Baseball loses district semi-final game

IMS 1 Pekin 2


Dallas Nye

Dallas Nye

Tyler Messer

Tyler Messer

Tanner Leyden

Tanner Leyden

Reggie Hostetler

Reggie Hostetler

Lane Schrock

Lane Schrock

Brent Brenneman

Brent Brenneman

IMS fell 2-1 Thursday night in a district semi-final game at Pekin. Pekin got one run in the first and one run in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. IMS came back with one run in the fourth on a RBI single by Brent Brenneman but that was the only run IMS was able to get across the plate on the night.

Tanner Leyden, Tyler Messer, Brent Brenneman, Payton Miller, and Tobyn Bender all had hits for IMS. Tanner Leyden got the loss on the mound allowing two runs on five hits.

“I am proud of our effort tonight, we played hard and gave ourselves chances, unfortunately we came out on the short end,” said Coach Danny Hershberger.

IMS finishes the season with a record of 11-16. 

Thank you to Kerri Hostetler for providing us with pictures.

Baseball advances in district play

IMS 4  English Valleys 0

IMS won 4-0 over English Valleys in the first round of district play. Dallas Nye got things started for IMS with a solo home run in the first inning to give IMS an early 1-0 lead. IMS scored a second run in the third inning on a Nye RBI single to make the score 2-0 after three innings of play. IMS added two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead. English Valleys only managed two hits against IMS starting pitcher, Payton Miller. Miller pitched all seven innings for IMS striking out eight Bear batters.

Nye led IMS going 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs, Tanner Leyden went 2-3, and Tyler Messer added a RBI for IMS. “We played a solid all around game tonight, Payton pitched a great game for us, and the defense did a great job of backing him up,” said Coach Danny Hershberger.

IMS is 11-15 on the year and will play a second round game at Pekin Thursday night starting at 7 pm. 

Baseball ends regular season

IMS 0 Don Bosco 10

IMS traveled to Gilbertville to face Don Bosco Thursday evening. Don Bosco started fast and consistently kept the pressure on the IMS offense as the Dons scored two in the first, one in the second, two in the third, and five in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead after four innings. IMS was unable to score in the top of the fifth and the run rule went into effect. IMS managed one hit on the night by Tobyn Bender, who went 1-2 at the plate.

IMS ends the regular season 10-15 and will play English Valleys Tuesday night at Pekin, with the game starting at 5  pm.

Baseball loses to Van Buren

IMS 1 Van Buren 7

Van Buren scored two in the first inning and one more in the second inning to take an early 3-0 lead. IMS loaded the bases and was able to get one run in the fifth on a RBI single by Dallas Nye before Van Buren added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth to go on and win 7-1.

Reggie Hostetler went 2-4 for IMS, Tanner Leyden, Tobyn Bender, and Kirby Shetler also had hits for IMS. Tanner Leyden took the loss on the mound pitching six innings allowing seven hits and only two earned runs.

IMS falls to 10-14 on the year and will finish the regular season on Thursday at Don Bosco with the varsity game starting at 5 pm. 

Teacher revitalization in the summer – Karen Van de Walle, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor


Josh Day and Karen Van de Walle

Josh Day and Karen Van de Walle

Nashville on my mind

Karen says . . . . 

Once school was over most people started their summer plans. I left for an adventure in Tennessee. In February I was selected as a CASE lead teacher. CASE is Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education of which I am currently certified to teach two courses as part of the program at IMS. In 2011 I was certified in CASE – AFNR, (Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) typically a freshman course that is built for a full year of instruction, but currently at IMS it is only offered a semester. Then in 2013, through a grant from the Governor STEM Scale up, I was certified with CASE – Plant Science At IMS this is a year-long course and does meet the local science standards. In April I went to Denver, Colorado for professional development which included being trained on the procedures that would come with teaching teachers at a CASE – Curriculum Institute. I found out that I would be teaching AFNR with fellow Iowa Ag Instructor Josh Day from Belle Plaine at Tennessee State University under the advisement of Dr. Ricketts. The class list consisted of twenty teachers from across the USA. For many this was their first CASE course. The dates for the institute were June 1-11 and for some teachers they were still in school. Imagine being gone over a week at the end of the school year!

Day and I began preparing in April and May by planning grouping strategies, bell ringers and activities, projects and problems that the program is based. We arrived on May 31st to prepare our classroom and move into our dorms. This was a first for me as I had never stayed in a dorm before but was able to get the hang of it quickly. We also were going to be using the TSU Ag/STEM building which had just been cleared for occupancy. We enjoyed having a beautiful, pristine classroom and shop. We started to sort and gather supplies and get organized because the next day would come fast. On June 1 we would be hosting an orientation and welcome to our students.  The next eleven days would change my life!  

I have heard other teachers say, ‘Man, it is hard to teach teachers.’ There is truth to that. We all give something up to be away for such a long time. But this group felt and understood that the commitment from each of us was great and they each respected each other and themselves. We had a lot of fun and just like in my classroom, humor was a large chunk of my participation. It is hard to believe that I can’t walk into my classroom and see those wonderful faces again. I feel like I gave each of them a part of myself and they did that in return for me. At the end of our time we were each given a framed picture of the group which will be on my desk this fall. I have several photos of the teachers doing the activities, projects and problems that my students have done. Ag students – see if you can find any you recognize!

I was so thankful for the opportunity to get to know those teachers who enjoyed and appreciated my teaching which did re-energize me! I also reached a 10 year teaching milestone for which I was recognized at the IAAE conference, affirming the value I offer my students. It’s always revitalizing to hear ‘good job!’

Raised Bed Awareness

Do you know that food can grow in a raised bed? The IMS FFA has been working on getting people to see the value behind raised bed gardening.

The FFA, through a Rural Youth Development grant given by the National FFA, purchased the materials to supply the Kalona Public Library with a raised bed. A raised bed is where the sides are built up and soil is added so that vegetables can grow above ground level. The one installed at the library is four foot across and eight feet long which is just the right size to reach the middle from both sides. Our total expense was just under $200.

The IMS FFA chapter felt that local hunger is something they could impact. By putting the raised bed at the library, programs could be offered that would teach that gardening is very easy and resourceful. In addition, the food raised at the library will be put into the free lunch program at the Kalona Bread House. We are growing tomato, potato, and carrots that will be handed out through that program to local youth and their families.

Finally, we are planning a program at the library in the fall that will talk about the steps to install a raised bed and what lumber to use. We will also be giving a demonstration at the Iowa State Fair on the same topic. We welcome you, as you are in Kalona to come to the southeast side of the library lawn and see how the garden is growing. Plus pull any weeds if you see them! Thanks!