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

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

News & Announcements

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Monday will be the final Student Council meeting for the year. We will be putting decorations away, discussing some business, and having a pizza party afterwards. Please have rides here at 3:30. We will meet in the commons area.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Kesling Art Show!
8th Grade Winners:
Best of Show - Mia Swanson: Pencil Drawing; Best of Show - Trey Saulsgiver: Monochromatic Portrait; Honorable Mention - Alayna Jackomis: Pencil Drawing; Merit - Chayson House: American Face Jug; Popular Vote Winnter - Mia Swanson: Pencil Drawing
7th Grade Winners:
Best of Show - Alayna Tuholski: Animal Collage; Best of Show - Lauren Jackomis: Clay Pitcher; Honorable Mention - Hannah Bell: Pixelated Self-portrait; Merit - Emily Peterson: Paper Mache Mask; Popular Vote Winner - Ariel Schlundt: Glass Mosaic
6th Grade Winners:
Best of Show - Molly King: Pastel Picasso; Best of Show - Dimitri McMahon: Relief Sculpture; Honorable Mention - Kate Buckley: Pointillism Still Life; Merit - Kadance Martin: Pointillism Still Life; Popular Vote Winner - Logan Higley: Glass Mosaic

Any student that had artwork displayed in the art show may come during TA today or tomorrow to pick it up from Mrs. Oliver or Mrs. Gladstone. Any work that is not picked up this week will be delivered to TA's to hand back.

Health class students: If you checked out a text book from Health class, please return it immediately to avoid lost book fees that will need to be paid!

Lost and found items are on the tables by the Counselor's office. Please check for any items that you may have lost over the grading period.

Registration is now open for Fireflies Adventures' 2018 summer programs! There will be a Youth Leadership Day Camp held July 9-13 for ages 10-13. Through team-building and outdoor activities, campers will discover their own personal leadership strengths and learn what makes a leader great! They'll leave with enhanced self-awareness and more confidence in their ability to lead others, and they'll build trust and create new friendships along the way! Horseback riding included!
Mind Your Manners I & II will be taking place July 16-19 for ages 7-9 & July 16-18 for ages 10 & up. Both manner camps are designed to teach self-confidence and the importance of having wonderful manners. Different topics are covered at each camp. Both include swimming, games, and an interactive dining experience to practice skills learned!
For more information & to register, contact Firefly Adventures on their website (www.firefly-adventure.com) or Facebook page!

Attention students: Earn free movie rentals and a pizza for your A's! Bring in your final report card (paper or electronic) to Family Video, and you will receive a voucher worth up to five free movie or game rentals and one free small 1 topping pizza! Each final grade of "A" in a core subject is worth one free rental. You can redeem the voucher for any New Release movie with a 'split' sticker on it or any video game! Free rentals are good from June 1st - June 30th. *Limit of 5 movies/games per student and one free small 1 topping pizza per qualifying student at participating Marco's Pizza locations, carryout only. Address and phone number are required for redemption. *Core subjects include: math, language, reading, history, geography, science, and spelling classes.

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Order soon, as there are only 50 left!

The Boys Basketball Camp is scheduled for the first week of June. Sign ups are taking place now or as soon as possible. Handouts can be found in the office or on the LP website. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Hise or Mr. Chezem in their respective rooms.












Print this articleParking Lot Flooding

May 3, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardian,

This morning, due to the construction project and the large quantity of rain that fell last night, a good portion of the front parking lot was closed down to one lane causing congestion onto 18th Street during student drop off at school. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience. We are working with the project manager and contractor to find a solution so this problem does not happen again. Once again, thank you for your understanding regarding this incident and the inconvenience that it caused in your morning routine.


Bill Wilmsen


Kesling Middle School

Print this articleApril Intermediate School Construction Update

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April Intermediate School Construction Update

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Please click below to read an important message from the school addressing news of possible student walkouts and protests in response for school safety.

School Safety Letter from Kesling

Print this articleApril 2018 News from the Principal
We hope everyone had a relaxing Spring Break 2018. Please click on the link below to read the April 2018 Newsletter.

April 2018 Newsletter

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Print this articleLibraries 360
We are excited to announce Libraries 360 for the 2016-2017 school year. Libraries 360 is a cooperative effort of the La Porte County Public Library and the La Porte Community School Corporation with a goal to improve and enhance school libraries and ease access to public library resources. Students may borrow items from the public library and have them delivered to the school. They may also return public library items to the school library. Students will be issued a library card, making public library resources accessible and available to them. More information regarding this exciting program will be shared with all schools when the 2016-2017 school year begins.
Print this article21st Century Scholars

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program  provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university. Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities. Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.

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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!

Print this articleBlackboard Messages

Kesling Parents and Students,

Kesling Middle School, at different times during the school year, will send out Blackboard Messages to the community about what is happening at Kesling.  Blackboard Messages are the messages you receive from the principal on your phone.

We are aware that sometimes you did not hear the entire message or did not hear the message when you received it.  If you find yourself in that position, please call this number 1-855-473-7529 to replay the message.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Bill Wilmsen

Print this articleDress Code Reminders for 2017 - 2018 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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