MHS Announcements – December 8, 2015

MHS Announcements

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

December 8, 2015

Go Muskies!

  • Please Note:  The Presentation has moved to the CAFETERIA.  TONIGHT!  Please enter through the MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR.
    The Muscatine High School Counseling Office has invited a representative from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to provide a free presentation on financial aid for seniors and their parents on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Muscatine High School Commons. Topics will include:

    • Financial Aid Process
    • FAFSA Application Review
    • Understanding FAFSA Results
    • Understanding Costs – College Comparisons
    • Financial Aid Options
    • Scholarships Process
    • Where to Go for Help
      For more information, contact Muscatine High School Student Services at 563-263-6141.
  • The MHS Band will be holding their annual Holiday Band Concert on Saturday, December 12th, at 3pm in the MHS Auditorium!  Admission is $4/adult, $2/student, and $10/family.  5 and under free.  Passes accepted!  Come out and enjoy some Holiday music with our students and support the band program!
  • The Holiday Choir Concert will take place on Monday, December 14th at 7:30 PM in the MHS Auditorium! Entry is $4 for adults, $3 for students, passes accepted. Come support the choral program and meet King Kong, some Whos, and even the Grinch!
  • The Muskie Band’s annual nut fundraiser will come to a close on Dec. 19.  The nut house at 215 W. Mississippi Drive will be open only four more times – Tues., Dec. 8 and 15 (6-7:30 pm), and Sat., Dec. 12 and 19. ( To purchase colossal cashews, mixed nuts, puddles (turtles), and chocolate dipped cherries and blueberries, contact any MHS band student or call Janet Clark at 299-0019 or email You can also go to Wester Drug, Elly’s Tea & Coffee, and Harper’s Cycling & Fitness during their regular business hours.
  • S.O.A.P. will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army this Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Hy-Vee Pharmacy entrance.  See leaders to sign up for time, or just come by!
  • GSA will meet in room 130 at 3:45 on December 9. Bring a friend!
  • Chemistry Olympiad will meet Friday, December 11, during second enrichment in room 229.  Please bring what you are working on. We will have new assignments for the next few weeks.
  • The Student Council Movie Night will be held December 12th from 7 – 10 pm in the Commons.  The movie, “Elf”  will be featured to get us in the Holiday Spirit. Cost is $3 or 4 canned goods. Tickets will be on sale December 9th – 11th during lunch in front of Student Services.
  • December 4 – Girls/Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Mt. Pleasant has been rescheduled.  The  games will be played on Jan 18th @ Muscatine H.S. starting at 6pm.  
  • Hour of Code: On the evening of December 9th the Muscatine Community College IT faculty be hosting an event called the Hour of Code. You don’t have to be an IT major or have any previous experience with programming to participate.  It’s meant to be a night of fun and to introduce students to one niche in the world of I.T.  If you haven’t heard of the Hour of Code, please check out these websites to learn more:
    Go online and visit MCC.CODES to register.  Registration is free.  All needed is first and last name, a valid e-mail address to be registered.
    Date: December 9th, 2015
    Location of Event: Muscatine Community College, Gaekle Hall Room 209
    Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Sign-ups for Intramural Dodgeball will take place in the next two weeks.  Start forming teams now!!  
  • Muscatine Police Department Mentoring Program  If you are interested in mentoring elementary school children and have a free period(s) during the school day and have your own transportation, contact  Jeff Conard, MHS Police Liaison.  Pay is $8.50/hr.
  • Tri City Electric Apprenticeship Program: The Electrical Apprenticeship Program is open to high school graduates or persons with a GED, 18 years of age and over, and who have successfully completed one year of Algebra.  Those interested should contact the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union #145 at 309-736-4239.
  • 26th Annual Cake Auction – Super Heros Theme – Friday, January 29th, 2016.  For more information, please view the MHS Cake Auction link.  MHS Cake Auction

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • The Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department is looking for 12-15 volunteers to assist with the Elves Workshop on Saturday, December 19, 2015.  This is a free event that is open to the public.  It will be held at the Muscatine Mall center court at 1-3 p.m.  Volunteers are needed at  12:30 PM sharp to help set up for the event, help children with their “projects” and assist with clean up.  We will be cleaned up and done by 3:30 PM.   If interested, please contact Karen Thie ASAP at or at 563-263-0241.

** Upcoming Events **

  • Dec. 7 – MHS Freshman G/B Basketball – Home  6 PM
  • Dec. 8 – ICAN Financial Aid Presentation – 6 PM – MHS Commons
  • Dec. 8 – MHS Freshman Boys Basketball – Away – Washington HS 4:45 PM
  • Dec. 8 – MHS Bowling B/G  – Away – Miller Time Bowling  5 PM
  • Dec. 8 – MHS Girls Basketball Soph/Varsity – Home  6 PM
  • Dec. 8 – MHS Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity – Away – Washington HS  6:15PM
  • Dec. 8 – MHS Orchestra – Auditorium  7:30 PM
  • Dec. 10 – MHS Freshman Boys Basketball – Home 6 PM
  • Dec. 10 – MHS Boys Swim JV/Varsity – Home 6 PM
  • Dec. 11 – MHS B & G Basketball Soph – Away – Dav. Central  4:15 PM
  • Dec. 11 – MHS Girls Basketball Varisty – Away – Dav. Central 6 PM
  • Dec. 11 – MHS Boys Basketball Varsity – Away – Dav. Central 7:15 PM
  • Dec. 12 – MHS Wrestling JV – Home 9 AM
  • Dec. 12 – MHS Boys Basketball JV – Away – Dav. West  10:30 AM
  • Dec. 12 – MHS Boys Swim Varsity – Away – Homes Jr. High  11:30 AM
  • Dec. 12 – MHS Holiday Band Concert – Auditorium  3 PM
  • Student Council Movie Night – Dec. 12th – 7-10 PM

** Scholarships **

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation Scholarships:
Paris Application – the Paris Scholarship is for $1000 this year!  Applicants must be a resident of Louisa County ORattend a Louisa County High School AND attend an Iowa college or university.

Director Application – The Director’s Scholarship is for $500.  Applicants can be from a little wider circle known as the Louisa Resources Area (this includes all of Louisa County and surrounding towns/cities) and the applicant can attend any college or university (not restricted to a school in Iowa).

More detailed information is included on the application itself.  Participants can choose to apply for both if they qualify, and can receive these grants more than once.  To apply for both, two separate applications need to be submitted. if you have any questions, please contact Katie Hammond or Don Kline:

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship:  Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:  A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics & A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of health care
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016. Visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage.

SFM Foundation: The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers.  These scholarships are up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years. Visit to apply.

Drake Physics Prize: First place is full tuition to Drake University for 4 years.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake are sponsoring this contest. The exam covers topics in Physics that would normally be studied by students in their first semester of high school physics. The exam must be taken at MHS on a scheduled time between January 27th and January 29th. Students wishing to test must register online by 1:00 pm, Monday, January 25th, 2016 at  For further questions, contact the Physics Department at Drake at 515-271-3141

Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.: The Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation is offering the MCED Technical Scholarships (the Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarships). Students who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College may apply.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services.  Due Date: March 1, 2016

Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.: The Scholarship Selection Committee of the Grand Lodge of Iowa is again offering scholarships to graduating seniors with a focus on Leadership roles in the area of school and community.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services. Due Date: February 1, 2016

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship: Forty (40) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Student must have worked at Hy-Vee since September 15, 2015 or a high school senior son and/or daughter of a full/part time employee.  Student must attend any accredited 2 or 4 year school leading to a Baccalaureate degree.  Applications are available at MHS Student Services or online at under company info.  Due date is February 10, 2016.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship/Mount Mercy University: This scholarship provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years. The student must be a graduating Iowa senior and enroll at Mount Mercy as a new freshman.  Students must reside on campus for all 4 years and participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus.  Students must complete the FAFSA. To maintain the scholarship, students must successfully complete 24 semester hours per academic year and maintain a 2.0 GPA. *Students are automatically considered for the Catherine McAuley Scholarship upon admittance to Mount Mercy University.

Young Entrepreneur Foundation Scholarship: NFIB is sponsoring a scholarship for graduating seniors who own their own small business.  Scholarships range from $2,000-$25,000. Apply at  Due date: December 18, 2015.

Iowa Student Loan/Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship: 30 Iowa High School seniors will be awarded $2,000 each for use for their Fall 2016 college expenses. Interested seniors must visit to register and read the complete rules. Students must complete all three steps before 4:00 pm on March 4th, 2016.

Christina Hixson Opportunity Award: This award is a four-year grant of one-half tuition and fees to be used at Iowa State University. One hundred high school seniors will receive the award.  For eligibility criteria and to apply go to Hixson Award Application or  Due date is February 1, 2016.

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship: This is a $1,000 scholarship for graduating seniors planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school. The application and more information are at under scholarship.  Applications are also available in MHS Student Services.  Due date is January 15, 2016.

National Scholarship Search Websites:


The GE-Reagan Foundation: This scholarship is looking for students who display leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.  Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, must show financial need, must be a US Citizen and be seniors intending to enroll in a four year college or university.  This scholarship is $10,000 and is renewable for a total of $40,000. Application is available at Deadline is January 7th, 2016.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC): The organization offers 4 types of scholarships to apply for.  Students may only apply for ONE: Scholars, Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage, African-American or Black Caribbean Heritage, Hispanic/Latino Heritage. Seniors must plan to graduate from high school and enroll full time in a 2 year, 4 year, or technical school. Other requirements can be found at  Application is at Deadline is January 20, 2016.

The Quad City Engineering and Science Council is accepting applications for its 2016 college scholarship awards from area high school seniors. Applications are due by January 22, 2016. The winners are selected based on a committee review of their application. This will be our 23rd year of encouraging students pursuing an engineering or science college degree.  Last year we awarded twelve scholarships with a total value of $20,500. You can download a copy of the scholarship application from under the scholarship link.

The Quad City and Engineering Science Council Scholarship Program was established and is administered by the Council.  This program provides multiple one-time grants/scholarships between $1000 and $3000 each for high school seniors pursuing a STEM degree at a 4-year university. These are awarded on an objective basis without regard to race, sex, or religion.  Criteria include academics, civic/community service, extracurricular involvement, career goals, and an essay on why you want a STEM degree

This year we are pleased to also offer engineering scholarships from Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus, and St. Ambrose University.

The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) is an umbrella organization representing 36 technical societies totaling about 5,000 members here in the Quad Cities. The QCESC proudly sponsors annual events such as the National Engineers Banquet and the Engineering and Scientist of The Year Awards. We also provide judges for the local technical activities including Invent Iowa and FIRST LEGO League among other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related activities.

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

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 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   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   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   Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

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