MHS Announcements – Sept. 6, 2016

Go Muskies – Good luck to all of our students in athletic / activity competitions this week!!

  • The Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons Clubs will have a meeting for students interested in participating on Friday, Sept. 9th during the end of lunch at 12:40 in Ben Johns’s office (the glass office upstairs in the new wing).  The club is planning to tentatively start meeting on Mondays and Thursdays after school in the library starting on Thursday, Sept. 15th.  We have some free Magic intro decks while supplies last if you’re interested, but have no cards.  See Ben Johns or Shane Palmer if you have any questions.
  • MHS GIRLS:  Do you want a FREE Homecoming Dress?  Please stop by the Assistant Principal’s office (room 160) before/after school, at lunch time or during your free periods to check out the new assortment of dresses that have had donated to MHS.  
  • 11th Grade students interested in taking the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 19th can register and pay in the Attendance Office. The PSAT test is the exam that measures college readiness in reading, writing and language and math.  Student scores are used as the initial screening of entrants into the National Merit Scholarship competition.  Cost for the exam is $15.00.
  • VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Competition VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Competition
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) -We will have our Kickoff & Bags Tournament on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30pm at the home of Coach Orvis. Email Ms. Hansen ( if you need directions.
  • Girls’ Basketball: For all girls interested in playing basketball, we will have a pre-season informational meeting on Thursday, September 8th at 7:30am in the Commons. Fall open gym schedules will be available.
  • PARENTS (especially Junior & Senior Parents) –  We need a few volunteers to work concessions at the Freshman Football game tonight at 5:30.  This would be in support of CAPE (Carnival After Prom Extravaganza),  .  Please volunteer if possible.  Call or text 563-299-1677 or call MHS @ 263-6141 ext 1134 (Ginger Chatfield) or email   
  • “Get Your Rear in Gear” at the 6th Annual 5k walk/run for Colon Cancer Awareness – This year’s event will be on Sept. 17 at Discovery Park on Cedar Streetm start time is 8:30 AM. Get Your Rear in Gear Walk Run Info
  • The Department of Human Services is moving to a new location at 315 Iowa Avenue, Suite 2 Muscatine, Iowa 52761.  We will be open for business at this location on Wednesday September 28, 2016
  • #ReviewsdayTuesday What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
    The party at John Doone’s last Saturday night is a bit of a blur. Kate Weston can piece together most of the details: Stacey Stallard handing her shots, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early. . . . But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same questions: Who witnessed what happened to Stacey? And what responsibility do they have to speak up about what they saw?  Checkout (or hold) a copy with the library staff!
  • FTC Muscatine Robotics will begin meetings on September 15th. Meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Feel free to stop buy and check out this years’ challenge to see if robotics is a good fit for you. There are many ways to participate in robotics (Building, Programming, Public Relations….) We hope to see you there!  Contact Mr. Kitzmann in room 159A/163 with any questions regarding Robotics Club!
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity — Flickinger Learning Center — See Silver Cord section below.
  • Muscatine High School’s Official Activities Website has launched! Sport Schedules & Rosters, Club information, and more!  Check it out at:MHS Official Activities Site
  • MHS Social Media accounts have been launched!  Keep updated with what is going on at MHS! Check them out at:


Twitter: @MuscatineHS

Instagram: @MuscatineHS

Snapchat: MuscatineHS

  • 7th annual Muscatine Community Block party will take place on Friday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm at Discovery Park. Enjoy fun animal and nature themed games for all ages, free food, animal balloons, and even tour a fire truck or ambulance! This is a free event and open to the public.
  • Muscatine High School Official Activities Website has launched!  Sport Schedules & Rosters, Club information, and more.  Check it out at:
  • Student & staff photos will be taken Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 7 – 11 am in the Commons Foyer.  If you did not have your picture taken on Aug. 12, you will need to stop by and get your picture taken. The photo is used for your Student ID and for the yearbook.
  • Activity Pass – A list of those that purchased ACTIVITY PASSES will be available at all events until Student IDs are handed out.  Give your name at the ticket booth or table and they will check the list to see if you purchased a pass.
  • Homecoming Dance Guest Information – Guest forms are now available from Mrs. Chatfield in the Assistant Principal’s office, room 160.  Guests must be in grades 9-12, or previously graduated and under the age of 20. Guest forms must be turned in before September 28th.  Please get yours early to avoid delays when purchasing tickets.
  • Senior Pictures for the Yearbook – Due November 18, 2016 & ADs for Grads Info — See attached for more details.  (This info has been emailed to all Class of 2020 parents and is being mailed as well.)  Senior Yearbook Pictures & Ads for Grads Info
  • Invitation from the Muscatine Civic Chorale. The Chorale’s first rehearsal is at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 6 at Muscatine Community College.  We will be learning Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and preparing well-known choruses from Handel’s “Messiah” for our December 9th, 2016 concert.  Muscatine Civic Chorale
  • The Disc Golf Club is starting back up — this is year #2!  The first meeting/practice will be Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 4-5:30 pm at the on-campus disc golf course behind the football field.  You do not need your own disc golf discs. Discs will be provided.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Harmon at
  • For Students Interested in Marine Biology and Conservation Research – Study tropical rainforests and dive coral reefs on a research expedition to Honduras, Summer 2017!  2 Week Expedition, June 2017 including Full PADI Open Water Dive Training, Reef Ecology, Bird Point Counts, Mist Net Sampling, Small Mammal Surveys, Invertebrate Surveys. Student iInformation sessions will be held in Mrs. Coffman’s room 138 on:
    Wed., Sept. 7 at 8 AM and 3:30 PM, Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 AM and 3:30 PM, and Wed., Sept. 21 at 8 AM and 3:30 PM
  • October 11th Volleyball Hosting Davenport Central has been rescheduled to October 10th. Freshmen start at 4:30pm in the MHS gym.
  • Muscatine’s Branching Out 2016 – Fall Tree Program  Branching Out Tree Program Info
  • Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) – Golden Circle College and Career Fair, Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Iowa Events Center – HyVee Hall, 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA. Largest college & career fair in the State of Iowa, bringing the greatest variety of colleges and universities from across Iowa, and the nation. The fair is sponsored by ACT, Inc, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Hy-vee. There will be a career feature that will have 16 Career Clusters represented by Iowa Businesses, enabling students grades 9-12, to discuss prospective career pathways with the leaders in those fields.
  • Chore workers needed for Senior Resources – $10 per hour. See flyer for more information.  Senior Resources Info
  • Support Muskie Football with a Muskie Football T-Shirt for $10.  On sale in Student Services.  Checks accepted — MHS Football Club.  
  • Anyone interested in playing high school baseball is encouraged to attend a brief meeting in Coach Josupait’s room (AA14) on Wednesday, September 7th at 8am. If you have any questions, contact Coach Josupait or Coach Colón.
  • Looking for a safe atmosphere to share your thoughts and ideas regarding a variety of topics?  Then All Kinds Of People Jr. (AKOP Jr.) is the club for you to join! Formerly we were known as the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), but after reading the mission statement, it was decided we needed a more all-encompassing name. This club is  student-run in a high school or middle school that brings together students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform to fight for racial, gender, LGBTQ, and economic justice. If this sounds interesting to you please come to Mrs. Walker’s classroom (Room 130 in the Science Hall) Wednesday, September 14th at 3:45 pm. There will be snacks and drinks provided for this first meeting of the year. 
  • Muskie Booster Club Adult Activity Punch Card – If you would like to purchase an Adult Activity Punch Card you can purchase them by sending in the attached order form. This is good for 10 admissions into athletic events, specified band/vocal concerts, and specified drama events.  Adult Activity Punch Card
  • Seniors & Parents of Seniors – This year brings a new change to filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Sallie Mae has created the attached information sheet to assist you.
    FASFA Info
  • The Volleyball team is looking for student managers that are willing to volunteer their time to assist the program.  Coach Martin is looking for 3 individuals, 2 to help with the varsity and 1 to help with the Sophomore squads, if interested please contact Coach Martin during practice times in the gym (4-6pm) or just leave your information with the Athletic Department.
  • Muskie Booster Club Golf Fundraiser – Sunday, Sept. 18 – Geneva Country Club   Muskie Booster Club Golf Fundraiser
  • Muskie Stadium Seats for Sale by Muskie Booster Club –  see attachment for more information!  Muskie Stadium Seat Information

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • Flickinger Learning Center Volunteers Needed – Please contact Kimberly Bowman at or 563-288-9000.  Our program is an academic after-school program for at-risk youth. Our goal is to get the students on target academically. Our main focus is literacy and math, but we also incorporate other STEM activities, social skills, arts and crafts, and movement. We have a pretty good track record for increasing reading fluency, and that has led to our fairly rapid expansion. This year we will have 240 students at 6 sites! We have our main site at 413 Mulberry that takes children in grades K-5 from any school in town, and then we have five school sites located at Grant, Madison, McKinley, Jefferson, and Franklin. The school sites take children K-3 that have been identified by their teachers/principals as being at risk.   

    One of the reasons we have been so successful is because we have fantastic dedicated volunteers that read either 1 on 1 or in small groups, help with STEM projects, supervise and facilitate game play, and model what good citizenship looks like. In the past we have had some absolutely outstanding volunteers that have come from MHS! Not only are they energized and excited, but the elementary kids are more likely to think that the high school kids are cool, and they want to follow their lead. We do offer silver cord hours, and I always tell our volunteers that I would be more than willing to write a recommendation for a job or college as well if they show up and do a good job.
  • Peer Tutoring is a program for students that has students help students in math and science. We are currently in need of tutors for the program. To be a tutor you must have taken/be taking the subject that you want to help in and must have an A in the class. If you are interested please email either Evan Colony at or Ms. Hirschfeld at  If you decide to tutor you will receive Silver Cord hours.

** Upcoming Events **  MHS Calendar Link    MHS Official Activities Site

  • Please check the MHS Calendar for Activities and Sporting Events & the 

** Important Dates **

  • Sept. 6 – LifeTouch Picture Day – 7-11 am – Commons Foyer
  • Sept. 9 – Hall of Honor Nominations Due
  • Sept. 6  – PPEL Overview – New Wing at Muscatine High School – 6:30 pm
  • Sept. 18 – Muskie Booster Club Golf Fundraiser
  • Sept. 30 – MHS Homecoming Football Game
  • Oct. 1 – MHS Homecoming Dance
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