Marshalltown School Board members awarded from Iowa Association of School Boards for pursuing learning opportunities

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Marshalltown Community School District Board members are pictured with awards they received for pursuing learning opportunities through the Iowa Association of School Boards. Pictured are members, from left, Sean Heitmann, President Bea Niblock, Ross Harris, Vice President Janelle Carter, Ben Fletcher and MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. Not pictured is Individual Achievement Award winner Mike Miller and new board member Karina Hernandez.

Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education members were honored with several Better Boardsmanship Awards from the Iowa Association of School Boards at its annual convention on November 16 in Des Moines.

Five Marshalltown school board members received an Individual Achievement Award for earning a minimum of 125 credits through participation in IASB learning opportunities and showing a desire to take on leadership roles and engagement in service and advocacy. Individual award winners from the school board included Board President Bea Niblock, Vice President Janelle Carter and members Sean Heitmann, Mike Miller and Ben Fletcher.

The board as a whole received the Team Achievement Award, which is presented when a majority of its board members receive Individual Achievement Awards for the year and the board has a policy that supports board development.

Additionally, MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte received an Award of Honor from IASB for earning a minimum of 125 credits as an individual and having at least two board members earn the Individual Achievement Award.

 

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Hoglan hosts Family Reading Night

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Families choose a book to take home as part of Family Reading Night at Hoglan Elementary School on November 16.

Hoglan Elementary School hosted Family Reading Night on November 16. Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin visited Hoglan on November 15 and entertained students and staff with song and dance connected to literature. Students were excited and motivated from this visit and the fun continued at Family Reading Night the next night.

At the event, families enjoyed creating button art, watercolor painting, rocking in their white shoes like Pete the Cat, playing games, creating cat ear headbands, singing and dancing, listening to guest readers share stories by Eric Litwin and much more.

Pizza was served to all those who attended and all children chose a book to take home.

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Holiday lights to return, programmed by MHS student

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Marshalltown High School freshman Marek Jablonski works on programming his holiday light display. The light and music display will debut on November 24 at his family’s home at 1737 Country Club Lane in Marshalltown. This is the second year he has created a display.

For the second straight year, Marshalltown High School freshman Marek Jablonski is programming a holiday light display for his family’s yard at 1737 Country Club Lane near Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown. He has spent many hours of programming so the lights and music match as part of his Extended Learning Program class at MHS.

This year’s display promises to be bigger and better with approximately 4,000 lights, 350 feet of extension cord, poles and tomato cages. In total, the display involved 25 minutes of music and eight songs.

The display is expected to start on Friday, November 24 and run most nights from 5 to 10 p.m. through New Year’s Day. There will also be a donation box in the yard, if visitors should choose to give, with all donations going to the House of Compassion.

Marek will be doing a demonstration on his holiday light display at the district-wide Family Coding Night, which is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6 at Miller Middle School.

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Swim coach receives 20 year service award from state

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Marshalltown High School girls swim coach Angie Nelson received a 20 year service award from the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association at the state swim meet in Marshalltown on November 4. (Photo by Anne Vance)

Marshalltown High School girls swim coach Angie Nelson was honored by the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association with a service award for reaching 20 years in coaching at the recent state swim meet in Marshalltown.

Nelson started coaching as an assistant at Boone High School in 1997 and coached at multiple stops before taking over the head coaching job at MHS after legendary coach Linda Bloom passed away in 2011. Nelson is appreciative of what Bloom taught her when she served under her as an assistant for two years.

“I am so lucky I had the opportunity to work with her and many others along my way,” Nelson said.

Nelson said swimming has been a big part of her life, both as an athlete and as an adult through the years.

“I have been so very fortunate to work with some amazing coaches, people and athletes in my time. I’m so thankful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve been given,” Nelson said. “I’m very appreciative of the families and girls we’ve had in our Bobcat program.  Swimming isn’t easy, but those things that are worth it, seldom are.”  

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Children’s author and musician stops at four elementary schools

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Children’s author and musician Eric Litwin sings a song with help from Anson Elementary School first grader Jordyn Larson during a visit to the school on November 14. Litwin visited four Marshalltown elementary schools during his stop.

Best selling author and musician Eric Litwin paid a visit to four elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District November 14 and 15.  Litwin has written several children’s books and he is the original author of the Pete the Cat series.

As part of his stop he provided music, humor and an interactive experience for students and staff at Franklin, Anson, Fisher and Hoglan schools.

“Students were excited from the beginning,” said Anson Principal Ronnie Manis. “His performance is very interactive, so he had students up and moving and having a great time. The kids were singing right along with everything and so were the adults.”

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At Fisher Elementary with student Lucas Hagen.

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“Cinderella” musical carried on tradition at MHS

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The cast of the Marshalltown High School musical “Cinderella” sings during the final scene of the show on November 10.  Two performances were held and well received by the audience.

The tradition of top-notch musicals produced by Marshalltown High School continued with performances of “Cinderella” on November 10 and 11 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The musical featured singing, dancing, a pit orchestra, acting and more and was well received by the audience for both nights.

MHS senior Hadley Wagner dazzled in the role of Cinderella. Other lead roles in the musical included Lucas Thiessen as Prince Charming, Olivia Stone as Stepmother, Yatnia Hernandez as Portia, Bella Russell as Joy, Carissa King as Fairy Godmother, Luke Pedersen as King, Kassie Wilkins as Queen and Eli Thiessen as the Herald/Town Crier.

The show was co-directed by Heather Lee and Amy Ose. Brett Umthun led the pit orchestra and Grant Gale was the technical director.

“The show could not have gone better,” Lee said. “All our students and volunteers did a great job. The audiences seemed to enjoy the show each night with high compliments. We could not be more proud. Thank you to all who came and showed their support.”

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District honors those who served for Veterans Day

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Marshalltown Schools Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson thanks Woodbury Elementary School custodian David Murphy for his service to our country as part of a Veterans Day recognition. Veterans like Murphy who are school district employees were delivered cards in advance of Veterans Day.

The Marshalltown Community School District thanked its veterans by delivering Veterans Day cards to staff members who have served our country.

Central Office administrators visited buildings to hand deliver the cards and thank each of the veterans for their service.

At the November 6 school board meeting, a list of veterans in the district was presented and a proclamation was read to honor veterans.

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Lenihan Intermediate School teacher and veteran Matt Tullis, left,  with MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.

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Lisa Stevenson thanks veteran and MHS paraeducator Brandon Campbell.

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Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger thanks MHS teacher and veteran Peter Nieland.

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Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger thanks MHS paraeducator and veteran YaiSha Erwin.

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Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger thanks MHS teacher and veteran Marsha Johnson.

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Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger thanks MHS teacher and veteran Tim Johnson.

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Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger, right,  thanks MHS teacher and veteran David Melde.

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Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger thanks MHS teacher and veteran Theresa Theis.

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Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis, right, thanks veteran Michael Britt from the Technology Department.

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Dr. Lisa Stevenson thanks veteran and Rogers Elementary School paraeducator Bill Roberts.

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Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte with veteran and Miller Middle School paraeducator Kristine Fisher.

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Veterans honored at the November 6 school board meeting included, from left, school board member Ross Harris, Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer and Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz.

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Miller Middle School teacher and veteran Brett Comegys presented to students on November 10.

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District Communications Director Andrew Potter thanks Lenihan custodian and veteran Roger Johnson prior to Roger’s presentation to Lenihan students.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Murray “Bing” McHone of the transportation department.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Ken Hoffman of the transportation department.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Gary Lurvey of the transportation department.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Marvin Detrich of the transportation department.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Jerry Flathers of the transportation department.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Ted Piscitelli of the transportation department.

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Brian Bartz, right, thanks veteran Bob Gray of the transportation department.

 

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