Friday, March 16, 2018


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Upcoming Events:

Mar 17-19 - High school music trip to Branson. Leaving 7AM sharp on 17th.

Mar 19 - School Board Meeting to include hearing on putting a cell tower in OJ at 7PM in Wyoming center

Mar 19-23 - Bus Driver Appreciation Week - thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who get us all to our many school destinations daily!

Mar 21 - 1:00 dismissal for inservice -Wyo AM schedule

Mar 22 - NHS sponsored Blood Drive 1:30-6PM in Black Gym - contact Kim Buchholtz to donate

Mar 24 - Variety Show 7PM in Black Gym

Mar 26 - FFA Banquet - RSVP to Miss Christiansen by Mar 8

Mar 28 - Full schedule Wednesday

Mar 30 - NO SCHOOL

Apr 4 - 1:00 dismissal for inservice - Wyo PM schedule

Apr 6 - Middle school dance 6:30-10PM in cafeteria

Apr 9 - Budget hearing 7PM at Wyoming center

Apr 11 - 1:00 dismissal for inservice - Wyo AM schedule

Apr 13 - Elementary Spring Concert 6:30Pm in Black Gym in Wyoming

Apr 16 - School Board Meeting 7PM at Wyoming Center

Apr 18 - 1:00 Dismissal for inservice - Wyo PM schedule

Apr 18 - Kirkwood Orientation 6PM at Monticello HS for students & parents of students taking academy classes in 18-19.

Apr 19-20 - Dental clinic at OJ - all students need to return their permission/refusal sheet ASAP!

Apr 20 - High school play 7PM

Apr 21 - Prom @ OJ Legion - Grand March doors open 7:30, starts 8PM sharp.

Apr 22 - Post Prom @ Calkins Barn, Wyoming 12:45-3:30AM - sponsored by parents

Apr 22-24 - State FFA Convention in Ames

Apr 25 - 1:00 dismissal for inservice, Wyyoming AM Schedule

Apr 23-27 - Dental clinic in Wyoming - all students in 6th-8th grades need to return their permission/refusal sheet ASAP!

Apr 28 - Earth Day activities, silver service community hours for high schoolers

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Midland's PATS organization is sponsoring an adult prom on Saturday, May 5 from 7-11PM at the Legionnaire Ballroom, 3397 Co Road X-64, Oxford Junction.

Dig out your high school prom dress, borrow something special, or find a Goodwill gown as this will be one prom that you will enjoy. Don't have anything fancy to wear? That's ok! Come and have fun!

The event starts at 7:00. There will be a cash bar available, as well as snacks and ala carte food.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance online at, or $25 at the door.

Info also available on Facebook at

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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:

Please vote often for Emma by Friday, March 9th at:

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

March 22nd in the Black Gym from 1:30-6PM. To make your appointment contact Kim Buchholtz at the high school or email her at

All donors must bring Photo ID. Please eat before donating.

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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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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Iowa School Alerts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 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 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 -

New features on Instagram and Snapchat -

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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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Preschool and Kindergarten Round-up was held on Friday, February 16th at the OJ center.

If you have a preschool or kindergarten student who plans to attend Midland for the 18-19 school year please contact the elementary office ASAP at 563-488-2292 x 3270 or email:

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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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Parents for safety please talk to your child about loading and unloading at the bus depot in Wyoming. If your child is walking in town please walk east of the buses and cross using the crosswalk at the corner. Students going to the daycare after school should walk to the front doors of the school and wait for daycare staff there. We do not want any students OR parents crossing between buses. This is extremely dangerous and we want to keep all of our students safe. We appreciate your help with this. If you have any questions please call either building or the transportation director. Thank You

BUS PLAN AT WYOMING: The buses pull in on what was Green Street heading West and pull up to the building. Elementary students will need dropped off and will line up along the sidewalk and rocked area south of the old part of the building. NOTICE: It is not all paved, we highly recommend parents have their students wear boots if at all wet or muddy!

Parents can pull in the bus driveway from Washington Street and drop their child off at the corner, then proceed south out of the driveway onto Webster Street. Students can walk from the corner of the bus drive to the front door area along the new building without worry of traffic. Paraeducators are there to help get them to where they need to go, there is no need for parents to get out of vehicles and take them as this congests the area and creates safety concerns.

This plan will remain in effect for most of this school year, we will most likely have changes made once the paving is completed out front.

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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

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!

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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

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

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


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Congrats to our state track participants who did a great job representing themselves and their school last week:

Alex M 3rd in high jump set a personal best 6 feet 4 inches

Libby U 9th in shotput 36'5" and 16th in discus 104'8"

Jaelynn F broke 2 school records - 12th in 3000M 11:18; 16th in 1500M 5:09

Landon H 12th in 400M hurdles in 57 seconds

Emma Dusanek 15th in 400M in 1:02.78

Drew Jensen 17th in 400M in 1:03.30

4x400 Relay: Emma D, Taylor B, Kayla F, Drew J got 19th with 4:22

WAY TO GO GUYS/GALS! You did an AWESOME job of representing yourselves, your school, your family and community all season long!

Here are some photos from the fire truck send off held on Wednesday

Thanks to Lennie Miller for bringing the truck, and to Kellie Kelck for photos!

Good luck guys and gals!! Run fast, jump high, throw far on the blue oval at Drake!

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Midland senior Liberty Uppena competed in the Drake Relays on Friday, April 28th and placed 7th with a throw of 39' 3.75". Way to go Libby!!! Keep working hard, a return trip to the state meet is still in your sites!

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Mr. Luensman's class took a field trip to the airport and got these photos of the construction site from a bird's eye view at the end of March.

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A Jones County Deputy informed the school district today that they are seeing an increased number of issues with students and the improper use of electronic devices and/or websites to pass along pornographic photos. Students are sending pictures of themselves or other students nude via the use of email, snapchat, facebook, etc.

The deputy wanted us to be sure to notify parents to have a discussion with their students so they know this is illegal and could lead to legal charges involving child pornography or sex offender classification.

He said there is a case in Western Iowa where a 16 year old and 14 year old were dating, they broke up and one sent nude photos of the other to everyone on their contact list. That individual is currently being charged and may end up on the sex offender list for the rest of their life.

That is something that would tragically affect the rest of the student's life - future jobs, etc.

PLEASE discuss these issues with your son/daughter to make them aware of the big responsibilities of having social media accounts. Even possessing or passing along that type of information can be illegal, you don't have to be the one taking the photo or originally sharing it to be in trouble.

We would HATE to see any of our families dealing with that type of situation!!!

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Above & Beyond Hospice Care is sponsoring a Youth Grief Camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello called Camp Horizon of Hope for ages 5-17. The camp will be held from 10:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The purpose of the camp is to provide fun, safe and creative ways to explore the grief your child may be feeling as a result of the death and loss of a loved one or loved ones. More information and registration is available on Above & Beyond's website,, or call Carol De Jong (Bereavement Coordinator) at 319-465-4637. Registration is required.

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Betty Anderson is completing her 44th year of employment by the Midland District as either a bus driver or a car route driver. She says she will retire for real from the transportation department at the end of this school year.

To commemorate her final retirment, Art teacher Kellie Kelck made Betty a pair of shoes painted Betty style.

Parents, don't worry Betty says she's not done helping the baseball team, wrestling team, or Post Prom. Grandma Betty plans to be around for the students for a long, long time yet!

Thank you for all of your efforts Betty, you have positively effected the lives of students for a couple of generations already! We hope you enjoy your retirement, we know you won't be sitting in front of the TV with your feet propped up. We know we will see you out and about at all community activities.

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Thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to donate blood at the drive sponsored by NHS on March 23rd! The drive was a huge success with 74 total donations which included 14 first time donors! These donations will provide as many as 296 blood products for patients in need.

The NHS members have decided to donate the grant money their group receives from the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to the three food pantries within our district. So the Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming food pantries will each receive $108.00.

These are the NHS members, photo is missing Callie Feuss who was at her Kirkwood class when taken.

Thanks to all who participated! Not only did you help those in need of blood in our area, but you helped those in need of food in our district!

A big thank you to NHS sponsor Kim Buchholtz who helped the kids organize this outstanding event!

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Congratulations to Brett Schoenherr who finished with a record of 1-2 at state. Another year in the weight room and we're sure Brett will be back for more fun!

Firetruck send off:

Congratulations Brett, we are all very proud of you!

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On Thursday, January 26th Senator Grassley took time out of his busy schedule to make a stop at Midland Middle High School to talk to the students.

Ms. Kaftan, government teacher, lined up the visit and is introducing the Senator to the student body and visitors. Students in grades 5-12 attended this assembly.

Senator Grassley answers questions that Leah and others had for about 30 minutes.

Everett and Brett asked more questions.

Ms. Kaftan, Mr. Rodenberg and board members Tom, Nikki, Keith, Terry and Clay met with Senator Grassley and gave him a tour of the school, giving him information on the renovation project.

Full album of photos can be found online at

We thank Mr. Grassley for answering our questions and giving us some insight to what it's like to be a senator. We thank him for all he does to represent us in the capitol every day!

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Some good news to share with our district patrons, the Midland basketball fans were discussed during a recent TriRivers Conference Choral Directors meeting, in a very positive way!

Miss Ralson reports back: "At a basketball game last week against Cedar Valley Christian the National Anthem was sung by a group of choir students prior to the game. It was reported to me that after the general applause that normally follows the National Anthem, there were many Midland parents/fans who remained standing for a little while longer who continued to clap and say "Good job!" and "That was great!" comments to the group. It was noticed by the director and the school was surprised at how supportive and positive the Midland parents/fans were! The director stated that it was such a blessing to have such a positive group of visitors."

WAY TO GO EAGLE FANS! We know we have the best fans anywhere, good to see others are seeing it too! Keep up the great work!

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Due to additional cost for hosting RevTrak (online payment center) effective January 1st, Midland will no longer have RevTrak.

The District Office is looking into other options to keep the fees as low as possible for everyone.

Thanks for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Megan in the district office directly.

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The gym is back in use, we hope you will come out to support the Eagles. Unfortunately due to construction most will have a hike to get to the gym, keep in mind this is temporary and next year our facilities will be much more accommodating to all. Until then thanks for your patience. Please be careful walking as not all is on smooth terrain, you may want a small flashlight to navigate your way.

Here is our parking scenario for now: Midland Middle/High School Map

Entrance doors are the doors on EAST end of school in front of portable classroom or NE corner by bus barn, marked with yellow triangles. Parking is marked in blue and is available along Washington Street, Green Street one block East, the bus driveway, the drive by the Bronson building, behind and West of PPF and West of gym. It will be tight so please park responsibly.

It would be great if we could leave the spots by the portable for handicapped or elderly guests.

The bus driveway is a one way street going from Washington to Jones Street - you can park on both sides diagonally.

Thanks for bearing with us during construction. The inconveniences this year will lead to wonderful improvements for future years!


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2016-17 MCSD Master Calendar


The Wyoming Center has a 1-to-1 Laptop Program in place, each student is assigned a laptop to use for the year. Sixth grade students will leave their laptops at school at all times as a transition period. Students in grades 7-12 will be allowed to take them home to complete homework once their Laptop Agreement Form is completed and returned to Mr. Greenfield. Laptops will be checked out once the school year starts. You can turn in the agreement form to the office at any time.


Parents are also reminded that Computer Insurance is again available through the school for $25.00. This premium is on a voluntary basis and will cover the repairs to a school issued computer. If the premium is used on one occasion the student/family can pay another premium of $25. For any subsequent damages, the insurance premium would increase to $50. If a student/family decides not to pay the insurance premium the student will be responsible for total cost of repairs.

If you have questions on registration, please feel free to contact the office at 563-488-2292 or stop in at either office location.

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As of July 1, 2016 the Iowa School Alerts system that we used to inform parents of school cancellations is going away. We are putting in a new system through govdelivery that we encourage all parents and district residents to sign up for. This sight can automatically send you any information you requestduring the setup process including the district newsletter, any district wide notification, school dismissal notifications, any school specific notifications or bulletins.

To sign up for the Midland version please go to this website: Iowa School Alerts or you can click on the Iowa School Alerts logo on the right side of the school webpage.

Once you create an account you can sign up to receive different information either in the form of an email or text message. You can choose as many levels as you want or need including: District, Middle/High School and Elementary.

Please keep in mind that this is a brand new system that operates totally different than anything we've had in the past and there may be some learning curve for our staff member in charge of it. If you have comments please contact our webmaster.

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RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


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Thanks to all who donated to the 2016 Holiday Food Drive held by Midland Schools. The Wyoming center collected over 800 items to be evenly distributed to the food banks at Wyoming, Lost Nation and Oxford Junction. The Oxford Junction center collected many too - no count available at this time. The real winners are the people in our district who utilize the food pantries. You helped make their holiday just a little brighter. Thanks for showing you care Midland District!

The FFA collected enough items for their We Care Packages to create 70 Christmas gifts for youth in our communities. Those will be passed out at each of the food pantries. Thanks to all who donated!

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The gym is back in use, we hope you will come out to support the Eagles. Unfortunately due to construction most will have a hike to get to the gym, keep in mind this is temporary and next year our facilities will be much more accommodating to all. Until then thanks for your patience. Please be careful walking as not all is on smooth terrain, you may want a small flashlight to navigate your way.

Here is our parking scenario for now: Midland Middle/High School Map

Entrance doors are the doors on EAST end of school in front of portable classroom or NE corner by bus barn, marked with yellow triangles. Parking is marked in blue and is available along Washington Street, Green Street one block East, the bus driveway, the drive by the Bronson building, behind and West of PPF and West of gym. It will be tight so please park responsibly.

It would be great if we could leave the spots by the portable for handicapped or elderly guests.

The bus driveway is a one way street going from Washington to Jones Street - you can park on both sides diagonally.

Thanks for bearing with us during construction. The inconveniences this year will lead to wonderful improvements for future years!


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John Lyle Byers 1/30/37-11/21/16

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that long time former shop/drivers ed teacher and wrestling/football coach John Byers passed away on November 21, 2016. His visitation and funeral were Nov 26 and 27 through Lahey's Funeral Home. Our home wrestling tournament was named after Mr. Byers dearly known as B by a great many Midland students over many years. Probably every MHS graduate from the age of 30-55 has a story they remember about Mr. B.

His obituary is at

Please keep his family in your thoughts. To borrow a fitting phrase from his daughter Mimi, Goodnight John, you played a heck of a game.

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Special thank you to Daryl Schepanski from the Anamosa Journal-Eureka for the photo!

Congratulations to the Midland football team. 333 teams entered this season and Midland was one of the top 4 teams in the state in the 8 man division! They met up with a very talented Don Bosco team in the state playoffs at the UNI Dome on Nov 10 and lost, but they had an outstanding season! They represented themselves, their families, their school and their community very well.

This team of young men has set the bar high for future Midland teams. This year's JV team was undefeated so we are looking for big things from them in the future as well. Thanks for all of the memories seniors, you will be greatly missed.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported all of the extra efforts on behalf of the team throughout the community. The support from parents, grandparents, businesses, family and friends was outstanding! Together we can do great things!

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Chiara Dusanek was recently recognized at the Belin-Blank Center Recognition Ceremony which is held each year to acknowledge those students in grades 4-12 who earned top scores in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).

The Explore test which Chiara took is an 8th grade level test. She was in 6th grade when she took the test and scored in the top tier. Thousands of students took this test throughout Iowa and many other states.

Chiara is a 7th grader at Midland Middle School this year and is the daughter of Tara Hay-Dusanek and Chad Dusanek both of Wyoming. Due to this accomplishment she will receive opportunities to attend the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa throughout the year.

Keep up the good work Chiara!

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Contact Us
Main Phone: 563-488-2292
Elementary Extension 7
Middle/High School Extension 8
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510 3rd Avenue North
Oxford Junction, IA 52323
Fax: 563-826-2681
Grades: PreSchool-5

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

Contact: Webmaster

Midland Track Apparel orders @ until March 19th. Orders via debit or credit card only.

Midland PATS sponsors Adult Prom on May 5

MCSD 2017-18 Master Calendar

MMHS Map - Building, parking, driveway

2017-18 Bus Schedules

2017-18 Lunch Application

Activity Calendar 2017-2020

Midland Building Use Application

School Fees


2017-18 All Sports Food Stand Sign Up - to sign up contact Michelle in the HS office via email or phone call. These are assigned on a first requested, first filled basis. If not signed up, a time will be assigned to the parents of ALL athletes.

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.

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