Pella Middle School

News from March, 2019

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • April 4 - Final ISASP Practice Assessment (Science)
  • April 5 - 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester Midterm End
  • April 5 - 6th Grade Orientation (1:00-3:00 tours)
  • April 8 - School Board Meeting
  • April 10 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal
  • April 10 - 3rd Quarter/Semester 2 Midterm Grades Published
  • April 12 - Laptops stay at school over the weekend
  • April 13 - 8th Grade Party from 5:30-8:30
  • April 15 - 18 - ISASP Testing
    • Laptops stay at school all week - we will avoid technological homework.
  • April 19 - Good Friday - No Class
  • April 22 - School Board Meeting
  • April 23 - 5:30-6:30 6th Grade Orientation @ Pella MS
  • April 24 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal
  • April 24 - Incoming 7th grade course sign-up (Final schedules released in late August)
  • May 2 - 11:15 Dismissal Tulip Time
  • May 3 - 11:15 Dismissal Tulip Time
  • June 7 - Final Day of Classes
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Students stock up to fill care bags.

Care Bags Foundation

Student council teamed up with the resource room to go shopping with money they raised for the Care Bags Foundation that supplies foster care children with items to call their own. Student Council raised $100 by selling pretzel rods, and the resource class raised $60 on their February coffee cart! The resource class also held a dontaion drive where they collected over 60 items!


The teams united and used their earnings to purchase more items focusing on items for teenagers.


“This program started when Annie Foskett saw people who were homeless and had nothing. Think about if this was all you had, what would you want in this bag?” Kristin Schulz reminded the students. The students collected items such as toothbrushes, chapstick, card games, journals, travel shampoos and more. More info can be found at the website below.



Care Bags 4 Kids

Students brought a touch of Spring on the Coffee Cart, offering strawberry smoothies served with umbrellas, flowers, and smiles!

meals from the heartland

40,000 meals packaged= 240,000 people fed.
Student Council was awarded a grant from the Pella Community Foundation for $4000. Meals from the Heartland matched, and we packaged $8000 worth of food. The student council and Pella Middle school were also awarded for packaging over 100,000 meals in the past three years. Our students showed such great teamwork and service learning!
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Students Compete at State for Math Counts

Zackary Neumann, Donovan Helle, Grant Anderson, and Peleope Shriver compete at the Math Counts state level competition!

Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee

Chrystalynn Shulz is the state winner of the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee contest!

First Place Finsh for our 8th graders at Knowledge Bowl

Zackary Neumann, Reid Hermanson, Ryder Bates, Jace Recker, and Camden Holland take the championship at the Knowledge Bowl. All four students are to be commended for their efforts!

Knowledge Bowl

7th and 8th grade students participated in the Knowledge Bowl, hosted by Pella Christian earlier this month, and they represented Pella Middle School very well. What another great opportunity for them to work together, collaborate, compete, and showcase their skills.

Physical Education FUN

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Improv performs for Eighth Grade Students

Improv is a club option at Pella High School, and the high school students visited the 8th grade class to share their skills. This is an annual highlight for our students, and it is always fun for us to see them perform when they return.
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Camden Holland awarded the Sate of Iowa Silver Key for Video Game Design.

Anna Nikkel wins a short story writing award from Scholastic Arts and Writing.

Pella Middle School Represents at National History Day Districts

Stephen Gaul, Mallory Weserkamp, and Zoie Winward participated in the National History Day districts, and they are all three moving on to the state level competition at the end of April! Well done and good luck!

8th Grade Party - April 13 from 5:30-8:30 PM

If you are interested in supporting the party or joining in on April 13, please contact the 8GP facilitators.

Holly Kraber: hkraber@gmail.com

Melissa Brown: ronlissa@mchsi.com

April Tech Tips

  1. Remind students that images explicit/inappropriate in nature shared with them, of them, or stored on their phones are illegal.
  2. Take a look at what your children are posting and writing on social media.
  3. Ensure you know what your students are doing online and with whom.
  4. Charge and store all devices in a public space...not bedrooms.