Home of the Komets
Mr. Mark Fridenmaker
The purpose of Kesling Middle School is to provide a sound foundation for all students' achievement by utilizing learning experiences that emphasize core knowledge, basic skills, and exploratory opportunities. Kesling Middle School fosters a climate which supports responsible behavior, a sense of community, and enhanced parental involvement.
KMS Morning Announcements
Congratulations Mrs. Ault
Mrs. Ault was named middle level advisor of the year on Saturday, May 11, 2013. She accepted the award at a ceremony with student council member on Saturday in Indianapolis. Congratulations Mrs. Ault. We thank her, Mrs. Hawkins, and all the student council members for a great year.
IU Health LaPorte Hospital Sports Medicine will be offering sports physicals for the 2013-2014 school year on Wednesday June 5th from 5-8:30pm in the High School gymnasium. All middle school students who wish to participate in athletics during the ‘13-‘14 season are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. All athletes must have a yearly physical before participating in athletics. Any athlete planning to participate in summer conditioning MUST have a physical on file with the Kesling athletic office on or before June 5, 2013.
***The cost of the physical is ONLY $10!!!***
Athletes are asked to pick up the physical form at the Kesling athletic office and have ALL necessary signatures and forms completed prior to their physical
April 19, 2013
It is hard to believe that this school year is almost over. We have had an awesome school year. There are still many learning opportunities that await your child and for the opportunity to improve academic performance. For those students who are achieving at the desired level of performance, take time to celebrate that success; for those who need to improve, it is not too late. I want to remind parents about some tools that will help your child be successful at school. These tools are as follows:
• Parent Access Continue to Periodically Check your Child’s Grades.
• Teacher Web Pages All teachers starting the fourth grading period are required to have an assignment sheet posted daily listing what was done in each class each day. There are two different formats that teachers can implement. One is weekly and the other is daily; however, both convey the same message. Each will provide the following information: In Class, Notes, Homework and Announcements. This should help parents assist each child to be more successful in school.
I also wanted to remind parents that the Multiple Choice section of ISTEP+ testing will take place starting April 29, 2013 and will finish on May 10, 2013. The test will be given online. Please have a discussion with your child regarding the importance of these tests and the need to do their best. The results will be used to rate schools and will be used individually to determine what classes students are placed in for the next year. Furthermore, it is critical that students get the proper rest during this time period and have excellent attendance. Parents can find out more information regarding ISTEP+ by going to the Indiana Department of Education website.
Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (219) 362-7507 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding testing or questions in general regarding your child’s education at Kesling Middle School. Thank you for all that you do to help your child be successful in school.
Principal, Kesling Middle School
Art & Soul
Art and Soul
Kesling Spring Concerts & Art Show
May 23rd, 2013
7th/8th Grade Concert Time: 6:00 pm
6th Grade Concert Time: 7:15 pm
Doors open at 5 pm to view artwork
Need help with your Homework or a Class Project?
Help is available!
Where: Room 31 (Read 180)
Who: All Kesling Students
When: Every TUESDAY and THURSDAY
Time: 2:45 - 3:30
Students need to bring some kind of homework or project to work on. Please have your Textbook, Paper, Pen/Pencil......
Rides should be prearranged and at Kesling promptly at 3:30.
Last day for Homework Help is Tuesday, May 21st.
Kent's Run is a 5K Run/Walk race held to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It was established to honor the life of Kent Ribordy, a former Kesling student and athlete who passed away unexpectedly in June 2007 from Leukemia. Entry fee for the 5K is $25.00. Kesling Student Council will sponsor 1/2 of the fee for any student, or family member, that would like to participate, up to the first 25 people. Entry forms are available from Mrs. Ault. The deadline is May 10th to register for Student Council help with the cost of entry. More information about Kent is available through his website at: http://www.kentsrun.com/
New Immunization Requirements ~ 2013-2014
From the IDOE for the 2013-14 School Year: 2 Varicella Vaccines for students in grades K-12
This is a change for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Physician documented history of disease will be required for students in grades K-5. Parent documentation of chickenpox history is acceptable for students in grades 6-12.
Online Book Club
New Online Book Club
Have you been looking for a way to motivate your child to read more? Encourage them to join the new online book club forming at Kesling Middle School! Meetings will be mostly online, making it simple for your son or daughter to meet whenever they have free time. Sign up is easy!
They get the webpage code from their reading teacher, join the book discussion group at:http://www.edmodo.com/hindsleyreads and enter the code. After signing up they can read any title listed on the ‘Young Hoosier Book Award’ 2012-2013 list. Lists are available from their reading teachers and include many wonderful titles! Leave a comment about the book online, and then take an ‘Accelerated Reader’ test. Score 85% or higher and print the TOPS report. See Mrs. Hindsley during TA in room 230 for a brain puzzle. Complete the puzzle and follow the directions stated. Sign and return the puzzle to Mrs. Hindsley for verification and get entered into a drawing for FREE Scholastic Books!
They can then return to the blog as often as they want to share in discussions about the book they have read! They can also post online and talk about ANY book they are reading, even if it isn’t a Young Hoosier Book. Parents can view their child’s activities by setting up their own account using a parent code found on your child’s homepage. Comments posted by students are monitored by Mrs. Hindsley and will not be added to the blog if deemed inappropriate.
What a wonderful opportunity for your child to turn their social networking into a truly enriching experience! Encourage them to sign up today!
Middle Years - May Issue
Attached is a newletter that "provides busy parents with practical ideas that promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting".
Middle Years - May Issue
8th Grade Wahington D.C. Trip
The annual non school sponsored 8th grade Washington D.C. Trip will be next June 9-15, 2013. Information is now available for the 8th grade “National Treasures Tour” to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Gettysburg Trip. Space is limited----sign up is first come first serve! Pick up an information sheet or trip application in the Principal’s office about the trip & upcoming meeting.
LPCSC Calendar 2012-2013
Work Ethic Program
The Work Ethic program was developed to inform students of the characteristics that are valued by potential employers.
This program is voluntary, and encourages the traits and habits that are often looked at by employers when they are considering hiring a person. Participants are expected to do community service, have good attendance and good behavior, and show responsibility, cooperation, punctuality
and respect for others.
The hope is that the program will help students develop the habits needed to be a good employee, and, at the same time,
help them set and reach goals for achievement in school. Students who fulfill all of the requirements of the program will receive
a certificate at the awards ceremony in May.
Sept. 18: Meeting to inform students about the program
Sept. 27: Deadline for turning in Intent-to-Participate forms (signed by parent and student)
January 11: Deadline for submitting minimum of 3 hours of verified Community Service
April 12: Deadline for submitting any additional hours of Community Service
After the January deadline, we will begin to review records to determine if students are still eligible in the areas of grades, attendance and discipline. In late March or early April we will begin the process of evaluation of students by teachers in the areas of punctuality, respectfulness, teamwork, and organization. The students will have a deadline to meet at this time. (This deadline will be announced later.)
Students who expressed an interest were given a flyer for parents in which the program was explained more specifically.
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may contact the Homework Hotline from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), September through May toll-free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE or online at www.AskRose.org.
ask rose hotline
Dress Code Updates for 2012-2013 School Year
As families go shopping for school clothes, we want to make sure that all parents and students are aware of some changes to the Kesling student dress code. The two biggest problems that we had regarding student dress is shorts and skirts that are too short and the wearing of pants and shorts that sag and not secure around the waiste Therefore, the following changes were made to the Kesling handbook for this school year.
Students wearing skirts or dresses (if shorter than the knees) to school must have on leggings (not shorts) under the garment. The length of any shorts worn to school must be at the mid thigh of the student. any shirts worn to school must have sleeves. Pants must be of appropriate size that match the stature of the individual and must be worn at the waiste.
We appreciate everyone following the student dress code, as it will be strictly enforced. Students will be asked to change clothes to meet the dress code guidelines. Working together as a team, we are confident that the dress code will be followed and that this will be another great year at Kesling.
Please click on the icon below to access information about reporting problems at Kesling Middle School.
Dynacal Event Calendar Parent Information
Dear Kesling Parents,
The Kesling online event calendar provided by DynaCal is used to communicate school, athletic events, announcements, updates and more. There is a feature in the DynaCal system called My DynaCal. This feature offers instant communication by sending you emails and/or mobile phone text messages* in case of cancellation, postponement, or rescheduling of an event.
My DynaCal is easy and simple to set up. As an attachment at the bottom of this letter you can find more details about DynaCal and how to setup the My DynaCal feature.
By setting up a My DynaCal profile you will be able to:
• Enter your contact information
• Select which types/categories of events you would like to receive notifications about
• Create customized views of school events, based on what your children are involved
• Create multiple calendar views based on each child’s involvement
• Share those calendar views via email with anyone that would like your child’s schedule
You can access My DynaCal at www.dynacal.com/lpcsc . We hope you find this information helpful and the service beneficial to keep you informed.
Principal, Kesling Middle School
*Mobile carrier charges may apply for text message alerts. Be sure to verify your text message options and rates on your mobile plan.
Instructions for My DynaCal
||All students are entitled to a quality education.
||The middle school philosophy addresses the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social needs of adolescents.
||Attendance and involvement are key to increasing student achievement.
||Staff should feel valued and be encouraged to develop professionally.
||Parents and community members are an integral and valued part of the educational process.
||The learning environment should be safe and orderly.
||Learning is a continuous process.
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