No trouble for these bubbles: Franklin students chew gum as part of MDA fundraiser


Three Franklin Elementary School students blow gum bubbles as part of a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on March 24. Pictured, from left, is Sophia Moz, Amanda Garcia and Angga Pramana. Garcia has Muscular Dystrophy and the fundraiser was held to support her.

Chewing gum is typically frowned upon at Franklin Elementary School. That wasn’t the case on March 24 as the school held a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which raised $439.

Franklin third grader Amanda Garcia has Muscular Dystrophy and staff came up with the idea to let students chew gum if they donated $1 to the MDA. Staff also donated $5 to wear jeans that day.

“It’s to show support for one of our students and her family,” said Franklin Principal Tim Holmgren. “The kids are having fun with it.”

Amanda was appreciative of the kindness shown to her by her fellow Franklin students.

“It feels really nice because they are raising money for me,” she said.

Amanda wore her team uniform (Bananaramas) for the upcoming MDA Muscle Walk of Des Moines, which will be April 29.


Amanda Garcia is pictured with her third grade class at Franklin, taught by Mrs. Angie Pietig, back row, right.


Amanda Garcia gets a bubble going.

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The Anne behind the camera

Vance a big supporter of Bobcat athletics


Anne Vance takes photos at a wide range of Bobcat athletic events and is a key member of the Bobcat Booster Club.

Anne Vance started taking photos of her sons at school sporting events. That has evolved into her spending several hours a week at Marshalltown High School athletic events taking photos of a wide range of sports and athletes. Vance, a member of the Bobcat Booster Club, donates many of her photos to raise money for the club.

Her oldest son, Jon, was an all-state linebacker on the 2009 state runner-up Bobcat football team and youngest son, Nate, is a junior at MHS and was a state-qualifying golfer.

“Through my kids I’ve met a lot of parents and they have called wanting me to take photos of their kids,” Vance said.

Anne said one of the most enjoyable aspects of taking photos of the Bobcat athletes is being able to show just how hard they work at their sport.

“I catch kids showing the intensity, commitment and dedication,” she said.

More than 60 photos donated by Vance and printed by the Bobcat Booster Club are now on display along the track at the Roundhouse, spotlighting Bobcats throughout a wide range of athletic teams.

“I absolutely love it,” Vance said of the display. “I’ve had people come up to me and say that the photos give the Roundhouse personality.”

She also wants the athletes to be proud of them.

“I want the kids to be proud when they play on their athletic teams and proud to be a Bobcat,” Vance said.

MHS Activities Director Rollie Ackerman said Anne is a valuable member of the Bobcat Booster Club and her photos and support is appreciated by MHS.

“She has been a tireless and dedicated member of the Bobcat Booster Club, involved in all aspects of the group,” Ackerman said.

Anne’s day job is director of administrative services with CIRSI. A native of Michigan, Vance didn’t grow up a Bobcat but her pride in all things Marshalltown is evident.

She plans to continue to be on the sidelines at MHS athletic events even after her youngest son graduates. Her love of photography and the Bobcats can’t keep her away.

“It’s part of me,” Vance said.


Anne Vance is pictured in front of photos she has taken of Bobcat athletes, which are on display at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse.


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MHS presents spring play March 24 and 25


Cast members from the Marshalltown High School spring play “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” are pictured rehearsing a scene. From left is Abby Murty, Matthew Waldon, Phoebe Osgood, Mackenzie Moyer and Amber Lawthers. The play is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The Marshalltown High School drama department will present the spring play “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The play, written by Greg Allen, promises 30 plays in 60 minutes.

“The show will be timed and there is lots of audience participation, including choosing the order in which we perform the plays,” said Director Heather Lee. “The 30 plays cover a wide range of styles from dramatic to comedic and many others in between.”

Admission at the door is $5 for adults and high school students, $3 for 1st through 8th grade students and free for those kindergarten and younger. Activity tickets will be honored.


The Players
Carmen Araiza
Amber Lawthers
Mackenzie Moyer
Abby Murty
Phoebe Osgood
Reena Pearson
Isabella Pedersen
Matthew Waldon

Backstage crew
Calvin Morrison
Cassy Morrison
Alexis Ortiz

Heather Lee

Production assistants
Molly Holl
Rachael Lee


From left, Phoebe Osgood, Reena Pearson and Mackenzie Moyer rehearse a scene.



The cast poses for a photo. Front row, from left, Reena Pearson, Phoebe Osgood and Amber Lawthers. Back row, Cassy Morrison, Matthew Waldon, Abby Murty, Mackenzie Moyer and Carmen Araiza. Not pictured is Isabella Pedersen.

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MHS jazz band and show choir blast is March 28


MHS Show Choir

The annual Marshalltown High School jazz band and show choir blast will be held at 7 p.m. on March 28, in the MHS/Community Auditorium.  There is an admission charge of $5 for adults and $3 for students K-8, with preschool students and younger free.

The concert will include MHS Jazz II directed by Brett Umthun, MHS Jazz I directed by Bret Lee and Southside Transit (show choir) directed by Amy Ose.  Come support the arts and enjoy an evening of music.

Applebee’s Bobcat Night is March 29
Applebee’s and KIX 101.1 are presenting Bobcat Night at the Marshalltown Applebee’s from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The event will raise funds for the MHS prom. All tips and money from the special Bobcat menu will go to the Marshalltown prom.
Bobcat students and parents will be serving and greeting customers that night.

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Miller students present projects at Fisher Elementary


Miller Middle School students presented projects on cells to fourth graders at Fisher Elementary School on March 22. Pictured presenting are, from left, Blaine Daniel, Pedro Torres and Carly Johnson. 

Seventh graders in a project based learning science class taught by Jennifer Edel at Miller Middle School took their learning on the road on March 21.

The students visited fourth grade classrooms at Fisher Elementary School. The Miller students were assigned to come up with analogies for parts of cells and then present them to the younger students.

“Part of project based learning is a component to have their learning benefit others,” Edel said. “One of the ways to enhance their own learning is to explain it to others.”

Edel said it was great to see the conversations between the Miller and Fisher students.

“I was so impressed with the students,” Edel said. “Not just about what they learned about cells and how they work, but their maturity in presenting in front of each other and younger students. My students are proud of themselves and their work as they should be.”




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Free screening of documentary “Beyond Measure” on March 26 at Orpheum Theater


“Beyond Measure” will be screened at the Orpheum Theater on March 26 at 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public and a small group discussion will follow the film.

The Marshalltown Community School District will host a free screening of the documentary film “Beyond Measure” on Sunday, March 26 at the Orpheum Theater, 220 E. Main St.

“Beyond Measure” from Reel Link Films offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and begin with the 90-minute film then move into a small group discussion. The movie will be screened in English with Spanish subtitles.

“I am excited that we are able to bring the documentary film ‘Beyond Measure’ to our school community (staff, parents and community members),” said MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte.

“It describes how the way school has been done for the past 100 years is no longer appropriate to best prepare our students for their futures. Our classrooms, schools and District must continue to embrace more teaching and learning strategies that provide relevant and meaningful learning experiences while also finding better ways to more effectively differentiate and personalize the learning experiences for ALL children. The viewing and discussion of this film will help to provide a foundation for our school community’s stakeholders to begin shaping future improvements within our PK-12 system,” Schutte said.

To RSVP for the event, click here. Reservations are not necessary to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the film, click here.

For the movie trailer, click here.



El documental “Beyond Measure” se mostrara en el Orpheum Theater el 26 de marzo

El Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Marshalltown presentara por gratis el documental de “Beyond Measure” el domingo 26 de marzo en el Orpheum Theater, 220 E. Main St.

“Beyond Measure” ofrece una visión positiva de lo que es posible en la educación de América cuando las comunidades deciden que están listos para cambiar.

El evento será de 2 a 5 p.m. empezando con la película de 90-min y después pasar a grupos chicos para la discusión. Sera demostrada con subtítulos en español.

“Estoy emocionado de poder traer el documental “Beyond Measure” a nuestra comunidad escolar (personal, padres y miembros de la comunidad).” dijo el superintendente de MCSD Dr. Theron Schutte. “Describe como la manera que la escuela se ha hecho durante los últimos 100 años ya no es apropiado para preparar mejor a nuestro estudiantes en sus futuros. Nuestros salones, escuelas y distritos deben continuar de adoptar más estrategias de enseñanza y aprendizaje mientras también encontrando mejor maneras de efectivamente diferenciar y personalizar la experiencia de aprendizaje de TODOS los niños. La vista y discusión de esta película ayudara a proporcionar una fundación para nuestra comunidad escolar para empezar el mejoramiento futuro dentro de nuestro sistema de PK-12.”

Para RSVP a este evento, haga clic aquí. Reservaciones no son necesarias para asistir ya que la película está abierto al público.

Para más información sobre la película, haga clic aquí.






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Marshalltown Schools release Bobcat Pride video

No matter what their age, Marshalltown Bobcats are successful and making a difference throughout the world. Bobcat Pride is evident among those who have graduated and those who still walk the hallways of Marshalltown Schools.

As proof, the Marshalltown Community School District is pleased to release this Bobcat Pride video. It features dozens of proud Bobcats throughout the 3 minute, 35-second video

“I would like to thank the students, alumni, staff and community members who helped out with this video,” said Andrew Potter, communications director with Marshalltown Schools. “Bobcat Pride is apparent when you watch the video.”

To view the video, click here.

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