Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Board Briefs for Monday, June 12, 2017 Regular Meeting


The Board of Directors of the Muscatine Community School District met in regular session on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Those present: Vice President Mary Wildermuth, Directors John Dabeet, Nathan Mather, and Randy Naber. Those absent: President Tammi Drawbaugh, Directors Tim Bower and Aaron Finn. Also present: Superintendent Jerry Riibe and Assistant Superintendent Mike McGrory.

  1. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Visitors and Media Representatives were welcomed.
  3. No one spoke during Citizens Speak.
  4. The consent agenda was approved which included:
    1. Minutes of the May 8, 2017 Regular Session.
    2. Employment Recommendations
      1. New Hires – Certified Staff for 2017-18: Miranda Dobson – ELA 7th and Pre-AP (8th), CMS; Molly Dryg – 6th Grade ELA and Social Studies, CMS; Amber Joyce - Guidance Counselor, WMS; Margaret Milani – Guidance Counselor, MHS; Anna Stange – 1st Grade, McKinley, Sandrine Gabriel – Special Ed, Madison, and Taylor Massy – Language Arts, MHS.
      2. Resignations – Certified Staff: Joshua Battern – Social Studies, MHS; Diane Brown – Media Specialist, CMS; Elizabeth Coffman – ELA, CMS; Joshua Falk – Math, MHS; Lee Falkena – Science, MHS; Olga Johnson – ESL, MHS; Lisa Kesten, Special Ed, Madison; Lisa Kroll – Spanish, MHS; Carol Kula – ESL/Chinese, MHS; Dustin Miller – Spanish, MHS; Wesley Phipps – ELA, MHS; Sarah Williams – Art, Jefferson; and Stephanie Zillig – IC, Jefferson.
      3. Leaves of Absence – Certified Staff: Megan Doane – Fall 2017 Semester.
      4. New Hires – Certified Administrators: Tanise Colvin – Assistant Principal, CMS; Stephanie Zillig – Principal, Madison; Gretchen Price – Principal, Colorado.
      5. New Hires – Classified Professionals: Anna Reyman, H.R. Coordinator.
      6. New Hires – Schedule C: Jesse Owen – Assistant Baseball, MHS; Margaret Milani – MS Volleyball, CMS; Bob Long – MS Basketball (girls), WMS.
      7. Resignations – Schedule C: Joshua Battern – Model UN Advisor, MHS; Joshua Falk – Head Girls Track, MHS and Assistant Girls Cross Country, MHS; Andrew LeClere – Girls Basketball, WMS.
      8. Model Teachers: Tammy Ales, Kelly Beale, Stacy Beatty, Jessica Blanchard, Cassandra Calderon, Michael Clancy, Catherine Clemens, Angela Curtis, Kathryn Dalbey, Lindsey Dindinger, Ann Edkin, Kathy Eichelberger, Britt Goddard, Randy Guerra, Rachel Hansen, Melissa Henderson, Elizabeth Hirschfield, Holly Hull, Agnes Johnson, Pam Joslyn, Jennifer Keltner, Jenna Kiddoo, Shawn Larson-Walgren, Amy Lilienthal, Marsha McGill, Karen Meyer, Jennifer Miller, Lindsay Moeller, Ashley Mohror, Emily Mrosko, Claire Mueller, Elizabeth Negus, Jeff Othmer, Lisa Paul, Sam Paul, Jillian Poppe, Cheryl Reed, Matthew Rivera, Korine Schlawin, Kim Scheider, Rachelle Schneider, Lauire Schoreder, Melissa Schumaker, Amy Skidmore, Mary Spratt, Karen Stern, Brenda Stewart, Dave Tometich, Vicki Tometich, Nancy Van Hemert, Sarah Walsh.
      9. Curriculum Professional Development Leaders: Jackie Kilburn – elementary; Staci Orr – high school, and Julie Stoneking – middle school.
      10. Instructional Coaches: Alison Anson, Leslie Bennett, Laney Berry, Teresa Chavarria, Jill Church, Ginger Dahms, Stacy Emrich, Rachel Fallon, Denise Hillman, Amy Justus, Stacy Olson, Liz Panther, Alex Paulus, Jamie Pugh, Linda Steele, Mackenzie Strouf, Kerri Tharp, and Lyndsay Welsch.
    3. Policies
      1. 203.4 Approval of Administrative Regulations
      2. 501.4R1 Grade Placement Admin Regs
      3. 502.4 Student Activity/Good Conduct with Admin Regs
      4. 503.5 Student Handbooks
      5. 503.7R1 Promotional Campaigns in the Schools Admin Regs
      6. 504.5R1 Student Publications – Admin Regs
      7. 505.5E1 Student Medication Forms
      8. 505.6 Student Insurance General
      9. 506.1 Student Records Access
      10. 506.1E1 Student Records Access – FERPA Annual Notice
      11. 506.12 School Closing Due to Weather or Emergency Conditions and Admin Regs
      12. 506.13R1 Disaster Drills and Disaster Planning – Admin Regs
      13. 506.14 Student Progress Reports and Conferences
      14. 506.16 International Exchange Students
      15. 506.17 Student Recognition and Incentives
      16. 506.3 Transcript of Credits
      17. 506.6 Graduation Requirements
      18. 506.9 Closed Campus
      19. 507.1R1 Student Health Services Admin Regs
      20. 900.15R1 Distribution of Materials Admin Regs 
    4. Bills and Claims against the district dated June 12, 2017.
  5. Approved policy 403.13 Notification of Arrest, Criminal Charges, or Child Abuse Complaints.
  6. Approved the wireless infrastructure upgrade for $255,348.85 from Reliable Solutions LLC of Muscatine, Iowa.
  7. Approved resolution for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, to transfer from general funds to activity fund an amount necessary to purchase protective and safety equipment required for any extracurricular interscholastic athletic content or competition.
  8. An update was given on the Leader in Me.
  9. Held a first reading on the following policies:
    1. 100 Mission Statement
    2. 501.4 Grade Placement
    3. 503.3 Student Civil Rights Grievance Procedure – DELETE
    4. 503.7 Promotional Campaigns/Fundraising
    5. 503.8 Use of School Facilities During School Hours – DELETE
    6. 503.11 Student Complaints and Grievances – NEW
    7. 503.12 Student Lockers – NEW
    8. 504.2 Student Representative – DELETE
    9. 504.3 Student Organizations
    10. 504.5 Student Publications
    11. 504.7 Public Performance by Students
    12. 504.8 Contests for Students
    13. 505.1 Child Abuse and Neglect (moving to 400 Series – Employees) 
    14. 505.2 Student Health and Immunization
    15. 505.5 Student Medication Administration
    16. 505.6 Student Insurance
    17. 505.7 Student Insurance – Athletes – DELETE (combining with 505.6)
    18. 505.7 Custody and Parental Rights – NEW
    19. 506.2 Release of Student Information – DELETE (combining with 506.1)
    20. 506.4 Commencement
    21. 506.7 Mid Year Graduation
    22. 506.8 Dual Credit for Seniors – DELETE
    23. 506.10 Control of Student Activity Funds
    24. 506.11 Student Work Permits – DELETE
    25. 506.13 Disaster Drills and Disaster Planning
    26. 506.19 Student Photographs – NEW
    27. 506.20 Class or Student Group Gifts – NEW
    28. 507.1 Special Health Services -  NEW
    29. 900.15 Distribution of Materials – NEW 
  10. An update was provided regarding the middle school furniture project.
  11. The May financials were provided.
  12. Upcoming meetings announced:
    1. June 20, 2017 - Board Design Workshop, 5:30 p.m., MCSD Administration Center.
    2. July 10, 2017 - Board Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall.
  13. The meeting adjourned at: 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2017 Board Book


Friday, May 26, 2017

This is the last edition of This Week in Our Schools for the 2016-17 school year! Select the image below to see what our students and staff have been learning this final week of school!


Featured this week:


  • Colorado Elementary: Mrs. Hines' Kindergarten Class.
  • Colorado Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Energy Poster Contest Winner.
  • Franklin Elementary: Honey Harvest!
  • Grant Elementary: Grant Named Lighthouse School!
  • Jefferson Elementary: Top Raffle Winners!
  • Madison Elementary: Madison Leaders.
  • Madison Elementary: Miss Shelangoski, Mrs. Middagh, Mrs. Kesten, and Ms. Shepherd's Students.
  • Madison Elementary: 3rd Grade Metric Field Day.
  • Madison Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Energy Poster Contest Winner!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: 4th Grade MPW Energy Contest Winners.
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mrs. Hill's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class.
  • Mulberry Elementary: End-of-Year Aquatic Center Adventure!
  • Mulberry Elementary: Mulberry's School Cheer.
  • Mulberry Elementary: 5th Grade Graduation!
  • Central Middle School: Jazz Band Mini Tour.
  • West Middle School: 6th Grade Kick-Ball Tournament.
  • West Middle School: Ms. Matteson's 6th Grade ELA Classes.
  • West Middle School: Mr. Yerington's 6th Grade Science Classes.
  • West Middle School: Student Artist Portrait of Dundee.
  • West Middle School: Miss Hogenson's 7th Grade Math Classes.
  • Muscatine High School: Mrs. Koch's and Mr. Schmelzer's Work Experience Students.
  • Muscatine High School: Tyler Olson Finished 4th in the 800m Run in 4A State Competition.
  • District-Wide Staff: Grant Staff Participate in Leader in Me Symposium.
  • District-Wide Staff: Elementary Instructional Coaches Retreat.
  • District-Wide Staff: Grant Principal(s) Participate in Lip Sync Event.
  • District-Wide Staff: Grant Staff Celebrate LIM Lighthouse Achievement.
  • District-Wide Staff: Matt Rivera Awarded VFW's Teacher of the Year Award!
  • District-Wide Staff: Madison Celebrates Karen Woods Retirement with Special Guest.
  • District-Wide Staff: Food and Nutrition Staff.

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.

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.