MHS Announcements 3/22/2016

Go Muskies!

  • FFA Member  The FFA banquet date is March 31st Dinner at 5:30, Program at 6:30 PM.
  • Apri Fools [in]  Concert  Your amazing music teachers want to invite you to a concert showcasing the artistic talents of our faculty.  They will be singing, playing instruments, standing on their heads, doing cartwheels, etc. Come and watch your teachers make FOOLs of themselves, April 1, 2016,  at 6:00 pm in the MHS Auditorium.  Admission is free and open to the public, so bring a friend and join us for a night of entertainment.  
  • Girls Soccer-If you are planning on going out for volleyball next season, please stop by the AD’s office and pick up a copy of the Volleyball Meeting held Tuesday, March 15th.  There is important information to be communicated prior to the spring/summer gym times starts, if you have questions contact Coach Martin @ 299-1666
  • Kelly Robison’s class is seeking magazines to use for class projects.  If you have old magazines just taking up space, please consider donating them.  You can place them in Kelly’s staff mailbox.Thank you!
  • Girls Soccer:  Each player planning to play spring soccer must turn into the Activities director’s office a parent waiver and physical, and a signed consent from a parent on the concussion consent form. Abby Estabrook and Mati Hepker will have copies of the forms. The Activity Director’s office will also have copies of these, you cannot practice without these, if you have turned them in for another sport, you should be good to go.Do not delay getting this done, players without this cannot practice until done.Coach Bob
  • SPRING BREAK! – March 21 – March 25
    Classes resume on March 28
  • The Muskie Baseball program will be participating in the United Way Day of Caring on April 22 from 8am to noon. All baseball players please signup with Coach Josupait in room AA14.
  • The 4th Annual MCSD Race for the Schools will be on Saturday, May 7th at the high school. See attached info for details.4th Annual MCSD Race for the Schools will be on Saturday, May 7th at the high school. See attached info for details.  MCSD Race for the Schools
  • Girls Soccer: Starting March 21st girls soccer will begin practice at 10:00 AM at the high school turf field, bring both indoor, running and turf shoes for that session. Morning practice will be for 1-1/2 hours during spring break. The team will have regular practice as usual each night beginning at five on the grass field behind the football field. These practices will last until 7.  Every girl is responsible to have an updated physical, filled out waiver cards, and taken the concussion test.  Waiver forms can be picked up at the Activities director’s office and the students needing to take the concussion test will be asked to meet on 3-22 or 3-24 at 4 PM at the high school with the athletic trainer.
  • Girls Soccer: Soccer girls who plan to help with United Day of Caring must notify Joni Kerr at 264-3104 to arrange plans.
  • CAPE – Large plastic bottles needed (Hawaiin Punch, Cranberry Juice, not gallon milk containers). If you have any to donate, please drop them off at MHS – Attn: Ginger Chatfield.
  • FCA: Our next meeting is Monday, March 28th after Spring Break. We will meet for lunch at noon in Ms. Hansen’s room. See you there!
  • Junior and Senior Girls:  If you are in need of a Prom Dress, stop in the Assistant Principal’s Office and see Mrs. Chatfield.
  • Prom Guest Letters are available in the Asst. Principal’s office.  This permission slip is for guests that do not attend MHS, are in good standing and are under the age of 21. (Prom is on April 30th.)
  • Blood Drive: Friday, April 1st in the MHS Gym. All students (and staff) interested in donating need to sign up with a Key Club Member or use the following link: Appointment cards will be delivered the week of March 28th.
  • No SOAP meeting this week.  Stay tuned for details about after break.
  • CAPE Adult Volunteers needed to work on May 1, 2016.  CAPE is the post-prom event that takes place at MHS and is FREE to all Juniors and Seniors to attend. There are various jobs and shifts to volunteer for such as large games, casino games, food, etc.  If available or would like more information, please contact Ginger Chatfield at ginger.chatfield@mcsdonline or Becky Wichers at
  • Girl’s soccer is looking for someone to video home and away games –will train if needed.  Please contact Abby Estabrook at if interested.
  • Trinity Muscatine-Community Health Fair Poster Contest.   Posters are due no later than March 30th. Please pick up information at the Attendance Office.
  • STARTALK grant from the National Security Agency. The grant supports high school kids to study Chinese this summer at the University of Iowa from July 5-29 to earn college credits. The grant will cover expenses of tuition, textbooks, lunches, and cultural activities. For details, please see the attached flyer.  STARTALK grant supports high school kids to study Chinese this summer at the University of Iowa from July 5-29 to earn college credits. The grant will cover tuition, textbooks, lunches, and cultural activities expenses. For details, please see the attached flyer.  STARTALK – Study Chinese U of Iowa
  • ACT practice testing at Musser Library: Anyone with a library card can use Learning Express anywhere they can receive the Internet.  If a student does not have a card, they just need to bring their student ID and proof or address such as a piece of mail addressed to them, a parent with an ID or even a car registration or a pay slip.  If they have an issue with getting a card (maybe overdues or lost books) just have them call and ask to talk to Pam Collins (Library Director).  The link to Learning Express can be accessed via our website’s electronic resource page,  There are a large number of review and test prep options for both students and faculty through the site including the following:  ACT, PSAT/SAT and a large number of AP practice tests.  Tests for occupational exams such civil service, CDL, EMT, postal workers, and more ASVAB practice tests.  Practice tests and reviews for college placement exams including ASSET/COMPASS and CLEP.  Graduate Schools test preparation including GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT,  and more!
  • Attention Seniors – MALES ONLY:  If haven’t already signed up for Selective Service in your government class, you can register online at  If you go to this site, click on Register Online.  It is a legal obligation for all male students 18 years or older (can submit information at age 17 years and 3 months) to register with the Selective Service.  By not doing so, men risk their eligibility for future college loans and grants amongst other things.

    MALES & FEMALES: You can also register to vote online at the following links:    If you have questions, please contact MHS Government Teachers or Mr. Welsch.  
  • Upcoming Lifeguard Certification and Recertification Courses:  Lifeguard Review Course Flyer 2016        Lifeguard Certification Classes 2016
  • The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), in collaboration with the US military services, offers a series of week long, STEM Engineering Training Camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science, and technology courses.   Each of our camps has a unique curriculum, with the common threads being: challenging environment, extensive hands-on engineering activities, young engineer mentors assigned to every team, and long term resources provided for alumni.

    The Rock Island Post will be sponsoring an individual for each camp this year and is currently taking applications.  If you are active in STEM or have expressed an interest in pursuing engineering, architecture, or equally related fields in college, please consider this opportunity.  
    Society of American Military Engineers
    Please have your students review the application process outlined at
    At the bottom of that page, there are links to each of the respective camps  
    Army Camp Application        AF and Marine Camp Application

    Full application package NLT must be turned in March 31, 2016 for consideration.  Earlier submissions are highly encouraged, as missing information can still be added up until the April 1st deadline.  Applicants with incomplete packages after the deadline will be dropped from consideration.  

    Candidates will be rated based on GPA, Engineering Applicability of Courses, Extra-Curricular Activities, and the overall layout and content of their application essay.     
  • Tippie Gateway Program, a five-day residential program for students interested in studying business at Iowa – in the hopes that you will share this information with your Muscatine High School students.  The Tippie Gateway Program is intended for current high school juniors. The program is in the summer between the students’ junior and senior year. Preference will be given to applicants from populations under-represented in business including minority, low-income, and/or first-generation.  We will select 40 students to participate in this scholarship-funded program. The only cost for participants is their travel to and from campus.
  • Program highlights:
      * Five-day, residential program: Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1, 2016
      * No cost to the students; housing, meals, and other expense are covered by scholarships
      * Learn about the various business majors: Finance, Marketing, Economics etc
      * Interactive workshops focused on their strengths as students and leaders
      * Participate in a case study competition
      * Interact with students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Tippie College of Business
     *  Application process:  Applications accepted through April 1, 2016
  • New Choices:  Job Opportunities – see link for details    New Choices
  • Summer Work Opportunities – City of Muscatine   City-of-Muscatine-Summer-Ad-2016     City of Muscatine Pool Manager
  • Attention Seniors:  If you missed the local scholarship meeting please stop in Student Services and pick up your packet.
  • 2016 Local Scholarship Application and Descriptions Deadline is March 10th at 4:oo PM.
    2016 Local Scholarship Descriptions      Local Scholarship Presentation   Local Scholarship Application 2016

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • The McKinley school carnival is Saturday, April 2nd from 11:30 to 1:30. We need volunteers to work from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. running carnival games or serving food. If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact Joelle McConnaha at 263-9049 or by text at 563-260-7122. Thank you!

** Upcoming Events **

  • March 24-Girls JV and Varsity Track Invite Field Events start at 4:30, and Running Events start at 5:00.
  • March 21-25 – SPRING BREAK!
  • March 28 – Classes Resume – Beginning of 4th Qtr

** Scholarships ** (Scholarship section also posted on MHS Main Page under ‘2016 Scholarships’)

Gem of Hope Scholarship – The applicant must be a graduating senior from the Muscatine School District and have been personally affected by cancer, by either of the following criteria: The student has been previously diagnosed with cancer or has had an immediate family member who has had cancer (sibling, mother or father), and demonstrates financial need.  Application deadline is April 1, 2016 by 4 PM. Gems of Hope Application

Toyota of Muscatine Scholarship – Toyota of Muscatine has established a scholarship program through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine for graduating Muscatine County students. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually and is renewable for a second year.  To be eligible, a student: Must be a graduating senior, Muscatine County resident, 2.5 cumulative GPA or better, demonstrate unmet financial need, intend to enroll in an automotive program or business field such as business, finance or marketing at an accredited Iowa educational institution. Preference will be given to applicants enrolling specifically in an automotive program.  Applications are available in Student Services.  For more information, visit your high school counselor’s office, call the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine at 563-264-3863 or email

Trinity Muscatine Friends Volunteer Family Members – $1000 Scholarship. Deadline April 1, 2016
Trinity Muscatine Friends Volunteer Family Members Scholarship Application

Trinity Muscatine Employee Dependents – $1000 Scholarship. Deadline April 1, 2016
Trinity Muscatine Employee Dependents Scholarship Application

ACLU Robert Mannheimer Youth Advocacy AwardThe Mannheimer Award carries a $500 cash prize, given each year to a young Iowan who has shown a passion and advocacy for civil liberties.  To nominate someone or enter yourself, just go to  Deadline is April 25, 2016.
ACLU Flyer       Robert Mannheimer Nomination Form

Muscatine County Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Kirchner Scholarship information – The Muscatine County Soil and Water Conservation District has established this scholarship program through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine for graduating Muscatine County students. One $1,000 scholarship is available this year.  to be eligible, at student: Must be a graduating senior, be a Muscatine County resident, 2.5 cumulative GPA or gerr, intend to pursue a career in conservation or agriculture, preference will be given first, to those students enrolling at accredited educational institutions in conservation or agricultural programs, and secondly, those students demonstrating unmet financial need.  Applications are available in Student Services.  For more information, visit your high school counselor’s office, call the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine at 563-264-3863 or email

Alive and Running Scholarship – Alive and Running is a volunteer driven 5K Run/Walk event held in Dunkerton, Iowa to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. The Alive and Running Fund will award a $1,500 scholarship to a 2016 High School graduating senior or Current College Student to fund educational costs at a college, university, vocational, or trade school. The award is to recognize and support an individual who has made a positive contribution to the state of Iowa. For more information on the Alive and Running 5K Run/Walk visit our website at  Deadline is April 30, 2016.  Applications can also be picked up in Student Services.   Alive and Running Scholarship

West Middle School Scholarship – Go M.A.D. Scholarship – Deadline is March 30, 2016  West Middle School Go M.A.D Scholarship Application

Catholic Daughters Scholarship -Catholic Daughters of Americas Court #524 of Muscatine will award three $1,000 scholarship for the 2016-17 college/university year. The applicant must be a Catholic Senior girl graduating from high school this year (2016) or an accredited Home School. She must be a member of Ss. Mary & Mathias parish.  Deadline is April 15, 2016. Catholic Daughters Scholarship

American Legion Auxiliary – 2016 Iowa Department Merit Award Application.  Deadline is June 1, 2016.  American Legion Auxiliary Application

Edward Archer Memorial/ MP&W Power Line Scholarship.
Also included is another link that will take you to the
scholarship page, which has information on DEED.

1st National Bank –  Everfi Financial Literacy Scholarship Application Everfi Financial Scholarship Application
$500 scholarship to one student who completes the Everfi Financial Literacy Program Certification with a score of 100%. *Please turn applications in to Dena Ferreira at First National Bank no later than April 15th.

Diane Scott Memorial Scholarship – $1000 scholarship DIANE-SCOTT-scholarship

Muscatine County Farm Bureau Scholarships to high school seniors AND currently enrolled college students whose parents have a Muscatine County Farm Bureau membership.  Please note that the Muscatine County Farm Bureau uses the same application as the Iowa State Farm Bureau.  The same application is used for both. The local school scholarship is available to ALL high school senior and college students whose parents are Muscatine County Farm Bureau members.  THE IFBF scholarship uses the standards of eligibility on the application, the local scholarship does not. You do NOT have to br going into an Ag related occupation for the LOCAL Scholarship. The Muscatine County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee will award up to 6 local scholarships. Then the committee will look at all application eligible for the State competition and will forward on the 2 best applications for the State Competition. Application must be returned to the Muscatine County Farm Bureau office, 1501 Plaza Place, Muscatine, IA no later than March 1, 2016. Farm-Bureau-Scholarship-Application

Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarship – Three scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who plan to enroll in post-secondary education (college, vocational, or fifth-year program) in the fall of 2016.  Deadline is March 31, 2016.  LDA-IA Scholarship

S.O.A.R Scholarship – Sedona Group partnered with WQAD News 8 to recognize 5 outstanding high school seniors with a $1000 scholarship.  Deadline is April 24, 2016.  S.O.A.R. Scholarship

Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation ScholarshipsTo be eligible to receive an IMCF scholarship, a student must be a permanent resident of the state of Iowa.  The student also must currently be attending or planning to attend any of the following types of educational institutions:

A community college located in Iowa.
A public or private trade school located in Iowa.
A private college or university located in Iowa.
A public college or university location in Iowa.

 Selections are based on the applicant’s academic record and outside activities as they pertain to school and community citizenship.  Students may only apply for one scholarship and the students who received a scholarship in 2015 will not be eligible to re-apply until January 2017.

For more information on the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation Scholarship Program, please visit  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2016 in order to be considered.  Incomplete applications will be rejected.   Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation Scholarship Application

The Bob Bannister Memorial Scholarship was established by family, friends and colleagues in honor of the late Bob Bannister, an active volunteer and avid supporter of the Iowa Motor Truck Association for over 20 years. Bob was known throughout the industry for his knowledge of the industry and his love of the association. This scholarship was established as a way to keep his spirit alive and honor a true friend to Iowa’s trucking industry.

The Cummins Central Power Scholarship was established by an endowment from Cummins Central Power and is specifically earmarked for individuals pursuing a degree in diesel technology.

The Darryl Mason Memorial Scholarship was established as a way for Darryl to give back to the industry he loved. Darryl was a professional truck driver and a long-time participant in the Iowa Truck Driving Championships. Over the years, Darryl received numerous awards for his professionalism and commitment to safety and also earned a coveted spot on Iowa’s Road Team. Darryl passed away in August 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer, and the IMCF is proud to keep his legacy alive through a scholarship named after this great individual.

The Harold Dickey Memorial Scholarship was established by an endowment from the Dickey family in honor of the late Harold Dickey, founder of Dickey Transport, Inc. and former chairman of the IMTA. This scholarship is awarded to a student from southeast Iowa. (The Harold Dickey Memorial Scholarship has a separate application – Visit to access)

The Iowa Council of Safety Management Scholarship was established by the Iowa Council of Safety Management, a group of individuals committed to safety and professionalism in the trucking industry.  The L.W. “Vern” Simpson Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Vern Simpson, the “father” and treasurer of the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation as well as founder and president of Mid Seven Transportation. Vern Simpson was a valued leader and friend to the trucking industry and to the association.

The Midwest Wheel Companies Scholarship was first formed in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary in 2011 and its strong commitment and desire to make an investment in the future of Iowa. Through this scholarship, Midwest Wheel Companies (MWC) hopes to attract individuals into the field of business and ultimately the trucking industry. As one of the largest truck parts distributors in the Midwest, MWC is proud and honored to offer a scholarship opportunity to an individual who is pursuing a higher education. MWC has seven branches and serves a customer base in Iowa and its six neighboring states.

The Motor-Ways, Inc. Scholarship was established by an endowment from Pat Storey and MotorWays, Inc. Because of the company’s commitment to always giving back to the association and the trucking industry, a scholarship was the natural course of action to further show their support. Motor-Ways provides a variety of insurance products to carriers of all sizes.

The Paul Crouse Memorial Scholarship was established by an endowment from the Crouse family in honor of their father, the late Paul Crouse, founder of Crouse Cartage Company and former chairman of the board for IMTA. This scholarship is awarded to a student from western Iowa.

The Towing & Recovery Professionals of Iowa Scholarship was established by an endowment in 2012 from the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Iowa (TRPI). This is a division of the Iowa Motor Truck Association which represents Iowa’s towing industry. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is either an employee or a family member of an employee working for a TRPI member in good standing.

The Ziegler/Caterpillar Diesel Scholarship was established by an endowment from Ziegler, Inc. and Caterpillar, Inc. Another great supporter of the association, Ziegler/Caterpillar established the scholarship in an effort to continually invest in the field of maintenance and diesel technologies. This scholarship is earmarked for individuals pursuing a degree in diesel technology.

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation Scholarships — Paris and TRCF Director’s Scholarships

Here’s how they are the same:

For students pursuing a degree in natural resources, conservation, education or a related field
If their major is outside that, they must state in the essays how they will use their career to better these fields
Eligible to any year of college study: freshman through post grad
Can win more than once
Can apply for and possibly win both
Deadline: March 15 by noon
Please feel free to contact Kaite Hammond or Don Kline at with any questions.  

Paris Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship
Must be a graduate of a Louisa County High School or a Louisa County Resident
Must plan to attend an Iowa school (college, university, technical school…)        Paris Application

TRCF Director’s Scholarship
Range is a little broader to include the Louisa Resource Area (could include Winfield, Mepo, Fruitland and more…the surrounding areas)
Not limited to attending an Iowa School – any college, university, technical school…   Director’s Application     

The 2016 Iowa Golf Association Foundation Ann Griffel and Herman Sani Scholarship applications are now available!
Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and leadership qualities. Completed applications (Griffel & Sani) must be received by Friday, March 18, 2016.

ANN GRIFFEL SCHOLARSHIP – The IGAF awards $2,000 Ann Griffel Scholarships to Iowa high school senior girls who have a passion for golf and intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school.  APPLICATION & INFO:

HERMAN SANI SCHOLARSHIP – Any graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf is eligible to apply. Each recipient receives $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a consecutive four-year period as long as the student is making reasonable academic progress.  

Iowa Section Professional Golfers’ Association, the Iowa PGA Foundation offers an annual scholarship opportunity in memory on one of its members – Charlie Burkart. This scholarship is open to any graduating senior within our section boundaries and any graduating student of an Iowa high school. It is awarded every year to one recipient. The winner will receive $1000 each year of full-time attendance for four years at a college or university of their choice.  PGA Golf Scholarship

Illinois-Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society

Donald Kiser Memorial Scholarship – one-year, non-renewable merit based award in amount of $1000. Applicant must be pursing studies in chemistry, biochemicstry, or chemical engineering. See link for more information: Application is available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: March 31, 2016

The Coolidge – A scholarship for America – A full-ride presidential scholarship covering tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training.  This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited American University. Open to students in the 11th Grade. Visit for more information. Deadline is March 18, 2016.

American Legion/Edward H. Bitzer Scholarships: Applicants must be a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of member in good standing (or deceased member) of one of three posts listed on the application. Must be a senior in high school. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Must be a US Citizen.  Application is available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: April 15, 2016

**JUNIOR YEAR SCHOLARSHIP**  Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award: This scholarship awards up to $6000.  Applicants must propose a project and two references to the HH Foundation by March 15th, 2016.  If your project is accepted as a finalist, you will be notified by May 15, 2016. For a list of types of projects for proposals, visit the website or visit MHS Student Services.

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.

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

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.

National Scholarship Search Websites:


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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