Monday, November 30, 2015


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Upcoming Events:

Dec 2 - 1:00 Dismissal - PM schedule at Wyo

Dec 3 - Elementary Concert 6PM in Wyoming gym

Dec 6 - Middle/High School Concert 2PM; HS Play 7PM

Dec 9 - 1:00 Dismissal - AM Schedule at Wyo

Dec 16 - 1:00 Dismissal - PM Schedule @ Wyo

Dec 21 - School board meeting 7PM room 125 Wyo

Dec 21 & 22 - Remediation days at Wyoming center

Dec 22 - 1:00 Dismissal - AM Schedule @ Wyo

Dec 23-Jan 3 - NO SCHOOL - enjoy your winter break!

Dec 29 - PATS Blood Drive 3-7PM in Wyo cafeteria - contact Andrea Hunter to schedule 319-480-2463

Jan 4 - School resumes with full day schedule

Jan 6 - 1:00 dismissal - PM schedule @ Wyo

Jan 6 - ICAN College Planning/Financial Aid night at Wyoming 6PM in room 125

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HEALTH INFO: What's going around??

Well, its been really baffling until today to tell you the truth. The Elementary has been battling "HIGH" temp (102 -103) accompanied by a headache since Halloween. The stomach ache has not been as prevalent until the past two weeks. I have been hearing back consistently that doctors are trying to treat it like Strep with inconsistent success. The doctors that I have been told DID TEST say the results have come back for NEGATIVE for Strep AND Influenza. I really have not had much vomiting.

However today, I have heard of three students have been now diagnosed with walking pneumonia. One doctor saying that they are seeing a lot of it now. It started like Strep that's been immune to antibiotics & it turns into walking pneumonia.

The thing that HAS BEEN consistent is how long these temps hang on...3-5 days!!!!

I REALLY need EVERYONE to PLEASE wash your hands WELL AND more FREQUENTLY and the younger students to use the hand sanitizer more often. DO NOT share your water/pop bottle with anyone....INCLUDING YOUR MOTHER!! LOL

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... I NEED ALL STUDENTS TO STAY HOME UNTIL FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS!! Temperatures should be taken in the evening NOT in the AM right before leaving for school as the body temperature is naturally lower first thing in the AM.

Lastly, this honestly scares me to think if this is what the winter is going to be like....we usually don't have something big like this go around until AFTER Thanksgiving AFTER everyone has spent time with family and friends.

Please take care..I hate when my school community is ill!

Christine Gent BSN RN, Midland Community School Nurse, 563 488 2292 ext. 1180

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Midland Students at both the Oxford Junction and Wyoming Centers will be conducting a food drive to provide for the Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming Food pantries this holiday season.

There will also be a friendly competition between the buildings. Likely some festive Christmas Caroling at the Elementary this December!

The food drive runs through December 15th. Food can be dropped off at either location. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Reilly or Mr. Wendler at 563-488-2292.

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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For a second year in a row the Midland FFA will be creating holiday packages to give to the less fortunate students in our community. To make this possible, we are asking for donations of (not limited to): shoeboxes (we need a LOT), christmas candy, stocking stuffers such as: crayons, coloring books, action figures, hot wheels cars, play-dough, stickers, hair clips/bows, bouncy balls, tiaras, temporary tattoos, nail polish, card games, drawstring bags, water bottles, sports balls, notebooks, gum, small craft kits, paracord bracelets

Drop off items at either school location by December 15th.

This is a great way to give to those in need in your community this holiday season! Questions contact Calli Markman 563-210-9366 or or Sydney Stender 563-219-6887 or or

Thanks for showing you care Midland district!

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Attention Families! The Midland Community School District now provides an easy to use solution for online payments. Make payments for lunches, athletic passes, preschool tuition and Paul Petersen Fitness Center memberships. This service empowers you to save time, reduces trips to the district office, and eliminates the need to send cash and checks with your students. Make a quick payment in the evening or during your lunch hour with just a few clicks. PLEASE NOTE: A service fee of 3.61% will be added to your shopping cart at checkout.

Please be patient with us as we transition to this new service, there may be growing pains for all involved for awhile. We hope this helps our patrons with their billpaying. More options may be available in the future if this works out as we hope.

Here is a handout explaining how to set up your account: RevTrak Instructions

You can find a link to RevTrak on the right side of the school homepage under Helpful Links.

If you have questions please contact Megan Frankfurt in the district office at 563-488-2292 x 1210.

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The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver both a message of hope and a shiny new toy to needy youngsters at Christmas. This will help motivate them to become responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

If you know of someone in need of assistance this holiday season, please inform them The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Jones County, Iowa is available to provide new toys for children who otherwise might not receive toys this holiday season.

Applications for Jones county Toys for Tots will be accepted thru December 2nd. Applications are available at: or the school office or these businesses in Monticello or Anamosa: Walmart, Theisens, Dollar General, Fareway

Teufelhund Veterans Group, Inc., Anamosa has volunteered to assume the responsibility for the placement of collection boxes, the collection of toys and donations, and the distribution of toys. All monetary or toyo donations made in Jones County STAY in Jones County. To obtain more information check out their website at Direct any questions to Teufelhund Toys for Tots Coordinator Sherry Bright at 319-480-6061

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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Congratulations to the Midland FFA Ag Issues team for competing at the National Competition and earning a bronze award. Members of the team are Madi Markmann, Madison Gravel, Tommy Ostrander, Ethan Wherry, Rylee Andresen, Eli Slouha, Sydney Stender, and Kara Gnade (alternate). This group of students became educators themselves as they were able to teach others about the pros and cons of the regulations associated with school lunches. This is the first team that has won the state competition and advanced to Nationals.

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Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition just held their year end wrap up meeting and presented Superintendent Rodenberg with their Awesome School Representative Award for all of the support he has shown their organization since 2010.

Here is what they had to say: Brian has been involved with the Coalition since at least 2010. He has always been so supportive in having his school participate in everyway possible with the coalition. He has encouraged Christine Gent, Ed Ahouse, Ashley Marshall, Ryan Luensman, Carol Reilly, Michelle Hansen, and Chris Conger and other staff from Midland to participate in the ways they could as well. They have gone to the Day on the Hill, Take Charge, Sustainability Trainings, a rural community training in South Carolina, helped with in-kind time, and shared coalition infor-mation via school emails! Brian has been on the Policy Committee for several years, has helped with booths/tables at the Wyoming Fair for the Coalition in the past, helped put the Coalition Christmas tree up for the Christ-mas City celebration for a couple years, he has supported us in city council and supervisor meetings, as well as made connections with the TIPS server training and getting ID Scanners to the Little Bear Golf Course. For all these things and more we recognize Brian with the Awesome School Representative Award!

Midland resident Kelly Dodge was also recognized by the group with their Longest Serving Executive Member Award. They said: Kelly has been our Treasurer on the Executive Board for the past 6 years and did a great job making sure we had the checks to pay for expenses, kept her eye on our DFC grant expenditures, and saw to it that our federal and state government forms were filled out yearly. Kelly has also been the chair of the Planning Committee, has given great input on the direction of our Coalition, has shared her experience being a part of the County Attorney's office and also for several years gave her input as a Wyoming City Council member. She also gives us her Midland parent perspective and has given in-kind time through helping with Post Proms, National Night Out, and various PTO events.

For more information on this organization or how to get involved you can check out their website at (there is a link from the main page of the Midladn website) or contact Jennifer Husmann at 319-462-5030 or 319-721-4463. Their office is at: 203 E. Main St., Anamosa, IA 52205

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Nurse Gent is always collecting mittens, scarves, hats, winter boots of all sizes from PS to high school. We have several families in our district who don't have the funds to purchase warm items that fit. Any donations of new or lightly used items are greatly appreciated, they can be left at either school building and we will get them to someone in need.

Thanks for caring Midland community!

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School photos were taken by Inter State Studio once again this year. The photos arrived at each office on Sept 30th and were distributed to students.

Parents can still order pictures from the first round by going online to and entering your order code you received in the photo package which shows a small photo, or you can have them retaken.

Picture retakes were taken on Oct 14. To order retake packages, parents with students in the Wyoming center can go to and enter order code: 01646DA then you will be asked to select your student to proceed. Elementary parents can enter order code: 01645DA then select your student to proceed.

If questions contact Inter-State Studio employee Stephanie Robbins at 1-800-516-5058 or email her at

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On Monday, September 28, 2015 there was a hint of construction at the Wyoming center as a truck was here boring holes in the areas the new building will go. Looks like the start of something big.....

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Order your 2015-16 Midland yearbook now by logging on to to buy and personalize your 2 free custom pages. You still have until the end of the school year to customize your personal pages. If you have not yet logged on to treering you will need the school code : 1013464327822344

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RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all on very successful and exciting track seasons!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Mr. Brian Rodenberg, Superintendent/Curriculum Director

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


Building Layout

Exterior Drawings

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School Start Date Approved

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

2015-16 School Calendar

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Iowa School Alerts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



I would like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself and invite you to come meet with me. I am Carrie and I work at the Area Substance Abuse Council in Anamosa. As a part of my job I am here at the Midland Middle/High school (in Nurse Gent's office) on Wed mornings till 12. I am here to talk with any student free of charge. All conversations are confidential. Students can have a substance abuse evaluation and receive outpatient treatment here at school free of charge. Students also can discuss other issues of concern topics that can be discussed with me are alcohol and drug use, family issues related to someone's use, concerns about friends use as well as receiving support for positive decisions like avoiding use of alcohol and other drugs. I am also available to any parent or guardian or family member who would like to discuss concerns with their student or would like assistance in accessing treatment options. Thanks for your time feel free to call anytime. Carrie Johnson

Email me at: Carrie Johnson or check out the ASAC Website



We would like you to be aware of some great resources available to help families.

HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program) has several great programs:

-Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): helps with the cost of heating and cooling your home. This program is for low-income households and the elderly and disabled.

-Weatherization Program (goes along with the LIHEAP program): HACAP will check over your furnace, make minor repairs, and help insulate your home to help reduce utility costs.

-Housing Rehabilitation Program: If you own your own home but need help with the cost of home repairs (such as a new roof, stairs, flooring, etc.) this program can help with these costly repairs.

-Emergency Food Boxes- If you are in a pinch and cannot afford to buy food for your family, the Emergency Food Box will feed a family of four for four days.

For more information about these programs go to or call Mitch Finn at HACAP at (319) 739-1539 or e-mail him:

Need additional resources to meet your basic needs? Contact Sandy Hein, Midland Elem. Counselor at 563.488.2292 ext 3250 or Ed Ahouse, Midland M.S./H.S. Counselor at the same number but call extension 2210.


GWAEA Online Resources for Midland Students, Parents and Community


School Comparisons

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

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





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


Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition Newsletter


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



Thanks for your help! Most of these you can collect and help us raise funds without spending a penny! They can be dropped off at either Midland school office. Thanks for helping us to help our kids! Many "extras" can be purchased with these funds - field trips, recess toys, etc.


OLD CELL PHONES - Music department

COKE REWARDS - Middle/High School Incentive


CAMPBELL'S LABELS FOR EDUCATION- PATS organization collects (now includes Post cereals) Midland Elementary recently cashed in Labels for Education points for over 30 balls for PE and recess, bases for PE, clay, paint, colors and other art supplies. These labels allow for us to buy things that enhance every child's school experience that we otherwise would not have a budget for.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - We earn $0.10 for each box top. We are using these funds to provide $180 for each grade level in the elementary school to use to pay for field trips. Thanks for your support in submitting Box Tops to help our school.

TYSON PROJECT A+ - PATS saves labels off of Tyson chicken products

USED PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES - PATS organization collects

POP TABS - we collect pop tabs and donate them to Camp Courageous. They convert these into money to help with transportation fees for campers when needed for medical treatment, etc. These can be dropped off at either center or to Cheryl Westphal.

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