Press Release: Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

For the second time in four days, Mount Pleasant Middle School officials were notified of a remark considered a possible threat to the safety of the school.  At approximately 8:45am on the morning of Thursday, May 24, a student reported to school administration that a fellow student made a statement threatening the school.  The Mount Pleasant Police Department was contacted immediately, and an investigation ensued. Upon identification and investigation of the individual, the individual admitted to the statement and said it was meant to be a joke.  The Police Department’s investigation included notification and interview of the student, the student’s parents and a subsequent search of the residence. No items of concern were found, including no firearms. The individual was removed from school and criminal charges are pending.  The School District will continue to work with local law enforcement officials and legal counsel to determine appropriate disciplinary action.

Parents – Please take time to speak to your children about the serious nature of comments threatening the safety of schools, the School District and/or other students, even if those comments are meant to be in jest.  Mount Pleasant Community School District will continue to take seriously any threats against safety, including notification of law enforcement, and disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school.  As a result of the incident last Monday, the School District will continue to partner with the Mount Pleasant Police Department to provide an increased police presence in and around School District buildings.

Parents are welcome to call Central Office at 319.385.7750 with questions or concerns.

John Henriksen, Superintendent

Mount Pleasant Community School District

 

Friday is our Relay Recess Day!

Friday’s Relay Recess provides our students a little taste of Relay for Life, and introduces students to a wonderful community organization, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society. All students will be participating, so students should  wear tennis shoes. Students may bring in coin donations to support this wonderful organization. If you or your family would like to participate in Relay for Life, we encourage you to get in contact with our local chapter. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=87628 .

Lisa Lowery and Heid Huckabone

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Grade One students celebrating this year’s radish crop coming from VA’s garden.

 

 

 

VA Music Ed Marches On!

IMG_0147Students in the music room have been learning/reviewing songs for all all-school sing-a-long on June 1st. They have also been finishing up their music curriculum.

Kindergarteners are learning new songs that have movement activities and dances with them. The dances help them to get along with their classmates while keeping the beat. First graders have been studying the complete composition “Carnival of the Animals”. They listen to the music, discuss the musical instruments they hear, as well as the elements of music that are in the song, such as high and low, soft and loud, fast and slow. After the discussion, the students pretend they are the animals the song is about. Second graders are learning songs that have cumulative words and actions. This helps them with their memory and coordination.

Third graders have been studying Beethoven. They are starting an activity where they will create the movements and then perform them for the class. Fourth graders are working on Patriotic music and the history behind the songs. Fifth grade has been working on writing their own musical composition.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Monday, May 21, 2018

8:00pm

At approximately 3:30pm on Monday, May 21, Mount Pleasant Middle School was notified by the Mount Pleasant Police Department that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had received a complaint about a student referencing violence against a school.  According to the police, the threat was a “vague” statement made on YouTube.  Upon identification and investigation of the individual, the individual admitted to the statement and said it was meant to be a joke.  The Police Department’s investigation included notification and interview of the student, the student’s parents and a subsequent search of the residence.  No items of concern were found, including no firearms.  The individual was released to the custody of parents pending the consideration of charges.  The School District will continue to work with federal and local law enforcement officials, and legal counsel to determine appropriate disciplinary action.

Parents are welcome to call Central Office at 319.385.7750 with questions or concerns.

John Henriksen, Superintendent

Mount Pleasant Community School District

As we approach the end of the year, here are a few reminders and thoughts.

Looking at the calendar listed below, several grade levels have field trips planned. What is important to remember about these field trips is that students must arrive at a regularly scheduled start time or there’s a possibility the buses may leave without our late-arriving students. And without exception, if a parent is accompanying students on a field trip, a background check must be completed. These background check forms can be obtained from Denise and we need about a week to complete the process. Background verifications are good for several years, and we encourage parents to compete the form any time during the year, so you have the option to participate in your child’s field experiences.

Wednesday night from 4:00 to 6:00 PM is the instrument/band sign-up sign up for next year’s Grade 5 students. Instrument sign up will be conducted in the Van Allen gym.

Looking at our calendar, Friday is 1: 30 dismissals, and Monday arc school’s doors are closed to celebrate Memorial Day, however we do have Van Allen students singing the songs  Battle Hymn of Gettysburg and Arlington at the Memorial Day Remembrance at the High School. Students should arrive by 10:15, as the event starts at 10:30

Below are a few pictures from Fridays field day.

Thank you,

Van Allen May “Happenings”

5/22 – Kdg field trip to IA City Children’s Museum 8:45 -2:45

5/23 – 4 th grade band sign up in the gym 4:00-6:00

5/24 – 2 nd grade field trip Putnam Museum Davenport

5/24 – 5 th grade field trip to Nauvoo 8:30

5/24 – Preschool graduation in gym 9:30 & 2:00

5/25 – Relay for Life- Gr. Kdg-5 th 10:00-10:30

5/25 – Early Out 1:30

5/28 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

5/30 – Public library at VA

5/30 – Kdg Graduation in gym 2:00

5/31 – Chorus /Band Movie trip

5/31 – Yearbook Signing

6/1 – Last day of school

8:30 VA Awards Ceremony

9:15-10:15 KG-Grade 3 Activity Hour

10:15-10:30  All-School Recess10:45-11:15 All-School Sing Along (Students will return to   class and be dismissed  from class)

11:30 dismissal, NO LUNCH PROVIDED