MHS Announcements – September 8, 2016

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

  • August 12th Lifetouch Photo orders can be picked up at the Attendance Center. Students can also pick up their Student IDs at the Attendance Center if they had their picture taken on August 12th.  (Pictures and Student IDs from Sept. 6 photos are NOT available at this time.)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA): The FCA Kickoff and Bags Tournament has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 5th. We will have our Kickoff & Bags Tournament at the home of Coach Orvis. Email Ms. Hansen ( if you need directions.
  • The Automotive Technology Department at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is proud to sponsor the 25th Annual High School Automotive Skills Contest.  DMACC High School Automotive Contest
  • 2015 Muskie Football T-shirts For Sale in Student Services -$5. Cash/checks to Muscatine Football Club.  img_7078
  • 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.
  • MHS Hall of Honor Nominations being accepted until Sept. 9, 2016.  At this time we are requesting nominees for the Muscatine High School Hall of Honor for the induction class of 2016.  Please submit all nominations along with accompanying material by September 9, 2016 to:

    Muscatine High School
    Hall of Honor Nomination
    2705 Cedar St.
    Muscatine, IA  52761
    The nomination form can be found at Muscatine High School – Principal’s Office or on the Muscatine High School website  at  Under “Forms” click on “Hall of Honor Nomination.”  A nominee must be an individual who has achieved distinction in a profession, public and/or community services and has had a positive influence on the lives of others. They must be a graduate of Muscatine High School at least 10 years prior to the year of nomination.If you have any questions, please contact Doreen Borde at or call Muscatine High School at 263-6141 x 1116.
  • Girls Swimming at Iowa City West is canceled for today, Sept. 8th, and will not be rescheduled
  • Speech and Debate – Parent meeting will be Sept. 9th in the Library at 6 pm. First student meeting will be held at the Library on Sept. 12 from 6-7 pm.
  • Anime Club – Meetings are Tuesdays and Wednesday starting at 3:45 pm in Ms. Wilford’s room, 11-028. Anime, anime discussion, and video games.
    See Ms. Wilford for more info!
  • Art Club is back! The first meeting will be held tomorrow after school – Thursday, Sept. 8th. We will meet in the art room (108). We have some exciting plans in store and all are welcome!
  • SOAP will meet this week from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at 1893 North Isett Ave. Bring a Bible and a friend, and join us!!
  • Class of 2017 – Any Class of 2017 student interested in Washington University in St. Louis, please see Mr. Mueller in Student Services.
  • Students interested in a career in Physical Therapy? St. Ambrose University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is currently accepting applications from qualified high school students interested in this dynamic health care profession. Open House, Sat., Sept. 17. See attachments for more information
    St. Ambrose Physical Therapy Program       St. Ambrose Open House Info / RSVP
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity — see Silver Cord section below!
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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!
  • Muscatine High School’s Official Activities Website has launched! Sports 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 – 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!   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
  • 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.  
  • 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 **

  • International Fair Volunteers Needed, Sept. 17. See flyer for details  International Fair
    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. 9 – Hall of Honor Nominations Due
  • Sept. 18 – Muskie Booster Club Golf Fundraiser
  • Sept. 30 – MHS Homecoming Football Game
  • Oct. 1 – MHS Homecoming Dance
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