September 17, 2018 meeting

18 Sep

MHS teacher Jocelyn Frohwein is pictured speaking about a new podcast produced by MHS students. Pictured are many of the students featured in the first podcast including front row,  from left, Jesus Silva Enriquez and Ashlyn Ruiz. Back row Sam Wilder, Jeselyn Guzman, Evalitzy Rangel and Zoey Johnson. 

MHS podcast goes international

MHS teacher Jocelyn Frohwein and several MHS students talked about the new podcast produced by MHS students. The podcast has been listened to by people in several different countries including the United States, Czech Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Ireland, Indonesia and Turkey.
“We’ve gone international and it’s kind of neat to see that feedback,” Frohwein said.
The next podcast is nearly complete with a goal to have 20 new students speak on each one.
To listen to the first podcast visit this link:

For personnel items approved by the board see below”

Dianne Floyd, Attendance Secretary at MHS; Effective September 14, 2018
Kelly Sebastian, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/II at Fisher; Effective August 24, 2018

Roger Taylor, Head Boys Bowling Coach; effective September 14, 2018.

Alexis Schrafel, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/II at Lenihan Intermediate School
New Position
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Melina Alvarado, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Lenihan Intermediate School
Replaces: Siamme Sietmann
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Alicia Hernandez, Special Education Paraeducator at MHS
New Position
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Morgan Hager, Food Service General Worker at Franklin Elementary
Start: September 17, 2018
Salary: $11.67/hr (Grade 2, Step 1, 4 hours per day)

Austin Hauser, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at MHS
Replaces: Todd Beare
Start: 18-19 Basketball Season
Salary: $4104/yr

Stacie Sorenson, Musical Production Assistant at MHS
New Position
Start: TBD
Salary: $567/yr

Lauren McKibben, Co-Cheer Coach, Basketball Cheer Coach
Replaces: Joseph Child
Start: TBD
Salary: $5,887.50/yr

Crystal Garcia, Special Education Paraeducator Level II/III at Fisher Elementary
Replaces: Karina Hernandez
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $10.36/hr

Christian Tuttle, General Education Paraeducator at Anson Elementary
Replaces: Joey Lang
Start: September 18, 2018
Salary: $9.20/hr

The Following is a PLC Lead for the 2018-2019 School Year
Catherine Lang, 8th Grade Literature at Miller Middle School
Start: August 20, 2018
Salary: $1,200

Shelly Dall, Food Service General Worker at Anson (4 hours per day)
From: Food Service General Worker at Lenihan (5.75 hours per day)
Replaces: Pam McCord
Start: September 10, 2018
Salary: $14.33/hr (Grade 2, Step 3)

Connie Mahlstede, Food Service Lead Worker at Lenihan (7.0 hours)
From: Food Service General Worker at Lenihan
New Position
Start: August 24, 2018
Salary: $15.89

Murray McHone, Bus Monitor at Transportation
From: Bus Driver at Transportation
Start: September 5, 2018
Salary: $10.04/hr

Student School Board Representative Update
MHS students America Dominguez and Jocelin Sharfnejda talked about upcoming Homecoming activities.


Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Phase 2 Schedule Update
District Director of Buildings and & Grounds Chuck Springer and Rick Ball and Matt Burch of Ball Team (general contractor) gave a Roundhouse Phase 2 update.
Due to delays, the substantial completion of the upper floor is now scheduled for January 7, 2019 and the lower floor (wrestling room) has a substantial completion date of December 10.

Out-of-State Trip for MHS Band and New Uniforms
MHS Band Director Brett Umthun and Associate Band Director Nick Gardner presented an out of state band trip for board approval.
The band is planning its next big trip to Orlando, Florida in March 6-12, 2020, IF this does not fall on spring break they would go during winter break.
The trip would include workshops, rehearsal time and would allow the MHS students to participate in the marching band parade in Disney World.
The band is conducting fundraisers through the years to hopefully collect the needed funds to pay the $1,400 per student cost of the trip.
The band is also looking into purchasing 200 new marching band uniforms hopefully by fall 2019 or spring 2020.  They will be applying for grants to help with this cost.
The board approved the out of state band trip

Out-of-State Art Trip to Chicago
MHS art teachers Wade Judge and Kirk Niehouse asked for board approval to take students on an art trip to Chicago on October 5. Stops will include the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Art Institute. The trip was approved by the board.

Out-of-State Trip to Minneapolis to view Hamilton musical
MHS social studies teacher Brad Rahmiller requested the board approve this trip to Minneapolis to attend the Hamilton musical on October 4. This also includes questions and answers with cast members of Hamilton, which is part of the Hamilton Education Program grant. The board approved this trip.

Board Committee Assignments
These 2018-2019 School Board Committee Assignments were confirmed by the board.

Board Book Study
The board and administrators talked about the first chapter of the book they are studying titled “Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement” by Richard DuFour and Robert J. Marzano.

Naming wrestling room
Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, with the approval of the Naming Facilities Committee, requested the board  approve the naming of the new wrestling practice room in Roundhouse Phase 2 the “Allie Morrison Wrestling Training Room.” Morrison is a an 1926 MHS graduate who went on to win the 1928 Olympic gold medal, which is one of his many accomplishments.
The board approved the naming of the facility.

First Reading
New Policy 603.1 Basic Instruction Program – Combined a couple of policies and incorporated IASB policy, Approved as waived second reading

Initial readings
204.9-R1 Board Calendar – recent changes, TO come back before board
New Policy 602.4 Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research – To come back before board
New Policy 602.4-R Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research Regulation –  To come back before board
New Policy 602.4-E Application for Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects-Research To come back before board
602.11 (new 605.7) Use of Information Resources – Marked as reviewed
602.11-R1( new 605.7-R1) Use of Information Resources Regulation – Marked as reviewed
602.12  Acceleration – Deleting policy
602.12-R (new 505.2-R) Acceleration Regulation – New number marked as reviewed
602.12-E1 (new 505.2-E1) Acceleration-Request Form New number “ “
600.1 (new 603.4) Nondiscrimination – new number To come back
602.12-E2 (new 505.2-E2) Acceleration-Personalized Education Plan – new number Marked as reviewed
602.12-E3 (new 505.2-E3) Acceleration Report: Whole Grade – new number – marked as reviewed
602.12-E4 (new 505.2-E4) Acceleration Report: Single Subject – new number – marked as reviewed
New Policy 603.2 Summer School Instruction – New policy to come back
New Policy 603.5 Health Education-  to come back
New Policy 603.5-E1 Human Growth and Development Student Excuse Form- TO come back
New Policy 603.7 Career Education – To come back
New Policy 603.10 Global Education – To come back
New Policy 603.11 Citizenship – T0 come back
605.3 (new 505.2) Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration- Taking what we had on acceleration policy ac combined with ISAB policy.  To come back

Future meetings
The board will have a work session 6-7:30 p.m. on Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) with Jerry Valentine on September 25.
The next regular board meeting October 1

From Board President Bea Niblock
“The board approved the expansion of classrooms at the Monday night meeting.  Not the bricks and mortar type of expansion, but the moving the walls of the classroom to include ventures out into the world.
A band trip to Orlando was approved for spring of 2020.  It’s a guess at the time of spring break, but whenever the band travels, it will represent the Marshalltown school district well and look smart in their new uniforms.
The annual art trip to Chicago was also approved, as was a history trip to Minneapolis. Each of these trips will take our students to new places to experience new things.
Thanks go to the teachers and volunteers who have planned these trips to give our students a rich and rewarding educational experience beyond the bricks and mortar of campus.” – Bea Niblock






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