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May 2024

The Drama Department Prepares for big shows!

The Maquoketa Valley Drama Department will present Matt Cox’s play Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. The two-act young wizard edition is a parody of a popular boy wizard series, focusing on the perspective of the often overlooked and underestimated Puff House. This play humorously explores the trials and tribulations of being a Puff, as Wayne and his friends navigate through seven years of a magical education. As the narrative unfolds, our spring play embraces the idea that not every hero has to be extraordinary, sometimes the unsung heroes are the ones who make a significant impact in their own way. Puffs is an affectionate and comedic tribute to the world of magic, friendship, and the power of being true to oneself. Join us May 3 or 4 at 7 p.m. for a fun evening! Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door, in advance at the high school office, or by calling the high school office to reserve tickets. The Young Wizard Version is a tamer version of the original Puffs; however, some mild innuendos and magical battlefield violence exist within the show.

From the desk of Mrs. DeVore

Mrs. DeVore’s Speech Classes Work on Speaking Skills

Public speaking can be a daunting task for many individuals. Since speaking in front of others is a necessary and invaluable skill, sophomores at MV take speech for one semester. The goal in class is to work on communication skills, construct speeches, and develop confidence. 

During April, Mrs. DeVore’s speech classes prepared and delivered their expository speeches. These speeches provided speakers and audience members the opportunity to gain new knowledge about various topics. After completing the informative speech, students transitioned into the persuasive speech. Students will write and present either a wedding toast or eulogy as the academic year draws to a close.

From the desk of Mr. Besler

6th Grade ELA has had a busy month of April and is looking forward to a great finish to the school year! We are currently reading and discussing the book, Two Roads, by Joseph Bruchac, which is a study of the life of a Native American boy who was forced to endure “Indian Schools” in 1932 Oklahoma. The kids are learning a lot of history through this book study while engaging in a lot of great discussions with each other. Along with the novel study, the students are continuing to spend time free reading books of their own choice, completing activities and projects as they go. This was also an exciting month, because the students have been reaping the rewards of their Coin War winnings, earned during the Book Fair. We’ve been cashing in some of the rewards that were earned, received the books we purchased with the money, and still have other rewards to enjoy as the school year comes to a close. It’s been a great year in ELA, and I am looking forward to an amazing month of May. WHAMMY!!!

From the desk of Ms. McCrary

Character Strong Trait of the Month is Creativity

We can sometimes find ourselves in situations that require us to solve problems or Create something new. In those situations, we can feel stuck or unable to get started. Practicing Creativity can help us develop tools that allow us to use our imagination to come up with meaningful solutions. This month’s elementary focus is practicing Creativity to support emotion advocacy. Students are exploring all the ways that their creativity can help them solve problems!

From the desk of Ms. Sheppard

In kindergarten we have been talking a lot about different ways to show the Wildcat Way. They have been working really hard on forming their letters correctly and writing a complete sentence. One of the students began using this to write a list of different ways he was going to show the Wildcat Way. I am extremely proud of them and how far they have come and how well they are applying the Wildcat Way in and outside of the classroom.  

Here are a few things we have coming up”

Farm Safety

May Day

Mother’s Day

We are super excited for our farm safety event coming up soon. A few of the students were on a search to find the letters to make the word seatbelt.

This week we have been talking about Earth Day and different ways we can help keep the earth clean. The students really enjoyed participating in decorating our classroom door and some extra time outside cleaning up the playground.

From the desk of Ms. Siddell

From the desk of Mrs. Bonert

5th Grade News from Delhi Elementary

As the 5th graders dig into the fourth quarter they can be proud of all the’ve accomplished this year!

The students have been bust applying their engineering skills during Genius hour in Mrs. B’s room. Genius hour empowers students to apply science, technology, math and art in the context of engineering as they continuously test and redesign their creations. Students are encouraged to apply their problem solving skills when their designs need some tweaking, as well as perseverance to keep trying until the goal of their project is achieved! This has proven to be challenging and fun at the same time!


Volunteer Opportunities Wanted

If you have an opportunity for students to volunteer their time, please contact Diane Temple at dianetemple@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us and she will share the information with students. Please include a description of what help is needed and contact info for someone students can reach out to.

One More Opportunity to hear the NAMI Presentation

Due to how well received and appreciated our first community presentation was we will be hosting another one on May 9th @ 5:15 in the High School Auditorium. Spread the word, everyone is welcome! 

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

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

April Board Meeting Minutes – Held April 24, 2024

Lunch Menu

May Lunch Menu

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