Miller fall play based on Shakespeare classic “Macbeth”


Jesse DeMeyer, left, plays Macbeth and Maggie Stansberry plays Lady Macbeth in this rehearsal of the Miller Middle School fall play “Macbeth: A Cautionary Tale.” The play will be performed  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in the Miller auditorium.

Miller Middle School will present its fall play on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Miller auditorium.

The play is titled “Macbeth: A Cautionary Tale” and admission is free. It is a more youth-friendly adaptation of the classic Shakespeare work with narration to give it an updated feel.

Cast members
Cast members include Jesse DeMeyer as Macbeth, Maggie Stansberry as Lady Macbeth, Savanna Calkins, Liv Beebe and Hailey Hovey as witches, Trinity Snow Snyder as Queen, John Whitmore as Banquo and Sam Wilder as Macduff. Storytellers include Wilder, Whitmore, Snow Snyder and Dakota Bills. The stage crew consists of Rylena Hornberg and Mallela Orozco.

The play is directed by Miller teacher Katie Sawer.

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Musicians reach All-State status, prepare for performance


Marshalltown High School 2016 All-State Music qualifiers are pictured. Front row, from left, are Olivia Stone, Gesa Voigt, Luke Wymore and Malory Henze. Back row, Frank Iole, Bell Russell, Nick Cooper, Hadley Wagner and Lucas Thiessen. Not pictured is Kassie Wilkins.

Several Marshalltown High School students have been selected as part of the All-State Music ensembles and will plan to perform with the other top high school musicians in Iowa at the All-State Festival on November 19 at Iowa State University.

The students qualified after successful performances at the auditions held October 22 at Hampton-Dumont High School.

Qualifying in the All-State Chorus from MHS are Nick Cooper, Lucas Thiessen, Hadley Wagner and Kassie Wilkins. First alternates include Frank Iole and Bell Russell.

Cooper said it was “very exhilarating” to qualify and said he will continue to learn throughout the process.

“I’ve already learned a lot from the audition experience,” Cooper said.

Qualifying in the All-State Band is Olivia Stone on the bass clarinet, with first alternates being Luke Wymore (baritone saxophone) and Malory Henze (French horn). Stone said she can’t wait to perform with other top high school musicians in the state.

“It’s going to be a really good experience,” Stone said.

Gesa Voigt qualified for the All-State Orchestra on the violin.

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Hoglan honors respectful students during assembly


Hoglan Elementary School students spell out the word respect during a special assembly at the school on October 24.

Hoglan Elementary School went all out to teach students the importance of respecting one another.

During an assembly October 24, staff honored students who went above and beyond to respect their fellow classmates, with dozens of students being honored.

Teachers Amy Pollard and Steph Goos also gave their high-energy lip sync rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

The event was attended by several Marshalltown High School students who read quick notes about respect to the elementary students.

The assembly was capped off with the recognition of those with great attendance (2 days missed or less) and perfect attendance (no days missed) for the first quarter.

Community members were there to honor students for their attendance achievement including Carol Hibbs and Kim Jass-Ramirez from the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, Karina Hernandez and Lindsey Upah from Mid-Iowa Community Action and Chief Mike Tupper from the Marshalltown Police Department.

Tupper told the students it’s important for them to attend school because they are the people who will run Marshalltown in the future.
“One of you is going to be my boss someday,” Tupper said.



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MHS students read at Hoglan preschool


Marshalltown High School student Martin Herrera reads a book to Hoglan Elementary School preschool student Richard Ritter on October 24.

Students from Marshalltown High School made a visit to the preschool at Hoglan Elementary School on October 24 to read to the students.

This was a way for the MHS students, who were from the English learner classes, to practice their English while also providing reading for the younger students.

“It has potential to be a great ongoing service project and great English practice for both groups,” said Pam McDonnell, Language Specialist at Marshalltown High School.

Hoglan preschool teacher Kelly Konicek said her students enjoyed the visit from the high school students.

“It’s great to have the role models in the classroom and it was an exciting collaboration time with the older students,” Konicek said.

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Science teacher at MLA selected for statewide Competency-Based Education group


Kevin Kenealy teaches science at the Marshalltown Learning Academy. He is part of a science educator group working on competencies and standards-based rubrics for the statewide Competency-Based Education collaborative group.

Marshalltown Learning Academy science teacher Kevin Kenealy has been selected to take part in a science educator group working on competencies and standards-based rubrics for the statewide Competency-Based Education collaborative group.

This group is working on standards as part of CBE, which is designed to move students along at the pace they learn. Kenealy is part of a 12-member group, which met recently and has more meetings planned in the future.

“I think competency based is the way to move forward,” Kenealy said.

MLA has been able to work on CBE with its flexible schedules as it serves at-risk high school students.

“The big thing for us is if a student doesn’t understand the topic we don’t move on from the topic until they do,” Kenealy said. “They move as fast as they can.”

Kenealy said after the group completes the standards they will look to pilot the program at schools in the state. Kenealy has taught at MLA for 8 years and for 9 years total in the Marshalltown Community School District.


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Project approved: Miller students present to Board of Supervisors


Three Miller Middle School eighth graders made a presentation on geocaching to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors on October 18. Pictured from left are Emily Manis, Carlye Castillo and Stephanie Zavalza.

Three Miller Middle School Extending Learning Program students made a presentation to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors on October 18.

The group, accompanied by teacher Ann Jackson, requested to put a geocache near the Courthouse as part of a community project.

Geocaches can be located by GPS coordinates using a smartphone app and are a way to discover different locations in the area. They are small containers with log books that people can sign after locating them.

The eighth grade students who presented to the board included Emily Manis, Carlye Castillo and Stephanie Zavalza. Manis said geocaches can help boost tourism, help people learn about the area and promote exercise.

The supervisors approved the request as long as there was no digging in the courthouse grounds. The students said they have spotted a place in a tree to locate the geocache.

“Sounds fun,” said Supervisor Dave Thompson.

Jackson was proud of the students and said they did a great job as they honed their public speaking skills.

“It’s also good for them to learn how public meetings are run,” Jackson said.

The students plan to put geocaches at other locations in town as the project moves forward.


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Longtime Bobcat supporters honored with Friend of the School awards


Al Hoop and Linda Leaton were honored with the Friend of the School award during the football game on October 14. Both are longtime Bobcat supporters. The award is sponsored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Longtime supporters of Marshalltown High School athletics Al Hoop and Linda Leaton were presented Iowa High School Athletic Association Friend of the School awards during the home football game against Southeast Polk on October 14.

The awards, which are a nod to their support of Bobcat athletics through the years, came as a surprise to both of them when they were presented by MHS Associate Principal Deb Holsapple.

Hoop, a current Marshalltown City Council member, is a retired Emerson/Fisher employee. He is currently a volunteer baseball coach for the Bobcats. In the past he has coached football and basketball as well at MHS and also worked in the athletic department as equipment manager for five years.

“I was not expecting that,” Hoop said of the award. “Anytime you get something from the school you feel proud.”

Leaton served as secretary in the MHS athletic department for 42 years before retiring in 2011. She has continued to be heavily involved as a volunteer at several Bobcat athletic events since her retirement.

“MHS was like my second home,” Leaton said. “I’m glad to do anything I can to help.”

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