Celebration planned at Roundhouse on 51st anniversary of first basketball game

On Feb. 12, 1965 the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse hosted its first basketball game, with the Bobcats taking on Ames.
In honor of the 51st anniversary and as a way to celebrate the renovated Roundhouse, there will be special events on Feb. 12, 2016 as part of the girls and boys basketball games that night against Ames.

Funk recognition
A special recognition will be held between the varsity girls and boys games at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. The ceremony will be held to name the court in honor of Bobcat athletics legend George Funk. Funk is the former boys basketball coach and athletic director who was instrumental in moving Bobcat athletics forward in many ways. There will also be a recognition event of Renovate the Roundhouse donors in between varsity games.

Friday, Feb. 12
Roundhouse tours available before and during games
4:45 p.m. – Junior varsity girls basketball game vs. Ames
6:15 p.m. – Varsity girls basketball game vs. Ames
7:30 p.m. – Recognize “It’s Our House” donors and George Funk court dedication ceremony
7:45 p.m. – Varsity boys basketball game vs. Ames
Halftime of boys game – Recognition of Bobcat alumni

Saturday, Feb. 13
4 – 5:30 p.m. – Tours and shoot-around at the Roundhouse

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Lenihan recognizes honor roll students in annual event


Lenihan Intermediate School honor roll students are congratulated by staff members during a special recognition ceremony on Feb. 9 in the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium.

Lenihan Intermediate School held an event to honor hundreds of students on the honor roll during its annual “Hats Off To Our Scholars” event on Feb. 9 at the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium.

The event featured students on the gold honor roll (who had all A’s on semester grades) and the silver honor roll (all A’s and B’s) from grades fifth and sixth.

The event was hosted by Lenihan Principal Kyle Young, who told the students he was proud of them.

Several other members of the Lenihan staff shook hands with the honor roll students on stage as their names were announced. A full house crowd of family and friends witnessed the event.





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World-renowned artist presents to MHS students


Artist Guillermo Cuellar presented to Marshalltown High School pottery students throughout the day on Feb. 5.

World-renowned artist Guillermo Cuellar visited Marshalltown High School and presented to pottery students throughout the day on Feb. 5.

Cuellar, a native of Venezuela who attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, shared his knowledge of ceramics with the group. He was also impressed with the work of the MHS students.

“It was an amazing experience to have Guillermo Cuellar here on Friday,” said MHS art teacher Kirk Niehouse. “Mr. Cuellar’s philosophy on making ceramics reinforced what we believe and teach to our students.”

Students were very attentive to Cuellar’s work as he produced several ceramic pieces in minutes right before their eyes. Cuellar was in Marshalltown for a workshop on Feb. 6 at the high school sponsored by the Central Iowa Art Association.

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Elementary art teacher to receive national excellence award


Art teacher Maggie Parks looks at the work in progress art piece by fourth grader Dellainey Potter at Fisher Elementary School. Parks will receive a national excellence award from the United States Society for Education through Art next month.

Marshalltown Community School District elementary art teacher Maggie Parks has been selected to receive the 2016 “Excellence in PK-12 Art Education Award” from the United States Society for Education through Art.

Parks teaches at Fisher Elementary School and Woodbury Elementary School and has worked for the district for 18 years.

“I am thrilled to be getting this,” Parks said. “I was honored just to be nominated.”

In the notification, the USSEA said it is recognizing Parks for her leadership in, and commitment to, multicultural and cross-cultural strategies in her schools and community and her effort to build respect for human dignity and diversity through art.
“I implement that in my teaching,” Parks said.

Parks was nominated for the award by Dr. Barbara Caldwell, Associate Professor at the College of Art and Design at Iowa State University.

“A generous and caring spirit, Margaret shares her passion for meaningful art education and deep respect for human and artistic diversity with the many students, professional organizations and communities she serves,” Caldwell wrote as part of the nomination letter.

Parks said the notice of her work planning a statewide art conference helped her land this award. Parks will receive the award on March 18 during the National Art Education Association Convention in Chicago.

Parks received the Art Teacher of the Year award from the Art Educators of Iowa in 2010 and has received several other awards and accolades during her 25-year teaching career.

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MHS staff make connections with parents at JBS


Marshalltown High School staff member Tonya Hernandez, left, and Associate Principal Deb Holsapple look over information at a booth set up at JBS to provide information to parents. MHS staff visit JBS monthly to connect with parents.

A partnership between Marshalltown High School and the area’s biggest employer is helping build connections among parents and school staff for the betterment of students.

Marshalltown High School staff members visit the JBS processing plant for several hours during the last Wednesday of each month, setting up a table near the lunchrooms to connect with parents of students. The idea came about after MHS Principal Jacque Wyant contacted JBS Human Resources earlier this school year.

Due to their work schedules and other barriers, many of the parents don’t have an opportunity to visit the schools. MHS staff members show parents how they can access the parent portal Infinite Campus to have access to student information and also provide information on the school calendar, registration dates and other information.

“This is very important to reach parents,” said Justin Boliver, Dean of Students at MHS, who is part of this effort. “We are there to try and mainly get parents connected with Infinite Campus, however, several times I have found myself answering questions about the high school and talking to parents about all kinds of issues.”

MHS staff member Tonya Hernandez provides assistance in communicating with the Spanish-speaking parents. JBS also provides interpreters to help with those parents from Burma.

“MHS administration would really like to thank JBS for allowing us to come and visit with parents on their lunch breaks,” Boliver said. “JBS has really been accommodating.”

Positive feedback

Boliver said the feedback they have received from this outreach leads them to believe it is successful.

“We’ve had several parents tell us how much they appreciate the high school coming to see them at work,” Boliver said. “Many are impressed we would make an effort to come to their place of business to meet with them. They feel welcome now to come to the school and understand it really is a good thing to have conversations with staff of their child’s school. It is important that parents and schools work together to ensure the success of our students.”

Boliver said they would also like to set something up similar with other businesses in Marshalltown.

“I believe it provides an excellent service to our busy parents,” he said.

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Lenihan, Miller schools plan academic awards nights

Staff at Lenihan Intermediate School and Miller Middle School in Marshalltown are planning upcoming awards nights for students. Both events are free and open to the public.

Lenihan Intermediate School
Lenihan will hold a “Hats Off to Our Scholars” night at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium. Lenihan will recognize fifth and sixth grade students in the Gold Honor Roll (students receiving all A’s) and the Silver Honor Roll (students receiving all A’s and B’s).

Miller Middle School
Miller Middle School will hold an academic awards night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Miller Auditorium. Miller will be recognizing seventh and eighth grade students who have earned a B average or higher for the first semester. Students who had perfect attendance during the first semester will also be recognized. Students who attained honor roll status and/or perfect attendance status and their family members are encouraged to attend to celebrate this important achievement.

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MHS Jazz Band garners Division 1 rating at state contest


The Marshalltown High School Jazz band traveled to Denison High School on Jan. 28 for the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Contest.

The band earned a Division 1 rating from all three judges with scores of 49, 49 and 47 out of a possible 50 points.

The band performed three selections: “Dark Side of the Blues” by Drake University Jazz Professor Andy Classen, “It’s a Lonesome Old Town” by jazz great Woody Herman and “I’m Free” by Rick Hirsch, a mambo tune adapted from the tune of the same name from the rock musical “Tommy.”

Soloists from MHS were Victoria Johnson, Matthew Dickey, Frank Iole, David Braga, Tim Potter, Collin Krukow, Nate Harris and Devin Carlon.

The judges were retired band directors Pete Jacobus from Glenwood, Rod Shedenhelm from Sioux Rapids and college director Paul Bloomquist from Iowa Central in Fort Dodge.

The band will travel to Cedar Falls on Feb. 19 for the Tallcorn Jazz Festival held at the University of Northern Iowa. The Tallcorn Jazz Festival is the longest held high school jazz festival in the country.

Music students take in Army band

The 34th Army Scrap Metal Band provided a lively performance to MHS music students the morning of Feb. 1 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The band is based in Fairfield, Iowa and travels to schools throughout the state regularly.


34th Army Scrap Metal Band performs for MHS students on Feb. 1.


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