May 16, 2022 Board Meeting

17 May

To watch the full board meeting discussion of the below items, please click the “watch recording” link next to each item. The links will take you to the start of each of the below agenda items/topics from the board meeting recording.

Several of this year’s MHS dual graduates share their areas of study with the school board. Pictured, from left: Alivia Eaton, Marcus Barker, Erin Stanley, Cassidy Wedemeyer, Zoe Johnson, Hunter Block, Paige Wertzberger, Jackie Bravo, Rochelle Avalos, Taylor Jones, and Veronica Herrera.

Class of 2022 dual graduates recognized – watch recording
The Marshalltown School Board recognized 18 MHS seniors who will graduate with a college degree, diploma, or certificate in hand at the Monday, May 16, 2022 regular meeting. The students recognized on Monday evening included:

  • Rochelle Avalos (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Marcus Barker (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Hunter Block (Fire Science Certificate – Kirkwood Community College)
  • Jackelyn Bravo Hernandez (Early Childhood: Child Development Certificate – MCC)
  • Uriel Botello (Architecture, Construction, & Engineering Career Academy Certificate – MCC)
  • Lilly Duff (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Alivia Eaton (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Brenna Hempy (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Veronica Herrera (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Zoe Johnson (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Taylor Jones (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Jonah Landas (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Jose Manuel Vergara (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Levi Ogston (Manufacturing Welding Practitioner Diploma – MCC)
  • Alejandro Rivas Alanis (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Erin Stanley (Associate of Arts – MCC)
  • Cassidy Wedemeyer (Associate of Arts – MCC)

Congratulations to all of these exceptional students!

2021-22 Marshalltown School Board student representatives (from left) Haley Reed, Aaron Seberger, Phoebe Hermanson, and Taylor Jones were presented with certificates of recognition at Monday’s regular meeting.

Student School Board representatives thanked for their service – watch recording
Student School Board representatives Phoebe Hermanson, Taylor Jones, Haley Reed, and Aaron Seberger were recognized and thanked for their service during the 2021-22 school year on Monday evening.

The four student representatives also shared their final presentation on MHS happenings with the board. All four seniors will graduate with their Class of 2022 peers later this month. Learn more about these exceptional student leaders here!

NIET professional learning proposal approved – watch recording
The board approved an agreement with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to provide professional learning services in the 2022-23 school year.

Director of Instruction Shauna Smith, Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger, College & Career Readiness Curriculum and Professional Development Leader (CDPL) Jenny Allen, and PK-6 CDPL Erica Finders presented on NIET and how it will fit in with the District’s initiatives.

Director of Instruction Shauna Smith (left), PK-6 CDPL Erica Finders (center), and Preschool Coordinator Emily Banks (right) discuss the proposed Frog Street preschool literacy curriculum on Monday evening.

Preschool literacy curriculum recommendation presented – watch recording
District Director of Instruction Shauna Smith, PK-6 CDPL Erica Finders, and Preschool Coordinator Emily Banks presented a recommended new preschool literacy curriculum – Frog Street – on Monday evening.

The three education leaders described the highlights of Frog Street, and said they were joined by preschool teachers and PK-4 instructional coaches in the process of narrowing down curriculum options to come to a recommendation.

The board did not take action on this item on Monday evening. A vote on the recommended curriculum will take place at an upcoming board meeting.

Marshalltown Learning Academy showcase presented – watch recording
Marshalltown Learning Academy Principal Eric Goslinga gave an overview of the school’s programs and philosophy. He said MLA’s four primary student learning focus areas include core instruction, work-based learning, dual credit & transition, and social-emotional learning.

Goslinga said MLA serves as an alternative learning environment for high school students, offering several pathways to academic success. He said a semester at MLA is defined by a set of standards for a student to master – not as a function of time.

High school graduates list approved – watch recording
The board approved a list of 350 soon-to-be high school graduates at Monday’s meeting, pending fulfillment of graduation requirements. The Class of 2022 MHS Commencement Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at Leonard Cole Field, and will be available to watch via live stream.

Communications Director Adam Sodders reviewed the good news from the district by sharing newspaper articles as well as school communications articles. That list can be seen here.

Personnel items
For a list of personnel items approved Tuesday, click here.

Initial Review – 

  • 415.1 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (will come back for a first reading)
  • 415.1-E1 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Notice to Employees (will come back for a first reading)
  • 415.1-E2 Drug and Alcohol Program and Pre-Employment Testing Acknowledgment Form (marked as reviewed)
  • New Exhibit 403.6-E3 Drug and Alcohol Program and Pre-Employment Testing Written Consent Information (will come back for a first reading)

The next Marshalltown School Board meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Central Administration Office, 1002 S. 3rd Ave. The meeting will be available to watch via live stream through the MCSD website, as well as our Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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