News & Notes

February News and Notes

The IMS Acapella groups will be performing Singing Valentines this year on Thursday, February 14th.
They will deliver 2 songs for $35 or several songs for a group for $60. Each Singing Valentine will also include a small (4 piece) box of Kalona Chocolates. The groups are directed by Mike Wagner. Call the school office (319-656-2073) to schedule a Singing Valentine.

The IMS Touring Choir will sing at area Mennonite churches January – April. This month the choir will be at Washington Mennonite Church on February 17 at 9:30 am and at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell on February 24 at 9:30 am. They will participate in the Mennonite Schools Council Choir Festival at Lancaster Mennonite School, Lancaster, PA on April 12-14.

The annual Chili Supper hosted by the senior class on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 4:30-7:00 pm, has been an IMS tradition since 1960. The senior class is currently selling tickets, but tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $9 for seniors 65+, $5 for kids 4-12, and kids 0-3 are free. In addition to the traditional chili, we will again be serving the Mexican soup, Pozole (po’sole) with all the fixings. Also like last year, in Celebration Hall we will being doing our modern spin on the Audubon Society films that you may remember from years ago.

February 18 will be Visit Day for 8th graders and transfer students. Join a host student in classes, chapel, and lunch. You will also get a chance to meet with Interim Principal and Guidance Counselor, Dwight Gingerich, and Director of Enrollment, Candi Schmieder, to learn more about what IMS has to offer. Parents can come at the beginning of the day to meet with the Administrative Team to get information and answers to any questions they may have. Register at

First Look Friday | March 1 We are setting aside the first Friday of each month for drop-in tours to parents and/or students who want to see what IMS has to offer in a more casual way than our Visit Days. Candi Schmieder will be available in the front office from 8:00 am-4:00 pm for anyone who wants to drop by, get a tour and talk about your expectations for high school education for your son or daughter.

The IMS Art Gallery is features the artwork of Randy Horst, who is currently a Goshen College professor. His show is titled, “Inside Voice”, which uses biblical characters as a backdrop to explore a variety of human emotion and psychology. Randy’s work carefully captures human expressions and augments the emotion with a variety of expressive abstract and symbolic elements. Randy has also worked professionally as a graphic designer and served as the Art Director for Mennonite Mutual Aid (now Everence) and Great Harvest Bread Company. Randy’s work will be on display at the IMS art gallery throughout the second semester. Please come and visit the gallery located next to Celebration Hall in the lower section of IMS. Feel free to ask someone at the office to open the gallery for you.

Congratulations to Suzanna Yoder, Girls Basketball for being named KCRG Athlete of the Week.