Anson school to add more gardens

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Third grade students at Anson Elementary School gathered with school staff and staff at Hy-Vee on March 26 at the site where two more garden boxes will be installed at the school.

Students at Anson Elementary School will continue to learn about gardening with help from a local grocery store.

Third grade students, Anson staff and Hy-Vee staff gathered on March 26 near the site of where two more 4-foot by 8-foot garden boxes are planned to be installed near the playground to go along with one already in place.

The gardens are provided through a Hy-Vee One Step Garden grant and will help students learn how to grow nutritious food and the importance of eating healthy.

“We want students to foster a love of fruits and vegetables from the start,” said Hy-Vee dietician Jennifer Scales.

The first garden box was installed in the Anson playground area in 2014.

“With research showing that the earlier we teach children healthy eating habits, the less likely they will suffer from childhood obesity, the intent of the One Step Garden partnership with Hy-Vee is to increase children’s preferences for vegetables through helping to grow, plant, cultivate and taste their own vegetables at Anson Elementary,” said Anson Principal Ronnie Manis.

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MHS students take part in science fair at ISU

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Five Marshalltown High School seniors took part in a science fair at Iowa State University on March 26. Pictured in the front row, from left are Sumeet Panchal and Chandler Fisher. Back row, Cristina Chavez, Aurora Huerta and Natalie Kueny.

Five Marshalltown High School students took part in the Science and Technology Fair of Iowa at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum on March 26.

Natalie Kueny and Chandler Fisher placed first in the behavioral and social sciences division with their project “Voting Stereotypes: Fact or Fiction?”

Sumeet Panchal earned honorable mention in the computer science category with his project titled “You Sunk My Battleship.”

Also participating were Cristina Chavez and Aurora Huerta, who competed in the plant sciences category with their project titled “Clean Water Plants.”

All five students are seniors at MHS and were led by extended learning teacher Susan Fritzell.

Hundreds of students from throughout the state took part in the event.IMG_1477IMG_1473IMG_1476

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Preschool registration is April 11

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Fisher Elementary School preschool teacher Brienna Wolf helps out Hayliee Fleck with a writing project recently. Preschool registration for the 2015-16 school year will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 11 at Lenihan Intermediate School.

The Marshalltown Community School District will host preschool registration for the 2015-16 school year from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Lenihan Intermediate School (212 W. Ingledue Street).

There is no monthly tuition and a one-time $25 sign-up fee. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 15, 2015 to enroll. Please bring the child’s birth certificate and updated immunization records.

The district houses preschool programs at all six elementary buildings and a community preschool, St. Paul’s, in a partnership to foster the love of learning for as many children as possible.

Students can enroll in morning or afternoon classes, which are held four days a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For more information, call the district preschool director Emily Banks at the district office at 641-754-1000.

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Football players ready for spring cleaning

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Marshalltown High School football players, from left, Jack Greene, Peyton Williams and Sam Rogers are ready to tackle yard work as part of the Rent-A-Bobcat Spring Cleaning effort. The football team is taking on yard chores in the area this spring to raise money for football camps and to build connections in the community.

Have some yard work that needs to get done this spring?

The Marshalltown High School football team could be the answer.

Players from the team are making themselves available as part of a new Rent-A-Bobcat Spring Cleaning promotion on April 18 and May 2. Community members can hire MHS Bobcat football players for yard work, cleaning, painting or heavy lifting and the money raised will go toward paying for summer football camps for the players.

MHS football coach Aaron Shipley said this effort is not only a great way to raise money, but it also allows his team members to build connections with the community.

“This gets kids out in the community,” Shipley said.

Prices are $100 for two players for up to four hours of work or $200 for four players for up to four hours of work with the times being from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. on April 18 or 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. on May 2.

To schedule workers call Kirk Brooks at MHS at 641-754-1130 or email him at kbrooks@marshalltown.k12.ia.us.

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Miller students raise $1,401 for American Heart Association

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Miller Middle School students Megan Bell and Jaxen Fifo release 28 balloons in recognition of a successful fundraiser held by the students. Students raised $1,401 for the American Heart Association as part of their Hoops for Heart fundraiser.

Miller Middle School recently concluded its 2015 Hoops for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Students raised a total of $1,401 this year, collecting funds over the course of two weeks.

Miller held an assembly on March 20 to recognize all students who helped raise funds.  The school displayed 28 red, heart-shaped balloons to represent the 28 lives that were saved by the donations and then the balloons were released. For every $50, the AHA can save one life.

Through Hoops For Heart, students learn basketball skills, learn how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts.

This is the third year the school has participated in this fundraiser.

28 Lives

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Miller Middle School hosts career fair

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Marshalltown EMT/Paramedic Heather Becthold speaks to students at Miller Middle School during a career fair on March 18. The fair spanned four mornings at the school and drew dozens of area professionals, who spoke on their profession.

Miller Middle School hosted a career fair spanning four days this week, which drew dozens of area community members who presented to the students on their profession.

The fair was held over the course of four mornings at the school from March 16-19. A wide range of careers was highlighted including several from the healthcare field, mortuary science, insurance, business, media, retail and several others.

“It gives the students an opportunity to see many fields,” said Miller Principal Jacy Large. “It’s never too early to teach seventh and eighth graders what options they have in life.”

This fair provided activities for general education students at Miller while the I-ELDA (Iowa English Language Development Assessment) tests were given to English Language Learners at the school. The students taking the I-ELDA tests also had opportunities to learn about careers during the week.

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Starbucks Manager Erin Dehl, left, showed students the tools of her trade during the Miller Middle School career fair.

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Marshalltown School Board member John Johnson talks to Miller Middle School students about antique dealing during a career fair at the school on March 18.

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MHS presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Libby Crawford as Belle and Bryce King as The Beast the MHS musical with shows March 20-22.

The Marshalltown High School drama department is presenting its spring musical “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend.

Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 and at 2 p.m. Sunday March 22 in the MHS/Community Auditorium

Taking the lead roles of Belle and the The Beast will be Libby Crawford and Bryce King. Other lead roles include Dylan Hutzel as Maurice, Ryley Faircloth as Gaston, Lexi Jones as Mrs. Potts and Nick Cooper as Lumiere. The musical is directed by MHS teacher Rebecca Erickson. Other MHS teachers involved in the production include Amy Ose as vocal director and Brett Umthun as pit orchestra director.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children (K-8) and activity tickets honored. Tickets are available at the door.

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Ryley Faircloth sings as Gaston.

Beauty and the Beast Cast

Narrator……………………………………Luke Pedersen
Young Man (Prince)…………………….Paulino Verdinez
Maurice (Belle’s Father)……………………Dylan Hutzel
Gaston………………………….…………Ryley Faircloth
Lefou………………………………………….Trey Quick
Monsieur D’Arque…………………………….Frank Iole Cogsworth……………………………….Chandler Fisher
Lumiere……………………………………..Nick Cooper
Chip…………………………………………David Braga
The Beast…………………………………….Bryce King
Bookseller………………………………..Damond Jones
Baker……………………………………Jeremiah Eurom
Belle…………………………………….Libby Crawford
Beggar Woman/Enchantress……………….Hannah Stone
Babette……………………………………..Hannah Shirar
Mrs. Potts…………………………..………..Lexi Jones
Madame de le Grande Bouche………Immaculate Edwin
Silly Girls………………………………..Allyson Biggs, Bell Russell, Bella Pedersen Townspeople/Ensemble……………Meghan Haight, Ashley Macbeth, Amber Bullock, Haley Finch, Maggie Carnahan, Rebecca Schwartzenburg

Pit Orchestra

Conductor – Brett Umthun
Piano – Annie Grieshop
Keyboard – Brianna Yates
Violin 1 – Nataly Sanchez
Violin 2 – Josephine Coury, Madisen Rickett
Cello – Andrew Geyssens
Bass – Jake Pinnick
Reed 1 – Ellen Podhajsky
Reed 2 – Jacqueline Wahl
Reed 3 – Emma Alman, Abigail Stone, Krystal Randall
Trumpet 1 – Bret Lee
Trumpet 2 – Mikayla Wymore
Horn 1 – Heather Lee
Horn 2 – Mollie McLain
Horn 3 – Malory Henze
Trombone – Collin Krukow
Drums – Sam Johnson
Percussion – Andrew Walker

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