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Print this articleStudent Council Food Drive

Kesling Student Council Food Drive

It is time for the Kesling Student Council Annual Food Drive.
As a school we are collecting food for the local food pantry to help our community. We need your help to make this project a success. Bring in non-perishable food items to your TA to earn points. All food will be given to our local Salvation Army.

Bonus items earning positive 20 points are for Cereal and Peanut Butter.
Positive 10 points are awarded for Green Beans and Crackers.
All other food items are worth positive 5 points.

You can sabotage another TA group by bombing them with negative point food items. Macaroni and Cheese and Canned Corn are worth negative 10 points.

1. TA groups cannot remove items that are placed in their box.
2. TA groups cannot hide their boxes, lock their doors, or prevent others from bombing their box.
3. Prizes will be awarded to the TA with the most points and the most items.

The Food Drive starts on December 1st and will end on December 18th. Please help make this community service project a success by donating today!

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Athletic Handbook Forms & Physical Forms 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With the Fall Sports coming to an end, and Winter Sports just around the corner, we would just like to send out a reminder of the requirements your student must meet to be able to participate.

There are several forms that need to be completed before they can even try out for or begin practice in ANY sport.

These forms are divided into 2 separate packets:

  1. The Athletic Handbook includes10 Pages, with 3 Forms that need to be filled out COMPLETELY and SIGNED. Please do not remove these forms from the Athletic Handbook. We need the Athletic Handbook stapled together. This way, the forms are easier to file, and therefore, easier for the coaches to access. Some of these forms need the STUDENTS’ signature as well. Please be sure to have them sign before they turn their forms in.
  2. There are 4 Pages included with the Physical Form. A History Form (completed & signed by Parent/Guardian), a Physical Form (completed & signed by child’s Doctor), IHSAA Eligibility Rules, and a Consent & Release Certificate (signed by Student & Parent). These Pages should also not be separated, making them easier to file, and access.

These forms are available in the Front Office at Kesling, and should be turned in to Ms. Pointon, Computer Lab Room 237.

We are PROUD of our Athletes and their accomplishments, and look forward to your child being a part of our team!

Thank you for your cooperation!

Go Kesling!

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Print this articleCollege & Career Ready Standards

Dear Parent/Guardians,

Attached you will find information regarding the 2014 Indiana Standards for College and Career Readiness. 

College & Career Ready Standards

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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, punctualityand 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 receivea certificate at the awards ceremony in June.


October 9 :  Meeting to inform students about the program

October 28:  Deadline for turning in Intent-to-Participate forms (signed by parent and student)

January 16:  Deadline for submitting minimum of 3 hours of verified Community Service

April 17:  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 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 which explained the program more specifically.

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Homework Help

Attention ALL Kesling Students!  Do you need help with your homework?  Then Homework Help is the place for you!  Teachers will be here after school, until 3:30, on Tuesday and Thursday to help you with homework in any subject. Snacks are provided.  Learning can be fun!  Come and join us!

Where:  Room 237 (Computer Lab)

When:  Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

Time:  2:45 to 3:30

Who:  All Kesling Students!

Needed: Homework or Class Project, Textbook, Paper & Pen/Pencil


Rides should be prearranged and at Kesling promply at 3:30!


Print this articleKesling Academic ICU Program


Kesling Academic ICU Program

During the 2014-2015 school year we have worked very hard as a staff to hold students accountable for their own learning.  We are very excited about the continuation of having students take ownership for what they need to complete to be successful in school.  We call this program the Kesling Academic ICU (Intensive Care Unit) program.  In this case, the student’s academic grade is in need of intensive care to become academically healthy.  To increase communication with parents, we will use a data base tracking system where all staff will input student missing assignments into the ICU data base. Once the assignment is entered into the system, parents will get an automated e-mail or text message from the teacher letting them know what assignment is missing.  Parents will get a second e-mail or text message once the assignment has been completed.  The students can take advantage of various opportunities before, during, and after school to receive the help needed to complete the missing assignments.  Students who have multiple assignments missing may be excluded from attending after school functions, Fun Nights, or participating in extra-curricular activities until the student is taken off the ICU list by completing the missing work that is considered quality work by the teacher.  We believe the implementation of the Kesling Academic ICU program will help all students become proficient in the Indiana Academic Standards in all subject areas.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, a counselor, or administrator, regarding the ICU program.

Print this articleMiddle Years - December Issue

Attached is a newsletter that "provides busy parents with practical ideas that promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting".


Middle Years - December Issue

Print this articleDress Code Updates for 2014 - 2015 School Year
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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 we have 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 waist.  Therefore, the following changes have been made to the Kesling handbook.

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 longer than the edge of fingertips 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 waist. NO holes in pants between the waist and knees.

Leggings permitted as undergarments, but not as pants.

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.

Print this article2014-2015 Immunization Requirements


Please click on the link below for the immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 School Year.


2014-2015 Immunization Requirements

Print this articleSchool Color Change at Kesling Middle School
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New School Colors!

The school board has approved for both middle schools to change their school colors to match the high school. The reasons for the change are for parents and students to save money purchasing items that will be black and orange, community cohesiveness from both middle schools using the same color, and for our school corporation to align with other DAC schools that have colors the same from middle to high school. The process for change will take approximately five years to complete. So, there will be a transition time that will include some things being blue and gold for a few years and new items, clothing, or uniforms purchased from now on being changed to the black and orange. We appreciate your patience in this transition time period and if you have any other questions contact an administrator at Kesling Middle School.

Print this articleDynacal 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. 

Bill Wilmsen
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

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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.


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