ACT scores show increase at Marshalltown High School

Marshalltown High School ACT scores from 2015 have been released.
The scores indicate MHS students had an average composite score of 22.1, up from the previous year average composite score of 21.3. The state average composite score for 2015 was 22.2.

Test scores saw the biggest jump in the area of science as the average science score among the 102 MHS students taking the test was 23.2, which is up from 21.8 the previous year.

Marshalltown scores also saw gains in English, mathematics and reading portions of the test from the previous year.

The ACT measures college readiness among high school students. Marshalltown Community School District students took this test this past April or June and most who took the test were in the junior class last school year.

                           MCSD   State
English               20.9       21.6
Mathematics      21.9       21.5
Reading               21.8      22.7
Science                23.2      22.3
Composite       22.1     22.2

                           MCSD   State
English                  20.3     21.5
Mathematics        20.9     21.4
Reading                 21.6     22.5
Science                  21.8     22.2
Composite        21.3     22.0

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Next parent rally to be held August 31


Marshalltown Schools will host another parent rally to seek feedback from parents and the community on Aug. 31. It will be led by Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, right, and Marisa Rivera, left. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the media center at Marshalltown High School.

The Marshalltown Community School District is taking the next step in an increased effort to reach out for feedback from parents with another parent rally scheduled for Monday, August 31. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Marshalltown High School media center and is open to the public.

The rallies will be moderated by Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch and Marisa Rivera. Both are consultants with expertise in getting parents involved in how their children are educated. Both have visited Marshalltown and talked with parents already this summer in a total of four separate parent rally events.

The program will be presented in English, Spanish and in languages from Burma. Light refreshments will be available. Marshalltown High School is located at 1602 S. 2nd. Ave.

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Roundhouse open house draws community


Marshalltown High School welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Roundhouse for an open house on August 21. Guests received tours of the new gym, Hall of Pride, weight and training room and other portions of the newly-renovated facility.

Work still continues on the facility, but the gym is usable for action as the MHS volleyball team practiced during the open house and hosts its first game tonight.

Tours were led by Activities Director Craig Huegel as many community members commented how impressive the renovated facility looked.

To view a 2 minute, 43 second video on the open house, click here.




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MHS students named AP Scholars

Four current Marshalltown High School students and one 2015 MHS graduate have been named AP Scholars as a result of their scores on Advanced Placement exams taken in the spring.

Those students honored as AP Scholars are Collin Krukow, Ryan McDaniel, Beau Ragland and Elliot Weidenaar and recent graduate Andrew Walker.

All of these students averaged a score of 3 (out of 5) or higher on three or more AP exams. Additionally, Beau Ragland received an “AP Scholar with Distinction” honor for earning a score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. The tests were completed by the students this past May.

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Roundhouse open house planned for Aug. 21


Marshalltown High School will host an open house and tours of the renovated Roundhouse on Aug. 21.

The free public event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the same night as the annual Blue & White Classic football scrimmage at Leonard Cole Field.

The freshmen scrimmage will be held at 6 p.m., the youth Marshalltown Football League scrimmages at 6:30 p.m. and the Bobcat varsity scrimmage is at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the scrimmages is a free will offering of a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Emergency Food Box pantry or dog/cat food or cat litter to be donated to the Animal Rescue League.

The Bobcat Booster Club will be grilling and the concession stand will be open.

A big opening celebration for phase one of the Roundhouse work will be scheduled later in the fall.

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Marshalltown Schools prepare for 2015-16 school year

backtoschoolThe Marshalltown Community School District is preparing for school to start for the 2015-16 school year.

The first day of school will be August 25 with a one-hour early dismissal that day.

A series of Back to School nights will be held throughout the district leading up to the first day of school for students and their families.

Miller Middle School will host an open house from 5 to 6:45 p.m. for seventh grade and from 6:45 to 8 p.m. for eighth grade, both on August 20.

All elementary schools in MCSD will have a Back to School Night from 5 to 6 p.m. on August 24. Lenihan Intermediate School will host a Back to School Night from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on August 24. Students are encouraged to bring their school supplies for the year during these Back to School nights.

Marshalltown High School will host a ninth grade/new student orientation from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on August 24.

The first day of preschool will be September 1 in the district. For a listing of school supplies needed and other information on the 2015-16 school year, visit the MCSD website at

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MHS teacher to receive conservation award


Marshalltown High School teacher Susan Fritzell, right, is shown assisting with a tree planting at MHS this past spring. Fritzell will be awarded an Iowa Soil Conservation Teacher award from the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Marshalltown High School extended learning teacher Susan Fritzell will be the recipient of a 2015 Iowa Soil Conservation Teacher award from the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The purpose of the award is to recognize public or parochial school teachers who are performing outstanding service in creating public awareness of the need to safeguard natural and human resources, according to the award announcement.

Fritzell, Susan


Fritzell has been heavily involved in boosting the respect and knowledge of the environment in her students.

She has led eight state champion Envirothon teams in the past 12 years at MHS, had five past students awarded international internships in the World Food Prize Youth Program and orchestrated an effort to plant 50 trees on the MHS campus this past spring with more than 100 students as part of a Trees for Kids Grant.

Fritzell will receive the award at the 69th Annual Conference for the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners on Sept. 2 in Altoona.

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