Kesling News

Morning Announcements

There will be a student council meeting on Monday, February 25th after school in the cafeteria until 3:30. If anyone has gotten a sponsor for the upcoming game, please bring those to Mrs. Ault by February 28th. 

Art club will meet today (2-20) after school until 3:40.

The 6th grade girl’s white basketball team was defeated by Boston on Tuesday in their first game of the season. In the A game, Ella Wallace finished with 6 points, Alaina Jeffers had 4 points, and Yamilet Gamez, Jayda Moorman, and Izzy Owens each scored a basket.

In the B game, Ella Wallace had 4 points, Kira Childress had 2 points, and Paris Hyatte knocked down one of her free throws. Our next game is Monday at Boston!

Boys and girls grades 5th-8th interested in playing lacrosse may get more information in the front office and sign up. Visit, call 219-393-9552, or email
This Friday is the one and only Art Club Fun Night! Plan to attend for some creative fun. We will have sand art, an oreo stack game, face painting, and more! Be there! You'll be happy you did! 

Attention: All students participating in the Work Ethic program: Due to all the snow days we have had, the deadline to turn in your minimum Community Service hours has been extrended to Friday, February 22nd. All forms must be turned in to the Counselor's office by the end of the day on Friday. 
Yearbooks may still be ordered for $28, and personalization may be added for $6. There are currently only 75 books left. The price goes up and no more personalization will be available beginning March 1. 
Please keep collecting pop tabs for your TA! There is a prize at the end of the shcool year for the TA class that collects the most pop tabs! 
The Afternoon Success program has begun. Please contact the main office if you would like your child to attend this program to receive additional help with homework and missing assignments. 

Parent Meeting

Parents of BMS and KMS current 6th and 7th grade students- We would like to share with you a change of date for the parent meeting that was originally scheduled for February 14 in the Kesling Middle School Auditorium, to discuss the Program of Studies for the new La Porte Middle School. The meeting is now scheduled for February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kesling Middle School Auditorium. We are excited to share all the new course offerings that your students will be able to choose for next fall and to answer your questions about the new La Porte Middle School. Additionally, parents will be able to view the newly opened cafeteria and media center. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. 

February 2019 Parent Newsletter

Please click on the link below to access the February 2019 Parent Newsletter.

February 2019 Parent Newsletter

Attention 8th grade parents/guardians:

On Wednesday, February 6th, 6:00-7:00 p.m., there will be an 8th grade student and guardian work session at the LPHS Performing Arts Center for course selection discussion for the 2019/2020 school year.


On Wednesday, February 13th, 8th grade parents/guardians can schedule individual appointments with the LPHS counselors to answer any questions from the student and guardian work session. Appointments will be made 7:00-9:00 a.m., and then 3:00-5:00 p.m. These appointments will be held at Kesling Middle School. 


LPCSC students, staff, and parents,

Please be advised that the current plan for make-up days involves adding days to the end of the school year. With the number of inclement weather days that we have experienced, our calendar now reflects the last student day as June 5th and the last teacher day as June 6th.

In addition to days added to the end of the school year, the following have been scheduled as make up days: 

February 15 – student and teacher regular day

February 18 – student and teacher regular day


We are considering the following alternatives to the plan above:

 1. Filing for a waiver with the state to reduce the total number of days we must "make up"

2. eLearning eMake up days in combination with regular school days at the end of the school year.

3. eLearning eMake up day(s) on Saturday

4. eLearning eMake up day on Good Friday.


These are considerations only at this time.

Moving forward we are reviewing survey results from our practice eLearning day. Please visit the corporation web page for the results of our recent parent survey. The initial analysis of the results show that the e-leaning days were an overall success with some adjustments needing to be made.  We encourage you to read the comments submitted so you get a sense of the pulse of our parents on this matter.  In doing so you will see that a number of parents support eLearning, however some are adamantly opposed to it.


Ongoing discussions will take place with the District eLearning Committee to determine utilization of eLearning days in the event we have additional cancellation days.

January 2019 Construction Update

Please click on the link below for the January 2019 Construction Update:

January 2019 Construction Update

E-Learning Parent Help Reminder

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As a reminder, our first scheduled E-Learning Day is Monday, January 21, 2019. If you were unable to attend the secondary parent informational meeting held at LPHS on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, staff at Kesling is available to answer any question you might have regarding the upcoming day. All students should know how to access all E-Learning Materials through Canvas as they have been using this platform for the last two years at Kesling Middle School and they should not need parental assistance.
This is the first time students will be at home participating in E-learning while teachers will be at school, with office hours, to address assignment questions online. Once again, please contact any staff member at Kesling Middle School at 362-7507 to answer any of your questions regarding E-learning.

Attention KMS Parents and Guardians of 8th Grade

Read the information attached about the upcoming course selection for LPHS.

A Message from the LPHS Counselors

Update Traffic Flow

Please click on the link below for the updated traffic flow at Kesling.  We appreciate your assistance in maintaining a safe envrionment at Kesling.

October 2018 Traffic Flow Update

Construction Theft and Vandalism Letter

Please click on the link below to access the letter regarding construction theft and vandalism:

Construction Theft and Vandalism Letter

State 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

2018 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.

2018 Parent and Staff Traffic Flow Letter

School 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


Kesling Supply List 2018-2019 School Year

Attached is the Supply List for 2018-2019 School Year

Supply LIst

Dress Code Reminders for 2018 - 2019 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  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.

Student Behavior Expectations

Middle School Attendance Brochure

21st 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.

21st Century Scholars

Anti-Harassment Policy

Athletic Handbook Forms & Physical Forms


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!

Blackboard 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

Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline

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


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