MHS students awarded at CIML art show

2015 CIML Winners

Six Marshalltown High School students received awards at the CIML art competition and show in Mason City on April 15. Pictured with their winning pieces are, from left, Elizabeth Gomez, Elizabeth Tacconi, Yannely Pina, Lucas Snyder, Maria Ramirez and Niccole Wolken.

Marshalltown High School sent 22 students to Mason City on April 15 to participate in the 2015 CIML art competition and show. Six MHS students won awards in a total of eight categories at the show.

Winners from MHS included Elizabeth Gomez (Red Merit in graphite/B&W pencil drawing), Elizabeth Tacconi (Blue Merit in ninth grade 3D), Yannely Pina (Red Merit in ninth grade 3D), Lucas Snyder (Blue Merit in ceramics), Maria Ramirez (Red Merit in ceramics) and Niccole Wolken (Red Merit in graphite/pencil drawing, Blue Merit in charcoal drawing and Blue Merit in computer generated art).

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Miller students selected for Blank Summer Institute

Miller Students

These Miller Middle School students have been invited to take part in the Blank Summer Institute for Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa. Pictured, front row, from left, Carissa King, Sloan Vry, Kya Naughton and Sam Estrada. Back row, Stella Roseburrough-Borras, Jane Ragland, Audrey Dempewolf and Zach Swartz.

Eight Miller Middle School students have been accepted into the Blank Summer Institute for Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa. The one-week program in June at the Belin-Blank Center is for 120 of Iowa’s high-achieving students who are currently in grades seventh and eighth.

The institute provides students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.

Students from Miller accepted and their fields of study for the program include Sloan Vry (creative writing), Kya Naughton (social sciences), Sam Estrada (invention and innovation), Stella Roseburrough-Borras (global and cultural studies), Jane Ragland (math problem solving), Audrey Dempewolf (visual arts), Zach Swartz (alternate in advanced science) and Carissa King (alternate in performing arts).

Fifteen students per subject area are accepted throughout the state. The students are accepted into the program after an application process that includes submission of essays, portfolios, teacher recommendations and test scores.

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School libraries receive statewide awards

Library Award

Marshalltown Schools teacher librarians, from left, Erin Faas (Rogers Elementary), Beth Steffa (Anson Elementary) and Sue Inhelder (Marshalltown High School) received Outstanding School Library Program awards at the Iowa Association of School Librarians spring conference on April 13 in Des Moines.

The libraries at Marshalltown High School, Rogers Elementary School and Anson Elementary School received Outstanding School Library Program awards on April 13 from the Iowa Association of School Librarians.

Marshalltown Community School District teacher librarians Sue Inhelder (MHS), Erin Faas (Rogers) and Beth Steffa (Anson) were presented the awards at the IASL spring conference in Des Moines.

Inhelder said she was “super excited” to receive the award for MHS.
“I’m proud of the support MHS and MCSD give to our school libraries. MCSD is a leader in the state when we look at full-time librarians in all of our buildings, full-service 21st century libraries and stable library budgets in all of our schools,” Inhelder said. “It is my honor and pleasure to offer services that have a direct impact on student achievement. “

Faas was equally excited to receive the honor on behalf of Rogers.
“It is an honor to receive this award because it symbolizes the commitment that we have to the students and staff in our buildings as well as administrative support,” Faas said.

Steffa also was happy to receive the award for Anson.
“I am very excited and honored that the Anson Elementary library was recognized for this award,” Steffa said.

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MHS students to plant 50 trees on campus


Pictured are students from Marshalltown High School who plan to plant 50 trees on April 27 at the school. Pictured from left, are Chandler Fisher, Jonathan Ortega, Ryan McDaniel, Martin Runquist, Collin Krukow, Jose Garcia and Jacob Ramsey-Smith.

An Iowa Department of Natural Resources grant will translate into 50 new trees on the Marshalltown High School campus. A $5,000 Trees for Kids grant has been awarded to the school.

Students on the MHS Envirothon team have led this effort and will hold a special planting day at 3:30 p.m. April 27 at the school with the public welcome to attend.

The trees, which will include several different species, will be planted at several locations on the MHS campus. MHS student Ryan McDaniel said the group was excited to learn they received the grant and said these trees will be aesthetically pleasing as well as help with heating and cooling costs and decrease storm water runoff.

MHS extended learning teacher Susan Fritzell said they are also looking for people in the community to volunteer to water the trees over the summer months and help on the April 27 planting day. For more information on the project contact Fritzell at MHS at 641-754-1130 or email her at

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Miller team places second in Battle of the Books


A team of students from Miller Middle School placed second in the Regional Battle of the Books competition at Simpson College in Indianola on March 31. Pictured in front row, from left, are Phoebe Osgood and Olivia Stone. Back row, Brianna Dean, Emily Miller, Eve Nettesheim and Carissa King

A team of students from Miller Middle School travelled to Simpson College in Indianola on March 31 to participate in the Regional Battle of the Books finals.  The team from Miller placed second in the competition.

Battle of the Books is a collaborative reading program, designed to enhance student commitment, team building, reading comprehension, and study skills in a fun, informative manner.

The competition began with the semifinal round in which the top 16 teams from qualifying rounds took a written test over 30 selected BOB books.  Participants answered questions about the books and listed each book’s author.  The top two teams from this round continued to the final oral round.

Battle of the Books at Miller is sponsored by the Extended Learning Program.

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Wyant selected as next principal of MHS

Jacque Wyant

Jacque Wyant

Jacqueline “Jacque” Wyant has been named the next principal of Marshalltown High School.

Dr. Marvin Wade, Superintendent of the Marshalltown Community School District, will recommend Wyant for approval by the Marshalltown Board of Education at its April 6 meeting.

Wyant has served as principal at West High School in Sioux City since 2011 and assistant principal for five years prior at the school. She has a background as an instructor of mathematics at the high school level.

A group of MHS students, community members and school district staff took part in interviewing the final four candidates during the past week.

“I was impressed with the committees and how seriously they took the process in helping with this important decision and interviewing four very strong candidates,” Wade said.

Wade said Wyant’s high school principal experience and her ability to relate well to the interview committees led to this selection.

“She has demonstrated the ability to meet discipline and achievement goals of a school improvement plan,” Wade said.

Wyant received her bachelor’s degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City in Secondary Mathematics Education and her master’s degree in Management and Administration of Education Programs from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

She is nearing completion of her Educational Specialist degree in District Leadership from the University of South Dakota.

Wyant will replace Aiddy Phomvisay at MHS, who resigned to take another position.

She will begin her duties at MHS on July 1.

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Elementary schools raise more than $9,500 for American Heart Association


Rogers Elementary School students take part in a Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event at the National Guard Armory on March 31. Elementary schools throughout the Marshalltown Community School District raised more than $9,500 for the American Heart Association as part of the Jump Rope for Heart.

Students in elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District got on board in a big way for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association recently. Students at the schools raised more than $9,500 for the AHA, holding fundraisers and also learning more about how jumping rope can keep them healthy.


Rogers Elementary held a special Jump For Heart event at the National Guard Armory on March 31, which had 50 students participate and raised $1,143 for the American Heart Association. “Amazing job,” said Rogers physical education teacher Donna Appel.


Woodbury Elementary raised $2,764 for the American Heart Association. “I’m proud of the kids,” said Woodbury physical education teacher Todd Beare. “It shows they care about other people” Third grader Dalen Huston gathered the most funds from Woodbury at $252.


The top fundraisers at Woodbury Elementary School in the Jump Rope For Heart are pictured, from left, Jacob Thiessen, Dalen Huston, Jonas Wildman and Mia Kimmins.


Fisher Elementary had 71 students help raise $2,373 for the fundraiser. For every $50 raised, one life is saved, according to the AHA.  Fisher students and contributors saved 47 lives this year.  Grace Bethel was the top Fisher student fundraiser with $185.  All Fisher students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart activities during their regular physical education classes.


Hoglan Elementary raised $1,518, saving 30 lives. “Jump Rope For Heart is a great opportunity to teach students about heart problems and how to prevent heart problems,” said Hoglan physical education teacher Blake Cutright. “The students really enjoy jump roping and if a student donates over $20 then they get to silly string me. So I had 27 students who got to do so. I would say it was a very good year for us here at Hoglan.”


Franklin Elementary has raised more than $900 with 80 students participating and will continue the effort until April 10.


Anson Elementary School did the Jump Rope for Heart for the first time in years and raised $872. They saved 17 lives.

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