Drum majors lead Bobcat Marching Band into new season

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Marshalltown High School seniors Frank Iole, left, and Angel Ramirez are drum majors of the Bobcat Marching Band. The band will makes its debut for the season on September 2.

Frank Iole and Angel Ramirez know the storied history of the Bobcat Marching Band and now they are part of it as drum majors heading into the 2016 season.

The Marshalltown High School seniors assist Mr. Bret Lee and Mr. Brett Umthun with the band as they gear up for the season debut during halftime of the home football game vs. Mason City on September 2.

Ramirez said when he was a freshman in the band it was fun to see the show come together through the dedication of staff and students.

“As we are older now, we wanted to take a lead in that,” Ramirez said.

Drum majors direct the band, critique the performances and serve as student leaders of the band. Iole said being a drum major “builds leadership skills” while Ramirez said the role “helps build character.”

Both also stay busy with several other school activities at MHS. Iole is a three-time All-State Chorus member and Ramirez is a student leader in the Mentors in Violence Prevention program.

This year’s marching show theme is the Underworld and Iole feels it has a great opening.

“I feel like movement one will grasp the audience,” Iole said.

Lee said the drum majors are selected via an audition process and called both drum majors “great kids.”

Aside from home football games and contests, the band also will perform locally during the Homecoming parade on September 15 and the Oktemberfest parade on September 24.

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Open house offers chance to meet new school administrators

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New Marshalltown Community School District Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, right, talks with Lenihan Intermediate School teachers Diane Simpson, left, and Julie Finch during a new administrator open house on August 16 in the team room of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse.

The Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education hosted a new administrator open house on August 16.

The event drew a packed crowd at times into the team room of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse.

It featured a chance for parents, staff, students and the community to meet new administrators in the district including Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis, Director of Buildings and Grounds Brett Purvis, Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz, Marshalltown High School Activities/Athletics Director Rollie Ackerman, Miller Middle School Principal Pat Rial, Miller Middle School Associate Principal David Glenn and Marshalltown High School Associate Principal Justin Boliver.

The board and district administrators would like to thank the community for taking time to attend the event.

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Community members meet with new administrators in the district during the new administrator open house held on August 16 in the team room of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse.

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Sports updates from Marshalltown High School and Miller Middle School

MHS Fall Sports Kickoff

NOTE HERE IS AN UPDATED SCHEDULE DUE TO PENDING WEATHER

Due to weather forecast of incoming thunderstorms on Friday, the MHS Falls Sports Kick-off schedule has been adjusted.

4:15 MHS Band will perform on field
4:30 FB warmups – all teams
5:00 FB scrimmages – 9th on north practice field/ 10th and varsity will split main field
5:00 VB scrimmages (Roundhouse)
6:00 Watermelon Feed at stadium entrance

Booster Club membership sign-up, Marshalltown Bobcat Apparel forms, and Cross Country 5K Homecoming Alumni Run sign-up, will start at 4:30 at the stadium

Admission is free, however, free will donations of sports drinks will be accepted.

 

 

Miller sports sign up dates

On Thursday, August 18 during the Miller Middle School open house (7th grade from 5 to 6:45 p.m. and 8th grade from 6:45 to 8 p.m.) there will be a sign up for the following fall sports: 7th and 8th girls volleyball, 7th and 8th girl/boy cross country and 7th and 8th football.

All athletes are reminded that they must have a physical before they can begin practicing. Completed physical forms can be submitted the night of the open house.  If not, please schedule a physical as soon as possible with your family physician.

Practices will begin for 7th and 8th grade football on Monday, August 22.  Start time will be at 3:30 p.m.  Players are asked to report to the Miller gym in shorts, T-shirts and tennis shoes. Practice should be completed by 5 p.m. There will be a 7th grade only football parent/player meeting on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. following 7th grade orientation for more information that evening.

Miller cross country and volleyball practices will begin on Thursday, August 25.  7th girls volleyball will be meeting in the gym at 6:30 a.m. for practice and 8th volleyball (in the gym) and 7/8th cross country (in front of auditorium doors) will meet for practice at 3:45 p.m.

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School board vacancy on November 8 ballot

The Marshalltown Community School District will have a school board vacancy on the November 8 ballot.

The vacancy is a result of an appointment made by the board in January after the resignation of one of its members. State law at the time dictated that if the seat is appointed by the board it would have to be on the ballot during the next election that includes the school district voters.

The seat is currently held by Mike Miller, who was appointed by the board after the resignation of one of its members. The individual elected on November 8 will serve until an individual is selected for a four-year term during the September 2017 school election.

To become a candidate
Those looking to be on the ballot for the November 8, 2016 election are required to complete an affidavit of candidacy and acquire 50 signatures from eligible voters in the school district.

The forms can be picked up at school district offices from Board Secretary Brian Bartz at 1002. S. 3rd. Ave., the auditor’s office in the Marshall County Courthouse or via the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. An affidavit of candidacy can be located at sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/candidates/affidavit.pdf and a nomination petition can be located at sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/candidates/nompetnonpartisan.pdf.

These completed forms would need to be returned to Brian Bartz, MCSD Board Secretary, 1002 S. 3rd. Ave., Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158 by 5 p.m. on August 31, 2016.

For more information, call the school district offices at 641-754-1000.

 

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MHS students, graduates honored with AP Scholar recognition

Several Marshalltown High School recent graduates and current students were honored recently with special recognition for scores they received on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken this past May.

AP Scholar with Distinction
Recent MHS graduates Collin Krukow and Ryan McDaniel and senior Nicholas Summers were awarded AP Scholar with Distinction, after receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams taken.

AP Scholar with Honor
Recent graduate Elliot Weidenaar was named an AP Scholar with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

AP Scholar
Recent graduates Ellyn Boland and Ian Buchwald, along with seniors Aspen Chadderdon, Ashley MacBeth and Juliana Osgood, were named AP Scholars after receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

MHS AP offerings
MHS offers the following AP courses: AP US History, AP European History, AP US Government and Politics, AP Psychology and AP English Language and Composition.
Additionally, some students have taken the following AP courses through online or independent study enrollment sponsored through our Extended Learning Program led by Susan Fritzell: AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Spanish, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Computer Science and AP Environmental Science.

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Back to school events planned in Marshalltown Schools

Several events are being planned for families in advance of the start of the 2016-17 school year in the Marshalltown Community School District. The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 23 with a one-hour early dismissal that day. Marshalltown High School will not have early morning classes the first day.

A series of Back to School nights will be held throughout the district leading up to the first day of school for students and their families.

Miller Middle School
Miller Middle School will host an open house from 5 to 6:45 p.m. for seventh grade and from 6:45 to 8 p.m. for eighth grade, both on Thursday, August 18.

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Marshalltown High School will host a ninth grade/new student orientation and open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18.

All Elementary Schools
All elementary schools in MCSD will have a Back to School Night from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 22.

Lenihan
Lenihan Intermediate School will host a 5th grade parent orientation from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and a school-wide open house (meet the teachers) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., both on Monday, August 22.

Students are encouraged to bring their school supplies for the year during these Back to School nights. The first day of preschool will be August 30 in the district.

For a listing of school supplies needed and other information on the 2016-17 school year, visit the MCSD website at www.marshalltown.k12.ia.us.

 

 

Spanish

Se planean eventos de Regreso a Escuela en las Escuelas de Marshalltown

Varios eventos se están planeando para las familias en avance al comienzo del año escolar 2016-17 en el Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad Marshalltown. El primer día de escuela será el Martes, 23 de Agosto con salida una hora más temprano ese día. Marshalltown High School no tendrá clases tempranas por la mañana (early morning) el primer día.

Se llevará a cabo en el distrito una serie de noches de Regreso a Escuela para los estudiantes y sus familias antes del primer día de escuela.

Miller Middle School

Miller Middle School celebrará una recepción para recibir el nuevo año escolar de 5 a 6:45 p.m. para el séptimo grado y de 6:45 a 8 p.m. para el octavo grado, ambos el 18 de Agosto.

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Marshalltown High School celebrará la orientación para el noveno grado/nuevos estudiantes y una recepción para recibir el nuevo año escolar de 4 p.m. a 6 p.m. el 18 de Agosto.

Todas las Escuelas Primarias

Todas las escuelas primarias en MCSD tendrán la Noche de Regreso a Escuela de 5 a 6 p.m. el 22 de Agosto.

Lenihan

Lenihan Intermediate School celebrará una orientación para los padres de los estudiantes del 5º grado de 4 a 4:30 p.m., y para toda la escuela habrá una recepción para recibir el nuevo año escolar (conocer a los maestros) de 4:30 a 5:30 p.m., ambos el 22 de Agosto.

A los estudiantes se les anima a traer sus útiles escolares para el año durante estas noches de Regreso a Escuela.

En el distrito, el primer día de preescolar será el 30 de Agosto.

Para obtener una lista de los útiles escolares necesarios y otra información acerca del año escolar 2016-17, visita el sitio web de MCSD al www.marshalltown.k12.ia.us

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Open house planned to meet new MCSD administrators on August 16

With several new administrators starting their duties recently in the Marshalltown Community School District, the Board of Education is planning an open house for Tuesday, August 16 as a chance for the community and school staff to get to know them.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the team room at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse (enter from south side).

The event serves as an informal meet-and-greet with new administrators including new Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Human Resources Anthony Spurgetis, Director of Buildings and Grounds Brett Purvis, Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz, Marshalltown High School Activities/Athletics Director Rollie Ackerman, Miller Middle School Principal Pat Rial, Miller Middle School Associate Principal David Glenn and Marshalltown High School Associate Principal Justin Boliver.

Light refreshments will be served.

Everyone is Welcome!

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