Students, teachers detail STEM work to Advisory Council


This group of Marshalltown Schools students talked about STEM projects during a Governor’s STEM Advisory Council meeting Sept. 15 at Lennox Industries in Marshalltown. Pictured front row, from left, Moises Raya, Conner Smith, Alex Rivas-Alanis, Elisabeth Ramirez and Javier Rodriguez. Back row, Ryan McDaniel, Regan Smith and Jacob Ramsey-Smith.

Marshalltown Community School District students and staff spoke at a panel discussion during the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council meeting on Sept. 15 at Lennox Industries in Marshalltown.

Lenihan Intermediate School teachers Francie Woerner and Laura Fricke and Marshalltown High School teacher Susan Fritzell were part of the group, as was Associate Superintendent Dr. Susan Pecinovsky.

Students included Moises Raya, Conner Smith, Regan Smith and Alex Rivas-Alanis from Lenihan, Elisabeth Ramirez and Javier Rodriguez from Miller and Ryan McDaniel and Jacob Ramsey-Smith from MHS.

In front of a group of state leaders which included Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and several Iowa college and university officials, the students and staff described in detail past and current STEM work in Marshalltown Schools.
Students and staff talked about projects such as gliders, gravity cruisers and HyperStream at the event.

“There are so many opportunities that the school can provide,” McDaniel said.


Conner Smith answers a question.


Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds asks the Marshalltown students a question.


An interview with McTV.

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Miller students serve up Bobcat spirit


Miller Middle School student Samantha Snyder hands out a hog dog during a tailgate party sponsored by the Miller Student Council on Sept. 15. The effort was put in place to boost school spirit during an eighth grade football game at Franklin Field.

In an effort to boost school spirit, a group of Miller Middle School Student Council members offered free hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade to their fellow students and other fans at the eighth grade football game at Franklin Field on Sept. 15.

The group set up a Bobcat tent near the field. Their food, which was provided by private donations, was popular with the fans.

“We want to support the school and be proud Bobcats,” said Alexis Espinoza, one of the council members volunteering at the event.

The Bobcats played Waukee as the A team lost 14-6 and the B team won 16-0.


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MHS students take part in leadership workshop


This group of Marshalltown High School students participated in the Jostens Leadership Workshop on Sept. 10 at Des Moines Area Community College. Pictured front row, from left, Bailey Wildt, Karen Alvarado, Ryan McDaniel, Cindy Mora and Beau Ragland. Second row, Gaby Hernandez, Elliot Weidenaar, Sydney Grewell, James Drummer and Josh Edel. Back row, Omar Medina, Deshonna Garth, Nate Harris , Trey Quick and Peyton Williams.

A group of 15 seniors at Marshalltown High School participated in the Jostens Leadership Workshop on Sept. 10 at Des Moines Area Community College.

Approximately 200 students from the state participated in the workshop.
Students from MHS who participated included Bailey Wildt, Karen Alvarado, Ryan McDaniel, Cindy Mora, Beau Ragland, Gaby Hernandez, Elliot Weidenaar, Sydney Grewell, James Drummer, Josh Edel, Omar Medina, Deshonna Garth, Nate Harris, Trey Quick and Peyton Williams.

These MHS students were chosen due to their leadership roles at the school. MHS counselor Meri Edel hopes they can share what they learned with their fellow students at MHS.

“They did a great job of networking with students from other schools,” Edel said. “They learned about culture and climate in school and the value of time, play and movement. We plan to come together later and work toward action to make an impact on their classmates.”

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Former NFL player Kaeding visits Hoglan


Former NFL player and Iowa Hawkeye Nate Kaeding gives high fives to students at Hoglan Elementary School after speaking to the students on Sept. 10.

Former NFL football player and Iowa Hawkeye Nate Kaeding spoke to students at Hoglan Elementary School on Sept. 10 in the school gym.

Kaeding’s message to the students focused on the importance of working hard, having fun and listening and paying attention. He also answered several questions from students during his visit.

Kaeding is a native of Iowa City and his wife, Samantha, is from Marshalltown.

Kaeding high-fived all the students as they left the gym after the presentation. Many students and staff dressed in Iowa Hawkeye clothing to welcome Kaeding to their school.

Kaeding also spoke at a United Way campaign kickoff luncheon while in Marshalltown Thursday.

To view a video of his visit to Hoglan, click here.

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MHS Project Lead The Way gains national certification


Marshalltown High School Project Lead The Way Engineering teacher Mike Lazere, center, is pictured with students Nicholas Summers, left, and Jose Garcia with their robotics project at the school this past spring. MHS has received national certification for the Project Lead the Way Engineering and Biomedical Science programs.

Marshalltown High School has recently received national certification status for the Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science and Engineering programs at the school.

The certification process involved the completion of a self-study report and a visit by Iowa PLTW representatives to classes as well as having them meet with teachers, counselors, school leaders and partnership team members.

The national certification indicates MHS has successfully demonstrated a commitment to the PLTW national standards.

“We passed with flying colors,” said MHS PLTW Engineering teacher Mike Lazere.

Other Project Lead The Way teachers at MHS include Erica Malloy and Sue Ellen Beek while Lydia Arevalo serves as the PLTW counselor at the school.

Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade thanked the dedicated staff, students, parents and community leaders who made this prestigious certification possible.  Wade stated, “this is the latest of many examples of Marshalltown implementing high quality educational programs that meet the needs of our students and community.  Continued aggressive pursuit of these pre-kindergarten through 12th grade opportunities will remain a priority in Marshalltown Schools.”

The 2015-16 school year is the third year for the Biomedical Science and Engineering PLTW programs at MHS, a school that has been a trailblazer in the state in Project Lead The Way and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum.

PLTW, a nonprofit organization, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life activities, projects and problems. By achieving this certification status, MHS students in PLTW may be eligible for preferential college admissions, college credit, scholarships or other opportunities.

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ACT scores show increase at Marshalltown High School

Marshalltown High School ACT scores from 2015 have been released.
The scores indicate MHS students had an average composite score of 22.1, up from the previous year average composite score of 21.3. The state average composite score for 2015 was 22.2.

Test scores saw the biggest jump in the area of science as the average science score among the 102 MHS students taking the test was 23.2, which is up from 21.8 the previous year.

Marshalltown scores also saw gains in English, mathematics and reading portions of the test from the previous year.

The ACT measures college readiness among high school students. Marshalltown Community School District students took this test this past April or June and most who took the test were in the junior class last school year.

                           MCSD   State
English               20.9       21.6
Mathematics      21.9       21.5
Reading               21.8      22.7
Science                23.2      22.3
Composite       22.1     22.2

                           MCSD   State
English                  20.3     21.5
Mathematics        20.9     21.4
Reading                 21.6     22.5
Science                  21.8     22.2
Composite        21.3     22.0

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Next parent rally to be held August 31


Marshalltown Schools will host another parent rally to seek feedback from parents and the community on Aug. 31. It will be led by Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, right, and Marisa Rivera, left. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the media center at Marshalltown High School.

The Marshalltown Community School District is taking the next step in an increased effort to reach out for feedback from parents with another parent rally scheduled for Monday, August 31. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Marshalltown High School media center and is open to the public.

The rallies will be moderated by Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch and Marisa Rivera. Both are consultants with expertise in getting parents involved in how their children are educated. Both have visited Marshalltown and talked with parents already this summer in a total of four separate parent rally events.

The program will be presented in English, Spanish and in languages from Burma. Light refreshments will be available. Marshalltown High School is located at 1602 S. 2nd. Ave.

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