MUSCATINE, Iowa–Though students will not return to their classrooms until the middle of the week of Aug, 22, administrators, faculty, and staff have already returned to their posts throughout Muscatine Community School District, laying the foundation for a successful year ahead. The week of Aug. 15, both new and returning teachers and staff members came together for several collaborative gatherings aimed at setting the right tone for the academic year.
At the beginning of the week, all of the District’s new teachers came together for Muskie U, a chance for them to get to know Muscatine, the district, and the buildings they will teach in. Over the course of two days, new teachers got to know each other through fun activities like trivia, started familiarizing themselves with the curricula they will teach through orientation activities, and found out more about Muscatine and the District by taking a bus tour that stopped at each school. “We are excited to showcase what our district and this amazing community have to offer our staff and their families,” stated Muscatine Community School District Superintendent Clint Christopher. “The content we cover is important, but building a foundation of community is our priority.”
Later in the week, on Aug. 18, every employee of Muscatine Community School District came together for their annual Super Inservice at Muscatine High School. Following a welcome breakfast, everyone gathered on the football field to take a uniquely shaped group photo, providing a fun memento for the year.
Afterwards, everyone moved to the gym, where the Mighty Muskies Marching Band played for them. Afterwards, Christopher addressed the assembly, as did student school board representative and Muscatine High School senior Gabriel Salazar. Before teachers returned to their respective buildings, Christopher also recognized teachers who have reached important years of service anniversaries, including several people who have worked for the district for multiple decades. “There are a few with 30 years or more; that’s remarkable and a testament to their dedication to serving students in Muscatine,” he said.
During Muskie U, Super Inservice, and in meetings that will take place in each individual building, the district will focus on several of its main goals for the year, which includes implementing a new social and emotional learning framework and continuing efforts to improve both attendance and graduation rates. All of these goals tie back to areas of improvement identified by the District’s first Daily Desired Experiences Survey, a tool the District will implement again this October to use feedback from parents, students, and staff to gage progress on various goals and identify emerging strengths and areas to improve on. “It’s a priority that we deliver on the DDE for all students, families, and staff members,” explained Christopher.”
With the school year just days away, Clint looks forward to everything it holds, both professionally and as the parent of two Muscatine Community School District students. “Two of our daughters are still in high school and are looking forward to a great year,” he shared: “I’m also looking forward to this school year being perhaps the most normal one we’ve had in quite a few years. I’m grateful to be a part of this school district and for the students and families we serve in a community that continues to give back and work collaboratively with us.”