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January 2010 Newsletter

                              Kesling Komet News
Principal’s Corner                                                          January 1, 2010

Dear Kesling Parents and Students:

We hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing Winter Break. We know we are rejuvenated and ready
to continue on our path towards academic excellence at Kesling Middle School. We need to first get used
to saying that it is 2010. January marks a very important stretch in schools. Spring ISTEP+ testing is a
little over two months away. The applied skills portion of the test will take place during the week of
March 1, 2010 and the short answer portion of the test will take place during the week of April 26, 2010.
The Kesling Middle School staff is excited about the learning opportunities that await your children
during 2010 and we look forward to ISTEP+ spring testing.

There are many academic opportunities for students at Kesling in January. During the first few weeks of
January, all students will be participating in the National Geography Bee. Entries for the PTA Reflections
contest will conclude on January 5, 2010. The categories include literature, photography, visual arts,
musical competition, and dance. During this month, the Academic Super Bowl coaches will be
organizing for the Spring Competition. Please listen to morning announcements and from your teachers
for more details regarding these exciting opportunities open to all students.

Congratulations to all Kesling students who participated in our school Spelling Bee. Sixth grade
winners were Lauren McQuarters 1st, Calleigh Smith 2nd, Jonathan Strang 3rd and in the seventh
and eighth grade winners were Miriah Micallef 1st, Rutheva Owen 2nd, Pierceton Lullenberg 3rd.
Those who qualified in the sixth grade division were Alex Nunn, Michael Wright, and Amie
Decker and those who qualified in the seventh and eighth grade division were Seth Carlson,
Austin Bohlin, Tyler Littlejohn, Chloe James, Sarah Lee-Lopez, Brad Jentzen, Emmett Hawkins,
Brittany Mace and Kyle Koontz. All of the above winners will participate in the La Porte
District Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at Kesling Middle School. Good luck to all
Kesling students who will participate at the District Bee.

At the beginning of each month, we have a drawing for the Accelerated Reader grade level
winners for a gift certificate. Congratulation to our December winners who were Christian Moyer,
6th grade, Abby McVay, 7th Grade, and Megan Noe, 8th Grade. Read on further in the newsletter as
Kesling Middle School Students continue to be geared up for reading.
Once again, we are excited that school is back in session. We look forward to the opportunities that await
your children as they grow both as a person and intellectually. Please do not hesitate to contact any staff
member at Kesling Middle School regarding questions that you may have about your child or any


Bill Wilmsen                                             Mark Fridenmaker

Bill Wilmsen                                     Mark Fridenmaker
Principal, Kesling Middle School                 Assistant Principal, Kesling Middle School

Blazing Komets: Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as Student of the
Month and as Student of the Week:
                        Of The
6th Grade: Maddy Watterson, Stephen LaRosa, Kate Ulmer, Jonathan Strang

7th Grade: Carly Kwiecien, Adam Chambers, Megan Berchem, Santos Garay

8th Grade: Chris Kautz, Jaclyn Heath, Alyssa Gerick, Austin Schell

        Student of the Week
November 30, 2009

6th Grade: Stephen LaRosa, Maddy Watterson, Jalissa Davis, Alberto Salas
7th Grade: Jake West, Caroline Boger
8th Grade: Caleb Pear, Stephanie Hendershott, Derrick Price, Kendra Job
Arts: Marie Barrett, Casey Buck

December 7, 2009
6th Grade: Jasmine Blackwell, Andrew Mullins, Jared Hagenow, Briana Maglio
7th Grade: Grant Mikowski, Jonelle Beasley, Alexus King, Nathan Hornig
8th Grade: Kyle Pollock, Tera Hataburda, Anthony Didion, Alyssa Gerick

December 14, 2009
6th Grade: Taylor Worthington, Cheyenne Krachinski, Kate Ulmer, Jonathan Strang
7th Grade: Cheyenne Eiler, Trevor McDonald, Abby McVay, Chad Cable
8th Grade: Chris Kautz, Jaclyn Heath, Daniel Sager, Shelby Schultz
Arts: Grant Mikowski, Maddy Watterson

PTSA Kroger Fundraiser: Please help earn money for Kesling Middle School while you shop. It is just
that easy! Just purchase one of the $5 pre-loaded cards in the Principal’s Office. Before you start
shopping, take the card to any service desk, at any Kroger, and add any amount above the $5 already on
the card. The card can be used for groceries, pharmacy or gas. 5% of the purchases will be given back to
Kesling Middle School. Please go to the Kesling website for additional information.
Kesling Academic Competitions: Congratulations to all Kesling students who participated in
the Kesling Spelling Bee held, after school, on Thursday, December 3, 2009 and good luck to
those who qualified for the La Porte District Bee, which will be held at Kesling Middle School
on Thursday, February 4, 2010. All PTSA Reflection entries are due on Tuesday, January 5,
2010. During the first week of January, Kesling Middle School students will participate in the
National Geography Bee. On January 20, 2010, sixth grade students will participate in the Knowledge
Masters competition which will take place, after school, at 3:00 p.m. Please listen to morning
announcements for more information.

Academic Super Bowl: Academic Super Bowl is a team competition sponsored by the Indiana
Principal’s Association. Each year, teams of students study a specific topic in science, social studies,
English and math. The competition concludes with an interdisciplinary round. This year’s topic is The
American Generation 1964-1980. Practices begin in January and the competition is on Saturday, May 2,
2010, at La Porte High School. Students who are interested in participating should see Mrs. Ulmer, Mr.
Dearing or Mr. Wilson.

H1N1 Influenza Response: On December 17, 2010, the La Porte County Health Department
administered H1N1 Influenza shots to Kesling Middle School students. All went well with the shot
clinic. In response to any concerns regarding the possible spread of this disease, the La Porte Community
School Corporation has listed preventive measures that have been recommended for implementation by
Mary Bencie R.N., LPCSC Nurse Coordinator, and Joanne Hardacker R.N., of the La Porte County
Health Department. In addition, correspondences providing general information from the CDC (Centers
for Disease Control) are available for review as well. The application of these measures is a practical and
effective step that members of the School Corporation and general public may utilize to combat the
spread of this disease.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to minimize the spread of germs.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately dispose of the tissue in
the trash.
Try to avoid contact with individuals who are coughing or sneezing.

CDC H1N1 FLU WEBSITE: http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/
PANDEMIC FLU WEBSITE: http://pandemicflu.gov/

Parent Access and Progress Reports: All parents and guardians have the opportunity to have immediate
access to student grades and attendance through parent access through the internet. You can use the same
access code as last year, if you had an account. If you did not establish an account, you must fill out an
activation form in the Counselor’s Office and access information will be processed for you to establish an
account. If you are having difficulties accessing account information, you may still contact one of the
counselors, who will assist you in checking the academic progress of your child. Please contact the
Counselor’s Office at 362-5619. This is an excellent tool to monitor your child’s progress and expand the
lines of communication with Kesling.

Attention: Parents of All Kesling Students Twenty-First Century Scholarship Program:

        The Twenty-First Century scholarship program provides tuition to qualified Indiana colleges or
technical schools, provided that the eligible student signs up during 6th, 7th or 8th grade, maintains a “C”
average in an Indiana high school, and stays out of trouble. Students must sign a pledge and parents need
to provide a minimal amount of information (to prove financial need) in order to sign up. This is an
excellent opportunity to ensure that your child has the means to continue his or her education beyond high
school. If your family doesn’t currently qualify financially, it is still wise to apply, in case circumstances
change before the end of 8th grade.
        Applications are being mailed home with the most recent ISTEP results for each child. The
applications are easy to fill out and it is well worth the effort. It is the parent’s responsibility to mail the
form to the program headquarters, but we do have postage paid envelopes that we can provide, if you
decide to apply with the paper application. (The application is also available online at
        If you have any questions, call your child’s counselor at 362-5619. You can also visit the website
www.learnmoreindiana.org to obtain useful information about helping your children make good decisions
about their futures.

PTSA Information: The January PTSA meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010, @ 3:15
p.m., in the Kesling conference room. The meeting will be over by 4:00 p.m. There are many
opportunities for parents to be involved at KMS. Thank you for volunteering.

Student Work Ethic Program: For the third year, Kesling students have the opportunity to earn a Work
Ethic certificate. We are very excited about the opportunity for students to earn a Work Ethic certificate.
In early September, we met with students and talked about earning this award. This program was created
from the LaPorte Community School Corporation Strategic Plan, Goal 12, and is recognized by the State
of Indiana and the Department of Workforce Development. Please visit the Kesling school website to see
the student and parent brochure regarding this exciting program. Students need to continue to work on
the community service aspect of the program.

Kesling Students are Geared Up for the AR Challenge: Kesling Middle School students are
geared up for the AR (Accelerated Reader) Challenge at Kesling Middle School. All students are
encouraged to participate in the Accelerated Reader program where they must read a book and then take a
comprehension quiz. The goal for each student is to read at least two books, per nine weeks, and receive
a comprehension score of at least 85%. Students who accomplish the 85% comprehension level qualify
for a monthly grade level drawing for a gift certificate. The December winners were Christian Moyer, 6th
grade, Abby McVay, 7th Grade, and Megan Noe, 8th Grade. In addition, students have the opportunity to
join the AR team competition. Teams of three to four students read the same book at their own pace,
discuss the book as a group and then take the AR quiz individually. Team scores are recorded by the
number of AR points awarded and the comprehension score received. All members on each team must be
from the same grade level. So far, 28 teams have been registered. At the end of the year, the winning
team or teams will be taken out to dinner or lunch by the school librarian and principal. Good luck to
students as you gear up for the AR Challenge.

Student Dress: Kesling sets high expectations for all forms of behavior, including proper attire. Please
note the section in the student planner which details the information regarding student dress.
Book Rental: Book rental is now due and must be paid in the Principal’s Office. Rental fees for the
2009-2010 school year are as follows:
6th Grade: $129.00
7th Grade: $136.00
8th Grade: $143.00

Please contact Kelley Glass in the Principal’s Office, if you would like to establish a payment plan.
Student Attendance: Attendance at school is important for school success. However, if your child needs
to be absent, please notify the Counselor’s Office between 7:15- 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. For
absences longer than three days, please complete an extended absence form. These forms are available in
the Counselor’s Office. We will be closely monitoring the attendance of all students and we will be
inquiring if your child is not in school. We will take into consideration absences related to flu symptoms
and illness due to the flu. Please do not be offended if we call, we just care that your child is not in
attendance at school. Our school goal for attendance is 97%, which means that a student cannot miss
more than 5 school days.
                   School Delays or Closings: Information will be broadcasted on WLOI – AM (1540)
                   WCOE-FM (96.7) or WEFM (95.9). It will also be posted on our corporation website
                   and you will get a text message on your cell phone if you register for LPCSC@lert.
                   Please go to the corporation website at www.lpcsc.k12.in.us to register. Once an early
                 dismissal is announced, it is appreciated if the early dismissal plans that you developed
                with your child at the beginning of the school year are followed.
School Hours: School begins at 7:40 a.m. each morning and dismisses at 2:35 p.m. Students are not to
be dropped off at school until 7:00 a.m. and all students being picked up after school should be picked up
by 3:00 p.m., unless arrangements for help have been made with a teacher after school. Thank you for
your help and cooperation.
KMS Web Page: Please visit the KMS web page at www.lpcsc.k12.in.us/kms, as we are constantly
updating this site and making the site available with information that is important to students and parents.
This is an excellent way for us to communicate with all parents. At times, mistakes are made, so we
apologize in advance. If you do find an error, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal, Bill
Wilmsen, at the following e-mail address: bwilmsen@lpcsc.k12.in.us

        Meal Time Program & Lunch Menu: Students need to remember to make deposits into their
         lunch accounts during TA time. You may also find the school lunch menus on the La Porte
         Community School’s web page at www.lpcsc.k12.in.us Click on school lunch menus and then
        click on secondary school and choose a month.

School Apparel Logo Design Contest: Kesling Spirit Wear has arrived and was distributed to students.
We have a few items for sale in the Principal’s Office and we may take additional orders for students, if
there is an interest. Any student who wears the apparel to a KMS sporting event will be allowed to attend
free of charge.
Market Day: If you are interested in ordering from Market Day, please contact the Principal’s Office.
Market Day orders are placed each month with proceeds from the sale going to the Kesling PTSA.

SPORTS INFO: Good luck to all students participating in the Winter sports of boys’
basketball, wrestling and poms. We hope all seasons end on a positive note. Basketball for
girls will begin in the month of January. Please see the athletic director, Mr. Mandeville, the
eighth grade coach, Mr. Chezem, or the seventh grade coach, Mr. Dearing, if you have any
questions or need more details. Sixth grade students need to listen to morning
announcements for the starting date

General Mills Box Tops for Education Programs: The Kesling PTSA is again endorsing the General
Mills Box Tops for Education Program. We are asking parents to continue to support this program. We
would like families to save the box tops from eligible General Mills products and send them to school.
You may send the box tops to school with your child, or drop them by the Principal’s Office. There is a
collection bin for the program in the Principal’s Office.

PTA Reflections: Please see Mrs. Williams in the library, or one of your language arts teachers, for
information regarding this exciting contest. The categories include literature, photography, visual arts,
musical competition, and dance. The topic is “Beauty Is!” All entries are due to Mrs. Williams, in the
library, by Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

Red Cross Blood Drive Presentation: On January 5, 2010, representatives from the American Red
Cross will be at Kesling to encourage students to have their parents participate in the annual blood drive,
associated with the partnership that has been built between the schools and the American Red Cross.
Students will be bringing home information regarding the blood drive. The blood drive will take place at
La Porte High School on January 15, 2010.

Student Yearbooks: Yearbooks are now on sale. The cost of a yearbook is $22.00. After January 15th,
the price goes up to $25.00. Yearbooks will be given to all students on the last day of school. Order
forms are available on the school website.

Final Food For Thought…
The following is an excerpt from a publication entitled Good Stuff. The title of the piece, from Loudon
Wainwright is called “The New Year”. “Perhaps the best reason for having calendars and for making life
in years is that the cycle itself offers hope. We need fresh starts and new chances, the conviction that
beginnings remain available, no matter how many we’ve blown. And the yearly clock can start anywhere
along the line.” We hope you find happiness, success and joy in the New Year.
                     Important KMS January 2010 Dates
January 1:    School Newsletter Posted on Website
January 4:    School Resumes
January 5:    PTSA Reflections are Due
January 5:    LPCSC School Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
January 14:   PTSA Meeting @ 3:00 p.m.
January 15:   End of Second Grading Period and First Semester
January 18:   No School “Snow Make-Up Day”
January 20:   Sixth Grade Knowledge Masters
January 25:   Report Card Distribution
January 27:   Ice Cream Honor Roll Social

       “Kesling Middle School…Building the Future One
                   Student at a Time.”

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