Friday, April 8, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 4/4 - 4/8

Scroll down to view pictures of students and staff engaged in learning this past week throughout the district! We have a lot of exciting learning opportunities happening district-wide!

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Colorado students participated in their Leadership Assembly. Pictured below are Mrs. Hines' kindergarteners and Mrs. Yahn's 3rd grade class.

Colorado students participated in the Science Fair at the Muscatine Mall.

Mr. Welter-Frost and Mrs. Dalbey's 4th grade students dressed up like their parents for "Dress Like a Parent Day." This is an incentive they earned the right to select by being the grade level that won the building-wide Penny War which raised a total of $571.13. The money raised went to help a Colorado family as well as used to purchase playground equipment.


Franklin held its Family Reading Night on Monday. The students received a $5 voucher to use at the Franklin Book Fair and got to play bingo to earn tons of cool prizes! Over 100 Franklin students were in attendance! It was a great night for students, staff, and parents!

Students in Ms. Harder's kindergarten class practiced their sight words using Fruit Loops and then got to enjoy the leftovers!

Mrs. Hopkins' 2nd grade students performed a reader's theater.

This is Mrs. Henderson's famous American wax museum! The students wrote biographies about a famous American that they chose.


Look at the new signage at Grant School! The students decided that the styrofoam letters needed to be replaced. Funds from the Student Graft Fair were used in purchasing the new letters!


Below is synergy at its finest with block building and crazy hair day in Mrs. Manjoine's Kindergarten class...Jaden's hair was turned into a blue wave with a surfing lego man!


Mrs. Poppe's 4th grade science class explored their FOSS science kit: Magnetism and Electricity. Students tried to break the magnetic force of two magnets!


Ms. Pedersen's 2nd graders were busy! Pictured below are winners of Jump Rope for Heart, top raffle ticket winners, and students mass producing donuts for a Junior Achievement lesson.


Students in Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten class are reading for choice after finishing their work!

Mulberry Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Mrs. Story's class went to see Peter Cook, a Deaf ASL story teller at Scott Community College. Mr. Cook incorporated the students into his performance and each of our Muscatine kids were involved at some point. Students socialized with area Deaf and Hard of Hearing students during lunch and enjoyed collaborating across the Mississippi Bend AEA 9 groups.

Ms. Hampton's special education classes participated in yoga from the site: GoNoodle.

Mulberry 5th grade students in Mrs. Steele's class explored an investigation about variables in a controlled experiment. They have created airplanes to fly on a line and are testing their hypotheses.


Ms. Schroeder's 1st grade reading group made "digraph flowers." They practiced digraphs by sorting and coming up with their own words.


6th grade students in Mrs. Larson-Walgren's and Mrs. Knepper's 4th period English Language Arts classes have started using Six-Minute Solution to build their reading fluency. Students enjoy seeing their immediate improvement and charting their growth while collaborating to help one another succeed.

Ms. Shepherd's and Ms. Haight's classes participated in a STEM challenge: building a free-standing structure using only tape and an allotted amount of paper strong enough to hold a textbook. The ultimate challenge winners were the group whose structure could hold the most weight. The winning group was able to support a person standing on it!


WMS sent two teams to the Mississippi Bend AEA's 6th Grade Math Bee on Thursday, April 7th. They had a great time solving math problems with about 100 other students from all over eastern Iowa.


On Wednesday, April 5th, MHS counselors took 32 sophomores and juniors to visit Kirkwood's Cedar Rapids' campus. Students got to visit with admissions staff and current students, take a guided tour of the campus and housing, and enjoyed lunch on campus.

Students in Mr. Johnson's Outdoor Survival Skills class constructed makeshift burners for a heat/cooking source.

MHS students who are interested in participating in the Advanced Manufacturing Career Academy through MCC next year toured the HNI Oak Laminate facility this morning. The tour was hosted by Jose Melendez. Students were able to see first hand how the education and training they would receive in the academy would apply in a real world workplace.

On March 31st over 360 members, parents, and guests attended the Annual Muscatine FFA Banquet at the Ag Learning Center. In all, the Chapter gave out over $5,000 for college scholarships. Over 35 Greenhand members were recognized as well as 25 chapter members and 20 seniors for outstanding participation and success over the year. The Chapter recognized the successes over the last year which included over 25 members competing in sub-districts and 30 members competing in districts. The Chapter also had four Career Development events who advanced to Nationals. Three finished in the top 6 and Ag Sales was the National Champion.

MHS Art students participated in their own art show today, Friday, April 8th! The Art Show was held in the new wing, main floor gallery. MHS has many talented artists!!


District physical education teachers Angie Kulland, Susanna Rivera, Ann Edkin, Becky Eserhaut, and Katie Golien had fun while learning new P.E. ideas at the Shape American Convention in Minneapolis this week.

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