Wednesday, October 22, 2014
MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS
Oct 22 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Oct 26 - Little Eagles Nest Learning Center Open House 2-4PM
Oct 27-31 - Red Ribbon Week
Oct 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8PM. Elementary assigns conference times. Middle/High School does not, teachers will be available in their classrooms (due to Midland hosting VB districts in gym).
Oct 28 - Midland hosts 2nd round regional volleyball 7PM - NO local passes accepted, all must pay
Oct 30 - 1:00 dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:30-8PM Elementary assigns conference times. Middle/High School teachers are all in gym, come when it works best for you.
Oct 31 - NO SCHOOL - conference trade-off - Happy Halloween!
Nov 5 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Nov 11 - Veteran's Day Assembly 2:30PM in gym, sponsored by NHS, public invited to attend
Nov 12 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Nov 17-21 - American Education Week
Nov 19 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Nov 25 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Nov 26-28 - NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family time!
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LEARNING CENTER HOLDS OPEN HOUSE
The Little Eagles Nest Learning Center will hold an Open House on Sunday, October 26th from 2:00-4:00 PM. Come see what is new!
The staff at Little Eagles has been working very hard to create a fun and safe learning environment for every child that comes to the center. There have been many internal changes to our building, but also changes to the parent handbook. We encourage you to come and meet your new director and staff, and to ask any question you may have. This will also be a great time for you to see your child's classroom and the things they have been working on.
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SPECIAL ELECTION DECEMBER 2
Voters in the Midland District can vote in a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, December 2. Public measures regarding the physical plant and equipment property tax levy and the revenue purpose statement for use of the penny sales tax for schools will be on the ballot.
In addition, voters will have the opportunity to vote for candidates to fill a vacancy on the school board which was recently filled by appointment. Candidates for the school board seat must file nomination petitions containing the signatures of at least 26 eligible voters of the district, as well as a notarized affidavit of candidacy. Nomination papers are due in the district office in Wyoming no later than 5PM on Friday, November 7. Nomination forms are available from the district office or the Jones County Auditor's Office.
Polls will be open from 12 noon to 8PM in Lost Nation (Sacred Heart Parish Hall), Onslow (Community Room), Oxford Junction (Fire Station) and Wyoming (Memorial Hall).
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OJ FIELDS OF OPPORTUNITY
The O.J. Fields of Opportunity Ball Diamond is near completion.
Ground work, limestone, fencing, and seeding all disturbed grass areas
have been completed. Project funds will determine the possibility of
dugouts and bleachers. Fundraising and Can Drive for the diamond will
come to an end on September 30th. Plaques will then be ordered to publicly
acknowledge all donors.
In less than one year and primarily through individual and local business
donations we have almost reached our goal. $1,000 is still needed to fully fund this project. We encourage anyone still wanting to donate to send a check payable to O.J. Improvement, Inc. P.O. Box 321
Oxford Junction, IA 52323 or drop it off with Deb Larkey at the Midland Elementary
Bringing back the Ball Diamond to the Midland Elementary has reminded folks about their own ball memories and initiated many remembrance donations. There is great hope that the diamond will create new memories for future generations to come. It will support the Midland physical education program, provide another field for the Summer Rec program, and give local families a place to get together and play ball.
There will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony sometime during the spring of 2015. Special thanks to Dee Jay Thomsen and Paul Sterk of Subsurface Drainage who coordinated and completed construction. Thank you to the members of O.J. Improvement Inc. for spearheading the project along with help from the Ball Diamond Committee. Thank you to all donors for your outstanding support!
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Order your 2014-15 Midland yearbook now by logging on to www.treering.com 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
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RSchool Made Easy Instructions
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IOWA SCHOOL ALERTS:
We STRONGLY URGE ALL PARENTS to sign up for this free program that sends you an alert the moment something changes at school. This includes changes to the school day for weather - early outs, closures - as well as any emergency situations. They can send you an email or text to your cell or computer immediately, and it would include all information you need to know.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS TO SHARE:
Iowa School Alerts
We 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://schoolalerts.iowa.gov
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!
Midland wants to expose our students to technology as we believe that is a life skill they will need. Every student and his/her parent will need to sign a technology policy each year.
Students in grades 6-12 are all assigned a laptop as part of our 1:1 Program, upon turning in appropriate papework (available at registration day or the first day of school). Grades 7-12 can take their laptops home, 6th graders will store theirs in their classroom at school.
Please read the TECHNOLOGY POLICY (click here) carefully, discuss it with your child, sign it and return it to the school office at your earliest convenience each year.
If questions, feel free to contact Dan Greenfield, District Technology Director, or the building principal.
ASAC COUNSELOR AVAILABLE AT MMHS
I would like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself and invite you to come meet with me. I am Carrie and I work at the Area Substance Abuse Council
in Anamosa. As a part of my job I am here at the Midland Middle/High school (in Nurse Gent's office) on Wed mornings till 12. I am here to talk with any student free of charge.
All conversations are confidential. Students can have a substance abuse evaluation and receive outpatient treatment here at school free of charge. Students also can
discuss other issues of concern topics that can be discussed with me are alcohol and drug use, family issues related to someone's use, concerns about friends use as well
as receiving support for positive decisions like avoiding use of alcohol and other drugs. I am also available to any parent or guardian or family member who would like
to discuss concerns with their student or would like assistance in accessing treatment options. Thanks for your time feel free to call anytime. Carrie Johnson
Email me at: Carrie Johnson or check out the ASAC Website
FAMILY RESOURCES AVAILABLE
We would like you to be aware of some great resources available to help families.
HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program) has several great programs:
-Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): helps with the cost of heating and cooling your home. This program is for low-income households and the elderly and disabled.
-Weatherization Program (goes along with the LIHEAP program): HACAP will check over your furnace, make minor repairs, and help insulate your home to help reduce utility costs.
-Housing Rehabilitation Program: If you own your own home but need help with the cost of home repairs (such as a new roof, stairs, flooring, etc.) this program can help with these costly repairs.
-Emergency Food Boxes- If you are in a pinch and cannot afford to buy food for your family, the Emergency Food Box will feed a family of four for four days.
For more information about these programs go to www.hacap.org or call Mitch Finn at HACAP at (319) 739-1539 or e-mail him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need additional resources to meet your basic needs? Contact Sandy Hein, Midland Elem. Counselor at 563.488.2292 ext 3250 or Ed Ahouse, Midland M.S./H.S. Counselor at the same number but call extension 2210.
GWAEA Online Resources for Midland Students, Parents and Community
The Iowa Department of Education has a website where you can compare school profiles. Go ahead and compare Midland's progress in all areas to those of any surrounding district.
We are proud of the quality of education offered at Midland and our wonderful faculty and staff. We are preparing your children to go into the world prepared, no matter where their path may lead.
HORIZON FAMILY SERVICES AVAILABLE
LIFE-LINE RESOURCES, LLC
Life-Line Resources is a mental health and counseling agency that was birthed out of the desire to not only help individuals, but transform their community. We currently offer Behavioral Health Intervention Services, Therapy, and Counseling services in and around Jones County.
Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition Newsletter
Thanks to Royalty Free Music for providing Midland staff free access to their Royalty Free Music Library for Education. Their diverse and comprehensive musical selections include all genres of music including Pop, Country, Urban, Classical, R&B, Jazz, Latin, New Age, and Rock. Perfect for all projects requiring music; video, multimedia, electronic presentations, and Web projects.
For more info check out Royalty Free Music flyer for education.
ONGOING FUNDRAISERS AT MIDLAND THIS YEAR
Thanks for your help! Most of these you can collect and help us raise funds without spending a penny! They can be dropped off at either Midland school office. Thanks for helping us to help our kids! Many "extras" can be purchased with these funds - field trips, recess toys, etc.
MIDLAND MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL IS COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THIS YEAR:
OLD CELL PHONES - Music department
COKE REWARDS - Middle/High School Incentive
MIDLAND ELEMENTARY IS COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THIS YEAR:
CAMPBELL'S LABELS FOR EDUCATION- PATS organization collects (now includes Post cereals) Midland Elementary recently cashed in Labels for Education points for over 30 balls for PE and recess, bases for PE, clay, paint, colors and other art supplies. These labels allow for us to buy things that enhance every child's school experience that we otherwise would not have a budget for.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - We earn $0.10 for each box top. We are using these funds to provide $180 for each grade level in the elementary school to use to pay for field trips. Thanks for your support in submitting Box Tops to help our school.
TYSON PROJECT A+ - PATS saves labels off of Tyson chicken products
USED PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES - PATS organization collects
POP TABS - we collect pop tabs and donate them to Camp Courageous. They convert these into money to help with transportation fees for campers when needed for medical treatment, etc. These can be dropped off at either center or to Cheryl Westphal.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS from 2013-14 School Year
2014 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Midland held their annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18th at 2PM in the gymnasium. The class of 2014 was the 100th class to be educated in the Bronson Building in Wyoming. This year 30 students received their diplomas.
This year the Valedictorian was Gabriella Martens, daughter of Eric and Deanna Martens of Wyoming with a 3.9832 GPA and Salutatorian was Hagan Ackley, son of Mike and Rhonda Ackley of Wyoming witha GPA of 3.9692. Together they gave an entertaining speech that painted a picture for the audience of their years in school. Principal Carol Reilly addressed the class with her advice for the future.
Academic Excellence Awards were presented to students who received at least a 3.25 GPA every semester of their high school career including Hagan Ackley, Cole Lineburg, Gabi Martens, Alaina Martensen, Bri Schurbon. Students who received Honor Roll Awards for having a GPA of 3.0-3.2499 every semester of high school included Cody Barnes, Ryan Eganhouse and Tyler Mullins. Students earning Silver Service Cords for performing at least 225 hours of community service outside of school and organizations included: Danelle Clark, Tiffany Feuss, Gabi Martens, Alaina Martensen and Bailey Strait.
Several guests were on hand to present various scholarships. This year's senior class earned $100,459.56 in scholarships. 2014 Scholarship List Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!
To see a variety of graduation photos, please click here.
Thanks to all who made Graduation 2014 a success and for those to came out to celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and women. We wish them happiness and success in the future.
PARK RECEIVES IOWA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOC. AWARD
Retired Athletic Director Kirk Park was honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association with an Administrator's Award at the boys state basketball tournament this month. Mr. Rodenberg nominated Kirk for this award after he taught at Midland for 39 years and served as A.D. for 30 years.
Park said ":Over the span of 39 years, I have worked with such great people who made the administrative portion of my job easier and a whole lot of fun. People not only in the school business but community people who helped out a whole bunch when asked to give a hand to the school and the kids."
Kirk's family was all present when he received his award including wife Kathy and children Kris, Kara and Kelli. "It made it really neat to have all of my family there to walk out with me in Des Moines."
Congratulations Kirk! Special thanks to Shirley Jones from Midland Times for contributing to this article.
MIDLAND ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PRESENT 2014 ATHLETIC BOOSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD TO KARLA BOWEN
The Midland Athletic Boosters presented Karla Bowen with their annual Booster of the Year Award at the 2014 Winter Sports Banquet on March 6, 2014. Karla was nominated by multiple people due to her constant support of Midland athletes of all ages!
Karla was a very active Midland Athletic Booster member for the past several years, holding each office. She has volunteered countless hours to that organization from cleaning food stands, to filling coolers, to making fruit cups, to precooking maidrites, to talking to administrators, basically whatever needed done.
Karla has been a volunteer scorekeeper for the volleyball team for 8 years, running the clock or score book and when she wasn't able to attend she would get a family member to fill in for her. She and her daughter Samantha also helped by coaching a club volleyball team.
She has been counted on by many athletic teams to take their team photo and was instrumental in implementing printing of team posters each season.
Karla and her whole family have been lifetime supporters of the Midland Wrestling Program as well, including not only high school but Little Eagles Wrestling too. She was one of the original members who started the Little Eagles Wrestling Program, volunteering all day each year at their tournament. This year she also volunteered her help with the high school tournament. The varsity wrestlers also insisted that Karla make their smoothies, "cause no one can make them as good as Karla."
Although all three of Karla's children (Spencer, Samantha and TJ) have graduated from Midland, she can still be found volunteering in the food stand during halftimes of home basketball games when the other volunteers are swamped.
We want to wish Karla a HUGE THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS on a well deserved honor! We do appreciate all of your efforts!
HAINSTOCK THANKED FOR 36 YEARS OF SERVICE TO DISTRICT
Current and past Midland employees and school board members gathered on Monday, December 16th to help Marcia Hainstock celebrate her retirement at the end of the calendar year. Marcia is retiring from her position as board secretary and treasurer after 36 years of service.
Marcia, pictured above with her family Travis Hainstock (4th grade teacher at Midland) and grandchildren Damon and Emily, has held a number of positions with the Lost Nation and Midland school districts.
Superintendent Rodenberg said "Her service and professionalism were exceptional. I want to wish Marcia the best of luck in her retirement and thank her for the work she has done for the school district."
Good luck Marcia, we will miss you! We hope you have time to do all those things you've always wanted to now! She says she plans to work on some family geneology projects she hasn't had time to do and reading her Kindle. Enjoy it!
MIDLAND FOR KIDS PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANTS TO HELP HUNGRY STUDENTS
The Midland For Kids Program is in its third year at Midland. Reaching students in grades PS-12, it provides students who qualify and apply a backpack of food to take home each Friday to help get them through the weekend.
We have a great need for this program in our district and want to say a huge THANK YOU to Tom and Jennifer Orr and Christine Gent who helped take this idea and turn it into a reality for our families in need. A big thank you to Virginia Pace and Shirley Wright who help stuff the backpacks each week. Also thank you to the school personnel and students who help distribute the bags each week, at the Wyoming center it is Jan Henkes and Kasper Heiken while at the elementary building it is Sheila Moore and Nurse Gent.
Tom applied for and received a couple of grants for the program this year, from Walmart for $250, Jones County Community Partnership for Protecting Children $500 and the other a $2,000 Theisen's More for Your Community Grant.
Also thanks to the Onslow Alturian Club and Shirley Petersen for their financial support of this program.
In this season of giving, how can I help?
Donate funds the program can always use more money to reach more families. Donations of $20 or more will be recognized on our sponsor page of the Midland webpage.
Donate duffel bags - the program can always use any new or gently used duffel bags to pack food in so students can take it home.
You can drop off any type of donation at either school or call us to try to make arrangements for pickup of items.
THANKS for showing that our kids come first and for showing you care Midland District!
The Midland District wishes to extend a sincere thank you to 1997 Midland Graduate Shawn Woodward for his help in updating our website to the new look.
He generously volunteers his time and talents to be sure our website is as current as possible. We truly appreciate everything he does for us!
Thanks again Shawn for ALL your help! It is graduates like yourself who make the Midland District a truly great place to be from!