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MHS Announcements – October 6, 2015

MHS Announcements

The Muscatine Attendance Office phone number is 563-263-6616. Please use this number when calling in for a student absence, early release, etc.

October 6, 2015

Go Muskies!

  • The introductory meeting for the Chemistry Olympiad is Wednesday, Oct. 7th  during the second part of enrichment in the auditorium. NO FOOD OR DRINK, please. If you are interested in honors credit for chemistry and would like to participate, please attend. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kramer.
  • Are you interested in making a friend from France?  You don’t have to speak French … just agree to host a student for three weeks in February.  If this sounds like something you want to do, contact Mrs. Paulsen in room 201 or email her at deb.paulsen@mcsdonline.org for more information.
  • Gay Straight Alliance will meet this Wednesday, October 7, in room 229 at 3:45 pm.
  • Model UN: Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 14th at 7:45am in Ms. Hansen’s room (11-024). We will review the itinerary for the Des Moines conference on October 20-21.
  • Girls Basketball: No open gym this Thursday. We will resume on Monday, Oct 12 at 5:30pm.
  • FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes): The next huddle meeting is Monday, October 12th at 7:00am in the Commons. Remember to mark the Fields of Faith event on your calendar for Wednesday, October 14th at North End Park in Wapello. It goes from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Follow @Muskies_FCA on Twitter for updates.
  • Seniors, don’t miss out on the annual Senior March to the Riverfront! Applications are available to any eligible seniors, and can be picked up in Mrs. Orr’s office located in Student Services. Applications are due Wednesday, October 7th.  Cost is $5.
  • No S.O.A.P. this week due to Homecoming.  Have fun and be safe!  See you next week!
  • The Cafe is now open at 8AM through the lunch hour.
  • The HS Library is working with Musser Public Library on their Teen Reading Challenge. Between October 4th-October 24, students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to keep track of how many minutes they have read. Reading Logs are due October 29th to the HS Library OR Musser Public Library. Students who read at least 250 minutes will be invited to the Teen Reading Challenge Party at the Moline Public Library on Friday, October 30th (Musser will provide free bus transportation). Students who read 500+ minutes are eligible to win prizes including a $15 gift cards to area businesses.  Pick up a Teen Reading Challenge log in the High School Library or at Musser Public Library.
  • Tickets for the Homecoming dance on sale today through Friday, October 9th.  They can be purchased before school, during lunch and after school in front of Students Services.  Homecoming T-shirts are not on sale yet. We expect them to arrive on Friday. Please see the list of Homecoming Spirit Days listed at the end of announcements. Go Muskies!
  • Homecoming Dance Permission slips for guests can be picked up in the Asst. Principal’s Office — see Mrs. Chatfield. These need to be returned by October 7.
  • Intramural sign up forms are outside the Activities Office.  (This is for activities taking place during lunchtime for those that qualify.) Detailed information is on the form and will be sent to team captains.  
  • If you purchased LifeTouch pictures, please pick them up in Student Services.
  • Visit the Muskie Boosters website to see event pictures, buy Muskie apparel and get your admission punch cards. Be sure to check out the list of our supporters too. Go Muskies!

Homecoming Week Schedule:
Oct. 5th – Pajama Day Monday
Oct. 6th – Tie-Dye Tuesday
Oct. 7th – USA Wednesday (Red, White, and Blue)
Oct. 8th – Sports Thursday (Favorite sport or team)
Oct. 9th – Muskie Spirit Day (Purple and Gold)

October8th – Homecoming Parade/Grill-out/Coronation. The Grill-out will be from 5:00 – 7:00PM, with Parade starting at 6:00PM at Grant Elementary and ending at the High School. Coronation starts at 7:00PM in the high school gym.

October 9th – Pep Rally at 2:40PM in high school gym.

October 9th – Homecoming Game: Muscatine Muskies vs Ottumwa Bulldogs.  JV begins at 5:00PM
(Announcement of Homecoming court/parents and King and Queen during halftime)

October 10th – Homecoming Dance  9pm – 12AM

  • NEW Disc Golf Club:  A meeting/practice will take place October 6th at 4:00 for the MHS Disc Golf Club. Please meet at the tennis courts shelter.   Practice ends at 5:15.  Golf Discs will be provided if you don’t have your own. Any questions contact Scott Harmon: scott.harmon@mcsdonline.org

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • Scarecrow Festival—A FREE fun family event put on by the Muscatine Journal and participating area businesses. We need volunteers on October 10 from 9Am – 1 PM to help run the kids games: pumpkin bowling, bean bag toss, ladderball, pumpkin ring toss, newspaper drop, potato sack race, fast draw squirting game, ping pong fish bowl and a few others. If interested, please contact Karla Pinner at 563.262.0552 or karla.pinner@muscatinejournal. com  
  • Washington School is in need of volunteers to help with their Family Gathering. Volunteers will be helping students read and then choose a book they can take home.
    Thursday, October 15th  from 3:45 – 6:00 at Washington Elementary. ContactAmanda.mckillip@mcsdonline.org if you are interested.
  • The Juntos program is looking for 4-5 students who would be interested in providing child care to the siblings of students participating in the program.  Juntos runs for five Sunday evenings from 4-6:30 starting October 4th.  Please see Mrs. Hawkins (Guidance Office in Student Services) if you are interested in volunteering.

** Upcoming Events **

  • Homecoming Dance Guest Forms due Oct. 7th
  • Homecoming Dance – Saturday, Oct. 10th
  • Seniors- Senior Pictures for yearbook due Nov. 13th

** Scholarships **

National Scholarship Search Websites:

  1. bigfuture.org
  2. scholarships.com
  3. fastweb.com
  4. icansucceed.org

Muscatine Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society: Must plan to pursue a career in engineering. Must attend either University of Iowa or Iowa State University in the Fall of 2016. Must have a 3.0 GPA for 10th and 11th grades. Must have an ACT composite score of at least 24.   Two scholarships available; each worth $1000. The application is available in MHS Student Services. Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Horatio Alger Scholarship: Must demonstrate financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required). Must be involved in co-curricular activities and community service activities. Must display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Must be a US Citizen.  Scholarships range from $7,000-$22,000.  The application is available at www.scholars.horatioalger.org   Application deadline: October 25, 2015.

Hagan Scholarship:  Must have 3.5 GPA or Higher.  Must have 23 on the ACT or higher. Other eligibility requirements are on the website.
The scholarship award ranges from $1,000-$40,000. The average disbursement is $24,000.  This scholarship is only available in 10 states, including Iowa.  The application and more information is available at www.hsfmo.org   Application deadline: November 15, 2015.

Jerry Woods/Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) Scholarship: Must be enrolling in the first year at an Iowa community college or tech school building trades program including concrete technology and practice. Must be a resident of Iowa.  Scholarship is $2,500 per year for 2 years.
The application is available at www.iowareadymix.org or in MHS Student Services.
Application deadline: November 30, 2015.

Young Entrepreneur Foundation Awards: Must have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. Must be a graduating senior that owns/operates his/her own small business. Must plan to attend a 2 year, 4 year or vocational school.  Scholarships/awards range from $2000-$15,000
The application is available at www.NFIB.com/YEA   Application deadline: December 18, 2016.

Iowa Newspaper Foundation: Must be preparing for a newspaper career.   A total of 9 scholarships, all available with ONE application.  Total awards will be approximately $6,700. The application is available at www.INAnews.com   Application deadline: February 12, 2016.

Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship: Must be of Protestant Faith, resident of Iowa, and will attend the University of Iowa full time in the Fall of 2016.  The scholarship award is $800.  The application is only available in MHS Student Services.  Application deadline: May 2, 2016.

Midwest Technical Institute Scholarship Program: Must plan to attend MTI in Fall of 2016.
The application is available in MHS Student Services or with an admissions representative at MTI www.midwesttech.edu   Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

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