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October 2023

From the desk of Mrs. Temple

Public Speaking now offered in-house

Maquoketa Valley has a strong tradition of success in speech, and now students have the opportunity to further develop those skills and earn college credit while taking NICC’s Public Speaking course at MV. Previously, students could take the course online; however, most students will agree that being able to take a class in-person with a live teacher improves the learning experience.

The class is taught by MV teacher Diane Temple who has taught college composition and literature courses with NICC since 2006. 

Throughout the semester, students will learn more about public speaking and communication skills. According to NICC’s course description, the class is an “ introductory course designed to help students develop skills as speakers and critical listeners, increase understanding of the concepts and principles of verbal communication, and become more effective communicators in formal and informal speaking situations.”

Students will deliver five speeches through this semester-long course: an introduction speech, an informative speech, a demonstrative speech, a persuasive speech, and a special occasions speech.

Students will earn three college credits with successful completion of the course. This course transfers easily and often fills a gen ed requirement. 

Note: Students who are interested in attending the University of Iowa and Loras College are highly encouraged to take this course their junior or senior year in order to fulfill those colleges’ communication requirements. At the U of I, students need to take Comp I, Comp II, and Public Speaking to fulfill the rhetoric requirement. At Loras College, students need to take Comp I, Comp II, Public Speaking, and Intro to Literature to fulfill their communication requirement.

From the desk of Miss. Hayes

Wildcats Attend Delaware County Healthcare Day

Delaware County Economic Development and NICC partnered with Regional Medical Center, Good Neighbor Society, Physical Therapy Solutions, Dental Associates, and Alturity Health & Wellness to put on the annual Delaware County Healthcare Day. This is a day to help educate students about career opportunities in healthcare. Six MV Students along with students from other area schools toured RMC, visited Good Neighbor Society, and networked with healthcare professionals in the community. It was a very exciting day full of new experiences and career exploration! Thank you to everyone who made this day possible! 

Any students who are interested in job shadowing a healthcare career or another career field contact MV’s Business Teacher, Ms. Hayes, for more information. 

Concerts on the Stage

The middle and high school choir students would like to invite you to their concert on Monday, October 9th at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. They have been working hard all quarter and are excited to put on an entertaining performance!

From the desk of Mrs. Scherrman

Middle School ELA students are wrapping up our journalism unit where students are writing editorials for local issues. Students will begin our first novel unit soon where they will read science fiction/dystopian novels and connect the themes to our current lives. 


The International Day of Peace (”Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on the 21st of September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.” (https://internationaldayofpeace.org/). Several classrooms in the district participated in various International Peace Day activities! Teachers showed videos on global citizenship, read books, and discussed the importance of the day! Students were able to recognize they can be leaders in peace too!

Mrs. Putz’s class read aloud Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai then discussed it as a class. 

Mrs. Jaeger’s 6th grade guidance classes wrote ways to do kind acts in school, at home, and in their communities.

Ms. Sidell’s class listened to the read aloud Stone Soup.

Ms. Dutra’s class read the book Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace and shared what world peace means to them. They also decorated Peace signs!

Mrs. Moorman’s class learned about the significance of paper canes and then each student made one of them. Some of the paper cranes are going to travel to Uruguay, along with a picture book signed by all of the 6th graders. The two schools in Uruguay that are receiving a book and cranes are ones that Mrs. Moorman visited this summer while she was in South America. 

Whats new with the morning routine at Delhi Elementary?

Delhi Elementary students have taken on a new role in our morning announcements. Each morning two students anchor the announcements live from our “Delhi Elementary News Studio” aka the conference room. Students lead the entire school in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the Maquoketa Valley pledge. Students also read the lunch menu and share an inspirational quote or challenge from our Character Strong curriculum. Daily lunch bunch groups are shared and student and staff birthdays are also celebrated! All students will get multiple opportunities to anchor morning announcements. This has been a great way to start our day!

From the desk of Mrs. Orr

We have had a very exciting and fun start to the school year! In literacy we are learning about what school is and why school is important. We are beginning a unit on schools around the world, which students are very interested in! Our math has taken us to a unit on measurement, in which students are creating rulers and using them to measure things around our classroom. In science we have been learning about the difference between solids and liquids. During DEAR Time (Drop Everything And Read) the second graders have become SUPER readers. We are sure to have a great year!

From the desk of Mrs. Hess

The kindergarten class is working their way through the Jolly Phonics sounds. We learn a total of 42 letter sounds before the end of the first quarter. We are already beginning to see how these sounds can be put together to make words. Students learn a sound a day and practice these sounds nightly with their sound book at home. Teaching our littlest wildcats to read and write brings such joy and happiness to our kindergarten wing in Earlville Elementary.

Seniors and Sophomores, THIS IS FOR YOU!

Maquoketa Valley High School is benefiting from a grant that Delaware County received through Iowa College Access Network. ICAN will provide information about planning for life after high school to our students and their families, and also help prepare for the FAFSA application. Please mark your calendars and join in thinking and planning your student’s post-secondary 

October 24th, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)- HS Auditorium

Sophomore and their Families: College and Career Planning Presentation  

This presentation will cover career exploration, academic preparation, admission process, college/training selection, application process, understanding college costs, and scholarships.

October 24th, 2023 (7:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.)– HS Auditorium

Seniors and their Families: FSA ID

**Please bring your student’s computer with you**

With the new FAFSA that is being released in December 2024 students and parents now have to create their FSA ID well in advance of when they want to fill out the FAFSA form (financial aid). This workshop style presentation will discuss what the FSA ID is and what it is needed for as well as walking students and families through creating an FSA ID. At the end of the presentation both the student and parent will have the FSA ID ready to go, which is a required step in order to complete the FAFSA.

Mark your Calendars! If you are interested in having a booth please reach out to maqvalleyboosterclub@gmail.com

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.


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

September Board Meeting Minutes – Held September 18, 2023

Lunch Menu

October Lunch Menu

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