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Dear Islander Parents/Guardians:

This year, schools across Washington State will be taking the newly developed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These new tests were developed to assess the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts.  State Superintendent Randy Dorn adopted these standards in 2011.  Students in grades 3-8 will take these new more


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  • School Board appoints Jorgenson to Director Position 5 vacancy

    At a special meeting of the Board of Directors on May 2, 2015, the board selected and appointed Ralph Jorgenson from a field of four applicants to complete the term of office for Board Position No. 5 which will be vacated by Janet Frohmayer on May 14, 2015. Read more...
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  • Breakfast of Champions event raises $410,000 to support Mercer Island students

    2015BOC5 On the morning of April 28, 2015, Mercer Island parents, community members, students, and Mercer Island School District staff celebrated Mercer Island’s 21st century, public educational system at the Mercer Island Schools Foundation “Breakfast of Champions.”
    The event raised $410,000 toward the MISF goal of $1.2 million by June 1, which supports an educational model that emphasizes the craft of teaching, supplying the necessary coaching, supervision, and professional training, with enough teachers to maintain lower class sizes. Read more...
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  • IMS students take giving spirit to We Day Seattle, see MIHS student on stage

    Thanks to year-long efforts to help local and global communities, Islander Middle School (IMS) students earned tickets to attend We Day in Seattle on April 23. One Mercer Island High School (MIHS) student, Kat Tiscornia, even spoke to the We Day Seattle crowd of 16,000 students and teachers about her personal philanthropic journey. Read more...
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  • School district hosting open house to discuss potential later high school start times

    The Mercer Island School District will host an open house on later high school start times on May 7, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Islander Middle School Library. Community members are invited to discuss the possibility of later high school start-times with members of the High School Start-Time Committee. 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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