Vacancy announcement on MCSD Board of Education

The Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education has a current vacancy due to the recent resignation of one of its members.

Petition for a special election
In accordance with Iowa law, electors have the right to file a petition calling for the vacancy to be filled by a special election. This petition must be filed 14 days after the published notice and contain signatures of at least 493 eligible voters in the school district. This represents 30 percent of the 1,643 electors who participated in the most recent school election. If a special election is held, the individual selected would serve the remaining three years of the unexpired term.

For information on the petition process, contact Board Secretary Brian Bartz at 641-754-1000. Petitions must be submitted to the Board Secretary Brian Bartz by 4 p.m. on September 28.

Letters of interest for appointment
If the special election is not requested via the required petition and signatures, the board has 30 days from the board member’s resignation (September 8) to appoint a new board member. This individual would serve for one year until the next regular school board election in the fall of 2017.

Individuals wishing to be considered to be appointed to be a board member can submit a letter of interest by 4 p.m., September 21 to Brian Bartz, Board Secretary, Marshalltown Community School District, 1002 S. Third Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158. For more information contact Bartz at 641-754-1000 or email At this time, the board is expected to interview potential candidates at the September 26 board meeting.

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2016 MHS Homecoming Court

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Photo by Stalzer Photography

Pictured are the 2016 Marshalltown High School Homecoming king and queen candidates. Front row, from left, Jordan Teixeira, Drake Zeuthen, Tyler Smith, Brennin Davis, Trevor Lewis, Austin Case and Sam Brintnall. Back row, Kelbryn VanGundy, Kobe Sandoval, Morgan Van Staalduine, Malory Henze, Leah Edel, Aspen Chadderdon and Vanessa Ceren.

The king and queen will be crowned at the coronation on Thursday, September 15 at the MHS/Community Auditorium. The pep rally and coronation will begin at approximately 7 p.m., following the 6 p.m. Homecoming parade. The parade will be held downtown on Main Street.

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Franklin holds annual Lunch on the Lawn



Families have lunch during the annual Lunch on the Lawn at Franklin Elementary School on September 9.

Franklin Elementary School continued its annual tradition of Lunch on the Lawn on September 9.

The event invites families to the Franklin Field to enjoy lunch together.

“It’s a great tradition and it always has a great turnout,” said Franklin Principal Tim Holmgren, who roamed the grounds high-fiving students and talking to their parents and grandparents.

Holmgren said it’s vital that parents and staff work together to help children learn and grow.

“Without the parents, we can’t do it,” Holmgren said.

As part of the event, parents were encouraged to visit the gym to take a book home to read with their children.


Franklin Elementary Principal Tim Holmgren talks with a family during the annual Lunch on the Lawn at the school on September 9.

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MHS gears up for Homecoming with special assembly


Students from MHS display how to dress during different dress up days in advance of Homecoming Week during a special pre-Homecoming assembly at the school on September 8.

It was time to let loose and look forward to the upcoming Homecoming week as Marshalltown High School held a special assembly on September 8.

The assembly included the announcement of the 2016 Homecoming king and queen candidates as well as fun competitions between MHS staff and students.

The king candidates include Sam Brintnall, Austin Case, Brennin Davis, Trevor Lewis, Tyler Smith, Jordan Teixeira and Drake Zeuthen.

The queen candidates are Vanessa Ceren, Aspen Chadderdon, Leah Edel, Malory Henze, Kobe Sandoval, Kelbryn VanGundy and Morgan Van Staalduine.

The marching band and color guard also performed at the assembly.

For a video of highlights from the assembly, click here.

Homecoming week is September 12-17. For more details on the schedule visit the MCSD website at

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MHS robotics team enters third year


Marshalltown High School students interested in joining this year’s robotics team look over a robot made by last year’s team. Coaches held an informational session on the robotics team on September 1 at MHS.

The Marshalltown High School robotics team known as the “Botcats” is entering its third year of existence at the school.

Co-coaches and MHS teachers Stephen Frese and Mike Lazere held an informational meeting on September 1 for prospective team members and 20 MHS students attended.

“I’m really excited for you to be part of this,” Frese told the students.

The robotics team will build a robot and program it to do certain functions in competitions against other schools November through January.

More than just robots
Lazere said the students learn so much more than building and programming a robot as part of the team. They learn business and interpersonal skills as they will talk to local groups to raise money and they will also build a website and learn how to promote the group on social media.

“There’s a lot of different ways people can participate,” Lazere said.

Frese said this type of league is the “big brother” of the Lego League that many of the students compete in when they are younger. It also gives them experience should they choose to go into the STEM field and its growing number of jobs in the nation.

“There are several facets to STEM careers that students are exposed to and work on throughout the competition season,” Frese said. “For instance, the engineering process that we go through as we design, build, program and compete with our robot contains several unique pieces.”

Building communication skills
Frese said students are able to build on their communication skills as they work together as a team.

“I have really enjoyed seeing students getting out of their comfort zone and be required to communicate what they are working on with others,” Frese said. “Sometimes this can be seen in refinement of communication skills and for others it’s like opening the communication floodgates.”

Frese is a science teacher at MHS while Lazere teaches engineering as part of Project Lead the Way at the school.

MHS hosted a robotics tournament last school year at the Roundhouse and Frese said he hopes to have another tournament at the gym this season.

The team started as part of a STEM Scale-Up grant in 2014-15 from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. That grant was awarded again for year two but not this year, so the group will be relying on donations and sponsorships from community groups and businesses as it moves forward.


Last year’s robot created by MHS students

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MHS postpones 5K run planned for Homecoming weekend

Due to other events coinciding with the race and low registration numbers, Marshalltown High School has announced the postponement of the Homecoming 5K race and fun run, originally scheduled for the morning of September 17 at the Marshalltown Community College cross country course.

Those who preregistered will have their money returned. The school is currently in the planning stages of having the race later in the fall.

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Anson dances into year two of PBIS


Anson Elementary School Physical Education teacher Don Wiser leads a dance for students and staff as part of a special PBIS kickoff assembly on September 2 at the school.

Anson Elementary School kicked off the second year of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at the school with a special assembly to end the day on September 2.

During the assembly, students recited the three main expectations as part of PBIS, which are to be respectful, responsible and active learners.

“You are doing a great job of learning the expectations,” Anson Principal Ronnie Manis told the students.

Physical Education teacher Don Wiser also led a dance for the students as part of incorporating physical activity into PBIS.

Anson was recognized for its PBIS implementation last year by the Iowa Department of Education.

PBIS involves a series of processes that promote a school-wide culture of positive behavior. This is done through educating teachers on how to teach expected behaviors to their students.

PBIS is utilized throughout the Marshalltown Community School District.

For a video of the dancing, click here.

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