Class of 2022 features record number of dual graduates

AT TOP: Class of 2022 dual graduates (from left) Alivia Eaton, Rochelle Avalos, Veronica Herrera, Alejandro Rivas Alanis, Taylor Jones, Lilly Duff, Erin Stanley, Cassidy Wedemeyer, Marcus Barker, Jose Manuel Vergara, and Jonah Landas gather outside of MHS. AT BOTTOM: Also among this year’s dual graduates are (from left): Hunter Block, Uriel Botello, Jackelyn Bravo Hernandez, Brenna Hempy, Zoe Johnson, Javon Lewis, Levi Ogston, and Paige Wertzberger

A record-breaking group of 19 exceptional Class of 2022 Bobcats will graduate with both their high school diploma and a college degree, diploma, or certificate in hand this spring. This year’s dual graduates include:

  • Rochelle Avalos (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Marcus Barker (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Hunter Block (Fire Science Certificate – Kirkwood Community College)
  • Jackelyn Bravo Hernandez (Early Childhood: Child Development Certificate – MCC)
  • Uriel Botello (Architecture, Construction, & Engineering Career Academy Certificate – MCC)
  • Lilly Duff (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Alivia Eaton (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Brenna Hempy (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Veronica Herrera (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Zoe Johnson (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Taylor Jones (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Jonah Landas (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Javon Lewis (Architecture, Construction, & Engineering Career Academy Certificate – MCC)
  • Jose Manuel Vergara (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Levi Ogston (Manufacturing Welding Practitioner Diploma – MCC)
  • Alejandro Rivas Alanis (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Erin Stanley (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Cassidy Wedemeyer (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Paige Wertzberger (Early Childhood: Child Development Certificate – MCC)

“It was careful planning that made them successful,” said MHS Principal Jacque Wyant of the dual graduates, adding that students can begin the college credit planning process as early as middle school.

MHS school counselor Rebecca Whalen has supported the Class of 2022 throughout high school, and said she is proud of this year’s dual graduates.

“It’s been really amazing to see what they’ve been able to do,” she said. 

Each year, hundreds of Bobcat students take advantage of the unique dual-credit opportunities available to them through the Marshalltown CSD’s partnerships with higher education institutions. The cost of the college credits students earn is covered by MCSD, meaning they can get ahead of the game and be Bobcat Ready for life after high school.

Please join us in celebrating these students’ hard work and wishing them the best as they look ahead to bright futures!

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Student School Board representatives’ service recognized

2021-22 Marshalltown School Board student representatives (from left) Haley Reed, Aaron Seberger, Phoebe Hermanson, and Taylor Jones were presented with certificates of recognition at Monday’s regular meeting.

Four Marshalltown High School seniors who served as Marshalltown School Board student representatives during the 2021-22 school year were recognized for their service at the Monday, May 16 regular board meeting.

Student representatives Phoebe Hermanson, Taylor Jones, Haley Reed, and Aaron Seberger shared their final presentation on Marshalltown High School happenings with the board. They also shared their plans for higher education after graduation:

  • Seberger – SDSU for mechanical engineering
  • Hermanson – Notre Dame for marketing
  • Jones – UNI/Allen College for nursing
  • Reed – UNI for business administration & business in healthcare

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented the student representatives with certificates of recognition and thanked each for their dedication throughout the school year. Congratulations to all four of these student leaders!

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Four named Employees of the Quarter

The Employees of the Quarter for the Third Quarter of the 2021-22 school year are, from left: Alex Klyn, Katie Mummert, Samantha Baedke, and Deb Corrick.

Four exceptional Marshalltown CSD staff members have been named Employees of the Quarter for the Third Quarter of the 2021-22 school year.

Woodbury Elementary school resource specialist Samantha Baedke, Marshalltown High School Food Service staff member Deb Corrick, Lenihan Intermediate School fifth grade literacy teacher Alex Klyn, and Marshalltown Learning Academy English teacher Katie Mummert were chosen for the honor after being nominated by their peers.

Woodbury school counselor Heidi Williams said Samantha Baedke is a key part of the school’s positive learning environment for both students and staff.

“Sam forms strong relationships with all of the individuals that she works with which allows for communication, collaboration, and progress towards our goals,” Williams said. “She is passionate about student attendance at school and works with families to find ways to help their children be at school and ready to learn. Sam also does an awesome job of connecting families to the resources that they need from the school and community.”

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte (left) joined Woodbury school counselor Heidi Williams (second from left) and Principal Anel Garza (right) in celebrating school resource specialist Samantha Baedke (second from left) for her Employee of the Quarter honor.

At MHS, Deb Corrick was nominated for being a dedicated, helpful, and hardworking member of the school’s Food Service team.

“Debbie has worked for Food Service since 1998. She has shown up to work almost every day of her 24+ years of working for the Marshalltown CSD,” said Jamie Wilson, who joined fellow MHS Food Service staff members Julie Giannetto and Marla Peter in nominating Corrick. “Debbie is the first person to say ‘Can I help you with that?’ to everyone she works with. She always tries to say thank you to each and every student she serves daily.”

Deb Corrick (center) was joined by the MHS Food Service Team and school administrators as she was named an Employee of the Quarter for the Third Quarter.

Alex Klyn was nominated not only for being an outstanding fifth grade literacy teacher, but also for his leadership among fellow Lenihan teachers.

“As PLC lead, Alex offers great insight into students’ needs at every academic and behavior huddle,” said Lenihan teacher Jennifer Wiley, who was joined by teachers Kramer Grimes and Hannah Hamilton in nominating Klyn. “On a consistent basis, students are proud to claim that Alex is their favorite teacher. He makes connections with students and takes an interest in their lives.”

Employee of the Quarter honoree Alex Klyn (third from right) was joined by (from left) Lenihan Principal Kyle young, Director of Instruction Shauna Smith, Lenihan teachers Jennifer Wiley and Hannah Hamilton, and Dr. Schutte in celebrating his award.

Katie Mummert joined the Marshalltown Learning Academy at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. She has already had a positive impact in her short time at MLA.

“Katie goes above and beyond to listen to students and find out each of their needs. She then advocates for those students and collaborates with other staff members,” said MLA student resource specialist Jeraco Whitaker, who nominated Mummert.

Congrats to all four of these outstanding Bobcat staff members!

ABOVE: Marshalltown Learning Academy English teacher Katie Mummert is recognized as an Employee of the Quarter by (from left) Dr. Schutte, Smith, MLA school resource specialist Jeraco Whitaker, and MLA Principal Eric Goslinga.

BELOW: Mummert is celebrated by fellow MLA staff members for her Employee of the Quarter honor.
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Anson students donate dozens of goodie bags

Anson students decorate and write positive messages on goodie bags, which were then filled with food and household supplies to be donated.

Anson Elementary fourth graders put together and donated 40 goodie bags for those in need this week, in partnership with the Salvation Army of Marshalltown. 

Fourth graders team up to stuff goodie bags.

The donations were made possible through a $250 Iowa Association of Realtors Project Jack grant. School counselor Ashley Chyma and fourth grade teacher Jocelyn Schmidt applied for the grant, and worked with students to decide how to use the funds.

After brainstorming, the students voted to purchase several food and household items to give to those in need through the Salvation Army. The items, which were stuffed into the student-decorated goodie bags, included bottled water, bandages, wipes, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, granola bars, candy, and other food items.

In addition to the donated items, the bags include positive messages written by students. Also donated was a large box of toilet paper for the Salvation Army to use as needed.

Schmidt said her students enjoyed working together to do something positive and kind.

”It filled our students’ hearts with joy and taught them that being kind doesn’t take much effort at all,” Schmidt said. “Thank you to the Iowa Association of Realtors for granting us the funds to do this project!”

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Rogers Elementary celebrates Family Learning Night with Coach Sloth

Coach Ryan Sloth engages with Rogers students

Iowa author, athlete and actor “Coach” Ryan Sloth helped Rogers Elementary bring back Family Learning Night in April.

During his presentation to about 170 Rogers family members, Sloth shared his experiences growing up and his football playing and coaching career at Iowa State University, the Iowa Barnstormers, and beyond. He also shared about the multiple children’s books he has authored, and each Rogers family in attendance received a free book.

During the school day prior to the Family Learning Night presentation, Sloth visited with Rogers K-2 students to share about his life and writing books.

In addition to his football and writing careers, Sloth has appeared as an actor in several big-budget films, including “The Amazing Spider-man” and “We are Marshall,” among many others. Thank you to Coach Sloth for visiting with Rogers students and families!

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Marshall County student philanthropists and volunteers package 20,000 meals to feed the hungry of Marshall County

Students and community members team up to package taco-mac meals in the MHS cafeteria on Wednesday.

More than 100 volunteers gathered in the Marshalltown High School cafeteria to package 20,000 meals for the hungry in Marshall County on Wednesday. The event was coordinated by student philanthropy groups from Marshalltown, East Marshall, and West Marshall high schools and was sponsored by the Community Foundation of Marshall County (CFMC) and the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation.

After conducting research, the student philanthropy groups – including Marshalltown’s Students Teaching and Empowering Philanthropy (STEP) – determined that they would work to address food insecurity in Marshall County.

The students selected Meals From the Heartland to host Wednesday’s mobile meal packaging event, due to the fact that their taco-mac food package was extremely well received by recipients. The young philanthropists then secured donations of $5,000 from the Martha Ellen-Tye Foundation, Mechdyne, Great Western Bank, and the Rotary Club of Marshalltown.

The students then recruited over 100 volunteers to participate in the meal packaging event. Finally, they developed a distribution plan for the meals, all of which will remain in Marshall County. Some of the organizations that will be receiving the taco-mac packages include: SEAL Little Free Pantries, East Marshall Backpack Program, Emergency Food Box, House of Compassion, Iowa State Extension Service, Salvation Army and Marshall County Veterans Affairs.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the efforts put forth by the students to make this event a success. The community embraced this project and partnered with the students at every phase,” said CMFC Executive Director Julie Hitchins. “Thank you to the financial sponsors for their support, the Marshalltown Community School District for providing a venue and all the volunteers that assisted with the meal packaging! We are truly better together!”

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National Honor Society welcomes new Bobcat inductees

The 2022 Marshalltown High School NHS inductees were celebrated on Monday evening. See the full list of inductees below.

Several Marshalltown High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) Monday evening at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.

Each of the 25 Marshalltown High School inductees was selected for their commitment to the NHS pillars of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. The NHS was founded in order to recognize and encourage students’ academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.

Jackson delivers the NHS Induction program’s keynote address.

The program’s keynote address was given by MHS Class of 1981 alum, National Wrestling Hall-of-Famer, and lifelong educator Larry Jackson.

Following an introduction by fellow Class of 1981 alum Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Jackson spoke about the positive impact his teachers and coaches had on him during his time as a Bobcat student. He also encouraged the NHS inductees to continue serving the wonderful Marshalltown community.

“You are truly second to none,” Jackson said to the inductees, adding that the students’ positive attitudes and focus on service “can be the energy that pushes you to great accomplishments.”

Marshalltown High School NHS President and senior student Phoebe Hermanson also spoke at Monday’s program, as did MHS Principal Jacque Wyant. Hermanson and fellow NHS officers Veronica Herrera, Alivia Eaton, and Taylor Jones administered the Induction Pledge. MHS Extended Learning Program teacher Susan Fritzell presented certificates to each inductee.

Congratulations to all of the 2022 NHS inductees! More photos from the program and a full list of this year’s new NHS members can be seen below:

  • Emma Zepeda Andrade
  • Claire Bohan
  • Daisy Covarrubias Andrade
  • Abigail Dawson
  • Rebekah Downs
  • Thalia Gallegos
  • Alexia Garcia
  • Deanna Hernandez
  • Leticia Herrera
  • Rachel Jacobs
  • Meredith Kodis
  • Andres Lomeli
  • Vania Madrigal Ibarra
  • Alexa McKeever
  • Ian Meyer
  • Denise Montealegre
  • Kaden Ricken
  • Ethen Santana
  • Hae Shee
  • Khloe Shipley
  • Seth Smith
  • Kaisa Stanley
  • Jason Strand
  • Edgar Tellez Ibarra
  • Jacob Thiessen
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MHS Spring Play performance entertains, shares educational message

Students (from left) Paige Haughey, Jesse Demeyer, and Jeremiah Hernandez perform a scene from Friday evening’s showing of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.”

The MHS Drama Department’s Spring Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” was presented this weekend in recognition of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.

The performances were followed by professional panels focusing on mental health, held in partnership with the Marshalltown Police and Community Services Team (MPACT), including the MPD and Youth & Shelter Services (YSS) of Marshall County.

For more photos from the Spring Play, click here!

Friday’s post-show professional panel, from left: MHS special education teacher Mady Sodders, MPACT Community Advocate Autumn Drewelow, YSS licensed marriage and family therapist Ryan Keller, and Marshalltown Community College Psychology Professor Robert Moore, Ph.D.
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MHS students explore area career opportunities

MHS students learn about careers in the energy field at Wednesday’s career fair.

Marshalltown High School students explored exciting, close-to-home career opportunities during a career fair at the Roundhouse on Wednesday.

Dozens of local and regional employers were on hand to describe the careers they offer, the education and experience sought for those careers, and the steps students could take to build a successful future working in the Marshalltown area.

Several key career fields were represented at the fair, including health care, insurance, conservation, energy, business/commerce, financial services, food service, grocery, public education, news and communications, law enforcement, emergency services, non-profit services, and local government.

Thank you to all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals who talked to Bobcat students about the great careers available right here at home! See more photos from Wednesday’s career fair below.

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Bobcat students enjoy educational STAR music session with Duo Baldo

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MIKE CARNAHAN – Duo Baldo performs for a student audience at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.

Approximately 300 band, orchestra, and vocal music students from Marshalltown High School and South Tama County High School had the opportunity to attend an educational session with the Musical Comedy Duo – Duo Baldo this week.

The event was sponsored by Live On Stage Marshalltown and featured renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Genileschi, who carry on the classical comedic performances that were once given by Victor Borge, Anna Russell, PDQ Bach, and Gerard Hoffnung. These performers were known for their canny combination of great musical skill and terrific comedic timing.

The members of Duo Baldo met in Italy while they were both studying classical music. Since then, the duo has performed for sold-out audiences all over the world. This week’s show at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center was part of Duo Baldo’s second US Tour since 2018.

Live On Stage Marshalltown is in its 82nd season of bringing World Class Live Entertainment to the Marshalltown area. Each season, Live On Stage sponsors two STAR Education opportunities for area students to experience and interact with professional artists from around the world.

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