Fun Outing at Crooked Creek

IMG_3736This is the second year we started the school year with an all-school outing to Crooked Creek Christian Camp in Washington, Iowa.  This was a tradition that used to be done with just the freshman class and now has expanded to the whole school.  After meeting at the school to gather students and faculty for the day, everyone boarded buses and headed to camp.

The day started with some large group activities to get everyone familiar with each other. The clump game had us scrambling to get in groups by different sets of criteria such as: type of music you like, favorite type of pet (excluding dogs), favorite ice cream flavor, favorite sport, etc.  It was fun to see creative answers such as pet rock, synchronized swimming and a group of people who don’t like ice cream.  This was followed by the eyes up game. Everyone walked around with eyes down until the leader called out, “Eyes up!” We then looked up and greeted the person we met eyes with and told them something about ourselves such as favorite memory, favorite color, favorite clothing,favorite book, etc.

For chapel time sibling groups were announced and used for a discussion and meditation on Pslams 24:1 and where we see symbols of our Christian faith in nature.  We stayed in our sibling groups for the rest of the morning for a guessing game at what school policies the faculty were acting out and as we did some more games.  Over lunch we held class meetings to talk about expectations for each class for the year.  The afternoon was free time at the pool, activity center and in the open area by the pavilion.

What did our faculty and students think of the day?

  • “It is a great day for students to get to interact with each other, meet new students, and to feel a sense of community with their peers. It’s also great for them to have a chance to see and relate to faculty in a more informal setting than the classroom–playing games, enjoying their senses of humor during the skits and just to see them as people and not just as “teachers.” Overall, it is a really good way to start out the new year!” –Ranee Brokaw, FCS teacher
  • “It was a wonderful day to play in God´s creation and to witness students working together to accomplish tasks (even if they were silly things like untying a frozen t-shirt). It was also just a beautiful day to have fun together and get to know one another. I also appreciated the small group devotion time–my group was very thoughtful and had meaningful reflections to share.” –Maya Kehr Yoder, Spanish teacher

  • “I repeatedly observed students working to engage others who appeared to be on the fringe of activities .  It was encouraging  to see students deliberately taking steps to help others feel welcome.” –Tim Lehman, principal

  • “My favorite thing was the group games in the morning.” –Emma Beachy, freshman.

  • “I liked volleyball after lunch.” –Rachael Hovde, freshman.

  • “The clump game was my favorite.” –Hannah Peters, freshman.

  • “I liked the opportunity to meet new people. I made some new friends when we were playing soccer. I also liked talking with my classmates at lunch.” –Gerardo Mendoza, freshman.

  • “I liked being with everyone and playing fun games together.” –Natalie Graber, junior.

  • “I liked just hanging out with everyone.” –Sydney Moreland, junior.

  • Favorites among seniors Hannah Miller, Renee Buckwalter and Anne Buckwalter include getting to know the freshmen, sibling family games and organized soccer.

  • Sophomore students Caleb Yoder & Drake Brezina enjoyed the activity center and group games. 

Overall it was a great way to spend the day together!

We hope you enjoy our pictures from the day. If you hover your mouse over the picture below, arrows will appear that will take you through the slideshow when you click on them.

  • Sibling Family group Sibling Family group
  • Freshman class meeting Freshman class meeting
  • Freshman class meeting Freshman class meeting
  • Freshman class meeting Freshman class meeting
  • Freshman class meeting Freshman class meeting
  • Volleyball Volleyball
  • Volleyball Volleyball
  • Bannagrams Bannagrams
  • Soccer Soccer
  • Soccer Soccer
  • Relaxing Relaxing
  • Volleyball Volleyball
  • Tetherball Tetherball
  • Relaxing Relaxing
  • Clumping game - birth month Clumping game - birth month
  • Clumping game Clumping game
  • Clumping game blue shirts Clumping game blue shirts
  • Clumping game Clumping game
  • Clumping game Clumping game
  • Clumping game Clumping game
  • Eyes up game Eyes up game
  • Clumping game Clumping game
  • Chapel time Chapel time
  • Faculty skits Faculty skits
  • Bubble blowing contest Bubble blowing contest
  • Bubble blowing contest Bubble blowing contest
  • Frozen t-shirt game Frozen t-shirt game
  • Frozen t-shirt game Frozen t-shirt game
  • T-shirt relay T-shirt relay
  • Relaxing Relaxing
  • Catching up Catching up
  • Soccer Soccer
  • Soccer Soccer
     

 

A CONCERT OF “ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL”

Come enjoy an evening with IMS music faculty, Josh Tyson; IMS resident piano instructor, Susan See; and IMS resident voice instructor, Karenza Yoder as they share their love for music in a program titled, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  The concert will include vocals by Karenza Yoder, piano solos performed by Josh Tyson, and a special appearance by the Southeast Iowa Piano Trio.  Piano trio members include concertmaster violinist Charlene King, principal cellist, Donna Nelson of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, and pianist, Susan See. 
 
The second half of the program is titled, “All Creatures Great and Small” and will feature Josh and Susan in a four hand reprisal of several movements of Camille Saint Saens’ Carnival of The Animals, as performed in chapel and at Children’s Drama last spring.  The pieces, which describe various members of the animal kingdom, will be enhanced by humorous poems by Ogden Nash and IMS English and drama instructor, Mary Forney.  Additionally, the audience will be treated to many visuals and special effects during the performance.  
 
This event will be held on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm and is a fundraiser for the IMS general fund and admission is by donation.  We hope to see all of you there!

Anne Buckwalter Plays for Washington Library Concert

 

Anne Buckwalter

Anne Buckwalter

On Thursday, August 14, senior Anne Buckwalter performed piano works by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, and George Gershwin for an enthusiastic audience at the Washington Public Library. She was joined by three other area student musicians in the noontime concert on the square. 

Anne divides her practice time between piano, clarinet, and voice and is planning to major in music upon graduation. 

 

Boys basketball camp awards

IMS basketball camp director Dwight Gingerich and the camp staff consisting of Aaron Gingerich, Danny Hershberger, Payton Miller, Randy Miller, Dallas Nye, Peyton Thompson, and Kirby Shetler thank all the campers for a great week of camp. We also thank the summer sports camps sponsors – Farmers Supply Sales, Inc., Hills Bank and Trust, and Miller’s Medicine Cabinet – for their part in supporting the camp again this year.

Grade 1 on 1 H-O-R-S-E Free Throw Spot Shooting  
10 Cole Yoder Cole Yoder Sean Gray Cole Yoder  
9 Mitchell Schmieder Cole Ours Cole Ours Ryan Slaubaugh  
8 Tom Butters Caleb Gingerich Bryce Barnette Caleb Gingerich  
7 Caleb Tanner Brody Miller Eli Ours Trevor Quigley  
6 Andre Miller Eli Ours Eli Ours Andre Miller  
5 Kasen Bailey Kasen Bailey Will Cavanagh Kasen Bailey  
           
Grade Best Defender Mr. Hustle Best Rebounder Outstanding Camper Mr. Fundamental
9-10 Cole Yoder Jacob Von Osodol Finney Lackender Reggie Borntrager Ryan Slaubaugh
8 Caleb Gingerich Mathyan Powell Dominick Pickard Trevor Leyden Bryce Barnett
6-7 Evan Horak Ethan Hunt Kobe Borntrager Trevor Quigley Caleb Tanner
    Luke Boyse   Andre Miller  
5 Jackson Pennington Will Cavanagh Lucas Kroll Noah Miller Kason Bailey
           

FFA demonstrates raised bed gardening at the Iowa State Fair

In a continuing effort of the FFA to raise awareness for raised bed gardening, four FFA members gave a demonstration at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday. Timothy Bender, Jenna Boller, Michael Hershberger, and Michael Martens talked with many people at the fair who showed interest in their project. 

First Day of School

The first day of school got off to a great start with a quick assembly, greetings and a prayer by new principal, Tim Lehman.  After that, students followed a regular day of classes. During chapel, the year’s theme was introduced and students on the chapel committee did a skit, shared about the start of a new year and led a song.  This year’s theme is “Get it! Got it! God!” We look forward to seeing the many ways we are challenged to grow spiritually as well as academically this school year! We are grateful for new beginnings and for each of our students, faculty and staff as we start the year.  Please keep us in our prayers.  Enjoy some pictures from the day and a video of the hymn sung in chapel. We also have pictures from today on our Facebook page: IMS Facebook.