MHS presents holiday concert

The Marshalltown High School fine arts department presented its holiday concert on Dec. 14 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The treble choir, concert choir and holiday singers, under the direction of Amy Ose and accompanied by Annie Grieshop, performed.

The symphonic band, under the direction of Brett Umthun, and the wind symphony, under the direction of Bret Lee, also performed.

Hundreds of students performed many holiday favorites at the event to a full crowd at the auditorium.

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MHS student designs next yearbook cover

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Marshalltown High School senior Stefan Jackson utilized his graphic design skills to win a school contest, which means his work will become part of MHS history.

Jackson designed the cover for the 2014-15 Post Script, the annual yearbook at the school that will be published next year.

MHS art teacher Kirk Niehouse teaches Jackson in a graphic design class and called this winning design simple and sophisticated.

The contest helped students apply skills they would need if they were designers in the real world.

“One of the goals of this class is to get real world experience and this contest is great for that,” Niehouse said.

Following the theme of “Locked in the Memories,” Jackson used the computer program Adobe Illustrator to create the design.

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Families enjoy gingerbread house night at Rogers

A total of 42 families including 60 students attended Rogers Elementary School’s Family Learning Center gingerbread house night on Dec. 4.

Families constructed gingerbread houses from milk cartons, graham crackers and frosting and decorated them with candy.

Many families stayed at the school for other activities on the night including reading books, playing board games and coloring pictures.

Organizers deemed it a successful night for all involved. Rogers hosts Family Learning Center twice a month during the school year.

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Veterans to be honored at MHS basketball games Dec. 9 at MCC

Marshalltown High School athletics will hold a veterans tribute night on Tuesday, Dec. 9 during the MHS varsity basketball games vs. Waukee in the Student Activity Center at Marshalltown Community College. The tribute will be held between the girls and boys varsity games, which will be at approximately 7:30 p.m.

All former and current military members will receive free admission for themselves and a guest to the games. The MHS pep band will play patriotic songs during the varsity games.

Following the varsity girls basketball game, there will be a color guard presentation, the presentation of the game ball to a selected veteran and the MHS chorus will perform a patriotic medley.

The girls varsity game will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the boys game to follow after the tribute.

For more details contact the MHS athletic office at 641-752-1142.

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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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