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 or follow Renovate the Roundhouse on Facebook. To make a donation, pledge forms are available at 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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Q&A session on proposed athletic conference change scheduled July 9

Marshalltown Community School District will host a question and answer session about the proposed athletic conference change on Wednesday, July 9, 12-1pm, in the MCSD Board Room at 1002 S. 3rd Ave.

On June 25 the School Board was presented with a proposal to leave the CIML and form a new athletic conference with the five high schools in Des Moines Public Schools, Indianola, and Ottumwa. On July 9 MHS Activities Director Craig Huegel will be available to explain what this means and doesn’t mean for Marshalltown’s athletics and activities.

Community members are invited to come at any time during the session, as it will be an informal meeting.

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Miller students place 7th at National History Day contest

UntitledAfter months of intensive research and success at regional and state level competitions, Jacqueline Wahl and Victoria Johnson, presented their Junior Group Exhibit entitled, “Rights and Responsibilities of Managing the Monopolies” at the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest, at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area June 15 through 19.

Each fall over half a million students worldwide begin the year-long National History Day program, competing in a series of history contests in their local schools, regionals and state.

Read the full story in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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MHS grad sets the scene for shows

A Marshalltown native helps bring Broadway shows to life.

After Nick Johnson, 29, graduated from Marshalltown High School in 2003, he decided to go to Drake University that fall with the intention of being a pharmacist or chemist.

Johnson registered for classes late that semester and needed 15 credits to be a full time student. He chose Stage Craft from the available classes.

Read the full story in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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Kyle Young named next Lenihan principal

Kyle Young

Kyle Young

Kyle Young is the new principal at Lenihan Intermediate School.

“It’s great to come to a school with so many dedicated educators and I’m ready to listen and learn from them about how I can best support their work,” Young said.

Young became associate principal at Miller Middle School in July 2013. Previously he was assistant principal at Woodward Academy, a school improvement coordinator, and a world history teacher.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge but certainly sad to be leaving the amazing Miller family I’ve been lucky to work with this past year,” he said. “My hope is that my experience at Miller will help us create more opportunities to tightly align our practices with the upper grades while focusing on helping students at their current level of understanding.”

Young holds as master’s degree in educational administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.

Young begins his new position July 1, 2014.

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MHS duo compete at National Speech/Debate

Chandler Fisher and Libby Crawford.

Chandler Fisher and Libby Crawford.

Marshalltown High School students Libby Crawford and Chandler Fisher competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held June 15-20 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The pair qualified in the Duo Interpretation category during the East Iowa District Tournament held Feb. 14-15 at MHS. At nationals Crawford and Fisher completed six preliminary rounds, but fell short of the top 60 cut off for further  rounds.

The students also competed individually. Crawford competed in two rounds of prose reading and one round of storytelling. Fisher also competed in storytelling, making it to the semifinals and earning a semifinalist plaque. Dr. Janelle Hawk, MHS forensics coach, says this is the first time the school has brought home an award from the national tournament.

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