Friday, December 11, 2015

This Week in Our Schools - 12/7 - 12/11

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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Gifted and Talented students participated in a field research day at Iowa Wesleyan University to study disappearing languages.

Gifted and Talented students in grades 5-8 also participated in the G/T Future Problem Solving Academy Day where students practiced for a writing competition at the MCSD Board Office.  The teachers also modeled a skit which students will do for the Qualifying round of competition.

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Student Council organized the food drive for Bags of Blessings at Colorado Elementary! Here they are pictured with the food items collected so far!

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Mr. Welter-Frost, a Hawkeye fan, and a 5th grade student, who's family and himself are big Cyclone fans, had a friendly bet over the Iowa-Iowa State Men's Basketball game. The bet: if State won, Mr. Welter-Frost would have to wear a Cyclones shirt the next day at school; and if the Hawks won, the student had to wear an Iowa shirt AND had to take an assessment during math class while the other students got  a "free day" which consists of math games. We all know the outcome...

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Ms. Clemens' Kindergarteners on the way to their holiday concert!

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Grant's Student Leadership Team's Craft Fair last year raised over $1,100. They are hoping to raise just as much this year. Students (with adult supervision) make all kinds of crafts-- from baked goods to Christmas ornaments to jewelry. Items are priced from $0.25 to $5.00. Students are allowed to shop for themselves or their family members. Parents and the community are also invited to shop!

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Mrs. Hepker's 1st graders enjoyed their community service project as Salvation Army bell ringers at Fareway.
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Students in Mrs. Kulland's 3rd grade P.E. class work on synergy and communication by trying to stack cups using only a rubberband and 4 pieces of string.

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Mr. Valenzuela's 5th grade class earned their 10th star for the 10 star club for pacing themselves during the jogging warm up for 2 minutes.

5th grade students in Mrs. Kulland's P.E. class are working on synergy and communication by passing objects over their heads only using their feet.

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Mrs. Reifert's 2nd graders during their "reading with someone" rotation in Daily 5 and working on money skills in math rotations!!

Mrs. Noel's 5th grade class working hard on a performance task using Lucy Calkins' boxes and bullet examples for writing an informative summary.

Madison's Student Lighthouse Team raised money to purchase items for Bags of Blessings.

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Madison students at the Holiday Stroll and Winter Concert.

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The McKinley Cub Scout Pack 114 family spent the evening at Krieger Auto Group collecting and donating unwrapped toys for the annual Salvation Army Toy Campaign. The boys had a great time volunteering their time to support the great community of Muscatine.


Mrs. Evans' kindergarteners are reading buddies with Mrs. Benninger's 3rd graders. They love this time with their buddies as the 3rd graders practice their reading out loud skills and the kindergartner's practice their focus and listening skills.

6th and 7th/8th grade bands performed for their peers. The bands are directed by Mr. Rickard.

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Central's 6th grade choir practices for their concert next week.

and here it is in video!

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Mr. Yerington's 6th grade science class studied Grand Canyon Rocks by doing an acid test to determine what type of rocks they were looking at!

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Ms. Wiebe's 6th grade agriculture students learned and practiced wreath making and designing garden plots.

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Ms. Wiebe's 7th grade agriculture students learned and practiced wreath making, how to correctly groom horses, and how to properly train cattle to walk on a halter.

Ms. Wiebe's 8th grade agriculture students learned and practiced wreath making and practiced training cattle to walk on a halter.


Mr. Falkena's chemistry students investigated chemical reactions and proteins through fermentation in bread making. His physics students constructed and tested their trebuchets they built out of pvc.


Mrs. Alvidrez's ceramics classes took part in a Japanese tea ceremony this morning. Students were able to learn about traditional tea ceremony and sample the tea and sweets.  A few students even got a chance to be the tea master and prepare the tea for their peers. Everyone had a good time and had some hands-on learning about Japanese ceramics and culture.

The presenter was Kiyo Matsuyama from the CultureALL organization in Des Moines. The Stanley Foundation's generosity and Jill Goldesberry's tenacious assistance made his visit possible!  THANK YOU, Jill and STANLEY FOUNDATION! 

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