Pella High School Newsletter

November 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As the month of October draws to a close, it marks the completion of our first quarter as well as our fall activities. The students’ focus and commitment to work while keeping attendance at a mark above 96 percent has been commendable. We appreciate your support in encouraging your child to put forth their best effort.

It has been a competitive fall athletic season for the Dutch and special thanks to the coaches, families, and athletes as they move on to postseason competitions. Our cross country teams both had great seasons and are moving on to state competition. The football team ended the regular season as district champions and are advancing on to state playoffs. Volleyball had a great season and were regional semi-finalists. We look forward to the excitement our winter activities bring!

A big congratulations to the Pella Dutch Marching Band for receiving a Division 1 “Superior” rating for the 44th straight year and 1st place overall at the Mid-Iowa Band Championships plus other amazing accomplishments such as best color guard and best percussion. Thanks to the band directors, parents, students, and supporters for the outstanding marching band campaign. The hard work and commitment of many made it such a wonderful season!

Thank you,

Adam Beckel, HS Principal

Derek Schulte, Assistant Principal

November 18 -- Parent/Teacher Conference

4:30 - 8:00 High School -- Individual conference

  • Teachers will be available throughout the evening. Coaches will be available starting at 5:30.

Transcript Request

If you need an official transcript sent to an educational institution, you must submit a request.

Transcript Request Form:


-click on the “Counseling” link

-click on the “Transcript Request Form” link

-enter your request and click on “submit.”

Check Senior Bulletin

Please continue to check the Senior Bulletin for important dates for seniors and for local scholarship opportunities; the bulletin can be found on our school’s web page under the ‘Counseling’ link.

Campus Parent App for your phone or tablet

Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements, payments and more. Look for the Campus Parent app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Have you moved? Do you have a new phone number or a new email address?

Parents can conveniently change their email, address, phone number, and child's emergency contact information on Campus Parent all under the MORE tab. Please see below for specific instructions:

  • MORE > ADDRESS INFORMATION - Update your household's address and primary phone number.
  • MORE > DEMOGRAPHICS - Update your child's emergency contacts.
  • MORE > FAMILY INFORMATION - Update parent and child phone numbers, email addresses, relationships, and contact sequence.

Requests for changes in your data won't happen immediately as the request waits in a queue for approval by the Pella Schools staff.

Questions about changing your information can be directed to Allissa Grandia by email at

What have we spent on school fees and school lunch?

Through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal (ICPP) and the Campus Parent App, parents are able to see a journal on all fees paid to the Pella Schools for school fees and food service fees. See the steps below on how to see that fee journal:

  • Fees Journal: under Fees > Under Person Select “All” or a specific person > Select this school year > Select Type as “Paid” (This will show you fees paid on/after July 1, 2019.)

Food Service Journal: under Food Service > Select a patron > Select your date range to preview. You will be able to see the money paid in/out and what that student ate each day.

Drama Department Presenting Almost Maine

The Pella High School Drama department will present the play Almost Maine in the Pella High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday November 14th, Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th. All seats are $7.00 at the door. There are no presales for tickets. Almost, Maine consists of nine scenes about love and loss in a small town. The stories are metaphorical, funny and touching. Almost, Maine has been the most produced non-musical play in American high schools for the last several years. The content of the show is most appropriate for high school age and up.

Article of Interest

Important Dates for Semester One


6 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

13 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences: Individual Conferences

18 - Post 12 Week Grades

20 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

25 - Apprenticeship Recruiting Event 6:30 - 8:30 High School Commons

27 - 90 - Minute Early Dismissal - Thanksgiving Break

28 & 29 - No School -- Thanksgiving Break


4 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

9 - Post 15 Week Grades

11 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

20 - 90 - Minute Early Dismissal - Winter Break

22 - Jan 5 - No School


6 - School Reconvenes

16 & 17 - Semester Assessments

17 - End of Semester One

20 - No School - Teacher Work Day

20 - Post Final Grades

21 - Day One of Second Semester

21 - Semester One Grades Due at 9:00 a.m.

* Go to and click on the calendar tab to see all events/activities. You may also access the calendar by going to