MHS Announcements – April 9, 2020
by Muscatine Community School District
April 09, 2020

** Daily News & Information **

Home of the Muskies! 

Spring Activities have begun! Visit the MHS Official Activities Site to see what’s happening for Schedules, Rosters, Directions, Etc.!

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Announcements in Green – New
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Announcements in Black – 2 or more days old (per request)

2020-21 MHS Curriculum Guide: 2020-21 MHS Curriculum Guidebook

 ** Daily News & Information **

  • Muskie Enriched Learning Launches Monday, April 13, 2020
    Monday, April 13, 2020, will mark the opening of the Muskie Enriched Learning project. Each school will be communicating with parents and students on how to access off-line resources, as well as the online lessons. The district is also aware that access to the internet is not a universal service for all families in our community. 
  • Muscatine Community College and Muscatine Community School District have partnered with Muscatine Power and Water to provide free WI-FI coverage for areas on the MCC campus, the Jefferson Elementary parking area, and the Franklin Elementary campus. Public wi-fi at MCC is active. Jefferson and Franklin are in process.
  • Reminder: Parents/Guardians: 2020-21 MHS Student Registration information is being emailed/texted to each parent/guardian (this is contact information – not schedule information).  Please be on the lookout for this email/text in the upcoming days/weeks. What is needed? Verify the information, if no changes, please reply to the email/text with “INFORMATION IS CORRECT”.  If there are changes, please reply to the email/text with the changes. Either way, a response is needed from the parent/guardian. (Online registration for 2020-21 is discontinued so this is the process we are using to update each student’s information.
  • Locker Bags will be distributed to middle school and high school students on Thursday, April 9th (this week only) at the District Board Office (2900 Mulberry Ave.) from 11 a.m. to Noon.  We will follow the policy such that the first 50 who are in need of bags and are the first to arrive will be served until bags run out for the day.  Food Distribution List
  • There will be two mobile food pantry nights this month on April 14th and April 28th at the MCSD Admin building (2900 Mulberry Ave.) for the 1st 250 families with 1 box per household.
  • Book Talks on YouTube with Mrs. Keltner: Here are the links to the Week 1 Book Talks.
    All three books included in this video are available as ebooks on MackinVia (linked directions on the video).  In addition, here is a Week 1 Bonus Book Talk for teachers/staff (but could also be shared with students). We do not have an ebook available right now – but still a great book!
  • April 6th Update from MHS Principal, Mr. Hogenson:
  • The Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony has been cancelled however twenty (20) high school seniors and ten (10) 8th grade students will still be selected as award recipients on behalf of the Roy J. Charitable Trust.  We’re looking for alternative ways to acknowledge the great accomplishments of the Excellence in Education recipients.
    The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has provided the Muscatine Community School District the opportunity to present twenty seniors with $3000 scholarships and ten 8th grade students with $1000 scholarships.
  • Choir lists for 2020-21. Congratulations to all!  2020-21 Choir Lists.pdf
  • Update! Junior Police Academy: The Junior Police Academy is temporarily suspended. Watch for more information regarding the program.
  • No school or spring sports until April 30th at the minimum per Gov Reynolds’ press conference on April 2nd. PLEASE make sure you are practicing social distance strategies and being safe!
  • 12th Grade Blood Drive Donors: Any senior who believes they have earned the IMPACT (Gallon Grad) award by donating at least 7 times before graduation and/or recruiting donors or hosting a blood drive needs to contact Mrs. Keltner ASAP at We are preparing the list of IMPACT (Gallon Grad) recipients for this graduating class.
  • Update! Juniors: The Tippie Gateway Summer Program at the University of Iowa has been cancelled for this summer. However, we plan to deliver a virtual opportunity for students who applied to the 2020 program. We will communicate with applicants in the upcoming weeks.
  • Now is the time to submit Silver Cord forms! If you’ve completed volunteer work but haven’t submitted your Silver Cord form, complete the form and submit to your grade level counselor.   Silver Cord Form link
    MHS Counselors: 
    9th Grade: Brandon Welsch
    10th Grade: Scott Mauck
    11th Grade: Jacob Mueller
    12th Grade: Karey Hawkins
    Career: Maureen Beran
    At-Risk: Troy Kulland
  • Senior Spring Sport Athletes: If you haven’t completed the survey, please take the time to fill it out we can recognize you this Spring. Please share also.   Sr. Spring Sport Athlete Survey
  • Student Council Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available! Any current 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade student is encouraged to apply. See the attached flyer for more information on Student Council and how to apply. Application packets are due by Friday, April 24th at 11:59 PM. MAKE SURE TO MAKE A COPY OF THE APPLICATION BEFORE TYPING ANY INFORMATION. If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Heimerdinger at
    Student Council 2020/2021 Application   (remember to make a copy prior to typing any info!)
  • 1,506 NEW ebooks have been added to the MackinVia account (part of a gift from publishers to support distance learning). They are available now through September 2020
    Want to read or listen to an audio book? Here are some resources for you to use!

    • Online Resources
      ALL databases/online resources are linked on the Muskie Library Website under the “Online Resources” tab. Most databases/online resources use the username: 4581mushs and password: mbaea9 and attached is the MHS Library brochure that contains all the usernames and passwords. Most are research databases for students, but there are a few under MultiMedia Resources
      (namely Learn360) that have videos, games, printable resources for PK-12.
      Attached is a letter from the AEA (for parents but relevant for teachers & students) about the databases they offer. The Muskie Library website has a few additional resources available.
      Muskie Library Brochure      Login Directions for MackinVia       Sample Email to Parents
    • Ebooks
      We have access to a large library of ebooks through MackinVia. Login using:
      Username: 4581mushs
      Password: mbaea9
      This is a great resource for those who are really avid readers who are getting bored while libraries are closed! You can also check out Project Gutenberg, which is free ebooks versions of books in the public domain.
      In addition, Musser Public Library has ebooks for their patrons as well as digital magazines.
      More information on the Musser PL website. Also, remember that Musser PL wifi is available from their parking lot (while social distancing from your car). The password is: musserpl.
    • Audio Books
      MackinVia also has some audiobooks for students. Audible has also opened up their audiobook collection for students while school is closed. PK-12 books are all free using this link: Audible.
  • Driver’s Ed Students (March 23rd session): IF YOU HAVE NOT CONTACTED AEA at, to reschedule to a please do so ASAP! Students scheduled for the March 23 session may move to summer classes. Please contact MBAEA at via email to notify us of your summer class preference.  Driver Ed information can be obtained from the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (MBAEA) website –
    Summer Session dates are:

    June 8 to 27
    June 29 to July 18
    July 20 to August 8
    FYI – classes do have maximum capacity, so please contact our office at as soon as possible.
  • MBAEA Driver Education school year classes for 2020-21 will be open for registration on July 1st online.  Driver Ed information can be obtained from the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (MBAEA) website –
  • ACT ACADEMY: A great way to keep up with academic skills and to prepare for the ACT during this time at home is through ACT Academy. (11th grade students received their ACT scores from their February test, and may be planning to retake it in the summer or fall.)Check out the resources on, where you can focus on certain subjects/skills according to your most recent scores, if you have already taken the ACT test. If you are thinking of taking your first ACT test, take advantage of getting a head start and utilize this FREE resource! If you do not have an account, view this tutorial for instructions. (Student were also emailed a pdf of the tutorial.)This is a completely free resource that can be accessed at home! If you have questions, email Mrs. Mueller at claire.mueller@mcsdonline.orgNote: Students typically take the ACT test a couple of times to improve their score for college entrance and also for scholarship opportunities!!   MHS 11th grade students have had the benefit of their first ACT test being paid for by MCSD with the test administered by MHS staff during a school day.  Additional ACT tests are paid for by the student.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a joint conference of two Rotary Districts.  It’s a six day leadership conference held at Grinnell, Iowa.  This year, the dates are July 19 – July 24.  High school sophomores and juniors (2019 – 2020 school year) are eligible to apply.  The Rotary club of Muscatine would like to sponsor two students to attend this year! You can begin to apply now! Registration closes April 30th, 2020.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Naomi DeWinter:
  • Transcripts: If you need a transcript, please fill out the Transcript Request Form (or include all the information requested on the form) and email
  • Trinity College-Health Care Exploration Camp – July 27-30:  Trinity College is holding a summer camp for those interested in pursuing a career in healthcare (must be sixteen years old or older). To apply is free, but there is a $30 fee if selected to fill one of the 20 spots. There are also scholarships available. Students can apply now through April 1st with those selected being contacted in early May. If you have questions, please contact Anna Masengarb at    Trinity College: Health Care Exploration Camp Info
    Note: All summer activities and degree programs are planned to take-place as scheduled. If there are any changes, a notice will be sent out to applicants.
  • Seniors: For a list of scholarships available at this time, please click on the ‘Scholarships’ link below.  Scholarships are listed by the month of their due date.  Scholarships
    (You can also search the internet for other scholarships available!)
  • Class of 2020 – Senior Survey: Seniors – The Senior Survey is up and running on Powerschool. Now is a great time for seniors to login and get the Senior Survey completed. This survey is required by the state and gives them information about your post secondary intentions. 
  • Muscatine Race for the Schools (scheduled for May 2) will be postponed. At this time, we have not scheduled a make-up date for the Muscatine Race for the Schools. We will continue to monitor and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Muscatine Community School District. People who have already registered will have the option of participating in the Race for the Schools on the make-up date or deferring their registration until 2021. Please watch for updates on the Muscatine Race for The Schools website.
  • RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 5TH! 16th Annual All City Swing Dance will take place on Friday, June 5, 2020  from 7-10PM at The Merrill Hotel. $6 Cash Only Admission. 2020 All City Swing Dance Info
  • Muscatine Community College/EICC – Summer 2020 Nurse Aid Class
    (session 1: June 8-June 29)
    (session 2: July 6-July 27)
    To participate in the summer nurse aid class students are required to:

    • Be 16 years old by orientation date (session 1: May 29, session 2: June 26)
    • Be a current Iowa high school student not graduated before July 1, 2020
    • Attend Mandatory Orientation
    • Acquire book and get fitted for uniform at the college bookstore
      (Book and uniform costs are covered)
    • Complete a Criminal Background check and pay $25
    • Provide proof of TB Test or QuantiFeronGold
    • Have appropriate transportation to and from class and clinicals
    • Have and wear tennis shoes to class and clinicals
    • Have and wear a second hand watch
    • Attend all classes and clinicals
    • Attend the Field Experience on June 30, 2020
    • Schedule and complete state certification testing

      Students will be responsible for the $25 background check, TB Test costs, obtaining a second hand watch and transportation to and from class, clinicals and state testing site. All other costs will be covered by the college grant.
      If a student is interested in nursing, the high school has a concurrent nursing academy for students in their junior and/or senior years of high school and the nurse aid class is offered to those students during their spring term.
      There are a limited number of seats for this class offering.FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT ANABELIA CALDERON-FLORES AT 563-288-6035 OR EMAIL
  • 2020 Muscatine County Fair Queen Competition: If you are a young lady between the ages of 16-21 and are interested in participating and representing the Muscatine County Fair this year, please complete and submit the attached application.  Applications are due May 1, 2020.  2020 Muscatine County Fair Queen Registration Form
  • Parents and Guardians: Our school utilizes the School Messenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.*  You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.  See flyer for more information.   SMS Text Opt-In Flyer.pdf
  • Driver Ed information can be obtained from the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (MBAEA) website –

** Silver Cord Opportunities/Volunteer Opportunities **

  • Silver Cord Form- Google Form: The Silver Cord Form is now a google form that you submit online.  Silver Cord Form link

** Sports Information **

** Fundraisers **

** Scholarships **

  • For a list of scholarships available at this time, please click on the ‘Scholarships’ link below.  Scholarships are listed by the month of their due date.  Scholarships

** Keep informed on what is going on at MHS! **

Activities/Athletics: RSchool Today
Announcements: MHS News
Facebook: MHS Facebook Page
Twitter: @Muscatine HS

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Snapchat: Muscatine HS
Student Handbook: MCSD Student Handbk
Curriculum Guide: 2020-21 Curriculum Guide


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