MHS to host important meetings on Chromebooks for parents and students

Marshalltown High School and Marshalltown Learning Academy parents and students are asked to attend a very important meeting to learn more about responsibilities with the school issued Chromebooks for the 2015-16 school year.

This meeting will have all the necessary steps to take to ensure students are ready to receive their Chromebook when they are distributed at the beginning of the school year. The meeting schedule is listed below. Parents and students are asked to attend one meeting that fits in their schedule. For more information about the Chromebooks visit the following website

Parents will also be given the option to participate in the cooperative loss program for a fee of $25.

All meetings will be held at the MHS Cafeteria.
Date Time
Wednesday, August 12 12:00-1:00PM
Thursday, August 13 9:00-10:00AM
Thursday, August 13 7:00-8:00PM
Friday, August 14 11:00-12:00PM
Monday, August 17 4:00-5:00PM
Tuesday, August 18 9:00-10:00AM
Tuesday, August 18 5:00-6:00PM
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Marshalltown Schools parent rallies to return


Marisa Rivera

The Marshalltown Community School District will hold another set of parent rallies on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11.

The rallies are free and open to the public and will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both nights in the Marshalltown Public Library (conference room B), 105 W. Boone St.

The rallies are designed for school district staff to receive feedback from parents and families from Marshalltown Schools and others in the community.

These two rallies will have a special focus for families from Burma, but all are welcome.

The rallies will be moderated by Marisa Rivera, who has decades of experience as an educational consultant and in leadership development. She is president of the consulting firm Mpowerment Works

Light refreshments will be served. These rallies come on the heels of two rallies held in June, which also offered opportunity for community feedback.

EMBARC_Logo2012The school district is partnering with EMBARC (Ethnic
Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) for these rallies.

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STEM Camp at MHS sparks science learning


Woodbury Elementary School student Ethen Santana, left, and Anson Elementary School student Logan Kordik learn to program a Lego robot during the STEM Camp going on this week at Marshalltown High School. More than 100 local students are participating in the camp, which is operated by the University of Iowa engineering department and MHS staff.

A new STEM Camp is going on this week at Marshalltown High School, attracting more than 100 local students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Led by University of Iowa engineering students with assistance from MHS staff, students are using Legos to help them discover science.

Kindergarten and first grade students are learning about simple machines and second and third grade students are taking part in Lego Learners as they are getting an introduction to computer programming.

Students in grades fourth through sixth are working on Lego robots and programming them through a computer.

“We encourage them to always come up with new, innovative ways to create the program,” said Cody Soultz, an engineering student at the University of Iowa who is helping with the camp.

The Marshalltown Community School District has been a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in recent years and this is the first time this University of Iowa camp has been held at a school district. Camp2 Camp3

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MHS students take part in Young Engineers and Scientists program at ISU


MHS students Jacob Ramsey-Smith, left, and Ryan McDaniel took part in the Young Engineers and Scientists program at Iowa State University this summer. They are pictured on the ISU campus during an awards ceremony on July 23.

Marshalltown High School students Ryan McDaniel and Jacob Ramsey-Smith recently completed a six-week Young Engineers and Scientists program at Iowa State University.

An awards ceremony was held on the ISU campus on July 23 to recognize the students who participated in the program. Both students did research projects and completed posters under the mentorship of ISU faculty scientists.

McDaniel’s research project was titled “BioGlass Crystallization of Type III Polyketide Synthase” as he worked with proteins. Ramsey-Smith’s project was titled “Bridge Joint and Concrete Testing” as his focus was on civil engineering.

The students were selected for the program after an application process.
Both will be seniors this fall at MHS and said they could pursue engineering or science in college.

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MHS teacher learns healthcare field in summer externship


Marshalltown High School teacher Erin Weatherly is learning more about the healthcare field during an externship at Central Iowa Healthcare this summer.

Marshalltown High School life sciences teacher Erin Weatherly is doing some learning outside of the classroom this summer to take back to her students this fall. Weatherly is participating in the Real World Externships for Teachers of Mathematics, Science and Technology as part of the Iowa STEM Council.

In this externship, she is spending 30 days at Central Iowa Healthcare. Her days are spent working on educational materials in the dietician’s office as well as witnessing surgeries and other day-to-day operations of the hospital. Weatherly teaches health classes and career development classes at MHS.

“It’s great to bring this experience back to the students,” Weatherly said. “I’m going to be taking activities back to the classroom.”

Weatherly has been heavily involved in putting together a diabetes education program at CIH. She is also learning about the many careers in the healthcare field and will pass on the information to her students. Weatherly is an advisor in the Health Careers Club at MHS.

Weatherly is one of 40 educators across the state taking part in the summer externship program this year through the STEM Council and was selected through an application process.

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Teacher receives Reading Recovery leader certification


Marshalltown Community School District teacher Tami Huck recently received certification as a Reading Recovery teacher leader after completing a year-long program.

Marshalltown Schools teacher Tami Huck recently completed a year-long program and achieved her Reading Recovery teacher leader certification from the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa.

Huck, who has taught at Franklin Elementary School since 2000, will continue to teach and also serve to train Reading Recovery teachers throughout the Marshalltown Community School District as a teacher leader.

Reading Recovery puts special focus on those students who need extra help in learning to read in the first grade. Huck said it’s important for children to read to open up more learning for them.

“Reading pretty much drives everything,” Huck said.

Huck is now one of 21 Reading Recovery teacher leaders in the state and one of three recent graduates of the program.


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Input sought at parent rallies June 23 and 24


Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

Marshalltown Schools are hosting two nights of parent rallies featuring a world famous advocate for parents having a voice in how their children are educated.

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch will moderate the rallies on June 23 and 24 in both English and Spanish. Both will be held from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Marshalltown High School Media Center. Light refreshments will be served both nights and the rallies are free and open to the public, with childcare available.

The first night is titled “Speaking up for the Sake of our Children,” while the second night is titled “Working Together for the Sake of the Children.”

The goal of these programs is for families and school leaders to learn how to better work together to increase the likelihood of student success in the Marshalltown Community School District. Input from all parents is very important to Marshalltown Schools.

Throughout her career, Consuelo has shared her personal knowledge on becoming an effective leader in today’s global marketplace with hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, corporations, and government institutions both in the U.S. and abroad.

Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo is all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, Consuelo was taught by her immigrant parents to be rich in culture, tradition, values and faith.

For an English language flyer on this program, click here.

For a Spanish language flyer on this program, click here.

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