Chapel Wrap-Up {August 25-29}

This week’s Chapel theme was “Get Going!”

Monday: Video object lesson challenging us to move forward in our faith, and to be wary of sin and distraction that leads us off the path God has for us. After a student led devotional, chapel ended with the song, “Guide My Feet”

Tuesday: Dr. Perry White, president of Bethel College, spoke on Philippians 3:12-14, encouraging students to remember that relationships matter in education, that a big part of education is to think critically, solve problems, and work in teams. Dr. White and challenged students to think about where they want to go and what they want to do after high school and to remember that PURPOSE is what drives us and pushes us to continue learning and learning HOW to learn wherever they go.

Wednesday: First Small Group meetings of the year. Students enjoyed getting to know their groups and eating snacks together, of course!

Thursday: Student Panel of volleyball players including Hannah Miller, Natalie Graber, Avery Blauvelt and Alijah Beatty sharing about how they are ready to to “Get Going!” with this year’s volleyball season and how playing volleyball connects to their faith.

Friday: Micaela Brokaw spoke about Pursuing Dreams, referencing John 14: 12-13 and John 15:4. Micaela told a bit of her own story, sharing about her passion for education and her dream of traveling to Rwanda.  She challenged students to identify their own dreams–likely stemming from something that frustrates or angers them,  and to depend on God to accomplish that dream through them. Micaela warned students to recognize the high probability that the odds, and our culture, may be against them, but to press on in spite of these obstacles.  Micaela left students with the charge to recognize that God gives us dreams in order to carry out the Gospel through each one of us and that the dreams we pursue aren’t about us, but about His glory. Micaela’s enthusiasm and wisdom was a great way to end the week with the goal to “Get Going!” with what God has for each of us.

Volleyball players join chapel committee members to discuss how to "Get going" for the players' first game and for their faith journey. Cassidy Bontrager, Hannah Miller, Natalie Graber, Alijah Beatty, Avery Blauvelt & Kirby Shetler.

Volleyball players join chapel committee members to discuss how to “Get going” for the players’ first game and for their faith journey. Cassidy Bontrager, Hannah Miller, Natalie Graber, Alijah Beatty, Avery Blauvelt & Kirby Shetler.


Micaela Brokaw shares in chapel. What dream has God given you?

Micaela Brokaw shares in chapel. What dream has God given you?

Blood drive yields 42 units

First time blood donors - back: Rudy Rios, Rex Yoder, Kaylin Brokaw, Payton Miller, Enrique Mendoza, Jacob Schmieder, Michael Martens, Michael Hershberger; front: Anne Buckwalter, Grace Belin, Rosina Ropp, Isabel Mendoza, Jakob Schmidt, Jory Conrad

First time blood donors – back: Rudy Rios, Rex Yoder, Kaylin Brokaw, Payton Miller, Enrique Mendoza, Jacob Schmieder, Michael Martens, Michael Hershberger; front: Anne Buckwalter, Grace Belin, Rosina Ropp, Isabel Mendoza, Jakob Schmidt, Jory Conrad

 

Michael Hershberger

Michael Hershberge

 

Isabel Mendoza

Isabel Mendoza

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center received 42 units today at the blood drive sponsored by the Compassion Club.   Fourteen students gave blood, all for the first time.  Many of the teachers and staff, as well as parents and community members helped out.  

Sponsor Gloria Yoder said, “I’m very pleased with the turnout and result since we greatly surpassed our goal of 30 units. Our Compassion members did a super job of recruiting blood donors and we had a few surprise walk-ins from our Amish neighbors.”  

Each unit of donation helps three patients.  

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Kaylin Brokaw

Kaylin Brokaw

 

Anne Buckwalter

Anne Buckwalter

 

 

 

Holl Mathematical Discovery for Teachers Workshop

Front: Travis Peters, Courtney Wahlstrom, Leslie Hogben, Brooke Fischels, Jacqueline Chalmers.  Back: Michael Link, Lana Lyddon-Hatten, Lynn Yoder, Heather Bolles, Jennifer Parker, Callie Budden, Ulrica Wilson, Brian Reece.

Front: Travis Peters, Courtney Wahlstrom, Leslie Hogben, Brooke Fischels, Jacqueline Chalmers. Back: Michael Link, Lana Lyddon-Hatten, Lynn Yoder, Heather Bolles, Jennifer Parker, Callie Budden, Ulrica Wilson, Brian Reece.

 

Lynn Yoder (back to camera), Brian Reece, Callie Budden, Jacqueline Chalmers, and Ulrica Wilson discuss the iteration problem.

Lynn Yoder (back to camera), Brian Reece, Callie Budden, Jacqueline Chalmers, and Ulrica Wilson discuss the iteration problem.

Nine teachers from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota were invited to participate in the Holl Mathematical Discovery for Teachers Workshop held at Iowa State University July 14-18. Math Instructor Lynn Yoder was one of the invited participants.

The workshop focused on a mathematical discovery process, including numerical experiments to gather data, observing patterns in the data, making conjectures, and proving (or disproving) the conjectures.  Implementation of these ideas with students was also discussed.  Participants were introduced to the free mathematical software Sage and used it to gather data. You may find more information about their study by clicking here.

My group spent the entire week researching the iteration problem. At the end of the week we gave a presentation to the whole group about our findings.
 
Lynn says, “The workshop was just one week but the professors that led the workshop encouraged our group to publish a paper about our findings. So we spent the next few weeks summarizing and compiling our findings into a paper that is to be eventually published in Mathematics Magazine. (This is exciting since I’ve never been part of a mathematics publication before.) The goal of the workshop was to let secondary math teachers experience mathematical research.  It was a fun and challenging week!” 

Parent Teacher Organization meeting

Principal Tim Lehman

Principal Tim Lehman

Monday evening, Aug. 25 found parents, teachers, and staff gathered in Celebration Hall for the annual Parent Teacher Organization meeting. Principal Tim Lehman offered a welcome and opening prayer, followed by introductions of faculty/staff, various announcements about the Silver Cord program, the SCRIP program, Music Boosters program, and Fritter Booth work/donation opportunities. The Google calendar linked to the IMS website was also explained and we were encouraged to use it. Parents then moved to class meetings where class sponsors provided fundraising and activity information. Enjoying fellowship around lemonade and cookies concluded the meeting. 

Parents are invited to sign-up to work a 2 hour shift or donate supplies for the Kalona Fall Festival Fritter Booth. Please contact the IMS office to reserve your time slot! 
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IMS FFA Tractor Driving Contest Adds Alumni & Clergy Divisions

TDC-row-of-tractors1The FFA Tractor Driving Contest has been a lasting tradition at IMS for over twenty years. Students from all different backgrounds of agriculture have been encouraged to test their skills in backing, troubleshooting, and overall tractor driving. This year, there will be a new division for any male or female alumni who wants to relive their driving glory days. There will also be a clergy division for area pastors to participate in some friendly competition. The contest will be held on Thursday, September 11th from 9 am-12 pm. Breakfast will be provided along with tractors and FFA fellowship. There’s a $10 entry fee to compete in the alumni division. If interested in participating, please RSVP to Kaycee Miller (319)-541-0373 kmiller2015@iowamennonite.org or Karen Van De Walle (319)-360-0276 kvandewalle@iowamennonite.org by Tuesday, September 9th.

 

Chapel Wrap-Up {Aug 13-22}

This years’ chapels are off to a great start with our theme, 
Get it! Got it! GOD!

Wednesday: Skit to introduce the theme led by Chapel Committee and introductions of who will be helping plan our chapel time this year.

Thursday: Timothy Bender shared from 1 Corinthians 8:2 and 8:30, explaining our theme…that first we want to “Get it”–to learn and understand God’s Word more, at times we’ve “Got it”–when we understand God’s word more fully and want to learn more about how to live what we say we believe. Then, God–always moving toward God, deepening our relationship with Him, and to be known by and honor God in all we do. 

Friday: Sibling Family groups met at Crooked Creek

Monday: An entertaining and informative skit written by Jacob Bruns and performed by Chapel Committee members, explaining proper chapel etiquette.

Tuesday: Introduction to Small Groups and Small Group sign-up day.

Wednesday: This weeks’ theme was “Got doubt?” and Lee Ebersole, Bible instructor, shared about doubting Thomas, referencing the most famous Biblical story of doubt from John 20:24-29. Lee explained that God did not condemn Thomas for his doubt and that as believers we will have doubts at times. Staying in a place of doubt, however, will hold us back from the abundant life that God has for us. During his talk, Lee shared this video of Francis Chan speaking about doubt and fear.

Thursday: Stasia Majerick,senior, shared her faith story and the times that she has doubted God’s love in her life. Stasia challenged students to remember that it’s okay to enter into a “gray spot” where they may have questions and doubts because those are the times that lead us to God’s hope that is around the corner. 

Friday: Friday’s chapel was an individual prayer time where students were challenged to write out some of their own doubts, fears, and worries and to pray about them. At the conclusion of chapel time, students were given the opportunity to throw their papers full of doubt into the fire, releasing them into God’s hands. chapel jeopardy 8-18 004

Chapel Jeapordy

Chapel Jeapordy

 

Got doubt? Students wrote down their doubts and put them in a fire during chapel.

Got doubt? Students wrote down their doubts and put them in a fire during chapel.

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Chapel Committee for 2014-15

Chapel Committee for 2014-15

 

Sibling family groups at Crooked Creek Christian Camp.

Sibling family groups at Crooked Creek Christian Camp.

 

Sibling family group at CCCC

Sibling family group at CCCC