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  •                        MUSIC FILLED THE DECEMBER AIR AT ZMHS!

                                         Zimmerman choir performs concert                                                                                       Photo shared by Erik Jacobson, ER Star News  

    Zimmerman High School and Middle School voices filled the auditorium with song as the choirs performed concerts the first week of December.  Choir students in grades 8-12 were featured the evening of Monday, December 3rd, and middle school 6th and 7th grade choir students performed Tuesday evening, December 4th.  These concerts kicked off a most enjoyable, music-filled, month! 

    And then came time for the bands to perform...

             HS band   HS band

                                                    HS band                                                                                                Thanks to band teacher Mr. Curtis for these photos                    

    Zimmerman bands began their December concert schedule on the 10th when the high school bands showcased their instrumental talents for a well-attended evening performance in the auditorium.  Several student soloists were featured during various pieces, giving a special feel to each number.  Added to this performance was A Christmas Festival piece played by the Wind Symphony while some "carolers"...complements of the ZHS math department and a few children of ZMHS parents...led a sing-along.  In the words of middle school band teacher Mr. Curtis,  "A huge thank you to the HS math department for lending their voices to the show and leading 600 people in a sing-along!"

    Middle school bands had their time to shine in the auditorium the 3rd week of December, with the bands from grades 7 & 8 performing on Monday, the 17th, and grade 6 performing Tuesday, the 18th.  Because of the remarkable numbers in the band program, parents attending the Monday concert were encouraged to engage in some "shift work" to provide seating for the subsequent group that would perform.  Check out this amazing group of 145 6th graders during their performance!  Talk about filling a stage!

                      Grade 6 band 2018                                                                   Photo shared by teacher/parent Mrs. Beaver

    When high school band teacher Mr. Smith was sharing information and background stories with the he always does, he mentioned that what started as 50 students in the program has now become more than 500!!  No wonder parents were being encouraged to free up seating space!  Thunderous applause goes to Mr. Smith, to Mr. Curtis, and to the more recent addition of part-time teacher Mr. Huber, for their continuing expertise and efforts in growing this tremendous program!       

  •             CINDERELLA MUSICAL receives SPOTLIGHT AWARDS         

                                  Cinderella 2018

    Evaluators from the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight program come to critique ZMHS shows and cast and crew.  For this fall's production of Cinderella, ZHS student participants received the following awards:

    Movement/Dance Performance by an Ensemble - Honorable Mention
    Acting Performance by an Ensemble - Honorable Mention
    Overall Tech Team - Honorable Mention
    Honorable Mention for Performance in a Leading Role - Bailey Benner
    Honorable Mention for Performance in a Supporting Role - Lindsey Bennett and Connie Neumiller
    Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role - Joey Kirk
    Outstanding in Technical Leadership - Laura Waage (Costumes)
    Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership - Joe Zaidi (Sound Design)
    Evaluator Shout-Out - Josh Freeman, Bobby Stephany
    Congratulations, cast and crew...and everyone else involved in making this a great show!!


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                                                       Daugherty 2000                                                                                                       Photo shared by Erik Jacobson, ER Star News

    Thunder girls' basketball star, Alyssa Daugherty, reached the 2000-points mark on her home court when the Thunder hosted Monticello on December 7th.  Alyssa needed just 9 points to reach the mark; her 14-point game met...and surpassed...that mark.  At 2005 total points, Alyssa is on track to become the career points record holder for the Elk River district; the current record stands at 2108 points.  Let's cheer Alyssa on as she shoots for that record!!  Congrats, Alyssa!!  Go Thunder!!

  •                       ZHS SENIOR TUCKER BUDREAU, #55

                                    in MINNESOTA FOOTBALL SHOWCASE



    One of 3 players from the Elk River district invited to play in the Minnesota Football Coaches Association All-Star game, ZHS senior Tucker Budreau, wearing his signature #55, played center for the North team.  While the North lost 33-12 to the South team, Tucker represented Zimmerman well and, when interviewed by Jake Anderson of the Star News, Tucker stated, "It was a huge honor for me to represent Zimmerman High School and my family on this field."  Tucker commented, regarding his Thunder teammates, "This team is like my family."  And, though it was not included in the newspaper article, Tucker expressed high praise and deep thanks to his Thunder coach, Tom Kish (pictured above).  Tucker has committed to SCSU and will be signing with them on National Signing Day which is February 5th.  Congratulations, Tucker!  You have made us Thunder proud!!

    You can read the entire article titled "One last time on the gridiron" as reported by Jake Anderson in the Star News December 22, 2018 edition.

  •                GRADE 6 GOES TO BASE CAMP 

    On December 21st, 6th graders had the opportunity to go to Base Camp at Fort Snelling. They learned to work as a team through various team building activities and rock climbing. Here are some pictures of the day...courtesy of grade 6 teacher Mrs. Houle...
                                           What an exciting day!  Excellent work, everyone!

  •                        MORE THUNDER BUCK WINNERS     

    Keeping "The Thunder Way" always in mind, ZMHS includes the key focus areas of being Ready, Respectful and Responsible. Students are awarded “Thunder Bucks” by faculty and staff when they display positive behaviors in school.  They can then enter their earned Thunder Bucks into weekly drawings for fun items that have been collected or donated.  
                                            TB winners Dec 2018  
    Pictured here are the Thunder Buck winners for December 20th:  Luke Inman-9th-Subway sub, cookie and travel mug; Joey Strom-8th-brand new Xbox One; Breaunna Stenberg-7th-Subway sub, cookie and travel mug; Sammy Andresen-11th-$100 Casey's gift card; Abigale Larson-11th-DQ cake; Mikayla Brooking-12th-$200 Target gift card; Danny Tucker (not pictured)-7th-$15.00 Papa's Italian gift card.
                                                        Way to go, Thunder students!

  • Congratulations to the following HS Student of the Week honorees:

    12/3:  Tim Schermann-gr 12-Health-Mr. Bartlett

               Reese Lindberg-gr 12-English-Mrs. Pintok

               Connor Hintz-gr 9-Woods I-Mr. Ostercamp

    12/10:  Brady Gibeau-gr 12-Total Fitness-Mr. Burch

                 Trent Waletzko-gr 10-AVID-Ms. McAlpine 

                 Tyler Kirkendall-gr 10-Mrs. Manthey                    

    12/17:  Logan Jacobson-gr 12-Mrs. Flaherty

                 Johnny Schnellman-gr 10-Mr. Downing

                 Connie Neumiller-gr 11-Choir-Mr. Waznik      

  • Congratulations to the following MS Student of the Week honorees:


    Grade 6: Isabella Felegy-Mr. Zierden 

    Grade 7: Emma Murphy-Ms. McAlpine

    Grade 8: Alana B-Ms. McAlpine


    Grade 6: Gavin Hauth-Mrs. Plude

    Grade 7: Sydney Frisch-Ms. Bjork

    Grade 8: Mason Gilsrud-Mrs. Senderhauf


    Grade 6: Logan Schwinghamer-Mrs. Kryduba

    Grade 7: Mikayla Thorp-Ms. Zahn

    Grade 8: Kasetin Childs-Hoban-Mrs. Pintok

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