Wednesday, December 17, 2014
MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS
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Dec 17 & 18 - Wyoming center holds Semester 1 Exams
Dec 19 - 1:00 dismissal for winter break - school resumes on Jan 5 ~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Dec 29 - PATS sponsors Blood Drive in the cafeteria at Wyoming in late afternoon and early evening
Jan 5 - School resumes
Jan 7 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Jan 12 - Kirkwood Preview Night @ JREC in Monticello 6-8PM- students thinking about taking academy class should attend this with a parent.
Jan 14 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Jan 14 - ICAN Presentations: College Planning / Financial Aid 6-8PM @ HS for all jrs/srs & parents
Jan 21 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
Jan 28 - 1:00 Dismissal for teacher inservice
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PATS SPONSORS BLOOD DRIVE ON JANUARY 29
Midland PATS organization will be hosting their annual Midland School District Blood Drive on Monday, December 29 in the high school cafeteria in Wyoming from 3-7PM. To sign up call Andrea at 319-480-2463
Please eat before donating; bring photo ID. Last date to donate elsewhere is November 3. Drive is through the Mississippi Valley Regionarl Blood Center. All presenting donors will receive a travel mug.
Call for your appointment today, show you care, save a life!
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THANKS FOR CARING AND SHARING MIDLAND COMMUNITY!
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our Midland students and their families the school was able to donate over 4,100 items to the three food pantries within the district. Your care will be felt throughout the district this holiday season!
Mrs. Reilly had challenged her students/staff to have a 1,000 Can Monday but much to her amazement they collected over 2,000 items on that final day, pushing them to 2,648 items donated while the elementary collected over 1,500 items. Because the Wyoming center won, Mr. Wendler had to come up and sing Christmas carols to all three lunches. Mrs. Reilly and Mr. Rodenberg joined him so he didn't have to sing solo. Here he is serenading the students....
Thanks to all who helped coordinate this project and to the administrators for their good natured spirit throughout this competition. Mr. Wendler is now an experienced singer and is taking bookings for future engagements if anyone is interested (you might want to check with one of the students at the Wyoming center to see if they recommend him).
Happy Holidays to one and all from Midland Community School Students and Staff!
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SPECIAL SCHOOL ELECTION SUCCESSFUL
Thanks to those who came out to vote at the special school election on December 2. Measure A - PPPEL Tax for 10 years was approved 126-51 and Measure B - SAVE (penny) tax change of use was approved 132-45. Nikki Rushford was voted on to the school board with 148 votes, there were also 13 write-in ballots cast.
We appreciate the support of the patrons of our district!
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WE CARE PROGRAM A BIG SUCCESS
The Midland FFA members were overwhelmed with the generous outpouring of support shown by the Midland community to their request for donations of shoe boxes and items to fill them for Christmas gifts for kids. They received a wide variety of items that they were able to put to good use. Here are pictures of just some of the items donated:
They created about 70 WE CARE packages and distributed them to kids in grades PS-8 throughout the district. They hope this will bring a smile to the faces of some of Midland's youngsters this holiday season.
FFA members came home with this idea from the National FFA Convention. They hope this simple act of kindness will bring smiles to the faces of youth in our community who might not otherwise have such a happy Christmas season.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who donated to this program! For a first year it was a very big success! It is nice to see the students get involved and know that they CAN make a difference in the lives of others.
Happy holidays everyone from Midland FFA! We hope you all receive a package filled with joy this holiday season!
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PROGRAM HONORS VETERANS
The Midland chapter of National Honor Society sponsored a Veteran's Day Program on Tuesday, November 11. Community members submitted photos of veterans in their family, which were then turned into a slide show. Each of the local American Legion Posts helped out with the presentation and were represented by members at the ceremony. NHS sponsor Mr. Ahouse said "The number of veterans that turned out this year was outstanding and we hope that number continues to increase in time."
Guest speaker was Kevin Reilly who shared his experiences as a vet. Kevin spoke of his experience in Afghanistan, why he joined the military in the first place and the importance of serving those who need the help most. His understanding of the conflicts in both Afghanistan and Iraq is to reestablish a form of government with cooperation, collaboration and democracy at the forefront.
When asked what he wants others to know about Veteran's Day, Mr. Ahouse said "That Veteran's Day is NOT solely for war era veteran's. I am just one of many veterans that served their country during peacetime and am proud to state that! I feel that our military is simply looked upon as war-mongers whereas large aspects of it is to serve."
The high school choir sang "Patriotic Compilation" and the band performed "The Star Spangled Banner " during the ceremony.
NHS member Madison Gravel spoke on Boys and Girls State and helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
A reception was held following the ceremony for all of the veterans in attendance.
All NHS members participated in the ceremony in some way. Thanks to Shayna Hilmer took on the challenging responsibility of designing and updating both the flyer and the script. The senior members were more than eager to present at the ceremony and all of the members rose to the occasion and made all of the veterans feel welcome in our building by making, baking and supplying a scrumptious snack.
Thanks to all who contributed in any way helping make this an awesome Veteran's Day program! We would like to continue to invite the veterans of the Midland CSD to participate and attend annually this well-deserved occasion. It is the least we can to for our veterans.
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TOYS FOR TOTS INFORMATION
Jones County Toys For Tots Information
Please share this information with anyone who can either help by donating to the program or who needs help to provide a brighter Christmas for their children living in Jones County.
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OJ FIELDS OF OPPORTUNITY
The O.J. Fields of Opportunity Ball Diamond is near completion.
Ground work, limestone, fencing, and seeding all disturbed grass areas
have been completed. Project funds will determine the possibility of
dugouts and bleachers. Fundraising and Can Drive for the diamond will
come to an end on September 30th. Plaques will then be ordered to publicly
acknowledge all donors.
In less than one year and primarily through individual and local business
donations we have almost reached our goal. $1,000 is still needed to fully fund this project. We encourage anyone still wanting to donate to send a check payable to O.J. Improvement, Inc. P.O. Box 321
Oxford Junction, IA 52323 or drop it off with Deb Larkey at the Midland Elementary
Bringing back the Ball Diamond to the Midland Elementary has reminded folks about their own ball memories and initiated many remembrance donations. There is great hope that the diamond will create new memories for future generations to come. It will support the Midland physical education program, provide another field for the Summer Rec program, and give local families a place to get together and play ball.
There will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony sometime during the spring of 2015. Special thanks to Dee Jay Thomsen and Paul Sterk of Subsurface Drainage who coordinated and completed construction. Thank you to the members of O.J. Improvement Inc. for spearheading the project along with help from the Ball Diamond Committee. Thank you to all donors for your outstanding support!
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Order your 2014-15 Midland yearbook now by logging on to www.treering.com to buy and personalize your 2 free custom pages. You still have until the end of the school year to customize your personal pages. If you have not yet logged on to treering you will need the school code : 1013464327822344
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RSchool Made Easy Instructions
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IOWA SCHOOL ALERTS:
We STRONGLY URGE ALL PARENTS to sign up for this free program that sends you an alert the moment something changes at school. This includes changes to the school day for weather - early outs, closures - as well as any emergency situations. They can send you an email or text to your cell or computer immediately, and it would include all information you need to know.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS TO SHARE:
Iowa School Alerts
We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE parents to sign up for Iowa School Alert system to receive email or text messages when emergencies occur that relate to the school, whether they are weather related, crisis related, or etc. This will be your quickest alert that something is occurring that may affect you or your child. We would prefer parents to use this system over any other as it will be the first one we inform in an emergency. It is a free service, so sign up today!
Midland is again taking part in the notification system offered by the State of Iowa called Iowa School Alerts. This program gives parents, the media and others the opportunity to sign up to receive e-mail notifications directly when we have cancelled classes, or will be dismissing early or starting late due to weather or other factors. This service is free of charge to you and the school. It is state funded through the IOWAccess initiative, which seeks to bring more e-government services to the people of Iowa. Your email addresses will not be sold to anyone and you will not receive advertisements or spam due to enrolling in this program.
Here's how you can take advantage of this free service:
1. Click on Sign Up! in the Main Menu at https://schoolalerts.iowa.gov
2. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your name and e-mail address, and create secret questions and your password. This step involves obtaining a code from an e-mail sent to you to confirm your registration.
3. Once you have created and confirm your account registration, you will be taken back to the School Alerts site where you can click on My Subscriptions to add the school districts/buildings you would like to receive notices for. Once you've selected a school, you are asked to enter the e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers where you would like notifications sent. You can add as many e-mail addresses as you'd like! (Please note that some wireless services providers may charge for receiving incoming e-mail or text messages. You are responsible for those charges.)
We will still make sure that local media outlets are notified when there's a change in our classes so notices will still be made on TV and radio, but we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to be directly notified as well!
Midland wants to expose our students to technology as we believe that is a life skill they will need. Every student and his/her parent will need to sign a technology policy each year.
Students in grades 6-12 are all assigned a laptop as part of our 1:1 Program, upon turning in appropriate papework (available at registration day or the first day of school). Grades 7-12 can take their laptops home, 6th graders will store theirs in their classroom at school.
Please read the TECHNOLOGY POLICY (click here) carefully, discuss it with your child, sign it and return it to the school office at your earliest convenience each year.
If questions, feel free to contact Dan Greenfield, District Technology Director, or the building principal.
ASAC COUNSELOR AVAILABLE AT MMHS
I would like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself and invite you to come meet with me. I am Carrie and I work at the Area Substance Abuse Council
in Anamosa. As a part of my job I am here at the Midland Middle/High school (in Nurse Gent's office) on Wed mornings till 12. I am here to talk with any student free of charge.
All conversations are confidential. Students can have a substance abuse evaluation and receive outpatient treatment here at school free of charge. Students also can
discuss other issues of concern topics that can be discussed with me are alcohol and drug use, family issues related to someone's use, concerns about friends use as well
as receiving support for positive decisions like avoiding use of alcohol and other drugs. I am also available to any parent or guardian or family member who would like
to discuss concerns with their student or would like assistance in accessing treatment options. Thanks for your time feel free to call anytime. Carrie Johnson
Email me at: Carrie Johnson or check out the ASAC Website
FAMILY RESOURCES AVAILABLE
We would like you to be aware of some great resources available to help families.
HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program) has several great programs:
-Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): helps with the cost of heating and cooling your home. This program is for low-income households and the elderly and disabled.
-Weatherization Program (goes along with the LIHEAP program): HACAP will check over your furnace, make minor repairs, and help insulate your home to help reduce utility costs.
-Housing Rehabilitation Program: If you own your own home but need help with the cost of home repairs (such as a new roof, stairs, flooring, etc.) this program can help with these costly repairs.
-Emergency Food Boxes- If you are in a pinch and cannot afford to buy food for your family, the Emergency Food Box will feed a family of four for four days.
For more information about these programs go to www.hacap.org or call Mitch Finn at HACAP at (319) 739-1539 or e-mail him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need additional resources to meet your basic needs? Contact Sandy Hein, Midland Elem. Counselor at 563.488.2292 ext 3250 or Ed Ahouse, Midland M.S./H.S. Counselor at the same number but call extension 2210.
GWAEA Online Resources for Midland Students, Parents and Community
The Iowa Department of Education has a website where you can compare school profiles. Go ahead and compare Midland's progress in all areas to those of any surrounding district.
We are proud of the quality of education offered at Midland and our wonderful faculty and staff. We are preparing your children to go into the world prepared, no matter where their path may lead.
HORIZON FAMILY SERVICES AVAILABLE
LIFE-LINE RESOURCES, LLC
Life-Line Resources is a mental health and counseling agency that was birthed out of the desire to not only help individuals, but transform their community. We currently offer Behavioral Health Intervention Services, Therapy, and Counseling services in and around Jones County.
Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition Newsletter
Thanks to Royalty Free Music for providing Midland staff free access to their Royalty Free Music Library for Education. Their diverse and comprehensive musical selections include all genres of music including Pop, Country, Urban, Classical, R&B, Jazz, Latin, New Age, and Rock. Perfect for all projects requiring music; video, multimedia, electronic presentations, and Web projects.
For more info check out Royalty Free Music flyer for education.
ONGOING FUNDRAISERS AT MIDLAND THIS YEAR
Thanks for your help! Most of these you can collect and help us raise funds without spending a penny! They can be dropped off at either Midland school office. Thanks for helping us to help our kids! Many "extras" can be purchased with these funds - field trips, recess toys, etc.
MIDLAND MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL IS COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THIS YEAR:
OLD CELL PHONES - Music department
COKE REWARDS - Middle/High School Incentive
MIDLAND ELEMENTARY IS COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THIS YEAR:
CAMPBELL'S LABELS FOR EDUCATION- PATS organization collects (now includes Post cereals) Midland Elementary recently cashed in Labels for Education points for over 30 balls for PE and recess, bases for PE, clay, paint, colors and other art supplies. These labels allow for us to buy things that enhance every child's school experience that we otherwise would not have a budget for.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - We earn $0.10 for each box top. We are using these funds to provide $180 for each grade level in the elementary school to use to pay for field trips. Thanks for your support in submitting Box Tops to help our school.
TYSON PROJECT A+ - PATS saves labels off of Tyson chicken products
USED PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES - PATS organization collects
POP TABS - we collect pop tabs and donate them to Camp Courageous. They convert these into money to help with transportation fees for campers when needed for medical treatment, etc. These can be dropped off at either center or to Cheryl Westphal.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS from 2013-14 School Year
2014 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Midland held their annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18th at 2PM in the gymnasium. The class of 2014 was the 100th class to be educated in the Bronson Building in Wyoming. This year 30 students received their diplomas.
This year the Valedictorian was Gabriella Martens, daughter of Eric and Deanna Martens of Wyoming with a 3.9832 GPA and Salutatorian was Hagan Ackley, son of Mike and Rhonda Ackley of Wyoming witha GPA of 3.9692. Together they gave an entertaining speech that painted a picture for the audience of their years in school. Principal Carol Reilly addressed the class with her advice for the future.
Academic Excellence Awards were presented to students who received at least a 3.25 GPA every semester of their high school career including Hagan Ackley, Cole Lineburg, Gabi Martens, Alaina Martensen, Bri Schurbon. Students who received Honor Roll Awards for having a GPA of 3.0-3.2499 every semester of high school included Cody Barnes, Ryan Eganhouse and Tyler Mullins. Students earning Silver Service Cords for performing at least 225 hours of community service outside of school and organizations included: Danelle Clark, Tiffany Feuss, Gabi Martens, Alaina Martensen and Bailey Strait.
Several guests were on hand to present various scholarships. This year's senior class earned $100,459.56 in scholarships. 2014 Scholarship List Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!
To see a variety of graduation photos, please click here.
Thanks to all who made Graduation 2014 a success and for those to came out to celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and women. We wish them happiness and success in the future.
PARK RECEIVES IOWA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOC. AWARD
Retired Athletic Director Kirk Park was honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association with an Administrator's Award at the boys state basketball tournament this month. Mr. Rodenberg nominated Kirk for this award after he taught at Midland for 39 years and served as A.D. for 30 years.
Park said ":Over the span of 39 years, I have worked with such great people who made the administrative portion of my job easier and a whole lot of fun. People not only in the school business but community people who helped out a whole bunch when asked to give a hand to the school and the kids."
Kirk's family was all present when he received his award including wife Kathy and children Kris, Kara and Kelli. "It made it really neat to have all of my family there to walk out with me in Des Moines."
Congratulations Kirk! Special thanks to Shirley Jones from Midland Times for contributing to this article.
MIDLAND ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PRESENT 2014 ATHLETIC BOOSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD TO KARLA BOWEN
The Midland Athletic Boosters presented Karla Bowen with their annual Booster of the Year Award at the 2014 Winter Sports Banquet on March 6, 2014. Karla was nominated by multiple people due to her constant support of Midland athletes of all ages!
Karla was a very active Midland Athletic Booster member for the past several years, holding each office. She has volunteered countless hours to that organization from cleaning food stands, to filling coolers, to making fruit cups, to precooking maidrites, to talking to administrators, basically whatever needed done.
Karla has been a volunteer scorekeeper for the volleyball team for 8 years, running the clock or score book and when she wasn't able to attend she would get a family member to fill in for her. She and her daughter Samantha also helped by coaching a club volleyball team.
She has been counted on by many athletic teams to take their team photo and was instrumental in implementing printing of team posters each season.
Karla and her whole family have been lifetime supporters of the Midland Wrestling Program as well, including not only high school but Little Eagles Wrestling too. She was one of the original members who started the Little Eagles Wrestling Program, volunteering all day each year at their tournament. This year she also volunteered her help with the high school tournament. The varsity wrestlers also insisted that Karla make their smoothies, "cause no one can make them as good as Karla."
Although all three of Karla's children (Spencer, Samantha and TJ) have graduated from Midland, she can still be found volunteering in the food stand during halftimes of home basketball games when the other volunteers are swamped.
We want to wish Karla a HUGE THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS on a well deserved honor! We do appreciate all of your efforts!
HAINSTOCK THANKED FOR 36 YEARS OF SERVICE TO DISTRICT
Current and past Midland employees and school board members gathered on Monday, December 16th to help Marcia Hainstock celebrate her retirement at the end of the calendar year. Marcia is retiring from her position as board secretary and treasurer after 36 years of service.
Marcia, pictured above with her family Travis Hainstock (4th grade teacher at Midland) and grandchildren Damon and Emily, has held a number of positions with the Lost Nation and Midland school districts.
Superintendent Rodenberg said "Her service and professionalism were exceptional. I want to wish Marcia the best of luck in her retirement and thank her for the work she has done for the school district."
Good luck Marcia, we will miss you! We hope you have time to do all those things you've always wanted to now! She says she plans to work on some family geneology projects she hasn't had time to do and reading her Kindle. Enjoy it!
MIDLAND FOR KIDS PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANTS TO HELP HUNGRY STUDENTS
The Midland For Kids Program is in its third year at Midland. Reaching students in grades PS-12, it provides students who qualify and apply a backpack of food to take home each Friday to help get them through the weekend.
We have a great need for this program in our district and want to say a huge THANK YOU to Tom and Jennifer Orr and Christine Gent who helped take this idea and turn it into a reality for our families in need. A big thank you to Virginia Pace and Shirley Wright who help stuff the backpacks each week. Also thank you to the school personnel and students who help distribute the bags each week, at the Wyoming center it is Jan Henkes and Kasper Heiken while at the elementary building it is Sheila Moore and Nurse Gent.
Tom applied for and received a couple of grants for the program this year, from Walmart for $250, Jones County Community Partnership for Protecting Children $500 and the other a $2,000 Theisen's More for Your Community Grant.
Also thanks to the Onslow Alturian Club and Shirley Petersen for their financial support of this program.
In this season of giving, how can I help?
Donate funds the program can always use more money to reach more families. Donations of $20 or more will be recognized on our sponsor page of the Midland webpage.
Donate duffel bags - the program can always use any new or gently used duffel bags to pack food in so students can take it home.
You can drop off any type of donation at either school or call us to try to make arrangements for pickup of items.
THANKS for showing that our kids come first and for showing you care Midland District!
The Midland District wishes to extend a sincere thank you to 1997 Midland Graduate Shawn Woodward for his help in updating our website to the new look.
He generously volunteers his time and talents to be sure our website is as current as possible. We truly appreciate everything he does for us!
Thanks again Shawn for ALL your help! It is graduates like yourself who make the Midland District a truly great place to be from!