MHS Announcements – February 15, 2023

** MHS Daily News & Information ** Home of the Muskies!  2022-23 MHS Bell Schedules

MHS Hours: 7:45AM-4PM Monday-Friday

MHS Main Phone #:  563-263-6141
MHS phone system and menu. Please listen to the menu to select the proper department. For Spanish assistance please press 5.

    • Press 1 – Attendance (or call directly at 563-263-6616)
    • Press 2 – Student Services, Transcripts and Grade Level Counselors
    • Press 3 – MHS Nurse
    • Press 4 – Athletics
    • Press 5 – Spanish Assistance
    • For all other calls, please stay on the line or press 0 for assistance or to leave a voicemail.

Announcements in Green – New
Announcements in Blue – Previous Day
Announcements in Black – 2 Days or older by request

Spring MHS Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Dates and Times:

Feb. 15
 Drop In Conf: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Virtual Conf: 6:00 :- 7:30PM
Feb. 16
Virtual Conf: 1:45 – 3:45 PM
Virtual Conference Sign-up Link:
MHS Spring Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences

No appt. is needed for Drop In Conferences but they are limited to 15 minutes. (review communication that was emailed/text on Feb. 1st.)
  • Girls’ Track Meeting: There will be a  Girls’ Track Meeting immediately after school TODAY, Feb. 15,  in Mr. Wiley’s room #11-026.  Announcement of new head coach.
  • Boys’ Track: Boys’ Track Practice starts on Tuesday, February 21. We will meet in the gym above the Boys’ Locker Room. Be dressed and ready for practice by 3:40 PM. Please bring warm clothes to practice outside. Please have all forms on file in the athletic office by Tuesday, Feb. 21. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Rusch (mark.rusch@mcsdonline.org)
  • 2-HOUR EARLY OUT: Thursday, Feb. 16
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Feb. 17 (Conference Comp. Day)
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, Feb. 20 (President’s Day
  • ACT Testing – April 4, 2023 VanHecke Center (Pre-registration was required.)
  • MHS Prom – The Merrill Hotel, April 29, 2023 (7-10PM TBD)
  • MHS CAPE – MHS, April 29-30, 2023 (10:30PM 2:30AM)
  • Transcripts: To request an official transcript from Muscatine High School, please use the link below to make your request. Official transcripts are sent directly from our MHS Registrar’s Office. Muscatine High School Transcript Request Link
  • Silver Cord Opportunities:  For all Silver Cord Opportunities see the Silver Cord section below!
  • 12th Grade Information: See 12th Grade Information section below.
  • Parents, Guardians, Community – Daily Announcements: If you would like to receive Daily Announcements, please subscribe to the MHS Parent Square subscription group: MHS Daily Announcements Subscription Link
  • NEW SCHOLARSHIP ADDED! 2022-23 Scholarships: 2022-23 Scholarships.   (These scholarships are in addition to MCC & Greater Foundation scholarships!)
  • MHS Auroran Today: Click here to read the most recent edition.
  • Do you love playing League of Legends or want to learn how? Do you want to play online with Muscatine friends and  face students from across the state? Then come out to our first League of Legends club pre-meeting on Friday, Feb 24th during Muskie Time in Mr. Vitali’s room 11-016.  Make sure to sign-up during Muskie Time.
  • Muskie Minutes Season 3 Episode 18: https://youtu.be/zNiZpcub6vE
  • Key Club has extended their Micaela Brunson Memorial Blood Drive to include several in-center days this week! Any high school students or community members who are eligible to donate can call 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org to make an appointment. Appointment times are Monday 2/13 & Tuesday 2/14 from 1pm-6:30pm; Thursday 2/16 from 12pm-6:30pm; & Saturday 2/18 from 7am-1pm. All donations collected will count towards the student Impact Award (Red Cord) and will add to Key Club’s Lifesaving Grant donation to Micaela’s Hope. Blood Drive Info
  •  Please check the Activities/Athletics section for Spring sports sign ups and information.
  • Winter Thaw tickets on sale by Student Council during lunch for $10 through Feb. 16 by the Instructional Coaches’ office.
    Winter Thaw Dance: Friday, Feb. 17, 8-11PM @ VanHecke Center.  Student ID is needed for entry and students must arrive by 9:30PM.  Winter Thaw QR Code
    In order to attend, you must be in “Good Standing” and have none of the following:

    • 15 or more tardies (since beginning of semester 2)
    • 2 or more Fs
    • ISS/OSS
    • 35 NPs or more
    • If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the AP Office.
  • Winter Thaw Dance (Feb. 17) – FREE Dresses & Dress Clothes : Need a dress or dress clothes for the Winter THAW Dance? Sign up for an appointment here!
  • 11th & 12th Grade Girls & Boys: FREE Prom Dresses & Dress Clothes at The Muskie Boutique Please complete the form to set up an appointment during lunch or after school.  Sizes available are from 0 to 24.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Borde in the Main Office.  Prom Attire Appointment Form   (Prom is on April 29, 2023 at The Merrill Hotel.)
  • Muscatine Musical – The Drowsey Chaperone Webstore is Open. Get Your Gear Now! Store closes 2/19/23. Items Back 3/7/23.  Order here: Muscatine Musical Webstore
  • Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency’s Driver Education Program: To register for upcoming Driver’s Ed sessions, please visit: mbaea.org/student-programs/driver-education
  • Talent Show Auditions — It’s Talent Show Time!! If you are interested in participating, there are informational packets available at the attendance office. Auditions will be on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:30-8:00am OR 3:30-4:15pm in the auditorium. The act must be school appropriate. The date of the actual Talent show will be Thursday, March 9th from 8:30-10:30am. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Keltner (jen.keltner@mcsdonline.org) or Ms. Rauenbuehler (alex.rauenbuehler@mcsdonline.org   Talent Show Info
  • The 2023 Abdelkader Global Citizenship Prize ESSAY CONTEST is now open! Students attending high school in the United States are invited to expand their global perspectives and compete for scholarship awards.
    • Prizes include 1st Place $1,000; 2nd Place $750; 3rd Place $500, plus Honorable Mention prizes.
    • From Missouri to Moscow to Mecca during the 1800s, Emir Abdelkader was an Arab Muslim hero from Algeria and admired around the globe. His life story brings lost history into focus along with wisdom and knowledge necessary to build strong bonds of cultural understanding and respect for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
    • For contest details including guidelines and procedures, visit https://abdelkaderproject.org/student-contests/abdelkader-student-prize/.  Students will sign-up now then read-research-write the essay and submit it before or on April 1, 2023.
  • 1st Semester Honor Roll: 1st Semester MHS Honor Roll
  • Parents & Students – Updating Mailing Address & Contact Information: If you have moved or your parent phone number has changed since the beginning of school, please contact MHS to update your contact information.
  • Students: Starting 2nd Semester, if you leave a class for drinks or the restroom, once you receive approval from your teacher with SmartPass, simply leave your phone in the teacher’s designated area prior to leaving and you can pick it up when you return.  A communication was sent to parents and students via ParentSquare regarding this info on Jan. 13.2023 Race for the Schools Poster Contest: The Race Committee will determine the top 5 Posters. The public will be able to vote online for their favorite race poster February 14 – February 28.  Visit our WEBSITE for more information: https://www.muscatineracefortheschools.org/   
    The 2023 Race Poster Winner will be announced on March 1, 2023.  The winning student will be recognized at the March 20 School Board Meeting.  
  • MHS Impactful Staff Nomination: Students, the Instructional Team at MHS wants to highlight some of the amazing things that are happening throughout our building, but we need your help. Please consider nominating a teacher (or multiple teachers) for the wonderful things they do inside and outside of the classroom. This can be related to specific lessons they have taught, their teaching style, their ability to build relationships, their involvement in extracurricular activities or anything else you feel is relevant and necessary. These types of shout outs are incredibly rewarding for teachers, so please make their day!  Please complete this form if you would like to nominate a staff member!:  Staff Nomination Form
  • Food Services Info: The “Why the Sub Not?” Sub Sandwich line is now by the gym doors & the Passport & Lunchbox line will be where the sub line was. Thank you & we apologize for any inconvenience!
    Just a reminder that you may order sub sandwiches & chef salads online using the link below. We do ask that you place your order by 9:30 am, each day. During your meal session, you may look for the pre-order sign near the front of the sub line, follow the arrows & tell the team member your last name. Students will be given their sandwich or salad on a tray so that they may select at least 1 fruit or vegetable from the black salad bar & go to the cashier. Sub Sandwich & Chef Salad Order Form
    If you do not place your order by 9:30 am, we will still make subs or salads for you, but you will have to wait in line.
  • FFA Merchandise: If you missed the store for FFA Merchandise- it is now on the school Phelps Site: FFA Merchandise Link
  • MHS Yearbook Sales: $56  Deadline to order is May 1, 2023  Yearbook Order Information
  • Student Lockers:  All students will have a locker assigned to them. Students will need to log into Powerschool (not on the app),  select Reports then 2022-23 Locker Report and it will give them their locker # and locker combination. 
  • 2022-23 Bell Schedules:   2022-23 MHS Bell Schedules
  • Entrance Doors: Doors open at 7:45AM. Bus riders and students being dropped off, please enter through the Commons entrance.  Students driving and parking in the Cedar Street Parking Lot, please enter through the “Muskie M” doors. Students driving and parking in the Bonnie Street Parking Lot, enter through the “Gymnasium / Swim Entrance #1” doors.  If arriving after 8:15AM, please enter through the Main Entrance.
  • MCSD 2022-23 Meal Program:  USDA did not extend free meals to schools this year unless your Family qualifies by completing a meal application or through state programs through DHS. Please note that only one Iowa Eligibility Application for free or reduced meals needs to be completed per household, each school year. To apply electronicallyplease go to www.muscatine.k12.ia.us (hover over Department & Programs, click on Food & Nutrition & scroll down on the page) Full communication:
    2022-23 MCSD Meal Program Letter
  • Driver’s Ed: To register for upcoming Driver’s Ed sessions, please visit: mbaea.org/student-programs/driver-education
  • Parents: SMS Text Opt In Feature for School Messenger: SMS_Text Opt-In Flyer/Instructions
  • MHS Parents & Students: The Powerschool Mobile App is a great resource to have!   Mobile App Instructions
  • Google Classroom: All high school staff use Google Classroom to display assigned work. If your child is missing from school, they can always access their work via Google Classroom. As a parent/guardian, you can request your student’s teachers to add you to their assignment list so that you will have “View Only” access. 

** 12th Grade Important Dates/Information **

  • Scholarship Season: 76 seniors took advantage of the workshop to help you create your account and begin the local scholarship packet process, kudos to you for taking that initiative and I hope you found it helpful.
    • The local packet can be found on the website for the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine at https://www.givinggreater.org/ . Our packet is the last packet listed on the dashboard page. If you have questions on how to complete the packet, please see Mrs. Hawkins. Due March 10th at Noon.
    • For those of you considering MCC, I highly encourage you to complete their foundation packet as well. It can also be found on the Community Foundation’s website. It is the first packet listed. Due March 1st.
    • If you are a student who has taken any courses during high school that received credit from MCC, be sure to complete the Connections scholarship application as well.
      MCC Connections Scholarship Application Due March 1st. 
    • In addition to the scholarships mentioned below, be sure to check the list provided in the announcements once a week. This list is updated as we receive notification of outside scholarships. 
  • Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine Scholarships:  The scholarship portal is open and waiting for you to apply for scholarships!
    CFGM Scholarship Portal – Login Here     Available Scholarships
  • Graduation Cap & Gown: If you have not purchased your cap and gown. Please stop down to Student Services to see Mrs. Meeker or Mrs. Meineke.
  • 11th & 12th Grade Girls: FREE Prom Dresses at The Muskie Boutique!  Please complete the form to set up an appointment during lunch or after school.  Sizes available are from 0 to 24.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Borde in the Main Office.  Prom Dress Appointment Form(Prom is on April 29, 2023 at The Merrill Hotel.)
  • 2022-23 Scholarships: 2022-23 Scholarships (Keep checking for newly added scholarships!)
  • May 21: Graduation Day – 2PM MHS Stadium (unless inclement weather then MHS Gymnasium)

** Athletics/Activities Information  **

  • Girls’ Track Meeting: There will be a  Girls’ Track Meeting immediately after school TODAY, Feb. 15,  in Mr. Wiley’s room #11-026.  Announcement of new head coach.
  • Boys’ Track: Boys’ Track Practice starts on Tuesday, February 21. We will meet in the gym above the Boys’ Locker Room. Be dressed and ready for practice by 3:40 PM. Please bring warm clothes to practice outside. Please have all forms on file in the athletic office by Tuesday, Feb. 21. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Rusch (mark.rusch@mcsdonline.org)
  • MHS Activities Feb. 6-11, 2023: Feb. 6-11, 2023 MHS Activities
  • Girls’ Tennis Sign-up: Students interested in participating in Girls’ Tennis for the Spring 2023 season, please sign up using this form: Girls’ Tennis Sign-up Form. First meeting will be during Muskie Time on Wednesday, February 15 in Mr. Kennedy’s classroom, room 11-035 (Social Studies “Big M” Wing). If you have any questions, see Coach Kyle Kennedy in room 11-035 or Coach Mindy Stoltzfus in room 11-002.
  • Boys’ Tennis Sign Up for Spring of 2023: If interested in playing Boys’ Tennis this Spring, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/KEjNJ1xPCQJpsA6b7
  • Boys’ Track Open Gym: There will be an Open Gym for Boys’ Track on February 15 @ 3:40 PM in the Van Hecke Weight Room turf.  If you have questions, please contact Coach Rusch.
  • Basketball Apparel For Sale in Student Services: Boys’ Basketball has short and long sleeve t-shirts for sale: 1 for $15 or 3 for $40.  Sizes XS-XXL available.
  • Open MHS Coaching Positions:  If you or someone you know might be interested in coaching, please go on to the School website and apply.  If you have any questions please contact Mike Henson at mike.henson@mcsdonlineorg
    Positions to Fill:
    Asst. Girls Soccer – Spring 2023
    Head Coach Girls Track – Spring 2023
    Asst Baseball – Summer 2023
    Head Coach Boys Golf – Fall 2023
    Head Coach Girls XC – Fall 2023
    Head Coach Girls Golf – 2024
    Head Coach Girls Wrestling – 2024
  • MHS CAPE Donation List: Here’s a new way to support CAPE (Carnival After Prom Extravaganza)! Purchase items off the CAPE gift list and they’ll be given away to students during CAPE on April 29th/30th. CAPE Amazon Donation List Info
    Amazon Wish List:
    Amazon Wish List
  • Visit MHS Official Activities Site for updates to schedules, rosters & directions.
  • Follow @MuskieActivitie on Twitter for MHS activities & athletic updates and information.
  • Athletic Punch Pass/Card for adults are $40 and can be purchased at the MHS Attendance Center or at the gate during events. This Punch Card allows you 10 admissions into all sporting events except regional & state competitions, most vocal, orchestra, and band events, and the fall drama production.
  • Student Activity Passes are available for sale at the Attendance Center for $50. This pass allows you admission into all sporting events except regional & state competitions, most vocal, orchestra, and band events, and the fall drama production.
  • Visit MHS Official Activities Site for updates to schedules, rosters & directions.
  • Athletic Forms: Parent Permission Form    Concussion Form     Physical Form

** College, Trade, & Military Visits **

  • Medical Laboratory Open House: @ Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences & UnityPoint Health, 2122 25th Ave., Rock Island, IL   Medical Laboratory Open House Flyer
    When: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:30-6PM

    Who: Prospective student, counselors, teachers, transfer coordinators
    What: Simulation Tours, Students Services, Financial Aid, Admissions, Speakers
    (Flyers are also available in Student Services.)
  • Air Force Info: If you are interested in Air Force information, please contact TSgt Allison Bell, Air Force & Space Force Recruiter, Moline, IL. Phone: 319-350-8401
  • United States Coast Guard – Information for Seniors: We currently have hiring bonuses up to $50,000 for interested individuals, which are detailed in the “Coast Guard Career Hiring Bonuses” attachment. I’ve also attached a Benefits Flyer that goes over what the Coast Guard does as a military branch, and benefits of military service. Please feel free to post this in your school alongside other military branch information for students to look over.
    The United States Coast Guard offers both full time and part time service opportunities, and are primarily located within the United States. As a military branch, we conduct humanitarian missions, including response to natural disasters like hurricanes and oil spills, and our branch’s focus is centered around protecting our people and waterways. We operate under the Department of Homeland Security, making our main missions Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Environment Protection. We have 19 different career fields, including Healthcare, HR, Law Enforcement, and Trade careers.  If you have an interest for military service or are unsure of steps after graduation, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via this email – Lauren.A.Shields@uscg.mil.
    Coast Guard Benefits Flyer     Coast Guard Career Hiring Bonuses

** Forms **

  • Transcripts: To request an official transcript from Muscatine High School, please use the link below to make your request. Official transcripts are sent directly from our MHS Registrar’s Office. Muscatine High School Transcript Request Link
  • Silver Cord Form:  Students recording hours of volunteer service during their years at MHS will be awarded a Silver Cord to wear at graduation. In order for volunteer hours to count towards a Silver Cord, STUDENTS must complete the online form to verify. Silver Cord Form
  • ALL STUDENTS DRIVING TO SCHOOL: ALL students driving to school will need to complete a Vehicle Registration Form for a new MHS Parking Tag.  This parking tag will be used until the Class of 2025 graduates.  The form is available online Vehicle Registration Form, MHS Attendance or Student Services office. Completed forms should be returned to the Student Services office. Students with an MHS Parking Tag can park in the Bonnie Dr. or Cedar St. parking lots.
  • DOT Minor School License Form: DOT Minor School License Form Forms are available in the MHS Main Office – Rm-11-001. (You must have completed Driver’s Ed in order to submit this form.)  Instructions: Please complete Sections 1 and 3. (Leave Section 2 blank) and return to the Main Office.
  • Parking Tags – Staff & Students: If you drive to school, you must display your MHS parking tag in your vehicle.  If you do not have  a tag, please go to Student Services for a form.  Currently you are receiving a reminder, however in the future, you will be fined $5 and an orange sticker will be placed on your vehicle.
  • Parking Tag Reminder: Reminder that students are to use the same parking tag from the previous year. It will be a $5 charge for all lost parking tags. If you have not received a parking tag or have not registered your vehicle, please fill out the “new vehicle registration form” located under the forms section of the announcements. Forms can be turned into Mrs. Meineke or Mrs. Meeker in the student services. Vehicle Registration Form.pdf

** Fundraisers **

  • Muskie Store is Open! The district has partnered with Phelps Custom Apparel to offer our staff, families, and community Muskie Apparel! This online store does not close meaning that it remains open for all of your Muskie clothing needs throughout the year.
    Go to: Phelps Muskie Store and check it out!
  • Jostens Muskie School Store:  Do you want Muskie Spirit Wear/Accessories or to give as a gift?
    Visit   
    Jostens Muskie School Store

** Job Opportunities **

  • Part Time Employment at Geneva Country Club: Grounds Crew Members. Starting pay is $10 hr.
    We offer flexible scheduling and free golf on Monday’s. We can work with students’ schedules. Students work outside. Job duties include: mowing, weed eating, raking bunkers, divot repair, landscaping flower beds, helping with golf course projects, golf tournament prep, and other duties as needed. If interested, please contact Chad Shafer at (608) 477-8686 Cell or (563)263-1350 Maintenance Facility, or email cshafer@genevacc.com
  • Seasonal Job Opportunities – Louisa County Conservation – 4 summer and 1 6 months: Perfect for summer work for some juniors and/or graduating seniors. These are great positions that provide valuable on-the job skills for those interested in a career in natural resources and/or education!
    Summary:

    • Natural Resource Aide – one 6 month position (timing is flexible), must be 18+ because of work with mowers and other machinery
    • Conservation Aide – two spring/summer positions (timing is flexible), must be 18+ because of work with mowers and other machinery
    • Summer Recreation Intern – two summer positions (Mid – June through 1st week of August), 16+, ***This job is an 8:30 am – 2 pm position that is PERFECT for students in summer sports. The Summer Recreation program happens from 9-noon every day so there is a lot of flexibility for those that want to work but need to get to practice in the afternoon.
      Naturalist Intern – one summer position (Mid-End of May through early August) must be 18+ because of driving county vehicles
      All job postings and application information can be found here: Louisa County Conservation Jobs

** Scholarships **

  • Please visit Scholarships for a list of available scholarships. (newest scholarships are listed at the end of the document)

** Silver Cord Opportunities/Volunteer Opportunities **

  • Musser Public Library Teen Advisory Committee. The Library is looking for involved teens to take part in a teen advisory committee. Teens participating in this community leadership program will share ideas for library events, planning programs, community engagement opportunities and open discussions about changing trends of Muscatine youth. Enhance your leadership skills by brainstorming your ideas as a team to benefit your community and the patrons of  Musser Public Library. No commitment is required. Come to as many meetings as you would like or as many as your schedule allows. For more information contact Mr. Taylor at: etaylor@muscatineiowa.gov
    Meetings will take place the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Starts February 15th, 2023 from 4:30-5:30PM in the Musser Public Library Maker Space.
  • Silver Cord Program:  Students recording hours of volunteer service during their years at MHS will be awarded a Silver Cord to wear at graduation. In order for volunteer hours to count towards a Silver Cord, students must complete the online form to verify. Silver Cord Form
    Service qualifies for Silver Cord recognition if:

    • The student is not paid for the service
    • The student does not receive credit for the service.
    • The service is not for the purpose of fundraising for a group/activity/team that the student participates in.
      *140 hours are required for students in the Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023.
      *160 hours are required for students graduating in the Class of 2024.

** Yearbook Information **

  • MHS Yearbook Sales: $56  Deadline to order is May 1, 2023  Yearbook Order Information
  • 2021-22 Yearbook Distribution Info: Students/families who purchased a Yearbook (The Auroran) from the 2021-22 school year, Yearbooks will be available for pick up at the Attendance Center.  There are a limited number of 2021-22 yearbooks that can be purchased on a first-come, first serve basis for $56 at the Attendance Center.
  • Did you or someone you know attend Muscatine High School during the 2012 through 2015 school years? If so, this is your chance to purchase a yearbook that reflects those school years and memories! Each yearbook is $20 until sold out. All proceeds go back into the Yearbook Club to purchase new equipment and expand the program for students. To purchase, call the Activities Office at Muscatine High School at (563) 263-6141 and ask for Mindy. 

** Keep informed on what is going on at MHS! **

Activities/Athletics: RSchool Today
Announcements: MHS News
Facebook: MHS Facebook Page
Twitter: @Muscatine HS

@MuskieActivitie
@MuskieStuCo
@MuskieThemes
Instagram: @Muscatine HS
Snapchat: Muscatine HS
Student Handbook: MCSD Student Handbk
Curriculum Guide: 2022-23 Curriculum Guide

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