News & Notes

September News and Notes

The chapel theme this year is “Compassion: See a Need, Fill a Need.” Each week we are emphasizing ways that we can have compassion for others. The scripture from Romans 12 is giving us guidance as to what that looks like; first of all giving ourselves as living sacrifices to God and allowing our lives to be transformed from the inside out. This ongoing transformation helps us to honor each other with our different functions and gifts. And as we come into the maturity of Christ, we are empowered to not be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good.

6th – 8th graders, your passes will be sent out to you by September 12th. If you come to a home volleyball game before then, you can get in for free by signing your name on our prospective student list at the entrance. You can still get yourself plus a friend or parent in for free by doing this.

The IMS Sophomore class is selling magazines to raise money for their student fundraising accounts. This money will be used to pay for events during their time as an IMS student like banquet, senior trip, graduation, etc. There are prize incentives for sales that occur through September 14. Online orders can be done through the ID number for IMS is 2509503.

Mennonite College Night – Admission representatives from Bethel College (KS), Bluffton University (OH), Eastern Mennonite University (VA), Goshen College (IN), and Hesston College (KS) will be at IMS Monday, September 17 to meet with students and parents. You can schedule a 20 minute appointment with as many of these schools as you like by contacting Dwight Gingerich at Priority will be given to seniors but younger students and parents are very welcome to participate as times are available. Appointments begin at 4:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm.

The IMS PTO will be operating the Apple Fritter Booth at the Kalona Fall Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29. If you would like to volunteer to work a 2-hour shift at the fritter booth, call the school office at 656-2073 or 683-2586. IMS Choirs and Pep Band will be performing on Friday, September 28; the choirs at 2:30-3:00 pm and Praise Band is from 3:00-3:30 pm.

Homecoming & Alumni Family Weekend will take place on campus October 12-13. Events will include alumni volleyball (with the 1998 State Final Four team) and soccer games, Joetown Classic, food fundraiser by the PTO, Annual Pork Supper, and a community hymn sing.

The Joetown Classic 5K run/walk will be on Saturday, October 13. Make sure you sign-up by October 2 to get a cool, vintage t-shirt! Register now online at or find printable registrations at

The Junior Class Pork Supper is also Saturday, October 13. Tickets can be purchased from any Junior student or at the door; Adults $10.00, Seniors 65+ $9.00, Children age 4-12 $5.00, age 3 and under free. The meal consists of pork, baked potato, salad and dessert.

Rehearsals will soon begin for the fall drama, Little Women, directed by Michael Swartzendruber which will be presented November 3 & 4.