ZMHS Thunder

MAY 2019

  •                  HOSA National Competitor...A Zimmerman First! 

               Ella Williams to Compete at HOSA National Convention

    Congratulations to freshman Ella Williams, Zimmerman's 1st HOSA member ever to earn a trip to compete in the HOSA National Convention that, this year, this summer, will be held in Florida! 

    According to Zimmerman's HOSA Advisor, Mrs. Bondhus, Ella competed in an event that tasked students with proposing initiatives to better health and living.  She will be attending the International Leadership Conference June 18th-23rd with several other students from Minnesota who will also competing in their respective fields.   

    The HOSA website explains that the competitive events are designed to provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through Health and Biomedical Science class instruction, related job training and activities. Individual members and teams are evaluated according to set standards of performance by professionals from the health care community appropriate to each event. Those who prepare for an event are developing the knowledge and skills to become future health professionals. 

    The HOSA International Leadership Conference should be quite an experience for Ella, as it includes the following: Four exciting general sessions; HOSA University for members, state officers and advisors; exhibits presented by health organizations and associations; competitive events focused on leadership, professional and technical skills; annual business of the national student organization of HOSA by the national voting delegates; Educational Symposium workshops presented by professional partners that provide Information about current health care issues; an opportunity to meet people from across the globe with similar career goals; and fun, excitement, recognition, and opportunity for all HOSA members.

    Congratulations, Ella and Zimmerman HOSA!  Thank you, ZHS Biomedical Sciences teacher Mr. Larson and ZHS HOSA advisor Mrs. Bondhus, for sharing this great news!  We are Thunder proud of you, Ella!!

  •           Mark your calendar!  Plan to attend ZHS Fine Arts Night!                

                                                     2019 Art Show

    Always a great evening, not only can you see many works created by ZHS student artists but you can also enjoy performances provided by our talented musicians.  Come for all or part of the evening to support and honor these students!  The enjoyment from the evening is sure to bring you joy that will last much longer!!

  •                               Keep your artistic juices flowing...

                ZHS is Hosting the Granite Ridge Conference Art Show

    In the same week as Zimmerman High School's Fine Arts Night, ZHS is also hosting the Granite Ridge Conference Art Show which will feature the works of student artists from all the conference schools.  Artworks will be dropped off by the various schools, then the works will be evaluated by a group of judges and awards given to those works rated at the top in their particular category.  A public viewing of the conference artworks will be held Thursday evening, May 9th, from 7:00-8:30pm, in the Varsity Gym.  Please stop by to support and recognize the great talents and efforts put forth by all of the artists represented in the show.  



                         Alex Cromwell 2019  

    Zimmerman sophomore, Alex Cromwell, earned the 1st place award in the 3D category with his sterling silver ring, Heartbeat, at the Paramount Art Center in St. Cloud.
    Zimmerman High School was one of 16 schools to participate in the Paramount Art Center's High School Juried Exhibition in March. Each of the schools submitted 3-5 student artworks. The closing awards ceremony was held Friday, March 29 where Alex was awarded a certificate and $400.00 prize amount.

  •            RUSTIC ROMANCE...the theme for PROM 2019

    Prom festivities began with Grand March, the procession led by seniors Austin Love and Solvej Lund who were chosen Prom King and Queen.  The Varsity Gym was decorated with a rustic look that made for a cozy feel...with the always important magnitude of lights that make for just the right ambience for those walking the pathway in their exquisite formal attire.

    Next stop...Northern Lights Ballroom for Prom itself.  Great meal, great company, some dancing fun...including neon was a great place to be!

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                                                    Prom 2019 large group

  •                     JOEY and JOSH QUALIFY for STATE in SPEECH! 

    Speech coach Mr. Larson shared that several students made it to the final round at the Section Speech competition held March 30th at Elk River High School.  Two Zimmerman High School students are moving on the the State competition!  Congratulations to Josh Freeman who placed 3rd in the Humorous division and to Joey Kirk who was named the Section Champion with his 1st place finish in the Humorous division.

    Other Zimmerman students who placed at Sections: Haruka Padilla - 8th Place Discussion, Lauren Anderson and Cole Carbert - 7th Place Duo, and Michael Johann - 4th Place Humorous (he just missed going to State).
    Congratulations to all Speech participants!  
    The State competition was held at Wayzata High School on April 13th.  Joey placed 15th, and Josh placed 21st.  You have made our school Thunder proud, guys!


    Senior Ian Carlin has been named the recipient of the Minnesota Basketball Association Academic All-State Award.  Nice honor, Ian!  Congratulations!

    Baseball senior infielder, Tim Gruis, hit a grand slam vs Albany at a home game on April 16th.  As Activities Director Jaime Hilyar shared, "Sounds like he smacked it so hard, it landed on the football field."  As a fan who was at the game, I witnessed Tim doing exactly that!!  Both baseball and softball teams won their games that same beautiful-weather evening at home on the Zimmerman fields.  Go Thunder!  Tim Gruis - permission flag

    Junior Carter McEachern broke another school record at the home Track meet on April 23rd by "traveling" 43 feet, 3.75 inches in the triple jump!  What a jump!  What an athlete!  Congrats, Carter!!


    Zimmerman High School has a new head football coach.  As shared by Activities Director Jaime Hilyar on 4/18/19...   I am very excited to announce (pending School Board approval), Zimmerman's new head football coach, Evan Bartlett.  Evan is in his second year at Zimmerman High School as a Health and Phy Ed teacher.  He is the current head boys golf coach and he also was an assistant football coach under former coach Tom Kish.  Evan previously taught and coached at Milaca and Waseca high schools.  In college he played football for a nationally ranked Buena Vista University in Iowa.  He is also a military veteran.  Evan lives in Zimmerman with his wife Kristina and their two daughters Brielle and Kyla.  Congrats, Coach Barlett!  Go Thunder!

  •                  DOING GOOD IN and FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    Following the spring food drive at the school, and the tallying of items, the director of the local food shelf shared the results...and her appreciation for the efforts put forth by students and staff: 

    Hi Marco,
    We were able to count and weigh the food you brought to us.  The donation included 305 items totaling 258.2 pounds, an equivalent of over 500 meals.  The envelope contained a check for $50.00.  Nice donation!  Thank you for taking the time to pack and deliver the food.  We truly appreciate all your efforts.  It will help so many of our needy families.

    From Principal Voce in an email message to all staff: "Thanks to all who helped with our food drive.  Thanks for making a difference in the community." 

    We are all better people when we do good for others!  Thanks, everyone!!

  •                                   APRIL 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.
    Pictured (left to right) are the Thunder Buck winners for April 8th: Devin Alexander-Swanson-10th-Domino's medium pizza AND pop and candy bar; Hunter Collins-8th-Sony bluetooth headphones; Joe Bombstad-7th-pop and candy bar; Jessie Andresen-7th-pop and candy bar; Emma Flaten-9th-cookies from teacher Michele Olson; (not pictured) Logan Skog-10th-DQ cake; Alyssa Bardwell-8th-art easel.  Congratulations, everyone! 
                                                 TB winners April 2019
 are more Thunder Buck winners for April...
                                                 TB April 2019
    Winners announced on April 22nd are (left to right): Daniel Hartigan-6th-pop and candy bar; Zander Hall-6th-JBL bluetooth speaker; Megan Kowalski-6th-$15.00 Papa's Italian gift card; Mackenzie Levo-6th-pop and candy bar; Nora Anderson-7th-Domino's medium pizza certificate; Keagan Hartfiel-8th-$20 Subway gift card; Joey Strom-8th grade-pop and candy bar; (not pictured) Mishima Padilla-8th-DQ cake.  Thank you, students, for demonstrating the Thunder Way principles in your daily actions!

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

    4/8:   Skylar Runnels-gr 11-English-Mrs. Davis

              Sammy Andresen-gr 11-Strength & Speed-Mr. Christensen

              Alex Walker-gr 9-Exponential Algebra-Mrs. Beaver

    4/15:  Natalie Miller-gr 12-AP Statistics-Mr. Phelps

               Trevor Diehm-gr 11-Personal Finance-Mrs. Firkus

               Trevor Wellman-gr 11-English/Speech-Mr. Dalbey                 

    4/22:  Peyton Ahner-gr 12-Work Experience-Mrs. Boche

               Jonathan Warner-gr 9-Mrs. Flaherty

               Kiana Helland-Boriboune-gr 9-Algebra II-Ms. McDonald

    4/29:  Blake Johnson-gr 11-English/Speech-Mrs. Onstad

               Abigale Larson-gr 11-World History-Mr. LeVos

               Ella Williams-gr 9-AP Human Geography-Mr. Hamlin

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


    Grade 6: MacKenzie Peterson-Ms. Schweitzer

    Grade 7: Lindsay Schwinghamer-Mr. Burch

    Grade 8: Owen Harding-Ms. Ellingson


    Grade 6: Owen Schauer-Mrs. Haukos

    Grade 7: Cadence Plaster-Mr. Lynk Downing

    Grade 8: Ashlynn Hauth-Mr. Zierden


    Grade 6: Olivia Glidden-Mrs. Rademacher

    Grade 7: Emily Baker-Ms. Zapzalka

    Grade 8: Rayna Cabak-Ms. Bronken


    Grade 6: Aiden Ekker-Ms. Solliday

    Grade 7: Hunter Fiedler-Mrs. Breyen

    Grade 8: Rebekah Anderson-Mrs. Burda

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  •         The Hobbit

                       ZMHS Spring Play

    Show times: May 3rd & 4th at 7pm, May 5th at 2pm

    Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results-not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth. 

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    Come and enjoy the play in the comfort of the beautiful ZMHS auditorium!

  •     2019 GRADUATES!!             IMPORTANT!!  

    Thursday, May 9th - Cap/gown distribution during HS lunches.  After that date, stop by the front entry window for pick-up from Lori Olson.  The $25 payment is due before pick-up. 

    Honor tassels - Those eligible for, and desiring, honor tassels can stop by the front entry window for them; cost is $8.00. 

    NHS cords can be received at the front entry window for $8.00.

    Friday, May 31st 

    Seniors last day of school.

    Monday, June 3rd  

    7:00AM Senior Breakfast-Cafeteria (optional)            

    7:30AM Graduation Rehearsal-Varsity Gym (required)            

    Wednesday, June 5th...GRADUATION!

    6:00 PM Seniors should enter through the main doors and gather in the Middle School gym. 

    6:15 PM Varsity Gym doors will be open for guests; those entering must have a ticket.  Those who do not have a ticket for the Varsity Gym are welcome to view the ceremony on a large screen in the Cafetorium; no ticket is necessary.

    7:00 PM Graduation Ceremony begins.

    After the ceremony, friends and family are invited to briefly greet the graduates in the Middle School gymnasium; turned-in tickets will be available as souvenirs.  Seniors will pick up their diplomas and those attending the All-Night Graduation Party will get directly on the bus. The bus will return at approximately 5:00 AM on Thursday, June 6th. 

  • Upcoming a glance:

    May 3-4-5...Spring Play The Hobbit

    May 6...Gr 8-12 Choir Concert

    May 7...MS Awards Night

    May 8...HS Scholarships/Awards Night

    May 8...ZHS Arts Show 5-9pm

    May 9...Cap/Gown distribution

    May 10...Granite Ridge Art Show hosted here

    May 13...Gr 7-8 Band Concert

    May 14...Gr 6 Band Concert

    May 20...Gr 9-12 Band Concert

    May 22...Seniors Retreat

    May 27...No school-Memorial Day

    May 28...Gr 6-7 Choir Concert

    May 31...Last day for Seniors

  • Test dates:

    Middle School MCAs

    MS Math: 4/29 - 5/1

                       Make-ups 5/2 and 5/3

    8th Gr Science: 5/6 - 5/8

                               Make-ups 5/9 and 5/10


    High School MCAs

    Math MCA (Gr 11): 4/29 - 5/3

    Science MCA (mainly Gr 10): 5/8 - 5/10

    Reading MCA (Gr 10): 4/15 - 4/18

    Make-ups the following Monday and Tuesday if needed for the Reading and Math tests


    ACCUPLACER (Gr 9-11): 5/14-5/15


    AP Tests:

    5/8    8 am   English Lit and Comp

    5/9    8 am   Chemistry

    5/10  8 am   U.S. History

    5/13  8 am   Biology

    5/14  8 am   Calculus


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    Last Chance Feb 2 – May 19 (if books are still available).....$57

  •   From the Health Office

                     6th grade reminder                             for Immunizations


    • In preparing for the 2019-2020 school year, it is important to complete the appropriate medical information for your child as soon as possible.  Immunization and sport physical dates that the school has received for your child are posted on Parent Portal. Immunization requirements reflect the current school year only which are posted on July 1st of each school year. For requirements and appropriate forms to be completed by your medical provider, please refer to the Health Services webpage.  

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: 5/1-A, 5/8-B, 5/15-A, 5/22-B, 5/29-A; 6/5-B.

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