May News Update

The school year is fastly approaching. As a reminder to parents please check lost and found in the elementary. If clothing items are not claimed we will be donating items to the clothing closet in Fruitland. I am sure we were all hoping for mother nature to let up after the many snow days we had this winter. She is now back again with some vengeance and this time it's rain! Please look to our Facebook page for any road cancelations and bus route changes. This rain is also causing some cancelations of summer sports! You can find updated Baseball and Softball weather related announcements on our activities calendar. 

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 A Thank You to FFA

A special thank you to Mr. Crews and his Ag students (Horticulture).  The students designed annuals in a variety of containers as part of the decor for my daughters wedding reception this past Saturday.  Many compliments and very pleased with their designs!
 
Also veteran colleagues...Jen (Winkle) Summy (an L-M grad from back when) is the main designer at The Flower Gallery in Muscatine.  She designed and coordinated all the formal floral arrangements for the wedding service and reception including the bride's bouquet.  Spectacular is the best way to describe her work.   
 
So proud and grateful for all of our talented students (past and present) - and all of you who nurture their talents and gifts. 
 
Barbara Noble
 
 
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L-M's 5th and 6th grade TAG groups participated in a Mock Trial yesterday at the elementary. They worked extremely hard to prepare their arguments and did great arguing their cases. Other students from 4th/5th/6th grade served as members of the jury. 
 
If you'd like to watch, here's the link: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/6e8c0eaecff77250cad382b7f6ff7635
 
The students are not loud enough to be heard on the video at times, but it's still fun to watch their performance. If you get the chance to talk with any of the students involved, I would encourage you to congratulate them on their hard work - it is well deserved!
 
Check out some pictures from the day below!
 
         
 
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Congratulations Grads!
 
The Class of 2019 made $551,400 (before full tuition scholarships and MCC Connections scholarships are calculated) and 
nearly half the class graduated as Honor Grads (3.0-3.49), High Honor Grads (3.5-3.99), or Superior Academic Grads (4.0).
 
We had five students admitted to Honors Programs at their Colleges:
 
*Kathleen Hearn - University of Iowa
*Megan Keniston - University of Northern Iowa
*Kalli Leach - Muscatine Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
*Sarah Martinez - Iowa State University
*Madison Mashek - Graceland University
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What's Going on in the Jr. High...
 
  7th Grade had a Field Day 
 
                    Jr. High Cheer squad held a bake sale.   
 
  Mrs. Gilkerson's class dissected a shark!     
 
  The 8th graders took a field trip to the University of Iowa.  
 
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Teacher Appreciation Night!!
 
 
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2019 State of Iowa Mandatory Health Requirements

State of Iowa Mandatory requirements:
Kindergarten: All  students entering kindergarten fall 2019 must have on file by the first day of school a Certificate of Immunization with proof of the required 4-6 year old vaccines, Iowa Certificate of Dental Screening signed by a dental professional, (Rikki Hetzler the I-Smile coordinator will be at our Kindergarten Round-Up in April and will be completing these brief exams)  Certificate of Vision Screening signed by an eye care professional and a reported lead level( done usually at the 12 month or 2 yr well check). If an up to date vaccine record is not on file by the first day of school your student will be excluded until proof is submitted. 
3rd grade: All students entering 3rd-grade fall 2019 must submit a Certificate of Vision Screening signed by an eye care professional. Letters informing parents of this as well as a Certificate of Vision Screening were mailed out at the end of February. 
Current 6th and 11th-grade students:  Louisa County Public Health will be conducting a vaccine clinic at the elementary and high school for students entering 7th and 12th grades in the 2019-2020 school year. They will be providing the Iowa mandatory Tdap and Meningococcal (MCV4O/MCV4P) vaccines.  Letters regarding this mandate as well as the LCPH authorization forms were mailed out March 1, 2019, to all parents of students that need these completed. I recommend taking advantage of this clinic as it is little or no cost to you depending on insurance.  The form needs to be turned into me no later than March 29th, 2019. The date for the clinic to be determined.  A record of these vaccines must be on file by the first day of school in August 2019. If not on file your student will be excluded from school until proof is submitted.
9th grade:  All students entering 9th-grade fall 2019 must submit a Certificate of Dental Screening signed by a dental professional. Letters informing parents of this were mailed out at the end of February.
 
End Of Year Medication Return:
Unless other arrangements have been made with Mrs. Will.
 
 
For all other students: Any medication that has been kept on hand at school will be sent home  Thursday, May 30th 
Please contact our school nurse, Kathy Will if you have any questions regarding clinics or vaccinations at 319-726-3634 ext. 274 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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STAFF SPOTLIGHT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hometown: Postville, IA
College: Wartburg College
Degree: B.A. in both Biology and Secondary Education
Did you participate in extracurricular activities/sports in HS or college? In HS, I was a football cheerleader, in basketball, track, band, chorus, and school play for 2 years.  In college I was in track for one season.
Tell us about your family:  I grew up with an older brother and sister and lived on a dairy farm.  I am now married to Eric Walsh who teaches at Tipton, and we have 2 children, Landon (21) who goes to U of I and Kellan (14) who is here at LM. 
How many years have you taught at LM? 19 years! (25 total)
Favorite thing about LM? The staff is supportive and positive, and the kids are fun and enthusiastic.
What do you like to do outside of teaching? Watch movies, read James Patterson, do sewing projects, play with my dog.
What inspired you to be a teacher? I always loved my teachers and wanted to influence kids like my teachers influenced me.  Plus, I love science!
When you were in school, what was your least favorite subject and why? Social studies, specifically government.  I'm not a political person and I thought it was dull.
If you had the worlds attention for 30 seconds, what would you say? Save the Earth!  Stop polluting and throwing all your trash in the landfills.  Recycle all you can! 
If you had to work but didn't need the money, What would you choose to do? Run a pet store! 
If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be?  Smartphones/ipads etc!  It's ruining my attention span!
Would you rather live permanently in a zoo or an amusement park? That's a tough one because I like both, but I'd say a zoo.  
If you could only speak one word today, what would you say? IMAGINATION 
You have been given an elephant, you can't get rid of it. What would you do with it? Put it in my gigantic back yard so it can eat all my grass!
 
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