Rogers teacher LuAnn Lura discusses Rogers University and Family Learning Center with Ralph Smith.
John Johnson, Rogers Elementary parent and School Board member, presents Ralph Smith with a T-shirt from “Spread the Words: Read by 3rd” the grade-level reading initiative in Marshalltown.
Rogers teacher Julie Underhill leads Ralph Smith on a tour of the school.
Rogers Elementary hosted Ralph Smith, managing director for the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Thursday, April 25.
Marshalltown earned the All-America City distinction last year because of its initiative to have all students reading at grade level by third grade. Smith, who is senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, toured Rogers Elementary, learning about Spread the Words – Read by 3rd and Rogers University and participating in an attendance celebration.
“I have so enjoyed being here today,” he told the students and staff, commending the community for its efforts. He told the students attendance is important, relating a story about a basketball player needing to practice every day to be successful.
“It’s really about doing it every day,” he said. “Coming to school every day is important.”
Smith gave out the first All-America City sticker during the assembly, which recognized students at Rogers with perfect attendance in the third quarter. He promised the assembled crowd he would visit Rogers again and wanted an invitation to Rogers University.
After his time at Rogers, Smith spoke at the Marshalltown Public Library.
Battle of the Books Champions: Olivia Adams Zmolek, Nayeli Becerra Hernandez, Denice Vega, Lilianna Victor, Abbey Welden, Teacher Librarian Sue Cahill.
Woodbury Elementary came out on top of the annual Elementary Battle of the Books held Tuesday, April 23, at Marshalltown Public Library.
More than 100 students participated in the battle, with students squaring off in three rounds. In the end, only a few points separated the teams.
Students participate in improv comedy between Battle of the Books rounds.
Tom LaVille and Brenda Morris conducted improvisational comedy between rounds. Improv teaches students to think quickly and creatively by creating new situations and responding to suggestions from the crowd and their teammates.
Teams were coached by the teacher librarians in each building: Beth Steffa, Anson; Alicia Patten, Fisher; John Fritz, Franklin; Jeni Sloan, Hoglan; Ellen Youds, Rogers; Sue Cahill, Woodbury.
Students from Iowa State University’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE) visited Rogers Elementary April 11, leading 47 Rogers students and their families in several fun science experiments.
PWSE is dedicated to increasing the role of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The program includes K-12 outreach and opportunities for prospective and current students to connect with Iowa State.
Activities during Thursday’s Family Learning Center focused on lessons about surface tension, including making bubbles and “Catch a Rainbow”, where students used milk, food coloring and liquid soap to explore why the colors moved with the surface.
Early Registration for Marshalltown Community School District Preschool will be Saturday, April 13, from 10am to 12:30pm in the Lenihan Intermediate School commons.
Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 15, 2013, to enroll. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to registration. There is a one-time $25 registration fee due at sign-up. There is no monthly tuition!
In 2013-2014 preschool classes will be offered at seven locations in Marshalltown – Anson Elementary, Fisher Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Hoglan Elementary, Rogers Elementary, Woodbury Elementary and St. Paul’s Preschool.
The MCSD Preschool Program is guided by the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS) and Iowa Early Learning Standards. Through use of The Creative Curriculum, students will develop language and literacy skills, learning and thinking skills, social skills and large and small motor functions.
Each preschool classroom is led by a teacher certified in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Paraeducators, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other staff provide on-site support (Bilingual tutors are available at the six elementary school sites).
For more information about the MCSD Preschool Program call 641-754-1000 or 641-754-1070.
Students entering kindergarten this fall are invited to registration Friday, March 8, 9am to 3pm at all Marshalltown Community School District elementary schools.
Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 15, 2013, to enroll in kindergarten for 2013-2014. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and updated immunization records. Book rental fee is $40.
Families should register their kindergartener at their neighborhood elementary school. A map of District attendance zones is available at www.marshalltown.k12.ia.us under the “Parent Resources” tab. Students living in the Central Zone or rural areas may register at any building on March 8, though enrollment building will be determined according to class sizes, sibling enrollment, etc.
An informational meeting about the District’s Dual Language Program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30pm at Woodbury Elementary. Students who enroll in the Dual Language Program attend Woodbury Elementary.
Students throughout Marshalltown Schools will participate in the Iowa Assessments next week, Feb. 4-8, 2013.
The Iowa Assessments are a set of tests that measure academic growth. This is the second year for students to take the Iowa Assessments. Before that students took the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED).
Testing days and times vary by building.
Marshalltown High School students will take the assessments Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 6. A schedule for those days is available here on the MHS website.
For more information about the Iowa Assessments, including how to read the scores and sample test questions, visit the Iowa Assessments page on the MCSD website.
Students and staff at Rogers collected 350 items for the Emergency Food Box during their December CARING celebration.
Students were asked to bring canned or boxed items to school during the month of December. At the school’s December Character Assembly, the items were presented to a representative from the Emergency Food Box. Students also heard a presentation on how their donations would be used to help those in need.
Two Marshalltown students were among an elite group from across Iowa showcasing their projects at the Iowa Technology & Education Connection (ITEC) Conference Oct. 15 in Des Moines.
Andrea Lothe, a freshman at Marshalltown High School, and Sean Nyuon, a fifth grader at Lenihan Intermediate, were named “Judge’s Choice” and earned purple ribbons at the Central Iowa Student Technology Fair held at Iowa State University last spring. At the time Lothe was a student at Miller Middle School and Nyuon at Rogers Elementary.
Lothe’s project, “Waves of Song”, is an original music composition. Nyuon’s project, “Sudan – Land of the Blacks”, is a Scratch animation presentation on the history and culture of Sudan.
Marshalltown Community Schools have many events in the upcoming weeks to welcome students and their families to a new school year.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
- Woodbury Elementary Kindergarten/New Parent Orientation, 5:30pm, Woodbury Gym
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
- Lenihan Intermediate Parent Orientation, 5:30-6:30pm
- Miller Middle School Open House, Seventh Grade 5-6pm, 8th Grade 6-7pm
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012
- Freshmen Orientation, Marshalltown High School, 1-3:30pm
- Back to School Night, Lenihan 4:30-5:30pm, All Elementary Schools 5-6pm
The first day of schools is Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. There will be a one-hour early dismissal on that day. The first day of preschool will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
School supply lists are posted on the MCSD website under “Parent Resources” and on each school’s individual home page. Lists are also available at numerous area retailers.
Marshalltown Community School District will hold registration June 6-7, 2012.
Students entering preschool through Grade 8 will register at Miller Middle School. Students entering high school will register at Marshalltown High School and Marshalltown Learning Academy Students will register at MLA.
Wednesday, June 6, registration hours will be 11am to 7pm. Thursday, June 7, will be 9am to 3pm.
All students will receive registration forms and information prior to June 6 (either sent home in student folders or via US Mail). Forms should be completed prior to registration and returned on June 6 or 7.
Textbook rental fees are $40 for students K-6 and $50 for students 7-12.