Thanksgiving News Update

We are officially on Thanksgiving vacation! Our students and staff are taking their much-needed break. Only 20 days are left in the first semester!! This year is truly flying by. Here are some things that have been happening around here and a few things to look forward to. 

Our HS girls' basketball season has kicked off. Our season opener was Tuesday, November 20th at Columbus. Our girls brought home the W, beating Columbus 68- 19. Kicking things off by beating our biggest rival is always a good sign!! GO FALCONS!!! Our girls are back in class 3A, so they will see some tough post-season competition this year. Best of luck to them and Coach Wehrle!! 

Our JH had a Halloween dance in the end of October. Students came dressed in their costumes! Awards were given out for various categories. 



Best Group: Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs


Funniest - Christian James



Most Original - Kynzee Dahnke 



Best Overall - Madi Winn & Kellan Walsh


The annual Variety show was held on Friday, November 2nd. The show was once again a hit. 

Performances included:

Jazz Band: I Can't Turn You Loose, Soul Man and Gimme Some Lovin'

Chris Lovell - Good Riddance and Discord-Living Tombstone Dance
Vox 14: Fight Song
Destiney Miller: You Say
Bethanie McKIm and Nia Brockert - A Thousand Years
LM Dance Team - Wrapped Up
Jillian Fry - Sunflower
Colors of Jazz - Feelin' Alright
Mariah Pugh and Emma Freyermuth - Stay
Samantha Martinez - Nine Hundred Miles
LM Colorguard - Photograph




Island Lighthouse Food Pantry

Open Third Tuesday of Month (December 18)

2:00 pm---5:30 pm

Island United Methodist Church

2598 Stewart Road

Muscatine, Iowa

Serving L-M School District

and Fruitland Township

Identification with name and

proof of current address required

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and will not discriminate against any applicant/participant in any aspect of program administration for reasons of: age, sex, race, color, disability, religious creed, national origin or political beliefs. 


Staff Spotlight

 Getting to know Miss Twaddle - HS English Teacher


Hometown: Blandinsville, IL
College: University of Iowa
Degree: English with a Secondary Education Certificate 
Did you participate in extracurricular activities/sports in HS or college? Speech Team, tutoring, Iowa Youth Writing Project, and working
Tell us about your family: My mother is an accountant, my father is a truck driver, and my stepmother works in crop insurance. Between my step-siblings I have seven nieces and nephews, who I spoil constantly. 
How many years have you been a teacher? One and a half
How many years have you taught at LM? One and a half
Favorite thing about LM? I know everyone on staff has my back and will support me in whatever I want to try in the classroom.
What goals do you have for this school year? Getting better at home contact and having a focus on positive-and-solution thinking in the classroom
Favorite book of all time: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
What do you like to do outside of teaching? Hike, ATV, cook, read, write, sew - and I will be starting grad school soon
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Ford or Chevy? Neither
Pepsi or coke? Coke
Hawkeyes or Cyclones? GO HAWKS
On a hot dog: ketchup or mustard? Both
What's your biggest pet peeve? When someone tries to hold a conversation with headphones on
What inspired you to be a teacher? Davy, a volunteer at the Iowa youth Writing Project 
When you were in school, what was your least favorite subject and why? PE - I had to take early bird all four years of high school, and at the time waking up early was not something I enjoyed
If you could donate $1 million to any charity, what would you choose? American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

PBIS Assembly
The PBIS assembly was held on November 2nd in the High School gym. There were many groups that were recognized and that performed. Notably, Isabelle True was recognized for being named the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winner. 
Madison was the big Winn(er) of the top prize, which was Beats.
In a previous newsletter, we announced that a peer-tutoring program was kicking off at L-M. (You can go back to the September 28th news letter for details). These awesome students were recognized at the PBIS assembly for their efforts and willingness to help their peers. 

Unity Point's Imagine the Amazing Contest
ICYMI: Louisa-Muscatine placed 3rd in the Unity Point "Imagine the Amazing" Contest, winning a prize of $1,000. Our very own falcon-alumna, Angie Johnson, was here to present us the big check.

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the National Guard for coming to the secondary building and wrapping our doors. The building looks phenomenal! 

Another big THANK YOU goes out to Letica Corporation for their donation of 50 five-gallon buckets to the elementary music classroom.
Bucket drumming is popular in elementary music education.  It is very engaging, expands musical knowledge, improves focus and coordination and can enhance creativity and expression. Our elementary music teacher, Sara Butler,  looked around all summer at Menards, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal Mart and online for buckets for her stuents.  It was going to cost quite a bit to buy several buckets.  She wrote a letter to Letica, explaining why she wanted buckets and how we would use them in the music classroom. L-M alum, Todd Bass, responded saying that Letica would gladly donate 50 buckets.  Our students have been using them a lot and they love it!  



Gratitude Is Growing


Elementary Lunch Bunch

    All students at L&M Elementary participate in Lunch Bunch with the school counselor two times per year. Lunch Bunch is just one of the small group opportunities  being offered this year around the counselor’s table. This week we kicked off “Lunch & Learn” with a lesson on being grateful and practicing thankfulness in your daily life.

Meaningful conversations and demonstrations of gratitude were expressed while we shared a meal and played “Gratitude Roll & Respond” .  Students rolled a die and shared their thankful thoughts that corresponded with the numbers on the die. We shared thankfulness about family, friends, pets and even plants. This activity could be adapted for a fun family Thanksgiving activity. Here is a link to the activity Gratitude Roll & Respond. To conclude our time together students were given a colorful feather with a gratitude challenge. Students can choose to   KEEP  their feather as a reminder to share gratitude towards others daily and remember the things in life to be thankful for. Secondly, student can choose to GIVEthe feather with a spoken or written message about why they are thankful for that person. Join the Gratitude Challenge with us! Think thankful thoughts about what you are thankful for and share that gratitude with others not just at the holidays but EVERYDAY!

Here is a link for more information on the benefits of showing gratitude

The football banquet was held on Sunday, November 18. Awards presented at the banquet were:
All-Academic List (3.5 GPA or higher)
Trey Wagner

Max Mashek
Chase Kruse
Brock Jeambey
Max McCulley


1st Team All District
Chase Kruse-Offensive Utility
Keatyn Velez-Defensive Back
Karson Cantrell-Returner

2nd Team All District
Gabe Hayes-DL
Cody Calvelage-LB
Max McCulley-LB


Honorable Mention
Trey Wagner-OL
Brock Jeambey-WR/TE



2018 HAMMER AWARD    - Cody Calvelage

Greg Collins Award -- Extra Effort Award - Chase Kruse




 From all of us at Louisa-Muscatine CSD, we hope that you have a safe, wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love!!! We have so many things to be thankful for here in falcon nation. It's the people in our community, our alumni, our students, and our faculty that make this such a fantastic place to be. 


Miss Clements' preschoolers also want to wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!