Bobcat Fast Fact


Dual Credit enrollment is up 163% since 2010! We’re so grateful for the partnership with Marshalltown Community College!

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Blue & White Classic nets 344 items for Emergency Food Box

Members of the Marshalltown High School Football Team dropped off 344 non-perishable food items at the Emergency Food Box last week, all proceeds from the annual Blue & White Classic football scrimmage.

Members of the Marshalltown High School Football Team dropped off 344 non-perishable food items at the Emergency Food Box last week, all proceeds from the annual Blue & White Classic football scrimmage.

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Anson Elementary staff raise $400 for ALS research, principal takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Anson Elementary took a slightly different spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Principal Ronnie Manis challenged his staff to raise $100 for ALS research. If they did so, he’d take the challenge. In less than a week they raised $400 and this afternoon Mr. Manis stayed true to his word.

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Six MHS students named AP Scholars

Six Marshalltown High School students and recent graduates earned AP Scholar designations in recognition of their high scores on Advanced Placement Examinations.

Seniors Chandler Fisher and Ellen Podhajsky were both named AP Scholars for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Isaac Medina, Class of 2014, was named an AP Scholar with Honor for receiving an average score of 3.25 on all AP exams taken, or a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Medina is now a student at the University of Iowa.

Abby Snyder, Adam Willman and Sean Finn, all 2014 graduates, were named AP Scholars with Distinction. This recognition goes to students receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, or scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

Snyder is attending Colby College in Maine, Willman is attending Iowa State University and Finn is a student at the University of Iowa.

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MHS Envirothon places third at North American Stewardship Challenge

Sean Finn, Wynn Tan, Dayanna Carrera, Madison Sogge, and Chandler Fisher

Sean Finn, Wynn Tan, Dayanna Carrera, Madison Sogge, and Chandler Fisher

The Marshalltown High School “Whales” Envirothon team placed third at the North American Stewardship Challenge held Aug. 2-5 at the Loyola University Conference and Retreat Center in Woodstock, Ill.

The team, comprised of Sean Finn, Wynn Tann, Dayanna Carrera, Madison Sogge and Chandler Fisher, placed first in the oral competition and second in forestry. Each team member came away with a $250 scholarship.

Throughout the three days the team learned about and competed in the areas of forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics and this year’s current topic: sustainable agriculture. Missouri won the overall competition and Virginia placed second.

MHS qualified for the Stewardship Challenge after winning the state contest in April. That team included Adam Willman and Abby Snyder, who were unable to attend as they were selected for World Food Prize internships in Turkey and Nepal respectively. Tann and Sogge joined the “Whales” as alternates.

Envirothon is a team competition testing high school students on critical thinking skills and knowledge about environmental topics.

The team is sponsored by the Extended Learning Program and coached by Susan Fritzell.

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Patrick Rial named associate principal at Miller Middle School

Pat RialPatrick Rial is the new associate principal at Miller Middle School.

Rial has been elementary assistant principal and At-Risk coordinator for Fort Dodge Community School District since 2011. He has teaching experience at Fort Dodge, Davenport, Saydel and Houston, Texas.

“I appreciate the opportunity,” Rial said. “I look forward to the challenges and I’m happy to be here.”

Rial has a Masters in Administration/Principalship and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, both from the University of Northern Iowa. He earned a teaching endorsement from Coe College.

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Beatles tribute band to perform benefit concert

RoundhouseConcertNot only did Emerson/Fisher make a $250,000 donation to the Roundhouse renovation, but Emerson is also bringing in a world-renowned band to take the stage at the Marshalltown High School Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 22!

The Return is a Beatles cover band known to be one of the best in the country! The group started when four young friends started playing their favorite Beatles tunes together, and now they’ve mastered not only the music but also the show—getting the signature moves, moptops, and makings of John, Paul, George and Ringo just right!

The group’s home base is near Atlanta, Ga. Since their early start in 1995, they’ve played thousands of shows across the United States as well as in many other countries. Highlights include performing a show at Abbey Road Studios in London, England and headlining the 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ visit to Tokyo.

“The Return is the ideal band to celebrate the transformation of the Roundhouse!” says Paul Gregoire, Vice President of Global Human Resources at Emerson/Fisher. “Built in 1964, the Roundhouse was in its glory days at the same time the Beatles were. It’s going to be a surreal experience to step back in time at the show and then step out to see the Roundhouse and the bright future ahead!”

The concert will be held at the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. The number of tickets is limited, so it’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Fareway, Zeno’s, Great Western Bank (both locations), Sports Page, Tremont Grille, and the Chamber of Commerce. Each ticket is $15, and every dollar will benefit the Roundhouse renovation.

At the concert, the winner of the vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle will be drawn. Those raffle tickets are $20 per ticket and can also be purchased at Hy-Vee, Great Western Bank (both locations) and Sports Page.

To learn more about the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation, visit the website or follow Renovate the Roundhouse on Facebook. To make a donation, pledge forms are available at or you can donate online. Although the cost of tickets for the concert and Harley-Davidson raffle are not, general donations to the Roundhouse project are tax deductible and may be directed to Marshalltown Community School District Foundation, P.O. Box 1562, at Marshalltown, IA 50158.

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