September 12, 2018 News Update

It's homecoming week here at L-M. There are a lot of activities going on around campus. We hope that you will join us for the homecoming football game on Friday night vs. Mediapolis. Kick off is at 7 pm with coronation beforehand. Annnnnd we all L-M alumni football players will gain free admission into the game AND be recognized on the field at half time. 

We have had several homecoming "spirit days" going on this week. Monday was "favorite movie character day" .... 

Girls from our state championship softball team dressed up as the "Sandlot." Google the original sandlot picture. This is a pretty good replica!
Pictured: M. Pugh, K. Koppe, M. Mashek, I. True, K Sanders, M. Mashek, K. Hearn, M. Hohenadel, M. Hohenadel


Tuesday was heroes vs. villains in the secondary building. 


Mr. Wolf took on a hero persona by being Paul Blart, Mall Cop for the day.



Avery Wilson, Maya Ziegenhorn & Hailey Wingerter came as Ninja Turtles! 


The 7th grade girls jumped right into their very first homecoming week as secondary students. Kyley Wagler, Madison Bieri, Haley Avis, Brooklyn Skidmore & Isabella Harris gathered for a photo during lunch on Tuesday.

Dallas Vasquez & Katie Koppe were the Incredibles.

Profesora Earnest fue como la bombera.


Erin Bramble was a jail bird. 

The elementary students had their own spirit days this week. Tuesday was "crazy hair" day. 


Kindergarteners, Madelyn Wilson & Bailey Paris, sported their crazy hair at smartstart Tuesday morning!!


Our elementary boys had some pretty crazy hair too!! Pictured are Eric Castleberry & Hayden Woods.


Wednesday is role reversal day. 

Alexis Springer came dressed as a teacher.


Even Superintendent, Mike Van Sickle, participated and dressed as a student! 


Homecoming court has been selected. Coronation will be held Friday at the track at 5:30 pm

Mallory Hohenadel, Maddie Mashek, Kalli Leach, Mariah Pugh, Katie Hearn

Cody Calvelage, Karson Cantrell, Alexander Yerington, and Keatyn Velez.

Not Pictured: Tyler Carter


One of our 1st grade teachers, Mrs. Barrick, won a Scholastic Book Club giveaway for her classroom at a value of $500!! We can't wait to see what exciting books get added to her classroom library. She has some pretty lucky students!!! Way to go, Mrs. Barrick!! 


New Staff Member is Leaving Paw Prints on our Hearts

Louisa-Muscatine’s School Counselor, Kim Van Sickle, has a new daily canine sidekick to accompany her to work each day. Luigi, our service dog,  has made a “doggone” good impression on our students and staff so far this year.


Waiting for a service dog has been a long process. Mrs. Van Sickle has been on a 3 year waiting list to get Luigi. Luigi has been trained through  CARES Incorporated in Concordia, Kansas. CARES stands for Canine Assistance Rehabilitation Education & Services. They have been training service dogs for 25 years and have placed over 1,500 dogs in the United States and several other countries. CARES partners with several dog trainers and Correctional Facilities in Kansas and Colorado to achieve an elite level of trained service dogs. Luigi began training as a small puppy for the purpose of being a service dog. He has received training not only at the CARES on-site location but at the Ellsworth Correctional  Facility and from professional trainers based in the state of Tennessee. Luigi’s canine classmates went to diverse team placements. Some were placed with veterans, some with partners with disabilities or medical conditions and others were placed to work in schools and hospitals. Luigi and his classmates passed their Public Access Test, which is required by law, with flying colors.

Luigi will interact with all students by attending weekly counseling lessons with Mrs. Van Sickle. School Service Dogs are trained to help students calm down when experiencing strong emotions. Luigi has definitely helped with this already at school. Luigi can be a reward for good behavior choices and a reading partner to listen to our students read. He loves to cuddle and be read to. Luigi promotes positive school behavior by modeling STAR Student behavior choices.


Feel free to pop in and meet Luigi. Mrs. Van Sickle would be more than happy to introduce you. We also have all of Luigi’s certifications, immunizations and other information available in the counseling office.



On Saturday August 25th, 2015 the Louisa-Muscatine FFA’s Livestock Judging and Meats Evaluation teams traveled to Iowa State University in Ames to compete in the State Livestock & Meats contests.   The Meats Evaluation team of Tommy Tucker, Ty Slater, and Nathan Whittaker placed 5th overall out of 18 teams and received a gold. They were the top team overall in beef carcass quality and yield grading. In this competition students placed beef, pork, and lamb carcasses, along with wholesale and retail cuts. They also identified retail meat cuts and completed quality and yield grading of beef carcasses. Contestants also completed a problem-solving test over ground beef formulations and cattle pricing. Will Hoopes competed in the Junior 4-H Meats Judging Team and placed 5th overall in the contest and was named the top individual in the placing of carcasses and wholesale cuts.


The Livestock Judging of Jackson Soy, Addison Randall, Paul Hoopes, and Emily Wagner placed third overall out of sixteen teams in the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Addison Randall was named the 5th place individual overall in the contest. In this event students evaluated and placed breeding and market classes of beef, swine, sheep, and goats, gave oral reasoning on their placements to officials, sorted two classes of keep/cull breeding livestock and answered questions over a group of breeding cattle. The team qualified for to represent Iowa at the National Aksarben Judging Contest held in Grand Island, Nebraska and will also have the opportunity to represent Iowa at either the National Western Stockshow Judging Contest in Denver Colorado or the American Royal Stockshow Judging Contest in Kansas City, Missouri.


Congratulations to all the individuals on their hard work and accomplishments.


Submitted by: Olivia Soy & Mariah Pugh - Louisa-Muscatine FFA Reporters


 The elementary staff had a cy-hawk t-shirt war on the Friday before the big game. As in real life, the hawks won. And Mrs. Beers apparently went to the wrong game, as she was representing the UNI Panthers. :)


 For homecoming week, on Tuesday night our staff played our volleyball teams. The staff ended up beating both the fresh/soph AND JV teams. However, they were no match for our varsity girls. 

 Coach Gerst doesn't back down from Raegan Downing. New JH math teacher, Bethany Gabe, participated in her first L-M spirit week ever!! We are glad to have her as part of our falcon family and hope she spends many more homecoming weeks here! 


 JH Volleyball coach & HS social studies teacher, Ben Corrigan, can JUMP!


English Teacher, Katie Twaddle & Kylee rock, paper, scissors at the net. 


Our 5th graders have been learning about conservation this year! They spent Tuesday down at the Louisa County Fair Grounds with the ISU extension office and have had others coming into their classrooms to talk. 

5th graders look on as they learn about monarch butterfly tagging.


5th graders learn about biosecurity at the Ag Safety Day held at the Louisa County Fair Grounds.


It's a wonderful time here at L-M CSD. We hope to see you around this week for homecoming festivities. And even if you are unable to attend, please follow us and "like" our posts. We appreciate your encouragement to our staff and students. Afterall, we are L-M Positive!!