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No action could be taken, but recommendations were made by the Pella Community School Board for its 2016-17 goals. Final action will be taken on the goals at the next regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 12.

Kendall Deter, project engineer for Estes Construction, provided the school board with an update on all the construction happening in the school district at Monday's meeting.

Dan Van Kooten is beginning the next chapter of his career with Pella Christian High School, as he takes over as principal. 


The show for Pella High School's Marching Dutch is titled “España,” and focuses on different styles of Spanish music. After a week of band camp the band had the first movement and half the second movement on the field.


Central College freshmen began moving into their dorms bright and early this morning beginning at 8 a.m. The dreary, rainy weather did not deter any of the students or move-in crew from quickly and efficiently moving students into their dorms.


Four alumni award winners — and one honorary alumna — will be honored Oct. 1 during Central’s homecoming. The award winners include Glenn and Shirley Borgman, Thomas Gaard, Steve De Cook and Berta Van Ekeren.


The Pella School Board took a tour of the high school, currently under construction before the regularly scheduled work session Monday night.

The first reading of new and select board policies were approved, as well as guidelines for athletes returning to play after an injury at the most recent Pella School Board meeting.

The National Education Association's political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, voted to recommend Patty Judge to represent the Hawkeye State in the United States Senate.


Pella Christian High School's Theatre Troupe earned seven awards Monday evening, June 6, 2016, at the Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center from the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards Showcase. Honoring more than 500 young artists performing this past year were students in 34 differen…


Pella Christian Grade School received a $2,000 grant funded through the annual Earth Day e-Cycling event to purchase a water fountain / water bottle refilling station. This event is sponsored by the City of Pella, Pella Corporation, Vermeer Corporation, PPI, Gleason and Taylor, Rosenman’s In…

Following a $3.125 million gift to Central College two years ago, the Fred Maytag Family Foundation has awarded Central an additional $550,000 for further renovations to the Maytag Student Center. The grant also includes annual support for student scholarships through the Journey Scholarship Fund.

Nineteen outstanding students won scholarships through Pella Rolscreen Foundation’s 2016 Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program. The winners were graduating high school seniors of Pella Corporation team members representing company sites and sales subsidiaries located in Iowa, Illinois, Mich…


Pella High School held its senior awards night Wednesday, May 11, to commemorate a job well done for the class of 2016. There were 127 scholarships and awards given to the senior class as a part of the Dollars for Scholars program.

Last Friday, the Obama Administration sent information to every public school district in the United States, including Pella, regarding transgender rights. 

Mark Goodrich brought his technology class to Caldwell Park Monday morning to fly drones. 

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Honors Program students Alexis Slade of Waukee and Dylan Nikkel of Pella have been named to the 2016 All-USA Community College Academic Team. The honor recognizes community college students from across the USA who display an outstanding combination o…

Pella School Board held a special meeting on Thursday afternoon to approve bids to replace the seating in the high school auditorium. Premiere F & E will replace the seating, flooring and lighting before school starts Fall of 2016.

Prior to all of the hubbub of Tulip Time this week, the seniors of Pella Community High School held their annual celebration.


Two events from Pella Christian High School's Individual Speech program were recently nominated as Outstanding Performers, which invited them to participate in the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) All-State Festival on April 4 on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Ce…

Christian Opportunity Center Administrative Associate Christina Edsall presented alongside representatives from Central College at the March 20-23 Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference in Boston, Mass.

Pella Community High School is one of ten Iowa schools selected to receive awards of $1,000 each for their participation in Project Financial Literacy. The awards are sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association, and provided to the schools to use for investing in financial literacy programs or…


Pella Christian High School will be presenting their spring drama, The Diary of Anne Frank, this Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, 2016. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. in the Vermeer Auditorium at Pella Christian High School, 300 Eagle Lane.


The Iowa Legislature has reached a compromise for State Supplemental Aid for the next fiscal year, with a 2.25 percent increase. Pella Schools Superintendent Greg Ebeling said this figure, along with increased enrollment, the district should receive an extra $400,000 next year. 

The Pella Community School Board held a conference call with Travis Squires, a representative from the school district's financial advisor, Piper Jaffray, to approve a $10 million bond to begin paying for the school's construction projects.

The Pella Community School Board approved the Iowa Cubs Fundraiser at their meeting Monday afternoon. This allows parents to help their children raise money for the High School Vocal trip in 2017. The money raised will be placed in the activity fund. The money will be evenly distributed to e…


On Saturday March 12th the Pella High School Speech team competed at State Individual Events Contest at North Scott High School in Eldridge. Of the 35 entries performing at State, 27 entries received overall "I" ratings with 17 receiving straight ones from the three judges in the performance…

On Tuesday, March 8, students from Mrs.Coppock’s First Grade Class, along with student teacher Seth Marburger, shared some Dr. Seuss Reader’s Theaters with residents and employees of The Cottages. Students shared a variety of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books in the form of Reader’s Theaters inclu…

This year four students from Pella Community High School had the opportunity to participate in NASA’s Space Settlement Design Competition(SSDC). PHS students traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where they joined approximately 200 other students from Northwest Iowa and Texa…


Pella Christian High School is ready for action in the boys' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena tonight (Monday, March 7). The team is set to tip off against top-ranked Dike-New Hartford at 8:15 p.m. in Des Moines. 


The trophy earned by the Pella High Lady Dutch basketball team Saturday night may say "runners up," but they were welcomed home as champions. 


Josh McCollam at the Pella Middle School has been selected as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Master Teacher. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides transformational learning experiences to K-12 students and teachers across the U.S., through K-12 pathways in computer science, engineeri…

Students at Jefferson Intermediate participated in Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) during PE class the week of Feb. 8. Students raised well above their initial $3,200 goal by raising $3,760.91 for the American Heart Association through the JRFH program. JRFH has a pirate theme this year. Principa…


The Iowa Department of Education recently released a spreadsheet showing the percent of students struggling to reach reading proficiency for most of the school districts in the state of Iowa. Of the districts listed on the report, Pella 3rd graders had the lowest percent of struggling reader…


Marion County Bank’s halftime entertainment at the Pella vs. Pella Christian basketball game on Friday, January 29 resulted in a record shootout donation!

Thirteen newly hired employees and three transferred employees were approved at the Pella School Board meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Superintendent Greg Ebeling said his goal is to have the remaining positions hired by the end of February to fill the early retiree vacancies.

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Career Academy of Pella students in Sheila Graham's Welding and Introduction to Fabrication class helped build the base, armature and Today Show logo for the miniature butter cow sculpture that will be featured in the Today Show during the caucuses.


Pella Community High School will host the ninth annual All-City Speech Night this Thursday evening, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. The festival will showcase all the 2016 Large Group Speech events of both city high schools—Pella Community and Pella Christian High. A free-will donation will be taken to b…

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the members of a state team that will rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards for public review and possible adoption statewide. The team’s work will begin Jan. 21. Among the team members is Rebecca Hellend, a fifth grade teache…


The Pella School Board met with State Senators Ken Rozenboom and Amy Sinclair, as well as Representatives Guy Vander Linden and Greg Heartsill, Monday night to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Much of the conversation was dominated by the issue of school funding. 


The Iowa Association of School Boards recognizes that learning and leadership on the part of local school, AEA and community college board members makes a difference at the board table and for students.

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Marcia Hibbard, age 63, went home to be with her Lord on July 28, 2019, at her cabin in Itasca County, Minnesota, after a fight with cancer. She enjoyed her last days in and on the water at her favorite location, which she had enjoyed over the last 44 years. Marcia Lynn Hopkins was born on M…