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News & Notes

May News & Notes


The Spring Drama, Peter Pan & Wendy will be presented Saturday. May 4 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 pm in Celebration Hall. Reserved tickets are on sale at the office by calling 656-2073; Adults $9 and students $5. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the door, Adults $10 and Students $6. The drama is directed by Michael Swartzendruber. Before both performances of the play, we will have crafts and coloring pages for children in the Celebration Hall foyer area. Come a little early to join in the fun! Prospective students, remember you can get yourself and one other person a free ticket to Peter Pan & Wendy. There will be opportunities for prospective students in 6th grade and up to get a backstage tour and have refreshments with the cast following both performances.

Academic & Fine Arts Night is Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm – The annual IMS Academic & Fine Arts Awards Night will take place in Celebration Hall. Awards will be given to students who have excelled in academics, music, drama and art. It also recognizes students who have been of service to others. The event is hosted by IMS’ National Honor Society members.
The community is welcome and encouraged to attend this event in support of these students.

Caleb Gingerich’s senior recital will be on Sunday, May 12 at 3:30 pm in Celebration Hall at IMS. Caleb will be performing primarily as a vocalist, and will also include songs performed with friends. The public is invited to join Caleb for an afternoon of music with refreshments to follow. Caleb is the son of Dwight and Mo Gingerich. Thank you for supporting the arts at IMS!

IMS Food Drive “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…“ Matthew 25:35-36. The IMS chapter of National Honor Society is hosting a food drive to benefit area food pantries. Please help us in this endeavor. Bring your non-perishable food items to IMS any time between Wednesday, May 1 and Friday, May 10. You may also donate items at the IMS productions of Peter Pan, May 4 & 5 or at the Fine Arts and Academic Awards Night, May 7. Donation boxes will also be placed at Freeman Foods and JW’s for your convenience. NHS students will gather and sort the items and deliver them to the Wellman and Kalona food pantries on May 13. Thank you for helping your community in this very special way.

The annual FFA Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria. The meal will be a potluck; please bring dishes to share. There will be a pie auction and FFA awards will be presented. All are welcome!

Baccalaureate will be held Sat. evening, May 25 at 6:00 pm, and the speaker will be Randall Ney. Randall was born in Iowa, but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He returned to Iowa for college, where he met his wife, Kathryn. For the past twenty years, they have lived on a tree farm along the English River. Their four children have graduated from IMS: Hannah in 2007, Levi in 2008, Jesse in 2009, and a decade later, Rubye. They have one grandchild, Teddy, who will graduate with the IMS Class of 2037. Randall and Kathryn are members of West Union Mennonite Church. He works as an immigration attorney for the University of Iowa. His speech is titled, “Plant Sequoias”.

Commencement will be Sunday evening, May 26 at 6:00 pm. Speaker will be Jewel Gingerich Longenecker.
The title is “Created for What?” Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, PhD, is Dean of Lifelong Learning at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In her role she coordinates theological programs for pastors and lay leaders with and without formal education. She helped to establish the seminary’s !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth; and Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. As a member of Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, she co-leads the young adult ministry and chairs the congregation’s gifts discernment process. She graduated from IMS in 1982 and served as IMS campus pastor from 1993-1995, and as conference youth minister for the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference from 1993-1998.

Summer camp registrations are available online at www.iowamennonite.org/camps. We have another great line-up of camps this year from art to music to sports and everything in between! We will also be adding a science camp and soccer camp information soon. Camps are offered to varying age groups from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Check out each camp’s requirements and details on our website.

New families, don’t forget to complete your application for admission. New and returning families, don’t forget to complete your application for variable tuition and IISTO funds by May 1st. If you need an extension, please contact Candi Schmieder A.S.A.P.

Do you have friends or family members who are considering IMS who may be on the fence about attending due to cost? Send them to our Making IMS Affordable webpage to earn more about Variable Tuition and contact Candi Schmieder with any questions (www.iowamennonite.org/admissions/making-ims-affordable/.)