Miller students selected for SCIBA honor band


Congratulations to these Miller Middle School students who have been selected to the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) honor band that will take place November 5 in Ankeny. From left are Ethen Santana, Miles Griego, Veronica Ramirez, McKenna Coleman, Izaiah Wilder and Camille Ceren.

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New lab at Miller Middle School helps students explore careers


Miller Middle School seventh graders Matthew Scharpenter, left, and Paloma Castro work in the graphic design module in the school’s Modular Technology lab recently.

A new school year brought a new lab and class to Miller Middle School which has students learning about careers in a hands-on way. The new Modular Technology (Mod Tech) Lab is up and running at the school.

Modular Technology is a career based simulation class that allows students the opportunity to explore different avenues in many different career fields.

“We have 17 different modular stations, most of which are sponsored by local businesses,” said teacher Siera Schwartz. “Having the local Marshalltown business community involved allows for the students to see what they may be interested in and where they are able to find jobs in that particular career field.”

Every seventh grade student will have the freedom to explore at least three to four different career clusters as they spend a quarter in Modular Technology. Each module gives the students 10 days of learning and understanding what each career may entail.

“It allows them to see a small glimpse into the education that goes into each career as well,” Schwartz said. “With experience in many different careers at the middle school level, we are hoping to help the students become more interested in each career cluster as they learn and grow.”

The lab will be open to the public for a special open house from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16.

The 17 modules are:
Building and Construction
Career and Community
Computer Animation
Culinary Arts
Digital Audio Production
Digital Photography
Engineering structures
Flight Transportation
Graphic Design
Home Maintenance
Hospitality and Tourism
Nutrition and Wellness
Precision Measure
Veterinary Sciences
Web Page Design

Business sponsors for the project include:
Marshalltown Company, Mechdyne, JBS, Trending Media (KFJB/KIX101.1), Stalzer Photography, Clapsaddle-Garber Associates, Structural Engineers, P.C., Great Western Bank, Marshalltown Aviation, LRI Graphics, Alliant Energy, Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce, UnityPoint Health Foundation, Emerson and Dr. Dennis and Heidi Drager.


Student Diego Ramirez works in the building and construction module.



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Donation made to MHS industrial arts technology program


Thanks to Joe Carter of Marshalltown Company (pictured holding a book) for the donation of $500 to the industrial arts technology program at MHS. Carter donated a portion of the proceeds of the children’s book he wrote to MHS.

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Sensory path hallway created at Franklin Elementary School


Franklin Elementary School students Leo Perez, left, and Aaron Lopez walk down the new sensory path hallway at Franklin Elementary School. Watching is path creator Gina Eberline.

Franklin Elementary School has created a sensory path in a hallway at the school.

It is the idea of paraeducator Gina Eberline, who saw it on social media and noticed these are a growing trend in schools. It is part of a program to help all students at the school self-regulate their emotions and behaviors.

Eberline developed the plan and created the path, which has students follow several different stations.

See a video of this new hallway path below.

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MHS 2019 Homecoming Week Video

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New royalty crowned at 2019 MHS Homecoming


Meet the 2019 Marshalltown High School Homecoming King and Queen, Rene Hernandez Andrade and Katherine Avalos Sanchez.

Rene Hernandez Andrade and Katherine Avalos Sanchez were named the 2019 Marshalltown High School Homecoming king and queen during the coronation held on September 19 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

Also on Thursday was the Homecoming parade and the pep rally.

See more photos from Thursday’s events on the MCSD Facebook page.

Don’t miss the big Homecoming football game as the Bobcats host Ames at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at Leonard Cole Field. The Homecoming dance will wrap up festivities from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 21 in the MHS cafeteria.







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Statewide grant leads to new Computer Science classes at Lenihan


Lenihan Intermediate School fifth graders Thomas Lian, left, and Alex Sanders work on coding during a new Computer Science class at the school recently.

A statewide grant has led to a new Computer Science class underway for all fifth and sixth graders at Lenihan Intermediate School in Marshalltown.

The classes are taught by Amanda Miller who said they are using curriculum through, which includes educational, fun and creative programs that students can learn.

“Coding projects will be part of science and math by the end of this year, and students will demonstrate them at our coding showcase at the end of the year,” Miller said.

Lenihan fifth grader Thomas Lian said he likes the class because he has a strong interest in technology.

“You can do anything,” he said.

Miller said this curriculum also works with the diverse student population at Lenihan.

“ has translations of the site for newcomer students and multicultural videos that show people of different backgrounds in Computer Science jobs, which I think is really important for our diverse student population,” Miller said.

Lenihan was one of 12 schools in the state to receive the Computer Science is Elementary grant. Read more about the grant at this link.


Berlynn Janssen, left,  and Kate Sandvick



Teacher Amanda Miller


Stacey Cervantes

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