Pella Middle School

August 2021

Important Dates

  • 8/30 - PICTURE DAY!

  • 9/1 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 9/3 - Immunizations Due

  • 9/6 - Labor Day ~ No Classes

  • 9/7 - Students must stay home if they do not have their immunizations up-to-date

  • 9/13 - School Board Meeting @ 4:30

  • 9/15 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 9/22 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

  • 9/29 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal for PD

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

  • 10/22 - Quarter 1 End

Preparing Everyone to Learn, Lead, and Achieve.

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What a Start!

It has been a tremendous start to the 2021-2022 school year! We are so excited to have the students in the building; their unique energy is inspiring, and we can't wait to watch these kids grow throughout this school year!
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Immunizations Due September 3

Per state law, your students must have their immunizations updated by September 3rd. If you are unable to do so, please contact at your earliest convenience.

Unfortunately, if you are unable to do so, and/or have not communicated with Mrs. Craig, your child must stay home until he/she has gotten his/her immunizations starting Tuesday, September 7.

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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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Pella Middle School Embraces The Leader in Me

Why the Leader in Me video LINK.

Leader in Me helps students...

  • learn how to become self-reliant

  • take initiative

  • plan ahead and prioritize their time

  • set and track goals

  • do their homework

  • manage their emotions

  • be considerate of others

  • express their viewpoint persuasively

  • resolve conflicts

  • find creative solutions

  • value differences

  • live a balanced life

The process helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond.

Stay tuned for our Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) survey coming soon. The data from this survey will help us track the impacts of the Leader in Me process. In order for us to have a holistic picture of what is going on in our school, we are asking you, our students, and our staff, to help us gather this important information.

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Missing Assignment Notifications & Emails

In order to be more proactive this year we will be 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 the assignment was due for from the communications you receive.

REMEMBER, we will run eligibility reports monthly, and if your student has a failing grade, they will be ineligible for two weeks.

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Synergy at its Finest!

Students are synergyzing with one another as well as with our School Resource Officer (SRO), Officer Pearson.
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Pella Middle School Participation Numbers are at a Record High!

If your student is participating in fine arts or athletics this year, you can find all the schedules at the following link under "Calendars" and "Events". Events Calendar LINK
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Transportation Requests Not Required for Middle School Students

Transportation changes are not required for middle school students. You only need to notify the office if we need to communicate a change to your student. We will make sure to get that change communicated in a timely fashion.

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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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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
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Marion County Bank Supports our Schools

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Marion County Bank representatives delivered cake the Friday before school to show their appreciation for our teachers. We would like to thank them for the unending support on an annual basis with their Marion County Bank Report Card Program. To learn more, please click on the Marion County Bank Report Card link.
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Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

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The Counselor Connection

Dear Pella MS Families,

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! I would like to reach out and connect with our families to share some important information about the Counseling Department.

Role of a School Counselor

My role is to support student academic performance by providing social/emotional, academic, and career related interventions. This may include in-class presentations, brief individual counseling, peer mediation, small group counseling, and other targeted interventions. We also can serve as a liaison/advocate for parents and students when working with education staff.

Our school counseling program is designed around Pella Middle School's unique needs. On an annual basis a survey to determine our student’s needs is used, and then we design a tiered intervention model based upon these needs. Middle school is an exciting time for students to grow academically, emotionally, physically, and socially. Our hope is to provide resources that are useful and engaging to both students and parents alike!

How can my student access the school counselor?

Students and parents can access the school counselor by emailing me. Additionally, students and parents can call their school counselor directly to discuss any emergent concerns.


When should I consider contacting the school counselor?

You are welcome to contact me for any concern, however there may be concerns that are more directly related to our role as defined above. For example,

· If your student is experiencing any social/emotional distress.

· If your student is having an academic concern that isn't resolved after working directly with the classroom teacher.

· If there is a significant change in your student’s behavior that indicates the need for extra support.

· If you're unsure, please call or email.

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