Thursday, March 17, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 3/14 - 3/17

*Please note - there will be no blog post for the next two weeks (3/21 - 3/25 is Spring Break and 3/28 - 4/1 the Communications Specialist will be on vacation). Our next blog post will be on 4/8/16. Thank you! 

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 enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day party to kick off Spring Break!


The 4th grade GT Mock Trials were Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Muscatine County Court House.  We appreciate the help we received from our middle and high school mentoring students who have participated in Mock Trial.


Mrs. Spoto's 5th grade band students performed in the Muscatine Solo and Ensemble Contest.


Fifth grade students got a chance to learn more the sun, moon and stars by visiting the Star Lab portable planetarium.  Students also worked on a collaboration project related to the moon.


Ms. Steinke and several Franklin students showed off their wearing of the green in honor of St. Patrick's Day!


Kindergarteners in Mrs. Hafner's class created and tested kites and airplanes as part of their weather unit while learning about wind.

Grant 5th graders from Mr. Valenzuela's class helping the 2nd graders in Mrs. Morton's class get ready for conferences!


Students in Ms. Nebergall's kindergarten class enjoyed Read Across America celebration, building block towers together, and Daily 5.

Mrs. Strouf's 1st graders worked on measuring.  They measured different objects throughout the room with different things to measure with (pennies, blocks, paper clips) and measured parts of their bodies using cubes!  They also traced their bodies and practiced measuring with measuring tapes!

Mrs. Todd's 3rd grade class performed reader's theater to kindergarten, first and second grade classes.


Second graders in Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Ward's classes at Madison celebrated Pi Day by reading about Albert Einstein (March 14 is his birthday). They learned how to measure the circumference and diameter of circles. Albert Einstein even made a guest appearance for the day!


Kindergarteners in Mrs. Spratt's class worked on math story problems and also got to enjoy a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny (thanks to their Monsanto and JA partners Chris Boar and Sheila Monahan!).

Ms. Pedersen's 2nd graders made friendship bracelets as part of a social skills lesson and for their science experiment, dropped parachutes in 40 mph winds and measured and recorded the data!

3rd graders in Mrs. Boyer's class got to listen and talk to guest speaker, Dean Jacobs a biologist from Nebraska. He shares his experiences through school presentations and keynotes that focus on the goodness of humanity and the awe of nature. Mr. Jacobs offers his audiences the opportunity to see these qualities in others and themselves, and leaves them inspired and empowered to make their world a better place in which to live. This experience was sponsored by the Stanley Foundation!


Students in Mrs. Steele's class learned how to find the volume of rectangular prisms using centimeter cubes and attended Star Lab at the Administration Center as an extension to their solar system unit... and...

Mrs. Dahms came to their class and the students did a simulation of being "Lost on the Moon!"

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Ms. Schroeder's 1st grade reading group showed off their super fluency skills with a fun St. Patricks Day mini book!

2nd graders in Mrs. Axtell's, Mrs. Baars's, and Mrs. Coss' classes at Washington had a presentation from 1st National Bank about loans to kick off their monster cookie unit. (Side Note: If you haven't had Washington's Monster Cookies - you really need to order some when they are available!)


Students in Mrs. Larson-Walgren's 6th grade ELA Honor's class presented arguments on the impact of choices. The argument essays they constructed were then made into presentations of their learning to share with their fellow classmates.

7th graders in the classes of Mrs. Beale & Ms. Arnold found out their blood type in science class while learning about the human body systems.  The CMS blood drive will be held on May 5th from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Contact if you would like to schedule an appointment! 

7th grade math students in Mrs. Bagwell's class constructed devices to hold eggs to drop them out of a 3rd floor window. The students were given an imaginary budget of $20 and a list of items they could purchase. Each device was constructed without going over budget. These pictures are from Mrs. Bagwell's 1st period class. I am proud to say that all their eggs survived the drop!

The 8th grade GT students at Central built pillow forts to promote team building as a finale to a series of social emotional seminars.  The students were working on NAGC standards to master skills in positive peer relationships, and social interactions, and to demonstrate social responsibility and leadership skills.

Check out this LINK to see the latest information about CMS Bands!


Students in Mr. Johnson's Anatomy and Physiology class dissected sheep lungs as they finished their unit on the respiratory system. Students then labeled the major organs and significant sites within the system.

Here is a video showing the inflation prior to talking about how negative pressure drives natural inhalation.

Monday in Mrs. Christensen's Geometry and Algebra II classes, they celebrated Pi Day (3.14) by doing their own experiment to work on Buffon's needle problem using geometric probability. They made special lined paper and then dropped toothpicks and measured how many of the toothpicks landed on a line. The ratio of "needles" crossing a line to the total number dropped is approximately 2/pi. Happy Pi Day!

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The GT students traveled to Allsteel and Carver Pump to learn about the global workplace.  A special thank you to Tammi Drawbaugh and Megan Randoll for organizing our time in your respective businesses.  This on site learning experience was enjoyed by all.