Spartan Gazette

Indian Mound Middle School

Greetings From Aaron Tarnutzer

In an effort to fight the cabin fever that is slowly overtaking our school, we have several exciting events to preview this month. In addition to curriculum that is engaging, relevant, and rigorous, here is a quick list of what is coming, followed by a longer explanation of a few of the highlighted activities:

March 2: R Word Day (students pledge to stop using the word “retarded”)

March 3: Youth Art Month Reception, E.D. Locke Public Library, 6 p.m.

March 5: Student of the Month Assembly, with the Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

March 7: Spring Sports (Track) Registration Night, 6 p.m., IMMS Cafeteria

March 8: IMMS Choir Concert, 7 p.m., MHS Auditorium

March 9: Orchestra Concert grades 6-8, 7 p.m., MHS Auditorium

March 15: Band Concert grades 7/8, 7 p.m., MHS Auditorium

March 18: IMMS Talent Show, approximately 8 to 10 a.m., IMMS Gym

March 19-28: Spring Break

Youth Art Month

Everyone is encouraged to come to McFarland’s E.D. Locke Public Library on March 3 to see amazing student artwork, listen to beautiful student musical performances, and snack on a few treats. We hope to pack the library and would love to see you there.

Music to Our Ears:

A highlight of March is the many musical performances that we be held, including Choir, 7th and 8th grade Band, Orchestra, and our talent show. The evening concerts are held at the High School Auditorium, which brings better sound and parking, as well as more comfortable seats. Admission is free :) In addition, music is provided at the Youth Art Month Celebration on March 3.

Talent Show:

One of the highlights of the entire school year is the IMMS Talent Show where students and staff have a chance to share their talents with the entire school. Visitors are welcome to join us during the morning of March 18 as you never know what you might see. Past events have included musical performances, dancing, joke telling, and even some juggling. You are also guaranteed to see a staff member or twelve share a hidden talent that amazes and surprises the students.

Spring Break:

The month ends with Spring Break. To be honest, we are more focused on the Spring part of Spring Break as we are ready for some sunshine and heat.

We hope to see you at some of these events. We also hope that by providing you with this information you can avoid the developmentally appropriate, yet frustrating, lack of response you receive to the “How is school?” question.

Thank your for your involvement in your child’s education!

Aaron Tarnutzer

IMMS Principal


Click here to view daily assignments for students at IMMS.

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Summer school staff has been working hard at putting together an awesome program for our students this summer!

The summer school catalog should be available online mid-March.

Online registration will begin at 7pm on April 13, 2016.

Summer School Dates:

Session 1 – June 20, 2016 – June 30, 2016

Session 2 – July 11, 2016 – July 21, 2016

Session 3 – July 25, 2016 – August 4, 2016

**Reminder, as in years past, you will need to know your child’s student ID # to enroll them in summer school. We suggest you obtain this information a few days prior to registration and test logging in.

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World Read Aloud Day

IMMS students and staff participated in Word Read Aloud Day on February 24 sponsored by LitWorld. LitWorld was founded in 2007 after Executive Director, Pam Allyn, renowned literacy educator and author, visited Kibera, an area of extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. There, she experienced the urgent desire children had to read, write and share their stories, the barriers that stood in their way, and the amazing power of literacy to remove those barriers. We use this day to promote independence, hope, and joy through the love of reading. For more information please go to

Thank you!

Everyone at IMMS would like to thank the McFarland PTO for organizing all of the wonderful food that was donated for conferences. We would also like to thank the Class of 1980 and 5100 for donating baked potatoes and Happy Wok for giving us a much appreciated discount.

Talent Show

"Overture, Cue the Lights, This Is It, The Night of Nights..." Who has talent? The students & staff of IMMS have talent! All are welcome to come join the fun on Friday, March 18, 2016 as Indian Mound students perform, sing, dance…and entertain! Will there be some staff surprises again this year? Please direct your questions to Mr. Kramer at 838-4576.

Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group

McFarland United Church of Christ will be hosting a Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Whether you have a child with autism, ADD/ADHD, EBD, etc., you are welcome to join us.

Kat Casey will be our guest speaker. Kat is a Special Education Teacher at McFarland High School. She will be speaking about Individual Education Plans (IEP). Kat will be covering the basics parts of the IEP and help reduce the intimidation about IEP meetings.

Kat will also present yoga and mindfulness for Children with Special Needs. She will present a couple of activities and books that help to teach children’s mindfulness and dealing with their big emotions. Then she will conclude the meeting with a mini yoga class for kids.

Your children are welcome to join you and we would love them to be there for Kat’s mini Yoga class!

Child care will be provided by high school and middle school students. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Wisconsin Lions Camp

The Wisconsin Lions Camp, located in Rosholt, Wisconsin, is looking for eligible campers and staff to join them for the summer of 2016.

Campers eligible include:

Youth who are deaf or hard of hearing (age 6-17)

Youth who are blind or visually impaired (6-17)

Youth with intellectual disabilities or educational autism (9-17)

Youth who have diabetes (age 9-16) , Contact the American Diabetes Association at 414-778-5500

Camper Applications , schedules, and information available at

Phone: 1-715-677-4969

Camper Open House: April 24, 2016 9am-3pm

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Indian Mound Middle School

The mission of Indian Mound Middle School is to develop globally engaged and resilient citizens who are critical thinkers, collaborators, and curious learners.