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LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-7507 Fax: 219-324-5712

Principal: Mr. Bill Wilmsen
Assistant Principal: Mr. Mark Fridenmaker
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The Kesling Orange ‘A’ team defeated the Kesling White team in an exciting two matches on Monday night. Top server was Avery Tulacz with 21 total points, 11 of which were in a row! Adley Schable also did a great job with her serves, scoring 6 points. Other contributing players were Abby DeLee, Aubree Smith, Natalie Fritzen, and Jayda Moorman.
The Kesling Orange ‘B’ team also defeated the Kesling White team in two matches. Top server was Aubree Smith with 9 points. Emma Snyder also did a great job on her serves, scoring 8 points, while Jayda Moorman contributed 5 points. Other contributing players were Sierra Vorrier, Natalie Fritzen, and Kaitlyn Wiseman. Keep it up Kesling Orange!

The top servers for the white team were: Brianna Russell, who served for 6 points, Gabrielle Bair 4, and Mia Mendoza with 3. The top defensive player for the evening was Mia Mendoza with 14 assists.

A huge shout out to both the middle and high school equestrian teams for their 1st place finishes at their first show last Sunday! Great job!

Attention students: The annual non school sponsored 8th grade Washington D.C. Trip will be next June 12-18, 2019. Information is now available for the 8th grade "National Treasures Tour" to Washington D.C. Philadelphia & Gettysburg trip. Space is limited - sign up is first come, first serve. To get information and a trip application, go to www.gohoosiertravel.com The parent/student meetings will be held on Monday, October 1, 2019 and October 10, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Kesling Middle School auditorium. Please note: you only need to attend one of the two meetings. Mr. Samuelson at KMS and Mrs. DeWolf at BMS will be the sponsors for this annual trip. Pick up an information sheet in the principal's office about the trip and upcoming meetings!

8th grade girls field trip to the A.K. Smith Career Center - October 10, 2018. Hurry and sign up! The purpose of this field trip is to expose young ladies to many opportunities in the world of work that are traditionally considered "man's work." Speakers who have presented at past workshops include females who are employed in the following fields/occupations. Don't forget that we must have your application/permission slips signed and turned in at the Counselor's Office by Tuesday, October 2 in order to be considered for participation in our field trip to the A.K. Smith Career Center. No late applications will be accepted! If you need an application form, please visit the Counselor's Office.

On Thursday, the Kesling Cross Country team ran in the Vikiing Invitational.
The top 6th grade girls were the following:
1. Natalie Poston (33rd place)
2. Faith Spain (45th place)
3. Rebecca Tuholski (55th place)
4. Megan Zolvinski (66th place)

The top 7th grade girls were the following:
1. Reghan Stephany (10th place) Stephany was given a medal for being a top 10 finisher. There were 95 runners in the 7th grade girls race.
2. Grace Foglesong (39th place)
3. Paige Brannon (83rd place)
4. Megan Lambert (84th place)

The top 8th grade girls were the following:
1. Tatum Bumgardner (37th place)
2. Sam Satoski (43rd place)
3. Lauren Hertges (45th place)

The 6th grade boys placed 10th. The top 6th grade boys were the following:
1. Riley Griffin (42nd place)
2. Keli Hay (45th place)
3. Brody White (56th place)
4. Aiden Mrozinski (57th place)
5. Michael St. Arnaud

The 7th grade boys placed 4th. The top 7th grade boys were the following:
1. Dionte Obertein (4th place) Obertein was given a medal for being a top 10 finisher. There were 119 runners in the 7th grade boys race.
2. Willie Clay (24th place)
3. Eli Taylor (32nd place)
4. Ben Dubbs (39th place)
5. Ethan Wilmsen (50th place)

The 8th grade boys placed 11th. The top 8th grade boys were the following:
1. Gavin Redlin (44th place)
2. Tyler Troy (72nd place)
3. Nathan Hebert (73rd place)
4. Colton King (77th place)
5. Brogan Riley (78th place)
Our next meet will be at Benjamin Franklin Middle School at 4:30!

Art Club will be starting up soon. Anyone interested in joining should see Mrs. Gladstone or Mrs. Oliver to pick up a schedule and permission slip.

Kesling won the 16 team Dunes middle school tournament Saturday wit ha 4-0 record. Scores were Winamac 25-5, 25-11; Northridge 25-21, 25-20; Grissom 25-19, 25-14; and New Prairie 25-20, 25-16 in the championship game. This avenged a loss to New Prairie on Thursday. Serving on the day were Diana Fields with 29 aces, Hannah Joseph and Geneva Zigler 9 each, Kaeden Bornell 8, and Alayna Tuholski 7. Fields had 20 kills, Joseph 16, Bornell 10, and Zigler 7.  

Kesling parents - LaPorte High School has recently opened their new medical clinic. The Clinic offers all LaPorte students the opportunity to complete a timely, cost-effective sports physical for any students who have yet to complete one. The $30 dollar physical can be scheduled by calling 219-324-1377 to set up an appointment.

Yearbooks are on sale! Take advantage of the back to school sale price. When you purchase personalization for your yearbook for $6, you can get up to 4 free icons added on. This deal is only available until September 28th. After that, you must pay for each icon you would like to add. Yearbooks are $26 now. Please make checks payable to Kesling Middle School. Don't forget! This icon special is only good until September 28th! 

Due to scheduling conflicts, the first Fun Night has been rescheduled to October 5th. Please remember to pick your students up at 4:45pm in the back (south side) of the building near doors 7 or 9. Fun Night admission is $4. There are games and food available for an additional fee. Reminder, there will NOT be a fun night on September 21st! 

Please see Mrs. Scheck in the choir room if you would like information about show choir auditions. The auditions will take place in the mornings and afternoons of next week (the week of 9/17) and the week after (the week of 9/24). Results will be posted on Friday the 28th. Choir members can find information about the audition on canvas. If you are not in choir, Mrs. Scheck can let you know what to expect. You do not have to be in choir to try out, and all grades are welcome to audition. 

Print this article September 2018 Intermed. School Construction News

Please click on the link below for the August 2018 Intermediate School Construction Update.

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Print this articleNWEA Parent Letter

Please click on the document below regarding this year's NWEA testing.

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Print this articleSeptember 2018 Kesling Parent Newsletter

Please click on the link below to access the September 2018 Kesling Back to School Newsletter.

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Print this articleState Mandated Curriculum Consent

Parents, on July 1, 2018, the state passed Senate Bill 65 which requires parent consent to curriculum addressing human sexuality. We have listed this information for you on Parent Access in Skyward. Please log into your Skyward account (contact the school if have not set up an account), go to Parent Access and follow the link on the home page of Parent Access indicating that there is a new form that needs to be completed. The form is available through the “Online Forms” tab on the left side of the Parent Access screen. If you have more than one child, a form must be completed and submitted for each child. Please do not hesitate to contact me personally at Kesling or through email if you have any questions regarding Senate Bill 65. Bill Wilmsen

Print this article2018 Traffic Flow Letter

Please click on the document regarding the traffic flow pattern that will be followed to begin the 2018-2019 School Year at Kesling Middle School.

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Print this articleAugust 2018 Intermediate School Construction News

Please click on the link below for the August 2018 Intermediate School Construction Update.

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Print this articleSchool Fees and Meal Prices

The school fees for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows

6th grade:  $244.00

7th grade:  $244.00

8th grade:  $255.00



Breakfast and Lunch cost for 2018-2019 School Year

Breakfast:  $1.25

Lunch:  $2.05

2nd Lunch:  $2.30

Extra Milk:  $0.45


Print this articleKesling Supply List 2018-2019 School Year

Attached is the Supply List for 2018-2019 School Year

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Print this articleDress Code Reminders for 2018 - 2019 School Year

As families go shopping for school clothes, we want to make sure that all parents and students are aware of  the Kesling student dress code.  The two biggest problems encountered 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, please make sure that when purchasing items to wear for school the following guidelines are being met.

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.

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.

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Athletic Handbook Forms & Physical Forms 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With students beginning to sign up for Sports, 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 4 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 Mrs. Garrett in the office.

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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