Families start the day with books, treats at Café Hoglan

The trendy new breakfast spot in town is Café Hoglan, where the menu offers more than coffee and snacks – it includes books.

Hoglan Elementary received a $750 mini-grant from AEA 267 for increasing parent involvement, especial among the families of English Language Learners. Each quarter parents are invited to school for coffee and treats, as well as a free book for each family.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, was the first Café Hoglan and more than 100 parents and grandparents came for breakfast and reading. The next Café Hoglan is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 9.

In addition to the mini grant, Café Hoglan is supported by Title I funds and donations from Team Hoglan, the parent-teacher organization.

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Bobcat Marching Band earns 14th consecutive Division I rating

The Bobcat Marching Band performs during the Homecoming Parade Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

The Bobcat Marching Band performs during the Homecoming Parade Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

The Bobcat Marching Band from Marshalltown High School earned its 14th consecutive Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival held Saturday, Oct. 11, in Fort Dodge.

Performing their show “West Side Story”, the band earned a strong Division I rating with a score of 84.25 out of 100.  The band will compete at the Waukee Invitational on Oct. 18. Their performance time is 9:40 p.m. in Waukee.  The band has also been invited to perform for the 8-man and Class 1A State Football Championships on Nov. 20 in Cedar Falls.

The annual Band Extravaganza is Monday, Oct. 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the MHS/Community Auditorium!  The public is invited and there is an admission charge.

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MHS Homecoming Parade and Coronation

IMG_7480Bryce King and Maria Yepez were crowned 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during festivities in the MHS/Community Auditorium Thursday evening. Following tradition, the evening started with a parade through the central business district with the pep rally and coronation following.

See more photos from the parade and coronation on the Marshalltown Community School District Flickr Page.

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Hoglan food drive supports Salvation Army

Hoglan students show off the proceeds of the food drive.

Hoglan students show off the proceeds of the food drive.

Hoglan Elementary staff and students participated in a food drive to support the Salvation Army recently, collecting more than 1,200 items.

Students, families and staff were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to school between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3. The class that donated the most items will receive an ice cream treat.

Students involved in the Extended Learning Program promoted the drive by hanging signs in the building and collecting items when students arrived.

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Homecoming Court 2014

2014CourtTRFront (L to R): Bryce King, Ellis Buchwald, Hunter Riedl, Blair Van Staalduine, Ben Rebik, Kade Vopava, Grant Thimesch. Back (L to R): Shelby Brennecke, Karli McClure, Gina Chandler, Libby Crawford, Jenna Jaeckel, Maria Yepez, Megan Riemenschneider

Photo courtesy of Stalzer Photography

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Gov. Branstad, First Lady, Lt. Governor to visit Marshalltown on bullying prevention listening tour

Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced they will visit three Iowa school districts this fall to learn more about what Iowa schools are doing to deal with bullying and what steps Iowans would like the state to take next.

Better addressing the problem of bullying in schools has been a top priority of the Branstad-Reynolds Administration. Their work has included two statewide bullying prevention summits in Des Moines, which each drew an audience of more than 1,000, including many students from across the state. They’ve also proposed legislation to give schools clear discretion to respond to cyberbullying that occurs away from school but seriously interferes with a student’s education at school, as well as requiring parents to be notified if their child is the target of bullying.

Fifty-seven percent of sixth-, eighth- and 11th-graders reported being bullied at school in some way in the past 30 days, according to the 2012 Iowa Youth Survey. That was up from 50 percent in the 2010 Iowa Youth survey.

“All students deserve to feel safe and respected at school,” said Governor Branstad. “Many schools and their communities have started anti-bullying campaigns. We want to learn more about what they are doing, and to hear from educators, students, parents, business leaders and others how they think they state could better support their efforts to reduce bullying in schools.”

“Cyberbullying is a particular concern,” said Reynolds. “We can protect free speech and keep students safe at the same time. We have an obligation to make sure schools have the authority they need to look out for a student who is being tormented on social media”

“As a mother and grandmother, I want to help bring attention to why it’s critical to better address the problem of bullying,” said Chris Branstad. “It’s unacceptable that some students dread going to school because they worry about being taunted by classmates.”

The listening tour meetings are open to the public. They will include a panel discussion with students, educators and others as well as time for audience comments and questions.

The first of the three events will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the West High School Media Center, 2001 Casselman St., Sioux City. Branstad and Reynolds will attend.

The second  listening tour town hall will take place Monday, Oct. 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at North Linn Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium, 3033 Lynx Dr., Troy Mills. The third town hall will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Orpheum Theater, 220 E. Main St., Marshalltown. The governor, first lady and lt. governor will attend both of those meetings.

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You can own a piece of the Roundhouse!

Roundhouse Auction Poster-programOnline Facebook auction Oct. 4-Oct. 11, 2014.

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