Thursday, December 14, 2017

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS



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This GIF file was created by Miss Kelck's Graphics, Animation and Photography class. They wish everyone in the Midland District a very happy holiday season!

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Upcoming Events:

Dec 15 - Deadline to donate to holiday We Care Packages for youth in our district who are less fortunate. FFA is collecting holiday wrapping paper, tape, small toys, books, gifts and candy to fill these boxes and brighten the children's holiday! Thanks for showing you care!

Dec 18 - School board meeting 7PM Wyoming

Dec 20 - is a full regular length school day!

Dec 21 - Elementary Winter Concert 6:30 in Black Gym at Wyoming

Dec 21 and 22 - Grades 7-12 Remediation Days, will bring home remediation lettr on 20th

Dec 22 - 1:00 dismissal for holiday break

Dec 23-Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL - Happy holidays to all!

Dec 27 - PATS Blood drive 3:00-6:45 at Memorial Hall, Wyoming

Jan 3 - School resumes with 2 HOUR LATE START SCHEDULE

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MIDLAND FFA CREATE WE CARE PACKAGES FOR YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY

Again this fall, Midland FFA members will be collecting items to put in holiday boxes to be given to youth in our district who are less fortunate. They are requesting your help through donations of holiday wrapping paper, scotch tape, small holiday gifts, books, games, puzzles, toys and candy to fill these boxes. Please help us brighten the day of a child with your donation. They need these donations no later than December 15, earlier is best. Thanks for caring Eagles!

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PATS SPONSORED BLOOD DRIVE

Please consider giving blood this holiday season, there are many people in need in our community and YOU can make a difference!

December 27 at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Wyoming from 3-6:45PM. To sign up contact Andrea @ 319-480-2463.

All donors must bring Photo ID. Please eat before donating. Last date to donate elsewhere is November 1.

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - December 11

As the end of the year draws near we find construction working on flooring, installing office cabinets and desks, painting. Furniture is to arrive December 18th ready or not. We hope they are ready! We are anticipating moving into this portion of the building after winter break, perhaps mid-January.

Today's tour starts in the hallway by what used to be the district business office, we will go through the administrative offices, main floor, then second floor of the academic wing:

The school board meeting room sits where the old business office was, it still needs carpet. We then go through newly installed double doors that separate the old from new parts of the building to see the main entry doors and administrative assistant office.

This will be Michelle's desk and a glassed entry way will still be added around the doors. Visitors will be buzzed in the front door, then need to travel through the administrative assistant's office to get to any part of the school.

Going down the hallway, the next room on the right is Mrs. Reilly's office. The final room on the right with the big desk will be for School Business Official Megan Frankfurt and her co-worker Becca Harvey, Human Resources.

As we hit the end of the hall we find Superintendent Tuetken's office. There is a file room and a couple of small student rooms along the North side of that hallway. Then we turn north and find Counselor Brokaw's office on the left side. This area in the middle of admin area will provide privacy.

The teachers lounge sits straight ahead at the end of that hallway behind the administrative offices, along the main science hallway. The nurse's office is on the right side of that hallway and will have it's own bathroom for sick children.

The library-media center sits just past the admin office area. Carpet is being installed there this week.

Here are the main floor classrooms. Both sixth grade classrooms will be located on the main floor as well as a utility classroom for health, businesses, travelling teacher space and some smaller meeting rooms for small group work.

The doors between hallway and stairs have been installed at the top of the stairs and the second floor hallway is cleared and ready for locker and furniture installation. Notice the brightly colored industrial look of the school.

Here are the second floor rooms which are middle - high school classrooms for math, english, social studies, etc.

These are the views from the top and bottom of the main stairs.

We believe this will be a beautiful facility when the work is done, we appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation with all of the inconveniences as we go. Thanks for your support to make the Midland Middle-High School a first class learning environment for our children of today and tomorrow. We couldn't do this without you!

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STUDENT VIEWS ON CONSTRUCTION

Mr. Wilson incorporated our construction project into a writing assignment. His students were all over the school asking questions, taking tours, checking things out to gather information so they could write articles about our school construction project. Here are a few of the final projects:

The Difficulties of Construction By Trenton Rickels

Construction on The Midland High school has been difficult on students and the teachers.

The high school in Wyoming, Iowa has been undergoing construction to improve and add on to the newer part of the two buildings that make up Midland. Many people including staff, students, and the community are very excited for the new school, but the dilemma is all the complications the construction has brought up for most people at the school. The majority of the complaints are about what they have to wear, tardiness, and distractions in class.

Para Educator, Marcela Rickels says, "I think in the end it will be worth it, and yeah we need to be flexible and work harder, but everybody is doing a great job in getting what needs to be done, done, even with all the problems."

Midland Teacher Stephanie Kaftan, says, "I definitely do not wear as nice of clothes as I have in the past because they get ruined because of the dirt, the mud, and the limestone." The problems about clothing mainly stem from the gravel path connecting the two buildings, the mud that practically surrounds the school, and the dust that flies in the air. Dust and mud are constantly ruining clothes and shoes. Students and teachers are now forced to wear clothes that are not as nice as they would like because they fear that they will get ruined.

Another problem for students and teachers alike is tardiness. Different people at school have different views on it, but all the same, it's a problem. For example, the students find it hard to get from the gym to the top floor of the Bronson building (the old building) because there is a long gravel path going around the construction that connects the two buildings. Jenna Eldred, a student at Midland, says, "Well I have one tardy because it's hard for me to get from top floor of the Bronson all the way to the other school with all the construction because you have to go around things and go with the flow because it's really hard to walk across and not step in mud." On the other hand when asked, Carolyn Greenfield (teacher at Midland) says, "I really don't think there is a reason for being late to class because if they do need head to the restroom and didn't have a chance, they know to ask me and go right away. But they do have enough time to be able to go back and forth."

Students and teachers also agree that distractions caused by the construction are also a problem. Because the newer school is an addition to the school we already have, the construction is right outside our windows. Carolyn Greenfield has this to say on the matter, "It is challenging, it gets really noisy and the kids get distracted, and I find myself yelling over the noise and then the noise would stop and I'm yelling at the class." Jenna Eldred also says that, "It's kind of harder to focus and study because with all the noise it's very distracting"

Even with all the problems, the staff, students, and community are still excited for the school we all have been waiting for. Carolyn Greenfield says, "I think it's very cool, I think it's going to be very nice. We've had a lot of challenges, more than I thought we would've had, but it will be very nice when it's done."

Is It Worth It? By Chiara Dusanek

The construction that has been going on at the Midland middle-high school for over two years has caused some extreme problems during the school year. The internet doesn't work for days at a time and the Bronson building has been without running water. With all the mess and problems construction has caused, is there any way we as a district can overlook all these struggles and anticipate the new school with a positive attitude?

Although everyone who was interviewed had very different views and answers, they all had the same mindset. Calli Markmann, a senior at Midland this year, says it excellently: "With the new school and all of the upgrades, Midlands athletics, academics, involvement, and even the community will thrive."

The central idea is definitely that everything the new school is bringing will make life easier and lessen stress for staff and students alike. The interviewees provided many different ways in how the addition might do this. Mrs. Eckhardt, the Spanish teacher at Midland and a parent in the community, says that "I think it will bring everybody together. I think the teachers and the students will feel more connected." When asked how it might affect the younger students at Midland, she stated, "I think they'll be excited to come here. I think it will make education better because we're in one building, teachers are able to meet with each other easier, run across the hall for a question. I think it will be better." Those are just a few ways the new school is expected to improve education at Midland. "Just the design and the setup of the classrooms and the way they're placed and the openness will affect how much more community type projects we do within the school itself," Mr. Wilson, a Language Arts teacher at Midland stated.

These aren't the only problems the new school is expected to improve upon. "Not only will the learning environment be updated and improved, students will also be able to stay motivated and concentrated better. Student motivation and achievement will raise because students and teachers basic needs will be met. There won't be any more creaky floors, whistling wind, or hearing through walls." Calli added. Although she has such a positive view of the new school, Calli will not be able to fully experience the benefits of the new school before she graduates because she is a senior. When asked about how she felt about this matter, she said "Although we have suffered through majority of the construction and aren't able to enjoy most of it, I am grateful of what we have gotten to use. Being able to use some of the new facilities that are completed are a plus."

Construction has caused many struggles for the whole district, but the upgrades and changes within the new facility are expected to be well worth it. Mrs. Reilly, the principal at the Midland middle-high school, sums it up perfectly. She says, "It has been a tough beginning to the year. But, again, once we move into it, I think it's all going to be worth it. It's just getting through it."

The Progress of the New Midland Community School Building By Dakota DeLarm

The Midland community school district is back in session, and we are back stronger and more "open" than ever. Not just the holes in the walls due to the ongoing construction- the holes in our schedule and our new routine. The fact that the student body has continued to thrive under these conditions continues to amaze community members.

When asked about the idea of a new school, Chiara Dusanek replied with, "I was actually on a student committee that discussed a new school, and I thought it was a great idea." Earlier in the week, Chiara and I took a tour of the new academic wing with Carol Reilly, the principal of the Midland Middle/High School. We were amazed with the progress and the work that had gone into this project. The media and library room layout was astounding. There was a separate room with sliding glass doors for instructing classes and for teacher in-services. The industrial style and open ceiling mixed with scientifically proven "brain-stimulating colors"were calming. The "industrial style" of the exposed ventilation mixed with a few other details gives the new school a modern touch. The rooms were laid out by grade level, the sixth grade on the bottom floor and the middle school along with the high school in the west wing and top floor. The Choir and Band rooms are located on the North side of the building, along with the gym and Industrial Tech facility. The administrative offices are in the new entrance to the building, and two new in school suspension rooms are located behind the administrative secretary's desk. A new bathroom and a teacher's lounge are in the west wing, and there is one large storage closet on the first floor. There are multiple "learning studios" where students will go in small groups for improved focus away from the distractions of a classroom. The stage in the "commons" has been opened, and workers recently installed a lighting and sound control room. The entrance to the new Gold Gym is a very open and modern space, with the new concession stand and kitchen adjacent to the 'commons'.

However, there are always downsides to great things. Trenton Rickels, a student along with Chiara here at Midland, said "I thought it was a great idea and it seems to be progressing well, but it is kind of distracting while you are in the middle of class and a construction worker is walking by or someone is operating a crane right by your window." Chiara also commented on the subject, stating, "But since our tour, I'm a little concerned about people outside of the building and being more concerned about what's going to be going on outside rather than what the teacher is saying."

But in the end, this building will be worth all of the trouble the administration, students, and construction workers have put into this building. All of the exceptions, the schedule changes, shutting down the essentials, and the rerouting has gotten tedious and somewhat annoying, but we will all enjoy what has come from it.

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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




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS SEMESTER 2 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR



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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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Thursday, January 05, 2017

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS SEMESTER 1 2016-17 NEWS



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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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Oxford Junction, IA 52323
Fax: 563-826-2681
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PO Box 109
Wyoming, IA 52362
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CURRENT INFO

WE CARE PACKAGES- Midland FFA are creating holiday gifts for children in our district who are less fortunate. Donations of wrapping paper, tape, small toys, books, gift items, and candy to fill the boxes are greatly appreciated! Deadline is Dec 15.

PK-2 Cheer Clinic Dec. 15

IMPORTANT INFO

MCSD 2017-18 Master Calendar

MMHS Map - Building, parking, driveway

2017-18 Bus Schedules

2017-18 Lunch Application

Activity Calendar 2017-2020

Midland Building Use Application

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS INFO

2017-18 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.

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