February 28th News

In an effort to bring you news more quickly, we have suspended our bi-monthly newsletters. Instead, we will be posting updates on the website much more frequently. Here is what has been happening at L-M!!

Intro to Lit students visited the African American History Museum in Cedar Rapids today to further their learning on Reconstruction and Huck Finn.



Over the weekend it was announced that our Jazz Choir, Colors of Jazz, made it in the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships.  We will compete against 7 other 2A schools at the Staplin Center in West Des Moines on Tuesday, March 27.  The Jazz Choir has had their most successful year to date achieving 1s at State and the Kirkwood Jazz Festival.  They also won the 1A/2A 1st place trophy at The Solon Jazz Festival.  



4 year old preschool teacher, Jamie Vircks, is the Toyota of Muscatine Teacher of the month!!! 

Toyota of Muscatine posted the above picture and the following statement on their facebook page: 

Congratulations to our February 2018 Teacher of the Month, Jamie Vircksfrom Louisa Muscatine Elementary School! Jamie was recognized as being an amazing teacher who shows such passion for teaching which is evident in the way she makes learning a fun and positive experience. She greets students and parents with a smile every day. Thanks for all you do Jamie! Congratulations!



Prom 2018

March 19th tickets will go on sale in the high school office. Price per ticket will be $25.00

April 14, 2018
" Paris Night Life"
4:30 - Grand March in the high school gym.
8-11 pm - Dance at The Rendezvous
SENIORS: Senior picture and baby picture are due into Mrs. Steahr ASAP. You may email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



 The public is invited to see Nicolas Bartenhagen's one-person Art Exhibit running through the month of March.  Beginning next week Port City Underground (in Muscatine) will host a month-long exhibit of Nic's art work.  Nic challenges himself to explore new mediums, themes, and creative methods.  Work on display will include photography and painting (acrylic, watercolor, and marker).  His smaller work requires extra attention. It draws the viewer in with its meticulous detail and lyrical colors.

 Nicolas Bartenhagen




Attached is a photo of our All Veteran's Memorial Design Team.  Last fall Mr. Berryman approached Mrs. Noble with a request for students to design a memorial for all veterans at the Island Cemetery.  Our new FLIGHT time has been the best opportunity to form a team of artists for this task.  During Mrs. Noble's Tuesday FLIGHT time they meet to discuss the options for the site.  The team met with Mr. Berryman and Mr. Shoultz two weeks ago.  Last Friday the team traveled to the site to take pictures and measure the location.  They are excited and motivated to create a design that will honor our veterans, serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedom, and inspire all of us in the future.
Isaac O'Neal, Alexis Watson, Amy Magana, Isabella Johnson, Kayla Shader, Olivia Danz,, Austin Connolly, Trenton Brewer, and Riley Skidmore.
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Louisa-Muscatine FFA Members Shine Bright at the 2018 FFA South Sub-Districts Leadership Conference

The Louisa-Muscatine FFA members had an out standing day at the 2018 FFA South Sub-District Leadership Contests held on February 19th at Louisa-Muscatine High School. Seven of the nine contests Louisa-Muscatine FFA competed in received gold ratings and advanced to the South East Iowa FFA District Leadership Convention to be held at Montezuma High School on March 10th. Over 220 FFA members from 14 schools gathered at Louisa-Muscatine High School to compete in leadership contests including public speaking, job interview, and agricultural sales. Louisa-Muscatine FFA would like to thank all the volunteer community judges, the South Sub-District FFA Ambassador Team, and the FFA Advisors from the South Sub-District FFA for all their work to help with the 2018 South Sub-District FFA Leadership Conference.

To start our outstanding day Mariah Pugh, junior, received a gold rating and advanced to districts in the prepared public speaking leadership contests with her eight-minute speech titled “How did it get to your plate”. Stephenee Schwandke, junior, received a gold rating and advanced to districts in the job interview leadership contest, conducting a one on one interview to work as an equine assistant in Louisa County.  Paul Hoopes, freshman, received a gold rating and advanced to district reciting the FFA Creed and answering questions in the FFA Creed speaking leadership contest for first year members. Jon Stubrud, senior, received a gold rating and advanced to districts in the agricultural sales leadership contest, selling RFID cattle ear tags to a large dairy producer. Emily Wagner & Addison Randall, sophomores, received a gold rating and advanced to districts in the chapter program of activities leadership contest, giving a fifteen-minute presentation over the activities of our FFA chapter this past year. Keaton Barrick, sophomore, received a gold rating and advanced to districts in the extemporaneous speaking leadership conference, having thirty minutes to prepare and then give a four to six minute speech over new technologies available to livestock producers. Shad Fordyce, eighth grader, received a gold rating and advanced to districts in the agriculture radio broadcasting leadership contest, where he compiled and gave a five minute radio broadcast over agricultural news, livestock and crop markets, local weather, and a commercial from a sponsor. Graham Walter and Cody Crumly, seniors, both received silver ratings in the welding contest, completing a flat butt weld and a vertical down t-weld. Finnaly the conduct of meetings leadership team of Jeremy Neiswonger, Olivia Soy, Matt Krogstad, Nathan Whittaker, Clair Wilson, Emmanuel Walker, and Hunter Seefeldt received a bronze rating, demonstrating the opening and closing ceremonies of the FFA and conducting a short business meeting using parliamentary procedure. Congratulations to all our FFA members that worked to develop better leadership skills.

Submitted by: Maisy Howell & Karson Cantrell, Louisa-Muscatine FFA Reporters