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    Another group of excellent ZHS musicians, selected to be part of the Granite Ridge All-Conference Honor Band, headed to St. Cloud State University to spend a day rehearsing, then presenting a concert for all to enjoy.  What a great opportunity for these students to be amongst others in the Conference who also excel in their musical talents!  The group for this year included (left to right, front to back): Mackenzie Vigstol, Samantha Andresen, Logan Johnson; Kaylee Turney, Connor Janowiec, Kenny Fenstermaker; Aleah Boyer, BJ Hoerr, Logan Botzek.  Congratulations, student musicians and directors Mr. Smith and Mr. Curtis!!

                              GR Honor Band 2020


    Congratulations to Samantha "Sammy" Andresen and Jamison Ward, selected as Zimmerman's AAA award winners. This award recognizes and honors high school seniors who have excelled Academically/in the classroom, on the Athletic field, and in the fine Arts.

                                               AAA Sam Andresen             AAA Jamison Ward  

    Congratulations to Miranda Schwieger and BJ Hoerr for being named Zimmerman's ExCEL award winners. This award is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities and who are model citizens.

                                             EXCEL Miranda Scwhieger     EXCEL BJ Hoerr

    Thanks for your hard work and excellence in all you do!!  We are THUNDER PROUD of all of you!!!

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  •    Ashley Hess Voted MN Girls' Hockey Hub Top Performer                               for the week of January 6-11  

    ZHS sophomore Ashley Hess, a goaltender for the Elk River/Zimmerman girls high school hockey team, made a season-high 39 saves during the Elks’ 1-0 loss to Grand Rapids/Greenway on January 10th. Ashley was perfect through the first two periods, making 25 saves, before she let in her lone goal of the game early in the third period.  Wow!  That is a lot of saves in a single game!!  Congratulations, Ashley!!  We are THUNDER PROUD of, and for, you!!

                                                     Ashley Hess hockey

  •          CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!!         

                                   BRETT HOWARD to play FOOTBALL for STOUT

                                                                       Brett Howard

    Congratulations to senior Brett Howard!  On January 24th, Brett's signing was celebrated as he made his official commitment to play football for the University of Wisconsin Stout Blue Devils.


     SPEECH TEAM finds SUCCESS at Ogilvie Meet

    On January 25th, the Speech Team headed to a meet in Ogilvie.  A young team, these competitors fought hard and earned the following awards: 
    1st Place Duo - Ceci Galeano and Megan Guy
    3rd Place Drama - Taylor Stelten
    3rd Place Creative Expression - Thomas Britt
    4th Place Prose - Savannah Hayes
    5th Place Poetry - Andrea MacDonald
    6th Place Discussion - Kaiden Arieta
    Speech coach Mr. Larson also added that awards were only given through six place, but...
    Josh Zeleny lost a tie breaker to Kaiden Arieta for 7th Place
    Gavin Thompson lost a tie breaker to another competitor for 7th place.
    Great work, everyone!!
    ONE-ACT to COMPETE at SECTIONS in Princeton
    Zimmerman finished in 2nd place at the 7AA South Subsections for One-Act Play on Saturday, January 25!  This means that these competitors have advanced to Sections with their play "Odyssey" on Saturday, February 1 in Princeton. WooHoo, One-Act cast, crew, and director Mr. Palashewski!
    As shared by Art teacher Ms. Zahn...Congratulations to senior Hannah Nelson for representing Zimmerman well in the Scholastic Art Awards! Competing with the top young artists in the state, Hannah won two honorable mention awards, as well as a Silver Key award for her "Grandpa Gordy" painting. Way to go, Hannah!!


                         Art alumni January 2020

    Art teacher Mrs. Kryduba invited ZHS Art alumni students to come in for 2 days of after school "bowl throwing" (using clay on a potters wheel) in mid-January to help create bowls that will ultimately be used for the annual Spaghetti fundraiser.  The response by former students was tremendous!  Money raised from the dinner helps with the purchase of additional supplies and equipment, as well as funding the Zimmerman High School Art Club.  What a terrific idea, bringing former and current students together and furthering a great cause!  This is "work" in a truly "fun" can be sensed from the photo!!  Bravo, Mrs. Kryduba!  Bravo, alumni and current student artists!!


    Mark you calendars now, middle school students...and parents/guardians who transport them!  Zimmerman Middle School students are planning a dance with the theme "Dancing in the Streets" for Friday, March 13th.  The dance will be held in the Cafeteria from 2:30-4:15pm.  Tickets can be purchased during middle school lunches on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 for $6.00 each OR for $5.00 plus a non-perishable food item.  Any student who doesn't have a chance to buy a ticket during school lunch time will be able to purchase one at the door of the dance - same guidelines - $6.00 OR $5.00+food item.  Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase at the dance at a cost of $1.00 per item.  Students can dress in their appropriate-for-school wear...just as they do for school every day; no special attire needed!  Come one, come all, middle-schoolers!!  Come to enjoy the music, dancing, friends and fun!!

  •                              HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS                                                              Grades 9-12 Ordering Details

     All orders must be placed through the Jostens yearbook website:

                                Last chance to order: February 10th-14th......$57.00

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

    1/6:   Jimmy DeMars-gr 11-Career Management-Mrs. Boche

              Rachael Hartley-gr 11-Spanish II-Mr. Palashewski

              Brielle DeckerNordstrom-gr 10-Mr. Downing

    1/13: Alexis Gomez-gr 12-Jewelry I-Mrs. Kryduba

              Trevor Roush-gr 10-Social Transition-Mrs. Melsha-Senderhauf

              Peyton Opsahl-gr 10-AP U.S. History-Mr. Doran

    1/21: Logan Botzek-gr 12-Wind Symphony-Mr. Smith

              Anthony Dinville-gr 11-English/Speech-Mrs. Onstad

              Anson Cannon-gr 10-Power Mechanics-Mr. Opsahl

    1/28: Alyssa Koch-gr 12-College Algebra-Mrs. Beaver

              Kenny Fenstermaker-gr 11-AP Physics-Mr. Doherty

              Olivia Rotz-gr 10-AVID-Ms. McAlpine

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


    Grade 6: Mason Spence-Mrs. Nelson

    Grade 7: Elliana Lura-Mr. Downing

    Grade 8: Kelsey Howe-Ms. Schweitzer


    Grade 6: Elijah Wilson-Mr. Waznik

    Grade 7: Logan Schwinghamer-Mrs. Breyen

    Grade 8: Emma Murphy-Mrs. Niebuhr


    Grade 6: Hailey Rekkedal-Mr. Ostercamp

    Grade 7: Jack Parkhill-Mrs. Anderson

    Grade 8: Alida Gallay-Mr. Kish


    Grade 6: De-Chia Chang-Mrs. Cooley

    Grade 7: Lauren Quaintance-Mr. Bartlett

    Grade 8: Kara Moll-Mr. Zierden


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    ~ Les Brown ~

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    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.

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