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Jane Schlabaugh and Rubye Ney

I was asked to share a few of my reasons of appreciation of Jane Schlabaugh, and after thinking about it long and hard, I decided they can all really fall into two categories. Or really, two posters.

The first is Jane’s Inspirational Fashion Poster. This poster has been in Jane’s room probably since the 80’s. Here I have to get right to it and address the fashion aspect of this poster. Jane’s turtlenecks, which we haven’t seen a lot of this year, show her individuality and “who cares” mentality. All of her questionable outfits aside though, Jane really has taught me some good old self-confidence and optimism. Jane really took to heart the “what will matter is what you learned” piece of this inspirational saying. Read more.




Graduation Details

Baccalaureate | Saturday May 26 6:00PM | Celebration Hall
The speaker is Scott Roser. Student speakers are seniors Emma Beachy and Isaiah Swantz. Scott is the father of IMS senior, Cameron Roser-Peet. Scott is the pastor at Spirit of Christ Church in Iowa City.

Commencement | Sunday May 27 6:00PM | Celebration Hall
The 71st Iowa Mennonite School commencement speaker is Gilberto Pérez Jr. Gilberto serves as the Dean of Students at Goshen College.

Read more about the speakers HERE.

Golf Tournament


Spring Music Concert | May 20 at 3:00PM in Celebration Hall. This concert will feature Jazz Band, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Touring Choir directed by Alisa Kandel.

Graduation Activities | Baccalaureate on Saturday May 26 & Commencement on Sunday May 27 both are in Celebration Hall at 6:00PM.

Summer Camps | Summer Camp offerings are now posted. We are excited to add a ceramics camp, cooking camp and two writing camps to go along with our sports camps and drama camp! Registrations are available online at

The Annual IMS Golf Tournament | June 16 at the Kalona Golf Club. Sign up to play or to be a sponsor HERE.


Summer Camps |  We have several new camps we’ve added this summer including Ceramics Camp, Iowa Youth Writing Project Camps and Culinary Kids Camp to go along with our drama camp and sports camps. Many of them have limited class sizes so check them out and register your children soon for a quality learning time that is also fun and hands on. Registrations are available online at the Camp page.

Alumni News

Sherilyn and her family with filmmakers (Erik German left) and (Liam Dalzell right).

Will and Sherilyn (Graber ‘94) Ortman are farmers with Berrybrook Organics and live on Will’s family farm located near Freeman, SD with their three sons. Liam (12) is just finishing 6th grade, Solomon (10) is a 4th grader, and Christian (8) is in 2nd grade.

Recently their family was featured in the film series by Retro Report What Happens Next: Future of Food. This mini documentary highlights how the way people grow and consume food must change in order to feed the growing global population. As humans consume, and waste, more food and farms are increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather The Ortmans have found going organic as a way to solve their local sustainability and economic issues. Watch the film HERE.


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