Pella Middle School

April 2022

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Important Dates

  • 5/5 - 11:15 Tulip Time Dismissal

  • 5/6 - 11:15 Tulip Time Dismissal

  • 5/9 - School Board Meeting @ 4:30

  • 5/11 - 90 minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 5/12 - 7th grade fishing

  • 5/18 - 90 minute Early Dismissal

  • 5/18 - Retirement Reception at the HS from 3:30-5:30

  • 5/27 - FINAL DAY of 21-22 School Year (12:30 Dismissal)

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Preparing Everyone to Learn, Lead, and Achieve

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Outstanding Character Recognition

Student council selected students who represent outstanding character, and they were honored at an assembly last week. Pictured below from left to right.


8th Grade: Carlyn Henry, Elah Hiemstra, Anna Wick, Davik Patel, Jace Peterson, and Canaan Dunham. Davik Patel was nominated for the Drake Character Counts nominee for the Class of 2026.


7th Grade: The following 7th grade students were honored (pictured below left to right):

Cruz Van Hauen, Trevin Sutton, AJ Scheckel, Elsie Brenneman, Lucy Carlson, Brooklyn Sorheim. Elsie Brenneman was nominated for the Drake Character Counts nominee for the Class of 2027.
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April Proved to be a Service Filled Month

Pella Middle School student council hosted Meals from the Heartland thanks to support from the Pella Community Foundation and a $2000 grant. The student council matched the $2000, and we were able to package 20,000 meals on April 8. All 7th and 8th grade students present supported the efforts. Well done!!
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G&T Service Learning Project at Pella High School - Great Work!

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Worksmart Career Connector

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It's Never too Early to Prepare for the Future

In order to begin with the end in mind, our 8th grade students explored Marion County career opportunities at a WorkSmart Career Connector event hosted at Central College this month.

Careers Represented:

  • Early Childhood Education (childcare providers, teachers)

  • Engineering (technicians and beyond)

  • Hospitality (food service/restaurants, tourism, lodging)

  • Information Technology

  • Medical technicians and nurses

  • Skilled trades (welding, carpentry, construction)

We will continue to partner with Marion County employers to provide our students with meaningful and relevant experiences in order to help them prepare for their futures.

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Iowa DNR Visits Pella Middle School

Iowa DNR, Eric Hoffman and Ken Kenyon, visited Pella Middle School last week. They focused on fishing, bow fishing, and how to be stewards of our wildlife and resources. Ask your student about the fish they brought along and whether or not they could hit the target.
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Peer PE Prepping for Warmer Weather!

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Ride Like the Wind


Mrs. Amy Belding and her Peer PE program prepping for the nicer weather. Peer PE students & mentors are learning bike safety, and some students are even riding a bike for the first time. Peer PE students brought their bikes, and the school provided bikes, trikes, and tandems.
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Did you know 60+ Staff Graduated from Central College?

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Student Council thanks Mrs. Schnoebelen for all she does on Administrative Professionals day!

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Pella Gear and Apparel Needed

Do you have any Pella gear or apparel that no longer fits, or that you'd like to get out of your closets? If yes, Pella Middle School and Jefferson Intermediate keep green and white on hand for new students, and we welcome any Pella gear and apparel you'd like to get rid of. It can be dropped off in our main offices. THANK YOU!
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Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

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The Counselor Connection

May is Mental Health Awareness month. There is a clear and strong association between increased screen time and decreased mental wellbeing in middle school aged children. Increased screen time is associated with increased feelings of isolation, anxiety, depressed mood, inability to focus and work to complete a task. It is recommended that adolescents spend a maximum of two hours per day on a device.


Here are some tips to help limit time your child spends on a screen.

-Turn off all screens during mealtime

-Turn off all screens one hour prior to bedtime

-Set a good example of screen time use

-Encourage your child to be involved in a variety of free-time activities like spending time with friends, after school activities, exercising, and getting outdoors.

-Encourage physical activity each day, and ensure they are getting enough sleep.

May is the perfect time to alter less-healthy screen habits that may have developed over the winter months. Get outside and enjoy time together! You won't be sorry you did.


Respectfully in Education,

jourdan.vanwyk@pellaschools.org

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Pella Community School District Vision, Mission, and Elements

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