Scholarship awards night honors graduating seniors


Pictured are Marshalltown High School graduating seniors in the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program. More than 70 MHS students were honored during the Scholarship Awards night held at the MHS/Community Auditorium on May 21.

Marshalltown High School held the annual scholarship awards night honoring graduating seniors on May 21 at the MHS/Community Auditorium. A total of 71 students were awarded scholarships at the event, which was hosted by MHS Principal Jacque Wyant.

The MHS Class of 2018 has earned more than $2 million in scholarships for their post-secondary future including $667,204 in the next year alone.

For more photos from the event, view our district Facebook page.



Marshalltown Education Partnership graduates

Silver Cord

Silver cord volunteer awards, from left, Alexandrea Olinger, Jaci Hardman, Maria Mendoza Piceno and Olivia Ryan.

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MHS students plant pollinator garden featuring prairie plants


Marshalltown High School students planted a pollinator garden outside of the school on May 17, 2018. The garden features native prairie plants and will be haven for native pollinators such as bees and butterflies. 

Marshalltown High School biology students took an hour to help out the environment on May 17. The students partnered with People for Pollinators, the MHS Envirothon team and the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge of Prairie City, Iowa to plant a pollinator garden near the greenhouse at the school.

The students planted more than 60 prairie plant seedlings with a goal to provide a haven for native pollinators such as bees and butterflies, said MHS teacher Mike Lazere.

“The garden of native prairie plants will be a haven for native pollinators, including migrating Monarch butterflies, and will be used as a teaching tool for the MHS biology classes,” Lazere said.

On hand at the planting and bringing the seedlings was naturalist Patrick Bryant of the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge.

Also helping with the project were Shaphan Smith and his fellow team members at the Marshalltown Menards, who donated mulch, brick edging and tools for the project.

To view a video on the planting project, click here.

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Computer science instruction growing in Marshalltown Schools


Rogers Elementary School second grade students Rayan Boufares, left, and Gabriel Gallardo work on computer programming as part of elementary computer science courses which are new this school year in the Marshalltown Community School District.

Computer science instruction through the Project Lead the Way Launch program grew for younger students in the Marshalltown Community School District this past school year with even more expansion plans into the future.

“This year, our teacher librarians piloted computer science instruction using PLTW Launch materials for all second and fourth graders,” said David Stanfield, instructional design specialist with the district. “Next year, instruction will expand to include all students in kindergarten through fourth grade. We also have plans to begin a program at Lenihan Intermediate School.  It is impressive that all of our elementary students will soon be exposed to the world of computer science in meaningful ways.”

During a recent computer science session at Rogers Elementary School, second graders were programming an animated figure to move and do certain tasks using the program ScratchJr.

“They really like it,” said Rogers teacher librarian Erin Faas.

Faas said students were able to work together on their problem solving and perseverance skills while working with the program.

“They are not afraid to continue trying if something doesn’t  work the first time,” Faas said.


Rogers Elementary School second graders Aubrie Davis, left, and Garrett Thede work on computer programming.


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District honors retirees during tea event


Retiring MHS counselor John Fitzgerald hugs fellow counselor Meri Edel who honored him at the recognition tea event on May 16.

The Marshalltown Education Association and Marshalltown Community School District hosted the retirement recognition tea on May 16 at Dejardin Hall on the Marshalltown Community College campus.

The event was hosted by MEA President Kate Troskey and featured opening remarks from Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte and School Board President Bea Niblock.

Several of the retirees from the district were honored at the event including:


Mark Chardoulias


Beverly Fisher


John Fitzgerald honored by fellow MHS counselor Meri Edel


Sammi Jo Luse



Pat Moore

Retirees not in attendance but who were recognized at the event included Sharon Baughman, Linda Brintnall, Jody Brintnall, Dee Coulter, Penny Duer Cheryl Dunham, Kathi Hale, Susan Pollpeter, Kim Proescholdt, Karen Roessler, Merlyn Ruport and Cindy Wirkler.

Scholarship winners


This year’s $500 MEA Scholarship winners are MHS seniors Gretchen Benscoter, left, and Sam Irwin. Both plan to attend University of Northern Iowa.

Friend of Education award


Assistance League of Marshalltown members, from left, Kirsten Schmit, Kathy McCune, Shannon Naughton and Kristen Polley accepted the Friend of Education award.

The Assistance League of Marshalltown was presented this year’s MEA Friend of Education award from the MEA. The league has spearheaded the project to place concrete “M’s” around Marshalltown to build Bobcat pride. All schools have the M’s and a total of 32 locations around town have them placed.










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MHS athletics golf outing fundraiser set for June 12


The Marshalltown High School athletics fundraiser golf outing will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at the American Legion Golf Course.

It is a four person best shot tournament with both morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session tees off at 8 a.m. with the afternoon session teeing off at 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $75 per person per session or $100 per person to play both sessions. Cost includes golf, lunch and gifts. Lunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Door prizes will be presented at the lunch.

For more information, contact the MHS athletics office at 641-754-1142.

Pre-registration is requested, though walk-ups the day of the event are welcome. For a registration form and sponsorship information, click here.


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Miller, MHS students present at technology fair


These three Miller Middle School students were awarded the purple ribbon at the Central Iowa Tech Fair at Iowa State University on May 8 for creating and presenting a video game. Pictured, from left, are Locke Bloomquist, Josh Reynolds and Kaiden McWilliams.

Students from Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School presented exhibits at the Central Iowa Tech Fair at Iowa State University on May 8. It is sponsored by the Iowa Technology & Education Connection (ITEC).

Miller Middle School
The Miller  team of Locke Bloomquist, Josh Reynolds and Kaiden McWilliams earned a purple judges’ choice award for their video game “Maelstrom.”  They programmed the game and created all of the art and music for the game. They will present at the ITEC teachers conference in October.

Other Miller students who participated and received blue ribbons at the event included:

Alivia Eaton, Austin Christen, Gavin Jablonski, Kaden Ricken, Derek Ketcham, Nile Christensen, Willow Schmidt, Lilly Duff, Marcus Barker, Derek Peng and Jacob Swartz.

For MHS, Marek Jablonski won the purple ribbon for his project in the category of innovative technology use. His project was titled “Shortcut Keyboard” and consisted of how he programmed a keyboard of shortcuts to use when he creates a holiday light display.

Marek was selected to display at the ITEC teachers conference in October.

MHS senior Lucas Thiessen won a blue ribbon in the music and sound design category for his video “Prom?”


Marshalltown High School student Marek Jablonski was awarded a purple ribbon for this presentation “Shortcut Keyboard.”



Students from Miller and MHS at the Central Iowa Tech Fair at Iowa State University.

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Miller students display projects from personalized learning class


Miller Middle School students Chesni Uhde, left, and Ella Grife made their own clothing line known as Alaia Wardrobe as part of a personalized learning class at the school.

Miller Middle School students displayed the culmination of weeks worth of work in their personalized learning class on May 3. Students welcomed their fellow students and Miller staff during the school day to talk about their projects.

Teacher Matt Nevins said the students were able to use a portion of their class time on a project of their own desire.

Projects displayed included a clothing line, short stories, a cutting board, a vending machine made out of cardboard, websites and more.


Adrian Cervantes displays a vending machine he made from cardboard.


From left, Brady Grife, Joel Hueso and Luke Hageman display a cutting board they made.


Diana Ambriz and Jasmin Cabrera display children’s books they wrote.


Carter Hunt improved his guitar playing skills.

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