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 www.mhsroundhouse.com 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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Statement regarding Student Code of Conduct and expectations for student athletes

There have been many comments, opinions, and heated reactions this week regarding the widely-reported story of a high school student receiving a three-game suspension for Student Code of Conduct violations. If the over-simplified and incomplete facts as represented in reports across the Internet were the entire story then perhaps the reaction would be appropriate. No one would expect a student to be disciplined for wearing a white shirt on a school spirit day – a day when all his peers were asked to do the same.

It seems like it would be easy for the school district to make public statements either refuting what is reported or “making our case” in the court of public opinion. In reality, we are unable to make specific comments or clarifications about the facts. Laws protecting the confidentiality of student records prohibit the school system from divulging details of student discipline. Those laws are meant to protect students and families and they are an important part of education. Because of this the public details regarding that story will have to remain as they have been reported: over-simplified and incomplete.

As with so many viral Internet phenomena, the appeal for simple, instant outrage outweighs the need to step back and say “Is this accurate? Is this the whole story?” The sheer quantity of online messages and comments from people from across the U.S. are proof of that.

We can only speak in general terms about policies and processes that apply to all students. There is a structured appeals process for students with any Code of Conduct violations. Students who disagree with a Code of Conduct discipline decision may appeal to a Code of Conduct Review Board. If they are still not satisfied with the Review Board decision, they may appeal directly to the Superintendent of Schools.

Participation in extra-curricular programs at Marshalltown High School is a privilege and, as such, carries certain expectations beyond those found in the normal classroom. Participants in extra-curricular activities occupy leadership positions, represent the school and community and depict its character, all of which brings additional expectations and responsibilities as outlined in the student Code of Conduct.

MHS and Marshalltown Community School District are committed to a culture of respect. In fact, the entire Marshalltown community has been a driving force in this effort with the nationally-recognized “Not In Our Town” initiative. We do not tolerate comments, images, or actions that in any way disparage other members of our Bobcat community. It is important for all students, but especially students in leadership roles, to understand the impact of their words and actions. Whether intentionally hurtful or simply misguided, the use of inappropriate or racially sensitive comments or images hurts all Bobcats. It’s important for everyone – students, staff, parents and alumni – to understand their words and actions can have unintended consequences.

We will continue to work together to build a strong, positive culture at MHS and in Marshalltown so that students, staff and our community know this has no place in our halls, in our classrooms, in our clubs or on our teams.

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Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle to benefit Roundhouse Renovation

Jocie DiIorio, Chairperson for the Ridin’ for the Roundhouse Raffle, is pictured with the custom-edition Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide II.

Jocie DiIorio, Chairperson for the Ridin’ for the Roundhouse Raffle, is pictured with the custom-edition Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide II.

The Roundhouse Renovation Committee is excited to announce they are selling raffle tickets to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle!

The Harley-Davidson is a 2001 Dyna Wide Glide II. It’s fire engine red with 22k gold leaf flames and accents and shiny chrome accessories. It has a caramel-colored ostrich skin seat, and is in perfect condition. This special piece of machinery has been donated by the owner and has less than 1,700 miles! The bike is one of Harley’s earliest custom editions, and only 1,300 of these bikes were built for worldwide distribution!

“It’s amazing what members of our community are willing to do to assure that the Marshalltown Roundhouse renovation will be the best it can be!” says Gary Schaudt, co-chair of the MHS Roundhouse Renovation Committee. “Who would have guessed a couple of months ago that we’d be raffling off such an incredible bike! We are thrilled! The Harley will be displayed at special events in and around Marshalltown over the next six weeks.”

Tickets to win the Harley can be purchased at Hy-Vee, Sports Page, Great Western Bank (both Southridge and Main Street locations), and Animal Clinic-The Vet (on High Street). The Harley will be on display with tickets also available at the Linn Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 19, at the Fisher Community Center. Raffle tickets are $20 apiece. A limit of only 1500 tickets will be sold.

The winner will be drawn on Friday, Aug. 22, at a concert featuring The Return—a Beatles tribute band out of Atlanta. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Marshalltown High School Auditorium.

All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Roundhouse renovation. To date, $2.4 million has been raised for the renovation. A total of $1.45 million more is needed to reach the total $3.85 million community fundraising goal.

To learn more information about the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation, visit the website www.mhsroundhouse.com or follow Renovate the Roundhouse on Facebook. To make a donation, pledge forms are available at www.mhsroundhouse.com or you can donate online. Although the cost of tickets for the raffle and concert are not, general donations 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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