Friday, February 5, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 2/1 - 2/5

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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Parents as Teachers had a hoot learning about Owls at the Environmental Learning Center!

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Mrs. Hexom's 5th grade Orchestra students performed for the first time last weekend!

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Mrs. Hines' Kindergarteners celebrated 100th Day of School with their 100th Day t-shirts!

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Colorado School 4th and 5th grade students created wheel and axle machines with Vex kits.

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Colorado Jammer's (4th and 5th grade music club) performed at the annual Colorado Talent Show!
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Mrs. Kiddos's 1st grade and Mr. Frost's 4th grade reading buddies enjoying a win-win activity! Go Tigers!

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Mrs. Henderson's 2nd graders were very busy. The picture below shows them enjoying creating a comic strip story after reading "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" with Mrs. Henderson's student teacher Miss Machael, and ...

... learning about their "What Am I" animals in their habitats, and ...

...engaging in math rotations!


Students in Mrs. McKee's 3rd grade class synergized in science with their thermometers to test how hot and cold conditions affect water levels.

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Kindergarteners in Mrs. Manjoine's class weighed and compared 100 objects, read in the library, and did 95% on the SMART board.

Students in Mrs. Klein's 5th grade class gave planet presentations while ending their solar system unit.

5th graders in Mrs. Noel's class worked on fluency with six minute solutions in ELA.


Students in Mrs. Godden-Alloway's 3rd grade reading class wrote 100 words celebrating 100 days of school!

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Students in Mrs. Poppe's 4th grade class made a stepping stone for their school in science.


Ms. Pedersen's students played "Roll a Hundred" to celebrate 100 days of school!

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Mrs. Hepker's class celebrated 100th Day!
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Students in Mrs. Hill's 5th grade art class made their names in snowflakes and ...
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... and built a structure 15 inches tall using marshmallows and spaghetti.

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Mrs. Steele's 5th grade math classes at Mulberry made a human line plot. Students plotted their improvement from one math sprint to another. Students are holding their arms in the form of an "X" to demonstrate where they are on the line plot. Those holding the poster are holding a poster of a documented line plot.

Students in Mrs. Hill's 5th grade art class finished their duct tape wallets!


Mrs. Hurlbut's 5th graders presented their Pioneer books to the 2nd grade class and studied about the Revolutionary War. They learned about how King George taxed colonists unfairly. The class had a king and parliament, as well as tax collectors. The tax collectors had to collect the student's tax of M&Ms!

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Ms. Roelf's 1st grade class celebrated 100 Days of School by making crowns and 100-piece necklaces.

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West and Central Middle School Orchestra students had the opportunity to attend a bowling party sponsored by the Muscatine Orchestra Boosters.  Around 80 students showed up for some bowling fun!

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Students in Ms. Fox’s class at West are working on a project for their “Waves and Light” unit.  Their task is to create and design a pair of sunglasses that filter light waves. Students collaborated on prototypes that are made out of many different materials such as colored cellophane, projector transparencies, cardboard, pipe cleaners, straws, cotton, and yarn.  After their models are complete, students will develop and market their products through press releases and commercials.

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Mr. Rivera's 8th grader social studies class created Mind Mirrors for their chapter on "Manifest Destiny."
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Students in Mr. Yerington's 6th grade science classes are constructing time lines of Earth's history on 4.5 meter adding machine tape!

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U.S. Government students participated in a mock caucus this past Monday. They ran both Democratic-style and Republican-style caucuses. They did the candidates at large (all  candidates were lumped together in both caucuses). In both styles, Bernie Sanders was the clear winner. Mr. Rubio and Mr. Trump tied for 2nd. 

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Students who are members of Model U.N. participated in the Model U.N. Conference in Chicago.

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The MHS Key Club hosted a blood drive today. Pictured below are Key Club members volunteering during the drive and students waiting to donate blood.


Several MCSD model teachers took part in session 2 of the Differentiated Instruction Training. This is a three-part series where teachers learn strategies for designing and implementing differentiated lessons in their classrooms.

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