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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Phomvisay honored with Passport to Prosperity award

Phomvisay

Phomvisay

Marshalltown High School Principal Aiddy Phomvisay has been named a 2014 Passport to Prosperity award winner by the Iowa International Center.

These awards honor immigrants and refugees in the state who make Iowa a better place to live through their contributions.

Phomvisay is originally from Laos and his family moved to Alta, Iowa as refugees when he was young. He is entering his fourth year as MHS principal.

Read the full story in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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Emerson/Fisher donates $250K to Roundhouse renovation

T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER Emerson/Fisher has announced it will donate $250,000 to the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation. Pictured are from left, Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher, Gary Schaudt, co-chair of Roundhouse fundraising, Terry Buzbee of Emerson/Fisher and Craig Huegel and Aiddy Phomvisay of MHS.

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Emerson/Fisher has announced it will donate $250,000 to the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation. Pictured are from left, Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher, Gary Schaudt, co-chair of Roundhouse fundraising, Terry Buzbee of Emerson/Fisher and Craig Huegel and Aiddy Phomvisay of MHS.

One of the biggest employers in Marshalltown is stepping up in a big way to help the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation.

Emerson/Fisher announced a donation of $250,000 to the project Tuesday, which updates the gym at the school.

“We support Marshalltown in every way we can and education is a huge priority for our business and our families,” said Terry Buzbee, group vice president of Final Control at Emerson. “The Roundhouse makes Marshalltown all that more attractive.”

Read the full story in today’s Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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