Monday, April 14, 2014


Upcoming Events:

Apr 15 - Librarian's Day - thanks to Ms. Doll and her associate Mrs. Hageman for all of their efforts!

Apr 15 - PATS meeting 7PM at OJ

Apr 17 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice

Apr 18 - NO SCHOOL

Apr 21 - School board meeting 7PM ICN room in Wyoming

Apr 23 - Secretary's Day - thanks to Deb, Marcine and Michelle for all of their work throughout the year!

Apr 30 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice

May 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 and June 2 - Snow makeup days - any further will flow further into June



Thanks to all who are working hard to create a new ball diamond at the elementary school. This field could be used by the PE classes, as a backup for the diamond in Wapsie Park for Midland Summer Rec teams, as well as town leagues. It would also be available for residents who just want to go out and hit some balls with family or friends.

Estimated cost of the diamond is $25,554.00 with all of the labor being donated. Your donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated and would help get us to reach our goal and give our kids and community greater opportunity.

You can see each report by clicking on it below:

Ballfield Donation Letter

Updated OJ Fields Report as of March 20, 2014

Ballfield Drawings

Ballfield Donors List

Fun fundraiser at both schools:

Let's Kick Off the Baseball Season in Style! Want to wear your baseball cap ALL DAY LONG AT SCHOOL any or every day during the week of March 31st through April 4th? For $1.00 a day you can do just that! Your donation of $1.00 per day will go toward building the ball diamond at the elementary school. Your cap must have a Pro, College or local baseball team logo on it. At the Wyoming center students/staff can give their donation to Michelle in the office. At the OJ Center students/staff can give their donation to Deb in the office.

Land O'Lakes and River Valley have each donated $2,000 to the ball field project. Superintendent Rodenberg and OJ Improvement Inc. committee members Sheila Moore and Barb Dobling accept a check from Dale Werden who manages the Lost Nation River Valley location.

Joe Craig of Iowa Network Services presenting their check to Barb Dobling and Kelly Johnson, the General Manager/CEO of Lost Nation Elwood Telephone Co. INS donated $250 and Lost Nation/Elwood Telephone Company donated $150.

Citizens State Bank donated $500, accepting the check is Barb Dobling from CSB employee Tammy Willimack

Thanks to all donors!



Congrats to the elementary staff who won the recent PATS fundraiser Donkey Basketball game. Coach Becker hit a number of three pointers to seal the victory over the Junior team in a hard fought battle. Here is the winning team "The Minions"

Click here to see some of the fun Donkeyball action photos!

Thanks to all who came out and supported this PATS sponsored activities, funds raised at this event will go to help many children within our district.

Thanks to Kim Buchholtz and Shelley Cullum for providing us with the photos!



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.


An Honest Conversation About Marijuana

The Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition has asked us to share the following information for parents, students, community members.

An Honest Conversation About Marijuana with Dr. Kevin Sabet (click here for flier)

Dr. Sabet and co-founder of Project Sam former Senator Patrick Kennedy have been on Piers Morgen, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Drew, The Colbert Report. This week, Dr. Sabet was speaking at the United Nations! He was a former senior advisor for the Office of National Drug Control Policy for both the Obama and Bush administrations. I have heard him speak twice and I haven't heard anyone else speak more balanced or more clearly about the seriousness of this issue. It is an honest conversation those of us who work with or on behalf of youth, should not miss! Feel free to post the flyer and forward this e-mail! Dr. Sabet will be presenting to students at the Anamosa High School at 1 p.m. and we had invited all the high school students in the county, but with all the days off of school, it is too much for Midland and Monticello to miss another day traveling to Anamosa to hear this presentation. The evening will be a good opportunity for parents to attend with their middle school or high school student and discuss the topic together afterwards.

Dr. Sabet will be presenting this important message to the public in the evening on Tuesday, April 1st at the National Motorcycle Museum, 102 Chamber Dr. , Anamosa, IA at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30. The Registration link for the evening event is: Registration is encouraged particularly if CEUs are important to you, otherwise feel free to just show up! You won't want to miss it, especially if you are a parent too! Employers, teachers, coaches, medical workers and anyone interested is encouraged come and learn more about this topic.

If you know of people who are in or can travel to Linn County during the day more easily, he is also presenting the same message at Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Hall, Iowa Rooms from 3:15-4:45 p.m. with registration at 2:45. This session is nearly full. The required pre-registration link for that event is:

The Iowa Board of Certification is approving 1.5 hours of CEUs for this training. There is no cost to attend either event. The presentations are primarily sponsored by the Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition and the Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. For more information, feel free to call 319-462-5030. Also, to learn more about Project SAM and Dr. Kevin Sabet, visit .



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!



When necessary due to road conditions, Midland will be running its busses on hard surface roads only using the schedule that you will find below. When this plan will be implemented it will be communicated via our school email system, Iowa Alerts system and local television and radio stations. These times are estimates. Please be a few minutes early. Thank You

I understand that this will cause inconvenience to some of you. Please understand that this is a safety issue, related to the very poor condition of the gravel roads.

CLICK HERE to see the hard surface route. You can bring your child to any of the designated stops. If you have questions call Transportation Director John Stender at bus barn 488-3965 or school 488-2292, ext. 1140.

Sincerely, Brian Rodenberg, Superintendent


Midland Hosts Tri Rivers HS Honor Band Festival

On Monday, January 20th, despite the winter weather, Midland hosted the Tri Rivers High School Honor Band Festival. Over 100 of the most talented band students from throughout the conference descended on the Midland gym and had an afternoon full of rehearsal with William Carson from Coe College. They ate supper and performed in concert at 7PM.

Many hours of work were put into the honor band and it provided an excellent opportunity for all students from the conference schools to meld together for one fantastic concert!

Congratulations to the students selected to represent Midland in the concert: Abbie K, Bailey S, Cody B, Paige S, Brooke G, Erin S, Mallory M, Danielle W

Thanks to Mrs. Wright for all of her efforts coordinating this event for the conference! It was a great success and hopefully those students saw what a warm welcoming district we have.


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!



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!



November 20th brought Miss Iowa, Nikki Kelly from Keokuk to both Midland Middle/High School and Midland Elementary to deliver her message "Power of One". Her speech was in regards to her being born with one arm and not letting it impact her life negatively. She was crowned Miss Iowa in June and will reign until June 2014.

Midland senior Bailey Strait commented "I thought I would be bored, but it was a very interesting assembly." She enjoyed how Miss Iowa focused on her abilities rather than her disabilities.

A dancer herself, Miss Iowa poses with members of the 2013-2014 Golddusters

When Miss Iowa went to the elementary school she got in on "Kiss The Pig". Principal Wendler had told the students if they raised $2,000 in their recent Charleston Wrap fundraiser he would kiss a pig. To his amazement the students raised over $5,000. He followed through on his promise to the students.

Mr Wendler said "I think this was probably the first Principal, pig, Miss Iowa picture ever!!!"

The funds raised will go towards putting a big projector and projection screen in the gym at the elementary.

Thanks to all who participated in this fundraiser in any way. Special thanks to Brock and Jon Hansen of Wyoming for lending us "Charlotte" for the magical kiss!


Midland NHS Host Veteran's Day Assembly

On Monday, November 11 the Midland chapter of NHS hosted a Veteran's Day Assembly.

Thanks to our guest speaker Ron Nowachek and all of the veterans who participated in the ceremony.

Thanks to all of the community members who took time from your busy schedule to join us for our ceremony. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony for all veterans and their families.

In addition, we created a photo wall to recognize our local veterans or veterans who have a connection to the Midland School District. We had community members send photos of area vets with their rank, military branch, dates of service and war info if any.

Thank you to our Veterans! They allow us to live free each and every day in this great country of ours. Thanks to all!

Thanks to Kim Buchholtz for photos!




Our past yearbook staff ordered too many books. Now is your chance to get a deal, the old yearbooks are currently being sold for a minimum $5 donation to the yearbook (+ postage if you want one mailed to you). [Note some years listed on flier may have since sold out since posted]

Contact yearbook advisor Kellie Kelck at 563-488-2292 x 2110 or for more information.


Log in to to pre-order your 13-14 yearbook. Just like last year you will have the opportunity to personalize two pages in your book. If you ordered last year all you have to do is log in again. If you did not you will need to create an account at using the school code 1013464327822344 Books will not be delivered until fall of 2014


Any area businesses or individuals wishing to purchase advertising in the 2013-14 yearbook please fill out this form and return it to Yearbook Sponsor Kellie Kelck. Thanks for your support!

2013-14 Yearbook Ads



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!

Thursday, February 20, 2014




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



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 or call Mitch Finn at HACAP at (319) 739-1539 or e-mail him:

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


School Comparisons

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.




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.



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.


OLD CELL PHONES - Music department

COKE REWARDS - Middle/High School Incentive


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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2012-13 District News


Midland High School held their 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19 and had 35 students receive diplomas and 2 foreign exchange students receive certificates of attendance. Congratulations to all seniors and their parents on a job well done!

Kira Chatterton was named Valedictorian while Mallory Dirks was Salutatorian. Many scholarships were presented to the class.

Our foreign exchange students Onur Elicora and Jon Santillan enjoyed participating in the ceremony.

Thanks to all who helped with the Commencement Ceremony in any way.

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Students at the Wyoming center observed Earth Day on Wed, April 24th from 1-3PM by going out into the communities and helping to make a difference. Mrs. Jenny Eckhardt coordinated the various activities by contacting the mayors or city councilmen in each town throughout the district to see what their needs were. Center Junction, Lost Nation, Monmouth, Oxford Junction, and Wyoming responded and had jobs they needed help with. Students did things like pick up trash, plant trees, clean yards of elderly, painting, raking, planting flowers, etc.

Pictured - Miss Determan, Miss Rath, Miss Chatterton and their amazing hard working group of students spent earth day picking up trash and sticks around the football field, baseball/softball field, and the fairgrounds

This crew cleaned up in Wyoming:

We received positive feed back from some community members on this project including:

Thank you Kris Doll and the crew that cleaned up the Antons farmyard Wedneday afternoon. You did a fantastic job. I appreciate it very much. It was a great Earth Day project. ~ Mrs. Antons

Thank you to the crew who cleaned up at Monmouth, you made a difference! ~ Vincent O'Hara

Thanks to the crew that cleaned up down town! ~ Sheri Tjaden, Wyoming City Clerk

We wish to thank the communities that let us come in and help out. It makes a great partnership and is a great way for kids to get out into the various communities within our district and they get to experience the gratification of performing community service. Thankfully the weather cooperated a little better this year, though a bit cool it was dry.

Big thank you to the students who came and worked hard! You guys/gals are SUPER!

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