MHS part of pilot program to increase security


Marshalltown High School Principal Jacque Wyant talks about the WISE School program on July 25. Also pictured is Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan.

Marshalltown High School is part of a pilot program designed to increase the level of security via a dedicated Wi-Fi network.

The program known as WISE (Wi-Fi Internet for School Emergencies) School was announced on July 25 in the State Capital by Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan and Marshalltown High School Principal Jacque Wyant.

Two other schools are part of the pilot project from Martensdale and Norwalk.

This Wi-Fi network will be a dedicated, private and safe system for public safety agencies and emergency responders to use when they are responding to incidents at schools.  First responders will be able to access critical IT assets and be able to upload and download information from the school while in their vehicles or patrol cars.

The WISE School system will allow first responders to connect to an access point and be able to view surveillance cameras at school districts that have IP-based surveillance systems before they arrive at the scene.  The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is working with three Wi-Fi vendors: Aruba, Cisco and Fortinet for this project.

The existing ICN backbone structure already in place at all school districts across the state will allow for the WISE system to connect to the broadband fiber.  There is no cost to the school to assist with this pilot.  This system is secure and will only be made available to those authorized to access it.

“The safety of our children and educators in the state is a top priority and the WISE School pilot project is just one more way our state is working together with local and county officials to strengthen and ensure that our schools are safe,” said Commissioner Ryan.

If the field testing of these pilot projects is successful throughout the next year, the Iowa DPS hopes to expand the project to other schools across the state.


Pictured are from left, Deputy Tim Hungerford and Chief Jailer Joel Phillips from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, MHS Principal Jacque Wyant and MHS Associate Principal Deb Holsapple at the WISE School news conference on July 25.

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STEM camps wrapping up for summer


Students begin building structures out of newspaper at the STEM camp held at Woodbury Elementary School on July 21.

The Marshall County Iowa State University Extension STEM camps are wrapping up for the summer as Woodbury Elementary School held its camp the week of July 18-22.

All Marshalltown Community School District elementary schools held a weeklong camp this summer to focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The camps are a partnership between ISU Extension, the Marshalltown Community School District, Marshalltown Regional Partnership, Marshalltown Business Education Alliance, Mid-Iowa Community Action and St. Francis School.

A special guest attended the camp on July 21 at Woodbury – new MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. That day students were building structures out of newspaper and testing the strength of the structures and planting pumpkin and lettuce seeds in soil in cups.

“The amount of excitement we’ve seen with the kids has been great to see,” said Caleb Carver, Marshall County youth coordinator with ISU Extension. “They’ve had fun.”

Carver said they plan to have STEM camps return to the schools next summer.
“We’ve already started developing the curriculum for next summer,” Carver said.

ISU Extension STEM Festival July 22
Marshall County ISU Extension is hosting a STEM Festival on Friday, July 22 at the Emerson Innovation Center, 301 S. 1st Avenue in Marshalltown. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m., and is free and open to youth of all ages.


Woodbury Principal Anel Garza, right, talks to MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte at the STEM camp at Woodbury on Jul y 21.

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Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps to rehearse at MHS on July 17

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The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard will hold a rehearsal throughout the day on Sunday, July 17 at Marshalltown High School. The group is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard will make a rehearsal stop at Marshalltown High School on Sunday, July 17.

Times of the rehearsal will be from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m with breaks during that time. The rehearsal is free and open to the public to view and will be located at Leonard Cole Field at MHS.

The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard is an incorporated, nonprofit organization, operated for the betterment of youth and based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The group performs at parades, festivals, and other events throughout the Midwest and the nation.

MHS Associate Band Director Brett Umthun is excited to host the group, which includes 100 students and 20 staff members.

“I think it will be neat to have them here,” Umthun said. “They’ve been established for a long time.”

The group will perform a show at Waukee High School the night of July 17 at 7 p.m. as part of the Celebration of Brass.

To view more information on the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard visit the organization’s website at

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Marshalltown Community Olympics cancelled by organizers

The Community Olympics scheduled for July 22-24 in Marshalltown have been cancelled. The athletic events were organized by Marshalltown High School Student Senate members. They indicated low registration numbers as the reason for the cancellation.

The students would like to thank all of the community members who offered to volunteer and organizations which offered to sponsor the games.


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Summer STEM camps deemed a success


Students in the STEM camp work on a project while visitors look on at Anson Elementary School on July 12.

With a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, summer STEM camps will draw more than 500 students to elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District this summer.

The weeklong camps are open to any youth kindergarten through fourth grade and have been led by Iowa State University Extension staff, who have partnered with the Marshalltown Community School District, Marshalltown Regional Partnership, Marshalltown Business Education Alliance, Mid-Iowa Community Action and St. Francis School. The camps are being held at all six elementary schools in the district at different times this summer.

After a STEM camp was held for youth at Marshalltown High School last summer, the idea came about to expand it to all elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District this summer, led by ISU Extension.

Amy Pieper, county administrator at ISU Extension, said this summer’s program has been a big success.

“Students are just having a ball,” Pieper said. “It’s fun to see the education going on.”

The camp held a special open house attended by several community members on July 12 at Anson Elementary School, where ISU Extension staff gave updates on the progress. In one of the classrooms, students were building projects to cushion a potato chip from being cracked during tests. The curriculum for the camps is provided by the College of Engineering at ISU.

“We’re really excited to see the large number of kids participating,” said Caleb Carver, county youth coordinator with ISU Extension.

Carver said Emerson/Fisher also provided staff so students can learn from real-life engineers. Pieper said the goal now is to continue to offer additional STEM programming during the regular school year.

“We see this as more than just a summer STEM program, but continuing the program through the school year,” Pieper said.

The camp was held at Rogers and Fisher schools June 13-17, Franklin June 20-24, Anson and Hoglan schools July 11-15 and will be held at Woodbury July 18-22.

David Barajas, CEO of the Marshalltown Regional Partnership, is a huge proponent of expanding STEM programming.

“It really enhances educational opportunities for all of our kids,” Barajas said.




Caleb Carver


Amy Pieper, right

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Glenn named associate principal at Miller Middle School

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Dave Glenn

Dave Glenn has been named the new associate principal at Miller Middle School.

Glenn has 20 years of experience in education, most recently as the assistant principal at Ankeny Centennial High School.

“I am honored and excited to join the administrative team at Miller Middle School,” Glenn said. “I hope to bring experience, passion and a relentless commitment to student success. I look forward to working with administrators, teachers, students and families in Marshalltown.”

Glenn has 16 sixteen years of teaching experience at the middle school level in Ankeny, Colo-NESCO, and Springfield, MO. He also served as an instructional coach at Northview Middle School in Ankeny.

He holds a master’s degree from Iowa State University in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Science Education.

Dave and his wife have four children and one grandchild. He enjoys spending time with woodworking projects as well as various home and garden activities.

Glenn’s appointment is up for approval by the school board during the regular meeting on July 18. Glenn replaces Pat Rial, who was promoted to head principal at Miller Middle School.

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Munch and More encourages summer reading


Anson Elementary School student Landon Brown reads a book as volunteer Steve Bolar looks on during the Munch and More program on June 29 at Anson. The summer reading program is held at three elementary schools through July 22 in the Marshalltown Community School District. 

The summer reading program Munch and More is in full swing at three elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District.

This summer’s program started June 6 and is running through July 22. It is a volunteer-driven summer reading program, which gives the volunteers the opportunity to read with children during the summer at Anson, Franklin and Rogers elementary schools. It goes along with the summer meals programs offered to youth.

“The goal of Munch and More is to boost children’s summer reading time to help eliminate summer learning loss,” said Karina Hernandez, of Mid-Iowa Community Action, who leads the program.

The program runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and is at Anson on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Franklin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and Rogers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The program is part of the Spread the Words – Read by Third initiative. The Marshalltown Public Library also provides books for the program.

Volunteers are always welcome. To sign up to volunteer call Hernandez at MICA at 641-752-7162 or email her at

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