Gretta has enjoyed participating in multiple clubs, fine arts and sports while at IMS. So far she has participated in The Reflector newspaper, Compassion Club, Student Government, Math Club, Chapel Committee, piano lessons with Susan See, the fall musical last year (Cotton Patch Gospel), the fall drama this year (Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner), the spring children’s drama, chorale, volleyball, softball, golf, and the girls weightlifting program- Women of Steel. Gretta feels that being involved is a way to learn new things and contribute her talents back to the IMS community. She says, “Last year I collaborated with English the teacher, Maya Kehr-Yoder, to revive the student written school newspaper, The Reflector, which has made a way for community members and students to see student writing and reflection. I was also involved in the production of Amahl and the Night Visitors where I was able to interact with alumni involved in the production.” Gretta would like others to know that, “With IMS being such a small school students can really be themselves and express their interests and passions, get to know students in all grades, and succeed academically from the support teachers provide.”
Find out how you can be involved by coming to visit IMS on Monday, January 16th for our Visit Day. Register at www.iowamennonite.org/visit.
Gretchen graduated from IMS in 2011. She has now graduated from Goshen College and is serving in Bolivia through the MCC SALT program. Here is what Gretchen had to say about her time at IMS. “The emphasis my teachers at IMS had on not wasting our gifts has led me to always put my best foot forward in whatever I am doing in life. The smaller class sizes allow you to be involved in many different clubs, teams or musical groups. The constant support from the community is something I will remember and cherish.”
At IMS I was able to be involved in multiple activities. I think because IMS is a smaller school you get the chance to participate in things you might not get to in larger schools. It’s a great place to explore what you’re interested in and try new things without fear!
I also liked that our class sizes were small so we get one-on-one time with the teachers. Both teachers and students were very friendly and I’ve already developed such close relationships that will stick with me long after graduating from high school.
IMS is more than a school. To me, it’s a family.
I like how IMS is a Christian school and everybody accepts everybody just the way that they are. I wish everyone could experience just how caring all the students are here. IMS feels like a big family. There are a lot of people here that I’d almost consider a brother or sister. The teachers are great and have a lot of one-on-one time to spend with you due to the small class sizes.
I come to IMS every day and get a hug and a “good morning!” Everyone’s so nice. IMS is a place where I fit in and where I won’t get judged. Favorite parts of my time here include chapel and the strong bonds you build on the sports teams!
I wish people would know that you don’t have to be a Christian to come to IMS. We have a lot of students from different backgrounds. The teachers are great and so is the learning environment. It makes you want to learn more. It’s just an overall great school.
IMS is more than a school. It’s a place where we can learn about God. It’s a place where we can go to teachers and not only learn, but have one-on-one time with them.
I’ve had a great start to high school. I will continue to grow in my faith with Christ here. I can’t imagine having gone anywhere else but IMS.