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MHS Announcements for Friday, October 31, 2014

MHS Announcements

Friday, October 31, 2014

Go Muskies!

  • Bonjour Muskies! The first week in November has been officially designated as National French Week. “Why French?” you ask?? Because French continues to be an important language, both world-wide and in the U.S.DID YOU KNOW that French is the official language of 32 countries and is the only language besides English to be spoken on 5 of the world’s continents? If you speak French, you can be understood by more than 200 million people in 56 countries around the world who use French in their daily lives.The MHS French club wants to share their interest in French language and culture with you during the month of November. One of the ways we have to do this is a GIANT CROSSWORD PUZZLE that you’ll find in the hallway between the cafeteria and the gym. The puzzle has 65 clues related to France, French and various aspects of French culture. Every day next week, there will be 11 new clues posted next to the puzzle and here in the announcements. ANYONE can answer these, not just French students!! Simply look up the answer, write it down with your name and the name of your 3rd period class, and put it in the decorated tins in the lunch areas.  DO NOT WRITE YOUR ANSWER ON THE PUZZLE!!The class who submits correct answers to the most clues will win a French snack for their class.  You can answer any question not crossed out and filled in already on the puzzle.And here’s a thought for the weekend: DID YOU KNOW that French is among the top 5 languages in terms of web pages used on the Internet?Bon weekend!
  • Key Club: Turn in your blood drive sign up sheets to Ms. Hansen’s room today (Friday).
  • Environmental Club will meet Monday, Nov. 3rd after school in Room 146 –
    Mrs. Baillie’s Room.
  • MHS Winterguard will be starting this week at Grant Elementary Gym. This involves flags, rifles, sabres, and dance. Our theme for this year is the Hunger Games.  If you are interested and did not attend on On Oct. 30, there is another meeting Saturday morning, (Nov. 1st), at Grant Elementary from 9 am -12 pm. You must make one of these meetings
    or see Mr. Heid in the Band Room.
  • The MHS Drama Department will present “The Man Who Came To Dinner” on November 7 & 8 at 7 pm in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are only $5, or you may use your activity pass/MCSD Partner Pass for entrance. All tickets sold at the door – box office opens at 6:15 pm each night! This very funny play, follows the exploits of the obnoxious Mr. Whiteside, a famous personality, who takes over the quiet mid-western home of the Stanley family after slipping on ice at their doorstep.  He disrupts their world with the comings and goings of his friends.  When his long-time assistant falls for the local journalist, he brings in a famous actress to break up their relationship, causing even more trouble. Don’t miss this classic comedy!
  • Thinker’s Throwdown – MHS is sending a team to Black Hawk College for the seeding round of Thinker’s Throwdown on Monday, November 3. Student will be picked up in front MHS at 5:30 pm.
  • Boys Basketball: There will be a mandatory player and parent meeting for Boys Basketball on Wednesday, Nov. 5th, starting at 5:30 pm in the MHS Library.  Information regarding the upcoming season including calendars and expectations will be discussed.
  • Blood Drive – Key Club will hold a Blood Drive on Monday, November 10th in the main gym. If you are 16 and older, visit www.mhskeyclub.org to sign up and donate. Students who are 16 years of age must get a parent permission form signed. These are available at the attendance office.
  • The fall Vocal Music Fundraiser has begun! Our discount cards for the 2014-2015 year are good through October 31st, 2015 and only cost $10! THESE ARE NOT PUNCH CARDS–THEY ARE DISCOUNT CARDS YOU CAN USE OVER AND OVER AGAIN!! You get great deals at 15 Muscatine businesses, including Domino’s, Taco John’s, McDonald’s, Salvatore’s, Blimpie Subs, Miracle Car Wash, Flowers on the Avenue, and others. Not only can you save the cost of the card in town, you can also register your card online to get access to HUNDREDS of vendor coupons every day AND to use for deals at nationwide stores such as Wal-Mart, PetCo, and the Buckle! Get your card for only $10 today from any choir student or director!
  • Students – In order for our Enrichment Program to benefit you, the student, we have implemented the following policy:All assignments must be turned in by the end-of-day each Monday. This allows teachers to review and post grades on Wednesday. If assignments are not turned in by end-of-day Monday, there is no guarantee that grades will be updated on Wednesday which may cause a student to continue to be in Enrichment.It is important for all students to check their student e-mail everyday, but specifically each Monday morning by 4th period, to see if you are scheduled to be in enrichment. This is very important as enrichment begins on that same day (Monday). Students already assigned to enrichment will not be notified weekly unless they are no longer assigned to enrichment. You will be receiving an email from your grade level counselor telling you which enrichment to attend. You will get this email if you are new to enrichment or if your enrichment class has changed. If you have any questions of where you should report, please log into PowerSchool and check your schedule.
  • All girls’ cross country members should turn in uniforms this week, see Coach Armstrong. Banquet date upcoming.
  • The MHS Attendance Office has a new phone number. It is 563-263-6616.
  • Students are reminded to check their PowerSchool every day to see if they have a Tardy.If you do, you have 2 days to serve the detention. This means you have the day you received the detention and the next day to serve or you will have ISS the day after that.
  • Volunteers are needed to Ring the Bells at each Salvation Army Red Kettle location.  Groups or individuals would work. Call the Salvation Army at 263-8272 to sign up for a time and location.
  • Students interested in MHS Winter Sports. Please remember that you are required to have your parent permission/concussion form and sports physical form on file in the A.D. Office. Before practice begins, check with Mrs. Hansen in Room 162 to make sure your paperwork is complete.
  • Scholarship Information can be found at the end of the announcements in their own section. If you have any questions, please contact Student Services.
  • Students interested in helping Musca Bus clean bus interiors on Saturday, November 1st should call 263-8152 to sign up. Students will then show up on either or both Saturdays at 8:00 am until noon. A light breakfast will be served.    Work will be done at Public Works, 1459 Washington Street. A Musca Bus driver will lead the team.
  • The Muskie Band’s annual nut fundraiser is underway! Order cashews, mixed nuts, puddles (turtles), and chocolate dipped cherries and blueberries now – they make great holiday gifts or a treat for yourself! For a flyer with pictures and prices, or to make a purchase, call Janet Clark at 299-0019, email mclark@machlink.com, or talk to any of the MHS band students.  Walk-ins are welcome at the band’s “nut house” at 1700 Park Ave. (southwest corner of the Vision Center PC building). Hours are every Tues. evening from 6-7:30 pm and Sat. morning from 10 am till noon until Dec. 20, so buy now while we have a large selection available! Nuts are also available at O’Donnell Ace Hardware, 1420 Park Ave., during regular store hours.
  • Parents of Senior Students: Please see the PowerPoint that was shared by looking at the attachment at the bottom of the linked page:
    https://sites.google.com/a/mcsdonline.org/mhs-counseling/home/seniors—welsch
  • Senior Pictures and a Senior Saying is due November 14th. This year, senior pictures will only be accepted by submitting them to the Josten’s website. If your photographer wants to submit your picture for you, it is up to you to talk to the photographer and tell them the process. All photos need to be submitted electronically by November 14, 2014.  Photos received after this date cannot be guaranteed a place in the yearbook.
  • Class of 2015 – If you are a student athlete who plans or has the potential to participate in athletics in college at the Division 1, Division 2, or NAIA level, please make an appointment to meet with Mr. Welsch in the next few weeks to make sure that you meet the NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.  It is important to note that some of these requirements differ from MHS graduation requirements and must be met in order to participate in athletics at the Division 1, Division 2 and NAIA levels.
  • Please remember that Muscatine High School sport schedules can be found at http://www.muscatine.k12.ia.us/mhs/calendar  Our website offers the most current updates and driving directions for all MHS athletic events! Be sure to check it out! Good luck to all the teams competing during the fall season!
  • From Jostens:
    November 18 – Seniors report to auditorium 10:10 am for Graduation information.
    November 25 – Jostens will be here to take orders in the commons hallway during lunch.

 **Scholarship Information**

Senior Scholarships

Iowa, ISU, and UNI scholarships are available on the websites of each individual institution.

University of Iowa Presidential Scholarship is now available at http://admissions.uiowa.edu/finances/scholarships-first-year-students.

  • Deadline is December 12, 2014
  • 30 ACT (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330
  • 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Other criteria are on the application

Voice of Democracy: The Veterans of Foreign Wars offers the Voice of Democracy contest to graduation seniors annually (up to $30,000). For rules and application procedures visit www.vfw.org/VODDeadline is November 1, 2014.

Junior Scholarships

Hills Bank Leadership Grant. Visit www.iowa4hfoundation.org/scholarships to find criteria and to apply. Deadline is February 1, 2015.

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