SEIBA JAZZFEST 2019, Claire W. Outstanding soloist PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 13 2019 07:46

The Washington Middle School Jazz Band performed at the SEIBA Jazzfest at West High School in Iowa City on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 in the Small Class Jr. High (class 1A-3A middle schools). Three judges scored the bands and gave out solo awards. The WMS band scored 65,65 and 49.


Claire W., received the Overall Outstanding Soloist award for all Class 1A-3A MS/JH Jazz Bands for her solo and section work on trombone.



The Jazz band also had 5 students who received solo awards on Saturday: Claire W, trombone; Kevin F, tuba; Julianna W., clarinet ; Trenton H., Alto Sax; and Mikaila M, piano (daughter of Barb Matheson)

After the band's performance, they spent about a half hour with clinician, Jerry Zinn, who watched their performance and worked with them after their performance.



Their selections included Now's the Time, Over the Rainbow, and Caravan.

WMS Jazz Band Members are:

Alto Sax: Trenton H & Amelia D

Tenor Sax: Miguel T & Matthew V

Bari Sax parts (on TUBA)- Kevin F

Trombones: Claire W , Levi A , &Taylor J

Trumpets: Caleb H , Samantha H , William K & Ada K

Clarinet: Julianna W

Drums: Lane S & Brennen W

Vibes: Brennen W

Bass: Will G-B

Piano: Mikaila M

Guitar: Kael M

The Washington MS Jazz Band director is Craig McClenahan.

4-H STEM Club uses Food for Thought PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 11 2019 12:38

The March 4-H After School STEM Club is using Food for Thought curriculum from the company Engineering is Elementary. 3rd-5th grade participants will learn about food science and how that affects how food looks, how long it lasts and how it tastes too. Their first session experimented how changing the process and order of something can create very different resuls. Each group made their own version of rice krispies. 3rd grader, Joseph Pacha, worked through his rice krispie process to a unique and tasty result. Pacha is the son of Ashley and Steven Pacha of Washington. March STEM is being taught by Molly Doorenbos and Kelli Gapinski.

Washington County Extension & 4-H and Lincoln Elementary are partnering together with a sponsorship from Bazooka Farmstar and Premier 1 to offer additional and fun ways for Washington youth to interact with science more in a hands-on setting while making new friends and connecting with caring adults in the community. This club is open to any 3rd-5th grade student who wants to experiment more with science, technology, engineering, and math. Each session will use an Engineering is Elementary and State 4-H curriculum.

Registration is still open for the April session titled “Outbreak Alert!” In a world where people are more connected than ever, diseases can spread rapidly! Youth will become biomedical engineers as they explore how to prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases. They will use the Engineering Design Process to design an antiviral to stop a newly discovered virus from infecting a model cell. This group will meet on April 1, 8, 15. Register by March 25 at


Please contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for registration form or with any questions about this STEM Club or how to get involved with other youth science activities.

Stewart Elementary Kids in the Kitchen Club Graduates with Success PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 11 2019 12:35

27 2nd graders from Stewart Elementary completed the 4-H Kids in the Kitchen Club on March 6. They celebrated their learning at the last meeting with a fruit and veggie tasting party.

Kids in the Kitchen is a after school 4-H Clover Kid club teaching members to have kitchen sense and safety while they learn about the major food groups and making healthy choices for their growing bodies. This club met on Wednesdays after school during January and February.

Members have explored the tasty fun of the kitchen when making Breakfast Splits, Popcorn Trail Mix, Pizza Flips and Fruit Pizzas with ISU Eat Smart, Spend Smart healthy recipes. They have learned and practiced correct handwashing, how to measure dry and liquid ingredients, knife safety, and plant parts. Each week they do some fun exercises together and use the healthy MyPlate to identify food groups.

Washington County Extension and Washington County Hospitals and Clinics partnered together to bring this afterschool club to Stewart. The Kids in the Kitchen curriculum is a product of Iowa 4-H. Volunteers assisting with the program included Amy Martin, Midori Gingerich, Jaycee, Mandernach, Myles Jones, Brynn Beenblossom, Maddie Janecek, Sarah Miles and Madeline Leichty with support from Washington County 4-H/Youth Coordinator Amy Green.

“This curriculum has such a place in our world today as it teaches the importance on healthy living and food choice and keeping kids safe in the kitchen. It follows the 4-H model to do, reflect and apply with kids,” explained Green, “and they loved every hands-on minute cutting, measuring, stirring, and cooking. Eating was, of course, their favorite part. It was wonderful to see the pride they took in their recipes.”

The Washington County Extension Office hopes to expand this club in future years, please contact them if interested in sponsoring or volunteering or with any questions about this Healthy Living Club or how to get involved with other youth activities as a member or volunteer.


group photo of veggie tasting day

Volunteer with Financial Literacy Fair PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 11 2019 08:05

Washington Flyer for Volunteers

Track Apparel PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 07 2019 14:34

Track Apparel is available to purchase at the following website:



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