Wildcat Report – January

January 19, 2024
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January 2023

A Note from Mr. Hoeger

It is hard to believe that we are almost half-way through the school year. Overall, we have been having a great year but several weeks ago we had a very scary incident. In the city of Hopkinton, the police had to apprehend someone who was involved in a shooting in Monticello. The staff and students responded very well to the situation, especially those in Hopkinton. On behalf of the entire Maquoketa Valley school community, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the law enforcement officers who keep our communities safe. We are extremely fortunate that this situation was taken very seriously and the safety of our schools and community are a high priority.

This year, I am sharing with the Edgewood-Colesburg School District instead of North Linn. My Ed-Co experience has been very positive and the staff and community members have been extremely welcoming. I appreciate the flexibility of my colleagues as I transition to a new district this year. 

We live in a wonderful part of Iowa and have many reasons to be thankful. Maquoketa Valley is a great school district and I am fortunate to be part of this team. The MV staff is dedicated to serving our students to the very best of our abilities. The parents are incredibly supportive of the school and their children. I wish everyone a happy holiday season and hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends.

Dave Hoeger

From the desk of Mrs. Frasher

Students at Delhi Elementary have been busy creating and learning! Our 3rd graders have jumped into their frog unit for literacy, our 4th Grade students worked hard on their Living Systems final projects for science, and 5th grade is starting a “toy challenge” as their next genius hour project.  Our Character Strong curriculum focus for December was empathy. Empathy is showing kindness by connecting and listening to other people’s feelings. Students have been creating reminders and posting them all over the building. It is so important for us all to keep empathy in mind during our daily interactions. Such a great message and skill.  We celebrated the end of the year with our annual “Reindeer Games” in the gym. Students participated in a variety of activities and teachers surprised students with a readers theater which included a special guest. Thank you to all of the families and community members that came out to support our students for our winter concert on December 18th. It was a fabulous celebration of music! 

Happy Holidays to you all!

From the desk of Mr. Helle

Find out what is going on in 5th Grade Math:

The 1st semester the 5th graders and I have spent our time improving our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals.  We have worked hard to build our place value understanding and number sense with these types of numbers.  We will now take our talents and skills and work with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions the second semester.  Once we have the skills to work with all different types of numbers we can then apply those skills to finding the area of a 2-dimensional and the volume of 3-dimensional shapes. The students have been so motivated and excited to become better with all these skills in math and are excited to move on to the next skills.  

From the desk of Mrs. Freeze

The month of December was full of learning, excitement, and fun in Preschool!  Our first Unit was all about Gingerbread Men.   For Literacy activities, we read many gingerbread books, spelled our names with gumdrops as a fun Art project, and identified letters on gingerbread men as we played games.   In our small group Math activities we used gingerbread men to talk about positional words, we made shapes with real gumdrops, and we decorated gingerbread men by rolling a dice and adding that number of decorations,  At free play time, the preschoolers were able to use their imaginations in the Dramatic Play area.  They decorated and baked gingerbread cookies and colored fun candies to decorate all over our gingerbread playhouse! 

The writing center was full of fun Christmas words and pictures for kids to copy, and our sensory table had a STEM activity for kids to problem solve how to get a Gingerbread Man across the river, just like in the story.   At the end of our Gingerbread Man Unit we read the story The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, and Mrs. Becker baked us gingerbread cookies to eat.  Unfortunately, our cookies escaped the oven!  Thankfully, the cookies left clues throughout the school, and we used our own school maps to match letters and find each clue until we located our lost cookies!  The preschoolers showed some amazing teamwork and perseverance!!  

Our second unit in December was Winter Holidays.  For literacy activities, we turned our writing center into a letter writing area.  The preschoolers wrote letters to Santa using our word wall, put these in colorful envelopes, and glued on their own hand colored stamps.   We also read many fun holiday books, learned holiday fingerplays, and practiced some of our uppercase letters with fun Christmas games!  In Math small groups, we cut and put together tree number puzzles, played dice games to decorate Christmas trees and cover Santa’s beard, and made some projects that had us practicing our patterning skills.  During free play, we changed our play house to Santa’s workshop.  The kids were wrapping presents, making toys, baking cookies, and taking turns decorating our life size tree. In other centers, preschoolers were building, creating, and learning in many fun and engaging ways.  With the excitement of the holidays, our teachers and paras work very hard to keep kids busy and engaged in learning right up to the last day before Winter Break!  It takes an amazing team and we have it!!  I hope all of our MV families had a wonderful holiday break!

Mrs. Freeze

From the desk of Mrs. Anderson

December has been a busy month in second grade!  In language arts, students have been writing both narrative and informative papers.   

Amber is using the document camera to project the creative story she wrote and then shared with the class. Suzie is asking her classmates for feedback on her story.

The second graders have also been working hard to improve their reading fluency. Students showcased their fluent reading as they performed several holiday reader’s theaters for the first graders and for their parents.  Their hard work and perseverance really paid off!  The students read their scripts so smoothly, with expression, with meaning, and at just the right speed! 

Eli, Erik, Emmet, and Olivia are performing in Bob the Goofy Reindeer  (above).   Bentley, Zander, Lilly, 

Claire, and Daniel are performing in Arthur’s Christmas (below). 

Olivia and Ryan narrated Olive, the Other Reindeer (above).  Shelby narrated What! No Santa! while Dugan played the part of Santa in Hurry  Santa!  (below). 

Peyton, Cora, Jack, Maci, Aubrey, and Amber in Bob, the Goofy Reindeer

In Math, the second quarter is really all about place value. Students are learning that the place a digit is in determines the value of that digit.

Shelby and Mabelynn have been busy counting a collection of pencils and putting the objects into groups of tens and groups of hundreds whenever possible.

An announcement from Mrs. Becker

LOOKING for KINDERGARTNERS

 We ask your assistance in compiling our list of children that will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2024. Remember a child must be five years old on/before September 15, 2024 in order to be eligible to attend Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten next fall. All of our Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten students attend school at Earlville Elementary. Please list your own youngster and those of any of your friends or neighbors you believe may have not received this newsletter form. Please complete the form and drop it off or mail it to Maquoketa Valley Schools, 226 Prospect Street Earlville, IA 52041. Thank you!

Child’s first name________________Middle______________Last_________________ Boy or Girl ( circle one)

Date of Birth ________________________________

Daycare provider_________________________________

Mother’s Name ______________________________ Mother’s Phone ___________

Mother’s Address __________________________________________

Mother’s Email _____________________________________

Father’s Name_______________________________Father’s Phone _____________

Father’s Address ____________________________________

Father’s Email______________________________________

LOOKING for 4-Year Olds

We also need your assistance in compiling a list of children that will be FOUR years old on/before September 15, 2024 in order to be eligible for Maquoketa Valley’s PreSchool program to start next fall. All of our PreSchool students attend school at Earlville Elementary. Please list your own youngster and if you know of any other families that have a 4-year-old, please contact them. Simply complete this form and drop it off or mail it to Maquoketa Valley Schools, 226 Prospect Street, Earlville, IA 52041. Thank you!

Child’s first name________________Middle______________Last_________________ Boy or Girl ( circle one)

Date of Birth ________________________________

Daycare provider_________________________________

Mother’s Name ______________________________ Mother’s Phone ___________

Mother’s Address __________________________________________

Mother’s Email _____________________________________

Father’s Name_______________________________Father’s Phone _____________

Father’s Address ____________________________________

Father’s Email______________________________________

From the desk of Mrs. Grimm

In 7th and 8th grade ELA in Mrs. Grimm’s room we have just finished up our science fiction/dystopia unit. We worked very hard and improved our skills in reading comprehension, essay and question writing, and our conversation skills. We also worked on meeting deadlines for assignments.

Currently we are reading and writing memoirs. We have read several pieces and studied the lessons people have learned and applied to their lives. We will use these examples to write our own memoirs. After we complete this unit, we will move on to poetry.

Students discuss a “Movie Poster” created during the Science fiction unit.

From the desk of Mrs. Moorman

6th Graders participate in the Traveling Mural Project

The 6th grade social studies students participated in the Travel Mural Project with other schools communities around the world to create murals of peace, friendship, and love. The purpose of this project is to create global connections and community with others around the world.  The 6th graders created a mural about Iowa, where each student created a design of what our state is known for and/or what students like to do in their free time.  Our mural was then cut into nine pieces and sent to nine different schools around the United States.  Our class received sections of other schools’ murals from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, West Virginia, Florida, New Hampshire, Vermont, Illinois, and Georgia.

From the desk of Mrs. Groth

The purpose of the Work Experience course is for the students to establish an employee-employer relationship in some local business or industry. During the first semester, two seniors took part in the work experience program under the supervision of Mrs. Groth, the Work Experience Coordinator at MV. The seniors participated in a work experience for 2 class periods per day and will earn 2 credit hours at the end of the semester on January 12, 2024. Mrs. Groth expresses her sincere gratitude to the following businesses for allowing students to engage in Work Experience: Jellystone Park in Monticello, Norby’s in Manchester, and Delhi Landing in Delhi.

The partnership with local businesses provides many opportunities for our students to continue to learn and grow in their employability skills. Thank you to all the local businesses for their continued support of Maquoketa Valley Schools.

From the desk of Mrs. Moenck

“revamping our libraries at Maquoketa Valley”

Schools in the state of Iowa have been working diligently to comply with the new law, Senate File 496, in anticipation of its enforcement date on January 1, 2024. Under this law, school libraries and classroom books need to be reviewed for age-appropriateness. Reviewing books has always been a part of how we do business here at Maquoketa Valley (Board Policy 605.3). However, the new law provides an opportunity to look more closely at the books in our library collections to verify they do not violate Senate File 496. Our work towards complying with the new legislation began back in August of 2023. All of our district libraries have been analyzed and our catalog of books can be found on our school website. We have also scanned classroom libraries so that parents are able to view these collections. As we continue to navigate this new law, books will continue to be reviewed. Moving forward, Maquoketa Valley will continue to provide students and their families with an annual Scholastic Book Fair during spring Parent-Teacher conferences. Scholastic is working with the district to look at books more carefully to be mindful of age-appropriate content.

From the desk of Ms. Droeszler

Students in Ms. Droeszler’s A&P class have been busy investigating the structures and functions of the human body. As shown below, we started our examination of different tissues with chicken legs and have built upon this hands-on experience with learning of organs and organ systems. In fact, we recently asked and answered our own questions about vitiligo, the effects of tanning, and the sensation of goosebumps in response to music. Feel free to ask us about our research–we would love to share! 

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life…like cells and smiles in the lab! Students in Ms. Droeszler’s biology class have started their unit on the structures and functions of the human body. We recently completed a project where we had to compare the structures in a cell to the structures in an object of our choice. Afterwards, we observed cells from the inside of our cheek and prepared slides of tissues! Up next, hands-on and/or virtual dissections to strengthen our understanding. 

Students in Ms. Droeszler’s chemistry class have been investigating how atoms can chemically bond with each other. So far, we have learned how to identify, name, and write the formulas of different compounds. We are learning more about the compounds in our daily lives, such as glass by constructing our own ornaments. Up next, a lab of why we use certain compounds on the road when winter weather strikes! 

Food Service Need to Know

Check your current lunch account balance: Log into your online account or call/email Morgan Nefzger to get your current lunch account balance. You can make deposits at any time.

Free/Reduced Applications: These forms must be filled out as soon as possible so we have enough time to process your application and correct your registration fees. Free/Reduced applications can be found online, or there are copies in the Delhi Middle School/Elementary Office.

Salad Bar: This year, there will be a salad bar offered to 7th-12th grade students and all adult employees Monday-Friday. The salad bar will be an alternate meal choice. You will not be able to get the salad bar in addition to the main meal being offered. The salad bar will be located in the High School cafeteria area.

Snack Items: Students in Junior Kindergarten-Fourth Grade have the option of taking a snack item each day. Depending on the week Junior Kindergarten-second grade will have the option of cheese stick, goldfish crackers, single serve honey nut cheerios, nature valley oats and honey granola bar, teddy grahams, or single serve kix Cereal. Third-fourth grade can choose between a granola bar or a cheese stick. Regardless if you qualify for Free/Reduced benefits, you will still be charged the full $0.35 per snack item. Snack items are charged to your account every Friday for the entire week.

Meal Pricing for the 23/24 school year:

Student breakfast: $1.85

Earlville & Johnston & Delhi Elementary Student Lunch: $2.55

Middle School & High School Student Lunch $2.80

Snack Item: $0.35

Extra Entree: $2.00

Extra Milk: $0.65

Extra Juice: $0.70

Charging on negative Accounts: Be sure to watch your lunch account balance. If your family lunch account reaches an amount of Negative $50.00 or more, students will be given an alternate meal until the account balance is improved. An alternate meal due to low account balance will still be a full meal however the entree will be a deli sandwich with and no additional seconds or ala carte items. Starting on September 6th invoices will be sent out to families with negative balances and your student(s) will receive a deli sandwich until your account has been replenished. Invoices will be sent out every Tuesday via email.

Alternate main course meal option: This year, we will have an alternate main course substitute at each meal. This substitute will consist of, a deli sandwich. Students may choose this instead of the main course any given day.

How and where to deposit lunch money: You can always send lunch money with your students to turn in to the secretary at their building, or you can go online and make deposits into your account.

Link to useful forms:

Food Service Information

Free & Reduced Meal Program Information

RevTrak Online Payments

Total Access Lunch

August Lunch Menu

If you have any questions pertaining to the Free and Reduced Meals, you can contact Morgan Nefzger at morgannefzger@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us

Maquoketa Valley Activity Calendar

This can be found on the website. Please check that for all activities.

Cancellations will be updated on the Maquoketa Valley Website.

Text Alert System

We will be using your information in Power School to alert you. It is important to have your current phone number and email updated. If you have any questions or issues, please call Sarah Lown in the high school office at 563-922-2091.

Maquoketa Valley 2023-2024 School Calendar

Ticket Information on Bound

Starting January 1st we will be going cashless for all school events

. Follow the step by step instructions to purchase tickets on bound for school events.

Step 1: go to the school website

Step 2: Click on Event Tickets

Step 3: choose which event you are buying tickets for

Step 4: select if you are paying for an adult or a student

Step 5: Enter in your card information

Step 5: complete your payment.

THERE WILL BE NO SURCHARGES FOR THE PROCESSING OF THE VISA CREDIT CARDS

Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Maquoketa Valley High School offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing

Business, Finance, Marketing and Management

Human Services

It is the policy of the Maquoketa Valley Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Dave Hoeger, 107 South Street, Delhi, Iowa 52223; 563-922-2091; davehoeger@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us  

2023-2024 Forms

2023-2024 Backpack Program form

2023-2024 Maquoketa Valley Athletic forms

2023-2024 Wildcat Athletic Pass

Athletic booster memberships

Objection to instruction and library materials

Regular Board Meeting

December Board Meeting Minutes – Held December 18, 2023

Lunch Menu

January Lunch Menu

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