Spartan Gazette

April 2018

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Indian Mound Middle School

Building Administrative Assistant: Gina Pili /

Attendance Line: 608-838-8980

Fax: 608-838-4588

April Highlights from Mr. Jondle

“Spring Ahead to the Fourth Quarter!”


It’s difficult to believe that we have entered the Fourth Quarter and the “final turn” of the 2017-18 school year! The month of April is one which is full of exciting times as well as time to reflect on the year so far! I hope that each of you had time to rest, recharge, and enjoy time with friends and family during Spring Break before transitioning into this final turn for the school year! This time of the year is one which is exciting and busy both in the same breath! I wanted to take time to provide some upcoming important events on the horizon for your child at IMMS during the month of April!

Real World Day: Real World Day will occur in the morning of Friday, April 13, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about professions and careers while also meeting members of the McFarland Community who share their experiences in the workforce.

Student of the Month Assembly: On April 13, 2018, IMMS will have its monthly “Student of the Month” assembly. These celebrations continue to be a time to recognize students who consistently display characteristics that embrace achievement, respect, responsibility, and empathy towards others. The assembly will begin at approximately 2:45pm!

Celebrate Good Times, Come On! On Friday, April 13, 2018, students who have earned academic grades that are passing in all of their classes as well as a passing conduct and effort grade [O, S, or N] will participate in a full day of learning, celebration, and recognition! Starting by 1:1pm, students who are eligible, will participate in their “Celebration Day” activity of choice, lasting until approximately 2:40pm. Following the Celebration Day activities, a “Student of the Month” assembly will begin at approximately 2:45pm in the IMMS Gymnasium to recognize students nominated by IMMS Staff for the month of March!

Finally, as Spring arrives, there are things we can do to help our youth stay focused! Here are three quick reminders/tips that can help maintain focus for your children:

Avoid Distractions: An easy way to help your son or daughter stay focused during this exciting time of the school year includes: putting away cell phones during certain times of the evening at home, turning off the TV, putting on quiet music, or having your child work on school work in a separate room.

Maintain Designated Work Time: Have a consistent schedule for each night. A designated “work time” may help your child build effective and sustainable academic lifestyles [ie: reading or working each night from 6:00pm-7:00pm, etc.].

Take Breaks: Much like you and me, if your child is having a tough time attacking an educational task or if they have been working on something for more than 20 minutes, take a break! Short breaks have been proven to help maintain overall focus as well as problem-solving skills. Some examples for these quick breaks include: having a snack break, take a walk, go for a run, play catch, shoot baskets, or engage in a “brain break” [your child participates in these brain breaks at IMMS during many of their classes!].

As you can see, the month of April is an exciting time of the year for us all! Likewise, this is a time of the school year when students may become restless and acquire “Spring Fever”. In some cases, this can negatively affect a student’s focus in both their academics and behavior. We want our students to continue to work hard to finish the year strong and finish in a positive way. Join the IMMS Staff in encouraging your son or daughter to continue to work hard, ask questions, and continue to strive for finishing the year on a positive note and having the best quarter so far this year!


Brett Jondle

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Student of the Month

Each month we recognize students for their hard work, dedication, leadership and character. Students should exemplify the A.R.R.E. (Achievement, Respect, Responsibility and Empathy) model in addition to showing compassion, being loyal and trustworthy.

The Students recognized are:

6th Grade: Cole Willems, Carina Zhou, Emily Blattner, Danika Wise, Kailee Hadley, Teagan Mallegni, Aiden Chandre, Elise Freeman, Ellianna Kunze and Ben Bruno.

7th Grade: Taylor Feldner, Lalaina Chandanais, Max Andrew, Anita Liu, Molly Waerzeggers, Rowan Wagner, Vivian Zabawa Lodholz, Alissa Monson, Kylie Fernan and Austin Bosold.

8th Grade: Jael Vargas, Grace Breuchel, Analee Gausmann, Alyssa Putnam, Maddy Fortune, Isaac Levin, Luke Schaaf, Mikayla Walsvick and Ansel Kreft.

McFarland Youth Center Award: Ansel Kreft

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Orchestra String Fling and Upcoming Concerts

The McFarland Orchestra students will be participating in the 3rd annual String Fling on Saturday, April 7th. The McFarland High School will host the afternoon event. Clinics and rehearsals start at 2:30 pm and go to 6:00 pm. The Concert with all grade levels begins at 6:15 pm in the A Gym at MHS.

Come support the McFarland Orchestra Program and enjoy movie themed music! Send your questions to Leanna Hershey, Orchestra Teacher, at

Upcoming Orchestra concerts:

May 14 - grades 5-7 - 7 pm

May 17- grades 8-12 - 7:30 pm

Tape Mural

The 8th grade art ambassadors put up a tape mural yesterday. We have plans for 2 more in the cafeteria. Designs were created by art ambassador Rachel Dorn.

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Grade Track Meets

IMMS Track Meets will be held on May 8th (6th grade), May 9th (7th grade), and May 10th (8th grade). This event will run from 8:30AM through 12:30PM.

To make this a great success, we need volunteers in the area of high jump, long jump, shot put, discus and timers. To sign up to volunteer, go to Sign Up Genius here.

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After school track starts April 4th. Be sure to have your paperwork turned in so you can participate.
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First Bell - 8:03pm

Tardy Bell - 8:10pm

Dismissal Bell: 3:34pm

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The following flyers are NOT all school-sponsored activities and the McFarland School District does not provide support or endorsement of the program/flyer. It has neither reviewed nor approved the program, personnel, or activities announced in the brochure/flyer. Permission to distribute this material must not be considered a recommendation or endorsement by the School District.

McFarland Youth Center - April News

This month McFarland Youth Center youth has been busy with cooking, crafts and Archi art.

Thanks to a generous grant through Best-Buy, McFarland Youth Center will be starting our 3D printing club in April. This will take place on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. (Youth must sign up via sign up board at MYC)

During this time the youth will get a chance to design and print their own creations and will also have a chance to use our brand new 3D sketch pens!

See below for April updates.

Key Dates and Closings:

Monday April 2nd: MYC CLOSED (Last Day of Spring Break)

Tuesdays April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th: 3D printing (Youth must sign up via sign up board at MYC)

Monday April 30th: McFarland Youth Center OPEN: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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