News & Notes

March News & Notes

Turkey Steak Supper | The IMS Alumni Association, along with the Washington Township Optimists, will host the annual Turkey Steak Supper on March 23 at IMS. The menu of turkey, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, and pie & ice cream will be served from 4:30-7:00 pm. A freewill donation will be taken at the gate. The proceeds of this meal go towards student scholarships. By supporting this meal you are making IMS affordable for students in our community!

Artwork by Randy Horst, Art teacher at Goshen College is on display in the IMS Art Gallery. The show is titled, “Inside Voice”. “My drawings are portraits that try to place people in a visual and psychological space inspired by the life experiences and circumstances of Biblical and Christian characters,” said Horst. The show is open during school hours. A reception will be held with the artist present Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 pm following the Turkey Steak Supper.

Lara Kliewer Senior Recital: On Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm, Lara Kliewer will present her senior recital in Celebration Hall at IMS. She will perform a variety of piano pieces showcasing a decade of piano lessons. The public is invited to join Lara for an evening of music and the reception to follow. Lara is the daughter of Travis and Kristine Kliewer of Kalona. Thank you for your support of fine arts at IMS!

Prospective Family Night | Tuesday, March 4th from 6:00-8:00 pm, we will hold an open house for all families considering IMS for high school. We will have a scavenger hunt/tour of the school, you will meet faculty, and get to talk with current parents and students about their IMS experience. Our PTO will be serving nachos. We will also have information available about applying to IMS and our Variable Tuition. Register to attend at

Visit Day/Bring-A-Friend Day | Tuesday, March 19. With the weather interfering with our last Visit Day, we are combining our Bring-A-Friend Day with an additional Visit Day. If you are in 7th-11th grade, you are invited to attend. Get more information and register at

Please donate blood on March 11th! Compassion Club is hosting a blood drive from 6:30 am – 10:30 am at IMS for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Each donation saves 3-4 lives and because of blood drive cancellations due to bad weather, reserves are low right now. There isn’t a blood drive scheduled in Wellman close to this date so please call the IMS office (319-656-2073) or email Gloria Yoder ( to set up an appointment. New donors, as well as regular donors, are welcome! Your last donation must have been by 1/14/2019.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday, March 14 from 2:30-7:00 pm.

The IMS Touring Choir directed by Mike Wagner, will be presenting programs locally on
*Sunday, March 3; 9:30 am at First Mennonite Church, Iowa City and at 7:00 pm at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite
Church, Kalona
*Sunday, March 10; 9:30 am at East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona at 6:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City
*Sunday, March 17; 9:30 am at Wellman Mennonite Church

SALT -This year the IMS Service and Learning Term (formerly called Interterm) will take place from March 25-29. We are excited for this experiential learning and are grateful for the community support that makes it happen. To find out about our experiences, please join us Friday, April 5 at 7 for our SALT Presentations. Students and faculty will share what they’ve learned in a gallery-style small group format. The evening will conclude in Celebration Hall with the drama team’s performance. Come mingle, have some snacks, and hear about our experiences!

This year we have several local groups near and far away. Local groups will explore service, engine and auto repair, invasive species elimination, and cross cultural connections in our community. We have one group journeying to Jackson, Mississippi to explore the Civil Rights Movement, a Music and Drama Team headed to Goshen, Indiana to share the gospel message through song and performance, and a group headed to connect with students at the Kansas School for the Blind. Others will build solar panels at Camp Menno Haven, volunteer and hike at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, and connect with our Mennonite sister school in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.

Rehearsals are underway for the spring drama, Peter Pan and Wendy which will be held May 4 and 5.