Thursday, December 13, 2018

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS



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Upcoming Events:

Nov 5-Dec 14 - Midland Fall Food Drive at both buildings, please give if you can - all items stay in the Midland District!

Dec 13 - Music fundraiser items delivered.

Dec 13 - FFA fruit delivered.

Dec 17 - School board meeting at Wyoming Center

Dec 18 - OPEN HOUSE AT WYOMING CENTER 5-6PM - meet a tour guide inside Activities Entrance outside of gold gym; also home basketball games vs Cal-Wheat that night, Golddusters dance performance and girls basketball ice cream sundae fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House - come enjoy all!

Dec 21 - 12:00 Dismissal for winter break

Dec 24-Jan 3 - NO SCHOOL Winter Break

Dec 27 - PATS Blood Drive 2-9PM in black gym

Jan 4 - School resumes with normal scheduled day

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A trophy carries dust, the memories last forever.

With the remodeling and new construction project, we do not have the necessary room to store or display all of the trophies from previous years. We will display all state qualifying trophies and pictures inside of the new trophy cases. We have also photographed all conference and district championship trophies and will display them as a video on a TV screen in the athletic commons area.

On December 13th (wrestling) and December 14th (basketball), we will be taking donations for any of the trophies we do not have room to display.

With the completion of the new building project, Midland has a bright future ahead. We will always remember the past, but we now have a brand new facility to carry us into the future. If you have any questions or would like a specific trophy, please contact Ryan Steines at midlandad@midland.k12.ia.us.

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MIDLAND CONSTRUCTION CLASSES LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

Midland construction classes wants to expand their shop projects and reach out to the community to see if they need anything completed for projects. Requirements would be length is flexible x width can only be 12' wide x height can only be 12' high, coming up with the plans/design, and purchasing materials. If interested please contact Ryan Streets at 319-480-2217 or email rstreets@midland.k12.ia.us.

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BUS FOR SALE BY SEALED BIDS

District is taking SEALED BIDS:

2006 International School Bus, sold AS IS

For more information please call the District Office at 563-488-2292

Bids accepted until noon on December 12th

District reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

CAR FOR SALE BY SEALED BIDS

District is taking SEALED BIDS:

2007 Ford Taurus SE, sold AS IS

For more information please call the District Office at 563-488-2292

Bids accepted until noon on December 13th.

District reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

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OPEN HOUSE AT WYOMING CENTER DECEMBER 18TH

Midland Open House Flier

There will be an Open House at Midland Middle/High School in Wyoming, Iowa on Tuesday, December 18th from 5-6PM. Students will give community members tours of the new facility. Please use the Activities Entrance which is near the Paul Petersen Fitness Center on the South side of the building. Meet your tour guide in the hallway inside of those doors between 5 and 6 PM.

We also have a home basketball game that night with JV game starting at 4:30 in the Black Gym and V starting at 6:00 in the Gold Gym, so please consider coming to cheer on our Eagle teams. Our Golddusters Dance Team will also be providing entertainment that night. Come take in the whole Eagle experience! Admission to the game is $5 adults and $4 students.

Also that evening our girls basketball team will be doing a service project selling ice cream sundaes with the proceeds going to promote their service project with the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.

Please share this information with anyone you think wants to come see our facilities. This is their opportunity. We welcome one and all!

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ISASP TESTING REPLACES IOWA ASSESSMENT TESTS THIS YEAR

This year, our students will begin taking a new statewide assessment. It will replace the Iowa Assessments. The new test ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) were developed by Iowa Testing Programs and the University of Iowa. The assessment is designed to measure student learning outcomes as outlined in the Iowa Core Standards. All districts in the State of Iowa are required to give the ISASP in a window during the final quarter of the school year.

The new test has some significant changes from the Iowa Assessments. First, the test can be taken online or on paper. Midland has decided that for the initial year, we will remain with a paper and pencil format for the test. Second, the ISASP has fewer tests. Students in grades 3 through 11 will be tested on Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will be tested on Science. Third, students will be required to write a passage from a prompt on the ISASP. Finally, the test will be untimed. Students will have as long as they need to complete each section.

After the first of the year, the state is going to release some practice tests. Students throughout the district will be given the opportunity to work through the practice test questions so that they can become familiar with the new question types and the new format of the test.

As in the past, families will receive student scores. However, we have been notified by Iowa Testing Programs, that the scores will not be released to districts until sometime next fall. Student growth, proficiency and readiness indicators will be reported to district at that time as well.

The MS/HS will be testing from March 20 March 29. All students should plan to be in attendance at this time. HS students that attend Kirkwood should plan to be in the building in the building for testing all day on March 21 and 22.

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HOW TO BE A GOOD SPORT

If you have not heard, one of our JH wrestlers did something that showed very high character and selflessness. Logan Bicknese was able to give a win (Logan let him win) to an athlete from Lisbon that is less fortunate than him. Although Logan himself doesn't have a lot of wins yet this season, he saw the need to give this one away as it would mean more to the other athlete.

Here is a link to the tweet with a video: https://twitter.com/MrNboots/status/1062505983962988545

Coach Gravel's wife Theresa said "It was awesome to watch. Logan really made Midland proud. And he was simply asked to give the kid some mat time and not pin him right away. Logan made the decision to give the kid the win on his own and told coach as he was taking the mat. It really was a proud Midland moment." WTG Logan! Keep up the great work!

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MARTENS NAMED IFCA ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Eric Martens who was named 2018 Iowa Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year! Congratulations Eric and thanks for your many years service to our students and the district!

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BUS SAFETY A MUST

Our transportation personnel want to extend a huge thank you to all who follow proper traffic safety procedures when you encounter one of our buses out on the roads. Our hearts go out to those who have been involved in the recent tragedies involving stopped busses and bus stops recently. It reminds us to post these reminders to all.

Our drivers do turn in a small number of drivers who pass inappropriately, don't stop for red lights, etc. each year. Sheriff Graver says "That information goes to a pre-designated Trooper with the State Patrol who does the follow up and charges if there is probable cause to determine who was driving." We don't want anyone to be in trouble, but better that than risk the lives of our students.

Our students lives are FAR more important than a call or text or something, put down the phone, slow it down and follow the laws. Let's all get safely to our destinations.

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MIDLAND ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM ADDRESSES SAFETY CONCERNS AT WYOMING CENTER AT BUS TIME

We have elementary parents arriving and then parking in the lot. Students are then arriving on the buses and running through the parking lot trying to find their parents. It is causing an unsafe situation especially when parents are then backing out of spaces and nearly hitting small children.

Therefore, we are prohibiting parents from coming in and parking.

Elementary parents are not to enter parking lot until 3:20. They need to give middle/high school parents time to pick up their students and clear the area. We need them to enter the parking lot from the north Washington Street entrance. Then, they should pull forward as far as they can in the "loop" - between the orange line and the sidewalk. We will have staff available to help children find the vehicle that is waiting for them. This will allow us to load children safely from the sidewalk and keep them out of the parking lot area.

We realize that we may not enough room for all parents in the "loop," but we need them to be patient and wait on Washington Street until space is available for them to enter.

Thanks, and please pass the word to parents.

Midland Administrative Team: Doug Tuetken, Carol Reilly, Angela Ruley

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FEED BUNKS FOR SALE BY INDUSTRIAL TECH PROGRAM

Midland shop class has feed bunks for sale. They have one each of a 12', 16', and 20'. Please contact Ryan Streets or District office.

The following list is the cost to produce each size bunk.

12' = $325.14

16' = $380.28

20' = $490.21

Donations to the shop class above the cost of materials help to support the program.

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TOYS FOR TOTS IN JONES COUNTY

Below is the application form for Toys For Tots in Jones County. Please share with anyone who might need this service. Applications are due November 30th to them at address on the bottom of the application form. Please do NOT send back to the school. This service is provided by someone outside of the school district. We are merely passing the information along.

2018 Toys For Tots Application

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MIDLAND FANS ASKED TO FOLLOW SPECTATOR EXPECTATIONS

Because we are proud of our school and our student athletes, we ask our fans to all read and follow these spectator expectations at all events both home and away.

Spectator Expectations Letter From Administrators

We have worked hard over the years to have a great sportsmanship rating and want to keep that up where it should be. Let's all set a great example for not only our students, but all students attending our events.

Thanks for supporting all Eagle athletics!

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THERAPY DOGS AT BOTH CENTERS AT MIDLAND

Both centers at Midland Schools has their own therapy dog available for students. Our students and staff enjoy the interaction with them.

Here both Newman, on the left, and Mavis, on the right, were visiting the high school recently.

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OPPA! MEALS A HIT WITH MMHS STAFF!

The OPPA! staff served lunch to the staff at Midland Middle High School on Tuesday as part of their preparation for the first day of school this Thursday. The staff was very impressed with the selection and the freshness of the meal!

Staff had their choice of beef or chicken taco on hard or soft shell, pizza (cheese, buffalo chicken, something else), or grilled chicken breast sandwich. Vegetable included roasted potato wedges, tomato, raw cauliflower or broccoli, Fruit included fresh strawberries, canned pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Lettuce salad with croutons, bacon bits, sunflower seeds, cucumbers, onions, pickles, peppers, salsa, sour cream, dressings. Dessert was two types of cookies or muffin.

We have a feeling we think the students and staff will come away very satisfied after eating our school lunches this year. Give them a try!

Be sure to check out the OPPA! menus online at midland.nutrislice.com or by downloading the Nutrislice app from the App Store or on Google Play. You can see the daily menu there as well as nutrition information and other info.

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MIDLAND RECEIVES $10,000 MONSANTO GRANT!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the farmers in our district who nominated Midland! You helped us to receive a $10,000 Monsanto Grant. It will be presented to school officials at the home football game on October 12th. All who nominated them are invited to attend the ceremony just before 7pm at the game.

We will now be able to purchase needed equipment such as Kid Wind Advanced Wind kits, Circuit Boards, an electric saw, and Sensors. These purchases will allow us to expand our hands on, problem solving learning opportunities to our students.

Thank you to Miss Christiansen who wrote the grant and THANKS EAGLE FARMERS who all took time to nominate us!!! We had been close before but needed more votes. You put us over the top! Thanks again, we couldn't have done it without your support!!!

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E-REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Parents who have children attending Midland this year in grades PS-12 are asked to complete e-registration on your parent PowerSchool account. There is a folder in the left hand column titled E-registration, you will need to scroll down to find it. You will click on a student in the top blue bar, complete their registration info and then if you have other students you will click on their name and do the same until all are updated.

A few important things to be sure you fix if needed:

1. Your mailing address - the postal service is returning letters if you don't have this right. If you have a PO box PLEASE add that!

2. The emergency contacts should be someone OTHER THAN PARENTS, we always contact parents first, if you are not available who else can help us find you or pick up a sick child or give one permission to drive home?

3. Be careful with the permissions page, be sure to read each one thoroughly. This is how you will approve things such as student computer use,

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SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS, DRIVERS, CHAPERONES ALL NEED TO SIGN A NEW FORM FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS

Midland Community School District would like to thank you for showing interest in a rewarding way to serve students at all levels. Midland has new protocol regarding the safety of our students, we require background checks on all volunteers, chaperones, and drivers involved in school programs.

To begin, please completed the attached form (if applicable drivers license and insurance card) and background check form. Forms will need to be completed and returned to the district office.

Once forms are completed and returned to the district office (see below address), district office will process the forms. Please note the background check process (typically takes 2-5 days) will take longer during peak times, primarily at the beginning of the year and right after winter break.

After the background check is processed and cleared, volunteers, chaperones, and drivers are approved district-wide and are entered into a shared database accessible to office staff and building administrators.

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year.

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MIDLAND POWERSCHOOL URL CHANGED

Parents and students, if you have tried to log into your PowerSchool site this week from a bookmark you were probably denied. The URL has changed due to a hosting change of the site. The new URL for parent and student accounts is now:

https://midland.powerschool.com/public

Please update the address in all of your devises you use to access the site.

If you have trouble accessing from your mobile device, they tell us that you might have to delete the app and reinstall it. The one you want is PowerSchool for Parents (Students). You might need District Code: SPHX and you might need our district postal code 52362

These instructions will give you step by step instructions on the very last page.

Parent Instructions

Student Instructions

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE July 17th

Midland Alumni Steve and Brandon Dirks are tag teaming today working on the landscaping at the East edge of the main offices. It will be nice to get some of these areas smoothed off and looking nice. Thanks guys!

A look at the old Bronson site. The future is bright at MMHS, the sun is shining, the work is continuing, the end is ALMOST in sight!

July 13th:

Custom Dozing started grading the area between the school and the daycare today.

Cement being poured for sidewalks around the perimeter.

Rogers Concrete have been busy pouring cement again this week. Here is what the front access to the school is looking like.

The loop closest to the building, will be a butterfly garden. Not sure if anything else goes in the top loop or just green space.

They are working on the sidewalks at the far edges of the parking area today. They have poured a sidewalk south side of the new building. There will be one poured on the north side of the daycare and by the PPF yet.

The view out the south rooms has changed, you used to look into the Bronson building.

Things are shaping up day by day. We hope the entire parking area can be completed before we start school. Until then if work going on out there you can park out back and use the door that goes towards the bus barn to enter the school.

CONSTRUCTION TODAY 6/28/18

The mason workers completed their portion of the Bronson tribute wall which is across the hall from the concession stand and the gold gym. It sure reminds us of the Bronson building, what a great idea! The benches beside it are from the old flooring in the Bronson building. Not sure if there will be any type of photo or commemorative info there or not. Wait and see I guess.

The front approach was poured today as well. Thanks to Rogers Concrete for their efforts.

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Construction - June 15, 2018

Lansing Brothers Construction, Luxenburg, IA, are finishing up hauling away the Bronson building. It should be gone by day's end. This has probably been the easiest part of this whole construction project. The guys were personable and easy to work with and weren't too far off of their time frames they gave us. Thanks guys!

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2018 SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

The Wyoming Center will be open all summer, for the most part Monday-Friday from 8AM-3PM. Keep in mind that staff members will be using vacation time during summer so Megan or Michelle may not both be here and there is a small possibility that there may be a random day we will be closed. If making a special trip please call to be sure someone is here. Sometimes staff might be here earlier or later, again call for verification on that too.

At Oxford Junction, Deb and Erika will be in the building full time until June 15th. Erika will be in the office at either Wyoming or Oxford Junction from June 18-29th. During July Erika's schedule will vary until August when getting ready for school to begin. Please call ahead to check if someone is there.

We hope everyone enjoys their summer!

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BRONSON NEWS CLIPPINGS

Thanks to retired Midland librarian Bob King who unearthed some news clippings about the Bronson building and then the auditorium/gymnasium which is currently the Commons or cafeteria at Wyoming. The one seems to say the basement room was just a gymnasium in the Bronson building, not a swimming pool as rumored.

The Cedar Rapids Republican article dated May 26,2014 shows where a $30,000 bond issue was passed to build the new building. Bob says "In Iowa starting in 1894 women could vote on tax matters. Women did not have the suffrage until 1920." So they played a part in getting the bond issue passed as the news story indicates.

The Monticello Express article dated August 6, 2014 tells how Reverend Dillon Bronson of Brookline, Massachusetts had offered to completely furnish the new school house with modern fixtures and apparatus, thus the building would be known as the James A. Bronson school.

The Monticello Express article dated November 4, 1915 told how after an unavoidable delay in completion of the new school house, students and staff were able to finally move in on November 1, 1915. Mirroring our construction project they thanked the school board members who "are deserving of the thanks of every citizen of the town, as they have cheerfully given their time and attention to what is in most cases a thankless job."

The Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated August 26, 1939 told of the dedication of the new auditorium-gymnasium on Sunday, August 27, 1939. The $40,000 structure replaced the old town opera house which had been remodeled for school use when the gym in the school house became inadequate. The new building ahs a playing floor of 78 x 40 feet. Bleachers on one side and chairs can be set up on the 40 foot stage on the other.

Thanks to Mr. King for digging up this interesting reading. We are all learning history lessons through this construction project.

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SURPRISE UNCOVERED

On Friday, June 8th the construction discovered a surprise, the construction guy said they broke through the classroom floor to find an area with small bleachers and then there is brick about 4-5 foot up the four walls with a wider brick topping it. We know there was a gymnasium on the West end of the Bronson building. Rumor had it back when they were playing basketball on that floor that there was a swimming pool under that gymnasium floor. If anyone has photo proof of what was once there please share with us so we can solve this Bronson mystery.

A birds eye view from the 2nd floor classroom window.

So far no time capsule has been found in the remains of the building, but the construction crew is still looking for it as they sift through the remains. Here I believe he was looking for it as he intentionally dropped the steps to get them to break and was digging around in that south stairs area.

More bricks should be available for the public on Monday by the front entrance on a pallet by the gold bicycle rack. If you would like, please take one brick as a commemorative piece of the Bronson building. Please be courteous as we know many people want one.

The bricks on pallets by the activities entry are saved to create a historical display with the old school bell on school grounds. PLEASE do NOT take these. There are security cameras by this exit that cover those, we hope none come up missing. Thanks for your understanding on this, we feel it is important to preserve some of the Bronson heritage. There have also been some benches made from some of the old flooring from the Bronson and those will be on display in the activities entrance near the gyms.

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BRONSON LEVELED

The 1914 Bronson building served the Midland District well for over 100 years. On June 6 this is what remains of it.

Construction workers say they should have the remains separated and hauled away by around June 15th. Then the area will be leveled and will become a much needed parking lot later this summer.

There are a few bricks available for those who wanted one to commemorate the building. They are on a pallet by the main office door near the bike rack, please help yourself to one if you'd like. They are available on a first come basis.

This is the view from the corner of Green Street and Washington Street this morning:

THANKS to all who have helped with this construction project from those who served on the planning committee, to those who got out the voters, to the taxpayers who are paying for it, to the board members who have overseen the project, to the staff, students, and public who have dealt with the inconveniences throughout this journey and to all who helped with the moving process. We couldn't have done this without each of you.

The future looks bright for the Midland District, we are excited for the memories to be made in the new building addition.

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AND THE MEMORIES CONTINUE

Part two of a story written by 1984 Midland Alumni Marlys Thomas Barker. You can also find her articles in the June 6th copy of the Anamosa Journal-Eureka.

Other notes of interest shared with the writer about the Bronson building:

From Joyce Fishwild, a longtime teacher and substitute teacher at Midland: "The ground (the school was built on) was given to the school district originally by Thomas Green...it was on Green Street...up from the creek. The building preceding the Bronson building was used from 1867 to 1914 when the Bronson building was completed. Bricks from the old building were cleaned and used to build the Diamond Garage on Main Street, that later became a drug store."

From Kathy Park, a teacher who taught in the building: "I remember in the fall we would get a lot of wasps flying in and out of our windows. They lived in the bricks outside. By afternoon, there would be wasps sitting on the poles holding the lights to the ceiling. At the end of the day, I'd take a can of wasp spray and shoot them with it. The next morning, I'd pick up dead wasps and throw them away."

From Pauline Antons: "I also recall the dusty chalk boards...my clothes always seemed covered with chalk dust...One classroom incident I'd like to forget was the day my string of pearls broke and rolled all over the floor. They kept rolling periodically because some were stuck in my clothing. How embarrassed I was, but students had their laugh of the day!"

From Christi Stingley, former teacher: "I thought the building had a kind of charm about it. I would have preferred a new building, but I loved the big windows, since I'm an outdoors person...Air conditioning would have been nice on the hot days. I remember being a klutz, especially in heels, and tripping over the warped flooring in John Meyer's room especially. I remember the floors creaking constantly and being able to hear footsteps...If I went in to work in the evening, I remember it feeling kind of creepy..."

From Peg Mineck, a teacher in the 1970s: "We made a time capsule in 1976, which I believe we hid in the built-in cupboard in my room. Not sure what ever happened to it."

From Melissa Paulsen, former student who moved next door to the building: "We were able to get a large wooden window from the entryway, just inside the doors...to hang in our house."

From Michelle Hansen, former student and now administrative assistant at Midland: "The building project began in April 2016 after the community passed the bond issue by two votes! The farm economy was doing well, and we were lucky it went through on the very first try. We had a good school board... Our superintendent I believe attended every single type of meeting in all seven communities in the six months leading up to the vote...telling people why we needed it." The groundbreaking for the new building was April 4, 2016.

No doubt the memories of the Bronson building will come alive when the Wyoming Class of 1943 gathers on June 9. Joyce Fishwild said the following former students are among those expected to attend: Lorraine Moenk Denniston, Albert Storm, Bonnie Denniston and Ross Stickley.

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TODAY WAS THE DAY, THE END OF THE BRONSON BUILDING - JUNE 4, 2018

Today was the last day the Bronson building stood whole on Midland soil. Half of it was demolished to make way for a parking lot, the rest will come down on June 5. Many spectators stood around and watched and reminisced with stories of what went on in the building. Some retired staff came back to see it as they had spent many years in it.

The Bronson sign and the 1914 sign were saved prior to demolition.

Thanks to Travis Hansen who took some arial photos with his drone both during demolition and on May 30th and shared with us.

For more Bronson building demolition pictures go to

http://www.midland.k12.ia.us/Gallery.asp?Gallery=BronsonPics

OR

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YuBYajrldxCt9HUy2

May 30th:

Watch for a Bronson tribute news article written by 1984 Midland graduate Marlys Thomas on the website and in the Anamosa Journal-Eureka in the near future. Thanks Marlys for caring enough to do this for us!

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A TRIBUTE TO BRONSON

As the Bronson Building comes down, many recall fond memories of what happened within its walls

By Marlys Barker, Contributing Writer

Over the past century, hundreds of students, along with numerous teachers and other school staff, have passed through the doors and spent time between the walls of the "old Bronson building" in Wyoming.

Completed in 1914, the historic school building -- which is presently coming down to make room for parking around a new state-of-the-art Midland School building -- was built in honor of James A. Bronson, who is known as the founding father of the town. Local history reveals that Bronson had the first general store "up on the hill" and then built the first block of Main Street. Bronson was also postmaster of Wyoming, not once, but twice, and a business leader in the community for many years.

The historic three-story brick school building, bore Bronson's name, likely made a big impression in its day. Some would say that even as the building's been coming down, it's still impressive. The structure itself, however, is probably nowhere near as special as the memories that were made within it.

"Teachers in the Bronson building became the best of friends," said longtime Midland teacher Pauline Antons. "Perhaps it was the hall duty on the first floor that made it happen. There, between classes, we chatted and laughed as we greeted students to their respective rooms."

By "hall," Antons refers to the big open areas between the rooms of each floor. There were really no hallways in the building, just staircases, offices and rooms that were used for classes and other school purposes.

For many years, the kitchen in the basement served lunches to students. Michelle (Mead) Hansen, a 1982 graduate of Midland and now the district's middle and high school administrative assistant, remembers how the aroma of Mrs. Storm's cinnamon rolls and other homemade goods filled the building. "Mrs. Storm made the best cinnamon rolls."

As a student, Hansen remembers the walks back and forth between the Bronson building and the newer high school building, which was added across the street in 1956 to give the district more space. Many, many students took that "walk across Green Street" several times a day for over 50 years. And then, inside Bronson, there were the steps you would go up and down -- how many flights a day depended on your class locations. Antons, who substituted for the district after her retirement, said the steps, which she climbed a number of times to sub for Mr. Ahrendsen, are something she won't miss.

But those steps were perfect conditioning for some of the school district's runners. Cody Barnes, a 2014 graduate of Midland, remembers doing track season circuit loops -- easily done because of the matching staircases to the front and back of the top two floors -- inside Bronson. Thankfully, none of the wood floors gave out during those training drills or from regular student/teacher activity in the building, which was in use until January of this year.

"We had our sixth-grade classes in it, as well as Spanish, math, social studies and special education," said Hansen of the last classes ever held in Bronson.

The building was, however, becoming increasingly structurally unsafe. "There was an area where the floor was pulling away from the wall," Hansen said.

Barnes said he remembers how the walls seemed to be separating from the wood floors. "We had assumed for the past 20 years or so people had dropped pencils and pens and really any disposable items down the cracks, and we waited for the day for them to pile up and finally fill those holes and gaps," he recalled.

Ultimately, school officials decided it would be cost-prohibitive to try to restore the Bronson building and keep it in use. "It would have needed all new electrical, as it certainly wasn't built with today's use of electricity in mind," Hansen said. No doubt, the building would also have needed lots of work to become ADA-compliant and meet other codes and technology needs of today's learners.

But in its day, it was a great place to learn, and despite its growing "old building" issues, everyone shares their thoughts about the Bronson school with fondness.

Kathy Park taught fourth grade in the Bronson building in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "My classroom was on the top floor in the southeast corner. Since it faced south, it was a warm room. The thermostat for that side of the building was in my room. When it got too warm, I'd turn the heat down." Her doing this would cool down the high school social studies room below her, though, and with high school students going in and out of the outside doors every hour, those rooms didn't stay as warm. "When they would get too cold below us, Ken Laffoon (who taught in the room below hers) would send one of his students to my door to say, 'Mr. Laffoon says to put another log on the fire!'"

Another one of the unique qualities of the Bronson building was that it had housed students of almost every grade level at one time or another, and often both upperclassmen and elementary students co-existed in the building.

Peg Mineck taught first grade on the top floor at the east end of the building from 1975 to 1977. She was next to the other first grade teacher, Aliceann Harkin Coon. "The two rooms had a door between them, which allowed Aliceann and I to co-teach and do a lot of things with our classes together," said Mineck, who also remembers her room had a fire escape door on the east wall, and two doors that came into it from the hallway.

"The rooms were very spacious," she said, which gave teachers lots of room to do activities. It was also nice that high school French teacher, John Meyer, was on the first floor. "We had some very smart first graders and sent them down to the that floor on occasion (to work with Meyer) ... which gave Aliceann and me more time to work one-on-one with students who needed an extra boost."

Christi Stingley (who was Miss Gehrt and then Mrs. Thompson while she was teaching in the district from 1979 to 1991) came to Midland straight out of college. She was in the Bronson building and for the first few years, she didn't even have her own classroom. "To my dismay, I had a desk in John Meyer's room," and she moved to wherever her classes were. "I remember having to run between buildings for my classes and struggling to stay organized."

When she finally got her own room, it was in the Bronson building, next to Ken Smith, "Smitty" as all the kids and adults called him. Smitty, like the Bronson, was a relic, and some of Stingley's favorite memories are tied to him.

"I remember vividly him coming to my room after school was dismissed and watching the kids board the bus (out of the big Bronson windows) as we visited and laughed about our day."

And the saying,"Expect the unexpected," Stingley said, was exactly what it was like when Smitty was your teaching neighbor." He had a chair on rollers that was gradually falling apart, but he liked the chair, so he kept using it. One day, however, it broke for good...the next thing I knew, my class and I heard a terrible crashing sound, followed by several parts of this chair being launched out his doorway...Since parts of the floors were warped, the parts landed in various locations. Apparently, Smitty was finished utilizing this chair."

A community garage sale was held earlier this year, where many of the things still inside the building that weren't needed at the new building, were sold. After that, Hansen said a salvage company purchased rights to the rest of the building and got everything left in it. Once the building goes down, she said the company has agreed that community members who want can have one brick each from the building.

Hansen has watched and taken many pictures as the salvage company has torn out the wooden floors, the big 2x12 floor joists and all other elements, as they've prepared to bring the building down, which was to start any day now by punching a hole in the roof and then into one side of the building, and pushing that side to the middle to bring the structure down. That event is or was expected to take place on a weekend or evening when no one was on school property or in the nearby daycare center.

It's the end of a building, the end of an era in Wyoming's small-town history. When a building like this comes down, it's a reminder that time always marches on.

"Being one of hundreds to have the privilege to teach in the Bronson building," said Antons, "makes me grateful that Wyoming had a family with such foresight and funds to support education in a most meaningful and generous way."

Marlys (Thomas) Barker is a 1984 graduate of Midland High School in Wyoming. She is currently editor of two weekly newspapers in Central Iowa.

Melissa and Jordan Paulsen were married in 2016 and had some of their wedding pictures taken at the Bronson building, which they moved next door to as a married couple. It was also part of the school where they met. "I knew we had to get some pictures of us at the place where we started, and next to the place we ended up." Melissa said. Photo Contributed




Wednesday, June 06, 2018

MIDLAND DISTRICT 2017-18 NEWS



MIDLAND ENTIRE STAFF CELEBRATES THOSE MOVING ON

On May 30th after the final students had exited the building for the school year, the entire Midland staff as well as some guests attended the 2018 Retirement Party. We have 7 staff members taking early retirement this year who together total 183 years of experience at Midland: Deb Larkey, Scott Ahrendsen, Dan and Carolyn Greenfield, Ed Ahouse, Kim Buchholtz, and Rita Nowachek. We have one person taking regular retirement: Linda Haptonstall. We have a handful of teachers moving on to other opportunities: Casey Hack, Rebecca Cahill, Shasta Ehrishman, Katalin Rushford, Will Olson, Katheryn Shelman and Leslie Cole. We wish them all the very best. Here are some pictures from that entertaining celebration.

As part of the farewell to Mr. Ahrendsen, his old 3rd floor posse got together for some final photos with the Bronson building before it too is gone.

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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES CAUSE CONCERN

I wanted to bring to light a concern we all have. Throughout the nation we have seen a dramatic increase of the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping. We are also finding out that our district is not immune to this usage increase. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth. In a study conducted 2 years ago, more than two million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, which is 11.3% of high school students and 4.3% of middle school students. And we realize this number is growing. Also, among current e-cigarette users aged 18-24, 40% had never been cigarette smokers.

Most of us are aware but vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease. When you use e-cigarettes, you are inhaling gases and particles into your lungs. The e-liquid in vaporizer products usually contains a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquid with varying amounts of nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals and metals, but not tobacco. This is the tobacco company's new business model to hook our youth on nicotine. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. This vapor can contain potentially harmful substances like volatile organic compounds, cancer causing chemicals, heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead; and other chemicals linked to serious lung disease. Some people also use these devices to vape THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's mind-altering effects, or even synthetic drugs like flakka, instead of nicotine.

Just because something doesn't taste like tobacco or have actual tobacco in it, doesn't mean it is safe. This information is from the Centers of Disease Control and Dr. Linda Richter, Director of Policy Research and Analysis. As a school community, we are not going to slow the use of e-cigarettes unless our parents become actively involved and sit down and have conversations with their children about the dangers of this product. We will continue to send out to our parents information concerning this dangerous trend. I would encourage all of our parents to take a few minutes to Google these products so you become familiar with these products. Vendors are becoming increasingly creative in making these devices appear to look like items our children should have, such as flash drives that can be inserted into your child's computer USB port to be charged. The point is, make yourself aware so you can identify and have conversations with your children. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email, call or stop by the school to visit.

Electronic Cigarettes Information

A youtube video of a CBS news story on vaping can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkayzV4qo9c

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THESE PRODUCTS AND HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH YOUR CHILD.

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BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESSFUL

Thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to come give blood. Also a big thanks to all of our students who donated! We collected over 90 units of blood which will help a lof of patients!

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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MIDLAND Hard Surface Plan IF NEEDED

With the weather creating havoc with the gravel roads in the district we have come up with a hard surfaced roads only bus route. If necessary we will make an announcement saying we will be utilizing this plan as needed. Stay tuned to your local news channels or sign up for Iowa Alerts to get notifications via text or email. Unless you get that notification, we are NOT using it.

Midland 2018 Hard Surface Bus Route List

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MIDLAND SENIOR EMMA VACEK IS A FINALIST FOR KCRG-TV9 STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Midland senior Emma Vacek who has been named a finalist for KCRG-TV9's Student of the Month program. Emma would be a very deserving student. She does well academically. She is a great teammate and community member. During first semester she did a internship at Midland Elementary and is great with kids. She works hard at the Wyoming Public Library again using those people skills. To see all 3 nominees you can go to: http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Vote-for-Marchs-Student-of-the-Month-475967063.html

Please vote often for Emma by Friday, March 9th at: http://www.kcrg.com/polls/

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ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PRESENT AWARDS TO BISINGER AND BUCHHOLTZ

The 2018 Midland High School Winter Athletic Banquet was held on February 26th. A good crowd was on hand to see the Athletic Booster organization present their 2018 Athletic Booster of the Year Award to Deb Bisinger for her years of service to the boosters, school and students. Deb was quite surprised as she thought she was there to support another award recipient. She stated that she could only do all of the things she does because of the help of everyone at the banquet.

This year the boosters also had a new award to present. They presented the Spotlight On You Award to Kim Buchholtz for her years of service to the athletic department. Both before and after her son Keegan was in school you could find Kim attending the many Midland sporting events. For the past several years she has taken great action photos of all Midland events and posted them online for the parents and students to save or print as they needed. She has served as the athletic director's secretary and helped out in countless other ways when asked. Kim will be retiring at the end of this school year and the Boosters wanted to shine the light on her for ALL of her efforts. Kim was shocked and could only thank the boosters for their thoughtfulness. We wish Kim a very happy retirement and are sure we will see her at many Midland events in the future!

Congratulations to two very deserving award winners! Thanks to ALL who help out our athletic programs in any way throughout the year! Without all of the dedicated help, we could not offer our students all of the opportunities that we do.

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MIDLAND GARAGE SALE FEB. 24

A HUGE THANK YOU to Carolyn Greenfield and her students for all of the organizing they did in preparation for the garage sale!

Thanks to all who came out to see the Bronson building and purchase items on Saturday! It was great to see such interest!

Many items left, to purchase please contact the business office by 3PM on Tues, Feb 27th at 563-488-2292.

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STUDENT SAFETY AT BUS DEPOT

Parents, We need your help ensuring the safety of our students during bus times at the Wyoming center both before and after school. If everyone can follow these rules and be sure your children know them, that will go a long ways towards keeping all students safe.

1. Please do NOT drive in the bus drop off area when buses are present there.

2. You can drop off your children either along Washington Street or you can pull in the southern bus drive entrance along Washington Street, drop them off at the West edge of that road where the road turns south towards Webster Street, by the Bronson building, then please proceed to Webster Street to exit the property. We have multiple paraeducators stationed out there both morning and night to help get children to their buses and to their parents.

3. Please do NOT walk between buses. Everyone should always walk in front or behind the whole row of buses.

See the map for more details Wyoming Center Bus Map

Parking elsewhere and putting your car in reverse causes danger to our small students, we want to avoid issues so PLEASE follow the rules set forth here!

Thank you for helping us to create a safe atmosphere for our students at all times at all centers. Learning basic bus rule safety will be good for all at all times.

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CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES

Although the students and staff have been using the new building at Wyoming for a little over a month already, construction continues in and around the building daily. There are many small items that need to be completed.

Today the sign workers came and completed three phases of their project. The big letters on the exterior of the school has been delayed due to complications with how exactly to attach them to the building and have the lighting portion work correctly. So hopefully soon that will be figured out and we'll have progress to show you on that.

But for today they put up the signage above the main entrance so people can find us.

They put up signage at the activity entrance which is the south side of the building just outside of the Gold Gym.

And they put up a nice Midland sign in the office. A big eagle will go on the gray wall beside it when they get the drilling pattern to add that.

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Iowa School Alerts

We still STRONGLY ENCOURAGE parents to sign up for Iowa School Alert system to receive email or text messages when emergencies occur that relate to the school, whether they are weather related, crisis related, or etc. This will be your quickest alert that something is occurring that may affect you or your child. We would prefer parents to use this system over any other as it will be the first one we inform in an emergency. It is a free service, so sign up today!

Midland is again taking part in the notification system offered by the State of Iowa called Iowa School Alerts. This program gives parents, the media and others the opportunity to sign up to receive e-mail notifications directly when we have cancelled classes, or will be dismissing early or starting late due to weather or other factors. This service is free of charge to you and the school. It is state funded through the IOWAccess initiative, which seeks to bring more e-government services to the people of Iowa. Your email addresses will not be sold to anyone and you will not receive advertisements or spam due to enrolling in this program.

Here's how you can take advantage of this free service:

1. Click on Sign Up! in the Main Menu at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU4269/subscriber/new

2. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your name and e-mail address, and create secret questions and your password. This step involves obtaining a code from an e-mail sent to you to confirm your registration.

3. Once you have created and confirm your account registration, you will be taken back to the School Alerts site where you can click on My Subscriptions to add the school districts/buildings you would like to receive notices for. Once you've selected a school, you are asked to enter the e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers where you would like notifications sent. You can add as many e-mail addresses as you'd like! (Please note that some wireless services providers may charge for receiving incoming e-mail or text messages. You are responsible for those charges.)

We will still make sure that local media outlets are notified when there's a change in our classes so notices will still be made on TV and radio, but we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to be directly notified as well!

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EFFECTS OF TECHNOLOGY ON ADOLESCENTS AND TEENS - IMPORTANT INFO FOR PARENTS

In recent months, several research reports have been published and publicized on the effects of technology on adolescents & teens as well as on social media addiction. Furthermore, reports of human trafficking are on the rise across the United States including Iowa. Traffickers often gain access to young females through social media sites.

https://smartsocial.com/ is a website designed to keep parents informed on current issues related to technology and social media and to provide helpful hints to keep children safe in a digital world.

The links below are to two recently published features on SmartSocial.com. I hope that you will find the information helpful as we strive to work with families to keep our students / children safe from harm.

Social Media Addiction - https://smartsocial.com/social-media-addiction/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=9b07e8d2ef-S2_eblast_new_instagram_features_jan312018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-9b07e8d2ef-196036213

New features on Instagram and Snapchat - https://smartsocial.com/instagram-snapchat-features-february-2018/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=9b07e8d2ef-S2_eblast_new_instagram_features_jan312018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-9b07e8d2ef-196036213

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HUGE THANK YOUS TO GENEROUS DONORS FOR GOLD GYM ITEMS

On January 30 Midland held a thank you ceremony during the basketball games to extend our sincere gratitude to all who made significant donations to our athletic department. Donations made included the scoreboards, score table and chairs for the teams and score crew. The Gold Gym would not be the showcase it is without these generous community donations!

Here are a few photos from the ceremony.

We appreciate your partnership and support! GO EAGLES!

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MIDLAND PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP

Preschool and Kindergarten Round-up was held on Friday, February 16th at the OJ center.

If you have a preschool or kindergarten student who plans to attend Midland for the 18-19 school year please contact the elementary office ASAP at 563-488-2292 x 3270 or email: dlarkey@midland.k12.ia.us

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Flu Season is Upon Us!

There are schools in the area with 10% of students out with influenza-like illness (fevers, achy, some with coughs). Please take an extra few minutes and remind your children to wash their hands for 20 seconds and use sanitizer when blowing (or picking) noses, etc. If your child has a fever or other signs of influenza, they really need to stay home and rest, push the fluids, and be fever free for 24hrs without tylenol or ibuprofen before returning to school.

Also, please contact your school when your child is out sick and let them know why your child is out (fever/cough/vomiting/etc), because we do have to track illnesses and report to the state if greater than 10 percent out with the same symptoms.

Thank you!

~ Nurse Gent

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ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY FOR BUILDING ENTRY

On Monday, January 15, 2018, some 21 months after the project began, Superintendent Doug Tuetken called an all school assembly at the middle high school in the morning before all students started their classes for the day in the new facility. He provided all students, staff, school board members and visitors with donuts. He challenged our students to respect these new facilities and to lead by example so all who follow after them will also be proud of what we have here and take good care of it. He thanked the planning committee who had the vision that we could actually tackle this project and bring new facilities to Midland, the voters who approved the bond issue and who are paying for it, the board members for their countless hours working on the project, the staff and students who have had inconveniences but have managed to keep on educating. Here are some photos of the assembly.

THANK YOU MIDLAND DISTRICT!!!!!

An open house will be held in the near future for all district patrons to come check out our fine facilities. Watch for announcements on that!

Updated map of our facilities at Wyoming. MMHS Map

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MOVING OUT AND MOVING IN

The offices moved in over the weekend thanks to help from their family members. Here School Business Official Megan Frankfurt discusses technology items with Mr. Greenfield while Michelle mans the reception desk.

Finally some 21 months later we are on the move! Students and staff started carting the classroom supplies from the Bronson building to the new classrooms. No desks or big items needed moved, mostly books and supplies. The students should be totally in their classrooms for class by Monday!

Some minor adjustments needed made, thank goodness our students and staff have handyman skills!

We have the best moving crew in the nation! They clean up after themselves too!

Don't worry, we didn't leave Sponge Bob in the Bronson to go down with the ship!

Some of the teachers got pretty well settled today. Relieved to have everything under one roof again.

We found seniors Brett S, Mason P, Hunter R and Rachel N making good use of the spaces today already!

Superintendent Doug Tuetken and School Board President Clay Pestka discuss the move.

Photos of the front door area from the front door and from the top steps.

We thank the Midland community for this fine educational facility! Without your support at bond issue time, none of this would be possible. Things are looking very bright for the Midland District! We hope you will all come check it out when we get an open house scheduled!

Here is an arial view of the final project for anyone coming to events, you can find parking areas. Those south and east of the school have NOT been paved yet. Only paved parking is West of the gym between gym and creek.

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STATE FOOTBALL

Congratulations to Coaches Casey Hack, Lennie Miller, Eric Martens, Tim Kreel, Ryan Dodge, Jacob Heinsius and the team on an outstanding season! They finished in the top 4 teams of 8-man football in the entire state for a second year in a row! They lost to last year's champion, football powerhouse Don Bosco in the semi-finals held at the UNI Dome.

The boys on this team represented themselves, their school, their families and their community in a most awesome way! Keep up the great work guys!

Thanks to our generous local businesses who donated towards the teams expenses on their state run: Jim and Deb Bisinger, 1st Trust and Savings Bank, Citizens State Bank, Crop Production Services~Terry Harris and Steve Poppe, Denger Farms~Nate Denger, Farm Bureau Financial Services~Walter Laetare, HUSCO International, Leytem Trucking~Derrick Leytem, Mahindra Tractors~Chuck and Krista Franzen, Maquoketa State Bank, Mineral Creek Cattle~Jerard and Diane Gnade, Ohnward Bank, Ohnward Insurance Group~Brian Franzen, Rack's Swinging Door, Streets Cattle~Steve and Carmen Streets, Wyoming Mutual Telephone Company, Hale Tap, Center Junction Telephone Company, Keith and Connie Christiansen. The community support has been outstanding for these guys!

Seniors, thanks for the memories! Underclassmen, next season begins as early as next week. The bar is set pretty high, keep aiming at the stars and you're sure to go far!

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NEW STAFF MEMBERS AT WYOMING CENTER

Please help us welcome two new part-time staff members which we share with other districts. Barb Hollinrake and Becca Harvey will both start the first week of November in Wyoming.

We are excited to welcome Barb Hollinrake to the Midland Staff in the guidance office. She will be joining us part-time working on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons. She has spent over 30 years as a school counselor and also currently works part-time for the Maquoketa Valley School District. Her expertise is in college/career readiness.

Becca Harvey will be our Human Resource person we share with Monticello Schools. She will work one day a week, typically Wednesday's.

Please introduce yourself and help these ladies feel welcome at Midland!

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SMITH IS KCRG TV-9 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 19 - THANKS EAGLE COMMUNITY!!

Congratulations to Austin Smith, Midland senior football player, who received the most votes and was named KCRG TV-9 Athlete of the Week for October 19.

You will be able to check out his video after completion at http://www.kcrg.com/sports/athleteoftheweek/.

We are so very proud to say that every Midland athlete who was named as a finalist for this recognition has been the winner! That says a lot about our community and how well they support our student athletes. We appreciate your support so very much!

We wish Austin and his team luck as they play for a District title this Friday at home against Lone Tree. Their game starts at 7PM, but all fans are invited to the Fill The Stadium Tailgate party starting at 5PM. The JV team takes the field at 5:30 for a 2 quarter game. GOOD LUCK EAGLES!!!!

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BUCHHOLTZ EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT

Congratulations to Kim Buchholtz who was awarded a Educational Excellence Award by Upsilon State Organization Delta Kappa Gamma Society International! Thanks for your many years of service to Midland Community Schools!

Kim is employed by Midland schools as AD Secretary and paraprofessional but does so much more for us! She can be found each morning and noon punching meal tickets for students. She is our National Honor Society Sponsor. You can also find her at nearly every Midland event behind her camera. She shares her love of photography by creating online photo albums that students and parents can access and save or print her photos for free. We finally got Kim in FRONT of the camera. Keep up the good work Kim!

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary organization of women educators with over 77000 members in 18 countries worldwide. It promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education through seminars, workshops, conferences, scholarships, and publications of members research. DKG provides financial support to educators and education worldwide. Beta Nu Chapter recognized Kim with a State Educational Excellence Award for her educational contributions to Midland.

Thanks to Mrs. Antons for recommending Kim and coordinating this surprise for her!

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GOLD GYM HAS OPENED

The Gold Gym was opened and used for the first time at the volleyball game on October 10th!

This will be our new competition gym for all varsity contests. It will hold approximately 200 more spectators than the other gym. There are ten rows of seats on the home side and six rows on the visitors side but they run completely from one end of the gym to the other. Home side is still the north side, where the bleachers say MIDLAND. South side is for visitors, where bleachers say EAGLES. We look forward to years of memories in this fine facility for our teams!

The BLACK GYM, the old Eagle's Nest, will be used as needed when there are conflicts in the schedule or for middle school events.

Home locker rooms are on the West end of the new gym. They are currently in use by our teams.

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GENEROUS DONATION

A huge thank you to the Becker Family for their generous donation! They have donated the scoreboard in the Gold Gymnasium in honor of family members who have passed away. What a terrific way to show your support of Midland Schools!

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PPF DONATION

Special thank you to Judee Burmahl who donated two televisions to the Paul Petersen Fitness Center. What a generous donation, all of the users of the center will appreciate it! Thanks Judee!

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THE CHANGING OF THE BOARD

Thanks to the many Midland District patrons who took time out of their schedule to go to the polls and cast their vote! We had 380 voters or 15.4 percent of registered voters go to the polls. The great turnout for a school board only election shows that everyone is concerned about our school! Thanks to all eight candidates who ran for school board this year. We hope you will all continue your interest in our district.

At their meeting on September 18th the outgoing board members were honored for their years of service. Keith Larson, Dawn Rupp and Roberta Rupp each served one term or four years. Board President Clay Pestka presented them with a certificate in honor of their service.

Thank you for your fine service and dedication to our district!

School Business Official Megan Frankfurt administers the Oath of Office to returning board member Nikki Rushford and new board members Derek Denniston and Travis Hansen. Absent was new board member Sarah Fishwild.

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MIDLAND ATHLETES AND COACHES COMMENDED

Midland received a letter from the Iowa High School Athletic Association dated August 25, 2017 commending our student athletes and coaches for not having any ejections during the 2016-17 school year. We were one of 165 schools to meet this criteria, which is 45 percent of the IHSAA membership.

Iowa High School Athletic Association Letter

Congratulations Eagles! Keep up the good work as we roll into the 2017-18 seasons!

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NOTIFICATION - NEW VACCINATION REQUIRED OF STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 7 THROUGH 12 BY START OF 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

Beginning with the 2017/18 school year students entering grade 7 and grade 12 must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in the state of Iowa.

The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. This aligns with the recommendations by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

One dose of meningococcal vaccine before seventh grade. If a student had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until grade 12.

A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and will be due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.

The only teens that will NOT need a second dose before grade 12 are those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday. Parents are encouraged to check with their children's physicians prior to the start of the new school year to determine when or if they need to be vaccinated. A valid Certificate of Immunization with the new meningococcal vaccine will need to be submitted to the school the child is enrolling or attempting to enroll. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not pay for vaccines, contact Dallas County Public Health at 515-993-3750 or 515-465-2483.

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis (inflammation of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infections such as septicemia. Symptoms of the disease include a high fever, headache, vomiting, a stiff neck and a rash. Those who contract the disease may experience permanent brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, loss of arms or legs, or chronic nervous system problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the highest rates of meningococcal disease to be among preteens, teens, and young adults, as well as among infants with certain medical conditions. The new law targets many in this age group and aligns with the CDC's recommendation to vaccinate 11- to 18-year-olds against meningococcal disease.

To learn more about meningitis and how to prevent it visit www.dallascountyiowa.gov/publichealth

PLEASE SEND PROOF OF VACCINATION TO THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE BY AUGUST 24, 2017. Thanks for your help with this state mandate!

Meningococcal Vaccine Notice

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CLAYTON COUNTY SHARES THOUGHT PROVOKING VIDEO

We hope all students and parents in the Midland district can take a few minutes to watch this you tube video that was created by Clayton County officials. We hope nothing like this ever happens here, we hope by sharing this video it might make someone stop and think before making a bad choice.

Party Your Life Away: Mannequin Challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYBUHUVtxdg




Thursday, May 24, 2018

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS - 2016-17 NEWS



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STATE TRACK RESULTS INCLUDE SCHOOL RECORDS AND PERSONAL BEST

Congrats to our state track participants who did a great job representing themselves and their school last week:

Alex M 3rd in high jump set a personal best 6 feet 4 inches

Libby U 9th in shotput 36'5" and 16th in discus 104'8"

Jaelynn F broke 2 school records - 12th in 3000M 11:18; 16th in 1500M 5:09

Landon H 12th in 400M hurdles in 57 seconds

Emma Dusanek 15th in 400M in 1:02.78

Drew Jensen 17th in 400M in 1:03.30

4x400 Relay: Emma D, Taylor B, Kayla F, Drew J got 19th with 4:22

WAY TO GO GUYS/GALS! You did an AWESOME job of representing yourselves, your school, your family and community all season long!

Here are some photos from the fire truck send off held on Wednesday

Thanks to Lennie Miller for bringing the truck, and to Kellie Kelck for photos!

Good luck guys and gals!! Run fast, jump high, throw far on the blue oval at Drake!

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UPPENA FINISHES 7TH AT DRAKE RELAYS

Midland senior Liberty Uppena competed in the Drake Relays on Friday, April 28th and placed 7th with a throw of 39' 3.75". Way to go Libby!!! Keep working hard, a return trip to the state meet is still in your sites!

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Mr. Luensman's class took a field trip to the airport and got these photos of the construction site from a bird's eye view at the end of March.

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PARENTAL NOTIFICATION

A Jones County Deputy informed the school district today that they are seeing an increased number of issues with students and the improper use of electronic devices and/or websites to pass along pornographic photos. Students are sending pictures of themselves or other students nude via the use of email, snapchat, facebook, etc.

The deputy wanted us to be sure to notify parents to have a discussion with their students so they know this is illegal and could lead to legal charges involving child pornography or sex offender classification.

He said there is a case in Western Iowa where a 16 year old and 14 year old were dating, they broke up and one sent nude photos of the other to everyone on their contact list. That individual is currently being charged and may end up on the sex offender list for the rest of their life.

That is something that would tragically affect the rest of the student's life - future jobs, etc.

PLEASE discuss these issues with your son/daughter to make them aware of the big responsibilities of having social media accounts. Even possessing or passing along that type of information can be illegal, you don't have to be the one taking the photo or originally sharing it to be in trouble.

We would HATE to see any of our families dealing with that type of situation!!!

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YOUTH GRIEF CAMP, June 17th

Above & Beyond Hospice Care is sponsoring a Youth Grief Camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello called Camp Horizon of Hope for ages 5-17. The camp will be held from 10:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The purpose of the camp is to provide fun, safe and creative ways to explore the grief your child may be feeling as a result of the death and loss of a loved one or loved ones. More information and registration is available on Above & Beyond's website, www.abovebeyondhc.com, or call Carol De Jong (Bereavement Coordinator) at 319-465-4637. Registration is required.

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GRANDMA BETTY DRIVING HER FINAL STUDENTS THIS YEAR

Betty Anderson is completing her 44th year of employment by the Midland District as either a bus driver or a car route driver. She says she will retire for real from the transportation department at the end of this school year.

To commemorate her final retirment, Art teacher Kellie Kelck made Betty a pair of shoes painted Betty style.

Parents, don't worry Betty says she's not done helping the baseball team, wrestling team, or Post Prom. Grandma Betty plans to be around for the students for a long, long time yet!

Thank you for all of your efforts Betty, you have positively effected the lives of students for a couple of generations already! We hope you enjoy your retirement, we know you won't be sitting in front of the TV with your feet propped up. We know we will see you out and about at all community activities.

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NHS BLOOD DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS, FOOD BANKS REAP THE BENEFITS

Thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to donate blood at the drive sponsored by NHS on March 23rd! The drive was a huge success with 74 total donations which included 14 first time donors! These donations will provide as many as 296 blood products for patients in need.

The NHS members have decided to donate the grant money their group receives from the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to the three food pantries within our district. So the Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming food pantries will each receive $108.00.

These are the NHS members, photo is missing Callie Feuss who was at her Kirkwood class when taken.

Thanks to all who participated! Not only did you help those in need of blood in our area, but you helped those in need of food in our district!

A big thank you to NHS sponsor Kim Buchholtz who helped the kids organize this outstanding event!

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SCHOENHERR STATE WRESTLING

Congratulations to Brett Schoenherr who finished with a record of 1-2 at state. Another year in the weight room and we're sure Brett will be back for more fun!

Firetruck send off:

Congratulations Brett, we are all very proud of you!

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A VISIT WITH SENATOR GRASSLEY

On Thursday, January 26th Senator Grassley took time out of his busy schedule to make a stop at Midland Middle High School to talk to the students.

Ms. Kaftan, government teacher, lined up the visit and is introducing the Senator to the student body and visitors. Students in grades 5-12 attended this assembly.

Senator Grassley answers questions that Leah and others had for about 30 minutes.

Everett and Brett asked more questions.

Ms. Kaftan, Mr. Rodenberg and board members Tom, Nikki, Keith, Terry and Clay met with Senator Grassley and gave him a tour of the school, giving him information on the renovation project.

Full album of photos can be found online at https://goo.gl/photos/5NEVLpuAzV3Zjpsw8

We thank Mr. Grassley for answering our questions and giving us some insight to what it's like to be a senator. We thank him for all he does to represent us in the capitol every day!

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK

Some good news to share with our district patrons, the Midland basketball fans were discussed during a recent TriRivers Conference Choral Directors meeting, in a very positive way!

Miss Ralson reports back: "At a basketball game last week against Cedar Valley Christian the National Anthem was sung by a group of choir students prior to the game. It was reported to me that after the general applause that normally follows the National Anthem, there were many Midland parents/fans who remained standing for a little while longer who continued to clap and say "Good job!" and "That was great!" comments to the group. It was noticed by the director and the school was surprised at how supportive and positive the Midland parents/fans were! The director stated that it was such a blessing to have such a positive group of visitors."

WAY TO GO EAGLE FANS! We know we have the best fans anywhere, good to see others are seeing it too! Keep up the great work!

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ONLINE PAYMENTS NO LONGER ACCEPTED AT MIDLAND VIA REVTRAK

Due to additional cost for hosting RevTrak (online payment center) effective January 1st, Midland will no longer have RevTrak.

The District Office is looking into other options to keep the fees as low as possible for everyone.

Thanks for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Megan in the district office directly.

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WYOMING CENTER PARKING FOR EVENTS

The gym is back in use, we hope you will come out to support the Eagles. Unfortunately due to construction most will have a hike to get to the gym, keep in mind this is temporary and next year our facilities will be much more accommodating to all. Until then thanks for your patience. Please be careful walking as not all is on smooth terrain, you may want a small flashlight to navigate your way.

Here is our parking scenario for now: Midland Middle/High School Map

Entrance doors are the doors on EAST end of school in front of portable classroom or NE corner by bus barn, marked with yellow triangles. Parking is marked in blue and is available along Washington Street, Green Street one block East, the bus driveway, the drive by the Bronson building, behind and West of PPF and West of gym. It will be tight so please park responsibly.

It would be great if we could leave the spots by the portable for handicapped or elderly guests.

The bus driveway is a one way street going from Washington to Jones Street - you can park on both sides diagonally.

Thanks for bearing with us during construction. The inconveniences this year will lead to wonderful improvements for future years!

GO EAGLES!

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2016-17 SCHOOL HELPFUL INFO

2016-17 MCSD Master Calendar

2016-17 LUNCH APPLICATION FORM

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.

GRADES 6-12 LAPTOP AGREEMENT FORM

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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MIDLAND PARENTS AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR NEW IOWA SCHOOL ALERT SYSTEM

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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RSCHOOL:

RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

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FOOD DRIVE SUCESSFUL

Thanks to all who donated to the 2016 Holiday Food Drive held by Midland Schools. The Wyoming center collected over 800 items to be evenly distributed to the food banks at Wyoming, Lost Nation and Oxford Junction. The Oxford Junction center collected many too - no count available at this time. The real winners are the people in our district who utilize the food pantries. You helped make their holiday just a little brighter. Thanks for showing you care Midland District!

The FFA collected enough items for their We Care Packages to create 70 Christmas gifts for youth in our communities. Those will be passed out at each of the food pantries. Thanks to all who donated!

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WYOMING CENTER PARKING FOR EVENTS

The gym is back in use, we hope you will come out to support the Eagles. Unfortunately due to construction most will have a hike to get to the gym, keep in mind this is temporary and next year our facilities will be much more accommodating to all. Until then thanks for your patience. Please be careful walking as not all is on smooth terrain, you may want a small flashlight to navigate your way.

Here is our parking scenario for now: Midland Middle/High School Map

Entrance doors are the doors on EAST end of school in front of portable classroom or NE corner by bus barn, marked with yellow triangles. Parking is marked in blue and is available along Washington Street, Green Street one block East, the bus driveway, the drive by the Bronson building, behind and West of PPF and West of gym. It will be tight so please park responsibly.

It would be great if we could leave the spots by the portable for handicapped or elderly guests.

The bus driveway is a one way street going from Washington to Jones Street - you can park on both sides diagonally.

Thanks for bearing with us during construction. The inconveniences this year will lead to wonderful improvements for future years!

GO EAGLES!

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REMEMBERING B, FOREVER AN EAGLE

John Lyle Byers 1/30/37-11/21/16

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that long time former shop/drivers ed teacher and wrestling/football coach John Byers passed away on November 21, 2016. His visitation and funeral were Nov 26 and 27 through Lahey's Funeral Home. Our home wrestling tournament was named after Mr. Byers dearly known as B by a great many Midland students over many years. Probably every MHS graduate from the age of 30-55 has a story they remember about Mr. B.

His obituary is at http://www.laheys.com/notices/JohnMrB-Byers

Please keep his family in your thoughts. To borrow a fitting phrase from his daughter Mimi, Goodnight John, you played a heck of a game.

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FOOTBALL TEAM FINISHES HISTORIC SEASON

Special thank you to Daryl Schepanski from the Anamosa Journal-Eureka for the photo!

Congratulations to the Midland football team. 333 teams entered this season and Midland was one of the top 4 teams in the state in the 8 man division! They met up with a very talented Don Bosco team in the state playoffs at the UNI Dome on Nov 10 and lost, but they had an outstanding season! They represented themselves, their families, their school and their community very well.

This team of young men has set the bar high for future Midland teams. This year's JV team was undefeated so we are looking for big things from them in the future as well. Thanks for all of the memories seniors, you will be greatly missed.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported all of the extra efforts on behalf of the team throughout the community. The support from parents, grandparents, businesses, family and friends was outstanding! Together we can do great things!

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DUSANEK RECEIVES AWARD AT UNIVERSITY OF IOWA BELIN-BLANK CENTER

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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Elementary
510 3rd Avenue North
Oxford Junction, IA 52323
Fax: 563-826-2681
Grades: PreSchool-5

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PO Box 109
Wyoming, IA 52362
Fax: 563-488-2253
Grades: 6-12

Contact: Webmaster

CURRENT INFO

Midland Fall Food Drive Thru Dec 14

Midland Basketball Shirts

Midland Post Prom Gift Card Fundraiser Gift Card Fundraiser Sample Order Form Those ordered by early December are to be back by winter break.

FFA Wreath Order Form

Thanks for supporting the Eagles!

IMPORTANT INFO

MCSD 2018-19 Master Calendar

2018-19 Elementary School Supply List

2018-19 Middle/High School Supply List

Activity Calendar 2018-2020

2018-19 Lunch Application

2018-19 Lunch Informational Letter

2018-19 TENTATIVE Bus Schedules - if you are not listed and need to be call the school!

School Fees

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year.

Midland Building Use Application

PowerSchool Parent Account Setup for E-Registration

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS INFO

2018-19 All Sports Food Stand Sign Up - to sign up contact Michelle in the HS office via email or phone call. These are assigned on a first requested, first filled basis. If not signed up, a time will be assigned to the parents of ALL athletes.

Vision Statement
The vision of the Midland School District is to prepare students to think, lead and serve.

Mission Statement

Helpful Links

Notice - Powerschool upgrades will be installed every 2nd Sunday of every month from 6:45-8:45AM so it will not be accessible during those times.