Author: Mary Mason

State of Women Summit

On Tuesday, June 14, the White House held the first ever United State of Women Summit. The event was organized to bring together women from all walks of life, including many prominent women across the United States, to celebrate achievements and work toward further gender equality. The event was live-streamed at the Muscatine Community School Board office. Muscatine area residents were able to drop in during the day and stay as schedules permitted. The viewing was organized by MCSD employees Lisa Bunn and Holly Hanna. Bunn says the screening presented an opportunity for members of the community to “come...

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Five freshman make a splash at Speech and Debate Nationals

Five freshmen from Muscatine High School spent the week of June 13-17 in Salt Lake City with over 11,000 other high school students from all around the world at the National Speech and Debate 2016 competition. Running at the same time as the national event was the Speech and Debate World competition. Coach Davis Schrock says the group of five is the largest that MHS has sent in recent history. The team worked on prepared speeches from a variety of topics throughout the school year. The speeches were presented on Monday and Tuesday in six rounds, with each round...

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Awareness and honor for PTSD

  Beth Davenport met her husband Branden in 2008. At that time, Branden had been out of the United States Army for four years. Branden, a Gulf War veteran, served ten years in the Army and completed more than 15 months of active duty in Iraq. Beth and Branden gave birth to their daughter Briyer in 2010 and married in 2012. According to Beth and friends, theirs was a happy marriage, full of laughter and fun. However, Beth was unaware that some of the changes in Branden’s attitude and behaviors over time were a sign of something much deeper...

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Kids ride free of Muscabus

Students in the Muscatine area have an easy and free way to get to activities, work, and many other places around town this summer. MuscaBus will provide free rides on route buses throughout the summer to all students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. MuscaBus operates Red, Blue, and Yellow routes from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The Green Route operates from 7:25 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, MuscaBus operates Red and Blue routes from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free rides will be offered through August 22, the day before the MCSD fall semester begins. Adult accompaniment is not required, though MuscaBus drivers are not equipped to provide daycare. Students who are permitted to ride on their own will be expected to know their route information and be prepared when their stop approaches. Student who have a student ID may be asked to show the ID for verification. For more information on MuscaBus or the summer program, call 563-263-8152, or ask a driver for...

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Little Free Library

Students in Amy Matteson’s sixth-grade English and Language Arts classes at West Middle School took on a special assignment this year.  After hearing a presentation from Todd Bol on the Little Free Library organization, the students took action.Matteson says students from three classes periods designed over 70 options. The classes then voted on their favorites, choosing three from each class. The nine winners were then put up for a vote from all three classes. The winning design came from Sophia Thomas. One feature that set her design apart was the incorporation of Rosie, the WMS therapy dog.  Each of...

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