Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Dec 11 - 1:00 dismissal - Wyo AM schedule

Dec 12 - Elementary Winter Concert 6:30 in black gym at Wyoming center

Dec 18 - School board meeting 7PM

Dec 19 & 20 - Remediation Days at Wyoming center

Dec 20 - 12:00 dismissal for winter break

Dec 23-Jan 2 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Dec 30 - PATS Blood Drive 2-8Pm in black gym at Wyoming - call Elisha at 319-480-4929 to schedule your appointment!

Jan 3 - School resumes with full school day

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At the November school board meeting both our current Superintendent Todd Hawley and our former Superintendent Doug Tuetken were in attendance to present plaques of appreciation for both of our retiring school board members Clay Pestka and Terry Lineburg.

Both of these gentlemen were instrumental in not only getting the bond issue passed, but they were the guys behind the scene that no one knew were staying on the construction companies to get our new building project completed. They put in countless hours and for that the school will be forever grateful.

Thanks for all of the time and effort and heart that you put into our district guys! Your efforts will affect our students for many years to come. It is greatly appreciated!!

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We at Midland want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! We hope you are surrounded by those you love and you can enjoy the season and squeeze in a little R & R.

We will dismiss for break on Friday, December 20th at 12:00.

We will resume school on Friday, January 3 with a regularly scheduled day.

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The Friends of the Wyoming Public Library in conjunction with PATS, Citizens State Bank and Ohnward Bank and Trust collected books to donate to the students in our district again this year. They raised their goal to 300 books this year so they can send home a book with every single elementary student (215) and have some books available for middle school students to take home if they would like one.

They have met their goal and will soon be distributing those at school. THANK YOU to all who donated books or supported this project!

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Unofficial school board election results: Stacie Cronkleton 280, Katalin Rushford 259, Thomas Orr 240, write in 15.

We welcome new school board members Stacie and Katalin! We hope you enjoy this experience and thank you for volunteering your time to help our kids!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Clay Pestka and Terry Lineburg, board members retiring this year who have done a tremendous job for us! We cannot express how grateful we were to have you two on board during our construction project!

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Midland students at both the Oxford Junction and Wyoming centers will be conducting a food drive to provide for the Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming Food Pantries this holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at either center by November 18th. Thanks to FFA for coordinating this!

There will be a friendly competition between the buildings and in the Wyoming center between seminar classes. FFA will provide ice cream bars for the winner of the seminar contest. Boxes will be distributed to all seminars as well as the office in both buildings. If questions, contact Mrs. Guenther or Mrs. Martens at 488-2292.

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Could your family use a little help getting gifts for children in your household age 12 and under? Families who live in Jones County can apply for the Toys For Tots program. 2019 Jones Co. Toys for Tots deadline to enter is Nov. 29. Return the form directly to them by that date.

Midland FFA is putting together Care and Share packages. They are in need of small toys or games, holiday candy, wrapping paper, tape, bows, shoe boxes. If you know of a family with young children who live within the Midland district who could use a special surprise please let them know by emailing ffa@midland.k12.ia.us

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Midland Schools wants to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Jerry Carstens who passed away on Sunday, October 27th. Jerry was a long time PE teacher and coach at Midland. He was hired in 1973 and taught at Midland retiring in May of 2000. He coached girls basketball and is currently the 9th most winning coach in Iowa High School Girls Basketball history at 965. Jerry was inducted into the Iowa Girls Basketball Coach Hall of Fame in 2002. He coached here until March 2004. He also was head track coach for many years and an assistant football coach. He had a great influence on many students.

You can find his obituary online at https://www.laheys.com/notices/Jerry-Carstens?fbclid=IwAR18wX9DEsxMbbKUgFFzN6yB0CsD7Dlw-0Zt-_lWObObkQixUjvsJx8yY30

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 1 from 4-8PM at Lahey & Dawson Funeral Home, Wyoming. Funeral will be Saturday, November 2 at 11AM at the funeral home with burial at Antioch Cemetery, rural Anamosa.

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Congratulations to the Eagle Football Team who once again qualified for state playoffs. They will travel to Victor, IA on Friday, November 1 to play HLV at 7PM. Admission for all is $8.00 per person. There will be a pep bus for people to sign up to ride by contacting the office by 8:30 friday morning and paying $5.00 to ride. Good luck Eagles! SOAR to victory!

The entire football team has been invited to participate in the live TV show "On Iowa Live" on Monday, October 28th. They should be on TV at around 7PM on KCRG 9.2. They have done this the past few years and it is a good experience for them, one they all seem to enjoy! A small reward for all of their hard work! Have fun guys!

Congratulations to Brit Martens who was named one of KCRG TV-9's Athlete of the Week Finalists. Brit was not their winner, but he and his teammates are all winners here! Keep working hard! We love what you are all accomplishing together!

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The IHSAA is requesting our cooperation in surveying every male student in our high school.

They want every male to complete this survey regardless of whether othey play football or not. The objective of this survey is to find out reasons why participation in football continues to decline. We can all hypothesize reasons, but can only truly find out the real reasons by asking those who do not play and also surveying those that do play regarding why they play and what will continue to keep them out for football.

The survey will be made available electronically. We just want parents to know what is coming, what is on the survey, and why they are doing it. If you have any questions please contact the high school.

Football Notification

Football Participation Survey

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October 9, 2019

Dear Midland Community,

We have been granted a movable stop sign by the Iowa Department of Transportation to be placed at the intersection of Highway 64 and Washington Street in Wyoming. This is a heavily traveled area by vehicles during the day. To make sure our students are safe crossing this specific intersection we felt it was important to pursue a permit for this movable stop sign.

We will have it out approximately between the hours of 7:00am-8:00am and 3:00pm-4:00 Monday through Friday, unless there is a day where the school has an early out or late start. Please be aware of this new traffic device and understand that the safety of our students is always a priority for us at Midland CSD.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Midland High School.


Superintendent, Todd Hawley

thawley@midland.k12.ia.us ~ Twitter- @hawleyt1

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Our athletic directors asked us to share this letter which came from Tom Keating, Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Everyone who plans to come sit in the bleachers at Midland or any other school for that matter should take a couple of minutes to read it.

Letter from Iowa Athletic Assoc

We ask that all fans at Midland represent themselves using their very best behavior. These are middle school and high school athletes and all of our athletes, coaches and referees are doing their very best each and every day.

Show your Eagle Pride and make our athletic venues places that everyone compliments every single visit!

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Midland Schools wants to introduce you to our newest staff member at the District Office. Brooke (Holmes) Scott will be working in a Human Resources roll two days a week as part of a sharing agreement with Monticello Schools.

When asked to share some information about herself Brooke said "I was born and raised in Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. I received my A.A. from Kirkwood Community College in 2015 and will be finishing my B.A. this year from Upper Iowa University. My major is in Psychology and my minor is in Human Resources Management. I currently live in Anamosa with my husband Jasper, and our two boys. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, riding motorcycles, watching movies, and all things sports! Football is my favorite and I am a huge Michigan Wolverines fan! I also enjoy coaching my son's sports teams, including flag football, and tournament team baseball. I look forward to becoming part of the Monticello and Midland School District teams!"

Welcome to Midland Brooke! We hope you enjoy your days here!

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The Midland Board of Education will meet on the 4th Monday night of each month beginning July 2019. Meetings are held at 7PM in the Wyoming building unless posted otherwise.

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We want to remind parents of students entering 7th, 9th, and 12th grade that for the 2019-20 school year we will need the following information:

7th grade (and older) students: parents must ensure student has received BOTH: Tdap (Tetanus/Acellular Pertussis) vaccination booster AND a Meningococcal vaccination on or after 10th birthday.

9th grade students: parents must provide proof student has had a dental screening by a dental professional within the last 12 months

12th grade students: parents must ensure student has received 2 DOSES of Meningococcal vaccine; or 1 dose if first dose was received at 16 years of age or older. Technically the law states any 12th grader who has not rec'd their first meningococcal should NOT be able to attend school

Please be sure to take care of these items this summer and get proof to the school office by August 23rd if you have not already done so.

Thanks for your help with meeting these requirements, Christine RN

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Midland School District is in need of teacher substitutes, paraprofessional substitutes, and janitorial substitutes. Please contact the district office for more information on how you can help out our students!

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During the 2019-20 school year any visitor to either school location will need to bring their drivers license or some other form of identification to get in the building and past the secretary in the office. Midland will be implementing the Raptor system which scans a drivers education and checks it against the sex offenders lists.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our visitors, but in this crazy world we live in the Midland Schools believes we need to take this step to keep our students even safer than ever. If you have any questions please contact an administrator.

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Midland and Olin have entered into a whole grade sharing agreement for the 2019-20 school year for students in grades 7-12. We are excited to have this as an option for the Olin parents and students. We look forward to a great partnership with Olin Schools.

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Midland is happy to announce that they will be sharing a superintendent with the Delwood School District for the 2019-20 school year. Though we are sad to lose the services of Doug Tuetken who was shared with Maquoketa Valley, when MV decided to share with a district closer to home Midland was forced to look for other arrangements.

Todd Hawley is in his 2nd year as superintendent at Delwood where he also currently serves as principal. In the new arrangement recently finalized, he will share his superintendent duties 50/50 between Delwood and Midland. Delwood will hire a new principal for their elementary building.

We look forward to a great working relationship with Mr. Hawley and Delwood schools. We thank Mr. Tuetken and Maquoketa Valley for a great two year working relationship! We wish them well with their new arrangement also.

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Our transportation personnel want to extend a huge thank you to all who follow proper traffic safety procedures when you encounter one of our buses out on the roads. Our hearts go out to those who have been involved in tragedies involving stopped busses and bus stops recently. It reminds us to post these reminders to all.

Our drivers do turn in a small number of drivers who pass inappropriately, don't stop for red lights, etc. each year. Sheriff Graver says "That information goes to a pre-designated Trooper with the State Patrol who does the follow up and charges if there is probable cause to determine who was driving." We don't want anyone to be in trouble, but better that than risk the lives of our students.

Our students lives are FAR more important than a call or text or something, put down the phone, slow it down and follow the laws. Let's all get safely to our destinations.

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Because we are proud of our school and our student athletes, we ask our fans to all read and follow these spectator expectations at all events both home and away.

Spectator Expectations Letter From Administrators

We have worked hard over the years to have a great sportsmanship rating and want to keep that up where it should be. Let's all set a great example for not only our students, but all students attending our events.

Thanks for supporting all Eagle athletics!

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Midland Community School District would like to thank you for showing interest in a rewarding way to serve students at all levels. Midland has new protocol regarding the safety of our students, we require background checks on all volunteers, chaperones, and drivers involved in school programs.

To begin, please completed the attached form (if applicable drivers license and insurance card) and background check form. Forms will need to be completed and returned to the district office.

Once forms are completed and returned to the district office (see below address), district office will process the forms. Please note the background check process (typically takes 2-5 days) will take longer during peak times, primarily at the beginning of the year and right after winter break.

After the background check is processed and cleared, volunteers, chaperones, and drivers are approved district-wide and are entered into a shared database accessible to office staff and building administrators.

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


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On May 28 every student at Midland Schools was given a huge box of Honey Nut Cheerios. It was quite a site after school when every elementary student exiting the buses and every secondary student exiting the building was carrying a box of cereal.

Nurse Gent got it all donated and answered the question "What's up with the cereal?"

The cereal was donated to me by the food reservoir. There is nothing wrong with it, it is not expired. They just got an over abundance of it in the warehouse right now. Midland is one of 40 schools that participated in what I coined as "Operation Cereal drop".

Thanks to Nurse Gent for always advocating for our students! She is always on the look out for free services or items for our district.

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May is School Board Recognition Month and we want to thank our Superheroes for Public Education!

Our school board members put in countless hours not only going to their monthly meeting but helping out at various school activities and overseeing school improvement projects at both centers.

We want to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to current board members including: Clay Pestka, Nikki Rushford, Derek Denniston, Sarah Fishwild, Travis Hansen, Terry Lineburg, and Tom Orr! You guys and gals are surely our SUPERHEROES at Midland!

If you have interest in helping our school and have some time to dedicate to students please consider running for school board in the future. We will have three board positions up for election in the fall of 2019. Watch the website for further information this summer.

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The Midland High School Class of 1968 generously donated a drawing of the Bronson building to celebrate the 50 years since their graduation.

Class of '68 member Margie Bronson Meehan was nominated to present the picture to Mr. Tuetken because of her ties to the building. Her great great grandfather James A Bronson built the Bronson Building in 1914. The drawing was beautifully done by Anamosa artist Dolores Chadwell.

Thanks again to the Class of 1968 for helping us remember our past. Check it out the next time you are in our activities entrance hallway.

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Congratulations to our 44 seniors who received their high school diplomas on May 19th and to our foreign exchange student who received a certificate of attendance.

This group of students has accomplished a great deal during their four years at Midland High School. We have had some outstanding academic achievements which were validated with the $270,398.40 worth of scholarships this class earned. They have also preformed well in many different athletic areas including trips to state in football, wrestling and track. They have also excelled through the FFA and Arts programs.

More graduation photos can be found online at Graduation 2019 - thanks to Kim Buchholtz!

We wish them well as they venture out into the real world to make their imprint on their world. Congrats to one and all! Continue to SOAR EAGLES!!

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Congratulations to the track teams who finished with three top ten finishes at Drake Stadium during the state track meet on May 16-18.

Luke Lasack finished 3rd in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet 2.5 inches!

Luke Lasack finished 8th in discus throwing 126feet 5 inches!

Drew finished 9th in the 400m with a time of 100.66

Girls 4x400 relay team of Emma Dusanek, Ella Rupp, Arianna Hacke and Drew Jensen finished 9th at 4:12.69! This was also a new school record for these girls who had previously broke the record.

Distance Medley of Ella Rupp, Taylor Bahnsen, Emma Dusanek and Kayla Folkers finished 22nd at 4:35.46!

Emma finished 22nd in the 100m with a time of 13.47!

Sprint Medley team of Ella Rupp, Ari Hacke, Emma Dusanek and Drew Jensen finished 23rd at 1:59.11!

Way to represent yourselves, your school, your community!

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Some staff members, community members, board members and a student got together on Saturday, May 11 to help spruce up the Wyoming Center. They planted some bushes and plants, laid some bark and picked up rocks. The landscaping company then added top soil to other remaining areas to make those areas look better. The building is looking more dressed up for graduation.

Thanks to all who helped in any way.

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Beginning Monday, May 6, 2019 any visitor to either school location will need to bring their drivers license or some other form of identification to get in the building and past the secretary in the office. Midland will be implementing the Raptor system which scans a drivers education and checks it against the sex offenders lists.

This letter was sent out to all parents via email on Friday, May 3rd so they are aware of our new system:

Raptor Information Letter from Mr. Tuetken

In this crazy world we live in the Midland Schools believes we need to take this step to keep our students even safer than ever. If you have any questions please contact an administrator.

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The solar panels have all been installed on the roof of the buildings of the Wyoming center and will be hooked up on April 23 and 27th. We look forward to reduced electric bills very soon.

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Midland and Olin have entered into a whole grade sharing agreement for the 2019-20 school year for students in grades 7-12. Midland held an open house on March 27th and had many families come tour the building, meet staff and get information. If any other families are interested please give us a call. A student registration form needs filled out so we can create a schedule for your child and get the parent set up to do e-registration in August. The registration form is available at Olin School office or at MMHS office.

Students who turn in their registration information sheet will be scheduled with our current students before classes fill up.

Students changing to Midland can also start doing summer baseball or softball with no loss of eligibility, so let us know ASAP if that is something you are interested in.

We are excited to have this as an option for the Olin parents and students. We look forward to a great partnership with Olin Schools.

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On March 10th our 5th grade teacher and girls basketball coach Nathan Becker was injured while tree cutting and was airlifted to St. Luke's where he underwent surgery. Mr. Becker is currently in the hospital where he is fighting to awaken from the coma.

Thanks to all who volunteered, donated, played and attended our Becker Basketball Fun Day on March 31st. A great time was had by all. We had an unbelieveable amount of baked items that all sold! We had a lot of basketball played and are guessing there were a lot of sore older muscles the next couple of days. What a great show of support by our community. A member of another community had this to say "Wow, this is incredible but not surprised, this is what your community does." ABSOLUTELY!!! We are MIDLAND and we are BECKER STRONG! Thanks Eagles!

There will be a few different fundraisers coming up for the Becker family to help with his medical expenses. Keep caring Midland....

The Believe in Becker group will be raffling off 1 market pig processed at Lindley Locker in Center Junction during July or August 2019 through Midland Schools as well as 1/4 of a beef to be processed at Tipton Locker this summer. Tickets are $5 each or 5/$20 and are available at Midland High School, Citizens State Bank or Franzen Tractors. Thanks to Brock and Michelle Hansen for donating the pig, to Joe and Jackie Bisinger for donating the 1/4 beef and to Lindley Locker for donating 1/2 of the pig processing fees. Drawing will be held at the June 29th benefit.

On Saturday, June 29th a community group will also be holding a dinner along with live and silent auctions and a bags tournament. Donations of auction items or baskets would be greatly appreciated, contact Shelby Denniston, Christine Kreel or Sheri Dosland to arrange those or drop off at Midland Schools, Citizens State Bank or Franzen Tractors.

Becker June 29th Benefit Flier

You can also donate directly to a benefit account set up at Citizens State Bank in Oxford Junction, Wyoming, or Olin. Cards with walmart or Casey's gift cards mailed directly to Becker Family, 1917 Bear Creek Road, Monmouth, IA 52309 are very helpful also.

Please keep the Becker family in your thoughts. We hope Nathan is right back with his kids where he belongs very soon!

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Won't you join the Jones County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children & Family Council in some of their events? They invite you to BE THE ONE who makes a difference this April.

April Calendar of Events

Pinwheel Gardens & Bouquets - The BLUE PINWHEEL is a symbol of a happy & carefree childhood, and the bright future we want for all children. If you would like to display a pinwheel bouquet or create a pinwheel garden to spread awareness, for pinwheels contact Heather, info below.

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development plans an important role in protecting children from sexual abuse and/or developing sexual abuse behaviors. This program is great for teachers, caregivers and the general public. Jones County ISU Extension Office, Monticello on Sat, April 6th from 12-2PM. Please RSVP by April 1.

Blue Out Day is Thursday, April 11th. Wear blue to support a happy & carefree childhood, and a bright future for all children.

Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Learn the facts about sexual abuse and learn how you can take action in your community. Please RSVP by April 1.

To RSVP for any of the above contact Heather at jonescountycppc@gmail.com or 319-480-8684.

Be The One Events

Thanks for helping keep all children safe and sound!

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Midland is happy to announce that they will be sharing a superintendent with the Delwood School District for the 2019-20 school year. Though we are sad to lose the services of Doug Tuetken who was shared with Maquoketa Valley, when MV decided to share with a district closer to home Midland was forced to look for other arrangements.

Todd Hawley is in his 2nd year as superintendent at Delwood where he also currently serves as principal. In the new arrangement recently finalized, he will share his superintendent duties 50/50 between Delwood and Midland. Delwood will hire a new principal for their elementary building.

We look forward to a great working relationship with Mr. Hawley and Delwood schools. We thank Mr. Tuetken and Maquoketa Valley for a great two year working relationship! We wish them well with their new arrangement also.

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Midland High School's Woods I class made side tables and have some extras available to purchase. The kids worked hard on them and we think they came out great. They are ready to stain, seal and add hardware to your liking. Give the high school office a call if you are interested in purchasing one for $45 at 563-488-2292.

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Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition is hosting this free family/community night. Join them for free pizza followed by a fun and free event for parents, students from middle school and up, eductors, community leaders and other caring adults.


You need to register for this FREE event by contacting Jennifer Husman at 319-462-4327 x 202 or email her at jhusmann@asac.us.

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The winter of 2019 is certainly going to go down in the history books! The decision to delay or cancel school is never an easy decision for a district, but we always want to make sure that the safety of our students and staff is forefront in our minds when making those decisions. We recognize that a change in our schedule presents additional challenges for our families, so we want to limit the changes as much as possible.

By law, Midland students are required to attend school 1080 hours in a school year. We have been closely monitoring those hours and find that we need to make additional adjustments to our calendar in order to make up time lost due to the winter storms Iowa is experiencing this year.


Here are those remaining changes for your reference:

Friday, April 19 - School in session. Using day as a snow makeup.

Wednesdays, 4/3 through 5/8 - No early dismissals for Teacher Professional Development.

Wednesday, May 29 - Last full regular day of school if we meet our hours.

Thursday, May 30 - MS/HS Remediation Day.

Friday, May 31 - MS/HS Remediation Day.

Of course if we have further no school days on account of weather or etc., this plan will need altered yet again.

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Open enrollment requests to attend Midland for the 19-20 school year can be submitted to the district office at PO Box 109, Wyoming, IA 52362 until March 1, 2019. 2019-20 Kindergarteners have until September 1, 2019.

Each student only needs one open enrollment paper filled out for grades K or higher. You do not need to fill one out each year.

If you have a prekindergarten student who is on an IEP, we would then need a form for that student as well. Regular ed PK students do NOT need a open enrollment form until they are attending kindergarten.

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Farm Credit Services of America sponsors a Working Here Fund which supports projects that make a positive impact in Agricultural Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition and Essential Services/Diasters. Midland Agriscience department was awarded a $2,000 grant to fund the training in Natural Resouces and Ecology. This will help supplement the Environmental Science class that is taught at Midland and provide more hands on experiences for students.

High school science teacher Jamie Christiansen will attend Natural Resource Ecology training in Indiana during July.

Here Shelly McDermott and Jodee Peters from Farm Credit presented Miss C with the check. Thanks Farm Credit for supporting rural education!

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Midland Parents:

I am feeling exactly the same way you do regarding all the ice, snow, cold and fog. I do want to thank all of you for your patience in dealing with our late starts, early outs and snow days. I realize this has been challenging for all of us. I did want to let all of our parents know that we have tried to stay away from just hard surface routes. The primary reason is trying to make this more convenient for all of you. We do know that some of our gravel roads are in descent shape and have not been an issue for our bus drivers. For those parents that we know we can get our bus to safely, we have done this for their convenience. Obviously we have some roads that have been impassable or unsafe. Our drivers have contacted those parents on those roads to make other arrangements for a safe pick-up location. Please know, that if you believe that it is unsafe for our bus to pick up your child, please contact the route driver to make other arrangements for a pick-up location. If your unable to contact the bus driver, please give Mr. Stender a call at school and he will be more than happy to arrange a safe location for a pick-up. I know is some instances Mr. Stender has been running the suburban to pick up some of our children.

Again, thanks for patience and hopefully in a few weeks most of this winter weather will be behind us!

Thank you for your patience,

Doug Tuetken,Superintendent

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Thank you to our local business partner Ohnward Bank who donated $50 to the wrestling program to the wrestlers at state. Don Green made the presentation out at state wrestling on February 14th. Accepting the check are Coaches TJ Bowen, Casey Huston, Rod Gravel with the wrestlers Damon and Brett.

Thank you to Ohnward Bank who also donated $100 to the large group speech team who received a perfect score at state speech. Janet Scott came to MHS to present the check to Miss Kidder and her speech team. Thanks Ohnward!

Don Green from Ohnward Bank also preented the 2019 Iowa Bankers Student Athlete Achievement Award to Brett Schoenherr! Pictured are Brett and his coach Casey Huston. Congrats Brett, all of your hard work is paying off big!

Good luck at state to both Brett and Damon!

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Should the need arise this winter or spring for a hard surface only bus route here is the updated plan for winter/spring 2019. Watch news outlets for when/if this plan may be put in place.

MCSD Hard Surface 2019

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January 20-26 is Para Appreciation Week at Midland Schools. We like to take time out once each year to thank our paras who do an AWESOME job in so many diffent areas for us!

These ladies are asked to do SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS it is amazing! Some are assigned to one student all day, some are assigned to one classroom all day, some have schedules that send them all over during their day. They are always helping our teachers and our students. They do such a wide variety of things that they can't even be listed. But they can be truly appreciated! They are often over worked and under paid, but we couldn't do it without their services. Thanks so much ladies and keep up the great work!

Paras at the Wyoming Center include: Theresa Ballew, Carrie BAscom-Oakley, Carla Eganhouse, Theresa Gravel, Jan Henkes, Madeline Klemme, Gail Merrill, Marcela Rickels, Joy Vacek, and Gennifer Zirkelbach.

Paras at the elementary building include: Nicole Atkinson, Stefanie Baas, Teryn Crist, Katelynn Devney, Michelle Doll, Jill Franzen, Stacy Fuehring, Sue Harms, Madeline Klemme, Kellie Martin, Sharon Miller, Sheila Paulsen, Kelly Sprague

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A trophy carries dust, the memories last forever.

With the remodeling and new construction project, we do not have the necessary room to store or display all of the trophies from previous years. We will display all state qualifying trophies and pictures inside of the new trophy cases. We have also photographed all conference and district championship trophies and will display them as a video on a TV screen in the athletic commons area.

On December 13th (wrestling) and December 14th (basketball), we will be taking donations for any of the trophies we do not have room to display.

With the completion of the new building project, Midland has a bright future ahead. We will always remember the past, but we now have a brand new facility to carry us into the future. If you have any questions or would like a specific trophy, please contact Ryan Steines at midlandad@midland.k12.ia.us.

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Midland construction classes wants to expand their shop projects and reach out to the community to see if they need anything completed for projects. Requirements would be length is flexible x width can only be 12' wide x height can only be 12' high, coming up with the plans/design, and purchasing materials. If interested please contact Ryan Streets at 319-480-2217 or email rstreets@midland.k12.ia.us.

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This year, our students will begin taking a new statewide assessment. It will replace the Iowa Assessments. The new test ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) were developed by Iowa Testing Programs and the University of Iowa. The assessment is designed to measure student learning outcomes as outlined in the Iowa Core Standards. All districts in the State of Iowa are required to give the ISASP in a window during the final quarter of the school year.

The new test has some significant changes from the Iowa Assessments. First, the test can be taken online or on paper. Midland has decided that for the initial year, we will remain with a paper and pencil format for the test. Second, the ISASP has fewer tests. Students in grades 3 through 11 will be tested on Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will be tested on Science. Third, students will be required to write a passage from a prompt on the ISASP. Finally, the test will be untimed. Students will have as long as they need to complete each section.

After the first of the year, the state is going to release some practice tests. Students throughout the district will be given the opportunity to work through the practice test questions so that they can become familiar with the new question types and the new format of the test.

As in the past, families will receive student scores. However, we have been notified by Iowa Testing Programs, that the scores will not be released to districts until sometime next fall. Student growth, proficiency and readiness indicators will be reported to district at that time as well.

The MS/HS will be testing from March 20 March 29. All students should plan to be in attendance at this time. HS students that attend Kirkwood should plan to be in the building in the building for testing all day on March 21 and 22.

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If you have not heard, one of our JH wrestlers did something that showed very high character and selflessness. Logan Bicknese was able to give a win (Logan let him win) to an athlete from Lisbon that is less fortunate than him. Although Logan himself doesn't have a lot of wins yet this season, he saw the need to give this one away as it would mean more to the other athlete.

Here is a link to the tweet with a video: https://twitter.com/MrNboots/status/1062505983962988545

Coach Gravel's wife Theresa said "It was awesome to watch. Logan really made Midland proud. And he was simply asked to give the kid some mat time and not pin him right away. Logan made the decision to give the kid the win on his own and told coach as he was taking the mat. It really was a proud Midland moment." WTG Logan! Keep up the great work!

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Congratulations to Eric Martens who was named 2018 Iowa Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year! Congratulations Eric and thanks for your many years service to our students and the district!

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Our transportation personnel want to extend a huge thank you to all who follow proper traffic safety procedures when you encounter one of our buses out on the roads. Our hearts go out to those who have been involved in the recent tragedies involving stopped busses and bus stops recently. It reminds us to post these reminders to all.

Our drivers do turn in a small number of drivers who pass inappropriately, don't stop for red lights, etc. each year. Sheriff Graver says "That information goes to a pre-designated Trooper with the State Patrol who does the follow up and charges if there is probable cause to determine who was driving." We don't want anyone to be in trouble, but better that than risk the lives of our students.

Our students lives are FAR more important than a call or text or something, put down the phone, slow it down and follow the laws. Let's all get safely to our destinations.

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We have elementary parents arriving and then parking in the lot. Students are then arriving on the buses and running through the parking lot trying to find their parents. It is causing an unsafe situation especially when parents are then backing out of spaces and nearly hitting small children.

Therefore, we are prohibiting parents from coming in and parking.

Elementary parents are not to enter parking lot until 3:20. They need to give middle/high school parents time to pick up their students and clear the area. We need them to enter the parking lot from the north Washington Street entrance. Then, they should pull forward as far as they can in the "loop" - between the orange line and the sidewalk. We will have staff available to help children find the vehicle that is waiting for them. This will allow us to load children safely from the sidewalk and keep them out of the parking lot area.

We realize that we may not enough room for all parents in the "loop," but we need them to be patient and wait on Washington Street until space is available for them to enter.

Thanks, and please pass the word to parents.

Midland Administrative Team: Doug Tuetken, Carol Reilly, Angela Ruley

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Midland shop class has feed bunks for sale. They have one each of a 12', 16', and 20'. Please contact Ryan Streets or District office.

The following list is the cost to produce each size bunk.

12' = $325.14

16' = $380.28

20' = $490.21

Donations to the shop class above the cost of materials help to support the program.

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Because we are proud of our school and our student athletes, we ask our fans to all read and follow these spectator expectations at all events both home and away.

Spectator Expectations Letter From Administrators

We have worked hard over the years to have a great sportsmanship rating and want to keep that up where it should be. Let's all set a great example for not only our students, but all students attending our events.

Thanks for supporting all Eagle athletics!

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Both centers at Midland Schools has their own therapy dog available for students. Our students and staff enjoy the interaction with them.

Here both Newman, on the left, and Mavis, on the right, were visiting the high school recently.

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The OPPA! staff served lunch to the staff at Midland Middle High School on Tuesday as part of their preparation for the first day of school this Thursday. The staff was very impressed with the selection and the freshness of the meal!

Staff had their choice of beef or chicken taco on hard or soft shell, pizza (cheese, buffalo chicken, something else), or grilled chicken breast sandwich. Vegetable included roasted potato wedges, tomato, raw cauliflower or broccoli, Fruit included fresh strawberries, canned pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Lettuce salad with croutons, bacon bits, sunflower seeds, cucumbers, onions, pickles, peppers, salsa, sour cream, dressings. Dessert was two types of cookies or muffin.

We have a feeling we think the students and staff will come away very satisfied after eating our school lunches this year. Give them a try!

Be sure to check out the OPPA! menus online at midland.nutrislice.com or by downloading the Nutrislice app from the App Store or on Google Play. You can see the daily menu there as well as nutrition information and other info.

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A BIG THANK YOU to all of the farmers in our district who nominated Midland! You helped us to receive a $10,000 Monsanto Grant. It will be presented to school officials at the home football game on October 12th. All who nominated them are invited to attend the ceremony just before 7pm at the game.

We will now be able to purchase needed equipment such as Kid Wind Advanced Wind kits, Circuit Boards, an electric saw, and Sensors. These purchases will allow us to expand our hands on, problem solving learning opportunities to our students.

Thank you to Miss Christiansen who wrote the grant and THANKS EAGLE FARMERS who all took time to nominate us!!! We had been close before but needed more votes. You put us over the top! Thanks again, we couldn't have done it without your support!!!

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Parents who have children attending Midland this year in grades PS-12 are asked to complete e-registration on your parent PowerSchool account. There is a folder in the left hand column titled E-registration, you will need to scroll down to find it. You will click on a student in the top blue bar, complete their registration info and then if you have other students you will click on their name and do the same until all are updated.

A few important things to be sure you fix if needed:

1. Your mailing address - the postal service is returning letters if you don't have this right. If you have a PO box PLEASE add that!

2. The emergency contacts should be someone OTHER THAN PARENTS, we always contact parents first, if you are not available who else can help us find you or pick up a sick child or give one permission to drive home?

3. Be careful with the permissions page, be sure to read each one thoroughly. This is how you will approve things such as student computer use,

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Midland Community School District would like to thank you for showing interest in a rewarding way to serve students at all levels. Midland has new protocol regarding the safety of our students, we require background checks on all volunteers, chaperones, and drivers involved in school programs.

To begin, please completed the attached form (if applicable drivers license and insurance card) and background check form. Forms will need to be completed and returned to the district office.

Once forms are completed and returned to the district office (see below address), district office will process the forms. Please note the background check process (typically takes 2-5 days) will take longer during peak times, primarily at the beginning of the year and right after winter break.

After the background check is processed and cleared, volunteers, chaperones, and drivers are approved district-wide and are entered into a shared database accessible to office staff and building administrators.

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year.

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Parents and students, if you have tried to log into your PowerSchool site this week from a bookmark you were probably denied. The URL has changed due to a hosting change of the site. The new URL for parent and student accounts is now:


Please update the address in all of your devises you use to access the site.

If you have trouble accessing from your mobile device, they tell us that you might have to delete the app and reinstall it. The one you want is PowerSchool for Parents (Students). You might need District Code: SPHX and you might need our district postal code 52362

These instructions will give you step by step instructions on the very last page.

Parent Instructions

Student Instructions

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Midland Alumni Steve and Brandon Dirks are tag teaming today working on the landscaping at the East edge of the main offices. It will be nice to get some of these areas smoothed off and looking nice. Thanks guys!

A look at the old Bronson site. The future is bright at MMHS, the sun is shining, the work is continuing, the end is ALMOST in sight!

July 13th:

Custom Dozing started grading the area between the school and the daycare today.

Cement being poured for sidewalks around the perimeter.

Rogers Concrete have been busy pouring cement again this week. Here is what the front access to the school is looking like.

The loop closest to the building, will be a butterfly garden. Not sure if anything else goes in the top loop or just green space.

They are working on the sidewalks at the far edges of the parking area today. They have poured a sidewalk south side of the new building. There will be one poured on the north side of the daycare and by the PPF yet.

The view out the south rooms has changed, you used to look into the Bronson building.

Things are shaping up day by day. We hope the entire parking area can be completed before we start school. Until then if work going on out there you can park out back and use the door that goes towards the bus barn to enter the school.


The mason workers completed their portion of the Bronson tribute wall which is across the hall from the concession stand and the gold gym. It sure reminds us of the Bronson building, what a great idea! The benches beside it are from the old flooring in the Bronson building. Not sure if there will be any type of photo or commemorative info there or not. Wait and see I guess.

The front approach was poured today as well. Thanks to Rogers Concrete for their efforts.

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Construction - June 15, 2018

Lansing Brothers Construction, Luxenburg, IA, are finishing up hauling away the Bronson building. It should be gone by day's end. This has probably been the easiest part of this whole construction project. The guys were personable and easy to work with and weren't too far off of their time frames they gave us. Thanks guys!

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The Wyoming Center will be open all summer, for the most part Monday-Friday from 8AM-3PM. Keep in mind that staff members will be using vacation time during summer so Megan or Michelle may not both be here and there is a small possibility that there may be a random day we will be closed. If making a special trip please call to be sure someone is here. Sometimes staff might be here earlier or later, again call for verification on that too.

At Oxford Junction, Deb and Erika will be in the building full time until June 15th. Erika will be in the office at either Wyoming or Oxford Junction from June 18-29th. During July Erika's schedule will vary until August when getting ready for school to begin. Please call ahead to check if someone is there.

We hope everyone enjoys their summer!

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Thanks to retired Midland librarian Bob King who unearthed some news clippings about the Bronson building and then the auditorium/gymnasium which is currently the Commons or cafeteria at Wyoming. The one seems to say the basement room was just a gymnasium in the Bronson building, not a swimming pool as rumored.

The Cedar Rapids Republican article dated May 26,2014 shows where a $30,000 bond issue was passed to build the new building. Bob says "In Iowa starting in 1894 women could vote on tax matters. Women did not have the suffrage until 1920." So they played a part in getting the bond issue passed as the news story indicates.

The Monticello Express article dated August 6, 2014 tells how Reverend Dillon Bronson of Brookline, Massachusetts had offered to completely furnish the new school house with modern fixtures and apparatus, thus the building would be known as the James A. Bronson school.

The Monticello Express article dated November 4, 1915 told how after an unavoidable delay in completion of the new school house, students and staff were able to finally move in on November 1, 1915. Mirroring our construction project they thanked the school board members who "are deserving of the thanks of every citizen of the town, as they have cheerfully given their time and attention to what is in most cases a thankless job."

The Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated August 26, 1939 told of the dedication of the new auditorium-gymnasium on Sunday, August 27, 1939. The $40,000 structure replaced the old town opera house which had been remodeled for school use when the gym in the school house became inadequate. The new building ahs a playing floor of 78 x 40 feet. Bleachers on one side and chairs can be set up on the 40 foot stage on the other.

Thanks to Mr. King for digging up this interesting reading. We are all learning history lessons through this construction project.

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On Friday, June 8th the construction discovered a surprise, the construction guy said they broke through the classroom floor to find an area with small bleachers and then there is brick about 4-5 foot up the four walls with a wider brick topping it. We know there was a gymnasium on the West end of the Bronson building. Rumor had it back when they were playing basketball on that floor that there was a swimming pool under that gymnasium floor. If anyone has photo proof of what was once there please share with us so we can solve this Bronson mystery.

A birds eye view from the 2nd floor classroom window.

So far no time capsule has been found in the remains of the building, but the construction crew is still looking for it as they sift through the remains. Here I believe he was looking for it as he intentionally dropped the steps to get them to break and was digging around in that south stairs area.

More bricks should be available for the public on Monday by the front entrance on a pallet by the gold bicycle rack. If you would like, please take one brick as a commemorative piece of the Bronson building. Please be courteous as we know many people want one.

The bricks on pallets by the activities entry are saved to create a historical display with the old school bell on school grounds. PLEASE do NOT take these. There are security cameras by this exit that cover those, we hope none come up missing. Thanks for your understanding on this, we feel it is important to preserve some of the Bronson heritage. There have also been some benches made from some of the old flooring from the Bronson and those will be on display in the activities entrance near the gyms.

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The 1914 Bronson building served the Midland District well for over 100 years. On June 6 this is what remains of it.

Construction workers say they should have the remains separated and hauled away by around June 15th. Then the area will be leveled and will become a much needed parking lot later this summer.

There are a few bricks available for those who wanted one to commemorate the building. They are on a pallet by the main office door near the bike rack, please help yourself to one if you'd like. They are available on a first come basis.

This is the view from the corner of Green Street and Washington Street this morning:

THANKS to all who have helped with this construction project from those who served on the planning committee, to those who got out the voters, to the taxpayers who are paying for it, to the board members who have overseen the project, to the staff, students, and public who have dealt with the inconveniences throughout this journey and to all who helped with the moving process. We couldn't have done this without each of you.

The future looks bright for the Midland District, we are excited for the memories to be made in the new building addition.

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Part two of a story written by 1984 Midland Alumni Marlys Thomas Barker. You can also find her articles in the June 6th copy of the Anamosa Journal-Eureka.

Other notes of interest shared with the writer about the Bronson building:

From Joyce Fishwild, a longtime teacher and substitute teacher at Midland: "The ground (the school was built on) was given to the school district originally by Thomas Green...it was on Green Street...up from the creek. The building preceding the Bronson building was used from 1867 to 1914 when the Bronson building was completed. Bricks from the old building were cleaned and used to build the Diamond Garage on Main Street, that later became a drug store."

From Kathy Park, a teacher who taught in the building: "I remember in the fall we would get a lot of wasps flying in and out of our windows. They lived in the bricks outside. By afternoon, there would be wasps sitting on the poles holding the lights to the ceiling. At the end of the day, I'd take a can of wasp spray and shoot them with it. The next morning, I'd pick up dead wasps and throw them away."

From Pauline Antons: "I also recall the dusty chalk boards...my clothes always seemed covered with chalk dust...One classroom incident I'd like to forget was the day my string of pearls broke and rolled all over the floor. They kept rolling periodically because some were stuck in my clothing. How embarrassed I was, but students had their laugh of the day!"

From Christi Stingley, former teacher: "I thought the building had a kind of charm about it. I would have preferred a new building, but I loved the big windows, since I'm an outdoors person...Air conditioning would have been nice on the hot days. I remember being a klutz, especially in heels, and tripping over the warped flooring in John Meyer's room especially. I remember the floors creaking constantly and being able to hear footsteps...If I went in to work in the evening, I remember it feeling kind of creepy..."

From Peg Mineck, a teacher in the 1970s: "We made a time capsule in 1976, which I believe we hid in the built-in cupboard in my room. Not sure what ever happened to it."

From Melissa Paulsen, former student who moved next door to the building: "We were able to get a large wooden window from the entryway, just inside the doors...to hang in our house."

From Michelle Hansen, former student and now administrative assistant at Midland: "The building project began in April 2016 after the community passed the bond issue by two votes! The farm economy was doing well, and we were lucky it went through on the very first try. We had a good school board... Our superintendent I believe attended every single type of meeting in all seven communities in the six months leading up to the vote...telling people why we needed it." The groundbreaking for the new building was April 4, 2016.

No doubt the memories of the Bronson building will come alive when the Wyoming Class of 1943 gathers on June 9. Joyce Fishwild said the following former students are among those expected to attend: Lorraine Moenk Denniston, Albert Storm, Bonnie Denniston and Ross Stickley.

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Today was the last day the Bronson building stood whole on Midland soil. Half of it was demolished to make way for a parking lot, the rest will come down on June 5. Many spectators stood around and watched and reminisced with stories of what went on in the building. Some retired staff came back to see it as they had spent many years in it.

The Bronson sign and the 1914 sign were saved prior to demolition.

Thanks to Travis Hansen who took some arial photos with his drone both during demolition and on May 30th and shared with us.

For more Bronson building demolition pictures go to




May 30th:

Watch for a Bronson tribute news article written by 1984 Midland graduate Marlys Thomas on the website and in the Anamosa Journal-Eureka in the near future. Thanks Marlys for caring enough to do this for us!

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As the Bronson Building comes down, many recall fond memories of what happened within its walls

By Marlys Barker, Contributing Writer

Over the past century, hundreds of students, along with numerous teachers and other school staff, have passed through the doors and spent time between the walls of the "old Bronson building" in Wyoming.

Completed in 1914, the historic school building -- which is presently coming down to make room for parking around a new state-of-the-art Midland School building -- was built in honor of James A. Bronson, who is known as the founding father of the town. Local history reveals that Bronson had the first general store "up on the hill" and then built the first block of Main Street. Bronson was also postmaster of Wyoming, not once, but twice, and a business leader in the community for many years.

The historic three-story brick school building, bore Bronson's name, likely made a big impression in its day. Some would say that even as the building's been coming down, it's still impressive. The structure itself, however, is probably nowhere near as special as the memories that were made within it.

"Teachers in the Bronson building became the best of friends," said longtime Midland teacher Pauline Antons. "Perhaps it was the hall duty on the first floor that made it happen. There, between classes, we chatted and laughed as we greeted students to their respective rooms."

By "hall," Antons refers to the big open areas between the rooms of each floor. There were really no hallways in the building, just staircases, offices and rooms that were used for classes and other school purposes.

For many years, the kitchen in the basement served lunches to students. Michelle (Mead) Hansen, a 1982 graduate of Midland and now the district's middle and high school administrative assistant, remembers how the aroma of Mrs. Storm's cinnamon rolls and other homemade goods filled the building. "Mrs. Storm made the best cinnamon rolls."

As a student, Hansen remembers the walks back and forth between the Bronson building and the newer high school building, which was added across the street in 1956 to give the district more space. Many, many students took that "walk across Green Street" several times a day for over 50 years. And then, inside Bronson, there were the steps you would go up and down -- how many flights a day depended on your class locations. Antons, who substituted for the district after her retirement, said the steps, which she climbed a number of times to sub for Mr. Ahrendsen, are something she won't miss.

But those steps were perfect conditioning for some of the school district's runners. Cody Barnes, a 2014 graduate of Midland, remembers doing track season circuit loops -- easily done because of the matching staircases to the front and back of the top two floors -- inside Bronson. Thankfully, none of the wood floors gave out during those training drills or from regular student/teacher activity in the building, which was in use until January of this year.

"We had our sixth-grade classes in it, as well as Spanish, math, social studies and special education," said Hansen of the last classes ever held in Bronson.

The building was, however, becoming increasingly structurally unsafe. "There was an area where the floor was pulling away from the wall," Hansen said.

Barnes said he remembers how the walls seemed to be separating from the wood floors. "We had assumed for the past 20 years or so people had dropped pencils and pens and really any disposable items down the cracks, and we waited for the day for them to pile up and finally fill those holes and gaps," he recalled.

Ultimately, school officials decided it would be cost-prohibitive to try to restore the Bronson building and keep it in use. "It would have needed all new electrical, as it certainly wasn't built with today's use of electricity in mind," Hansen said. No doubt, the building would also have needed lots of work to become ADA-compliant and meet other codes and technology needs of today's learners.

But in its day, it was a great place to learn, and despite its growing "old building" issues, everyone shares their thoughts about the Bronson school with fondness.

Kathy Park taught fourth grade in the Bronson building in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "My classroom was on the top floor in the southeast corner. Since it faced south, it was a warm room. The thermostat for that side of the building was in my room. When it got too warm, I'd turn the heat down." Her doing this would cool down the high school social studies room below her, though, and with high school students going in and out of the outside doors every hour, those rooms didn't stay as warm. "When they would get too cold below us, Ken Laffoon (who taught in the room below hers) would send one of his students to my door to say, 'Mr. Laffoon says to put another log on the fire!'"

Another one of the unique qualities of the Bronson building was that it had housed students of almost every grade level at one time or another, and often both upperclassmen and elementary students co-existed in the building.

Peg Mineck taught first grade on the top floor at the east end of the building from 1975 to 1977. She was next to the other first grade teacher, Aliceann Harkin Coon. "The two rooms had a door between them, which allowed Aliceann and I to co-teach and do a lot of things with our classes together," said Mineck, who also remembers her room had a fire escape door on the east wall, and two doors that came into it from the hallway.

"The rooms were very spacious," she said, which gave teachers lots of room to do activities. It was also nice that high school French teacher, John Meyer, was on the first floor. "We had some very smart first graders and sent them down to the that floor on occasion (to work with Meyer) ... which gave Aliceann and me more time to work one-on-one with students who needed an extra boost."

Christi Stingley (who was Miss Gehrt and then Mrs. Thompson while she was teaching in the district from 1979 to 1991) came to Midland straight out of college. She was in the Bronson building and for the first few years, she didn't even have her own classroom. "To my dismay, I had a desk in John Meyer's room," and she moved to wherever her classes were. "I remember having to run between buildings for my classes and struggling to stay organized."

When she finally got her own room, it was in the Bronson building, next to Ken Smith, "Smitty" as all the kids and adults called him. Smitty, like the Bronson, was a relic, and some of Stingley's favorite memories are tied to him.

"I remember vividly him coming to my room after school was dismissed and watching the kids board the bus (out of the big Bronson windows) as we visited and laughed about our day."

And the saying,"Expect the unexpected," Stingley said, was exactly what it was like when Smitty was your teaching neighbor." He had a chair on rollers that was gradually falling apart, but he liked the chair, so he kept using it. One day, however, it broke for good...the next thing I knew, my class and I heard a terrible crashing sound, followed by several parts of this chair being launched out his doorway...Since parts of the floors were warped, the parts landed in various locations. Apparently, Smitty was finished utilizing this chair."

A community garage sale was held earlier this year, where many of the things still inside the building that weren't needed at the new building, were sold. After that, Hansen said a salvage company purchased rights to the rest of the building and got everything left in it. Once the building goes down, she said the company has agreed that community members who want can have one brick each from the building.

Hansen has watched and taken many pictures as the salvage company has torn out the wooden floors, the big 2x12 floor joists and all other elements, as they've prepared to bring the building down, which was to start any day now by punching a hole in the roof and then into one side of the building, and pushing that side to the middle to bring the structure down. That event is or was expected to take place on a weekend or evening when no one was on school property or in the nearby daycare center.

It's the end of a building, the end of an era in Wyoming's small-town history. When a building like this comes down, it's a reminder that time always marches on.

"Being one of hundreds to have the privilege to teach in the Bronson building," said Antons, "makes me grateful that Wyoming had a family with such foresight and funds to support education in a most meaningful and generous way."

Marlys (Thomas) Barker is a 1984 graduate of Midland High School in Wyoming. She is currently editor of two weekly newspapers in Central Iowa.

Melissa and Jordan Paulsen were married in 2016 and had some of their wedding pictures taken at the Bronson building, which they moved next door to as a married couple. It was also part of the school where they met. "I knew we had to get some pictures of us at the place where we started, and next to the place we ended up." Melissa said. Photo Contributed

Wednesday, February 27, 2019



On May 30th after the final students had exited the building for the school year, the entire Midland staff as well as some guests attended the 2018 Retirement Party. We have 7 staff members taking early retirement this year who together total 183 years of experience at Midland: Deb Larkey, Scott Ahrendsen, Dan and Carolyn Greenfield, Ed Ahouse, Kim Buchholtz, and Rita Nowachek. We have one person taking regular retirement: Linda Haptonstall. We have a handful of teachers moving on to other opportunities: Casey Hack, Rebecca Cahill, Shasta Ehrishman, Katalin Rushford, Will Olson, Katheryn Shelman and Leslie Cole. We wish them all the very best. Here are some pictures from that entertaining celebration.

As part of the farewell to Mr. Ahrendsen, his old 3rd floor posse got together for some final photos with the Bronson building before it too is gone.

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I wanted to bring to light a concern we all have. Throughout the nation we have seen a dramatic increase of the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping. We are also finding out that our district is not immune to this usage increase. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth. In a study conducted 2 years ago, more than two million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, which is 11.3% of high school students and 4.3% of middle school students. And we realize this number is growing. Also, among current e-cigarette users aged 18-24, 40% had never been cigarette smokers.

Most of us are aware but vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease. When you use e-cigarettes, you are inhaling gases and particles into your lungs. The e-liquid in vaporizer products usually contains a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquid with varying amounts of nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals and metals, but not tobacco. This is the tobacco company's new business model to hook our youth on nicotine. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. This vapor can contain potentially harmful substances like volatile organic compounds, cancer causing chemicals, heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead; and other chemicals linked to serious lung disease. Some people also use these devices to vape THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's mind-altering effects, or even synthetic drugs like flakka, instead of nicotine.

Just because something doesn't taste like tobacco or have actual tobacco in it, doesn't mean it is safe. This information is from the Centers of Disease Control and Dr. Linda Richter, Director of Policy Research and Analysis. As a school community, we are not going to slow the use of e-cigarettes unless our parents become actively involved and sit down and have conversations with their children about the dangers of this product. We will continue to send out to our parents information concerning this dangerous trend. I would encourage all of our parents to take a few minutes to Google these products so you become familiar with these products. Vendors are becoming increasingly creative in making these devices appear to look like items our children should have, such as flash drives that can be inserted into your child's computer USB port to be charged. The point is, make yourself aware so you can identify and have conversations with your children. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email, call or stop by the school to visit.

Electronic Cigarettes Information

A youtube video of a CBS news story on vaping can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkayzV4qo9c


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Thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to come give blood. Also a big thanks to all of our students who donated! We collected over 90 units of blood which will help a lof of patients!

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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With the weather creating havoc with the gravel roads in the district we have come up with a hard surfaced roads only bus route. If necessary we will make an announcement saying we will be utilizing this plan as needed. Stay tuned to your local news channels or sign up for Iowa Alerts to get notifications via text or email. Unless you get that notification, we are NOT using it.

Midland 2018 Hard Surface Bus Route List

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Congratulations to Midland senior Emma Vacek who has been named a finalist for KCRG-TV9's Student of the Month program. Emma would be a very deserving student. She does well academically. She is a great teammate and community member. During first semester she did a internship at Midland Elementary and is great with kids. She works hard at the Wyoming Public Library again using those people skills. To see all 3 nominees you can go to: http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Vote-for-Marchs-Student-of-the-Month-475967063.html

Please vote often for Emma by Friday, March 9th at: http://www.kcrg.com/polls/

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The 2018 Midland High School Winter Athletic Banquet was held on February 26th. A good crowd was on hand to see the Athletic Booster organization present their 2018 Athletic Booster of the Year Award to Deb Bisinger for her years of service to the boosters, school and students. Deb was quite surprised as she thought she was there to support another award recipient. She stated that she could only do all of the things she does because of the help of everyone at the banquet.

This year the boosters also had a new award to present. They presented the Spotlight On You Award to Kim Buchholtz for her years of service to the athletic department. Both before and after her son Keegan was in school you could find Kim attending the many Midland sporting events. For the past several years she has taken great action photos of all Midland events and posted them online for the parents and students to save or print as they needed. She has served as the athletic director's secretary and helped out in countless other ways when asked. Kim will be retiring at the end of this school year and the Boosters wanted to shine the light on her for ALL of her efforts. Kim was shocked and could only thank the boosters for their thoughtfulness. We wish Kim a very happy retirement and are sure we will see her at many Midland events in the future!

Congratulations to two very deserving award winners! Thanks to ALL who help out our athletic programs in any way throughout the year! Without all of the dedicated help, we could not offer our students all of the opportunities that we do.

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Carolyn Greenfield and her students for all of the organizing they did in preparation for the garage sale!

Thanks to all who came out to see the Bronson building and purchase items on Saturday! It was great to see such interest!

Many items left, to purchase please contact the business office by 3PM on Tues, Feb 27th at 563-488-2292.

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Parents, We need your help ensuring the safety of our students during bus times at the Wyoming center both before and after school. If everyone can follow these rules and be sure your children know them, that will go a long ways towards keeping all students safe.

1. Please do NOT drive in the bus drop off area when buses are present there.

2. You can drop off your children either along Washington Street or you can pull in the southern bus drive entrance along Washington Street, drop them off at the West edge of that road where the road turns south towards Webster Street, by the Bronson building, then please proceed to Webster Street to exit the property. We have multiple paraeducators stationed out there both morning and night to help get children to their buses and to their parents.

3. Please do NOT walk between buses. Everyone should always walk in front or behind the whole row of buses.

See the map for more details Wyoming Center Bus Map

Parking elsewhere and putting your car in reverse causes danger to our small students, we want to avoid issues so PLEASE follow the rules set forth here!

Thank you for helping us to create a safe atmosphere for our students at all times at all centers. Learning basic bus rule safety will be good for all at all times.

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Although the students and staff have been using the new building at Wyoming for a little over a month already, construction continues in and around the building daily. There are many small items that need to be completed.

Today the sign workers came and completed three phases of their project. The big letters on the exterior of the school has been delayed due to complications with how exactly to attach them to the building and have the lighting portion work correctly. So hopefully soon that will be figured out and we'll have progress to show you on that.

But for today they put up the signage above the main entrance so people can find us.

They put up signage at the activity entrance which is the south side of the building just outside of the Gold Gym.

And they put up a nice Midland sign in the office. A big eagle will go on the gray wall beside it when they get the drilling pattern to add that.

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In recent months, several research reports have been published and publicized on the effects of technology on adolescents & teens as well as on social media addiction. Furthermore, reports of human trafficking are on the rise across the United States including Iowa. Traffickers often gain access to young females through social media sites.

https://smartsocial.com/ is a website designed to keep parents informed on current issues related to technology and social media and to provide helpful hints to keep children safe in a digital world.

The links below are to two recently published features on SmartSocial.com. I hope that you will find the information helpful as we strive to work with families to keep our students / children safe from harm.

Social Media Addiction - https://smartsocial.com/social-media-addiction/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=9b07e8d2ef-S2_eblast_new_instagram_features_jan312018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-9b07e8d2ef-196036213

New features on Instagram and Snapchat - https://smartsocial.com/instagram-snapchat-features-february-2018/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=9b07e8d2ef-S2_eblast_new_instagram_features_jan312018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-9b07e8d2ef-196036213

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On January 30 Midland held a thank you ceremony during the basketball games to extend our sincere gratitude to all who made significant donations to our athletic department. Donations made included the scoreboards, score table and chairs for the teams and score crew. The Gold Gym would not be the showcase it is without these generous community donations!

Here are a few photos from the ceremony.

We appreciate your partnership and support! GO EAGLES!

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Flu Season is Upon Us!

There are schools in the area with 10% of students out with influenza-like illness (fevers, achy, some with coughs). Please take an extra few minutes and remind your children to wash their hands for 20 seconds and use sanitizer when blowing (or picking) noses, etc. If your child has a fever or other signs of influenza, they really need to stay home and rest, push the fluids, and be fever free for 24hrs without tylenol or ibuprofen before returning to school.

Also, please contact your school when your child is out sick and let them know why your child is out (fever/cough/vomiting/etc), because we do have to track illnesses and report to the state if greater than 10 percent out with the same symptoms.

Thank you!

~ Nurse Gent

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On Monday, January 15, 2018, some 21 months after the project began, Superintendent Doug Tuetken called an all school assembly at the middle high school in the morning before all students started their classes for the day in the new facility. He provided all students, staff, school board members and visitors with donuts. He challenged our students to respect these new facilities and to lead by example so all who follow after them will also be proud of what we have here and take good care of it. He thanked the planning committee who had the vision that we could actually tackle this project and bring new facilities to Midland, the voters who approved the bond issue and who are paying for it, the board members for their countless hours working on the project, the staff and students who have had inconveniences but have managed to keep on educating. Here are some photos of the assembly.


An open house will be held in the near future for all district patrons to come check out our fine facilities. Watch for announcements on that!

Updated map of our facilities at Wyoming. MMHS Map

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The offices moved in over the weekend thanks to help from their family members. Here School Business Official Megan Frankfurt discusses technology items with Mr. Greenfield while Michelle mans the reception desk.

Finally some 21 months later we are on the move! Students and staff started carting the classroom supplies from the Bronson building to the new classrooms. No desks or big items needed moved, mostly books and supplies. The students should be totally in their classrooms for class by Monday!

Some minor adjustments needed made, thank goodness our students and staff have handyman skills!

We have the best moving crew in the nation! They clean up after themselves too!

Don't worry, we didn't leave Sponge Bob in the Bronson to go down with the ship!

Some of the teachers got pretty well settled today. Relieved to have everything under one roof again.

We found seniors Brett S, Mason P, Hunter R and Rachel N making good use of the spaces today already!

Superintendent Doug Tuetken and School Board President Clay Pestka discuss the move.

Photos of the front door area from the front door and from the top steps.

We thank the Midland community for this fine educational facility! Without your support at bond issue time, none of this would be possible. Things are looking very bright for the Midland District! We hope you will all come check it out when we get an open house scheduled!

Here is an arial view of the final project for anyone coming to events, you can find parking areas. Those south and east of the school have NOT been paved yet. Only paved parking is West of the gym between gym and creek.

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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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 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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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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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

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Holiday Wreaths available from FFA by contacting any member.


MCSD 2019-20 Master Calendar

2019-20 Lunch Application

2019-20 Lunch Informational Letter

Activity Calendar 2019-20

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year. Needed once every 3 years by repeating volunteers.

Midland Building Use Application - needs filled out by any individual/group wanting to use a room in either school.


2019-20 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.

Vision Statement
The vision of the Midland School District is to prepare students to think, lead and serve.

Mission Statement

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Notice - Powerschool upgrades will be installed every 2nd Sunday of every month from 6:45-8:45AM so it will not be accessible during those times.