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9/18 MS Announcements

Maquoketa Middle School
Daily Announcement
September 18th
“B” Day

STUDENTS:

Homecoming Dress Up Days

Monday, September 18th kicks off Homecoming 2017!

Monday – Dress up as a Tacky Tourist!

Wednesday – Neon Tie Dye Day

Friday – Spirit Day
Get your CARDINAL SPIRIT ON!!!
Wear all RED and White

Student Council will be collecting items for their annual Pet Food Drive September 11th through 21st. For each item you donate you will earn ONE entry into the Homecoming giveaway for prizes, including a football signed by the VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM, t-shirts, a yard sign and other items!

Football Skills Challenge hosted by the Maquoketa Kiwanis on Thurs. Sept. 21st from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Goodenow Field. Open to all boys and girls age 6-15 and will be FREE. Registration form available at area schools, The YMCA and Maquoketa State Bank. Contact Bob Gavin at 563-549-9415.

Dance Your Heart Out! The Maquoketa High School Dance team is holding their 2017 Fall Dance Clinic on September 27th from 1:00-4:00 (note this is an Early out day). Cost is $25.00. If interested information sheets are in the office.

TODAY’S LUNCH MENU:

A. Home-Style Chicken Stew over Fresh Baked Biscuit
B. Cheeseburger
C. Taco Salad

Mixed Vegetables
Fruit & Veggie Bar

PARENTS:

FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE:

Dance Camp

UPCOMING EVENTS:
9/19 VB – DeWitt – 7(H) 8(A) – start 4:00
FB – Marion – 7(A) 8(H) – dismiss 2:20 – start 4:15
9/21 VB – Beckman – 7(A) 8(H) – start 4:15
9/22 Homecoming
9/26 FB – Beckman – 7 & 8 (A) – 7th dismiss 2:20 8th leaves at 3:30 – start 4:15 – 8th grade game will be after the7th grade – start 5:30
9/27 Early dismissal – 12:30
9/28 VB – West Delaware – 7(A) 8(H) – start 4:15
Fall School Pictures
9/29 End of 1st 6 weeks

Something to Think About…GRR

I am in the process of working on a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and during this term we are examining instructional models.  I was excited to revisit the work of Fisher & Fry and their explanation of the Gradual Release of Responsibility framework. This was a model our district studied over six years ago.

In the past few weeks as I observed instruction in classrooms, I was reminded of how the instructional framework outlined by Fisher and Frey called the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) should look in a classroom.  I thought we all could use a reminder of this powerful instructional framework and how the work we are currently doing in our CTTs fits nicely into this model.  The GRR framework outlines four components of a lesson that should be present but not always in the same order.  Those four components are:

  • Focus Lesson – “I do” – the teacher makes the purpose of the lesson clear and models the task using selected strategies using “I” statements (Here is where posting of standards and learning targets and referring to them are essential);
  • Guided Instruction – “We do” – questions, prompts, and cues (checks for understanding) guide students to a greater understanding on an assessed instructional need (Here is where formative assessments can help to guide instruction);
  • Productive Group Work – “You do it together” – using checks for understanding, small groups apply the grade-level concept and a chance for productive failure exists (Here is where differentiation of instruction can take place based on formative assessment data);
  • Independent Learning Tasks – “You do alone” – provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned after they have had practice with peers and can be used to make future instructional decisions such as whole-class re-teaching or additional guided instruction (Another place where instruction can be differentiated based on formative assessment data).

When I was teaching at the middle school the application of GRR significantly impacted my teaching.  What I noticed in several classes has been a strong focus lesson and then a move directly to independent learning tasks.  I would like all teachers in our district to consider how each can assure the gradual release of responsibility of learning to your students through building into lessons  additional guided practice and productive group work.  How can we use classroom groupings at tables to assure productive group work is taking place?  Just something to think about as you plan your lessons!

9/6 MS Announcements

Maquoketa Middle School
Daily Announcement
September 6th
“B” Day

STUDENTS:

Students: Please remember that you are not allowed to take food out of the cafeteria after lunch. Students will not be allowed to purchase items the last 5 minutes of the lunch shifts due to the fact that there will not be enough to finish prior to dismissal from the lunchroom.

The 8th grade football team is looking for someone to video tape our football games this season. If you are interested, please see Coach Fuss or Coach Miller.

Football Skills Challenge hosted by the Maquoketa Kiwanis on Thurs. Sept. 21st from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Goodenow Field. Open to all boys and girls age 6-15 and will be FREE. Registration form available at area schools, The YMCA and Maquoketa State Bank. Contact Bob Gavin at 563-549-9415.

Permission forms for the 8th grade canoe trip are due back to Mrs. Willimack by Wednesday, September 6th.

The physical education department will once again be collecting Box Tops for the 2017-2018 school year. All Box Tops are redeemed and used to purchase equipment for the students. These can be turned into Mr. Marshall or Mrs. Cavanagh at any time. Thanks for your support!

TODAY’S LUNCH MENU:

A. Italian Dunkers with Marinara Sauce
B. BBQ Rib Sandwich
C. Chef Salad

Candied Carrots
Fruit & Veggie Bar

PARENTS:

FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE:

UPCOMING EVENTS:
9/7 VB – DeWitt – 7(A) 8(H) – dismiss 2:50 – start 4:00
FB – DeWitt – 7(H) 8(A) – dismiss 2:50 – start 4:15
9/9 Band Camp – report 9:50, 10:00-12:00
9/12 FB – West Delaware – 7(H) 8(A) – dismiss 2:20 – start 4:15
9/13 Early dismissal – 12:30
9/14 VB – Anamosa – 7(H) 8(A) – start 4:15
9/19 VB – DeWitt – 7(H) 8(A) – start 4:00
FB – Marion – 7(A) 8(H) – dismiss 2:20 – start 4:15
9/21 VB – Beckman – 7(A) 8(H) – start 4:15
9/22 Homecoming
9/26 FB – Beckman – 7 & 8 (A) – 7th dismiss 2:20 8th leaves at 3:30 – start 4:15 – 8th grade game will be after the7th grade – start 5:30
9/27 Early dismissal – 12:30
9/28 VB – West Delaware – 7(A) 8(H) – start 4:15
9/29 End of 1st 6 weeks

9/5 MS Announcements

Maquoketa Middle School
Daily Announcement
September 5th
“A” Day

STUDENTS:

Students: Please remember that you are not allowed to take food out of the cafeteria after lunch. Students will not be allowed to purchase items the last 5 minutes of the lunch shifts due to the fact that there will not be enough to finish prior to dismissal from the lunchroom.

The 8th grade football team is looking for someone to video tape our football games this season. If you are interested, please see Coach Fuss or Coach Miller.

Football Skills Challenge hosted by the Maquoketa Kiwanis on Thurs. Sept. 21st from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Goodenow Field. Open to all boys and girls age 6-15 and will be FREE. Registration form available at area schools, The YMCA and Maquoketa State Bank. Contact Bob Gavin at 563-549-9415.

Permission forms for the 8th grade canoe trip are due back to Mrs. Willimack by Wednesday, September 6th.

The physical education department will once again be collecting Box Tops for the 2017-2018 school year. All Box Tops are redeemed and used to purchase equipment for the students. These can be turned into Mr. Marshall or Mrs. Cavanagh at any time. Thanks for your support!

TODAY’S LUNCH MENU:

A. Super Nachos
B. Grilled Chicken Sandwich
C. Combo Sub

Refried Beans
Cinnamon Bread Stick
Fruit & Veggie Bar

PARENTS:

FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE:

UPCOMING EVENTS:
9/5 VB – Marion – 7(H) 8(A) – dismiss 2:20 – start 4:15
9/7 VB – DeWitt – 7(A) 8(H) – dismiss 2:50 – start 4:00
FB – DeWitt – 7(H) 8(A) – dismiss 2:50 – start 4:15
9/9 Band Camp – report 9:50, 10:00-12:00
9/12 FB – West Delaware – 7(H) 8(A) – dismiss 2:20 – start 4:15
9/13 Early dismissal – 12:30
9/14 VB – Anamosa – 7(H) 8(A) – start 4:15
9/19 VB – DeWitt – 7(H) 8(A) – start 4:00
FB – Marion – 7(A) 8(H) – dismiss 2:20 – start 4:15
9/21 VB – Beckman – 7(A) 8(H) – start 4:15
9/22 Homecoming
9/26 FB – Beckman – 7 & 8 (A) – 7th dismiss 2:20 8th leaves at 3:30 – start 4:15 – 8th grade game will be after the7th grade – start 5:30
9/27 Early dismissal – 12:30
9/28 VB – West Delaware – 7(A) 8(H) – start 4:15
9/29 End of 1st 6 weeks

BACK TO SCHOOL – Problem-Based Learning: Unleashing the Potential

This first blog of the school year is a reminder of possibilities problem-based learning can provide in our classrooms and for our students.  As we enter BACK TO SCHOOL, it’s time to re-visit the opportunities we provide at MCSD to unleash the potential of our students….

It’s the question that has been asked for years:  How do you eat an elephant?  The answer has always been the same – one bite at a time.  The same is true when districts begin to implement Problem-Based learning.  Enter today’s Problem-Based classroom and you enter a world of wonder, a world of critical thinking, problem-solving, hands-on learning, and connections to the real world.  For what purpose?  To unleash the potential in students.  But what do the beginning steps of problem-based learning look like across our district?

When you enter our primary classes you might be welcomed into the world of cubelets – where students learn about movement by discovering which cube determines the movement, which is for lighting, which can be programmed, which goes along for the ride, and questioning – how can you configure them in such a way to make them accomplish a task?  At other grades you may see spheros in action that provide an opportunity to explore robotic movement and learn about speed and propulsion.

Enter grade 3 – where students are presented with gizmos and gadgets to create a new type of vehicle run by a creative source.  Innovation and creativity are the focus as students problem solve and think critically about the operation of gears and the concepts of friction and movement while sharing their discoveries with classmates.

Enter grade 4 – a world where gummy worms are used as students discover the design process.  The pre-engineering graphic organizer ASK – EXPLORE – MODEL is employed as they design new ways of moving objects from one point to another.  Collaboration is key as students use hands-on learning and inquiry to discover scientific concepts in their own world.

But what does PBL look like at middle school?  Enter grade 7 Literacy and you could be immersed in a crime scene as students use clues to determine “Who Killed Edgar Allen Poe?”  Deduction and close analysis lead students to work collaboratively to determine the facts surrounding the crime and determine who performed the crime.

Enter grade 8 and you will be immersed in students discovering the effect of gravity and propulsion as they launch matchbook rockets using paper clips and matches, spending time determining the most effective materials for ignition, the angle that results in the farthest landing, and the aerodynamics of flight.

PBL is incorporated with bridge-building activities during exploratory classes – discovering which designs hold the most weight while being the lightest in materials.  Friendly competition leads to those considered master bridge builders (and perhaps future engineers).

Lego Robotics challenges students to program lego robots through a course with the best speed and the greatest complexity along with solving a real-world problem like – How can we create an affordable alternative to epi-pens for those allergic to bee stings?  Robotic skills as well as creative performances are incorporated to explain their creative invention.  All components work together to provide a well-rounded PBL experience.

What does PBL look like in high school?  You might enter the Project Lead the Way class as they design and produce inventions using a 3-D printer or as they develop a new container for popcorn for young children.  You might enter the Tech class to find students building their own mini-laptop or you might enter the Advanced Manufacturing Center to discover their development of waste containers, benches, and bike racks for our refurbished downtown area – a connection with our community.

The list goes on in our district as we seek to develop skills in mastering standards while assuring engaged learning activities bring out opportunities for critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

All of the described activities provide problem-based learning that encourages student engagement by focusing on relevant problems for students to solve.  The problems provide an opportunity for students to find creative and innovative solutions. Using the PBL strategy, students look at complex and relevant problems, explore all possibilities, and focus on one or two that solve the problem.  What is the role of the teacher?  The teacher provides guidance in the process and asks students metacognitive questions as they research and seek solutions.  In PBL projects students might be provided with a scenario that they research, process the information, and create a proposal to solve the problem. Many of the PBL projects incorporate a presentation where the students provide multiple solutions and use the art of persuasion to convince or encourage others to consider their solution – a strong focus described in the speaking and listening standards.

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time just as the implementation of PBL takes one step at time as we seek to unleash the potential of our students through engaged learning activities that require critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.

5/16 MS Announcements

Maquoketa Middle School
Daily Announcement
May 16th
“B” Day

STUDENTS:

If anyone recently loss any pieces of clothing, please come to the office and check what was brought back in.
NO METAL SPINNERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL. ONLY PLASTIC ONES WILL BE ALLOWED!

University of Iowa Wildlife Camps at Maquoketa Cave State Park for any 6th grader. Information is in the office if interested.

There have been a couple of mistakes with the yearbooks this year. First, the cover does not state our school name or year. To make up for this, Lifetouch will be sending decals that you can place on your yearbook and I should have these by next Tuesday. If you would like one of these please come see Mrs. Ferguson. Second, none of the additional items ordered were sent. They will be overnighting these to me and I will have those items to hand out on Monday. I appreciate everyone’s patience with this and apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Ferguson. Thank you!

Our friends at Ask Resource Centers have assembled a summer camp list that has something for everyone. Please pass this along to your students’ parents to ensure the kids have a fun-filled and educational summer. Here’s the link: http://askresource.org/resources/camp-list/

PARENTS:

Please note we will be using the gradual release method with assignment completion as we prepare our students for the next year . Rather than lunch study tables for Term 6, we will offer one night a week for after-school study tables to be held in the school library.

Study tables will take place after school on Thursday on the following dates: May 11

Time: 3:45-5:00 PM in the LMC Parents/Students and/or Teachers may place students in after school study tables.

Students must come with study materials and assignments needing completion. Students need to get their assignments from teachers prior to coming to the study table. This is a quiet work time to complete assignments.

Students must sign in and sign out.

Students may leave when their work is done.

8th Grade Graduation will be on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 9:00 am, at the the HS Gym. Parents wishing to take their 8th grade student home with them after graduation may do so and there will be a sign-out station in the HS Lobby. The event will also be streamed live via the Maquoketa Community School District website.

The Ohnward Fine Arts Kid’s Production of Alice in Wonderland will be August 12 & 13th. Auditions are July 17th from 10:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM through 2:00. Cost for kids to participate is $35.00 and this covers all Scripts, scenery, a Alice in Wonderland Jr. T-shirt and workshops.

6th Grade Parents; The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. This changes requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and Tdap (Tetnus, Diptheria, Pertusis/whooping cough) booster before school starts this fall.

Simpson College is proud to announce the lineup for the second year of its summer camp for middle schoolers! This one-week camp is intended for students who like to read, think about ideas, and use their imaginations. All of the “major” classes are taught by full-time Simpson College professors from the History, English, and Religion departments, so it is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of liberal arts college education.

For more information, check out the website www.simpson.edu/summercamp or contact Prof. Nicolas W. Proctor at nick.proctor@simpson.edu.

B4K Engineers: Gamer’s Brick Adventures Camp. July 5-7, 9AM – 12PM, W-F, $90.00. Enroll today at www.maquoketa-art.org or 563-652-9925.

FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE:
Alice in Wonderland
Outdoor Journey for girls
6th grade College for Kids
Summer Swim lesson and Summer Swim Team

UPCOMING EVENTS:
5/23 Last day of school – dismissal @ 12:30
8th Graduation @ HS Gym @ 9:00

5/2 MS Announcements

Maquoketa Middle School
Daily Announcement
May 2nd
“B” Day

STUDENTS:

Congratulation to the following students , they serve as class representatives for the 9th grade class during the 2017-18 school year: Austin Barnes, Madi Lemke, Maeghan Scott, and Riley Strottman. All new representatives will be contacted to attend a meeting at the high school before this school year is over. Thank you for wanting to represent your class and Maquoketa High School Student Senate.

MHS Football Lift-a-thon is this Wednesday, 3:35-6:00 pm at the HS weight room.

If anyone recently loss any pieces of clothing, please come to the office and check what was brought back in.
NO METAL SPINNERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL. ONLY PLASTIC ONES WILL BE ALLOWED!

University of Iowa Wildlife Camps at Maquoketa Cave State Park for any 6th grader. Information is in the office if interested.

Attention all 8th grade girls interested in playing high school softball this summer!!Coach Lanham will be having an informational meeting on Monday, May 1st during CST in room 20 starting at 3:00pm. Hope to see you there!!

PARENTS:

Please note we will be using the gradual release method with assignment completion as we prepare our students for the next year . Rather than lunch study tables for Term 6, we will offer one night a week for after-school study tables to be held in the school library.

Study tables will take place after school on Thursday on the following dates: May 4, 11

Time: 3:45-5:00 PM in the LMC Parents/Students and/or Teachers may place students in after school study tables.

Students must come with study materials and assignments needing completion. Students need to get their assignments from teachers prior to coming to the study table. This is a quiet work time to complete assignments.

Students must sign in and sign out.

Students may leave when their work is done.

8th Grade Graduation will be on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 9:00 am, at the the HS Gym. Parents wishing to take their 8th grade student home with them after graduation may do so and there will be a sign-out station in the HS Lobby. The event will also be streamed live via the Maquoketa Community School District website.

The Ohnward Fine Arts Kid’s Production of Alice in Wonderland will be August 12 & 13th. Auditions are July 17th from 10:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM through 2:00. Cost for kids to participate is $35.00 and this covers all Scripts, scenery, a Alice in Wonderland Jr. T-shirt and workshops.

6th Grade Parents; The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. This changes requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and Tdap (Tetnus, Diptheria, Pertusis/whooping cough) booster before school starts this fall.

Simpson College is proud to announce the lineup for the second year of its summer camp for middle schoolers! This one-week camp is intended for students who like to read, think about ideas, and use their imaginations. All of the “major” classes are taught by full-time Simpson College professors from the History, English, and Religion departments, so it is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of liberal arts college education.

For more information, check out the website www.simpson.edu/summercamp or contact Prof. Nicolas W. Proctor at nick.proctor@simpson.edu.

B4K Engineers: Gamer’s Brick Adventures Camp. July 5-7, 9AM – 12PM, W-F, $90.00. Enroll today at www.maquoketa-art.org or 563-652-9925.

FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE:
Alice in Wonderland
Outdoor Journey for girls
6th grade College for Kids
Summer Swim lesson and Summer Swim Team

UPCOMING EVENTS:
5/2 Girls & Boys track @ Tipton – start 4:00
5/3 MHS Football Lift-a-thon – 3:45-6:00 – HS Weight Room
5/4 MS Band Concert @ Middle School – start 7:00
5/5 Girls WaMaC track @ Dyersville – start 4:15
Boys WaMaC track @ W Delaware – start 4:15
5/8 Girls track @ DeWitt – start 4:00
5/11 MS Choir Spring Concert @ Middle School – start 7:00
5/23 Last day of school – dismissal @ 12:30
8th Graduation @ HS Gym @ 9:00

5/1 MS Announcements

Maquoketa Middle School
Daily Announcement
May 1st
“A” Day

STUDENTS

NO METAL SPINNERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL. ONLY PLASTIC ONES WILL BE ALLOWED!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 7th+8th grade band who represented our school so well at last Saturday’s Adventureland/Drake University Band Festival. Competing against bands from across the state, our band snared the “Best In Class” trophy for the fourth year in a row. It’s good to know that our band compares so well against other middle school bands in Iowa. Way to go, band!

University of Iowa Wildlife Camps at Maquoketa Cave State Park for any 6th grader. Information is in the office if interested.

Attention all 8th grade girls interested in playing high school softball this summer!!Coach Lanham will be having an informational meeting on Monday, May 1st during CST in room 20 starting at 3:00pm. Hope to see you there!!

PARENTS:

Please note we will be using the gradual release method with assignment completion as we prepare our students for the next year . Rather than lunch study tables for Term 6, we will offer one night a week for after-school study tables to be held in the school library.

Study tables will take place after school on Thursday on the following dates: May 4, 11

Time: 3:45-5:00 PM in the LMC Parents/Students and/or Teachers may place students in after school study tables.

Students must come with study materials and assignments needing completion. Students need to get their assignments from teachers prior to coming to the study table. This is a quiet work time to complete assignments.

Students must sign in and sign out.

Students may leave when their work is done.

8th Grade Graduation will be on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 9:00 am, at the the HS Gym. Parents wishing to take their 8th grade student home with them after graduation may do so and there will be a sign-out station in the HS Lobby. The event will also be streamed live via the Maquoketa Community School District website.

The Ohnward Fine Arts Kid’s Production of Alice in Wonderland will be August 12 & 13th. Auditions are July 17th from 10:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM through 2:00. Cost for kids to participate is $35.00 and this covers all Scripts, scenery, a Alice in Wonderland Jr. T-shirt and workshops.

6th Grade Parents; The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. This changes requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and Tdap (Tetnus, Diptheria, Pertusis/whooping cough) booster before school starts this fall.

Simpson College is proud to announce the lineup for the second year of its summer camp for middle schoolers! This one-week camp is intended for students who like to read, think about ideas, and use their imaginations. All of the “major” classes are taught by full-time Simpson College professors from the History, English, and Religion departments, so it is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of liberal arts college education.

For more information, check out the website www.simpson.edu/summercamp or contact Prof. Nicolas W. Proctor at nick.proctor@simpson.edu.

B4K Engineers: Gamer’s Brick Adventures Camp. July 5-7, 9AM – 12PM, W-F, $90.00. Enroll today at www.maquoketa-art.org or 563-652-9925.

FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE:
Alice in Wonderland
Outdoor Journey for girls
6th grade College for Kids
Summer Swim lesson and Summer Swim Team

UPCOMING EVENTS:
5/2 Girls & Boys track @ Tipton – start 4:00
5/4 MS Band Concert @ Middle School – start 7:00
5/5 Girls WaMaC track @ Dyersville – start 4:15
Boys WaMaC track @ W Delaware – start 4:15
5/8 Girls track @ DeWitt – start 4:00
5/11 MS Choir Spring Concert @ Middle School – start 7:00
5/23 Last day of school – dismissal @ 12:30
8th Graduation @ HS Gym @ 9:00

Announcements Jan. 16-20

Maquoketa High School Announcements

January 16-20

 

FFA MEMBERS: upcoming contest are fast approaching – that’s why they are upcoming – plan to meet in Mr. Bruns Thursday DST – to learn more about these contest!  ENVIROTHONAG MARKETINGAG ISSUESAG COMMUNICATIONSPOULTRY JUDGINGBIOTECHNOLOGY  

BE THERE!!! GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Parents of FFA members, there will be a FFA Alumni meeting on January 25th @ 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Room.  Please plan to attend to learn about the future of the FFA program and the upcoming Fish Fry and Auction.

 

ALL STUDENTS: Please periodically check the table in the front window of the office for LOST AND FOUND ITEMS.  We have several items that need to be picked up!

 

The following students still need to pay their $15 ART FEE to Mrs. Bowman:

Dillon Bickford, Kaylei Ilai, De’Quan Richardson, Alexis Springer, Madison Staner, Hayliegh Bell, Heather Billmeyer, Thaddeus Clark, Devon Cochran, Marcus Cox, Devin Ehlers, Randy Gerischer, Katelynn Harland, Gabe Huizenga, Rylee Kleeman, Melissa-sue Ohry, Julia Rederer, Abigail Rekemeyer, Alexandria Scott, Michael Stamper, Davis Waterman, Treyjon Cornelious, Manu Dexter, Savannah Gibson, Chloe McKee, Adam Pawlowski, Layne Wiese, Nathan Blackburn,Logan Brewster, Paisley Bromley, Krystina Cahill, Tayler Ehlinger, Anna Goddard, Jocelynn Haley, Adonis Kimmins, Dameon Lafrenz, Danielle Laughlin, Jaiden Layne, Brett McLaughlin, Taven Rich, Riley Waack, Diamond William

 

The purpose of Pride Week 2017 is to honor students involved in winter sports. The following teams will be recognized with a poster displayed in the cafeteria:

 

Wednesday: Cheer and dance

Thursday: Wrestling

Friday: Boys and girls bowling

Congratulations to these teams! Take pride in being a Cardinal!

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As part of the cardinal pride assembly on Friday, students and staff will be competing for the Winter Pride Olympic Cup! The 4 events in this season’s Olympic Cup competition include:

  1. An egg/spoon pass (probably not with actual eggs)
  2. A 3-legged race
  3. A Wheel barrow race
  4. Musical Chairs

Each grade should nominate at least 2 boys and 2 girls to take part in each event. Yes… you can nominate yourself! On the day of the games, each event will have 5 teams battling for the number 1 spot: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and STAFF! Winners will be randomly chosen at the assembly to represent their entire class.

 

Think you can beat the staff? To nominate someone, ask your teacher to add a name to the list below. Or, come to Mr. Voland’s room (room 209) any time during the day. If someone nominated you and you would rather not have the chance to compete, simply have your name removed from the list below:

 

Current Nominations are:

Egg/Spoon Pass:

  • Freshmen –
  • Sophomores –
  • Juniors –
  • Seniors –

3-Legged Race:

  • Freshmen –
  • Sophomores –
  • Juniors –
  • Seniors –

Wheelbarrow Race:

  • Freshmen –
  • Sophomores –
  • Juniors –
  • Seniors –

Musical Chairs:

  • Freshmen –
  • Sophomores –
  • Juniors –
  • Seniors –

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Leading the Way for MHS Students

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Meet Justin Hoffman, MHS math teacher and Project Lead the Way Computer Science teacher. My first encounter with Justin’s class was hearing words like: collude, retaliate, fixed link, python binary, concatenate tuple, and my favorite – “I got rid of the forever loop and it is still not compiling!” Just spend a few minutes in his class and the list will go on. Pretty much a foreign language to me, a digital immigrant.

Justin’s latest assignment begins with the following: Welcome to Prisoner’s Dilemma – Game Theory 101! The Prisoner’s Dilemma was one of the early algorithmic problems in game theory, first posed in 1950. You and another person have committed a crime together, and you are caught without evidence. The police questions you and the other person separately. If you both collude and refuse to talk, you go free. If you confess your crime and betray each other, the liability will be split between you resulting in receiving the standard punishment. If you hope to collude and the other player betrays, you get a severe punishment while the other goes free and keeps the stolen goods. If you betray the other person while they attempt to collude with you, you are set free and get a cash payment.

For you digital enthusiasts watch the video about this game at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Lo2fgxWHw

What attracts a dynamic computer guy to teaching? Justin is a Hawkeye who took every possible programming class, became a teacher’s associate in IT, and managed a restaurant before feeling a pull to the teaching profession. His path to the head of the classroom has been through an alternate pathway called RAPIL – Regents’ Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure.

His passion for coding, his desire to share that passion with others, and his drive to make his class relevant attracts students to his class. His interactions with students are filled with questions directed to them like, “What do you think…?” to which he responds to their answer with encouraging words like, “Fair enough.” He attended Project Lead the Way training this summer to prepare for the MHS classroom. He plans to adjust some of the time spent in his PLTW course from 30 days on pie charts and histograms to delving deeper into making video games in Python. When they reach networking and web development, he plans on learning right beside his students.

In our district from coding in grades K-5, to First Lego League robotics in grade 6, and now computer science at the high school, we are following the motto of Project Lead the Way – “Forging new generations!”