School Board president receives awards from Iowa Association of School Boards


Marshalltown School Board President Bea Niblock, right, received awards from the Iowa Association of School Boards during the recent IASB Convention. Pictured delivering the awards is IASB Board President Amy Jurrens.

Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education President Bea Niblock was recognized with a Basics of Boardsmanship Award and a Better Boardsmanship Award at the recent Iowa Association of School Boards Convention in Des Moines. IASB has developed an awards program to recognize board members who put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities through participation in IASB learning experiences, a desire to take on leadership roles and engagement in service opportunities.

“IASB gives new, and continuing, directors the opportunity to become better prepared and stronger leaders on their boards and across the state in advocating for public school education,” Niblock said. “It has been a pleasure to participate in these learning experiences in an effort to move our schools and district forward.  I am honored by this recognition and hope that other board directors will be able to receive this recognition for the efforts that they are putting forth, as well.”

The Better Boardsmanship Awards program highlights commitment to professional growth. Through this program, individual board members, board teams, and superintendents can receive credits for a wide range of activities including attending IASB learning events in person and through the Digital Campus available on IASB’s website as well as fulfilling leadership services such as sitting on board-appointed committees and advocating at the Iowa legislature for Iowa education.

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Drills arrives at MHS Roundhouse


The 18-foot sculpture Drills arrived at its permanent home near the entrance of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse on November 28.

The 18-foot metal sculpture Drills arrived at the entrance to the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse on November 28.

In a matter of hours crews were able to install the sculpture depicting three basketball players from artist Gail Folwell of Colorado, who was on site for the installation.

Leading the project was the Marshalltown Public Art Committee, which received funding through an Iowa Great Places grant administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

“I’m very thrilled with it,” said Mary Giese of M-PAC, which is a division of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance.

A dedication ceremony for the piece is being planned for sometime in 2017.

To view a video of the installation, click here.

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Miller holds competition assembly after successful canned food drive


Team 7C won the Miller Middle School Hunger Games, a competition held November 22 to celebrate a successful canned food drive at the school. Pictured from left, Miller students TJ Whitehead and Marianna Ordaz, Miller teacher Morgan Hurst of 7C, and staff members as Hunger Games characters Rebecca Callahan as Effie Trinkett and Bob Gilbertson as Caesar Flickerman.


As a reward for having a highly-successful canned food drive, Miller Middle School hosted a Hunger Games themed competition and assembly on November 22.

The school collected 3,762 food items during the recent drive, which will be donated to those in need.

The assembly included four rounds of events with the winning team of Miller 7C (seventh grade) being crowned.

Also at the assembly, students who sold items for a recent fundraiser were randomly selected and awarded with gifts that were donated to the school, such as a 43-inch television.






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Public meetings planned for Roundhouse Phase 2 design input – Update with site plan option link

UPDATE: The 5 site plan options for Phase 2 are now available on the MCSD website at


FEH Design has been selected as the architect of Phase 2 of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse project. Phase 2 will include a wrestling room and auxiliary gym addition at MHS.

As part of the design phase, FEH will host a public presentation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30 in the team room at the Roundhouse. Attendees will hear about the five proposed site configurations of the Roundhouse Phase 2 plans and be able to rank their preferred plan layout options. There will be a design workshop with FEH from 1 to 6 p.m. on November 30, which is also open to the public in the team room.

Another presentation for the public will be at noon on Thursday, December 1 in the team room of the Roundhouse, with an opportunity for the public to rank their preferred design option. A public design workshop will also be held on December 1 from 8 a.m. to noon in the team room.

Visitors can use the south door of the Roundhouse to access the entrance to the team room.

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MHS students prepare pumpkin pies for community meal


Marshalltown High School students, from left, Fatima Perez, Griffin Gorsuch and Monica Neuan prepare pumpkin pies for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving community meal during a foods class on November 22. The community meal will be at the Salvation Army from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 24.

Students in the foods classes taught by Alexa Hotopp and Erin Weatherly at Marshalltown High School were busy preparing nearly 100 pumpkin pies on November 22. The pies will be part of the free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 24 at the Salvation Army (107 W. State St.).

Hotopp stressed to the students that making the pies is a way to give back to the community.

“This is what a community does – they help each other out,” Hotopp said.

The classes also tore up bread on November 21 that will be used in the stuffing at the meal on November 24.


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Community input sought for planning for Marshalltown Schools

The Marshalltown Community School District invites all members of the community to help provide input as we prepare to craft the new district strategic plan, including the mission and vision for the future.

A community input meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Marshalltown Public Library (105 W. Boone St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 1.

Interpreters will be available for Spanish speaking visitors as well as for languages from Burma.  Childcare will also be available and light refreshments will be served.

The strategic plan will help provide direction for the future of the Marshalltown Community School District. Drake University Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Dr. Doug Stillwell and Heartland AEA Consultant Jim Verlengia will be facilitating this meeting.


Buscando contribución de la comunidad para las escuelas de Marshalltown

El Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Marshalltown invita a todos los miembros de la comunidad para ayudar a proporcionar contribución mientras preparamos el nuevo plan estratégico incluyendo una misión y visión para el futuro.

Una junta para la contribución de la comunidad será en el cuarto de junta de la Librería Publica de Marshalltown (105 W Boone St.) Jueves 1 de Diciembre de 6 a 8 p.m.

Interpretes serán disponibles para visitantes que hablan español y también para los lenguajes de Burma. Cuidado de niños será disponible y bebidas serán servidas.

El plan estratégico ayudara a proporcionar la dirección del futuro del Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Marshalltown. Dr. Doug Stillwell, Profesor Asistente de Liderazgo Educacional de la Universidad de Drake y Jim Verlengia Consultande de Heartland AEA estarán facilitando esta reunión.

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Construction to close Bobcat Boulevard November 28-29


Bobcat Boulevard

Due to construction next to the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse as part of the “Drills” sculpture installation, Bobcat Boulevard (S. 3rd Ave through MHS parking lot) will be closed on Monday, November 28 and part of the day on Tuesday, November 29.

Students will be able to access the auditorium parking lot from the north off 3rd Avenue, and the east parking lots via the frontage road next to the football/baseball complex.  Students will not be able to access Bobcat Boulevard from the parking lots.

Faculty and staff will need to enter the south parking lot via the southwest entrance to the staff lot.

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