Pella Middle School

News from December, 2019 & January 2020

Important Dates

  • 2/10 - Excellence in Electives @ Pella High School for 8th Grade Students (details below)
  • 2/11 - 8th Grade Party Planning Meeting @ Pella Middle School from 6:00-8:00
  • 2/12 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal
  • 2/18 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal (Elementary Conferences)
  • 2/20 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal (Elementary Conferences)
  • 2/21 - No Classes
  • 2/24 - School Board Meeting @ 4:30 PM
  • 2/26 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal
  • 2/28 - Screenagers The Next Chapter viewing at Pella Cinemas
  • 3/4 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal
  • 3/6 - Spring Dance after school
  • 3/9 - School Board Meeting @ 4:30 PM
  • 3/11 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal
  • 3/14 - 3/22 - Spring Break
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Bob Boots Honored with KCCI Golden Apple Award

Mr. Boots won the Channel 13 Golden Apple Award in December, after being nominated by several of his students. The golden apple was presented to Mr. Boots during a surprise assembly held in his honor. Well done and well deserved, Mr. Boots! #pellapride

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Joan Nikkel honored by the Iowa Department of Education as a finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year

Thanks to student nominations, Mrs. Joan Nikkel was recognized by the Governor’s office and the Department of Education as a finalist in the 2020 Iowa Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year award. Joan was honored along with this year’s award-recipient and three other finalists during the Outstanding Teachers Recognition Luncheon. Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg joined Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise for the event.

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Logan Bruxvoort Wins National Championship

Logan Bruxvoort, class of 2025, won Tulsa Nationals this past month, and it is known as one of the toughest youth tournaments in the nation. Congratulation Logan!


**Please share your stories outside of school with us, so we can highlight our students. We know we have a lot of talented kids showcasing their abilities, and we want to celebrate them!

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Monday, February 10

Excellence in Electives, 5:30 7:00 p.m.

  • High school students highlight various experiences they gain by taking elective courses at Pella High. Many high school teachers will be in attendance.


8th Grade Parent/Student Meeting, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • High school counselors will hold an informational meeting about courses and registration. Attendance is highly recommended.


* Information will also be shared with 8th graders during school on February 19th.

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Congratulations to Daria Haynie (tie for 2nd place), Nora Ausman (1st Place) and Anna German (tiw for 2nd place) for their winning essays on What Makes America Great? Russ Bossard from the Pella area VFW presented the winners with a VFW Patriot's Pen.

Pella VFW Essaay Contest: What Makes America Great?

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Skip the Trip - Remote Knowledge Test for Instructional Permits

TEST DATES: February 12, 2020

Parents & Students,


We wanted to let you know about the Skip the Trip program being offered at the Pella High School. This program is an opportunity for 14-year-olds to take the Instructional Permit knowledge test remotely and to skip the line at the county treasurer's office.


Students will take the 25 question test on their Chrome Books for a duration of 20-30 minutes. Upon completion, students will know if they passed or failed the test. Students who failed the test will have to wait 24 hours before they can re-take the test. Students who passed the test will need to complete the vision portion and prove their identity at the county treasurer's office when they pick up their permit. Below is a summary of documents they will need as proof of identity:


  • Proof of age and identity
  • Proof of Iowa residency
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of your social security number
  • Parental consent form
  • Visit this website for options of other documents: www.iowadot.gov


SPOTS ARE LIMITED, SO PLEASE EMAIL TAMI MOON AT tami.moon@pellaschools.org TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.


WHEN: February 12, 2020

WHERE: Pella High School

TIME: 2:00 PM

The Counselor Connection

National Online Safety has put together some fantastic resources for parents about social media apps, online games, and trending issues so they can have informed discussions with their children. All resources, plus much more can be accessed from the National Online Safety website:


https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/


Download Resources:

https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/19StjxXWaD_867RohonzkBfq86tT6kNx8?usp=sharing


Mrs. Van Wyk, Middle School Counselor 641-628-4784 or jourdan.vanwyk@pellaschools.org