Friday, November 13, 2015

This Week in Our Schools - 11/9 - 11/13

Scroll down to view pictures of students and staff engaged in learning this past week throughout our district! We have a lot of exciting learning opportunities happening district-wide!

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After last year's Veteran's Day, it was realized that there were a number of staff members that were in the military or had family members in the military. Colorado staff decided to honor them as well as any family members of Colorado students. Any and all students were welcome to bring in photos of family members. Copies of the original photos were made and art teacher Mrs. Foxen, along with music teacher Mrs. Voss, designed the wall on which they were displayed. The background is the lyrics to the song "America." Colorado students and staff feel privileged to honor these brave men and women of the Armed Forces.


Children in Miss Dindinger's Begindergarten class at Grant School are working hard at Daily 3 Math!  "Math by Myself" consists of number puzzles and other math tasks that must be completed independently.  Children in "Math Writing" work on learning the correct way to write numbers 1-10.  In "Math with Someone," Miss Sitzmann (student teacher) helps a group play a number memory game.

Third grade students from Grant Elementary presented their data notebooks to board members at the school board meeting. Students demonstrated how they take ownership of their learning. The students also led their own parent-teacher conferences in October using the data notebooks.

Mrs. Kulland's 2nd grade students were working on their throwing skills while playing Oscar's Garbage Can.
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5th grade students in Mrs. Kulland's physical education class celebrated with a physical activity of their choice for earning 10 stars for pacing themselves as a class for 2:00 minutes.


Mrs. Cali's preschoolers performed a musical parade.

Mrs. Boyer's 3rd grade class discussing having a growth mindset! Change your words - change your mindset!

Mr. Othmer's 4th grade class used their art time on Veteran's Day to learn more about the service and sacrifice Veterans gave to our country. Two McKinley grandparent veterans from the Vietnam War were honored and participated in a Q&A session with the students. (Return to Table of Contents)

Matt Green, a volunteer for junior achievement and employee of Monsanto, teaches a lesson about a free market economy to Mr. Schroeder's 5th grade class.


Students in Ms. Walgren's 7th grade math class are working on creating their own integer addition problems using dice.

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WMS Students held a Veteran's Day celebration by honoring two special Veterans: Ray Dietrich, a WWII veteran and Pvt. Anthony Gray, a recent graduate of Marine Boot Camp and former West Middle School Student.


FFA team members were honored for their outstanding representation at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in October. Muscatine’s Ag Sales team won the National Championship with a gold rating and high overall team. Individual honors went to: Alyssa Scholz – gold rating, Sam Burmeister – gold rating, Tiffany Tomlin – 2nd individual, and MaKayla Kellor – 1st high individual. The Muscatine FFA Floriculture team finished gold and 6th over all. Rachel Schoer won 5th overall individually.  In addition, Anna Brooks received her American Degree.  

Dave Bakke from Muscatine County Conservation instructed students in Mrs. Long's Recreational Activities class on archery techniques.

Students in Mrs. Joslyn's AP-Physics class determined the relationship between force and acceleration.


Jefferson teachers collaborated by sharing QTEL strategies during their professional development time.

MCSD Model Teacher/Mentors and Beginning Educators collaborated and discussed classroom management and reflected on parent teacher conferences.

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