Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS



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Upcoming Events:

June 27 - IMPORTANT ATHLETIC BOOSTER MEETING immediately following the 2nd Varsity softball game at the food stand

July 14 - School Board meeting 7PM in cafeteria at Wyoming center

July 20-Aug 5 - Transaction Fees Waived for parents to pay registration fees, lunch money on RevTrak online payment system

July 25 - PowerSchool e-registration opens

July 27 - School registration @ Oxford Junction 9AM-7PM

August 4 - School registration @ Wyoming center 9AM-7PM

August 9-15 - Teachers expected to do classroom preparation 1 day during this period

August 15 - School Board meeting 7PM in cafeteria at Wyoming center

Aug 17-22 - Teacher Inservice

Aug 23 - School begins - 1:00 dismissal

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MIDLAND ATHLETIC BOOSTER MEETING JUNE 27

All parents of Midland Middle and High School athletes are invited to attend a meeting of the Midland Athletic Boosters this next Monday, June 27 at the food stand tables area immediately following the second softball game. This is parents night. PLEASE attend to give your input!!

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FOR SALE

Midland Community School District has 80 - 2'x 4' Lay-in Florescent Light Fixtures for sale at the Wyoming center for $50.00 per fixture

Any questions please contact the business office at (563)-488-2292 if interested

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WHERE ARE THE WYOMING OFFICES DURING SUMMER CONSTRUCTION?

DISTRICT OFFICE in far East door to portable classroom

~ Superintendent Rodenberg

~ Business Manager Megan Frankfurt

~ Human Resources Kris Weers

~ Payroll Carrie Fortin

~ Athletic Director Casey Hack

~ AD Secretary Kim Buchholtz

HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE in basement of Bronson building, can use exterior door closest to Fitness Center, may change again later ? High school office summer hours are Mon-Fri from 8AM-3PM. Some changes may be made due to staff vacations. Please call ahead if making a special trip.

IT Dan Greenfield is in the West door of the portable classroom

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STATE TRACK RESULTS

Congratulations to Libby Uppena who finished 2nd in shot putt with new school record at 39 feet 4.25 inches!

Jaelynn Folkers 9th in 1500M at 5:15.96; 17th in 3000M at 11:53.0

Alex Martens 10th in high jump at 5 feet 11 inches

Rylee Andresen 12th in 400M hurdles at 1:09.89; 20th in 400M in 1:03.58

Trace Jensen 17th in 1600M at 4:50.37

4x400M Relay of Emma Dusanek, Rylee Andresen, Jaelynn Folkers, Drew Jensen - 18th in 4:19.73

Drew Jensen 23rd in 200M at 1:04.81

Photos from districts:

GREAT JOB representing yourselves, your families, your school and your communities!

Thanks to Deanna Martens for the district track pictures!

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BIRDS EYE VIEW

Special thanks to Travis and Elisha Hansen who took time to fly their drone over the construction area so we could all take a birds eye view of the changes to the Wyoming center. Thanks guys!

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CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY

CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS

Construction of the new facilities at the Wyoming center is under way. We have a lot of changes based on the work being done at any given time. We will try to keep this list of accommodations up to date so all are aware. Here is the final drawing of the facilities:

FINAL CONSTRUCTION PLANS FOR WYOMING CENTER APRIL 22, 2016

Beginning Thursday, April 28,until further notice, students, staff, and visitors will not be able to drive behind the school to access parking on the west side of the gym. Crews will be digging up the back drive for sewer work. During this time, drivers will be able to use Green Street to access the parking areas. Please be cautious as the road is torn up and there are construction vehicles present.

NEW BUS PICKUP/DROP OFF AREA IN WYOMING

Changes to Green Street caused a change for the area for bus pickup/drop off. A temporary road has been built from Washington Street to Webster Street on school property around the remaining house on that block. Students will load buses on the North side of that road in the grassy area.

Due to the turning radius needed by the buses we ask that you not park along either street near the road before/after school. Please drop your children off from a safe distance. PLEASE drive CAREFULLY at all times during construction, these changes will cause additional chaos for all. BE CAREFUL!

Also a temporary road will be constructed just West of the Little Eagles Daycare Center that will lead to the Fitness Center. Students are still asked to drive behind the school to get to their parking areas.

Again, thanks for your help with these requests. We are excited for our new facilities, and all must go through growing pains to get there.

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN MAP FOR WYOMING

GRADUATION PARKING PLAN

Due to construction our parking for graduation will be very limited. We would like all guests to follow the parking plan below. The parking here on site is reserved for seniors and our guests with limited mobility.

GRADUATION PARKING PLAN MAP

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN AT WYOMING - DRIVE CAREFULLY

The construction project has begun at the Wyoming center. Please drive carefully around the school. Speed limit in construction zone is 10 MPH, reminder speeding tickets double in construction zones. Slow it down!

There will be a lot of challenges, inconveniences and changes ahead of us all, please be patient during the project. We will try to keep the website updated so you are abreast of any changes as we go.

All students should use parking West of the gym. NOTE: Construction workers will be parking here too, so parking will be tight and we need everyone to park properly. Overflow parking will be West and South of the PPF in that lot.

OFFICES RELOCATED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

The school office has moved to the old nurse's office which is located at the other end of that hallway. Mrs. Hansen and Mrs. Reilly share that space.

The superintendent and business offices are located in the East end of the portable, so you can locate Mr. Rodenberg and Mrs. Frankfurt there.

Nurse Gent has moved to the middle floor of the Bronson building.

Parents coming to pick up students during the school day or deliveries being made can use the back door that leads to the bus barn. There should be 3 parking spots available there for those purposes.

This is an exciting time at Midland, but we are all going to be inconvenienced at some time or another as this project progresses. Please bare with us and if you have any questions or concerns anywhere along the line please contact the administrators at the school. We will try to keep this webpage updated with needed information, and will email information out to students and parents as needed.

OVERVIEW AND TIMELINE OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

The voters of the Midland District passed a bond issue on April 7, 2015 for $12.9 million. The bid came in at $12,353,000. With fees and such the total projected cost will be more than the $12.9 million. The difference will be made up with the use of funds in the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and State wide one cent sales tax fund, called SAVE.

Many have asked, how long will it take? Phase one will hopefully begin in late March. The focus of this phase will be the new two-story classroom section, office expansion, kitchen, new gym and locker rooms. This phase will be ongoing throughout the entire project.

Phase two is set for the summer of 2016. During this phase the high school hallway classrooms will be transformed into the new science rooms, vo-ag/foods classroom and art classroom. This work should be completed so that these classrooms will be used at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The shell of the new shop and wrestling room will also be constructed during this phase.

Phase three is set for 2016-17 school year. During this phase the shop area and wrestling room will be completed, remodeling of the music and stage areas will take place. The two story classroom area, kitchen and gymnasium work will continue as well. Phase four is for the summer and fall of 2017. The locker rooms and rest rooms by the high school gym will be remodeled and the finishing touches on the new areas will be finalized. The transition from the Bronson building to the new building will take place. Once that is accomplished, the Bronson building will be demolished and the parking areas and outside touches will be completed. The completion date for the entire project is November 1, 2017.

A ground breaking event will be scheduled once we get the start date finalized. During the different phases, we will keep you posted about changes in location of offices, classrooms, student drop off/pick up and parking. Initially, the superintendent office will be moved to the portable. At the same time,the principal's office will be moved to the nurses' office and the nurse will move over to the guidance office in the Bronson building.

The word that comes to my mind about this entire project is, AMAZING. I am very excited about the process and what this will mean for our students, staff, community and future. I can't thank people enough for their work to get this entire plan put into place. The board, community members, staff and students have been great to work with. Way to go Midland!!! - Mr. Rodenberg

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MIDLAND ELEMENTARY PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN

Midland Elementary held Preschool and Kindergarten Round-up on April 1. If you missed this event but have a preschool or kindergarten student who should start during the fall of 2016 please contact the elementary secretary Deb Larkey as soon as possible at 563-488-2292 x 3270.

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FREE DENTAL SEALANT AND VARNISH CLINIC FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES PS-8

The 6th Annual Free Dental Sealants and Varnish Clinic has been scheduled for April 11th-19th for grades PreS-5th and April 20th-22nd for grades 6th-8th.

A representative spoke with all Jr High students on March 3 and the clinic consent/refusal was passed out.

As in past years, these services are FREE and are provided by dental hygienists from St. Luke's Dental Health Center/HACAP.

ALL parents and guardians of students in these grade are being asked to complete and return the consent/refusal form being sent home with your student today and attached below. We want to ensure you were made aware and given the chance to take advantage of this FREE service.

Dental Consent/Refusal Form

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WYOMING LEGION POST 259 AWARDED 2016 MIDLAND ATHLETIC BOOSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

At the Winter Sports Banquet on Thursday, March 3, the Athletic Booster Club named the Wyoming Legion Post 259 as their 2016 Athletic Booster of the Year.

These members attended the banquet to accept the award: Front (L-R) Acel Nowachek, Albert Storm, Frank Caes, Lyle Watters, Ken Harms, Denny Carstensen Back (L-R) Lennie Miller, Curtis Thornhill, Mark Mead, Gary Brunscheen, Steve Agnitsch, Kenny Hanna, John Noel

The Legion has been a long standing supporter of Midland Athletics at the fairgrounds. They were the group who spearheaded building the football and baseball/softball complex for the school. They had the money to undertake the project and got everyone together to make it a reality. The history on this project comes from Albert Storm who was Commander of the Legion Post at that time.

In 1960 a group of Legion members from Wyoming Post 259 had a vision that would benefit the community and the school district. Charlie Marshall, Red Mayberry, Charlie Swordes and Albert Storm started kicking around the idea of building a baseball/softball combo field along with a football field at the fairground for the school district to use. They had the money in the bank and it wasn't drawing any interest so they thought they would use it towards helping the community. They started talking about it in the community to see if there was an interest. Charlie Marshall would invite people into his print shop on Main Street just to strike up a conversation about the new sports fields at the fairgrounds.

They discovered that people were on board with their ideas, so they approached the Fairboard to get their approval to use the fairground land to build the new fields. Many volunteers within the community had a hand in this project. They found when they started laying out the football field that it was 13 feet higher on the East end than the West so they had to move a lot of dirt to make it more level. Once the dirt was moved they used a disc and harrow to level it. They even used the city maintainer to help level dirt. They wanted to complete the job before winter so it would have time to settle.

When the baseball field was built it was used for the softball field as well. They had two sets of base pegs and would move the bases in for the girls' game. This wasn't an ideal situation, as balls would take odd bounces off of the baseball pitcher's mound, but it served the team for many years until the current field was built over 20 years later.

Lighting was the next issue that they had to tackle. They dug up the poles at the previous baseball field which had been located on the southwest side of Wyoming (which is now Bill Hansen's corn field - between the houses and the creek) and moved them to the current site. They had to place dynamite in the ground to help create the holes since the ground was already frozen. Iowa Electric helped set the poles and hook up the electricity for a small fee.

Lastly they moved the concession stand from the old baseball field across town to its current position next to the baseball field at the fairgrounds. The Legion members ran the concession stand for all home baseball/softball games and football games. Eventually the Midland Athletic Boosters took over running the concessions for the summer sports and the Legion members kept running it for football games. A new chapter begins this fall for the Legion Post and the Midland Athletic Boosters as the boosters are entering a 10 year lease agreement for the use of the Legion concession stand for all home athletic events at the fairgrounds.

We appreciate all the Legion members have done over the past 50+ years to support the athletes of the Midland Community School District, thus they are named the 2016 Athletic Booster of the Year recipient. We look forward to continuing our joint efforts to help our athletes, school and community.

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SUMMER CAMPS FOR STUDENTS AGE 9-15

Kirkwood offers Summer Kick Camp for students age 9-15, registration is now open. Check out their video and brochure at http://www.kirkwood.edu/kick

Kirkwood for Kids will run June 27-30 for students in grades 1-8. Deadline to apply is May 15.

Kirkwood For Kids Brochure for grades 1-4

Kirkwood For Kids Brochure for grades 5-8

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2016-17 MCSD Master Calendar as approved by the school board on Feb. 15, 2016

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HACAP Information for Jones County Residents

Jones County Volunteer Center and HACAP partner to meet the need for information, education, enrollment opportunity, renewal and assistance with hawk-i health care coverage for children, Medicaid, Presumptive Eligibility and Delta Dental Wellness Program and the Market Place.

HACAP staff will be at the Jones County volunteer Center located at 605 E Main St, Anamosa from 9am to 4pm on the following Thursdays: 2/11, 2/25, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23 Please call 319-551-4329 for an appointment and use back entry.

An application is below. This application may be used for both Medicaid or hawk-i Presumptive Eligibility. These are income qualifying products. All members of the family should be included, even those that do not need covered.

PRESUMTIVE ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION JONES CO

If any questions, please contact them directly at 319-551-4329.

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ALUMNI FOOTBALL OPPORTUNITY

NOTE: This is NOT a Midland sponsored activity, we are simply providing information for those who want it.

A group of alumni football players are trying to gather enough interest to play an alumni game vs Olin at Olin's Jamboree on August 6th at noon. If you are interested in participating contact TJ Bowen at 319-558-9713.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS REGARDING STATE SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

See this letter to parents from Superintendent Brian Rodenberg, and then the Frequently Asked Questions handout.

SRC Parent Letter

FAQ from Parents on Iowa School Report Cards

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MIDLAND HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

Midland Students at both the Oxford Junction and Wyoming Centers conducted a food drive for the past month. Over 1300 items were donated between the buildings with the Wyoming center once again taking bragging rights collecting 775 items to OJ's total of 544.

The collected items will be evenly split between the food pantries within our district including Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming. Pictured above is one of the three loads that were leaving the Wyoming center.

The students and staff at Wyoming are looking forward to seeing Mr. Wendler in our building, he has to serenade our center with some Christmas songs at lunch since he lost the challenge. The real winner in this contest is the community. There will be extra items available for families in need during the holiday season.

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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WE CARE PACKAGES

For a second year in a row the Midland FFA took donations of shoe boxes and small gifts (new or lightly used) and created We Care Packages and delivered them to students within our district to brighten their Christmas! Thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause!

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ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS NOW AN OPTION AT MIDLAND

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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MIDLAND TEAM TRAVELS TO NATIONALS TO COMPETE AS IOWA CHAMPION

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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RODENBERG RECEIVES AWESOME SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE AWARD FROM JCSHYC

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 http://jonescountycoalition.org/ (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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MIDLAND ELEMENTARY IS SPOTLIGHTED ON A NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY WEBSITE



http://infinityleap.com/augmented-reality-embraced-by-iowan-elementary-school/

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2015-16 YEARBOOKS

Order your 2015-16 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:

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




Friday, June 17, 2016

2015-16 MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS



STATE TRACK RESULTS

Congratulations to Libby Uppena who finished 2nd in shot putt with new school record at 39 feet 4.25 inches!

Jaelynn Folkers 9th in 1500M at 5:15.96; 17th in 3000M at 11:53.0

Alex Martens 10th in high jump at 5 feet 11 inches

Rylee Andresen 12th in 400M hurdles at 1:09.89; 20th in 400M in 1:03.58

Trace Jensen 17th in 1600M at 4:50.37

4x400M Relay of Emma Dusanek, Rylee Andresen, Jaelynn Folkers, Drew Jensen - 18th in 4:19.73

Drew Jensen 23rd in 200M at 1:04.81

GREAT JOB representing yourselves, your families, your school and your communities!

Thanks to Deanna Martens for the district track pictures!

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CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY

Special thanks to Travis and Elisha Hansen who took time to fly their drone over the construction area so we could all take a birds eye view of the changes to the Wyoming center. Thanks guys!

CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN MAP FOR WYOMING

The construction project has begun at the Wyoming center. Please drive carefully around the school. Speed limit in construction zone is 10 MPH, reminder speeding tickets double in construction zones. Slow it down!

This is an exciting time at Midland, but we are all going to be inconvenienced at some time or another as this project progresses. Please bare with us and if you have any questions or concerns anywhere along the line please contact the administrators at the school. We will try to keep this webpage updated with needed information, and will email information out to students and parents as needed.

NEW BUS PICKUP/DROP OFF AREA IN WYOMING

Changes to Green Street caused a change for the area for bus pickup/drop off. A temporary road has been built from Washington Street to Webster Street on school property around the remaining house on that block. Students will load buses on the North side of that road in the grassy area.

Also a temporary road will be constructed just West of the Little Eagles Daycare Center that will lead to the Fitness Center. Students are still asked to drive behind the school to get to their parking areas.

OVERVIEW AND TIMELINE OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

The voters of the Midland District passed a bond issue on April 7, 2015 for $12.9 million. The bid came in at $12,353,000. With fees and such the total projected cost will be more than the $12.9 million. The difference will be made up with the use of funds in the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and State wide one cent sales tax fund, called SAVE.

Many have asked, how long will it take? Phase one will hopefully begin in late March. The focus of this phase will be the new two-story classroom section, office expansion, kitchen, new gym and locker rooms. This phase will be ongoing throughout the entire project.

Phase two is set for the summer of 2016. During this phase the high school hallway classrooms will be transformed into the new science rooms, vo-ag/foods classroom and art classroom. This work should be completed so that these classrooms will be used at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The shell of the new shop and wrestling room will also be constructed during this phase.

Phase three is set for 2016-17 school year. During this phase the shop area and wrestling room will be completed, remodeling of the music and stage areas will take place. The two story classroom area, kitchen and gymnasium work will continue as well. Phase four is for the summer and fall of 2017. The locker rooms and rest rooms by the high school gym will be remodeled and the finishing touches on the new areas will be finalized. The transition from the Bronson building to the new building will take place. Once that is accomplished, the Bronson building will be demolished and the parking areas and outside touches will be completed. The completion date for the entire project is November 1, 2017.

A ground breaking event will be scheduled once we get the start date finalized. During the different phases, we will keep you posted about changes in location of offices, classrooms, student drop off/pick up and parking. Initially, the superintendent office will be moved to the portable. At the same time,the principal's office will be moved to the nurses' office and the nurse will move over to the guidance office in the Bronson building.

The word that comes to my mind about this entire project is, AMAZING. I am very excited about the process and what this will mean for our students, staff, community and future. I can't thank people enough for their work to get this entire plan put into place. The board, community members, staff and students have been great to work with. Way to go Midland!!! - Mr. Rodenberg

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WYOMING LEGION POST 259 AWARDED 2016 MIDLAND ATHLETIC BOOSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

At the Winter Sports Banquet on Thursday, March 3, the Athletic Booster Club named the Wyoming Legion Post 259 as their 2016 Athletic Booster of the Year.

These members attended the banquet to accept the award: Front (L-R) Acel Nowachek, Albert Storm, Frank Caes, Lyle Watters, Ken Harms, Denny Carstensen Back (L-R) Lennie Miller, Curtis Thornhill, Mark Mead, Gary Brunscheen, Steve Agnitsch, Kenny Hanna, John Noel

The Legion has been a long standing supporter of Midland Athletics at the fairgrounds. They were the group who spearheaded building the football and baseball/softball complex for the school. They had the money to undertake the project and got everyone together to make it a reality. The history on this project comes from Albert Storm who was Commander of the Legion Post at that time.

In 1960 a group of Legion members from Wyoming Post 259 had a vision that would benefit the community and the school district. Charlie Marshall, Red Mayberry, Charlie Swordes and Albert Storm started kicking around the idea of building a baseball/softball combo field along with a football field at the fairground for the school district to use. They had the money in the bank and it wasn't drawing any interest so they thought they would use it towards helping the community. They started talking about it in the community to see if there was an interest. Charlie Marshall would invite people into his print shop on Main Street just to strike up a conversation about the new sports fields at the fairgrounds.

They discovered that people were on board with their ideas, so they approached the Fairboard to get their approval to use the fairground land to build the new fields. Many volunteers within the community had a hand in this project. They found when they started laying out the football field that it was 13 feet higher on the East end than the West so they had to move a lot of dirt to make it more level. Once the dirt was moved they used a disc and harrow to level it. They even used the city maintainer to help level dirt. They wanted to complete the job before winter so it would have time to settle.

When the baseball field was built it was used for the softball field as well. They had two sets of base pegs and would move the bases in for the girls' game. This wasn't an ideal situation, as balls would take odd bounces off of the baseball pitcher's mound, but it served the team for many years until the current field was built over 20 years later.

Lighting was the next issue that they had to tackle. They dug up the poles at the previous baseball field which had been located on the southwest side of Wyoming (which is now Bill Hansen's corn field - between the houses and the creek) and moved them to the current site. They had to place dynamite in the ground to help create the holes since the ground was already frozen. Iowa Electric helped set the poles and hook up the electricity for a small fee.

Lastly they moved the concession stand from the old baseball field across town to its current position next to the baseball field at the fairgrounds. The Legion members ran the concession stand for all home baseball/softball games and football games. Eventually the Midland Athletic Boosters took over running the concessions for the summer sports and the Legion members kept running it for football games. A new chapter begins this fall for the Legion Post and the Midland Athletic Boosters as the boosters are entering a 10 year lease agreement for the use of the Legion concession stand for all home athletic events at the fairgrounds.

We appreciate all the Legion members have done over the past 50+ years to support the athletes of the Midland Community School District, thus they are named the 2016 Athletic Booster of the Year recipient. We look forward to continuing our joint efforts to help our athletes, school and community.

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SUMMER CAMPS FOR STUDENTS AGE 9-15

Kirkwood offers Summer Kick Camp for students age 9-15, registration is now open. Check out their video and brochure at http://www.kirkwood.edu/kick

Kirkwood for Kids will run June 27-30 for students in grades 1-8. Deadline to apply is May 15.

Kirkwood For Kids Brochure for grades 1-4

Kirkwood For Kids Brochure for grades 5-8

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2016-17 MCSD Master Calendar as approved by the school board on Feb. 15, 2016

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HACAP Information for Jones County Residents

Jones County Volunteer Center and HACAP partner to meet the need for information, education, enrollment opportunity, renewal and assistance with hawk-i health care coverage for children, Medicaid, Presumptive Eligibility and Delta Dental Wellness Program and the Market Place.

HACAP staff will be at the Jones County volunteer Center located at 605 E Main St, Anamosa from 9am to 4pm on the following Thursdays: 2/11, 2/25, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23 Please call 319-551-4329 for an appointment and use back entry.

An application is below. This application may be used for both Medicaid or hawk-i Presumptive Eligibility. These are income qualifying products. All members of the family should be included, even those that do not need covered.

PRESUMTIVE ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION JONES CO

If any questions, please contact them directly at 319-551-4329.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS REGARDING STATE SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

See this letter to parents from Superintendent Brian Rodenberg, and then the Frequently Asked Questions handout.

SRC Parent Letter

FAQ from Parents on Iowa School Report Cards

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MIDLAND HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

Midland Students at both the Oxford Junction and Wyoming Centers conducted a food drive for the past month. Over 1300 items were donated between the buildings with the Wyoming center once again taking bragging rights collecting 775 items to OJ's total of 544.

The collected items will be evenly split between the food pantries within our district including Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming. Pictured above is one of the three loads that were leaving the Wyoming center.

The students and staff at Wyoming are looking forward to seeing Mr. Wendler in our building, he has to serenade our center with some Christmas songs at lunch since he lost the challenge. The real winner in this contest is the community. There will be extra items available for families in need during the holiday season.

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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WE CARE PACKAGES

For a second year in a row the Midland FFA took donations of shoe boxes and small gifts (new or lightly used) and created We Care Packages and delivered them to students within our district to brighten their Christmas! Thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause!

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ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS NOW AN OPTION AT MIDLAND

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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MIDLAND TEAM TRAVELS TO NATIONALS TO COMPETE AS IOWA CHAMPION

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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RODENBERG RECEIVES AWESOME SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE AWARD FROM JCSHYC

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 http://jonescountycoalition.org/ (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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MIDLAND ELEMENTARY IS SPOTLIGHTED ON A NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY WEBSITE



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2015-16 YEARBOOKS

Order your 2015-16 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




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MIDLAND DISTRICT NEWS FROM 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR



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AG ISSUES TEAM

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 COMMENCEMENT AWARDS 36 DIPLOMAS

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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STATE TRACK UPDATES

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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STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!!

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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VOTES ALL COUNTED - MIDLAND VOTERS APPROVE 12.9 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE FOR WYOMING CENTER

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:

MIDLAND BUILDING PLANS 14-15

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 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).




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