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Toby Chen

Toby Chen is our International Student this year. He is from Shenzhen, a city in the south part of China with a population of twelve million.  Toby is a sophomore at IMS and his host family is Loren and Elvesta Hochstetler.  They have also hosted other international students.

Toby is an only child from a middle class family. His father is an engineer and his mother stayed at home with him. Before coming to IMS he attended a private middle school and an international school.  At his school in China, there were eleven classes per grade with about fifty students in each class. Toby says there are a lot of differences between school here and in China including class sizes, sports, language, school size, etc.

Toby’s favorite food from home is roasted fish. His favorite food here, so far, is ground cherry pie. He went out for cross country and really enjoyed it. Toby enjoys staying fit and does a lot of rock climbing. He has gone to some indoor rock climbing walls with friends since he’s been in Iowa. He also enjoys soccer and boxing. He would like to try baseball and football.

Toby has enjoyed his time in Iowa so far. Besides rock climbing, he has gone bowling, on hayrides, and has ridden on a four-wheeler and combine.  After graduating from IMS, Toby hopes to go to the University of Michigan and study engineering, computer science, architecture or social science.  Toby is a great student, is open to try new things and is friendly. Be sure to introduce yourself to him when you see him on campus and help us welcome Toby to the IMS community.





Visit Days | November 15 & November 27 Grade 8 and transfer students are invited to IMS for the day to shadow a current student. Parents can also take part in a Q&A coffee with the administration team at the beginning of the day. Details and registration are at:

IMS Child Development | Preschools Three preschools will take place on November 16  (Thanksgiving Theme), November 30 (Ocean Theme) December 7 (Sports & Games Theme). The preschool is for all 3 and 4 year olds and takes place from 8:30-9:30AM. If interested please call IMS at 319-656-2073.

Boys Basketball Jamboree | November 20 IMS will host the 8 team jamboree in Hillcrest Union starting at 6:00PM. Schedule to be announced later.

Giving Tuesday | November 28 In this season of thanksgiving, as you count your blessings, take this additional opportunity to give to IMS. And know that your gift will make a big impact in our student’s lives. Be a part of helping us raise $25,000 in one day!

Save The Date | The Alumni Night basketball game(s) will be Saturday December 16. More details to come.


Corrie (Stutzman) Swartzendruber ’05, talked with Eastern Mennonite University about her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from University of Iowa. Check out the Q&A here.

Recently Nikhil Thacker ’13 was featured by Luther College (Decorah, IA) for his research and observation of bumble bees. Thacker, an Iowa City native, as a senior at Luther. Read more here.
Amy Gingerich ’95 was recently appointed as the new MennoMedia (Harrisonburg, VA) executive director and publisher. Read their press release here



Just because you shouldn’t live in the past doesn’t mean it’s not a nice place to visit.

Ever since the first graduates left White Gables in 1948, IMS has been sending students into the world with a common experience. That experience is one to be valued and celebrated. Class reunions give alumni and their families the opportunity to reconnect, reminisce, and appreciate the experience they had at IMS. An experience that helped shaped their lives.

This year graduating classes in years ending in 3 and 8 will meet for reunions. Here are a couple of the classes, that are planning reunions and the alumni coordinators.

Class of 1968 – Kalona 28-30 September 2018
(Firman & Susan Gingerich, Wilma Miller, Kathy Walter)
Class of 1998 – (Angie Lamb, Annette Miller, Emily Miller)

Our thousands and thousands of alumni (all over the world) are important to us. Please send your announcements, change of address, or other communications to us. Or if you ever have any questions feel free to contact The Office of Advancement


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