Principal's Message

Dear Islander Families,

On December 9th, Stefanie Thomas presented to all 7th & 8th grade students about the challenges youth are facing in today’s world regarding use of technology including social networking sites, text messaging, emails, websites, and other related areas. Ms. Thomas is a victim advocate working in concert with the Seattle Police Department. The purpose behind her presentation was to challenge our students to think about their behavior on-line and the potential impacts on self and others. read more

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  • Calling all book lovers!

    Join former IMS teacher, Mrs. Behnke in Room 106, for a new after school club began Tuesday, Dec. 9.  Participants will read books that are possibilities for the 2015 Newbery award.  Join us during December and January to discuss books, enjoy cookie bars, and share book love.   
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Latest District Headlines

  • Flu cases increasing, according to King County Public Health

    As cases of influenza increase, King County Public Health is urging parents to watch for flu symptoms in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. In addition to staying home when sick, King County Public Health has provided information on ways to prevent the spread of respiratory infections and treat flu symptoms. Members of the community continue to be urged to get flu shots. Read more from King County Public Health here.
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  • Three MISD teachers earn National Board Certification

    Three Mercer Island teachers recently earned National Board Certification. The certification process is a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures Board-certified teachers have proven skills to advance student achievement. Read more...
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  • School district earns Apple Distinguished Program recognition

    The Mercer Island School District announced today that its program to implement iPad technology into the student learning experience has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2014-16. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovative learning and teaching, visionary leadership, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and those that demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary, flexible learning environments.Read more...
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  • Bellevue, Mercer Island school districts study later start times for high schools

    Today Bellevue School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Mills and Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced the formation of the joint High School Start-Time Committee to explore possible implications of changing start times, including the impacts on academics, athletics, activities, and various before and after school commitments. Recommendations would be submitted to the superintendents no later than June 30, 2015. Read more...
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  • UPDATED Highly Capable Program nomination window open for students in grades three through 11

    The window to nominate students for the Highly Capable Program in grades three through 11 is now open through Dec. 19. Nominated students may be currently in private school or in the Mercer Island School District (MISD). Testing for nominated students will take place after school on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. Read more...
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  • School board enhances public access to meeting materials

    The Mercer Island School Board is set to improve efficient public access to meeting materials online using BoardDocs. The web tool allows improved electronic access to Mercer Island School District (MISD) policies and meeting notices, agendas and meeting documents along with a greatly improved search function. Read more...
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About IMS

Islander Middle School is the only public middle school on Mercer Island and is host to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. IMS is located on the south end of the island at 8225 SE 72nd street.
Co-principals Mary Jo Budzius and Aaron Miller, along with associate principal Tara Stone, lead approximately 75 staff members and 1,000 students. IMS utilizes district-adopted curriculum as the foundation for its core classes as well as offering a variety of engaging learning electives.
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