Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS



Upcoming Events:

July 29 - On-site school registration at elementary 9AM-7PM

Aug 5 - On-site school registration at middle/high school 9AM-7PM

Aug 18 - School begins, 1:00 dismissal for professional development

Aug 18 - School board meeting 7PM in ICN room

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WE HOPE EVERYONE HAS A VERY SAFE AND FUN FILLED SUMMER!

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FOR SALE:

2004 FORD TAURUS

203,000 miles. As Is. $500 minimum bid. Sealed bids are due to Superintendent Rodenberg by noon on July 28th at Midland Schools, 109 W Green St, PO Box 109, Wyoming Midland reserves the right to refuse any and all bids.

2001 Ford Taurus Wagon

146,000 miles. As Is. $350 minimum bid. Sealed bids are due to Superintendent Rodenberg by noon on July 28th at Midland Schools, 109 W Green St, PO Box 109, Wyoming Midland reserves the right to refuse any and all bids.

1987 DODGE DAKOTA

130,232 miles. As Is. If interested get a bid to Superintendent Rodenberg by July 20th at Midland Schools, 109 W Green St, PO Box 109, Wyoming Midland reserves the right to refuse any and all bids.

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SCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR 2014-15 NOW OPEN

All parents of students registering at Midland for the 2014-15 school year will once again need to register their children online using their parent PowerSchool account.

E-registration information is now open for parents. Please complete this process between now and August 14. You will need to submit all payments to either of the school offices, sorry we can only accept cash or check.

Midland E-Registration Instructions for Parents for the 2014-15 School Year

On site registration dates/times will be: Tuesday, July 29 at the elementary building in Oxford Junction from 9AM-7PM and Tuesday, August 5 at the middle/high school building in Wyoming from 9AM-7PM. Parents can take advantage of either of those opportunities to register their children, to drop off payments, physical/concussion forms, lunch applications, etc.

All students and their families are invited to attend our annual Welcome Back Celebration on Thursday, August 14 from 4-7:30PM in each building. This is a great time to meet staff members, get school supplies situated, make any last minute payments or turn in any last minute paperwork. We look forward to seeing your refreshed, smiling faces that night.

School begins on Monday, August 18 and we will have a 1:00 dismissal that day for teacher inservice. We do have many 1:00 dismissals this year on Wednesdays for teacher inservice so we encourage parents to check these out and put them on your calendar in bold so you don't forget to make arrangements for your child(ren).

Here are the other important documents you might find useful for the 2014-15 school year:

Midland Master School Year Schedule (early outs, no school days, start/end of school)

Midland Activity Calendar - includes all known dates for 2014-2017

2014-15 School Fees

2014-15 Elementary School Supply List grades PS-5

2014-15 Middle/High School Supply List - grades 6-12

2014-15 Lunch Program Guidelines

2014-15 Free and Reduced Meal Application

Athletic Physical Form - all athletes need a current one on file in the office before practicing (valid 13 months from the date signed by the physician)

Concussion Form - all athletes need this signed & on file to practice

For Kirkwood Academy Students - 2014-15 Kirkwood Calendar / 2014-15 Kirkwood Academic and Final Exam Calendar

Jones County Alternative Students will follow the Monticello School District schedule again this year: 2014-15 Jones County Alternative School Schedule

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RSCHOOL:

RSchool Website

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.

https://schoolalerts.iowa.gov

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OJ FIELDS OF OPPORTUNITY

Thanks to all who have been working hard to create a new ball diamond at the elementary school. This field will be used by the PE classes, as a backup for the diamond in Wapsie Park for Midland Summer Rec teams, as well as town leagues. It would also be available for residents who just want to go out and hit some balls with family or friends.

Estimated cost of the diamond is $25,554.00 with all of the labor being donated. Your donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated and would help get us to reach our goal and give our kids and community greater opportunity.

Status update as of July 2, 2014: The field has been disked up and they are waiting for the engineer to come put in grade stakes. We are still taking donations to reach the estimated cost.

You can see each report by clicking on it below:

Ballfield Donation Letter

Updated OJ Fields Report as of March 20, 2014

Ballfield Drawings

Ballfield Donors List

Land O'Lakes and River Valley have each donated $2,000 to the ball field project. Superintendent Rodenberg and OJ Improvement Inc. committee members Sheila Moore and Barb Dobling accept a check from Dale Werden who manages the Lost Nation River Valley location.

Joe Craig of Iowa Network Services presenting their check to Barb Dobling and Kelly Johnson, the General Manager/CEO of Lost Nation Elwood Telephone Co. INS donated $250 and Lost Nation/Elwood Telephone Company donated $150.

Citizens State Bank donated $500, accepting the check is Barb Dobling from CSB employee Tammy Willimack

Thanks to all donors!

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FLOODING JUNE 30, 2014

Very early Monday morning heavy rains totalling over 4" in Wyoming and the surrounding area in a short time frame caused near record flooding in our community. Little Bear Creek went well out of it's banks and actually got up over the highway on Main Street in town. The water was just a few feet from getting into the West gym doors at the high school. Here are some pictures of the parking lot at the high school.

Thanks to Cole and Terry Lineburg as well as Jon, Travis and Brock Hansen for their help sand bagging the gym doors for the next round.




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!

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TECHNOLOGY POLICY

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.

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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

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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: mfinn@hacap.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.

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GWAEA Online Resources for Midland Students, Parents and Community

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School Comparisons

The Iowa Department of Education has a website where you can compare school profiles. Go ahead and compare Midland's progress in all areas to those of any surrounding district.

We are proud of the quality of education offered at Midland and our wonderful faculty and staff. We are preparing your children to go into the world prepared, no matter where their path may lead.

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HORIZON FAMILY SERVICES AVAILABLE

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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.

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Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition Newsletter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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THANK YOU!

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!




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