Friday, June 09, 2017

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS



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Upcoming Events:

June 12-July 20 - Drivers education class at Oxford Junction Elementary in the library. See schedule and rules on this page under Current/Upcoming Events

June 19 - School board meeting 7PM location TBA

July 5-8 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp - see registration on this page

July 24-26 - Youth Football Camp - see registration on this page

July 31-Aug 4 - HS Football Camp - see registration on this page

July 25 - Eregistration begins on your parent PowerSchool account

July 27 - On site registration at Wyoming, 9AM-7PM

July 31 - On site registration at Oxford Junction, 9AM-7PM

Aug 1-4 Youth Basketball Camp - see registration on this page

August 24 - School resumes, 1:00 dismissal

NOTICE: The Wyoming center has no water/sewer in either building for most of the summer. Limited access due to construction, please stay away so construction workers can do their job.

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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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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE AS OF JUNE 4, 2017

Progress since the last day of school in the academic area include:

The new windows are being installed!

On the last day of school many things have been shuffled around in preparation for full out demolition and construction starting at noon today when the kids leave. The offices have been moved to the portable - the district office remains in the East portion and the high school office is now in the West portion.

Mrs. Hansen and Mrs. Reilly are now in the library in the portable. They left their lil cubby hole offices at the end of the hall. That will become part of the special education classroom for next year. Mrs. Reilly will be working during the month of May, then will return in early August. Either Mrs. Hansen or Mrs. Buchholtz should be in the office most days of the week from 8AM-3PM, if you are coming from a distance please call first to be sure as they need to use vacation days as well during summer.

The cafeteria and kitchen are ready for one last lunch before major changes happen. Note the wrestling photos on the cafeteria walls that have been there forever have come down in preparation. The kitchen is emptying out.

Down by the south gym doors the wall has been removed and a temporary one installed to join the new with the old areas.

Progress in the office areas continue with the pouring of cement floors today.

Mason workers are putting brick around the bottom of the academic wing. The windows are almost ready for glass in areas. Should look like a real enclosed building soon!

The view going West on Green Street.

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CLAYTON COUNTY SHARES THOUGHT PROVOKING VIDEO

With graduation celebration time upon us, we hope all 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

Have a very safe graduation season and summer 2017!

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2017-18 SCHOOL HELPFUL INFO

2017-18 MCSD Master Calendar

2017-18 SCHOOL FEES

On site school registration dates: Thursday, July 27 at the Wyoming center from 9AM-7PM and Monday, July 31 from 9AM-7PM at the Oxford Junction center. You can eregister online from any computer using your PowerSchool parent account starting July 25th. For more information contact either school office.

School supply lists, bus lists, etc. will be available here when released.

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2017-18 KINDERGARTEN OR PRESCHOOL

Kindergarten and preschool round up was held on February 7. If you have a child who needs enrolled in either of these classes for the fall of 2017-18 please contact the elementary secretary Deb Larkey ASAP 563-488-2292 x 3270 or dlarkey@midland.k12.ia.us

There are a limited number of seats available in the preschool class so sign up today!

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

There is a 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.

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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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MIDLAND TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS LISTING

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

Middle/High School
109 West Green St.
PO Box 109
Wyoming, IA 52362
Fax: 563-488-2253
Grades: 6-12

Contact: Webmaster

CURRENT/UPCOMING ITEMS
Midland will again offer DRIVERS EDUCATION during 2017 summer. Class will be held at the Oxford Junction Elementary starting June 12. Here is the tentative calendar:

Drivers Education Tentative Calendar Summer 2017

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Youth Volleyball Camp, entering grades 3-8 runs August 1-4 Registration Form

Youth Girls Basketball Camp Registration Form

Youth Football Camp 17 - DATE CORRECTION July 24-26 Registration Form - Middle school FB practice starts Aug 25.

High School Football Camp 17 Registration Form - HS practice starts Aug 7 time TBD

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