Pella Middle School

News from December, 2020

Important Dates

  • 12/23 - 1/4 Winter Break
  • 1/4 - No Classes - Teacher Work Day
  • 1/5 - Day 1 Semester 2/Quarter 3
  • 1/8 - Quarter 2 Club Day - RESPONSIBILITY
  • 1/11 - School Board Meeting 4:30
  • 1/13 - 90 min. early dismissal for Professional Development
  • 1/20 - 90 min. early dismissal for Professional Development
  • 1/25 - School Board Meeting 4:30
  • 1/27 - 90 min. early dismissal for Professional Development
  • 2/1 - No Classes - Teacher Work Day
  • 2/10 - 90 min. early dismissal for Professional Development
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Stratton Announces Retirement after 24 Years at Pella Middle School

Please help us in congratulating Mr. Derek Stratton, Pella Middle School band director, after serving as a band director for 24 years in the Pella Schools and 44 total years in education. Mr. Stratton led our bands with passion, and we sincerely thank him for the impact he's made on our students, band program, and community. Congratulations, Mr. Stratton.
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Schulz Named Iowa VFW Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020

Mrs. Kristin Schulz, 7th grade Social Studies, was named Iowa VFW Teacher of the Year . Mrs. Schulz leads our Pella Middle School students in raising funds throughout the year for various non-profit organizations. She was presented with the VFW Crystal Apple Award by Russell Saffell, the past Iowa State VFW commander, and Russ Bossard with VFW Post 5242 in Pella.
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The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.

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Top 3 VFW Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest from Pella Middle School

Sarabeth Decious, Lizzie Neumann, and Hunter Haynes were awarded as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Russ Bossard with VFW Post 5242 in Pella said every year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest nationally. It is an honor for Pella Middle School to have this year's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners be from our school. If you would like to hear the entire story on KNIA, click HERE.
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Student Council Adopt A Family Service Project

Student Council worked with Crossroads of Pella to adopt a family this Christmas. The Student Council was able to donate $350 worth of presents to a single mom and her 9 year old daughter to make Christmas special this year. Students picked out a Nike Sweatshirt, leggings and a t-shirt for the little girl, along with an LOL surprise doll, some family board games, and nail polish. We also got gift certificates, so the family could enjoy a couple of meals out from Applebees and Jaarsma Bakery. The kids also decided to spoil this single mom with some spa time at Expressions and a new outfit she can pick out from the Funky Zebra, along with a blanket and some candles. To listen to KNIA's coverage, click HERE.
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Attitude Determines Preparation, Preparation Determines Outcome.

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Pella School Resource Officer (SRO) Changing of the Guard

Officer Nathan Wolff has served as our SRO for the past two school years, and he has played a pivotal role in successfully setting up our SRO structure while supporting us with safety plans, behavioral support, and many other supports that have helped in numerous ways. Officer Wolff has recently accepted a new role with the Pella PD. Officer JR Pearson will step into the role second semester. We are looking forward to working with Officer Pearson to continue to ensure student, staff, and building safety is upheld to the same standard set by Officer Wolff. Congratulations to Officer Wolff, and welcome Officer Pearson.
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Nobody knows what they’re capable of until they push themselves hard enough to find out.

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Continued Mitigation Efforts Greatly Appreciated!

Please Continue to:


  • Have a water bottle for school

  • Let the school nurse know if you or someone in your family/home is being tested for CoVid. If being tested, please do not come to school until you have the results!

  • Keep an extra mask (or two) in your locker to ensure you have one when you need it.
  • Wash your mask regularly
  • Rotate masks, or grab an extra in order to rotate.
  • Review the chart below, so we can continue to limit and reduce the spread.
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Officers Visit 8th Grade Health

Officer Wolff and Detective Schuldt visited Mrs. Belding's 8th grade health class and shared information about high risk substances. Students posed great questions, and the officers were excellent resources on the topic.
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Mrs. Sheets's Team Delivers Once Again

In December, a $125 donation of children’s snacks was made to the Açaí Bowl Christmas Tree which was then donated to a local organization this week! The Wednesday coffee cart continues to be a great vehicle to support the philanthropic efforts of Mrs. Sheets's program. Students and staff serve coffee weekly to make a greater impact on our community, state, country, and world. What a great opportunity that allows us to teach our students how to give back!
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Pella Dutch Live Streams All Events

Unfortunately, limited fans and spectators will continue to be our reality for the foreseeable future due to CoVid, but fortunately for you, Pella Dutch Live streams all Pella Middle School and High School events. You can go to Pella Dutch Live on YouTube to catch all your favorite events from fine arts to athletics. We will continue to work to improve our quality and coverage, and we thank you all for your support of our programs.
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Free Meals Extends through the End of the School Year!

Originally, free meals were made available until the end of 2020. The USDA has now approved funding for free meals through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. What great news!!!

ATTENTION: MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

A la carte items are not included in the free meals offered by the USDA. You will be charged a fee for any item taken from the a la carte line.

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The Counselor Connection

As winter has made its forces known, we know it’s important to keep our bodies active. This can feel difficult when there’s snow in the ground and activities are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you’ve got the right gear, you can do almost any activity outside. There’s no better time to try than this year: If the risks of COVID-19 have you steering clear of indoor workout spaces this winter, consider mixing up your activities! You can bundle up and try...

Sledding, building a snowman, making snow angels, snowball fights, ice skating, snow shoeing, taking a brisk walk, jog, or hike, or shovel snow for someone in need.


If your student is in need of winter gear, please contact me, we can assist!


Don’t forget the resources Covid Recovery Iowa has available.

Parenting in a Pandemic

Covid Recovery Iowa


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Sincerely,

Jourdan Van Wyk, School Counselor

jourdan.vanwyk@pellaschools.org

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