Pella Middle School

September 2021

Important Dates

  • 9/27-10/1 - Homecoming Week

  • 9/27 - HC Theme: Dress to represent your LEAD Team

  • 9/28 - HC Theme: Red or Blue

  • 9/29 - HC Theme: Hawaiin

  • 9/30 - HC Theme: Throwback/Decade

  • 10/1 - HC Theme: Pella Pride Day - wear your green and white

  • 10/1 - 3:30 - 6:30 Tailgater at Pella Middle School hosted by the Student Council

  • 9/27 - School Board Meeting @ 4:30 PM

  • 9/29 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 10/6 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 10/11 - 3:30-7:00 Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 10/13 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 10/15 - PICTURE Retakes

  • 10/20 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 10/22 - Quarter 1 End

  • 10/25 - Quarter 2 Day 1

  • 10/25 - School Board Meeting @ 4:30 PM

  • 10/27 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

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Preparing Everyone to Learn, Lead, and Achieve.

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Pella Middle School Honored for Character Counts

Pella Middle School received an honorable mention for the state of Iowa's School of Character award for the 2020-2021 school year given by the The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. Lyndon Norton (class of 2026), Sydney Namminga and Rylie VanVark (class of 2025), Mrs. Belding, 8th grade PE & Health teacher, and parents wrote letters to support our school in hopes of winning the Iowa School of Character award. We are grateful to all who supported this endeavor, and more importantly, we are grateful to serve students, parents, and a community that values education as well as partners with us in this educational journey.
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What? Nearly Six Weeks in the Books!

The students have stepped in to and stepped up to the middle school lifestyle, and we are so proud of both grades for their willingness to try new things, listen, learn, and demonstrate great character. Please thank your students for their efforts, and we would also like to thank you for your support and encouragement.
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Special Thank You to Dutch 200 for Sponsoring "A Taste of Pella"

Our local bowling alley, Dutch 200, donated pizza for our entire Pella Middle School staff to kick off our first "A Taste of Pella" event of the year. Our Culture and Climate team is planning an event monthly and calling it “A Taste of Pella”, and their plan is to provide a meal from a different restaurant or food supplier from Pella to our entire staff.

Our intent is that each person will feel valued, but we also believe our local businesses will be rewarded with a return on their generosity as businesses gain exposure of our outstanding products in this community.

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Character is what you show when no one is watching

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The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.

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Monthly Pella Middle Leadership Message

Dear Pella Middle School Families,

We are excited to share that students at Pella Middle School are flexing and developing their leadership skills through our district-wide program, The Leader in Me. A really special part of this program is its potential to change perspectives. Those involved are gaining resources to help shift paradigms:

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Leader in Me is built around the 8 habits. Your child has learned about each habit on Thursday and Friday, August 26 and 27, and over time, families will learn more about each habit during the school year through newsletters and family activity suggestions. If you'd like more information beforehand, check out the Leader in Me website.

As always, thank you for sharing your child with us at Pella Middle School. We look forward to partnering with you on this leadership journey!


Pella Middle School Staff

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Missing Assignment Notifications & Emails

In order to be more proactive this year we have been communicating with you when your student has two or more missing/late assignments, so you are not left in the dark about their work completion. If you have questions, you can email the teacher for whom the assignment was due.
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Pella Middle School Student Council Representation

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Pella Middle School Fall Participation Numbers are at a Record High!

  1. Fine Arts

    1. 7th Band = 58

    2. 8th Band = 75

      1. Total = 133

    3. 7th Choir = 56

    4. 8th Choir = 67

      1. Total = 123

    5. 7th Orchestra = 22

    6. 8th Orchestra = 29

      1. Total = 51

      2. TOTAL Fine Arts = 307

  2. Fall Sports

    1. Cross Country = 59

    2. Football = 112

    3. Volleyball = 118

      1. TOTAL = 289 (+43 from 20-21)

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Coffee Cart Delivers Again

Students in Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Parton’s LEAD time created a business plan that serves coffee and middle school staff on Wednesday mornings. All September proceeds will be used to provide donations for the Marion County Humane Society.
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Flu Vaccines Available

If you would like your student to receive a flu vaccine from Marion County Public Health, your forms are due by September. The forms were email by Allissa Grandia, our district registrar.


Shots will be on October 11 in the building your student attends, and if you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Emily Craig, our nurse.

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FREE Lunch & Breakfast again this year!

Our district will be continue to offer the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) throughout the school year. This means that all students can receive one breakfast & one lunch at NO COST daily. *A-la-carte items are available for sale and will be charged to student lunch accounts.

**If you believe you may qualify for free/reduced status, you are still encouraged to apply by turning in your application and fee waiver. This may benefit you for P-EBT and school fee waivers. Link to Free/Reduced information.**

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Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

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The Counselor Connection

PMS School Counseling Program Overview

Academic Support: School counselors monitor student grades and proactively check-in with students who are experiencing academic difficulties. The school counselor can provide academic coaching to individual students on organization, time management, and test taking.


Social Emotional Support: School counselors conduct an annual needs assessment to get a sense of our student population’s social emotional needs. We provide short term group and individual counseling. School counselors are available to consult with parents on supporting their student’s social emotional needs.



Career Exploration & Academic Planning: Our students are starting to develop career interests and planning for the future. School counselors support our students using an online platform called Kuder Navigation (career exploration tool). We conduct annual classroom-based career exploration lessons. Additionally, counselors support students & families with planning out their academic pathway.


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Consider Downloading the Infinite Campus App on Your Phone!

Parents and students have individual access to view grades, attendance, assignments online via the Campus Parent Portal and Campus Student Portal. This link also allows parents to print report cards (under the Documents tab), deposit money for school fees (under the Fees tab) and other items (under the Optional Payments under the Fees tab), and update demographic information (under the More tab).

Download the Campus Parent app from the App Store and use the district name of PELLA. Enter your Infinite Campus parent portal username and password to log in. This app allows you to view lunch balances, grades, assignments, and student schedules. See all your students in one app!

If you have forgotten your Infinite Campus portal username and password, please contact Allissa Grandia at 641-628-9539 or allissa.grandia@pellaschools.org.