From tees to toys: Miller students donate to Animal Rescue League


Miller Middle School teacher Jen Beals, left, and student Hunter Block, present Animal Rescue League Director Shelly Deal with dog chew toys. Students at Miller made the toys out of old T-shirts.

Old T-shirts have a new life, and rescue dogs will be the beneficiary.

Students at Miller Middle School made dog chew toys by cutting up old T-shirts and then braiding the pieces. They donated 30 of the toys to the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown on May 26.

Animal Rescue League Director Shelly Deal said the dogs will definitely put the toys to good use as often they are bored in their kennels.

For a video on this project, click here.

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Lenihan students display creativity as part of short story project


Lenihan Intermediate School sixth grade student Kenzie Madkin displays her short story and cover art as part of a publishing party held at the school on May 25.

Lenihan Intermediate School sixth grade students were able to display their creativity in both their writing and illustrating as part of a recent project in the Mathias Clement Cove neighborhood of the school.

After reading science fiction work, students were assigned to write a short story in the science fiction genre and illustrate what would be the proposed cover of the book.

Student Kenzie Madkin was interested in cloning so her story dealt with a girl who wanted to clone herself so she could live forever.

“I like that you get to use your own creativity to tell a story,” Madkin said.

To celebrate the completion of the books, the classes hosted a publishing party on May 25, where students read each other’s work and enjoyed popcorn.

Students who took part in this project were in the classes taught by Angie Lovell, Leah Mattox and Jen O’Neal at Lenihan.

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Rogers students help plant gardens at ISU Extension Office


Rogers Elementary School students are pictured at a recently-planted garden at the Iowa State University Marshall County Extension Office on May 24. The students visited the office after school to help with the planting of vegetables.

Rogers Elementary School students helped plant a wide variety of vegetables as part of an after school field trip to the Iowa State University Marshall County Extension Office on May 24.

Zucchini, onions, tomatoes and several other vegetables were planted near the office as part of the partnership with ISU Extension.

This summer, students in the Rogers University summer program will tend to the crops and harvest them. This is an extension of the gardens already on the grounds of Rogers Elementary School.

Chelsea Martens, garden coordinator with ISU Extension, said the students were very excited to be part of the planting process.



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Franklin fourth grade class receives thank you cards from Mercy One staff


Fourth graders in Shelly Kluver’s class at Franklin Elementary School display thank you cards they received from Mercy One emergency medical helicopter service staff. Previously, the students wrote the Mercy One staff thank you cards as part of a caring project. Pictured are front row, from left, Layla Gavagan, Chloe Quick, Angela Mercer, Cade Klein, Guadalupe Gonzalez and Chayten Bracy. Second row, Ellie Hughes, Cristoval Sanchez, Emma Bradbury, Brooklyn Gudith, Camille Ceren, Olivia Zavala Livengood, Ari Herrera, Miles Griego and Linette Lopez. Back row, Tamara Mejia, Davis Ragland, Isaac Young, Xanyra Tapia Gonzalez, Gaby Martinez Torres, Ella Spitzli and Makia Long.

Franklin Elementary School students were excited on May 24 after thank you cards they wrote as part of a caring project resulted in thank you cards back to them.

Earlier in May, fourth graders in Shelly Kluver’s class wrote thank you cards to Mercy One emergency medical helicopter service staff after life flight was needed for family members of Franklin staff.

It didn’t take long for Mercy One staff to send personalized, hand written cards to each of the students in the class, who were elated to receive them.

For a video about this project, click here.

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Bored with board games? Not these Lenihan students


Amara DeLarme, left, and Natalie Davis play checkers at Lenihan Intermediate School. The school started a board game group that meets after school on Tuesdays, which helps build positive relationships among students.

Yes, youth still play board games.

For evidence, look no further than a board game group, which has met after school on Tuesdays at Lenihan Intermediate School since November. Started by Lenihan staff members Joan Furjanic, Bianca Hernandez and Elizabeth Luttrell, the group has met for 30 minutes weekly to help build positive relationships among students.

“Our students love coming each week,” Furjanic said. “Students like to have the opportunity to socialize with others who are in other grades and other neighborhoods within Lenihan.”

Furjanic said games such as checkers, UNO and Bounce-Off Blow-Out have been the most popular.

“Next year we are hoping to expand the group to include more students,” Furjanic said.



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Graduating seniors recognized as part of scholarship awards night at MHS


Marshalltown High School senior Immaculate Edwin receives a $2,000 Grand Lodge of Iowa Scholarship from Brandon Ruopp during the MHS scholarship awards night on May 22 at the MHS/Community Auditorium. Edwin will attend Iowa State University in the fall with a major of Biochemistry (Pre-medicine).

Marshalltown High School hosted the annual scholarship awards event on May 22 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.  Graduating seniors were recognized for the scholarships they have earned at the post-secondary level. The students recognized at the event are earning more than $1 million in college scholarships the next four years and $391,345 in their first year alone.

The event featured several community members and MHS staff handing out the scholarship recognitions.

Graduation May 28
The Class of 2017 will graduate at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 in the MHS Roundhouse. Doors open at 1 p.m.


















































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MHS seniors recognized as part of Marshalltown Education Partnership event


These Marshalltown High School seniors were recognized as part of the Marshalltown Education Partnership Scholars Night on May 18. Pictured in front row, from left, Jennifer Diaz, Jennifer Chavarria, Raul Chavez, Lay Htoo, Eh Tha Dah Paw, Sydney Mann and Samantha Lammert. Back row, Fatima Hernandez, Xochitl Ibarra, Kailey Miller, Nellie Strait Ramirez, Lavonne Tran, Jennifer Aguilera, Margarita Ventura, Ruth Doser and Denise Martinez.

 A group of Marshalltown High School seniors took part in the Marshalltown Education Partnership (MEP) Scholars Recognition Dinner on May 18 at Iowa Valley Continuing Education.

Following dinner, a panel of former and current Marshalltown Community College students—including a former MEP participant—talked about their experiences in transitioning to college and what it takes to be successful in post-secondary education.  At the conclusion of the event, the 2017 MEP Scholars were recognized with a small gift and congratulations from MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal.

Each year, the Scholars Recognition Dinner provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this select group of MHS seniors in MEP.  In addition, it gives members of the MEP Steering Committee the chance to meet and interact with the students.

The MEP scholarship covers half of tuition and fees for those attending Marshalltown Community College, and both the scholarship and the services offered through MEP are possible through the generous commitments of the Steering Committee members and the various businesses and organizations that support MEP’s efforts.

The goal of the Marshalltown Education Partnership is to make post-secondary education a possibility for all graduates of Marshalltown High School.

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