Student-led trunk or treat event to return to MHS on October 31


Marshalltown High School student senate members are again organizing a trunk or treat at the school’s south parking lot from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on October 31. Pictured are many of the senate organizers including, front row, from left, Acacia Brown, Olivia Ryan, Sarah Jacobs and Mackenzie Moyer. Back row, Aubrey Hala, Claire Stalzer, Jose Orozco and Ryan Bohan.

Marshalltown High School student senate members are once again planning a trunk or treat event in the staff parking lot at MHS for Halloween.

The event will feature dozens of student clubs and teams handing out candy to youth from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, which is the regular trick or treat time in Marshalltown. All are invited to the event.

The idea started last year as a goal of student senate to get more involved in the community. Last year’s event was very successful with hundreds of families visiting. MHS senior and event organizer Olivia Ryan said the event is a nice way for high school students to make connections with young people and families. “You get to meet all of the younger kids,” she said “It’s a cool connection.”

Senate member Mackenzie Moyer said it was a great experience for all involved.
“Kids had such a fun time last year,” Moyer said.

The staff parking lot is located south of the MHS Roundhouse.


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Rogers students learn about earning money, spending as part of project


Rogers Elementary School students are pictured with teacher Anna Wolvers. The students are participating in a project where they learn to earn and spend fake money. Students, from left, include, Shar Dah Htoo, Theilan Sizemore, Dominic Edwards, Troy Corwin and Wyatt Hood.

The money may be fake, but the life lessons are real for a group of Rogers Elementary School students, taught by their literacy and math teacher Anna Wolvers.

The students earn the money for being responsible, respectful, cooperative and reaching their learning goal areas.

Then at the end of the week, they pay “rent” for class tables and supplies. Once a month they are able to buy real snacks, rent costumes to wear, or rent toys to play with while working. They also “donate” to a charity. This month, the students will be able to buy pumpkins to decorate.

“We are teaching them to spend, save and give,” Wolvers said. “This is teaching them life and employability skills.”


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MHS breaks ground on Roundhouse Phase 2 project



Pictured at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase 2 groundbreaking ceremony are from left, Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Fundraising chair Gary Schaudt, School Board member Mike Miller, Fundraising chair Heather VanBuren, Marshalltown Schools Director of Buildings and Grounds Chuck Springer, MHS Activities Director Rollie Ackerman, Kevin Eipperle of FEH Design (Architects), School Board Vice President Janelle Carter, School Board member Ross Harris and Karn Gregoire of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation.

Marshalltown High School hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Phase 2 project of the Roundhouse on October 12.

Work has begun on the project, which will include an auxiliary gym and a wrestling room with completion expected in late 2018

Speaking at the groundbreaking event  Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, MHS Activities Director Rollie Ackerman, Fundraising Chair Gary Schaudt, School Board Vice President Janelle Carter and Architect Kevin Eipperle of FEH Design.

Appreciation to all who have donated to the project and helped with fundraising efforts was a main theme from the speakers. Nearly $3 million in private donations led to the $6.8 million project.

Ball Team of Urbandale serves as general contractor for the project.







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MHS students inducted into National French Honor Society


These students pictured were inducted into the National French Honor Society at Marshalltown High School on October 10. Pictured are, front row, from left, Jocelin Guzman, Fatima Perez Negrete, Madeline Jelken and MHS French instructor Naomi Musal. Back row, Benjamin Harris, Valerie Castillo, Olivia Stone, Dylan Roseburrough and Hunter Hodges. Not pictured are Kaitlyn Martin and Marco Rios.

Ten Marshalltown High School students were inducted in the National French Honor Society known as “Societe Honoraire de Francais” (SHF) during a ceremony held in the team room of the MHS Roundhouse on October 10.

SHF recognizes outstanding scholarship in the study of French language and promotes leadership and activities around French language and literature.

The French program at MHS is led by instructor Naomi Musal, who has been instrumental in getting the French Club active again, including sponsoring this charter French Honor Society.

“French continues to be a global language and can provide students more opportunities after graduation,” Musal said. “Opening SHF is one way to promote language study over students’ high school careers,”  

MHS students inducted into the French Honor Society included: Valerie Castillo, Jocelin Guzman, Benjamin Harris, Hunter Hodges, Madeline Jelken, Kaitlyn Martin, Fatima Perez Negrete, Marco Rios, Dylan Roseburrough and Olivia Stone.




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Miller student, teacher honored at Belin-Blank Center


Miller Middle School student Derek Peng is pictured with his Extended Learning Program teacher Ann Jackson. Both were honored by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center on October 8.

Miller Middle School student Derek Peng was among the nearly 500 students from Iowa and throughout the nation who were invited to be honored at The University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony on October 8 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Derek was nominated for exceptional performance in the Belin-Blank Center student talent search.

Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Peng selected Ann Jackson, Miller Middle School Extended Learning Program teacher, for this honor.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests were University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld, Dean Dan Clay from the College of Education and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

To keep up with Marshalltown Schools Extended Learning Program news, “like” the new Facebook Page of the MCSD XLP.

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NHD 10-6-17

A National History Day kickoff event was held October 6 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.  Marshalltown XLP students from Lenihan, Miller and Marshalltown High School participated in an all day event that consisted of a panel of professionals involving the history of Six-on-Six Basketball.

Students then participated in breakout sessions to learn about the different project categories, explored the museum, and conducted research in the library.


Mark Smith

Miller Lego League team presents to Representative Mark Smith

Miller’s 8th grade Lego League team, the Robocats, has been working hard at understanding this year’s Lego League theme, Hydrodynamics.  All Lego League teams are tasked with identifying a problem related to human’s use of water and then creating a solution for the identified problem.

The Robocats have decided to improve water quality by trying to write legislation that would create a water bottle tax in Iowa.  The funds created by this tax would be distributed equally to each of Iowa’s Soil & Water Conservation Districts to help fund water quality initiatives that are endorsed by the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico.

State Representative Mark Smith visited Miller on October 9 to listen to the Robocats’ solution.  He offered tremendous insight into the legislative process and offered valuable constructive criticism for the Robocats to consider as they continue their project work.  The team also enjoyed showing him their robot and explaining how the table game is played.

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Miller students collecting hygiene products as part of class effort


Miller Middle School students are creating a hygiene cabinet, which will offer supplies for students at no cost. Pictured collecting supplies to stock the cabinet are students, from left, Joel Vargas, Leslie Rangel and Diyana Rabih.

A Miller Middle School personalized learning class project is part learning about business and part learning about helping others.

The class has started accepting donations for a hygiene cabinet to help provide these supplies for free for students if they need them. The class is taught by science teacher Dan Cibula.


Dan Cibula

The closet is still accepting donations and is expected to be able to open for students to select items later in the fall. Students wrote business letters to local businesses seeking donations and a few have already sent back donations.

“We are trying to get across to the students how to set up a business structure, but the main point is the importance of lending a helping hand,” Cibula said.

A donation box will be set up at the Miller Middle School office if anyone from the public would like to donate to the hygiene closet. For more information email Mr. Cibula at


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Bobcat Marching Band receives Division 1 rating at state


The Marshalltown High School Bobcat Marching Band received its 17th consecutive Division 1 rating at the State Marching Festival held on October 7 at Fort Dodge.
“Their growth this season is amazing and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication,” said MHS instrumental music director Brett Umthun.
Their last halftime performance of the season will be during the October 20 home football game. The band will also perform at the Band Extravaganza at 7 p.m. on October 16 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.

MHS Vocal Pops concert is Oct. 12
The MHS Vocal Pops concert is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.
The concert will feature a 40th Anniversary tribute of songs to Elvis Presley, but will also feature 11 student solo/duet acts in the first part of the concert with popular songs from 2004 – 2017.
Admission is $5 Adults / and $3 for students K-8.  Activity passes will be honored.

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