Working together to improve Marshalltown schools

The board and employees of Marshalltown Community School District are encouraged by recent improvements in attendance, achievement, graduation and suspension/expulsion rates. We are pleased by the many accomplishments of the past year, including preschool classrooms in all six elementary schools, implementation of Project Lead the Way at Miller Middle School, Net High as a program option for students at-risk of not graduating, Breakfast in the Classroom at every elementary, completed construction at several sites and a positive report following the Iowa Department of Education’s site visit. The district is grateful for the many partners who contribute to Not in Our Town, Spread the Words Read by Third, Marshalltown Business-Education Alliance, Marshalltown Education Partnership and other efforts that significantly benefit our children and youth.

Marshalltown Community School District shares the public’s expectation for better results from our schools and, during 2013-2014, will increase physical education time for grades K-6; expand a partnership with the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Comprehensive Literacy; enhance technology through dense wireless connectivity in every facility, increased Internet bandwidth, district issued devices, and use of electronic resources; and strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities through A World of Motion at Lenihan Intermediate School, continuation of Gateway to Technology at Miller Middle School, and implementation at Marshalltown High School of Project Lead the Way’s Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering and Principles of Biomedical Science.

Efforts to maintain safe and supportive schools include continued training from the Marshalltown Police Department in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate); facility renovation; Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS); installation of safety and security equipment; implementation of the Four Oaks therapeutic setting; continued School Resource Officer and Juvenile Court Liaisons for secondary schools; a full-time learning supports specialist, media specialist, counselor and nurse in every school; and ongoing partnerships with community agencies such as Mid-Iowa Community Action, the Community Y and Marshalltown Parks and Recreation.

High expectations, increased collaboration and improved communication will be major themes throughout MCSD this year. We encourage community members to join our efforts to ensure MCSD remains a source of pride for all Bobcats – past, present and future.

Marvin Wade is the superintendent of Marshalltown Community School District.