Monday, July 27, 2015


Upcoming Events:

July 27-30 - Youth football camp 8-10AM for students entering grades 3-8

July 27-30 - High school football camp 7-9PM for students entering grades 9-12 (dates were moved up due to season schedule change)

July 28 - On site school registration @ elementary bldg. in OJ 9AM-7PM

July 30 - On site school registration @ middle/high school in WY 9AM-7PM

Aug 3-6 - High school volleyball camp 8-10AM for students entering grades 9-12

Aug 3-6 - Youth volleyball camp 10:30-12:00 for students entering grades 3-8

Aug 10-14 - All teachers required to spend one day on room preparation sometime this week.

Aug 17-21 - Teachers report for Professional Development days. See letter coming soon.

Aug 19 - WELCOME BACK CELEBRATION - 4-6PM at both centers - see flier below.

Aug 24 - SCHOOL BEGINS for 2015-16 school year - 1:00 dismissal for teacher inservice.

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The PPF recently purchased some new equipment and has one tredmill for sale for $100.00 as is. If interested contact the school or Casey Huston at 319-480-4763.

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School will begin on Monday, August 24, 2015, there will be a 1:00 dismissal that day for teacher inservice. Parents can begin e-registering their children for school via their PowerSchool parent account as of July 20th. On site registrations will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at the elementary building in Oxford Junction from 9AM-7PM or at the Wyoming center on Thursday, July 30 again from 9AM-7PM. If you need to register at school but cannot make either of those dates you can contact either building secretary at 488-2292 to set up a time to come in and do it Mon-Fri between 8AM-3PM.

We want to give a warm welcome to all students who will be new to our district this year and their parents. They will need to report to one of the school offices to get their PowerSchool information so they can e-register. The sooner they contact the school, the easier the transition will be as we will have time to request their school records and have everything in place for them by August 29th. Please call 488-2292 and extension 1230 for Michelle for grades 6-12 or extension 3270 for Deb for students entering PS-5th grades.

Here is the school year master calendar:2015-16 SCHOOL CALENDAR

School supply lists for each center have been announced, thanks to the PATS organization for their donations



All parents and families are invited to attend our 2015-16 Welcome Back Celebration which will be held on Wednesday, August 19 from 4-6PM at each center. Here is the flier for that event: 2015-16 WELCOME BACK CELEBRATION High school students can check out their laptops during this time. Seventh & eighth graders will get theirs the first couple days of school. Sixth graders leave theirs at school.

As always, if you have any questions about registration or the upcoming school year please contact the school at 488-2292.

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Midland has three seats on the board of education up for election this year, those currently held by Clay Pestka, Tom Orr and Terry Lineburg. All nomination papers may be picked up at the district office at 109 W Green Street, Wyoming beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. All items must be returned to the district office by 5:00 PM on July 30, 2015. Nomination paperwork can NOT be turned in to the county auditor's office!

Twenty five (25) signatures are required for candidacy, these signature numbers are based on the May 1, 2015 voter registration totals for each of the districts.

School election day is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Polls are open from noon-8PM.

Should you have any questions on this process please feel free to contact Superintendent Brian Rodenberg at 488-2292 x 1280 or Board Secretary Megan Frankfurt at 488-2292 x 1210.

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It has been two months since the historic bond issue vote was passed by the voters of the Midland district. A lot of work went into the passage of the bond issue and yet the work is just beginning. I want to take this opportunity to provide information about what has been going on since the vote and when you can expect to see some progress.

The goals for this project are to create a 21st century learning environment based on the flexible use of space, upgrading accessibility and safety matters and providing a place to be utilized by the community in a way to promote Midland pride. It is my belief and commitment to you that the project will meet these expectations while remaining within our budget.

After the bond issue vote was passed, Struxture Architects and I exchanged ideas that I had received from staff and members of the booster club. As those ideas were exchanged a general conceptual idea was being developed for what the spaces would look like and how they might be used. The next step was to have a full day of meetings with the staff members to go over what the classrooms and other areas would need to include and what the general concept of a regular classroom might look like. The following concepts came about as a result of this meeting:

* For special areas, such as science, Vo-Ag, art, music and industrial tech the classroom space needs to meet certain safety codes as well as meeting the educational needs of those areas.

* The classroom furniture needs to be flexible in its use by being easily moved.

* Having plenty of outlets and projection devices for the integration of technology in the classroom.

* Movable walls between classrooms to allow more collaboration and cross curricular opportunities.

* Interior windows in class room areas for the monitoring of small group activities outside the room.

* Student lockers in the classroom areas.

* The new industrial tech shop area and wrestling room will be located north of the current gym.

* ADA compliant restrooms and locker rooms.

* Multi-use possibilities for the commons area (which is now the cafeteria), such as a black box theater for drama productions or banquets, with retractable seating.

The general time line for this project as follows: We will continue to refine our plans over the next few months by having more conversations with staff and Struxtures. In the fall, the staff will be presented with 3-D models of the classroom spaces and the overall project. At that point, final modifications may be made before the final technical drawings will be approved and specification books prepared for the bidding process. The bidding process for the building will take place during the winter and the ground breaking should take place in March of 2016, or sooner!?!

At a special meeting on June 3rd, the board accepted the sale of bonds to BOSC, Inc. of Dallas, Texas for the $10 million general obligation bonds and the UMB Bank, N. A. of Kansas City, MO for the $2.9 taxable general obligations. The average interest rate for the two sales works out to be 3.099%. The impact on the tax rate will be $3.75 per thousand of taxable valuation the first year and will fluctuate between $3.65 and $3.66 per thousand of taxable valuation for the subsequent years. According to Travis Squires, our financial advisor from Piper Jaffray, this was a good bond sale and since the market had been a bit volatile over the past few weeks, it is a good thing to have done.

The properties that were acquired are being salvaged and the area is being prepared to be cleared. The houses will be burned by the Wyoming Volunteer Fire Department, the debris will be removed, trees cut down and fence removed in the near future. The area will be developed into a parking area, which I hope to have done by the time school starts the fall.

This has been a very interesting past few months for our district. It was so exciting to see the bond issue pass and it is becoming more exciting as we think of what we will have when we are done. We do have a budget to work within during this process. The students' education and the overall updates of the facility for our students, staff and community are the top priorities in this project.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 563-488-2292, ext. 1280 or email me at Thank you for your time

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The Midland District would like to have information on the number of Preschool students to be enrolled next fall for the 2015-2016 school year. A student must be 4 years old by September 15, 2015 to attend Preschool.

Half day preschool (7:45 - 11:30 am) is free. If you would like your child to attend full days, it costs $150 per month, and there are scholarships available for those who may need them. We only have 40 slots available and we have been full the past 2 years, so please get signed up as soon as possible.

Please contact the Oxford Junction Center by calling 563-488-2292, extension 3270 or email the information below to

Child's Name, Date of Birth , Parents' Names, Phone number, Address, City/Zip

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Order your 2014-15 Midland yearbook now by logging on to to buy and personalize your 2 free custom pages. You still have until the end of the school year to customize your personal pages. If you have not yet logged on to treering you will need the school code : 1013464327822344

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RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

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We STRONGLY URGE ALL PARENTS to sign up for this free program that sends you an alert the moment something changes at school. This includes changes to the school day for weather - early outs, closures - as well as any emergency situations. They can send you an email or text to your cell or computer immediately, and it would include all information you need to know.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015


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Midland's FFA State Champion Ag Issues team was lined up to present to Senator Chuck Grassley in Moline on May 27th. Unfortunately due to airplane mechanical difficulties they were not able to do that. They did however stop at KMAQ radio in Maquoketa on their way home and presented their program there. It will air on the radio on Monday, June 1 from 9-10AM. So catch them on AM 1320 or FM 95.1 then!

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Midland High School awarded 36 diplomas to seniors during their Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17th. Foreign exchange student Alex Arnesen was also presented a Certificate of Attendance for his year here.

Mackenzie Petersen was the valedictorian while Madison Gravel was salutatorian. Many scholarhips were awarded to seniors by guest presenters or Mrs. Reilly and Mrs. Lacy. Check out the complete awards list posted to the Senior Information page.

Mackenzie Petersen is this year's Governor's Scholar. Here she is at that ceremony held in Des Moines last month.

Congratulations to all seniors and their parents! It has been a long road, but we hope they are ready to go out into the world and make a difference.

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Midland boys and girls track teams each qualified two participants for the 2015 State Track Meet to be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines May 21-23.

Libby Uppena, Soph, who shattered her own school record at districts throwing 39' 11" placed 11th in state with her throw of 34' 6 1/4" - Nice job Libby!

Rylee Andresen, Jr, finished 17th of 24 in the 400M run with a time of 1 min 3.62 seconds. Way to go Rylee!

Alex Martens, Soph, jumped 5' 11" which tied him for 9th place in state!

Trace Jensen, Soph, finished 20th in the 1600M run with a time of 4:51.05!

Congratulations to all on very successful and exciting track seasons!

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Midland FFA Ag Issues Team participated in the state competition on April 20th and were named STATE CHAMPS for 2015! Way to go guys and gals!

Participants include: Rylee A, Madi M, Tommy O, Ethan W, Eli S, Madison G, Landon H, Colin F, Mackenzie P and their sponsor is Miss Jamie Christiansen

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The Jones County Auditor called Mr. Rodenberg on Monday afternoon to update him with the final results of the special school election held on April 7th. After the final last minute absentee ballots were counted, Measure A passed with 61.9% approval while Measure B passed with 60.2% approval. The District can now look ahead to the planning phases of the improvements and addition. Thank you to all who voted! You HAVE made a difference for our students!

Mr. Rodenberg said "The people of the Midland school district have spoken. They have made a critical decision that will have a huge impact on our school district and our students.

With this victory the work is just beginning as we will be held accountable to follow through on a facility that truly will impact learning and teaching. The community deserves this, the faculty deserves this, but most importantly, the students deserve this.

A great number of people put in countless hours by attending meetings, writing letters, putting up and displaying signs and having those difficult conversations. On behalf of the school board, I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The world has changed a lot since 1914. This project will be a testament to our community's resolve and willingness to invest in the future.

Thanks again and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your superintendent."

~ Mr. Brian Rodenberg, Superintendent/Curriculum Director

Here are the plans for the Wyoming building project, it is surely an exciting time to be a Midland Eagle:


Building Layout

Exterior Drawings

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School Start Date Approved

Midland will start school on August 24 for the 2015-16 school year. Here is the calendar:

2015-16 School Calendar

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Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our Midland students and their families the school was able to donate over 4,100 items to the three food pantries within the district. Your care will be felt throughout the district this holiday season!

Mrs. Reilly had challenged her students/staff to have a 1,000 Can Monday but much to her amazement they collected over 2,000 items on that final day, pushing them to 2,648 items donated while the elementary collected over 1,500 items. Because the Wyoming center won, Mr. Wendler had to come up and sing Christmas carols to all three lunches. Mrs. Reilly and Mr. Rodenberg joined him so he didn't have to sing solo. Here he is serenading the students....

Thanks to all who helped coordinate this project and to the administrators for their good natured spirit throughout this competition. Mr. Wendler is now an experienced singer and is taking bookings for future engagements if anyone is interested (you might want to check with one of the students at the Wyoming center to see if they recommend him).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Iowa School Alerts

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

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

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

1. Click on Sign Up! in the Main Menu at

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

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

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



Midland wants to expose our students to technology as we believe that is a life skill they will need. Every student and his/her parent will need to sign a technology policy each year.

Students in grades 6-12 are all assigned a laptop as part of our 1:1 Program, upon turning in appropriate papework (available at registration day or the first day of school). Grades 7-12 can take their laptops home, 6th graders will store theirs in their classroom at school.

Please read the TECHNOLOGY POLICY (click here) carefully, discuss it with your child, sign it and return it to the school office at your earliest convenience each year.

If questions, feel free to contact Dan Greenfield, District Technology Director, or the building principal.



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.





Life-Line Resources is a mental health and counseling agency that was birthed out of the desire to not only help individuals, but transform their community. We currently offer Behavioral Health Intervention Services, Therapy, and Counseling services in and around Jones County.


Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition Newsletter


Thanks to Royalty Free Music for providing Midland staff free access to their Royalty Free Music Library for Education. Their diverse and comprehensive musical selections include all genres of music including Pop, Country, Urban, Classical, R&B, Jazz, Latin, New Age, and Rock. Perfect for all projects requiring music; video, multimedia, electronic presentations, and Web projects. For more info check out Royalty Free Music flyer for education.



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.

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