Principal's Message

Dear Islander Families,

October is a busy time at Islander Middle School. There are three different emphasis points that we will be spotlighting throughout the month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Disability History Awareness month, and Bullying Awareness month.
Below are details about each of these events along with some opportunities for
students to learn about the issues and find out ways to get involved. read more

Latest Islander Middle School Headlines

  • Daily Bulletin

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  • IMS Gator Wrestling starts soon

    The first practice is Monday, October 27th right after school.  All matches are on weekdays, and no experience or gear necessary. read more
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  • Support IMS Clubs and After-school Activities

    Islander Families- Over the next couple of weeks, IMS will be starting some after school clubs and activities. read more
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  • Islander Middle School and TechSmart Kids partner on after-school computer science courses

    Islander Middle School (IMS) will partner with TechSmart Kids, a provider of computer science and physical computing education for kids, to offer after-school classes in computer science for middle school students.

    TechSmart Kids will offer year-round computer coding classes in the Python programming language at IMS. The classes will be offered as a series of three, 10-week courses. The first coding course in the series is C301, coding in Python I. The three courses are cumulative, so it is recommend that families consider the yearlong commitment.

    The classes will begin on Monday, Oct. 27 and will be offered at IMS once a week on Mondays from either 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. or 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

    Click here to learn more about the program, including scholarship opportunities.

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Latest District Headlines

  • Developing story on school violence in Marysville, Wash.

    Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano released the following statement regarding the Oct. 24 violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School:

    “This morning our community received terrible news about another episode of gun violence at one of our region’s public schools. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School." Read more...
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  • Read the fall District News online now Fall 2014 District News

    The most recent print edition of the Mercer Island School District News will arrive in residential mailboxes on Mercer Island next week, but it can be read online now.

    The fall 2014 edition highlights the first two months of the school year, including:

    • a message from Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano;
    • how students and staff managed recent Mercer Island water-quality issues;
    • recognizing National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists;
    • celebrating academic achievements; and
    • looking at new security features at Mercer Island elementary schools.
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  • Mercer Island schools will practice earthquake preparedness on 10/16 at 10:16 a.m.

    The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will participate in an earthquake drill known as The Great ShakeOut on October 16 at 10:16 a.m., joining thousands of Washington students and millions of people worldwide. 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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