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               and...Mike Back was named Section 7AA Girls Head Coach of the Year!

              and...Lynda Bouley was named Section 7AA Assistant Coach of the Year!

    The Zimmerman Girls Cross Country Team 2018 came away with the best season in their history of cross country running.  In the Section 7AA meet held at Princeton on October 25th, the girls took 3rd place out of 15 teams!  Senior Cheresa Bouley finished 7th overall, and earned herself a place on the podium (as shown in the photo).  Cheresa was running amidst some incredibly strong runners from Andover and Forest Lake; those 2 teams are headed for State.  Zimmerman will also have good representation at State, with 3 individual qualifiers.  In addition to Cheresa, 8th grader Hailee Zimpel (13th) and 10th grader Sophia Smith (15th) will be headed to the State Tourney at Saint Olaf College on Saturday, November 3rd (Girls AA race starts at 11:00am if you want to go support them!).  Also contributing to team points were 9th grader Peyton Opsahl (22nd...and narrowly missing a trip to State), 7th grader Emily Baker (43rd), 8th grader Lizzie Kerzman (74th), and 10th grader Grace Baker (100th).

                                            Cross country
    Cheresa's presence will be missed next year, but the Zimmerman girls could be strong for a number of years to come!  Way to go, team!  Congratulations, coaches!  We are so very Thunder proud of all of you!!

  •                    CLIMB THEATRE COMING TO ZMS!

    ZMS has won a day of free programming from the CLIMB THEATRE!  On December 5th, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will see the play entitled Unfiltered which addresses the topic of bullying. 

                      Unfiltered - CLIMB
    As shared through information provided by CLIMB... Every day, students must navigate growing up and all of the difficulties that go along with it.  CLIMB's classes create safe, age-appropriate spaces for students to explore a wealth of common kid-issues.  Through games, scenes, discussion, and role-play, students learn about the topic while also gaining skills in at least one of five core skill areas: empathy, self-control, resiliency, accountability, and advocacy. 
    The play planned for Zimmerman Middle School students will focus on 2 of those core areas: Accountability and Advocacy.  Accountability is the ability to accept resonsibility for ones' actions.  The aim will be to help students become more accountable for their words and actions.  Advocacy is the ability to speak up for your beliefs and needs, and for the protection of others.  The goal here is to help students advocate for the safety and needs of themselves and others.
    What an opportunity for ZMS students!  Thank you to CLIMB Theatre for the focus of propelling people toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and their community...since 1975.
    This presentation will expand on the bullying awareness that was highlighted on October 24th, Unity Day.  As ZMS Assistant Principal Mrs. Johnson shared with staff: "This is a day everyone can come together and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion!"  Many staff members and students wore orange that day!

  •    Letter from Principal Voce regarding Vaping and Tobacco Use


    ZMHS Parents,

    As students settle into the school year, leadership at ISD 728 is alerting families to the dangers of vaping and tobacco use, as increases in nicotine usage by teens have spiked over the past year for the first time in more than 15 years.

    The Minnesota Department of Health is issuing a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risk of addiction for youth now and later in life. In 2017, Minnesota high-school tobacco use spiked to 26 percent, the first increase in 17 years. Much of this increase was due to e-cigarettes, with high school e-cigarette use increasing by 50 percent in the last three years. Currently 19 percent of high school students report use. 

    A specific product called JUUL, which looks like a USB or flash drive, now dominates more than 70 percent of the e-cigarette market. We are seeing these products in ISD 728 schools. These “vaping” e-cigarettes are easily hidden, emit limited odor, and the aerosol dissipates quickly. The JUUL pods, which are often flavored like candy or fruit, contain the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

    All tobacco use, including e-cigarette use and vaping, is prohibited by state law in public schools. It is illegal for retail merchants to sell e-cigarette products to youth under age 18. Products brought to ISD 728 schools will be confiscated by administrators and staff, and doing so is supported by our police liaisons. The items will not be returned.

    Studies also show that nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and research shows that young adults who smoke or who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to binge drink than non-smokers. Recent studies have identified similar patterns between use of nicotine and use of other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines. What’s more, use of e-cigarettes has also been shown to predict future cigarette use among youth who have never smoked cigarettes. In fact, multiple research studies have demonstrated e-cigarette users are twice as likely to become cigarette smokers.

    More information, including the new health advisory, can be found at E-cigarettes and Other Vaping Products.


    Marco Voce, Principal, Zimmerman Middle/High School

  •          Hidden in Plain Sight...Seeing Signs of Substance Abuse

    On Monday, November 19th, during Parent/Teacher Conferences, Alicia Maxwell from the Sherburne County Substance Abuse Coalition will be at Zimmerman MS/HS from 4-7pm to promote their Hidden in Plain Sight information using an exhibit designed to educate parents about what their student or child may have that could be evidence of substance abuse.  Parents are encouraged to view the exhibit and visit with Alicia in the cafeteria area

    The Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit helps with the following:  

    • Providing parents with clues from a teen’s bedroom to help them determine whether their child might be experimenting with or using drugs or alcohol. Room décor, hidden compartments and items to conceal use are located throughout the room.
    • Strengthening parents' detective skills. 
    • Providing resources for parents, including tips for communicating with their children, learning how to spot warning signs and what they can do if they suspect their child is using.  

    Included here are some facts important to this topic:                                                                             2016 Minnesota Student Survey results demonstrated that:

    • Sherburne County students are more likely than the state average to report past month alcohol use, binge drinking, tobacco use, marijuana use, and misuse of prescription drugs.
    • Alcohol and e-cigarettes are the drugs of choice for youth – 17% of Sherburne County 8th, 9th, & 11th graders reported past month alcohol use and/or past month e-cigarette use.
    • 11.5% of Sherburne County’s 8th, 9th, & 11th graders reported past month marijuana use.  Sherburne County students perceive the least risk of harm from smoking marijuana.  
    • 6% of Sherburne County’s 8th, 9th, & 11th graders reported past month prescription drug misuse, which was slightly higher than the state average.  Sherburne County students perceive the most risk of harm from smoking cigarettes or misusing prescription drugs. 
    • Most Sherburne County students think their parents would think it’s very wrong or wrong for them to smoke cigarettes, to have one or two drinks of alcohol nearly every day, to smoke marijuana, or to use prescription drugs not prescribed for them.  Parents provide a powerful antidote to today’s teen drug culture.       

    Drug use is prevalent among youth in Minnesota and across the nation.             

    • Alcohol is the most commonly used legal drug among young people (HHS). Many adults turn a blind eye to underage drinking, citing use in their own youth.  But the world is very different from a generation ago, and today’s socio-economic changes dramatically impact youth.
    • Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S. Teens’ perceptions of the risks of marijuana use have steadily declined over the past decade, possibly related to increasing public debate about legalizing or loosening restrictions on marijuana for medicinal and recreational use (NIDA).   
    • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol. Every day in the U.S., 2,000 teenagers misuse prescription drugs for the first time (NIDA). 
    • The rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices has quickly reversed a long-term trend of declining teen tobacco use in Minnesota. Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can harm brain development as teens grow.  No amount of nicotine is safe for youth (MDH). 

    We hope you'll stop by the cafeteria during conferences on the 19th!

  •                         PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS VISIT ZMHS

    ZMHS band students were treated to a truly special time when, on October 16th, two accomplished musicians, Roger and Michelle Fritz, came to the school to share their expertise and superb performing talents.  As shown in the photos, students listened as the duo played for them, and lucky flute players received some small group time with Michelle.

    From Mr. Smith..."Unbelievable performance and workshop from two of the finest musicians in Minnesota as well as globally. They continue to perform on 5 continents, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and, of course, in Zimmerman. They are 7th grader Sydney Frisch’s grandparents and really desire to be a part of our band program.  It doesn’t get any better than this."

    From Mr. Curtis..."This opportunity was amazing! They were such great people and teachers. Our kids really got a lot out of it today! It was a treat to get to hear them play and speak to our kids about being professional musicians."

            guest musicians   Guest musicians

  •                                  MN STATE HONOR CHOIRS

                             Inspiring New Generations For Excellence

    ZMHS grade 7 student, Carson Edgett, has been selected to be part of the Minnesota 7-8 TTB (Tenor, Tenor-Bass) Honor Choir! 

    Each academic year, seven special honor choir projects are organized to provide enriched singing opportunities for students in grade levels from 4th through 10th.  Over 2400 students audition each year for placement into the honor choir program with over 940 selected.

    Choir teacher Mr. Waznik shared that Carson had a very successful audition and will perform with the choir on November 17th at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.

    Congratulations, Carson, for being chosen as a member of this elite group!

  •                 EXHIBIT DESIGN ENGINEERING                                           Grade 6 Field Trip to the Minnesota Zoo

    6th graders went to the Minnesota Zoo to learn how to design exhibits.  During the exhibit design class students used the engineering process to build an exhibit for one of the animals at the zoo.  Students also researched moose at the zoo and checked out all of the exhibits.  Students will be taking part in the ZOOMS Exhibit Design Challenge.  They will build a new exhibit for the Minnesota Zoo's eight moose.  Students will present their exhibits and some will present at the Zoo in the spring. 

            Zoo - Rademacher   Zoo Oct 2018

    The group at left designed an area for the Red Panda.  The group at right is posing with teacher Mrs. Houle who headed up the organizing and implementing of this great experience for all grade 6 students.  What a fantastic opportunity!  Thank you, Mrs. Houle!    

  •               NEXT STOP...BASE CAMP...for GRADE 6 STUDENTS

    Grade 6 students will have the opportunity to go to Base Camp at Fort Snelling on Friday, December 21st, to practice team building. Students will develop skills to help them work as a team through team building activities and rock climbing...a great builder of trust.  

    Important for parents/guardians to know is that the permission slip and the Base Camp Waiver form are due back to Mrs. Houle or Mrs. Plude by Friday, November 16th.  Payment of the $20 fee for the trip is also due to RevTrak by November 16th.  For this trip, the exact number of participants is needed by Base Camp staff, so having the papers and payment taken care of by November 16 is essential for students to be able to attend.  Parents/guardians, you can be looking for the forms to be coming home with your student/s.  

  •  FALL BOOK FAIR starts November 13th!                                

                               Book Fair

    The Enchanted Forest Book Fair will arrive at the ZMHS Media Center November 13th and will run through November 28th during Media Center hours and conferences (Nov 19 from noon-7pm, Nov 27 from 4-7pm). On November 13th, students are encouraged to dress up as enchanted creatures to celebrate the first day of the Book Fair. See you all at this magical event!



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    Do you have a GREAT baby picture of your senior to put in the yearbook?  This is a great way to send a personal message to your graduating senior that will last forever. Tell your student how proud you are of them, include a photo, write a poem…the possibilities are endless.

    Find all the information you need by downloading the form provided.

  •             Community Cultural Potluck...and you are invited! 

    Please come to help celebrate the diversity of our district-wide community by attending the 5th annual cultural potluck on November 8th at this year's host school, Prairie View Elementary and Middle School, from 5:30-7:30pm.  Enjoy food, music, and fun!  Hope to see you there!            


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

    10/1: Michael Johann-gr 12-Economics-Mr. Hamlin

              Nicole Gruwell-gr 11-German II-Mr. Bloom

              Nicole Pearce-gr 11-English/Speech-Mr. Dalbey

    10/8:  Maya Plautz-gr 11-English-Mrs. Onstad

               Alysen Oksendahl-gr 9-Exponential Algebra-Mrs. Beaver

               Bryn Daubanton-gr 9-Physical Science-Mr. Larson

    10/15:  Aiden Pardino-gr 9-Strength & Speed-Mr. Christensen

                 Will Tazelaar-gr 12-Advisory-Mrs. Nordby

                 Tally Zincke-gr 12-AVID-Mrs. Firkus

    10/22:  Carly Hanlon-gr 10-Algebra 2-Ms. McDonald 

                 Alisa Simonovich-gr 12-Government-Mrs. Olson 

                 Matthew Rotz-gr 11-Physics-Mr. Doherty   

    10/29:  Jordan Nauber-gr 11-Algebra II-Mr. Pouliot

                 Gavin Neubauer-gr 9-English-Ms. Bickman

                 Alex Cromwell-gr 10-Spanish II-Mr. Palashewski

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


    Grade 6: Olivia McLean-Mrs. Haukos

    Grade 7: Samantha Spindler-Mrs. Cooley

    Grade 8: Tatum Hupalo-Ms. Ellingson


    Grade 6: Chad Michael Williams-Mrs. Rademacher

    Grade 7: Payton Keyes-Ms. Zapzalka

    Grade 8: Keona Escalona-Mr. Onstad


    Grade 6: Chelsea Beaver-Ms. Solliday

    Grade 7: Ivy Tuttle-Mrs. Breyen

    Grade 8: Audrey Smith-Mr. Zierden


    Grade 6: Rebecca Moriarty-Mrs. Houle

    Grade 7: Alexander Rindels-Mrs. Plude

    Grade 8: Claire Firkus-Mrs. Burda


    Grade 6: Alexus Knack-Mr. Ostercamp

    Grade 7: Rubee MacDonald-Mr. Opsahl

    Grade 8: Christine Waage-Mr. Opsahl

  • "Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others,

    daring for others, sharing with others."

    ~William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)        Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker 

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    November 5 - Blood Drive

    November 9 - End of 1st Quarter

    November 12 - No school for students

    November 16-17-18 - Cinderella (musical)

    November 19 - Conferences (noon-7pm)

    November 19-23 - No school

    November 27 - Conferences (4-7pm)

    December...Music fills the air!

    December 3 - Gr 8-12 Choir Concert

    December 4 - Gr 6-7 Choir Concert

    December 10 - HS Band Concert

    December 17 - Gr 7-8 Band Concert

    December 18 - Gr 6 Band Concert

    December 24-Jan 1 - No school


    Mon, 11/19....12:00-3:45, 4:30-7pm

    Tue, 11/27....4:00-7:00pm

    Students are encouraged to attend with their parents/guardians.

  • CINDERELLA is coming soon!  

    Performances:  Friday, 11/16...7:00pm                                        Saturday , 11/17...7:00pm                                  Sunday, 11/18...2:00pm

    The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked, self-absorbed stepmother Madame and Madame’s two daughters, Charlotte and Gabrielle. Ella’s only friends in the world are the animals in the woods, “crazy Marie” and the revolutionary student Jean-Michel. Meanwhile, in another part of the kingdom, Prince Topher is trying to find himself and learn his place in the kingdom. When his scheming advisor Sebastian suggests throwing a ball so the Prince can meet potential brides, Ella and Topher’s different worlds come together. Expect the unexpected in this clever retelling of the beloved fairytale.

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    11/2...Hamline University 

    11/8...St. Cloud State University

    12/20...Vermilion College 

Middle School A/B Day Schedule

  • Mondays and Thursdays are always "A" days, Tuesdays and Fridays are always "B" days, and Wednesdays alternate "A" and "B" days most of the time. You will, however, notice that there are months where there are more "A" day Wednesdays.  The calendar for the entire school year is considered when assigning A/B days so the best balance can be achieved for having the same number of "A" days and "B" days in the given school year.  For 2018-19, the Wednesday schedule is as follows: 11/7-A, 11/14-A, 11/21-no school, 11/28-B; 12/5-A, 12/12-B, 12/19-A, 12/26-no school; 1/2-B, 1/9-A, 1/16-B, 1/23-A, 1/30-A; 2/6-B, 2/13-A, 2/20-A, 2/27-B; 3/6-A, 3/13-B, 3/20-A, 3/27-B; 4/3-no school, 4/10-A, 4/17-B, 4/24-B; 5/1-A, 5/8-B, 5/15-A, 5/22-B, 5/29-A; 6/5-B.

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