Friday, April 15, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 4/11 - 4/15

Scroll down to view 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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Students and staff participated and attended today's Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by Trinity Muscatine. Pictured below are West Middle School 7th grade science students in Mrs. Larson, Mrs. Schroeder, and Mrs. Fox's classes who researched diseases of the respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems and then prepared pamphlets to explain the causes and symptoms and shared their findings with participants.

East Campus students provided information on recycling...

5th grade students from Madison attended to gather knowledge of the different exhibits...

WMS 6th graders also attended the Health Fair. Here they are testing their yoga skills...

and Parents as Teachers coordinator Allison Daufeldt had a booth to inform parents of this important early childhood district program...


5th grade band students practiced their instruments at MHS on Tuesday.


Pictured below are Ms. Schumaker's kindergarten class synergizing with Mrs. Mohror's 3rd grade leadership buddies by building the tallest "Leaning Tower of Feetza!"

Students in the 5th grade classes of Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Truitt assisted MHS Ag students as they released new honey bees to their hives at Bandag.


Miss Clemens' kindergarteners were busy observing the Franklin beehive installation, reading outside, and checking out the inside of the their chicken eggs (finding the parts of the egg and the baby chick!).

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Students in Mrs. Hepker's special education class practiced their letters using shaving cream!


Jefferson 5th grade students created a virtual video tour for incoming Washington students. Here they are introducing Mr. Spies as part of the video.

First graders in Mrs. Paca's reading class are playing Sight Word Memory.

Pictured below are students in Mrs. Strouf's 1st grade class who met their goals that they had set for themselves and proudly wearing their "I Met My Goal! Ask Me How!" necklaces and ...

...the class as they practiced their shapes and fractions with sidewalk chalk!

Mrs. Reifert's 2nd graders enjoyed some reading time in their wonderful library!

Mrs. Randleman's 3rd grade students learned about Number Talks when Mrs. Berry visited their classroom today. They used the Habits of Mind and Interaction to share their strategies for solving multiplication problems in many different ways.

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Mrs. Zitzow's kindergarten class used their writing skills to compose pieces explaining a common kindergarten problem, a rationale, and a possible solution. They then published and posted them in the hallway for others to read.


Mrs. Green's kindergarteners measured how tall they are with unifix cubes.

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Students in Mr. Rivera's 8th grade social studies classes enjoyed a trip to the capitol building in Des Moines!


The high school library opened MakerSpace this week. The first two activities featured are Legos and adult coloring books. (Special thanks to Musser Public Library for loaning the Legos!)

What are MakerSpaces? They are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries, they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, tools, and more! The MHS library is just starting out and in the future hopes to add more student-centered activities including purchased resources as well as community donations!

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In Miss Christensen's Geometry class, students explored properties of 3-dimensional space using bed sheets and tape to make planes and lines.

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Ashley Wiebe, middle school ag teacher, was awarded a Classroom of the Quarter Grant from Bridgestone/Bandag. The grant will fund a Go-Pro camera which Ashley will use to videotape lessons at the Ag Learning Center. As part of the curriculum, 7th and 8th grade students have a once-a-week field trip to the Ag Learning Center. Sometimes students miss the trip as they are absent. Currently, in order to make the points up for the activities they missed, they research what they did and fill out worksheets. This will provide a student-friendly way to better make up the material missed and give them a sense of the lesson through the video and will have access to the same material and discussions that happened at the Ag Learning Center.

Congratulations to Allison Jaycox, MHS science teacher, for being selected to receive the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association! The award provides up to 25 K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend NSTA's National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients are mentored and provided with continuing opportunities for involvement in NSTA and its professional learning opportunities.

Elementary teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators had opportunities this week to review materials being considered for a new elementary Language Arts curriculum adoption.

Year One beginning educators and mentors met to celebrate the culmination of their first year in Muscatine Community School District!

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