Friday, May 6, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 5/2 - 5/6

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

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The Jefferson Preschools and Parents as Teachers program enjoyed obstacle courses, potato sack races, and healthy snacks at the "Healthy Olympics" on Thursday night!


Colorado students participated in Environmental Ed Day at Discovery Park. To see the article about the day from the Quad Cities Times, click HERE.


Kindergarteners district-wide got to go to Kiddie Barnyard today! Below are pictures of students in Miss Clemens' class. Their tour guides were high school ag students Madelyn Beik and Natalie Trego. The students went for pony rides, hayrack rides and got to pet all kinds of different animals (dogs, horses, cows, pigs, goats, snakes, turtles, geese, chickens, and bunnies)!


Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st grade class received hard hats and tote bags full of goodies for their completion in Junior Achievement! They LOVED the gifts! They also enjoyed picking out their Lego Min-Figs. They synergized to put them together as well. Students were very motivated to write stories about their Lego figures when they got them created!

Students in Mrs. Doane's 4th grade class enjoyed spending the day at the Environmental Learning Center at Discovery Park. All 4th graders at Grant got to try their hand at fishing, looked through debris from the pond water for organisms recognizable to the eye, and then later viewed the pond water through a microscope. They also had a scavenger hunt inside the Center looking at the exhibits and throwing arrows with an atlatl!


Mrs. Noel's 5th grade class participated in MAP Assessment testing for reading.

Jefferson Bears won the raffle for the "golden ticket of respect" behavior drawing. These Bears were showing respect for themselves, respect for others, respect for property, and respect for their guest teachers! Way to go Bears!

Mrs. Strouf's first grade "monkeys" are heading to Niabi Zoo today!

Mrs. Schlawin's 4th and 5th grade music classes have been creating rhythms based on the group Stomp using everyday items as percussion instruments. These are some of their performances for their class.


Students in Mrs. Williams' and Mrs. Dusenberry's 1st grade classes went to Niabo Zoo this week!


Students and staff had their Mulberry Talent Show this week. Here is the staff doing a skit to a popular song and the appearance of "Super Woman!"

Mrs. Green's kindergarteners worked on their sight words while playing a pair stare game.


Students and staff gathered as a group to take a picture of the Bobcat paw print, Washington's mascot.

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CMS students were very busy with teacher librarian Diane Brown! They participated in a student vs. teacher book battle, raised over $300 for the purchase of library books, got to check out books at the Book Fair, and had fun at a library lunch and learn with a droid, BB-8.

here is Droid BB-8:


Students in Mr. Yerington's 6th grade science classes measured their height, wing span, wrist, and neck size and other measurements last September. Today they practiced their predicting skills by estimating what they would measure now and then found out how close they were!


Students in Mrs. Kramer's PLTW Biotech class are studying cardiac properties and EKG technology. This week they looked at their own EKG with Muscatine firefighters Mike Hartman and Jon Vogel.

Two MHS students, Collin Wettach and Jessie Gray, were honored at the Governor's Scholar Recognition ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa. Each year, the top students of the high schools across Iowa are chosen for the recognition. Both students nominated Lisa Kroll as their most influential teacher.

MHS students in Mr. Acord and Mrs. Hall's U.S. Government classes presented a government PSA (Public Service Announcement) project to a panel of judges last Friday. Similar to the t.v. show "Shark Tank," students created their presentation and "pitched" it to the judges. Their topics had to include U.S. Constitution and court connections, a position, goal, be measurable, and results from a survey of their peers/teachers/community, a slogan, and a budget.

MHS staff and parents put together a prom especially for special needs students to enjoy. They had a fun time at their very own event!

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The high school's Carnival After Prom Extravaganza (CAPE) is put together by a group of Junior/Senior parent volunteers to provide a safe and fun place for prom goers to attend after the dance. Besides games, students can win prizes--even a car (donated by Krieger's)!  Here are a few pictures of the fun provided to our students:


Jefferson and Franklin teachers learned more about the district's new phonics and phonemic awareness curriculum. Teamwork!

Retired teachers came back to help Madison students with their FAST testing! Welcome Back!

First and second year beginning educators at Central Middle School were honored by their mentors during a whole staff meeting on Monday morning. Penny Burger created and shared a limerick about each beginning educator to start the celebration. Mentors provided breakfast for the staff as all viewed a slideshow that included pictures of the beginning educators and quotes from their students. Each mentor also shared about the great work and positive community these new educators have helped ensure in the building. It was a great way to start the week!

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