MHS competes in IT-Olympics at Iowa State University


The Marshalltown High School CyberDefense team placed second at the IT-Olympics held April 21 and 22 at Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University. Pictured are, from left, team mentor Adam Kithcart, Tavis Reisdorf, Joe Gerads, Aaron Walker and Quinten Woolery.

The Marshalltown High School Hyperstream team competed at the IT-Olympics on April 21 and 22 in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University in Ames.

In the capstone event – CyberDefense – the MHS team placed second and less than 2 points out of first place. This competition involved setting up a network of virtual computers so that one team of users could access and use the system, and the hacker team could not interfere with and shut down the system.

“Our group put in many hours outside of school to get their system up and running and worked under the guidance of our three mentors: Adam Kithcart, a networking specialist for General Dynamics in Des Moines, as well Mark Krukow and Josh Wesley of MCSD’s technology department,” said MHS Extended Learning Program teacher Susan Fritzell.


The MHS robotics team competed at the IT-Olynpics at Iowa State University. Pictured with their “funny robot,” from left, are Ronaldo Ordaz, Andy Bitker and Sam Estrada.

Robotics team
Also competing for MHS was the robotics team. Competing in the more competitive Gold Division, they made it to the semifinal round of the sumo-bot competition on Friday, losing only three of their 17 rounds. They earned a three-way tie for first on the second day for their “funny car” which had wheels made of oranges.

More than 60 high schools from across Iowa participated in the IT-Olympics. Funding for the Hyperstream team came from a Governor’s Scale-Up Grant and the group was sponsored by the MHS Extended Learning Program, facilitated by Mrs. Fritzell.

Teen Tech Help
In addition to preparing for this competition throughout the year, the Hyperstream team sponsored Teen Tech Help at the Marshalltown Public Library on Wednesday afternoons. For two hours each week team members volunteered their time to help Marshalltown citizens with phones, laptops and other technological devices.

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Math team competes at league championships


The Marshalltown High School math team placed sixth at the Iowa Great Plains Math League Championships held in Iowa City on April 22. Pictured are team members, front row, from left, Jacob Eberle, Jay Drummer and Mitch Eberle. Back row, Jordan Anderson, Zach Swartz and Trevor Ketcham.

The Marshalltown High School math team competed in the Iowa Great Plains Math League Championships on April 22 at Iowa City West High School. The team placed sixth in the large schools division and also had students place with impressive results.

MHS student Mitch Eberle placed second in the target round among all seniors and will advance to the regional competition in Kansas City on May 12. When combining target and sprint round scores, Mitch was 10th among all high school students in the state of Iowa.

Among the 9th graders, MHS students Zach Swartz and Trevor Ketcham placed 5th and 7th respectively in the target round.

The team is coached by MHS staff member Rob Griffin and is sponsored by the Extended Learning Program at MHS.

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Iowa Department of Education Director visits Marshalltown Schools


Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Ryan Wise talks with kindergarten students Daniel Thawng, left, and Lee Reh during a visit to Rogers Elementary School on April 25. Dr. Wise visited four schools in the Marshalltown Community School District as part of his visit to Marshalltown.

Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Ryan Wise visited the Marshalltown Community School District on April 25.

Wise visited district leadership as well as four schools including Rogers Elementary School, Woodbury Elementary School, Marshalltown Learning Academy and Marshalltown High School.

Dr. Wise met with dozens of students and staff and talked about a wide range of topics.

Dr. Wise learned about the data wall at Rogers and visited third grade and kindergarten classrooms.

Dr. Wise was informed of the dual language program at Woodbury Elementary and saw a classroom of the program in action.

Students and staff talked about a recent underwater robot project and also students’ ability to earn college credit while attending high school.

Dr. Wise visited the Biomedical Science class as part of Project Lead the Way at MHS.


























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MHS students speak at Stand Against Racism event


These three Marshalltown High School students spoke at the Stand Against Racism community event on April 24. Pictured, from left, are Brandon Avalos, Phoebe Osgood and Ma Tway.

Three Marshalltown High School students were among the speakers at the community Stand Against Racism event on April 24 on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn.

The event was sponsored by the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA and the Not in Our Town anti-bullying initiative.

Speakers from MHS included students Brandon Avalos, Phoebe Osgood and Ma Tway.

Brandon read “I Am Joaquin” from Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Ma read the speech “Watch Out” by Maung Maung of Burma and Phoebe read Dr. Martin Luther King’s “ I Have a Dream” speech.

MHS teacher Jocelyn Frohwein assisted the students in getting ready for their speeches. The community event was attended by several other Marshalltown students including the Al Exito group.







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Swings with Kids program arrives in Marshalltown Schools


This group gathered at Lenihan Intermediate School as part of an event to promote the new Iowa PGA Swings with Kids golf program coming to Marshalltown Schools. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Lenihan students Jesse Cruz, Elexus Ocasio, Carter Giannetto and Meah Yoemans. Second row, Karn Gregoire (Martha Ellen Tye Foundation), Clay Goecke (Lenihan student), Terri Westendorf (St. Francis P.E.), Casey Moberly (Lenihan P.E.) and Tess Goudy of Iowa PGA. Back row, Dr. Matt Herrick (St. Francis principal), Josh Hoglan (American Legion Golf Course pro), Jay Giannetto (Elmwood Country Club pro), Dr. Theron Schutte (Marshalltown Schools Superintendent) and Jerry Johnson (retired Elmwood pro).

New youth golfing curriculum is headed to physical education classes in Marshalltown Schools in the kindergarten through eighth grade level.

The Iowa PGA Swings with Kids program was spotlighted during a special event at Lenihan Intermediate School on April 20.  The project was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation and received numerous other donations.

Swings with Kids is designed to get students interested in a sport which potentially can be a lifelong activity for them.

To view a video of this event, click here.




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Franklin wins elementary Battle of the Books


The winning team from Franklin Elementary School in the elementary Battle of the Books is pictured with their teacher librarian Jodi Duffy on April 20. Students, from left, are Ari Herrera, Makia Long, Ella Spitzli, Olivia Zavala Livengood and Camille Ceren.

Five students from Franklin Elementary School took home first place in the Marshalltown Schools elementary Battle of the Books held April 20 at the Marshalltown Public Library.

Five of the six elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District participated in the competition, which tested the students’ knowledge on 12 books they read.

The teams competed in a written test and three rounds of oral competition during the event.

Woodbury and Hoglan schools tied for second in the event. All students who competed were able to take home a free book from the Marshalltown Public Library.





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MHS students participate in leadership training


Marshalltown High School students take part in a team building exercise during leadership training in the Mentors in Violence Prevention program on April 19..

The Marshalltown High School Mentors in Violence Prevention hosted a leadership summit on April 19 at Marshalltown Community College. There were 65 student mentors present which consisted of new mentors mixed with current mentors.

They spent the day attending classes to improve their leadership and classroom management skills. Six of these classes were taught by veteran MVP students.

MVP is an award-winning program started at MHS last school year.

Extensive coverage in the Times-Republican.


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