MHS Announcements – January 6, 2016

MHS Announcements

January 6, 2016

Go Muskies!

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.

  • The gates will remain locked during Finals week so if you leave campus during lunch, you will need to enter through the Cedar Street entrance.
  • Tailgaters, Passport & Sub Station will be open Wed. & Thursday during Finals.  Breakfast will be available on Friday from 7:50-8:20 AM. Sack lunches will be available on Friday in the Cafeteria from 10:00 – 10:30 AM.  Cafe, LunchBox, and Italian line in Cafeteria will be closed Wed., Thursday,  and Friday during Finals.
  • The PE locker rooms will be cleaned out Friday, Jan. 8 at 10:00 AM.  If you are no longer using your PE lock and locker, please clear out your belongings.  All items left in the lockers after 10 A.M. on Friday will be donated to Goodwill.
  • Juniors and Seniors:  Please stop by the Assistant Principal’s’ office to pick up Study Hall Exemption forms.  Please have them signed and returned by Friday, Jan. 8.  Students are required to attend Study Hall until it has been removed from their schedule.
    January 7 – Girls/Boys Freshmen Basketball hosting Bettendorf has been moved.  The  games will be held at West Middle School.  There will be no change to the start times.  Girls play at 6PM, boys to follow. 
    January 7 – Wrestling @ Burlington has been moved.  This match will be held at Muscatine High School.  There will be no change to the start time.  Match will start at 6PM. This will be wrestling’s Senior night.  Come out and support our wrestlers!
  •  2016 Student Council Applications are due to Mrs. Orr’s office in student services by end of day Friday, January 8th. You can sign up for an interview time on Mrs. Orr’s door. Interviews are next week January 12th – 15th during enrichment or after school. You will receive an email confirmation of your interview time if your packet is complete and meets all the requirements. If you have questions you may email Mrs. Orr, Mrs. Mueller or Mrs. Thomas.
  • Model UN: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, January 6th at 2:30 pm in Ms. Hansen’s room. Students attending the Dublin and Chicago conferences should plan to attend.
  • MHS Baseball: There will be off-season baseball workouts beginning this Sunday, January 10thfrom 4-6pm in the MHS gym for anyone interested in playing baseball this summer. All workouts will run every Sunday through April.
  • S.O.A.P. will NOT meet this week; our first meeting of 2016 will be on January 14.  More information to follow.  Good luck on finals!
  • Senior Resources is in desperate need of chore workers to shovel snow for seniors. Please see flyer for more information. Thank you for your support of Senior Resources.   Chore Workers Needed Flyer
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student Series Campaign raises millions of dollars to research and combat Leukemia and Lymphoma, and provide patients with financial assistance. At LLS 78% of all money raised goes directly to patient services and research, and we need your help to fight blood cancer! Student Series’ Pennies for Patients program is meant to provide teachers a chance to incorporate the benefits of character education and service‐learning into the curriculum by participating in our flexible campaign where students will gain the experience of learning, by doing. Students K‐12 collect donations in honor of local patients through various means: online giving, collecting spare change, gathering donations from friends and family, and various activities around the school meant to encourage and reward participation. By working together, students help save lives and understand the benefits of living in a community that looks out for one another. The program itself runs for three weeks and we do our best to work around your schedule. You can run the program anytime from September until the end of April. LLS provides the materials and promotional items to make your program successful and meaningful : coordinator guide, classroom collection boxes, posters, videos and other resources and support through planning meetings and educational kick‐off assemblies. If you are interested in leading this effort at Muscatine High School please contact Brent Lenny at 844‐400‐6715 or Please let me know your start date, the number of students, and the number of classrooms. You can also visit our website to easily register online and learn more at‐registration.
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity — see Silver Cord section below.
  • Final Exam Schedule: see link  Final Exam Schedule
  • Extended Library Hours for Finals:
    The library is once again planning extended library hours for finals – please help us out by spreading the word to your students! We also have room available, if teachers would like to have study sessions or group work leading up to the end of the semester – contact Mrs. Keltner for more information!

    Library Hours during Finals Week

    Monday, Jan. 4 7:30am-7:00pm *treats 5:00-7:00pm
    Tuesday, Jan. 5 7:30am-7:00pm *treats 5:00-7:00pm
    Wednesday, Jan. 6 7:30am-7:00pm *treats 5:00-7:00pm
    Thursday, Jan. 7 7:30am-4:00pm
    Friday, Jan. 8 7:30am-11:30am
  • 26th Annual Cake Auction – Super Heros Theme – Friday, January 29th, 2016.  For more information, please view the MHS Cake Auction link.   MHS Cake Auction
  • Tennis Players: Pick up your tennis information at the Attendance Office or view/print the attachment.  This concerns indoor tennis drills that you need to be doing to prepare for the season.   MHS Tennis Flyer
  • Student IDs must be presented when purchasing food from the Cafeteria.  If you have lost your original Student ID, you can visit the Attendance Office for your one free replacement. Additional replacements IDs are $5.
  • Sign-ups for Intramural Dodgeball will end January 18th.  Start forming teams now!!  Sign-up forms are located outside the AD office.  The Championship Dodgeball team will be awarded a prize.  
  • Muskie Fans:  Muscatine Basketball Gear is now ready for order.  Check out several Nike products ranging from shirts, hoodies, shorts and quarter zip polos that we have to offer.  To view and order products go to, > Team Login, > click on Muscatine, password: gomuskies

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • The Manta Rays Swim Team (formerly the Muscatine Swim Club) has a volunteer opportunity for students at our home swim meet.  Our meet is Saturday, January 9th and we need people to help in concessions, swimmer escorts and timers.  We have shifts mornings, afternoon or the whole meet.  The meet will start around 9 am so volunteers for morning sessions or all day need to be there around 8:45 am.  If they can only work first half of the meet they should be done around11:30 am/noon.  If they can only work 2nd half they would need to be there around 11 am we are hoping the meet should be done around 2 or 2:30 pm at the latest. If anyone is interested please contact Jocelyn Paxton at or at 563.263.9996 with their contact information by Thursday, January 7th.
  • On January 16th, the MHS Show Choir is hosting their annual River City Showcase Show Choir Invitational at Central Middle School. This year, sixteen groups will be performing from all over SE Iowa and a few from out of state. This is the biggest fundraiser for our Show Choirs and it is crucial that we have volunteers to staff the event. Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to, moving sets onto the stage for performing choirs, to helping to prepare and serve meals in the cafeteria, and monitoring the halls and report any issues to our adult volunteers. There are many more duties that must be performed in order to ensure this event runs smoothly. Volunteers would work in shifts of about 6 hours, and they are welcome to work more than one shift if desired. This is an all-day event with a fun, high-energy atmosphere and is a great way to network with people from many different schools.  

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Invitational Chair, Gail Ryan ( and Co-Chair, Tammi Drawbaugh ( for more details and a volunteer sheet.  

    ** Upcoming Events **

    • Jan. 4 – Girls & Boys Basketball 9th  – Home – 6 PM
    • Jan. 5 – Girls Basketball Soph/Varsity – Home 6 PM
    • Jan. 5 – Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity – Away – Pleasant Valley  6 PM
    • Jan. 5 – Boys Swim JV/Varsity – Away – Coralville 6 PM
    • Jan. 5 – Girls & Boys Bowling – Away – Bowlmor Lanes, Davenport 6 PM
    • Jan. 7 – Girls & Boys Basketball 9th – Home@West Middle School – 6 PM
    • Jan. 7 – Wrestling JV/Varsity – Home – Senior Night – 6 PM
    • Jan. 7 – Boys Swim JV/Varsity – Home 6 PM
    • Jan. 8 – Girls Basketball Soph/Varsity – Home 6 PM
    • Jan. 8 – Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity – Away – Bettendorf 6 PM
    • Jan. 9 – SEIBA Honor Band Auditions – Fairfield, IA 
    • Jan. 9 – Wrestling JV – Away – Bettendorf 9:30AM
    • Jan. 9 – Wrestling Varsity – Away – Highland HS, Riverside 10 AM
    • Jan. 9 – Boys Basketball JV – Home 10 AM

** Scholarships **

Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association: We have changed our scholarship to “up to three $750 scholarships” this year. The student’s parent has to be a member for at least one year to qualify. Deadline is January 20, 2015.  Muscatine County Cattlemen Scholarship Application    Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Scholarship

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.

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

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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