MHS Announcements – April 26, 2016

Go Muskies!

  • Parent Volunteers URGENTLY needed to work CAPE  CAPE (Carnival After Prom Extravaganza) is a FREE night of safe fun, games and prizes for 11th and 12th grade students. Volunteers are needed this Saturday from 11:30 PM – 3 AM.  If available, please contact Becky Wichers at or
    Ginger Chatfield at 563-263-641 ext. 1134.
  • Attention MHS Students:  Posted outside Student Services are the ID #’s of the students who qualify for an Academic Award and/or Perfect Attendance.
    Please check the lists to see if you are on the appropriate list before May 4th, 2016.
    If you are not on a list and feel you should be, check with Mrs. Edkin in Student Services for
    Academic Awards or Mrs. Chatfield in the Assistant Principal’s office for Perfect Attendance questions.

    Qualifications for Academic Awards this year are as follows:
    Sophomore who has 3 consecutive semesters of 3.0 GPA and above.
    Junior who has 5 consecutive semesters of 3.0 GPA and above.
    Senior who has 7 consecutive semesters of 3.0 GPA and above.

    Students listed will be recognized at the Academic Awards Assembly Thursday, May 12th @ 9:00 AM
    in the gym. Parents are also invited to the Awards Assembly.
  • Muscatine FFA Plant Sale at the MHS Greenhouse: April 28-29, May 5-6, May 7th, May 12-13, May 19-20,  Thursdays and Fridays 7:30 AM – 6 PM, Saturday, May 7th 8 AM – 10 AM.  See attachment for more information.   2016 FFA Plant Sale
  • A representative from MCC will be here on Wednesday, April 27th from 8:30 to 3:00 in the Student Service Office.  If you would like to meet with her please stop in and make an appointment.
  • Baseball Tryouts will begin Monday, May 2nd for anyone interested in playing baseball this year.  Freshmen and sophomores will have tryouts beginning at 4pm at Tom Bruner Field.  Varsity tryouts will follow at 6pm.
  • Volleyball Information – All girls that intend on participating in volleyball this year, the Spring/Summer schedule is out and available to be picked up in the AD’s office – see Mrs. Watson. If you have any questions please contact Coach Martin.
  • Seniors – All Silver Cord hours need to be turned in to Mrs. Anderson by May 6th, 2016.
  • Seniors whom were former Jefferson Students – You are invited to attend a Leadership Lunch in your honor on Wednesday, May 4, 11:30-12:30 lunch at Jefferson and 1-2 pm program at Central Auditorium.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Seaba at Jefferson if you plan to attend:
  • STEM: Growing the Future Internship (Summer) – Applications due by May 2, 2016
    Monsanto will be conducting numerous corn field trials this summer to determine if plant height can be modulated to improve pollination efficiencies and increase yield.  Students will learn about plant physiology, the production of hybrid corn along with challenges related to increasing production.  To support the trials we are looking for high achieving and actively engaged high school students to help support the study.  Students will be gathering phenotype data for the screening trials.  If successful, the screening trials will be scaled up in 2017 with eventual deployment across North America.  Students will have interactions with professionals in the following disciplines: Engineering, Genetics, Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Environmental, Safety, Health, Quality and Industrial Hygiene.

    For more information, please click on the STEM Internship Info link: STEM Internship Info

    To apply, please click on the STEM Application link:  STEM Application
  • Juniors & Seniors: CAPE tickets are FREE and you can attend CAPE even if you don’t go to Prom!  In order to receive your tickets, a parent-signed release form must be filled out and returned. (If you are 18 or older, you can fill out/sign your own form.)  CAPE Release Forms are available in the Asst. Principal’s Office
    (Mrs. Chapman) or at the CAPE table during lunch/enrichment located in gym/commons foyer this week and next week.  You MUST have a signed release form turned in order to receive the FREE tickets.  Don’t miss out on the FREE fun!  CAPE is May 1, 12AM – 4AM at MHS – immediately following Prom.
  • Juniors & Seniors: Prom tickets will be sold in front of Student Services during lunch/enrichment this week and next. Tickets are $15 each.
  • Prom 2016 – April 30th: To attend prom, students need to be at least a 3rd year student (Junior or Senior) in good standing with at least 14 credits. Also, out of town guests need to be approved prior to prom. 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. Guest forms need to be approved by MHS administration by Tuesday, April 26th.
  • REMINDER — SENIOR GIRLS, PARENTS & COACHES: Muscatine Community YMCA honors MHS Senior Girls Athletes The Muscatine Community YMCA will hold its 40th annual Senior Female Athletic Recognition Banquet Wednesday, April 27th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wesley Methodist Church.  Athletes, parents, and coaches should have received an invitation in the mail.  For more information, contact Amy or Mel at the Y at 263-9996.
  • MHS CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS FOR THE 2016 FALL SEASON are scheduled for Friday, April 29th from 4:30 – 8:30 pm in the Commons and Cafeteria. Doors will open at 3:30 pm that day to practice and warm up. All students in grades 8th-11th are encouraged to try out!  Material review practices will be held from 5:30 – 7 pm in the Commons or outside on April 25th, 26th, and 28th.  Tryout information packets and prep clinic forms are available at the MHS, CMS & WMS Attendance Offices. If you have any questions please email Head Coach, Ashley Sink, at
  • 4th Annual Race for the School – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please sign up today!  For more information contact Angie at angie.kulland@mcsdonlineorg or Becky at
  • Are you interested in hosting a student from France for 4 weeks this summer?  Language & Friendship is looking for a couple of families to welcome a French high school student into their home from June 10 to July 10.  To apply, or for more information, go to and click on the hosting link, or see Mrs. Paulsen in room 201.
    Muskie Baseball Fundraiser: Present your Home Team Advantage Card (attached) at the Muscatine Buffalo Wild Wings from now until May 31st and the Muskie baseball program will receive a portion of your total bill. BWW Home Team Advantage Card
  • All students interested in the Work-Based Learning Manufacturing Program need to have applications with references completed and turned in to Mr. Kitzmann no later than Friday, May 13th.
  • Summer Work Opportunity – Attention students!  If you are interested in earning some money this summer, please stop by Student Services to pick up information about detasseling.
  • CAPE Committee Members needed for next year.  We have several CAPE committee member positions that need to be filled for next year — Chair and Co-chair, Treasurer, Games…and possibly a couple more.  This would ensure that CAPE plans for next year would not be interrupted or delayed.  We have at least 5 parents of Seniors that want to step down and allow others to take over their positions.  If interested, please contact Ginger Chatfield at ginger.chatfield@mcsdonline
  • MHS Parents/Guardians:  Senior Yearbook Photo Feedback -Upcoming Change.  Please read the attached letter from Katie Brown, MHS Yearbook Advisor, and provide feedback by April 29th to     Senior Yearbook Photos
  • Muskie Booster Members Needed!  The Muskie Boosters are currently recruiting new board members for the 2016-2017 Board.  Board members help with special events like Fall kick-off, Cake Auction, etc. also helping with concession volunteers.  The Muskie Boosters support all MHS sports, activities, clubs, etc raising funds and helping keep the activities/sports going. If you would like to hear more about being a board member or signing up for the board, please contact Susan Eversmeyer at or Dena Bates at
  • 4th Annual MCSD Race for Schools  in on May 7, 2016.  Registration forms are available 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.  For details, please see the attached flyer.  STARTALK – Study Chinese U of Iowa

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

Students are needed to help at the Washington Elementary Community Celebration/Open House on Thursday, May 19th from 4:30 – 7:30PM.  If interested, please contact Brian Walthart at brian.walthart@mcsdonline or by phone at 563-263-9135.

Students are needed to help at the Middle School track meets on April 26.  If you are interested in earning Silver Cord hours or for more information, please contact Dan Wright, CMS Sports Coordinator, at

Two students are needed to rearrange books in the Homeschool Office Library at the School Board Office.  If you like to rearrange and organize things, this would be a perfect fit for you!  Four (4) Silver Cord hours are available per student.  If interested, please call the School Board Office at 563-263-7223 and ask for Gina or Kat.

** Upcoming Events **

  • April 26 – MHS Girls Tennis JV/Varsity – Home – 4 PM
  • April 26 – MHS Boys Soccer Soph/Varsity – Home – 5 PM
  • April 26 – MHS Girls Soccer JV/Varsity – Away @ Pleasant Valley – 5:30 PM
  • April 27 – Muscatine Community YMCA 40th Annual Senior Female Athletic Recognition Banquet – Wesley Methodist Church – 6:30 PM
  • April 28 – MHS Boys & Girls Track Qualifiers – Drake Relays – Des Moines – ALL DAY
  • April 28 – MHS Boys Tennis JV/Varsity – Home – 4 PM
  • April 28 – MHS Girls Tennis JV/Varsity – Away @ Dav. North – 4 PM
  • April 28 – MHS Boys Soccer Soph/Varsity – Away @ North Scott – 5 PM
  • April 28 – MHS Girls Soccer Varsity – Away @ Burlington – 5 PM
  • April 29 – MHS Boys & Girls – Drake Relays Track Qualifiers – Des Moines – ALL DAY
  • April 29 – MHS Girls Soccer Varsity – Away @ Burlington – 10 AM
  • April 30 – MHS Girls Tennis JV/Varsity – Away @ North Scott – 9 AM
  • April 30 – MHS Girls Soccer Varsity – Away @ Burlington – 1:30 PM
  • April 30 – MHS PROM – West Middle School – 9 PM-12AM
  • May 1 – C.A.P.E. – Muscatine High School – 12AM – 4 AM
  • May 12 – Student Achievement Recognition – MHS Gymnasium – 9 AM
  • May 17 – Seniors Last Day!
  • May 18 – Senior Awards Night – MHS Auditorium – 7 PM
  • May 22 – 2016 MHS Graduation – – MHS Gymnasium – 2 PM
  • May 27 – Students Last Day – 2-Hour Early Dismissal

** Scholarships **

The Rove Pest Control Scholarship – Applicants must be attending college by the Fall 2017 semester and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is open to anyone seeking a higher education.  Deadline: December 31, 2016.  Application: Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found at:

The NROTC Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship ($180,000) to any university that has an NROTC program. Upon graduating from college, they will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, leading Marines as young 22 year old! NROTC scholarship recipients will be debt free from students loans and have a guaranteed career with starting pay and allowances of up to $60,000! Some nearby schools are Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, University of Illinois, and Marquette University. Please stop in Student Services for more information.

The GO M.A.D. Scholarship deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  Attached is the information regarding the scholarship.  GO M.A.D. Scholarship

Children’s Cancer Connection Empower Scholarship – Applications for the fall Semester are due May 27, 2016. Applications for the Spring 2017 semester are due Sept. 30, 2016.  See attached for scholarship criteria and application. Children’s Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarship Info & Application

KWQC Broadcast ScholarshipThey are offering (2)$1000 scholarships. Must live in the KWQC viewing area and plan on enrolling in broadcasting classes. Deadline is May 6, 2016. Pick up an application is in student services.

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

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

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

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. Deadline is June 15, 2016.  PGA Golf Scholarship

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.

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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