Retiring staff honored at spring tea


Anson Elementary School teachers Amber Litwiller, right, and Tara Klaas, left, gave a farewell speech to Meg Sponseller during the retirement tea on May 20, which honored retiring staff members in the Marshalltown Community School District.

The Marshalltown Education Association and the Marshalltown Community School District held the spring retirement tea on May 20, honoring retiring staff and others.

The list of retirees included Donna Appel, Teresa Arney, Deanna Berkey, Dennis Carkhuff, Betty Lou Cave, Susan Crawford, Shari Cox, Tim Fienup, Judy Hill, Ronald Holden, Ginger Jacobson, Donna Mimick, Lynette Pickett, Carol Sealine, Rick Simpson, Thelma Smith, Meg Sponseller, Cindy Staron, Bruce Vopava and Randall Weir.

“Your legacy is truly huge,” MCSD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade told the retirees at the event.

Six current staff members were honored for 25 years in the district including Barbara Arends, Sharon Baughman, Shelly Chandler, Elaine Crouse, Jerry Flathers and Elaine Johnson.

The MEA Scholarship recipients this year were MHS graduating students Libby Crawford and Hunter Riedl.

The Marshalltown Business Education Alliance won the Friend of Education Award, and accepting the award on behalf of the alliance was Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree and Paul Gregoire of Emerson.


Paula Johnson talks about fellow Miller teacher Tim Fienup.


Jodi Kolbe talks about fellow Rogers teacher Carol Sealine.


Paula Johnson talks about Randy Weir


Michael Appel talks about his mom, Donna Appel.


Dee Burt, center, and Janice Appelgate, left, talk about Cindy Staron.


MHS students Libby Crawford and Hunter Riedl received the MEA Scholarships.

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MHS holds scholarship awards night


Marshalltown High School senior Jasmine Scott proudly displays a check signifying her Marines ROTC $180,000 scholarship to Iowa State University during the MHS scholarship awards night on May 19 in the MHS/Community Auditorium. Scott is one of six high school seniors in the entire state to receive this scholarship this year and she plans to study electrical engineering.

College scholarships totaling $1.76 million were handed out to 70 Marshalltown High School students during the scholarship awards night on May 19.

Among the honorees were 25 students in the Marshalltown Education Partnership who will receive 50 percent of tuition and fees to attend Marshalltown Community College.

Several other students were honored for achieving full college scholarships on the night.

Students in the senior class at MHS have also accumulated 2,214 college credit hours throughout their four years.


Marco Andrade, left, received a Marshalltown Education Partnership scholarship from Nate Chua of Marshalltown Community College.


Evan Hicks, left, and Lane Larson received Fern Thompson scholarships from Our Savior Lutheran Church, represented by Ron Duimstra, right.


Natalie Kueny is congratulated by MCSD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade.


Marco Yepez is congratulated by MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay.

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Governor Branstad visits Franklin, delivers awards


Governor Terry Branstad holds the gift of a Franklin Elementary School T-shirt during a ceremony on May 19. Branstad honored Franklin school with a Youth Action Award.

Governor Terry Branstad visited Franklin Elementary School on May 19 as part of the Governor’s Youth Action Award.

Branstad awarded Franklin for a video featuring the students exercising and learning about healthy eating and also awarded Marshalltown High School junior Beau Ragland for his essay on healthy lifestyles.

Branstad called Franklin a leader in promoting healthy lifestyles.

The event at Franklin Field also featured the MHS cheerleaders, drumline and appearances from statewide leaders in promoting healthy lifestyles from Live Healthy Iowa and former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long of the Iowa Sports Foundation.

The students also did Zumba dancing along with the governor, Franklin and school district staff and parents, and walked around the track to the sounds of the drumline.


Branstad and MHS student Beau Ragland


From left, MCSD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade, MHS junior Beau Ragland, Gov. Terry Branstad, Franklin Nurse Carol Barlow and Franklin Principal Tim Holmgren.


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Knock hired as new MHS head football coach

Marshalltown High School has announced the hiring of Don Knock as the new head football coach of the Bobcats.

Knock brings a wealth of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level and most recently has served as offensive line coach at Grand View University. Knock’s hiring was approved by the Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education during a meeting Monday.

MHS Activities Director Craig Huegel said Knock has a passion for working with students and a vision to get more students involved in the sport.

Knock’s recent work experience includes six years as athletic director for the Gilbert Community School District. He is a member of the Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame and led Grundy Center to the Class 2A state football title in 1984.

He is a former Central College football player.

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Student taps into technology for whale project


Madison Myers, a third grader at Fisher Elementary School, is pictured with a Chromebook in class recently.

Fisher Elementary School third grader Madison Myers has impressed her teacher Julie Trickett with her learning growth this year.

“She has shown tremendous growth as a reader this year, both in comprehension and fluency,” Trickett said.

This growth was evident during a recent project she did on whales. The 8-year-old was able to research facts about whales with a Chromebook in her class and package together an extensive report about whales with more than 100 facts.

“She worked hard to find the answers to her questions by searching for information that she did not know the answers to through Chromebook usage,” Trickett said.

Myers said she enjoyed doing the project.

“There’s a lot of different types of whales,” Myers said. “They are fun to learn about.”

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Woodbury hosts fitness and nutrition night


Woodbury Elementary School hosted a special night for families that focused on fitness and nutrition on May 12.

Woodbury Elementary School hosted a Family, Fun, Fitness and Nutrition Night on May 12. The event was attended by more than 200 people, including more than 65 families.

Healthy eating and exercise was promoted during the event, with several community businesses and agencies hosting booths. Students went to different stations where they learned more about healthy lifestyles and also learned ways to exercise.

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Governor Branstad to visit Franklin Elementary School

Governor Terry Branstad will visit Franklin Elementary School on Tuesday, May 19 during a recognition ceremony for the school as part of the Governor’s Youth Action Award.

Franklin is being honored for submitting a video for the Youth Action Award from its recent Fun with Food night, which stressed the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Other awards will be presented to representatives of the Marshalltown Community School District as well during the event.

The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Franklin Field and will feature the Marshalltown High School drumline, remarks from Branstad and school officials, and exercise demonstrations with the Franklin students. It will also feature remarks from Nicole Bruce, the director of Live Healthy Iowa.

The event, at 1315 W. Main St., is open to the public and will conclude at noon. In the case of inclement weather, the event will move inside the Franklin school gym.

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