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  •               LIFETOUCH PICTURE DAY 

                                  Tuesday, September 10th!

    Click for step-by-step order information:  Order information

    Important to know... Picture Day ID: EVTNM3DH7.  

    Shutterfly and Lifetouch have joined!  When families order an eligible package on, they will receive their digital school pictures on Shutterfly where they can preserve their digital collection as it grows each year.  Families who order any package before Picture Day on will receive 2 gifts from Shutterfly: A drawstring backpack for their student and a photo book for the parent or guardian.  Click here to see the details:  Shutterfly Gift with Purchase

    Seniors need only get photo taken if new to the school, if a new school ID is needed, or if needing a photo for the yearbook (if not having photos taken elsewhere).

    If, for some reason, a student is not able to have his/her photo taken September 10th (absence, appointment, etc) or there is some type problem with the photo taken, RETAKE DAY is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15.

  •               On the "photos" continuum...Senior Photos and High School Yearbooks


               shared by HS Yearbook Advisors Mrs. Niebuhr and Mrs. Lien...
    Senior pictures must be in VERTICAL form and are due by October 31st to Mrs. Niebuhr.
    Photos can be submitted the following ways....
    1) Email: In the subject line it should read SENIOR PHOTO: NAME (senior's first and last name).  Send to (most preferred)
    2) Flash drive/CD with note including which number picture is to be used.
    3) Physical copy of photo (least preferred)
  • HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS...Grades 9-12 Ordering Details

    You MUST order by January 31st to guarantee that you get a yearbook.                                                           *The earlier you order, the bigger the discount!*

    All orders must be placed through the Jostens yearbook website:

    Now - Sept 13 (Four free icons)............................................$45

    Sept 14 - Nov 1 (Early Bird Special).............................................$45

    Nov 2 - Jan 31 (Guaranteed)........................................................$48

    Nov 23 – Jan 31(Guaranteed)......................................................$52

    Last Chance: Feb 1 – May 15 (if books are still available).......$57

    *The prices are reflected when you place your order online. 

    *If you want your name on the front cover it is an extra $6. This option is available until February 2nd. If you choose to have your name imprinted, there is a maximum of 26 letters and/or spaces.


    The accomplishment highlighted first is a repeat of what was shared in the June newsletter.  Below it is the "rest of the story" for the team's season.  Excellent work, everyone!!

             TRAP TEAM WINS "TOP TEN SHOOTERS" TITLE!!                                                         

                                                 Trap Team 2019

    The trap team had the "District Shoot" on Saturday, May 18th, right here in Zimmerman at the Minnesota Sportsmen's Club. Zimmerman's top ten shooters participated and won the "Top Ten Shooters" title for the district! The athletes are... front row left to right: Hunter Fladung, Mason Riddel, Hunter Dvorak, Carter Haas, and Josie Rowley; back row left to right: Tony Dinville, Brad Dinville, Ian Carlin, Jake Murphy, and Clay Sandy.  Congratulations, everyone!

  •                                        STATE TRAP MEET

    Shown here is a picture of the team when they went to the State Trap Meet in Prior Lake on Friday, June 21, 2019. The team finished 31st out of 40 teams that went to State after finishing in the top 40 teams (38th) out of 324 at the tournament in Alexandria. Pictured from left to right: Carter Haas, Clay Sandy, Mason Riddel, David Anderson, Tony Dinville, and Beth Kuker.  Bravo, everyone!

                      Trap Team at State

  •                      HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER? 

               Here's a sampling about ZMHS teachers and students... 

    Teacher Mr. Hamlin is now a published author!  Ms. McDonald shared the news after having just finished reading his book The Middle Man.  She commented that "it is a great page-turner."  The book is available on Amazon in ebook or paperback under D.J. Hamlin.  Wow!  

                                                              Dave Hamlin book
    It seems student Carter Haas has a variety of interests and talents.  He is part of the Trap Team that went to State in June, as shared in this newsletter, and one could learn that he also spends some time fishing.  A Star Tribune article that shared information about a study that shows fishing particpation is up for the 11th year in a row also featured a photo of Carter's trophy 36-inch northern pike caught on Portage Lake.  Best of all, Carter was this his 92-year-old great-grandfather who had recently handed down his fishing boat to Carter.  The two were together when Carter caught the northern using a Daredevle lure.  Talk about a summer highlight...for two!!
    Summer baseball was alive for the Zimmerman Zebras Legion baseball team.  With a record of 9-5, the team reached the Division II Sub-State 13 semifinals.  The Zebras won their first game in the playoffs 4-3, thanks to a walkoff single by 2019 ZHS grad, Ian Carlin, in the 9th inning.  Ian was set up well, as Sam Freeberg and Noah Nelson hit singles before Nolan Spence was hit by a ball to load the bases.  Carlin punched the ball through the right side of the infield to score the game-winning run.  The inning prior, Matt Rotz had a clutch hit that tied the game at 3.  Also mentioned as playing for the Zebras was 2019 grad Tim Gruis.  Nice work, guys!  What is summer without some great baseball?!?
    Teacher Mrs. Houle might want to take a little breather to enjoy Mr. Hamlin's book after completing one of her summer activities...that of running Grandma's Marathon in Duluth!  As you can see from the results information, Mrs. Houle finished with a time of 3:31:31 (that's 26.2 miles of running!), coming in 1334th out of 6361 runners, 399th of 2956 females!  What an accomplishment...and what an inspiration and example to the students she teaches and to those she coaches on the cross country and middle school track teams!  
    Location Race Time Time of Day Pace Between Overall Place Division Place Sex Place Age Graded Place Passed / By
    Finish 3:31:31 11:26:05 9:09 1334/6361 262/1420 399/2956 1302/6361 4/23
    25M 3:20:32 11:15:06 8:29 1309/6313 256/1412 388/2927 1250/6313 64/81
    20M 2:38:11 10:32:46 8:33 1306/6346 232/1417 352/2948 1274/6346 18/206
    13.1M 1:39:13 9:33:48 7:48 1108/6348 184/1419 273/2950 958/6348 11/108
    10K 45:37 8:40:11 7:21 993/6343 162/1415 247/2945 748/6343 139/51
    ChipStart 0:48 7:54:35   1078/6361 184/1420 289/2956 289/6361  
    GunStart 00:00 7:53:47            
    You placed 1334 out of 6361 runners overall

  • “Education is the way to move mountains, to build bridges, to change the world.”

    ~ Oprah Winfrey ~ 


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  • Upcoming a glance:

    September 3...1st day of school for 2019-2020!

    September 10...Picture Day

    September 13...HS Yearbook - last day 4 free icons w/order

    September 14...HS Yearbook Early Bird Special begins - $45.00

    September 27...Grade 6 MN Zoo Exhibit Engineering Trip

    September 30-October 4...HS Homecoming Week

    October 4...Last day to register for AP exams

    October 15...Picture Retakes

    October 17-18...No school for students

    October 24...Evening Conferences (4-7pm)

    October 28...HS Band Concert

    October 31...End of 1st Quarter


                         ....for early planning...

    Monday: Sleeping Beauty..Pyjama Day

    Tuesday: Sandlot..Jersey Day

    Wednesday: Character Day

    Thursday: RV..Road Trip Day

    Friday: Friday Night Lights..Thunder Gear


    Middle school students will alternate their PhyEd, Music/Study Hall classes according to even and odd numbered calendar days.  When looking at each quarter's class schedule, the "Even" day class is listed in the first column, the "Odd" day class is listed in the second column.  This replaces the A/B schedule used previously.

  •   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.  

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