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LaPorte, IN 46350
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Principal: Mr. Bill Wilmsen
Assistant Principal: Mr. Mark Fridenmaker

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Bullying Information

Today, September 16, 2014, we watched the first of three videos on bullying and teacher/team follow-up to the video information. This year we are focusing on internet safety, ethical behavior on line, interactions with people on line, and correct ways to use social media. In the past, most of our bullying experiences have started at home with student’s inappropriate use of the social media and the internet. After the viewing of the video and classroom discussions, students should have a better understanding of the responsible way to use social media and the internet. So, ask your child what they learned about proper social media behavior.

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Grandparents Day

Grandparents and Special Guests:

You are cordially invited to visit your Grandchild(ren) at Kesling Middle School on Thursday September 25, 2014.  We will begin with a Welcome in the Auditorium at 1:20.  At 1:30, refreshments will be served in the Cafeteria and you will have time to visit with your grandchildren.  All Grandparents are asked to leave by 2:10 in preparation for dismissal.  To participate, your grandchild needs to fill out the Grandparents Day form (attached below) and return it by Monday, September 22, 2014.  The completion and return of this form assists our PTSA to properly prepare for this event. 

Only students with completed forms will be allowed to participate. 


Grandparents Day Form

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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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

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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 & 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 articleMiddle Years - September Issue

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


Middle Years - September Issue

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Kesling Academic ICU Program

During the 2013-2014 school year we have worked very hard as a staff to hold students accountable for their own learning. We are very excited about the implementation of the next step in the process of having students take ownership for what they need to complete to be successful in school. We have named this program the Kesling Academic ICU program. ICU stands for "Intensive Care Unit." In this case, the student’s academic grade is in need of intensive care to become academically healthy. In the next few weeks, we will start 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. In addition, we will be implementing various opportunities before school, during school, and after school, to place the supports needed to give students additional help to become academically healthy. 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.

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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.

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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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