Well guys. The governor just made the call for us. No junior high or other youth sports activities through Dec 10th, I believe is the date she said. After that date, we will see if anything changes.
From the Journal-Eureka Jamisen Dodge hauls in 38 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Caden Ballou with 8:31 to play in the game and Midland defeats Dunkerton 24-20.
Help us help our special education department…L & L Lending Hands (Midland’s Intro to Business Class) are learning to lead while giving back to our community. We will be collecting returnable cans/bottles from our athletic events as a fundraiser. Special thank you to B and C Liquor Can Redemption for donating the collection supplies to us! Ways YOU can help us…. 1) Put your returnable can/bottle in the redemption receptacle at athletic events 2) Turn cans/bottles in to B & C Liquor Can Redemption Center in Maquoketa, telling them it is for Midland Schools 3) Donate sticky vinyl and ceramic tile to the school for an upcoming project
Dear Midland Families, Last week the Iowa Department of Public Health released new guidance in regards to masks and quarantines. Over the last month, schools across Iowa have had to quarantine large groups of students due to close contact tracing when a positive Covid case is found. Under new guidance released last week that protocol has changed. Students wearing masks (Gaiters and face shields are NOT Covered under this new guidance) and are within the 6 foot/15 minute criteria, would NOT need to quarantine if both parties were wearing a mask. The positive Covid case would still quarantine for 10 days but the other close contact students would not. I am also sending out the latest guidance from the IDPH that outlines the new guidance in a flowchart for possible scenarios. My goal from the beginning of this school year has always been to create the safest and best educational experience for our students and staff. I have also said that the best educational experience was to have students in a face to face environment as safely as possible. I believe we have done that. I also know that our families need consistency and that going to school every day and all day is best for families. We have students and families that need our support in regards to our nutrition programs and our social and emotional support throughout the day and week. As a result of this new guidance from the IDPH, the Midland School Board voted to approve a mask requirement when social distancing is not possible. Our statement reads- “When social distancing is not possible, all students and staff will be required to wear a mask while in the school building or while using school transportation. This includes all before and after school activities.” This is for K-12 students. This is not a decision we took lightly but believe it allows us to create an environment where the majority of students will continue to be taught face to face five days a week, continue the consistency for families, support students’ social/emotional learning and provide nutritious meals to all our students. This is NOT an entire day mandate of mask wearing. Some classes are able to social distance and would not need to wear a mask. There are some that are much larger and will need to wear one during that time. *Masks Would be needed in small group instruction or where students are gathered together for 15 minutes and within 6 feet of each other. This includes school transportation. *Students will Not need to wear masks at recess or in the hallways during passing. * Students will Not need to wear masks during large group or classroom instruction if there is space to maintain the social distancing guidelines within the rooms. In regards to indoor activities and sporting events in the gym, we will require students and staff to wear a mask if social distancing is not possible. We will continue to highly recommend a mask for our parents and fans that attend. We want to be able to keep our schools open, have students participate in extracurricular activities and keep everyone healthy. Based on recommendation from health experts, it is important for our entire community to practice these 5 areas: 1. Physically distance ourselves as much as possible. 2. Wear masks when we cannot be physically distant. 3. Wash hands often. 4. Sanitize our school facilities carefully. 5. Staff and students must stay home if they are ill. We will be starting this change on Monday, October 12, 2020. We would ask that you send a mask or two with your child to school on Monday for those instances where they might be needed. If you are not able to provide one on Monday, the school will provide one for you. Gaiters and face shields are NOT covered as legitimate face coverings and would need to be treated as a 14 day quarantine if a positive case occurred. Thank you for supporting us as we stay fluid with new guidance from the state and make adjustments that help support our students, families and staff. If you have questions please send me an email or a phone call. 563-488-2292 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely, Mr. Hawley, Superintendent The Midland School Board and Administration
IHSAA Foot ball Announcement: 2020 Scheduling Plan REGULAR SEASON: A seven-week regular season will be conducted. Teams will have the option of scheduling five, six, or seven games within those seven weeks. POSTSEASON: All teams in all classes will qualify for the postseason. Brackets will consist of six rounds for each classification. The IHSAA will determine postseason pairings with geography, quality, and team availability as primary considerations. This is intended to be a one-time measure for postseason formatting. DISTRICT GAMES: Teams in Classes 3A, 2A, 1A, and A will play their scheduled district games in the previously established order. This change means the prior Week 5 becomes Week 3, Week 6 becomes Week 4, etc., in this revised plan. MISSING GAMES: Due to the potential of positive COVID-19 cases forcing players and teams to miss games in the 2020 regular season, the revised plan does not penalize teams with a loss or forfeit due to state, county, or local health department determinations. A missed game due to COVID-19 will be considered a “no contest” and will not be made up. Teams may work with the IHSAA and new possible opponents should they have open dates due to scheduled opponents missing games. TEAM PARTICIPATION: Providing for start dates as currently scheduled, the IHSAA requests member schools state their intent to participate in football’s regular season and postseason by August 17.
Teachers can get free supplies from Paper Mate. Click HERE to go to the link to sign up. According to the page. nothing to purchase.
Midland Elementary School Families: The State Department of Education is conducting a survey of broadband internet across the state, along with student access to devices (laptops, phones, tablets, etc.). Secretaries emailed the survey last week and we already have 139 responses! The survey takes less than 5 minutes and will help determine needs for connectivity. Please complete the survey if you have not done so already.
Midland's own Debra Brokaw School: Secondary School; Midland CSD recognized as PBIS People of the Year by the Iowa Department of Ed. Read the full story HERE
Is your child’s school closed due to COVID-19? PBS KIDS is launching a weekday newsletter to share activities and tips you can use to keep your child playing and learning at home. Sign up now: https://bit.ly/39PjCjb
Congrats to 3 Midland High School football players on their All State Football selections. For more details click HERE.
2020 MIDLAND HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS On Friday, January 31st we made our final 2020 Hall of Fame Inductions by recognizing Jerry Carstens and the 1993-94 Girls Basketball Team!Jerry Carstens was a long time physical education teacher and coach. He coached girls basketball and is currently the 9th most winning coach in Iowa High School Girls Basketball history at 685 wins against 246 losses. He took teams to the state tournament in 1969, 1970, 1981, 1989, 1992 and 1994. Jerry was inducted into the Iowa Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002. He coached here through the 2004 year. Unfortunately Jerry passed away in October, so to accept the award were his wife Kathy and family members Scott, Barb and Jenna Harms, Brenda Leonard and her daughter Allison. Coach C touched a lot of lives during his time at Midland.
The Midland 1993-94 Girls State Qualifying Basketball Team was our final inductee into this inaugural Hall of Fame Class. They qualified for state under Coach Carstens. This tournament was a historic event for the state of Iowa as it was the first year that the girls state tournament was all 5 on 5 player games. Midland had the honor of playing in the first game of that tournament. The team finished with a 19-5 record and a first round loss at the state tournament to Armstrong-Ringsted 37-32. Unfortunately none of the team members were able to attend. Those on the team included: Julie Knake, Lisa Eganhouse Cantwell, Paula Brady Walsh, Kelly Erickson Ballou, Jessie Paarmann VonBehren, Nancy Tasker Davis, Tamara Ewoldt, Kelly Kleppe Doll, Kristy Loy A 6 on 6 exhibition girls basketball game was held on January 31st and we had 14 alumni players come back to play. Tammie Widel Small did a mean imitation of Coach Carstens as coach. Everyone had a great time and no one got hurt. Thanks to Larry Meyer and Kirk Park for officiating the fun! Kathy Carstens enjoyed being surrounded by C's girls!
Pictured: Front: Janice Widel, Lisa Ireland Burns, Tara Hay-Dusanek, Jodi Orris Suthers, Pam Widel Schoenthaler, Carrie Bahnsen. Middle: Tammie Widel Small, Angie McCarthy Gloeckner, Wendy Reade Bienemann Back: Larry Meyer, Nancy Petersen Collins, Kathy Carstens, Barb Westphal Hayek, Hilary Hansen, Kirk Park, Sharon Dirks Holmes, Kristina Doll, Mary Jo Nowachek Huston Photos were taken throughout these fun events by Kim Buchholtz and everyone can check them out at this webpage: Click HERE
Midland Fine Arts A huge congrats goes out to Seth, Natilie, Paige, Haley, and Jaicie for being selected for the Saint Ambrose Junior High Honor Band! We also had three students selected as alternates if a spot opens up in the band- Sophia, Alexis, and Crystal. Keep up the great work!
Midland Fine Arts Huge congrats to our students who were selected for the Tri Rivers Junior High Band Fest on October 24, 2019 Alexis J., Mia R., Alyssa E., Paige P., Natilie F., Jaicie K., Crystal S., Jordyn E., and Sophia R. The festival will take place at the Cal-Wheat secondary building this year
Blast from the Past. 18 May 1950 edition of the Anamosa Journal
Midland Fine Arts Results from August 15: There were 12 performers and only 2 advanced. Mia did not advance to finals but she danced and sang with Eagle pride all over the stage! Great job, Mia! Bravo!
Other ways to support them are: donating to the benefit account set up at Citizens State Bank in Wyoming, Oxford Junction or Olin. sending the family Walmart or Casey's gift cards to cover gas and day to day items sending a card with your well wishes to 1917 Bear Creek Road, Monmouth, IA 52309 You can follow the group's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BelieveInBecker/ for updates on Nathan's condition as well as fundraisers.
If questions you can contact Michelle Hansen or Theresa Gravel at Midland High School or Deanna Martens or Charlene Tracy at Midland Elementary
Thanks for your continued messages & pictures on Facebook, cards, visits and thoughts or prayers for the Becker family. The Midland Community is great in situations like this. Your support is greatly appreciated.
SHERI DOSLAND NAMED 2018-19 ATHLETIC BOOSTER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Sheri Dosland who was named the 2018-19 Athletic Booster of the Year at the Winter Sports Banquet on February 28th. Sheri was nominated due to her active involvement in Midland athletics for over 10 years. She has passionately supported all Midland athletes, not just her own children. If there is a Midland event occurring, she is there, proudly cheering on Midland's student-athletes. Sheri can always be found volunteering and donating her time, energy and money to various causes at Midland. She chaperoned field trips. She could always be counted on to show up to make banners and decorate facilities to promote school spirit. Whenever something happened, Sheri was there to lend a helping hand. Sheri has paid for the dance team to have a pool party as a fun way to end their season. She paid the fuel cost for a school bus to travel to Busey, IA so students could attend the state football play-off game. She has anonymously paid for team t-shirts for under privileged athletes when needed. Sheri became an Athletic Booster officer serving as Vice President and then President. During her time as an officer the boosters got their own room which has helped things greatly! Sheri has a heart of gold and a smile and laugh that are contagious. We want to thank her for all of her contributions to not only Midland Athletics, but to the Midland Community as a whole!
Too many snow days? Here's a song parody of Melanie's New Key #1 25 Dec 1971 done by some very talented folks at Midland Elementary Click here
More snow days. DJ Principal at Midland Elementary gonna tell you what's up click here
Midland Elementary, this lady has skills. Click here to see her latest video.
MIDLAND STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE SPECIALIST EXAMS
Mrs. Koch, our business teacher, asked that we share with North Cedar again this year. She is proud to announce that Jordan Tjaden has passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist Exam and Callie Petersen has successful passed the Microsoft Office 2016 PowerPoint Specialist Exam as well as the Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist Exam.
This gives them the right to include this certification on their resumes as it is a business industry exam (not a high school exam).