306 E. 18th Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-7507 Fax: 219-324-5712

Principal: Mr. Bill Wilmsen
Assistant Principal: Mr. Mark Fridenmaker

Clubs

D.A.R.E. Club

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Awareness Resistance Education.  The Kesling DARE Club has been in existence for twelve years.  The DARE Club has grown from 18 original members to an average of 77 members per year.  Every Kesling student is invited to join the DARE Club.  Each school year the DARE Club meets a minimum of eight times. The first half of every meeting focuses on making good choices concerning illegal drugs and gang related activities.  The last 30 minutes of every meeting is spent playing games and socializing. Meetings are held after school from 2:45p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The DARE Club sponsors a fun-night in mid-September and a Dare lock-in that takes place in March.

Art Club

The KMS Artist Club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in good academic standing and free from discipline issues. Should the number of interested members exceed 50, grade checks and missing assignment lists will be used to make cuts. The club has meetings two times a month to do art activities from September to April. These activities usually include a pumpkin carving contest, Holiday window painting, and a group project in the spring. The meeting times are from 2:45- 3:40 on designated days. There is a membership fee of $5.00 a year per member. A schedule and sign up form may be picked up from Mrs. Oliver.

WKMS Club

Mr. Samuelson has hand-picked twelve students from 6, 7, and 8th grade to produce a 6- 12-minute video tape of the Kesling Middle School morning announcements.  Students are in charge of operating the sound, graphics, and video switcher control boards, as well as manning the video recorder, cameras, and reading the announcements. The news cast always starts with the “Words of Wisdom” and the Pledge of Allegiance. The announcements are then broadcast to the entire school on a closed circuit TV network right after watching channel one.

The Kesling Times

The school newspaper is an extracurricular activity running throughout the school year that is driven by the students. We cover timely news and information that is important to students and staff. Articles are brainstormed and written by students. After school meetings and planning sessions are held as needed and flexibility is maintained to include as many students as are interested.