Students build connections with project for community


Marshalltown High School teacher James Christensen talks to his Spanish for the World of Medicine class on Oct. 8. The class took on a project to translate diabetes education documents from English to Spanish for Central Iowa Healthcare.

Students in the Spanish for the World of Medicine class taught by James Christensen at Marshalltown High School are building connections with the community and learning more about the Spanish language at the same time as part of a special project.

Students took on a project to translate nine documents on diabetes education for Central Iowa Healthcare to disperse to the community.

It is a collaborative effort for the students as they each were assigned a section to translate from English to Spanish.

“It was a good way for us to give back,” Christensen said.

Students were able to use their Chromebooks to collaborate on the translation. Autumn Kelly of CIH presented to the class recently which led to Christensen asking her if the class could help her with any project.

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MHS students learn about violence prevention


Dr. Alan Heisterkamp presents a program known as Mentors in Violence Prevention to 40 Marshalltown High School students on Oct. 6.

A group of 40 Marshalltown High School students received in-depth training on violence prevention in hopes they can mentor younger students and learn more about how they can help in tense situations should they arise.

Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, director of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Violence Prevention, presented the day-long program known as Mentors in Violence Prevention to 10th to 12th grade MHS students on Oct. 6.

These students will serve as mentors, especially for the freshmen at MHS. The group learned about the role of a bystander and how their behaviors can range from doing nothing to intervening on topics such as bullying, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and substance abuse.

MHS Principal Jacque Wyant also was part of the program and believes strongly in the power of mentoring. “Mentoring is a very important community service,” Wyant said.

The students were nominated by staff at MHS to participate in the program and many are part of the Not In Our Town anti-bullying initiative at MHS.

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Homecoming royalty crowned at MHS


The 2015 Marshalltown High School Homecoming royalty are Raechel Hannam as queen and Tony Smith as king.

Tony Smith and Raechel Hannam were crowned king and queen of Marshalltown High School Homecoming on Oct. 1 during the coronation ceremony.

Other members of the Homecoming court this year were Jack Greene, Omar Medina, Josh Edel, Daniel Wieland, Peyton Williams, Aaron Hauser, David Braga, Ashley Hala, Morgan Harrelson, Megan Emerson, Haley Vajgrt, Rachel Whaley, Tabitha Steffensen and Sydney Grewell.

The parade was also held Thursday night, featuring dozens of floats. The MHS volleyball team float won first place, the art club took second place and the vocal music department took third place.

Homecoming continues with the football game on Friday night as the Bobcats take on Mason City (freshmen at 4:45 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.) at Leonard Cole Field.

The Homecoming dance will be at the MHS cafeteria from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.


MHS volleyball- 1st place float


MHS art club- 2nd place float


MHS vocal music- 3rd place float



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Woodbury students learn about hoop dancing


Mary Boyvey brought her Sparkle Hoop Dance program to physical education classes at Woobury Elementary School this month.

Hula hoops were whirling around the Woodbury Elementary School gym on Sept. 24 as part of a visit by a special guest.

Mary Boyvey brought her Sparkle Hoop Dance exercise  to the school. She is making several visits to Woodbury this month.

Boyvey, of Woodward, Iowa, said her main message to the students is the importance of having fun while being active.

Woodbury physical education teacher Todd Beare met Boyvey at a recent community event and invited her to present to his students.

Hoops2Mary, along with her husband Gordon Boyvey, present throughout the state at community festivals and other gatherings of young people.

Their appearances at Woodbury are funded by the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant.

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MHS students recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program


Three Marshalltown High School students have received recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Collin Krukow, left, and Tim Potter, center, were named commended students and Ellyn Boland, right, is a national semifinalist.

Three Marshalltown High School students have been honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program. MHS seniors Ellyn Boland, Collin Krukow and Tim Potter have recently received recognition.

Boland has been named a semifinalist in the program. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of the 1.5 million high school students who took the qualifying test last school year.

Boland will now advance to seek a finalist spot, trying to share in the $32 million in scholarships to be offered next spring.
“It’s exciting,” Boland said.

To apply to be a finalist, Boland will submit a scholarship application, including information on her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received.

Potter and Krukow were named commended students from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Commended students do not advance for scholarship awards in the program, but they represent the top 5 percent of students who took the test nationally.

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Franklin Elementary accepts school supplies donation

Franklin Donation

Anytime Fitness Manager Mikki Englund presents a box full of school supplies to Franklin Elementary School Principal Tim Holmgren on Sept. 18. New members at Anytime Fitness donated the school supplies.

Franklin Elementary School Principal Tim Holmgren welcomed a box full of school supplies as a donation from Anytime Fitness members in Marshalltown.

Anytime Fitness held a promotion in which enrollment fees were waived for new members if they donated school supplies. The effort netted loads of paper, pencils, colored pencils, pencil boxes, crayons and more.

“We just wanted to help the school any way we could,” said Anytime Fitness manager Mikki Englund.

Englund delivered the box full of supplies to Franklin on Sept. 18. Holmgren said support from the community is always welcome and the school will put the supplies to good use.

“We love it,” Holmgren said.

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Marshalltown Schools to host another community feedback event


Marisa Rivera

The Marshalltown School Improvement Advisory Committee invites the public to a meeting titled “Working Together for the Sake of Our Children.”
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29 at the Marshalltown High School library.

It will be moderated by Marisa Rivera, an educational consultant with decades of experience in leadership development. The event is free and open to the public.

This continues the series of parent rallies as the Marshalltown Community School District works to increase two-way communication with parents and community members to help all students in the district.

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