center
    2. April 13, 2018 Teacher Inservice Day; No School for Students
    3. April 23, 2018 Board Work Session; 6 p.m.; Madison Elementary
    4. May 14, 2018 Board Regular Session; 7 p.m.; City Hall
  18. The meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

To see the agenda with supporting documents, go to: April 9, 2018 Board Agenda/Supporting Documents
Watch the board meeting on the district's YouTube channel.

Monday, April 9, 2018

This Week in Our Schools: April 2 - 6, 2018

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Featured this week:

  • Blue Out Day
  • Parents as Teachers: Spring Fling!
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Hepker's Class.
  • Franklin Elementary: Ms. Huber's Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Silver Cord Volunteer.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Foxen's 1st Grade Art Students.
  • Grant Elementary: Major Saver Ticket Sellers.
  • Jefferson Elementary: STEAM.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
  • Madison Elementary: Celebrating 45 Office Referral-Free Days.
  • Madison Elementary: Theme Day - Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher.
  • Central Middle School: Science Bowl and Science Enrichment Students.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Hyink's 8th Grade P.E. Classes.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Wiebe's 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Ag Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Miss Montandon's Human Anatomy Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Model United Nations.
  • Muscatine High School: 11th and 12th Grade Academy Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Muscatine Jazz Ensemble.
  • Muscatine High School: Mr. Schmelzer's Work Experience Students.
  • Muskie Sports: Go Muskies!
  • District-Wide Staff

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, March 26, 2018 Work Session


The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in work session on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Muscatine Mall, 1903 Park Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa. Board members present: President Tammi Drawbaugh, Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, and Vice President Mary Wildermuth. Director Toby McCarter was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Teaching and Learning Becky Wichers.

  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. The  DLR Group presented their findings of the feasibility study of the proposed Early Childhood Center.
  4. Superintendent Riibe noted that this project is a first step in planning for long-range facility usage. 
  5. Superintendent Riibe noted that the district will be entering into negotiations with the Muscatine Mall management regarding the leasing arrangement.
  6. The board toured the J. C. Penney area.
  7. The following events and upcoming meetings were announced:
    1. Friday, March 30, 2018 – No School, Non-Contract Day
    2. Monday, April 9, 2018 – Regular School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall
  8. The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

Friday, March 23, 2018

This Week in Our Schools: March 19 - 23, 2018

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Featured this week:

  • District-wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Noll's 1st Grade Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: 2nd Grade Classes.
  • Franklin Elementary: Mrs. Henderson's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Grant Elementary: Rocco.
  • Jefferson Elementary: 5th Grade Future Problem Solvers.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Major Saver Top Sellers.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Principal of the Morning!
  • Madison Elementary: Dodgeball PBIS Award.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Ward's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mr. Stewart's 3rd Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Holder's 5th Grade Art Students.
  • Madison Elementary: Hat Day!
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade Scientists.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Willett's 4th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. McDonald's 5th Grade Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: 5th Grade Visits Art Museum.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Graders Visit Herbert Hoover Museum.
  • Central Middle School: Meet Lucky!
  • West Middle School: 8th Grade Visit to the State Capitol.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Rauenbuehler's 9th Grade English Students.
  • Muscatine High School: MHS Fire Island Robotics Team.
  • Muscatine High School:  Key Club.
  • Muscatine High School: FFA.

Friday, March 9, 2018

This Week in Our Schools: March 5 - 8, 2018

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Featured this week:
  • District-Wide Students
  • Colorado Elementary: Cheering on the Muskies!
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Abbott's 1st Grade and Mrs. McKee's 3rd Grade Classes.
  • Grant Elementary: Mrs. Abbot's 1st Grade Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Story's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Jefferson Elementary: Mrs. Manjoine's 5th Grade Class.
  • Madison Elementary: P.E. Yoga.
  • Madison Elementary: Lucky Clovers.
  • Madison Elementary: Mrs. Kinyon's 2nd Grade Leadership Group.
  • Madison Elementary: Read with the One You Love.
  • McKinley Elementary: Mrs. Pangburn's Kindergarten Class.
  • McKinley Elementary: Ms. Pedersen's 2nd Grade Class.
  • Central Middle School: 6th Grade Avenger Superheroes!
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. (Walgren) Meyer's 8th Grade Math Class.
  • Central Middle School: MathCounts Regional Contest.
  • Central Middle School: Future Problem Solvers.
  • Central Middle School: Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Hurlbert's Classes.
  • West Middle School: Mrs. Matteson's ELA Classes.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade Box Tops Fundraiser Winners!
  • Muscatine High School: Jazz Ensemble.
  • Muscatine High School: Speech and Debate.
  • Muscatine High School: Senior Survivor.
  • Muscatine High School: Vocal Music Department.
  • Muscatine High School: Mock Trial.
  • District-Wide Staff: Hogenson Named SAI's Middle Level Principal of the Year!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Board Briefs for Monday, March 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

The Board of Education of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. President Tammi Drawbaugh called the meeting to order. Directors Tim Bower, John Dabeet, Aaron Finn, Nathan Mather, Toby McCarter, and Mary Wildermuth were present. Also present were Superintendent Jerry Riibe, Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory, and Director of Finance Tom Anderson.
  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and media representatives were welcomed.
  3. Student Council Representatives Saul Ocampo and Kayla Scholz updated the board on recent and upcoming student council activities.
  4. The February-March MCSD Outstanding Employees were recognized. They are: Nate Randleman, Becky Blake, Edna Valenzuela, Andrea Wilford, and Connie Czerwiec.
  5. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  6. Board Targets:
    1. Superintendent Riibe shared the recent newscast from WHBF News highlighting the partnership between Muscatine Schools and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, specifically the online scholarship program for Muscatine High School Seniors.
  7. Approved the consent agenda which includes:
    1. The minutes of the February 12, 2018 Regular Session and the February 26, 2018 Work Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations of:
      1. Resignations – Certified Staff: (All effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year) Janessa Ford - Jefferson Kindergarten, Andrea Hogenson – WMS Math, Melinda Olesu – CMS ELA, and Janet Polley – MHS Math.
      2. Resignations – Schedule C: Davis Schrock – MHS Head Forensics, Betsabe Schrock – MHS Assistant Forensics.
      3. New Hires – Schedule C: William Flowers – MHS Assistant Track, Brianna Hilton – MHS Head Forensics.
    3. Bills and Claims Against the District dated March 5, 2018.
    4. Admin Regulations to Policies:
      1. 403.2R Substance-Free Workplace – Admin Reg
      2. 401.5R1 Family and Medical Leave – Admin Reg
      3. 401.5R2 Family and Medical Leave – Admin Reg
    5. Student Teaching Agreement with UNI.
  8. Tabled the agenda item VII. G. Approve Audit Agreement between MCSD and Bohnsack and Frommelt for FY 18, FY 19, and FY 20 in order for the district to seek a second quote from another vendor. 
  9. Approved setting public hearing for the purpose of certifying the 2018-19 budget for 7 p.m. on April 9, 2018 at City Hall in Council Chambers, 215 Sycamore Street, Muscatine, Iowa.
  10. Approved the Teacher Leadership Compensation 2018-19 Instructional Coaches. 
  11. Approved the School Improvement Advisory Committee membership as presented. 
  12. Held a first reading on Policy 401.5 Family and Medical Leave.
  13. Superintendent Riibe updated the board on the proposed Early Childhood Center (ECC).
    1. A more in depth presentation will take place at the board’s next work session, March 26, 2018.
  14. The Superintendent discussed the RFP for transportation services noting that the savings were not feasible for the district to pursue such a service. 
  15. The financials for the month of January were shared.
  16. The following meetings and events were announced:
    1. March 5-8, 2018 Parent-Teacher Conferences
    2. March 6, 2018: Muskie Boy’s Basketball vs. Iowa City West - Des Moines
    3. March 8, 2018: 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    4. March 9, 2018: No School - Conference Comp Day
    5. March 12-16, 2018: Spring Break
    6. March 26, 2018: Board Work Session; 6 p.m.; Central Middle School
    7. March 30, 2018: No School; Non-contract day
  17. The meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.
For supporting documents of the board agenda items, go to: March 5, 2018 Board Meeting
To watch the livestream of the meeting, go to: March 5, 2018 Board Meeting (YouTube)