Thursday, August 09, 2018



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Aug 6-17 - Teachers spend 2 days organizing classrooms

Aug 13 - JREC student/parent meeting with Mrs. Reilly at the HS 6:00

Aug 14 - FINAL On site registration at Oxford Junction center 11AM-7pm.

Aug 17 - New staff orientation

Aug 17 - First home football game vs Lone Tree 7; Post Prom Hog Roast Fundraiser 6-10PM

Aug 20 - Beginning Band Night 5:30-7:30 in band room - see info below.

Aug 20, 21, 22 - Staff professional development/work days

Aug 28 - Job Shadow Meeting 1:45 in commons - job shadow is a Midland graduation requirement!

Aug 31 - Music shirt orders due to Mrs. Wright!

Sept 6 - First home volleyball game vs EdCo 5:15

Sept 10 - Home cross country meet at Little Bear 4:30

Aug 23 - School resumes, 1:00 dismissal

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All Midland students who will be attending the academy classes at the JREC center this year are asked to attend a meeting with Mrs. Reilly at 6PM on Monday, August 13th. Please bring a parent/guardian. We will be going over attendance questions and expectations of these students. If unable to attend please contact Mrs. Reilly to find a time to get this needed information.

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Midland and Lone Tree fans are invited to join us on August 17th at the football game in Wyoming for a hog roast from 6-10PM. You can purchase a meal consisting of pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, baked beans & a cookie for $8.00. Individual sandwiches are available for $4 each. All profits will go to Midland Post Prom. Thanks for your support!

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Mrs. Wright is accepting orders for Midland Music Shirts until August 31st. All 7-12 band members need a shirt or hoodie for class performances.

Any others can order as well. T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts run from $10-$29 each. Checks payable to Midland Music Boosters. Get your order in to Mrs. Wright at the high school by August 31st.

Music Shirt Order Form

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2018-19 Middle/High School Supply List

Unfortunately due to staff turnover this year we are still in the process of hiring the final teachers so the student schedules for 2018-19 have not been finished. Students need these to know which school supplies to purchase. Look for updated schedules in both the student and parent PowerSchool page after July 9th.

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All 9-12th graders interested in Cheerleading for Football AND/OR Wrestling will meet at 8:30 AM in the high school Commons on Monday July 30th. Contact Deanna Martens with questions at or 319-480-1865. Start checking physical dates now. All participants need a current physical and concussion form on file before practicing. Practices will start August 1, 2018 for football cheer.

Midland athletes have spent many hours this summer preparing for their seasons so join the cheer squads and be an active part of Eagle Spirit!

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Welcome to beginning band! If your child is signed up to be in band this information is just for you! With all of the excitement and anxiousness of coming to the junior high, I want to help ease any stress and provide an opportunity to come in and talk to West Music representatives. West Music is the music company that we work with at Midland. It is a great partnership especially with living an hour away from the nearest music store. With any needs you have for instruments, reeds, books, or other necessities, West Music delivers them after they are paid for to our school so you do not have to find time in your busy schedule to pick them up.

Your child does need an instrument to start band this year. Midland does not provide beginning instruments for students. If you already have an instrument lined up for your student, great!! We will have West Music in the band room from 5:30-7:30 PM on Monday, August 20th. During this time, West Music can provide information on how to rent/purchase an instrument, look at an instrument that may need a little work, and answer any questions you may have about getting an instrument for your student.

If you have any questions before the West Music display night, please email me at and I will get back to you when I am able.

Thank you and I look forward to working with your students during the upcoming year,

Mrs. Elizabeth Wright

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Beginning last year students entering grade 7 and grade 12 must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in the state of Iowa.

The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. This aligns with the recommendations by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

One dose of meningococcal vaccine before seventh grade. If a student had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until grade 12.

A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and will be due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.

The only teens that will NOT need a second dose before grade 12 are those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday. Parents are encouraged to check with their children's physicians prior to the start of the new school year to determine when or if they need to be vaccinated. A valid Certificate of Immunization with the new meningococcal vaccine will need to be submitted to the school the child is enrolling or attempting to enroll. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not pay for vaccines, contact Dallas County Public Health at 515-993-3750 or 515-465-2483.

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis (inflammation of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infections such as septicemia. Symptoms of the disease include a high fever, headache, vomiting, a stiff neck and a rash. Those who contract the disease may experience permanent brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, loss of arms or legs, or chronic nervous system problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the highest rates of meningococcal disease to be among preteens, teens, and young adults, as well as among infants with certain medical conditions. The new law targets many in this age group and aligns with the CDC's recommendation to vaccinate 11- to 18-year-olds against meningococcal disease.

To learn more about meningitis and how to prevent it visit

PLEASE SEND PROOF OF VACCINATION TO THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE BY AUGUST 23, 2018. Thanks for your help with this state mandate!

Meningococcal Vaccine Notice

Friday, June 15, 2018



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Congratulations to our 6th-12th graders who made one of the semester 2 honor rolls! Keep up the great work!


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Congratulations to the Midland FFA Vet Science team. They placed 9th overall and 1st in the written scenario in the State. Special thanks to the Wyoming Vet clinic and Fritz the cat for their help with the clinical portion.

Way to go team!

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A walk around the school today and I found most of those who will be moving on after this school year.

Both Rita Nowachek and Linda Haptonstall will be retiring, leaving the kitchen bare.

Mrs. Greenfield will be retiring from Midland after many many years teaching middle schoolers.

Mr. Ahrendsen and Mr. Greenfield are both retiring after this year. Both have spent many years of dedicated service at Midland.

Mrs. Buchholtz who is our jack of all trades, will retire at the end of the year leaving behind nutrition cashier, athletic secretary, paraeducator, hospitality coordinator, NHS sponsor and resident photographer. She is very much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it as you can clearly see.

Mr. Hack will be leaving to become the athletic director at Solon. Ms. Cahill will leave the teaching profession to work at Pearson Education in Iowa City. Mr. Ahouse will retire from industrial tech but says now he's not sure he's done teaching so who knows where he will pop up next.

Good luck to one and all! We will miss you all but wish you the very best in the future!

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Congratulations to our class of 2018!

Friday after practice, they went to the elementary building and did a parade with the elementary students. All had an enjoyable time! Here Mrs. Brokaw is getting the kids excited before the grand entrance of the seniors.

Congratulations and best of luck to all of our grads and their parents! Now go out into the world and show them how you can make a difference!

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Congrats to Drew Jensen, Emma Dusanek, Ari Hacke and Ella Rupp who lowered their own school record during the preliminaries of the 4x400 relay at the state meet on Friday. They ran a 4:12.84. Their finals were weather delayed, when finally run they placed 8th in 4:14.38.

Congrats to Midland junior, Luke Lasack who finished in 9th in the shot put and also 9th place in the discus!

Congrats to juniors Drew Jensen who finished 9th in the 400M and to Emma D who finished 16th in the 400M. Throw in two freshmen who can run and you can see the future is bright for Midland's 4x400!

Way to make your community proud kids! Keep up the good work!

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The construction and security companies finally got everything in place and trained office staff so now during the school day 8:10-3:15 the Wyoming center has all doors locked. If you visit during the school day you will need to push the silver button to the left of the main entry doors, then when buzzed in you will need to use the single door to your right to enter the office to check in.

We hope this new system will make students, parents and staff all feel safer.

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Mrs. Messenger's Life Skills class are selling decorative bricks this year. The price of the bricks will be $7.00 each. They have chicks, flags, lady bugs, and a Midland "M" available. If you are interested in purchasing one please call our classroom at 563-488-2292 x 3200 or stop by the school, all funds will be used to support our Life Skills program.

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Homecoming for 2018 is scheduled for the week of September 23 - 29. We are looking for parents and students who are interested in working together to create a great Homecoming experience. If you are that person, we are holding our first Homecoming committee meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at 6pm in the middle-high school library. Please bring your ideas and a willingness to collaborate.

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On May 4th the Spanish 3 students learned about Cinco de Mayo by acting in a small play highlighting the events of Cinco de Mayo.

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Thank you to Nurse Gent who organized our Middle School Annual Free Dental Clinic in April for students in 6th-8th grades. All services were FREE and provided by dental hygienists from St. Luke's Dental Health Center/HACAP. The hygienist said that Midland is their ONLY middle school that takes advantage of this free service because other schools don't make the time to get the permission forms from parents. What a difference this can make to a child's life. Thanks again Christine for going the extra mile for our kids!

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The Iowa Council on Agriculture Education recognized Miss Christiansen for excellence in agriculture education by presenting her with the integration of Science Award. She was presented this award because Midland offers a full strand of CASE: Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education. Through these agriscience courses students participate in labs and hands on experiences that allow for experimentation and inquiry. These courses increase student comfort with science concepts.

Agriculture education is offered in 235 high schools across Iowa. Agriculture education employs a three-component model to delivery teaching through classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience programs, and leadership development through FFA. Students who take an agriculture education class are eligible to join FFA. There are more than 15,200 FFA members in Iowa.

The Midland FFA Chapter was the #9 team in the state of Iowa in Poultry Evaluation this year. They were one of 27 chapters receiving Gold Team status, receiving a score between 1773-1470. Brett Schoenherr was one of the top 10 individuals in the state also! Way to go poultry peeps!

Congrats Miss C and all ag students! It is good to hear that Midland is at the front of agricultural education in Iowa!

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Eleven 7th and 8th grade students attended the Art Educators of Iowa Emerging Excellence Event on Saturday April 14th at Clear Creek Amana Middle School. Students worked for more than three months on a self chosen and directed project that they presented to a judge independently. The judges rated them on their art and interview. 5 students received division I scores: Trenton Rickles animation, Bryce Rushford drawing, Kaedynce Steven printmaking, Chiara Dusanek mixed media, Emma Tracy Drawing. 6 students received division II ribbons Rashelle Cole painting, Zach Cummings drawing, Jonny Thomsen painting, Jenna Eldred painting, Jared Crock Ceramics, and Logan Bicknese printmaking. Congratulations! Keep up the excellent work!

Congrats to Miss Kelck, our art teacher, who works hard with her students each and every day!

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World Food Hunger Day April 16

On Monday, April 16th some FFA students had organized to have a World Food Hunger Day. All students in grades 6-12 went to different breakout sessions, one of which included a session that explained the purpose of this activity and they packaged 15,000 tomato basil pasta meals which will go to Linn County Food Pantries. Packing the 15,000 meals took the kids 90 minutes!

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This year, our Earth Day project, will be held on Saturday, April 28th from noon until 3pm. It is being sponsored by the HS Spanish Club and HS Student Council. We will be picking up trash along ditches outside of Wyoming and if time allows, walking the streets of downtown Wyoming to help clean and beautify the town. If you are a high school student who is interested in this activity, please sign-up with Mrs. Eckhardt or Ms. Kaftan. You will be eligible for silver service cord hours toward recognition at your high school graduation.

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This is Newman, one of the newest members of Midland Middle/High School Staff. He is a hypoallergenic labradoddle and lives with Mrs. Brokaw and her family. She started bringing him with her to school this spring. She did not bring him sooner this year because of all of the construction. Mrs. Brokaw had him trained last year and took him with her to the elementary school she worked at. Newman loves getting to come and interact with all the students and staff here!

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Mrs. Wright's Langauge Arts class sampled food that characters in our book ate. We are reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Our characters were deported from Lithuania by train and worked all day in a labor camp to earn a small ration of bread. The main characters in our book had to beg and steal in order to survive. Students tried a bread ration, beets, raw potato, and cooked potato.

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These STAND students attended the Day on the Hill, for Substance Abuse Prevention on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. This was a great opportunity for these youth to come to the State Capitol in Des Moines and meet their legistlators and provide education on the impact of substance abuse in their counties and on their constituents. The highlight of their day was seeing and touring the State Capitol building.

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Thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to come give blood. Also a big thanks to all of our students who donated! We collected over 90 units of blood which will help a lof of patients!

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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Midland high school band and vocal students traveled to Branson, MO from March 17-20th.

Mrs. Wright said "Our tour escort has been doing her job for 15 years after her career in the music business among other things. She told me this morning our kids were one of the best groups she has ever worked with. We are extremely proud of them! "

Way to go Eagles!

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Congratulations to Midland senior Emma Vacek who has been named a finalist for KCRG-TV9's Student of the Month program. Emma would be a very deserving student. She does well academically. She is a great teammate and community member. During first semester she did a internship at Midland Elementary and is great with kids. She works hard at the Wyoming Public Library again using those people skills. To see all 3 nominees you can go to:

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

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Nurse Gent has organized our Annual Free Dental Clinic for April 23-27 for students in grades 6-8. All services are FREE and are provided by dental hygienists from St. Luke's Dental Health Center/HACAP. All parents/guardians of students in 6th-8th grade will be asked to complete and return a consent/refusal form.

Please return this form to the Wyoming office ASAP: Dental Clinic Consent-Refusal Form

For more information on the I Smile program: I Smiles Information

If questions please contact Nurse Gent at 563-488-2292 x 1180 or email her at

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In 8th Grade US History, Ms. Kaftan's students created "&34;Shake It Off"&34; music videos about the Bill of Rights. It was a creative way for the students to show their understand for these important constitutional concepts.

Groovy dance moves Jenna, Jamisen, Jaylou, and Jonny.

Good job, 8th graders!!

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Austin Smith will be representing Midland in the 2018 Iowa Shrine Football Game on July 21, 2018.

If anyone wants to sponsor Austin or buy a Shrine Bowl ticket contact the Smith family. Tickets are $11.00 in advance until June and $15.00 at door. Children 6 and younger are free.

Sponsorships must be received by May 1st, checks payable to Iowa Shrine Bowl Inc. can be given to Austin. After that date they cannot guarantee that the ad will be in the program book.

If you want to make a donation you can buy a ticket and give it to someone who would like to go or just donate whatever you can, checks payable to: Iowa Shrine Bowl Inc. or send to Austin Smith at 1391 190th St. Wheatland, Ia 52777

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

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Making learning meaningful: Today, Mrs. Wright's Language Arts class experienced a realistic example of the conditions that characters in our book dealt with. The class is reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. It is a story of Lithuanians that were deported from their homeland and transported to work camps or prisons in Siberia by Stalin. The boxcar the characters traveled in on average were 26 feet in length, 8 feet wide and 7 feet tall. Students began in their own space and were soon confined to a small space which represented how our characters had to travel on the train for weeks at a time.

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Spanish 3 students enjoyed a fiesta with Senora Marcela and Ms. Kaftan. They spent the class preparing and enjoying foods include in a recent chapter books they finished. Gracias Senora Marcela for letting us enjoy a little of your culture!

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Congrats to Midland junior, Brett Schoenherr who qualified for state wrestling in the 1A 220 lb. division! A fire truck send off was held on Feb. 14th.

Unfortunately he lost his first match to top ranked Tom Rief of Missouri Valley 12-6 but then won his second match 18-3 over Calib Lilly 18-3. Feeling under the weather all week didn't help as his third match was a loss by pin.

Brett has one more year to climb to the top of the awards stand in Des Moines! Work hard Brett, your dream is in front of you yet! As Coach Goble says "Hard work can beat talent without it most days."

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All classrooms which were housed in the Bronson building were moved over to the new academic wing during early January. Both students and staff are very happy and thankful for the new facilities. No more walks through rain, sleet, snow to get between buildings. This gives our kids a great learning environment!

Here are a few photos taken on February 2nd:

Thanks Midland Community!!

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Congratulations to Midland Junior Brett Schoenherr who recorded his 100th career wrestling win at the John Byers Wrestling Invitational. He was the champion in his weight bracket that day as well. Congratulations Brett, you are a perfect example to younger kids what hard work and determination will get you! Keep up the great work and good luck the rest of the season!

Brett's efforts helped his team place 2nd at the Invite this year! Way to go team!

Thanks to Deanna Martens for sharing these photos with us!

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On Monday, January 15, 2018, some 21 months after the project began, Superintendent Doug Tuetken called an all school assembly at the middle high school in the morning before all students started their classes for the day in the new facility. He provided all students, staff, school board members and visitors with donuts. He challenged our students to respect these new facilities and to lead by example so all who follow after them will also be proud of what we have here and take good care of it. He thanked the planning committee who had the vision that we could actually tackle this project and bring new facilities to Midland, the voters who approved the bond issue and who are paying for it, the board members for their countless hours working on the project, the staff and students who have had inconveniences but have managed to keep on educating. Here are some photos of the assembly.


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The offices moved in over the weekend thanks to help from their family members. Here School Business Official Megan Frankfurt discusses technology items with Mr. Greenfield while Michelle mans the reception desk.

Finally some 21 months later we are on the move! Students and staff started carting the classroom supplies from the Bronson building to the new classrooms. No desks or big items needed moved, mostly books and supplies. The students should be totally in their classrooms for class by Monday!

Some minor adjustments needed made, thank goodness our students and staff have handyman skills!

We have the best moving crew in the nation! They clean up after themselves too!

Don't worry, we didn't leave Sponge Bob in the Bronson to go down with the ship!

Some of the teachers got pretty well settled today. Relieved to have everything under one roof again.

We found seniors Brett S, Mason P, Hunter R and Rachel N making good use of the spaces today already!

Superintendent Doug Tuetken and School Board President Clay Pestka discuss the move.

Photos of the front door area from the front door and from the top steps.

We thank the Midland community for this fine educational facility! Without your support at bond issue time, none of this would be possible. Things are looking very bright for the Midland District! We hope you will all come check it out when we get an open house scheduled!

We will hold an assembly on Monday morning to thank our School Board Members on all their hard work on the project, some of them have put in countless man hours and pitched in and worked along side the construction crews - THANKS GUYS! We are excited to begin a new era in education at Midland!

Here is an arial view of the final project for anyone coming to events, you can find parking areas. Those south and east of the school have NOT been paved yet. Only paved parking is West of the gym between gym and creek.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


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On December 22nd, the girls basketball team sold ice cream sundaes at their game to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. We ended up raising a little over $750. We used some of that money to buy baking supplies to bake lots of cookies at the Ronald McDonald House, and ended up donating a huge box of toys, five $25.00 Wal-Mart gift cards, and ended up donating around $527 cash. Huge thank you to all of the people that volunteered time, donated ice cream supplies, and to all of the people that ate ice-cream and donated money towards this great cause. Thank you everyone!

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Thanks to all who donated items to the boys basketball Hall of Pride collection. All items will go to the Ronald McDonald House. As always, we appreciate the support of our community!

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We are excited to welcome Ms. Barb Hollinrake to the Midland Staff in the guidance office. She will be joining us part-time, working on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons. She has spent over 30 years as a school counselor and also currently works part-time for the Maquoketa Valley School District. Her expertise is in college/career readiness. Please introduce yourself and help her feel welcome at Midland!

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Mr. Wilson incorporated our construction project into a writing assignment. His students were all over the school asking questions, taking tours, checking things out to gather information so they could write articles about our school construction project. Here are a few of the final projects:

The Difficulties of Construction By Trenton Rickels

Construction on The Midland High school has been difficult on students and the teachers.

The high school in Wyoming, Iowa has been undergoing construction to improve and add on to the newer part of the two buildings that make up Midland. Many people including staff, students, and the community are very excited for the new school, but the dilemma is all the complications the construction has brought up for most people at the school. The majority of the complaints are about what they have to wear, tardiness, and distractions in class.

Para Educator, Marcela Rickels says, "I think in the end it will be worth it, and yeah we need to be flexible and work harder, but everybody is doing a great job in getting what needs to be done, done, even with all the problems."

Midland Teacher Stephanie Kaftan, says, "I definitely do not wear as nice of clothes as I have in the past because they get ruined because of the dirt, the mud, and the limestone." The problems about clothing mainly stem from the gravel path connecting the two buildings, the mud that practically surrounds the school, and the dust that flies in the air. Dust and mud are constantly ruining clothes and shoes. Students and teachers are now forced to wear clothes that are not as nice as they would like because they fear that they will get ruined.

Another problem for students and teachers alike is tardiness. Different people at school have different views on it, but all the same, it's a problem. For example, the students find it hard to get from the gym to the top floor of the Bronson building (the old building) because there is a long gravel path going around the construction that connects the two buildings. Jenna Eldred, a student at Midland, says, "Well I have one tardy because it's hard for me to get from top floor of the Bronson all the way to the other school with all the construction because you have to go around things and go with the flow because it's really hard to walk across and not step in mud." On the other hand when asked, Carolyn Greenfield (teacher at Midland) says, "I really don't think there is a reason for being late to class because if they do need head to the restroom and didn't have a chance, they know to ask me and go right away. But they do have enough time to be able to go back and forth."

Students and teachers also agree that distractions caused by the construction are also a problem. Because the newer school is an addition to the school we already have, the construction is right outside our windows. Carolyn Greenfield has this to say on the matter, "It is challenging, it gets really noisy and the kids get distracted, and I find myself yelling over the noise and then the noise would stop and I'm yelling at the class." Jenna Eldred also says that, "It's kind of harder to focus and study because with all the noise it's very distracting"

Even with all the problems, the staff, students, and community are still excited for the school we all have been waiting for. Carolyn Greenfield says, "I think it's very cool, I think it's going to be very nice. We've had a lot of challenges, more than I thought we would've had, but it will be very nice when it's done."

Is It Worth It? By Chiara Dusanek

The construction that has been going on at the Midland middle-high school for over two years has caused some extreme problems during the school year. The internet doesn't work for days at a time and the Bronson building has been without running water. With all the mess and problems construction has caused, is there any way we as a district can overlook all these struggles and anticipate the new school with a positive attitude?

Although everyone who was interviewed had very different views and answers, they all had the same mindset. Calli Markmann, a senior at Midland this year, says it excellently: "With the new school and all of the upgrades, Midlands athletics, academics, involvement, and even the community will thrive."

The central idea is definitely that everything the new school is bringing will make life easier and lessen stress for staff and students alike. The interviewees provided many different ways in how the addition might do this. Mrs. Eckhardt, the Spanish teacher at Midland and a parent in the community, says that "I think it will bring everybody together. I think the teachers and the students will feel more connected." When asked how it might affect the younger students at Midland, she stated, "I think they'll be excited to come here. I think it will make education better because we're in one building, teachers are able to meet with each other easier, run across the hall for a question. I think it will be better." Those are just a few ways the new school is expected to improve education at Midland. "Just the design and the setup of the classrooms and the way they're placed and the openness will affect how much more community type projects we do within the school itself," Mr. Wilson, a Language Arts teacher at Midland stated.

These aren't the only problems the new school is expected to improve upon. "Not only will the learning environment be updated and improved, students will also be able to stay motivated and concentrated better. Student motivation and achievement will raise because students and teachers basic needs will be met. There won't be any more creaky floors, whistling wind, or hearing through walls." Calli added. Although she has such a positive view of the new school, Calli will not be able to fully experience the benefits of the new school before she graduates because she is a senior. When asked about how she felt about this matter, she said "Although we have suffered through majority of the construction and aren't able to enjoy most of it, I am grateful of what we have gotten to use. Being able to use some of the new facilities that are completed are a plus."

Construction has caused many struggles for the whole district, but the upgrades and changes within the new facility are expected to be well worth it. Mrs. Reilly, the principal at the Midland middle-high school, sums it up perfectly. She says, "It has been a tough beginning to the year. But, again, once we move into it, I think it's all going to be worth it. It's just getting through it."

The Progress of the New Midland Community School Building By Dakota DeLarm

The Midland community school district is back in session, and we are back stronger and more "open" than ever. Not just the holes in the walls due to the ongoing construction- the holes in our schedule and our new routine. The fact that the student body has continued to thrive under these conditions continues to amaze community members.

When asked about the idea of a new school, Chiara Dusanek replied with, "I was actually on a student committee that discussed a new school, and I thought it was a great idea." Earlier in the week, Chiara and I took a tour of the new academic wing with Carol Reilly, the principal of the Midland Middle/High School. We were amazed with the progress and the work that had gone into this project. The media and library room layout was astounding. There was a separate room with sliding glass doors for instructing classes and for teacher in-services. The industrial style and open ceiling mixed with scientifically proven "brain-stimulating colors"were calming. The "industrial style" of the exposed ventilation mixed with a few other details gives the new school a modern touch. The rooms were laid out by grade level, the sixth grade on the bottom floor and the middle school along with the high school in the west wing and top floor. The Choir and Band rooms are located on the North side of the building, along with the gym and Industrial Tech facility. The administrative offices are in the new entrance to the building, and two new in school suspension rooms are located behind the administrative secretary's desk. A new bathroom and a teacher's lounge are in the west wing, and there is one large storage closet on the first floor. There are multiple "learning studios" where students will go in small groups for improved focus away from the distractions of a classroom. The stage in the "commons" has been opened, and workers recently installed a lighting and sound control room. The entrance to the new Gold Gym is a very open and modern space, with the new concession stand and kitchen adjacent to the 'commons'.

However, there are always downsides to great things. Trenton Rickels, a student along with Chiara here at Midland, said "I thought it was a great idea and it seems to be progressing well, but it is kind of distracting while you are in the middle of class and a construction worker is walking by or someone is operating a crane right by your window." Chiara also commented on the subject, stating, "But since our tour, I'm a little concerned about people outside of the building and being more concerned about what's going to be going on outside rather than what the teacher is saying."

But in the end, this building will be worth all of the trouble the administration, students, and construction workers have put into this building. All of the exceptions, the schedule changes, shutting down the essentials, and the rerouting has gotten tedious and somewhat annoying, but we will all enjoy what has come from it.

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Congratulations to Coaches Casey Hack, Lennie Miller, Eric Martens, Tim Kreel, Ryan Dodge, Jacob Heinsius and the team on an outstanding season! They finished in the top 4 teams of 8-man football in the entire state for a second year in a row! They lost to last year's champion, football powerhouse Don Bosco in the semi-finals held at the UNI Dome.

The boys on this team represented themselves, their school, their families and their community in a most awesome way! Keep up the great work guys!

Thanks to our generous local businesses who donated towards the teams expenses on their state run: Jim and Deb Bisinger, 1st Trust and Savings Bank, Citizens State Bank, Crop Production Services~Terry Harris and Steve Poppe, Denger Farms~Nate Denger, Farm Bureau Financial Services~Walter Laetare, HUSCO International, Leytem Trucking~Derrick Leytem, Mahindra Tractors~Chuck and Krista Franzen, Maquoketa State Bank, Mineral Creek Cattle~Jerard and Diane Gnade, Ohnward Bank, Ohnward Insurance Group~Brian Franzen, Rack's Swinging Door, Streets Cattle~Steve and Carmen Streets, Wyoming Mutual Telephone Company, Hale Tap, Center Junction Telephone Company, Keith and Connie Christiansen. The community support has been outstanding for these guys!

Seniors, thanks for the memories! Underclassmen, next season begins as early as next week. The bar is set pretty high, keep aiming at the stars and you're sure to go far!

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Please help us welcome two new part-time staff members which we share with other districts. Barb Hollinrake and Becca Harvey will both start the first week of November in Wyoming.

We are excited to welcome Barb Hollinrake to the Midland Staff in the guidance office. She will be joining us part-time working on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons. She has spent over 30 years as a school counselor and also currently works part-time for the Maquoketa Valley School District. Her expertise is in college/career readiness.

Becca Harvey will be our Human Resource person we share with Monticello Schools. She will work one day a week, typically Wednesday's.

Please introduce yourself and help these ladies feel welcome at Midland!

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Congratulations to Austin Smith, Midland senior football player, who received the most votes and was named KCRG TV-9 Athlete of the Week for October 19.

You will be able to check out his video after completion at

We are so very proud to say that every Midland athlete who was named as a finalist for this recognition has been the winner! That says a lot about our community and how well they support our student athletes. We appreciate your support so very much!

We wish Austin and his team luck as they play for a District title this Friday at home against Lone Tree. Their game starts at 7PM, but all fans are invited to the Fill The Stadium Tailgate party starting at 5PM. The JV team takes the field at 5:30 for a 2 quarter game. GOOD LUCK EAGLES!!!!

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Congratulations to Kim Buchholtz who was awarded a Educational Excellence Award by Upsilon State Organization Delta Kappa Gamma Society International! Thanks for your many years of service to Midland Community Schools!

Kim is employed by Midland schools as AD Secretary and paraprofessional but does so much more for us! She can be found each morning and noon punching meal tickets for students. She is our National Honor Society Sponsor. You can also find her at nearly every Midland event behind her camera. She shares her love of photography by creating online photo albums that students and parents can access and save or print her photos for free. We finally got Kim in FRONT of the camera. Keep up the good work Kim!

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary organization of women educators with over 77000 members in 18 countries worldwide. It promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education through seminars, workshops, conferences, scholarships, and publications of members research. DKG provides financial support to educators and education worldwide. Beta Nu Chapter recognized Kim with a State Educational Excellence Award for her educational contributions to Midland.

Thanks to Mrs. Antons for recommending Kim and coordinating this surprise for her!

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The Gold Gym was opened and used for the first time at the volleyball game on October 10th!

This will be our new competition gym for all varsity contests. It will hold approximately 200 more spectators than the other gym. There are ten rows of seats on the home side and six rows on the visitors side but they run completely from one end of the gym to the other. Home side is still the north side, where the bleachers say MIDLAND. South side is for visitors, where bleachers say EAGLES. We look forward to years of memories in this fine facility for our teams!

The BLACK GYM, the old Eagle's Nest, will be used as needed when there are conflicts in the schedule or for middle school events.

Home locker rooms are on the West end of the new gym. They are currently in use by our teams.

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A huge thank you to the Becker Family for their generous donation! They have donated the scoreboard in the Gold Gymnasium in honor of family members who have passed away. What a terrific way to show your support of Midland Schools!

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Veteran's Day Photos

Thanks to all who served!

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Congratulations to Coaches Casey Hack, Lennie Miller, Eric Martens, Tim Kreel, Ryan Dodge and the team on an outstanding season! Many records were shattered on their way to a 9-3 season that was one game short of the state championship game!

Unfortunately perennial powerhouse Don Bosco again stood in their way and proved to be invincible again this year. Here are some photos from the state semi-final game, thanks to Kim Buchholtz for her photography skills - Photos from UNI Dome

Records set include:

Total offense in a season 5,121 - was 2.733

Most team yards rushing in game 486 - was 382

Most team yards rushing season 3,830 - was 2,495

Average yards per game in season - 426.75 - was 416.3 in 2015

Best Defenisve Avg. District - 21.3 - was 36.8

Best Defensive Avg. Overall - 32.9 - was 38.7

Most Yards Rushing, Game - 371 Austin - was 321 Ben Carstensen

Most Yards Rushing, Season - 2,892 Austin - was 1,516 Ryan Leonard

Most Yards Rushing, Career - 4,587 Austin - was 3,776 Ryan Leonard

Most Rushing TDs, Season - 47 Austin - was 27 Ryan Leonard

Most Rushing TDs, Career - 86 Austin - was 64 Ryan Leonard

Most Points Scored, Game - 58 Austin - broke his own record of 48

Most Points Scored, Season - 336 Austin - was 248 Ryan Leonard

Most Points Scored, Career - 648 Austin - was 568 Ryan Leonard

Most TD's Scored, Seasson - 58 Austin - was 39 Ryan Leonard

Best Punting Avg, Season - 36.6 Austin - was 36.21 Katlin Marr

Longest Punt - 59 Austin - was 57 Katlin Marr

Most Fumble Recoveries Career - 6 Austin - was 5 Ryan Leonard and Austin Smith

Records that were tied this year:

Avg. Yards per carry, season - 9.4 Austin - tied Tyler Stepp

Best Won-Loss Record - 9-3, tied 2016

WOW - Way to go Eagles!!!!

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The students and staff at the secondary building had some fun on Halloween. They dressed up as Scrabble pieces and the students were challenged to figure out what Halloween related phrase they spelled out. Miss Kelck gave them hints as the day went on. Winners were Damon Hainstock and Jacob Fuehring with second place to Ella Rupp and Alyssa Streets.

As a fundraiser for the PBIS students were allowed to dress in costume for the day. See more of the fun at: Thanks Mrs. Buchholtz for providing us awesome photos as always.

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Midland students afforded outstanding opportunities to explore local industries through Project Lead the Way and Advancing the Future tour opportunities.

On October 17th Mr. Ahouse took 20 students from Miss Christiansen's Plant Science class and some of his industrial tech students to Cedar Rapids to participate in the 5th Annual Advancing the Future Tour. This program is sponsored by Kirkwood Community College and is designed to spark students interest in the manufacturing. Students toured Highway Equipment Company in Cedar Rapids. The company producers specialize in building parts for road maintenance vehicles like de-icing spreaders for snow plows. They also develop parts for farming equipment to help spread fertilizer. While there they were included in this KGAN CBS news article -

They also toured ADM. Students were introduced to the variety of careers available to them with varying amounts of post secondary schooling. Students were impressed with the sheer size of ADM and didn't realize everything that the company does with kernels of corn.

On October 19th, fifteen students from Ms. Doll's PLTW computer science courses and Miss Christiansen's PLTW Environmental Sustainability course were given the chance to see what the National Advanced Driving Simulator does to ensure we understand what happens in a variety of driving conditions. Students learned about the different research studies that they do to evaluate what happens in the 3.5 seconds that leads up to a crash. They used the word crash instead of accident as 98 percent of all crashes are due to human error usually from some form of distraction or impairment.

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Photographers were out on October 12 to take all retakes. They can be ordered online at using code 18777XA

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At the recently completed Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators Conference, Jamie Christiansen, agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Midland High School was selected as the Northeast District Star Advisor. This is an extremely prestigious award as Christiansen's nomination and selection was determined by her agricultural education teaching peers within the Northeast District.

It has been well noted by the agricultural educator's within the Northeast District and the state that Christiansen is one of the hardest working agricultural instructors in the state. Jamie Christiansen has served as District Advisor, Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education Lead Teacher, and had many successes with her FFA members at the local, District, State, and National levels.

For her outstanding efforts throughout this past year as well as in her teaching career, Christiansen was presented a plaque by fellow Northeast District agricultural education instructors.

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Congratulations to the football team on their win over Easton Valley!

Thanks to the many people who helped in any way with the 2017 Homecoming festivities!

Congratulations to 2017 Princess Anna Roseland, Queen Calli Markmann, King Austin Smith and Prince Hunter Rushford!

Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming Court Members: Callie Markmann, Emma Paulsen, Anna Roseland, Faith Schoon, Emma Vacek, Fisher Bisinger, Kyle Paulsen, Brady Pestka, Hunter Rushford, Austin Smith, and special court member Nicolo Cianci our foreign exchange student.

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Parents and guardians:

We have a new PBIS website that is up and running for everyone to visit. The website contains information on the PBIS program at the junior high and high school level. Information that can be found on the website includes dates of PBIS days, what PBIS is, Eagle Bucks, Check-in Check-out information and contact information for PBIS team members.

A new exciting opportunity is for parents and guardians to refer their student into the tier 2 program where they would get extra assistance on a variety of skills. Students may also refer themselves for the tier 2 program. Entrance into the tier 2 program will be made by the tier 2 team based on a variety of different criteria.

PBIS Website is

If you have any questions pertaining to the PBIS website, please email Raymond Dosland or Elizabeth Wright.

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School day begins at 8:10AM sharp!

School day ends at 3:15 - most Wednesdays we have 1:00 dismissal due to teacher inservice. On weeks we have another early dismissal OR no school day due to holiday, parent-teacher conferences, etc. then we have a regular full day Wednesday. Be sure to check the school calendar and get those dates marked on your calendar at home so you know. MCSD 2017-18 Master Calendar

Students who arrive after the day starts need to check in at the office in the East portable room.

Midland is a closed campus. So any student who needs to leave campus for any reason after arriving - whether via car or bus - need to check out at the office. A staff member must talk to a parent unless the parent has previously contacted us about them leaving. Students can NOT leave grounds at lunch or when the buses arrive in the morning.

Cell phones - students are asked to put turn their cell phones off and put them in a plastic holder provided in each classroom as they enter the class. Phones are not to be seen or heard during classes. If a teacher does see/hear a phone during classtime, the cell phone is removed and taken to the office. Parents would need to pick up the phone at the office. Sorry for this inconvenience, but they are a very big distraction to our learning environment.

Should parents need to contact a student please feel free to call or email the office and they can pass the message along. Otherwise parents will

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2017-18 Midland Yearbook Order Information

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MCSD 2017-18 Master Calendar

Activity Calendar 2017-2020


2017-18 Registration Fees


Grades 6-12 School Supply List


2017-18 Lunch Application. We need separate checks for each category - textbooks and laptop insurance, meal money, athletic tickets.

2017-18 Lunch Public Release


2017-18 Midland Middle-High School Course Schedule

2017-18 Midland High School Course Registration Book

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Meningococcal Vaccine Notice

Please get this taken care of this summer and send proof of vaccination to the office by August 24th. Thanks for your cooperation with this state mandate!

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The process for obtaining a school driving permit for Midland students is this:

1. Complete this application form, with a map of the exact route the student will drive, parent signature and turn it in to the high school office. Application Form

2. An administrator must approve it. The office must complete the paperwork.

3. The student will be called in to talk to an administrator about the rules, regulations and expectations we have for student drivers. The student will be given the proper paperwork to take the to DOT office.

Parents - DO NOT SIGN THE FORM until you are at the DOT office or it will be invalid!

Drive safely all!

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MCSD 2018-19 Master Calendar

2018-19 Elementary School Supply List

2018-19 Middle/High School Supply List

Activity Calendar 2018-2020

2018-19 Lunch Application

2018-19 Lunch Informational Letter

2018-19 TENTATIVE Bus Schedules - if you are not listed and need to be call the school!

School Fees

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year.

Midland Building Use Application

MMHS Map - Building, parking, driveway


2018-19 All Sports Food Stand Sign Up - to sign up contact Michelle in the HS office via email or phone call. These are assigned on a first requested, first filled basis. If not signed up, a time will be assigned to the parents of ALL athletes.

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