Friday, April 22, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 4/18 - 4/22

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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Parents as Teachers spent time at the ISU Extension Office this week learning about Food Safety. The kids had fun making Spring crafts!


Talented and Gifted students in grades 3 and 4 at Colorado and Madison participated in a Water Quality Day.


Mrs. Hines' kindergarten students celebrated National Kindergarten Day on Thursday, April 21st!

Pictured below are chicks that students in Mrs. Schumaker's kindergarten class get to take care of and learn from. Eventually, they will have a new home with the student's favorite farmer/bus driver, Allan Jorgensen!

Mrs. Hartman's 5th grade class and Mrs. Phillips' 2nd grade class syngergized on Earth Day by cleaning up outside.


Students in Miss Harder's kindergarten class learned about oviparous animals while watching baby chicks hatch! The students take special care of the newly hatched chicks!


Madison's Family Reading Night was held on Monday, April 18th. The students got to decorate a cookie, pick a free book, and color a bookmark. The students and parents read together and then took a test. Betty from the Musser Public Library was also there to give out library cards to the kids!

3rd graders in Mrs. McGill's and Mr. Stewart's classes used Total Participation Techniques to enhance learning!

Mrs. Poppe's and Miss Lofgren's 4th graders learned about the ups and downs of running a business during Junior Achievement with Mrs. Olson from Muscatine Power & Water.


McKinley held Step Up Day and welcomed Washington students. Washington students were able to meet teachers, explore the building, and make new friends as part of their transition to McKinley next year.

Students in Ms. Pedersen's 2nd grade class were very busy this week! Here they are conducting an experiment seeing how whales with baleen catch their food and how they use baleen as opposed to those whales with teeth...

In this picture, students are playing Character Bingo with Mrs. Bloomquist in the library...

...and meeting new friends as McKinley held their Step Up Day as future 2nd graders from Washington visited their classroom as Washington and McKinley become a school family...


First graders in Mrs. Mergen's class at Mulberry are currently learning about plants. Last week, they watched seeds sprout in Ziploc baggies and then this week, they planted their seedlings!


Ms. Brennan's 1st graders love meeting with their 5th grade reading buddies each week!

Students in Mrs. Reinier's reading class have been studying the Earth and ways they can take care of it in celebration of Earth Day! While studying, they have worked on fluency and recognizing sight words. Students made a poster of ways they can make a difference.


7th and 8th grade middle school ag students in Ms. Wiebe's class got to learn about bees in a hands-on way at the Ag Center and ...

...6th grade students are learning all about plants and seed sorting and have a chance to plant their own plants to take home!


7th Graders from Central Middle School visited the University of Iowa this week.

On Monday, one of Ms. Blanchard's 8th grade orchestra classes at Central took advantage of the beautiful spring weather to practice outside!


Students in Mr. Yerington's 6th grade science classes built scale models of the Earth and the Moon to learn how the size of the moon compares to the earth and how far apart they are!

WMS Talented and Gifted 8th Grade Future Solving team earned a 4th place rating at the state Future Problem Solving contest in Ames...

...and the Talented and Gifted Book Club discussed The Egypt Game.

8th graders from Ms. Kwirant's social studies classes participated in team building and transition activities at MCC on Wednesday.


The Muscatine FFA Chapter was well represented at the 2016 Iowa State FFA Convention held in Ames on the Iowa State Campus! On the first day of convention, Hunter Britton competed in the Radio Broadcasting career development event and was awarded gold rating and 5th overall. Tiffany Tomlin competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking career development event and is the new reining state champion with gold rating! She advances to Nationals in October. Anna Brooks made the state office ballot for Southeast vice president. John Brooks and Sarah McKillip were Delegates. On day two of convention, both the Poultry Judging Team and Ag Sales Team competed in their respective contents. Poultry finished 3rd overall out of 80 teams with gold rating! Sales finished 6th overall out of 64 teams with gold rating! Congratulations to these students on their hard work to get this far!

MHS S.O.A.P. (Students of Active Prayer) cleaned the pool at Camp Lout Thunder Boy Scout Camp for the United Way Day of Caring.
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Karen Martin opened her classroom to district 4th and 5th grade math teachers and administrators during Math Studio which allows teachers and administrators to observe student dialogue during a math lesson.

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