Thursday, October 20, 2016


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Upcoming Events:

Oct 21 - End of 1st Quarter for Wyoming students

Oct 25 - Academics Parent Meeting with Mrs. Reilly 6-7pm in art room

Oct 25 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8PM in each center - Elementary assigns times, for Middle/High School come to cafeteria when you can

Oct 27 - 1:00 Early Dismissal - Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30-8PM in each center - Elementary assigns times, for Middle/High School come to cafeteria when you can

Oct 27 - Academics Parent Meeting with Mrs. Reilly 6-7pm in art room

Oct 28 - NO SCHOOL - parent teacher conference trade off day

Oct 31 - Remediation Day for grades 7-12

Nov 2 - 1:00 Dismissal for inservice - Wyo PM schedule

Nov 9 - 1:00 Dismissal for inservice - Wyo AM schedule

Nov 9 - Athletic Booster meeting 6PM at Racks, Wyoming

Nov 11 - Veteran's Day Assemblies in both buildings: OJ 9:30AM in gym, Wyoming 11AM in Calkins Barn - Public is invited to attend.

TBA SOON - Art & Science Wing Showcase - open house at Wyoming center - 6PM

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October 17-22 is National School Bus Safety Week! Thank you to Transportation Director John Stender and his fine crew of drivers who get all of our students to and from school and all activities safely throughout the year. Your caring efforts are greatly appreciated!

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All parents are encouraged to participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences for your child(ren).

The Oxford Junction center will actually schedule you a time to meet with your child's teacher. If you cannot make the meeting please contact the school ASAP so all time slots can be fully utilized. They will also be having a Book Fair at the elementary center during conferences.

At the Wyoming center parents can come in any time during conferences that works in their schedule, report to the cafeteria, and talk with any teachers they want/need to. Quarter 1 report cards will be handed out that night too. Any not picked up at conferences will be mailed home the following Monday. At the Wyoming center there are also parent meetings each night on academic topics, see notification below.

Conferences are Tuesday, October 25 from 4-8PM and Thursday, October 27 from 1:30-8PM

We do have some shared staff, here are their schedules: Miss Doll and Miss Ralson will both be at OJ Tuesday and WYO Thursday. Mr Hack and Mr. Luensman will both be in WYO Tuesday and OJ Thursday. In addition, Mrs. Eckhardt will be unavailable on Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 so she can attend her own children's conferences in OJ.

We hope to see you at conferences this year!

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Need help with PowerSchool? Want to track your student's learning on CANVAS? Need help understanding Standards Based Grading? Mrs. Reilly will be holding parent meetings to assist parents with these topics on the following dates: Monday, October 17 5:30 - 6:30;Tuesday, October 25 6 - 7 (during conferences);Thursday, October 27 6 - 7 (during conferences) All meetings will be held in the new Art Room. Enter east doors near the portable. Art room is first door on right. Hope to see you there.

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Work on the stairwell in the academic wing will be taking place this week. Here is what they were working on Monday morning.

October 6th had the last of the precast walls going up:

More precast walls went up this week at the Wyoming center. There are two partial walls with four ofthe precast sections that will join brick walls when all is done.

The elevator shaft was created with precast walls.

The lockerrooms on the west end of the new gym were put up and some walls on the east and west ends of the new wrestling room and shop areas were erected.

Special thank you to Zion Lutheran Church for allowing our students to use their parking lot again this week during the wall project.

They created the area for the stairs along the south side of the academic wing, you can see the forms sticking out of the ground to the right of the skid loader in the photo above. The mason workers should be here next week to start their portion of the project.

All construction photos can be found HERE.

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Interstate Studio photographers returned on Wed, Oct 12 to do picture retakes. You can still order online at by using the correct order code: Middle/High School 08427ZB / Elementary School 08427X

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Chiara Dusanek was recently recognized at the Belin-Blank Center Recognition Ceremony which is held each year to acknowledge those students in grades 4-12 who earned top scores in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).

The Explore test which Chiara took is an 8th grade level test. She was in 6th grade when she took the test and scored in the top tier. Thousands of students took this test throughout Iowa and many other states.

Chiara is a 7th grader at Midland Middle School this year and is the daughter of Tara Hay-Dusanek and Chad Dusanek both of Wyoming. Due to this accomplishment she will receive opportunities to attend the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa throughout the year.

Keep up the good work Chiara!

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This letter is to inform you of a skin issue that was brought to our attention. We have had several students in the Wyoming center with open sores on their skin. At this point, we are getting conflicting diagnoses from area providers. However, we do know that Medical Associates of Maquoketa is treating the condition as impetigo, a contagious skin infection. With this in mind, we are asking all parents to be diligent, and if you note that your child has any open sores, PLEASE take them to their primary care providers immediately for possible treatment.

This issue has been reported at many schools in Iowa this year, some even cancelling football games due to the severity. We require all students have all sores covered in order to attend school so we can help stop the spread at school. Thanks for your cooperation with this.

Please read entire letter here, it includes a photo of what the skin issue might look like:

Skin Infection Notification Letter - September 9, 2016

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2016-17 MCSD Master Calendar


16-17 Midland School Supply List

16-17 Midland Bus Routes and Times



The Wyoming Center has a 1-to-1 Laptop Program in place, each student is assigned a laptop to use for the year. Sixth grade students will leave their laptops at school at all times as a transition period. Students in grades 7-12 will be allowed to take them home to complete homework once their Laptop Agreement Form is completed and returned to Mr. Greenfield. Laptops will be checked out once the school year starts. You can turn in the agreement form to the office at any time.


Parents are also reminded that Computer Insurance is again available through the school for $25.00. This premium is on a voluntary basis and will cover the repairs to a school issued computer. If the premium is used on one occasion the student/family can pay another premium of $25. For any subsequent damages, the insurance premium would increase to $50. If a student/family decides not to pay the insurance premium the student will be responsible for total cost of repairs.

If you have questions on registration, please feel free to contact the office at 563-488-2292 or stop in at either office location.

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As of July 1, 2016 the Iowa School Alerts system that we used to inform parents of school cancellations is going away. We are putting in a new system through govdelivery that we encourage all parents and district residents to sign up for. This sight can automatically send you any information you requestduring the setup process including the district newsletter, any district wide notification, school dismissal notifications, any school specific notifications or bulletins.

To sign up for the Midland version please go to this website: Iowa School Alerts or you can click on the Iowa School Alerts logo on the right side of the school webpage.

Once you create an account you can sign up to receive different information either in the form of an email or text message. You can choose as many levels as you want or need including: District, Middle/High School and Elementary.

Please keep in mind that this is a brand new system that operates totally different than anything we've had in the past and there may be some learning curve for our staff member in charge of it. If you have comments please contact our webmaster.

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Attention Families! The Midland Community School District now provides an easy to use solution for online payments. Make payments for lunches, athletic passes, preschool tuition and Paul Petersen Fitness Center memberships. This service empowers you to save time, reduces trips to the district office, and eliminates the need to send cash and checks with your students. Make a quick payment in the evening or during your lunch hour with just a few clicks. PLEASE NOTE: A service fee of 3.61% will be added to your shopping cart at checkout

Here is a handout explaining how to set up your account: RevTrak Instructions

You can access Midland's Revtrak website at

If you have questions please contact Megan Frankfurt in the district office at 563-488-2292 x 1210.

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RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

Thursday, September 01, 2016



Congratulations to Libby Uppena who finished 2nd in shot putt with new school record at 39 feet 4.25 inches!

Jaelynn Folkers 9th in 1500M at 5:15.96; 17th in 3000M at 11:53.0

Alex Martens 10th in high jump at 5 feet 11 inches

Rylee Andresen 12th in 400M hurdles at 1:09.89; 20th in 400M in 1:03.58

Trace Jensen 17th in 1600M at 4:50.37

4x400M Relay of Emma Dusanek, Rylee Andresen, Jaelynn Folkers, Drew Jensen - 18th in 4:19.73

Drew Jensen 23rd in 200M at 1:04.81

GREAT JOB representing yourselves, your families, your school and your communities!

Thanks to Deanna Martens for the district track pictures!

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Special thanks to Travis and Elisha Hansen who took time to fly their drone over the construction area so we could all take a birds eye view of the changes to the Wyoming center. Thanks guys!


The construction project has begun at the Wyoming center. Please drive carefully around the school. Speed limit in construction zone is 10 MPH, reminder speeding tickets double in construction zones. Slow it down!

This is an exciting time at Midland, but we are all going to be inconvenienced at some time or another as this project progresses. Please bare with us and if you have any questions or concerns anywhere along the line please contact the administrators at the school. We will try to keep this webpage updated with needed information, and will email information out to students and parents as needed.


Changes to Green Street caused a change for the area for bus pickup/drop off. A temporary road has been built from Washington Street to Webster Street on school property around the remaining house on that block. Students will load buses on the North side of that road in the grassy area.

Also a temporary road will be constructed just West of the Little Eagles Daycare Center that will lead to the Fitness Center. Students are still asked to drive behind the school to get to their parking areas.


The voters of the Midland District passed a bond issue on April 7, 2015 for $12.9 million. The bid came in at $12,353,000. With fees and such the total projected cost will be more than the $12.9 million. The difference will be made up with the use of funds in the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and State wide one cent sales tax fund, called SAVE.

Many have asked, how long will it take? Phase one will hopefully begin in late March. The focus of this phase will be the new two-story classroom section, office expansion, kitchen, new gym and locker rooms. This phase will be ongoing throughout the entire project.

Phase two is set for the summer of 2016. During this phase the high school hallway classrooms will be transformed into the new science rooms, vo-ag/foods classroom and art classroom. This work should be completed so that these classrooms will be used at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The shell of the new shop and wrestling room will also be constructed during this phase.

Phase three is set for 2016-17 school year. During this phase the shop area and wrestling room will be completed, remodeling of the music and stage areas will take place. The two story classroom area, kitchen and gymnasium work will continue as well. Phase four is for the summer and fall of 2017. The locker rooms and rest rooms by the high school gym will be remodeled and the finishing touches on the new areas will be finalized. The transition from the Bronson building to the new building will take place. Once that is accomplished, the Bronson building will be demolished and the parking areas and outside touches will be completed. The completion date for the entire project is November 1, 2017.

A ground breaking event will be scheduled once we get the start date finalized. During the different phases, we will keep you posted about changes in location of offices, classrooms, student drop off/pick up and parking. Initially, the superintendent office will be moved to the portable. At the same time,the principal's office will be moved to the nurses' office and the nurse will move over to the guidance office in the Bronson building.

The word that comes to my mind about this entire project is, AMAZING. I am very excited about the process and what this will mean for our students, staff, community and future. I can't thank people enough for their work to get this entire plan put into place. The board, community members, staff and students have been great to work with. Way to go Midland!!! - Mr. Rodenberg

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At the Winter Sports Banquet on Thursday, March 3, the Athletic Booster Club named the Wyoming Legion Post 259 as their 2016 Athletic Booster of the Year.

These members attended the banquet to accept the award: Front (L-R) Acel Nowachek, Albert Storm, Frank Caes, Lyle Watters, Ken Harms, Denny Carstensen Back (L-R) Lennie Miller, Curtis Thornhill, Mark Mead, Gary Brunscheen, Steve Agnitsch, Kenny Hanna, John Noel

The Legion has been a long standing supporter of Midland Athletics at the fairgrounds. They were the group who spearheaded building the football and baseball/softball complex for the school. They had the money to undertake the project and got everyone together to make it a reality. The history on this project comes from Albert Storm who was Commander of the Legion Post at that time.

In 1960 a group of Legion members from Wyoming Post 259 had a vision that would benefit the community and the school district. Charlie Marshall, Red Mayberry, Charlie Swordes and Albert Storm started kicking around the idea of building a baseball/softball combo field along with a football field at the fairground for the school district to use. They had the money in the bank and it wasn't drawing any interest so they thought they would use it towards helping the community. They started talking about it in the community to see if there was an interest. Charlie Marshall would invite people into his print shop on Main Street just to strike up a conversation about the new sports fields at the fairgrounds.

They discovered that people were on board with their ideas, so they approached the Fairboard to get their approval to use the fairground land to build the new fields. Many volunteers within the community had a hand in this project. They found when they started laying out the football field that it was 13 feet higher on the East end than the West so they had to move a lot of dirt to make it more level. Once the dirt was moved they used a disc and harrow to level it. They even used the city maintainer to help level dirt. They wanted to complete the job before winter so it would have time to settle.

When the baseball field was built it was used for the softball field as well. They had two sets of base pegs and would move the bases in for the girls' game. This wasn't an ideal situation, as balls would take odd bounces off of the baseball pitcher's mound, but it served the team for many years until the current field was built over 20 years later.

Lighting was the next issue that they had to tackle. They dug up the poles at the previous baseball field which had been located on the southwest side of Wyoming (which is now Bill Hansen's corn field - between the houses and the creek) and moved them to the current site. They had to place dynamite in the ground to help create the holes since the ground was already frozen. Iowa Electric helped set the poles and hook up the electricity for a small fee.

Lastly they moved the concession stand from the old baseball field across town to its current position next to the baseball field at the fairgrounds. The Legion members ran the concession stand for all home baseball/softball games and football games. Eventually the Midland Athletic Boosters took over running the concessions for the summer sports and the Legion members kept running it for football games. A new chapter begins this fall for the Legion Post and the Midland Athletic Boosters as the boosters are entering a 10 year lease agreement for the use of the Legion concession stand for all home athletic events at the fairgrounds.

We appreciate all the Legion members have done over the past 50+ years to support the athletes of the Midland Community School District, thus they are named the 2016 Athletic Booster of the Year recipient. We look forward to continuing our joint efforts to help our athletes, school and community.

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Kirkwood offers Summer Kick Camp for students age 9-15, registration is now open. Check out their video and brochure at

Kirkwood for Kids will run June 27-30 for students in grades 1-8. Deadline to apply is May 15.

Kirkwood For Kids Brochure for grades 1-4

Kirkwood For Kids Brochure for grades 5-8

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2016-17 MCSD Master Calendar as approved by the school board on Feb. 15, 2016

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HACAP Information for Jones County Residents

Jones County Volunteer Center and HACAP partner to meet the need for information, education, enrollment opportunity, renewal and assistance with hawk-i health care coverage for children, Medicaid, Presumptive Eligibility and Delta Dental Wellness Program and the Market Place.

HACAP staff will be at the Jones County volunteer Center located at 605 E Main St, Anamosa from 9am to 4pm on the following Thursdays: 2/11, 2/25, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23 Please call 319-551-4329 for an appointment and use back entry.

An application is below. This application may be used for both Medicaid or hawk-i Presumptive Eligibility. These are income qualifying products. All members of the family should be included, even those that do not need covered.


If any questions, please contact them directly at 319-551-4329.

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See this letter to parents from Superintendent Brian Rodenberg, and then the Frequently Asked Questions handout.

SRC Parent Letter

FAQ from Parents on Iowa School Report Cards

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Midland Students at both the Oxford Junction and Wyoming Centers conducted a food drive for the past month. Over 1300 items were donated between the buildings with the Wyoming center once again taking bragging rights collecting 775 items to OJ's total of 544.

The collected items will be evenly split between the food pantries within our district including Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming. Pictured above is one of the three loads that were leaving the Wyoming center.

The students and staff at Wyoming are looking forward to seeing Mr. Wendler in our building, he has to serenade our center with some Christmas songs at lunch since he lost the challenge. The real winner in this contest is the community. There will be extra items available for families in need during the holiday season.

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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For a second year in a row the Midland FFA took donations of shoe boxes and small gifts (new or lightly used) and created We Care Packages and delivered them to students within our district to brighten their Christmas! Thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause!

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Attention Families! The Midland Community School District now provides an easy to use solution for online payments. Make payments for lunches, athletic passes, preschool tuition and Paul Petersen Fitness Center memberships. This service empowers you to save time, reduces trips to the district office, and eliminates the need to send cash and checks with your students. Make a quick payment in the evening or during your lunch hour with just a few clicks. PLEASE NOTE: A service fee of 3.61% will be added to your shopping cart at checkout.

Please be patient with us as we transition to this new service, there may be growing pains for all involved for awhile. We hope this helps our patrons with their billpaying. More options may be available in the future if this works out as we hope.

Here is a handout explaining how to set up your account: RevTrak Instructions

You can find a link to RevTrak on the right side of the school homepage under Helpful Links.

If you have questions please contact Megan Frankfurt in the district office at 563-488-2292 x 1210.

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Congratulations to the Midland FFA Ag Issues team for competing at the National Competition and earning a bronze award. Members of the team are Madi Markmann, Madison Gravel, Tommy Ostrander, Ethan Wherry, Rylee Andresen, Eli Slouha, Sydney Stender, and Kara Gnade (alternate). This group of students became educators themselves as they were able to teach others about the pros and cons of the regulations associated with school lunches. This is the first team that has won the state competition and advanced to Nationals.

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Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition just held their year end wrap up meeting and presented Superintendent Rodenberg with their Awesome School Representative Award for all of the support he has shown their organization since 2010.

Here is what they had to say: Brian has been involved with the Coalition since at least 2010. He has always been so supportive in having his school participate in everyway possible with the coalition. He has encouraged Christine Gent, Ed Ahouse, Ashley Marshall, Ryan Luensman, Carol Reilly, Michelle Hansen, and Chris Conger and other staff from Midland to participate in the ways they could as well. They have gone to the Day on the Hill, Take Charge, Sustainability Trainings, a rural community training in South Carolina, helped with in-kind time, and shared coalition infor-mation via school emails! Brian has been on the Policy Committee for several years, has helped with booths/tables at the Wyoming Fair for the Coalition in the past, helped put the Coalition Christmas tree up for the Christ-mas City celebration for a couple years, he has supported us in city council and supervisor meetings, as well as made connections with the TIPS server training and getting ID Scanners to the Little Bear Golf Course. For all these things and more we recognize Brian with the Awesome School Representative Award!

Midland resident Kelly Dodge was also recognized by the group with their Longest Serving Executive Member Award. They said: Kelly has been our Treasurer on the Executive Board for the past 6 years and did a great job making sure we had the checks to pay for expenses, kept her eye on our DFC grant expenditures, and saw to it that our federal and state government forms were filled out yearly. Kelly has also been the chair of the Planning Committee, has given great input on the direction of our Coalition, has shared her experience being a part of the County Attorney's office and also for several years gave her input as a Wyoming City Council member. She also gives us her Midland parent perspective and has given in-kind time through helping with Post Proms, National Night Out, and various PTO events.

For more information on this organization or how to get involved you can check out their website at (there is a link from the main page of the Midladn website) or contact Jennifer Husmann at 319-462-5030 or 319-721-4463. Their office is at: 203 E. Main St., Anamosa, IA 52205

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Order your 2015-16 Midland yearbook now by logging on to to buy and personalize your 2 free custom pages. You still have until the end of the school year to customize your personal pages. If you have not yet logged on to treering you will need the school code : 1013464327822344

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


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Midland's FFA State Champion Ag Issues team was lined up to present to Senator Chuck Grassley in Moline on May 27th. Unfortunately due to airplane mechanical difficulties they were not able to do that. They did however stop at KMAQ radio in Maquoketa on their way home and presented their program there. It will air on the radio on Monday, June 1 from 9-10AM. So catch them on AM 1320 or FM 95.1 then!

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Midland High School awarded 36 diplomas to seniors during their Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17th. Foreign exchange student Alex Arnesen was also presented a Certificate of Attendance for his year here.

Mackenzie Petersen was the valedictorian while Madison Gravel was salutatorian. Many scholarhips were awarded to seniors by guest presenters or Mrs. Reilly and Mrs. Lacy. Check out the complete awards list posted to the Senior Information page.

Mackenzie Petersen is this year's Governor's Scholar. Here she is at that ceremony held in Des Moines last month.

Congratulations to all seniors and their parents! It has been a long road, but we hope they are ready to go out into the world and make a difference.

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Midland boys and girls track teams each qualified two participants for the 2015 State Track Meet to be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines May 21-23.

Libby Uppena, Soph, who shattered her own school record at districts throwing 39' 11" placed 11th in state with her throw of 34' 6 1/4" - Nice job Libby!

Rylee Andresen, Jr, finished 17th of 24 in the 400M run with a time of 1 min 3.62 seconds. Way to go Rylee!

Alex Martens, Soph, jumped 5' 11" which tied him for 9th place in state!

Trace Jensen, Soph, finished 20th in the 1600M run with a time of 4:51.05!

Congratulations to all on very successful and exciting track seasons!

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Midland FFA Ag Issues Team participated in the state competition on April 20th and were named STATE CHAMPS for 2015! Way to go guys and gals!

Participants include: Rylee A, Madi M, Tommy O, Ethan W, Eli S, Madison G, Landon H, Colin F, Mackenzie P and their sponsor is Miss Jamie Christiansen

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The Jones County Auditor called Mr. Rodenberg on Monday afternoon to update him with the final results of the special school election held on April 7th. After the final last minute absentee ballots were counted, Measure A passed with 61.9% approval while Measure B passed with 60.2% approval. The District can now look ahead to the planning phases of the improvements and addition. Thank you to all who voted! You HAVE made a difference for our students!

Mr. Rodenberg said "The people of the Midland school district have spoken. They have made a critical decision that will have a huge impact on our school district and our students.

With this victory the work is just beginning as we will be held accountable to follow through on a facility that truly will impact learning and teaching. The community deserves this, the faculty deserves this, but most importantly, the students deserve this.

A great number of people put in countless hours by attending meetings, writing letters, putting up and displaying signs and having those difficult conversations. On behalf of the school board, I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The world has changed a lot since 1914. This project will be a testament to our community's resolve and willingness to invest in the future.

Thanks again and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your superintendent."

~ Mr. Brian Rodenberg, Superintendent/Curriculum Director

Here are the plans for the Wyoming building project, it is surely an exciting time to be a Midland Eagle:


Building Layout

Exterior Drawings

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School Start Date Approved

Midland will start school on August 24 for the 2015-16 school year. Here is the calendar:

2015-16 School Calendar

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Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our Midland students and their families the school was able to donate over 4,100 items to the three food pantries within the district. Your care will be felt throughout the district this holiday season!

Mrs. Reilly had challenged her students/staff to have a 1,000 Can Monday but much to her amazement they collected over 2,000 items on that final day, pushing them to 2,648 items donated while the elementary collected over 1,500 items. Because the Wyoming center won, Mr. Wendler had to come up and sing Christmas carols to all three lunches. Mrs. Reilly and Mr. Rodenberg joined him so he didn't have to sing solo. Here he is serenading the students....

Thanks to all who helped coordinate this project and to the administrators for their good natured spirit throughout this competition. Mr. Wendler is now an experienced singer and is taking bookings for future engagements if anyone is interested (you might want to check with one of the students at the Wyoming center to see if they recommend him).

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