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

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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

  • Mercer Island Schools Foundation hosting Phone-a-Thon Monday, Tuesday

    Monday and Tuesday evening nearly 200 Mercer Island volunteers will be making phone calls for donations to the Mercer Island Schools Foundation as part of the annual “All in for Kids” Phone-a-Thon.
    “Please answer the call on Nov. 3 and 4 in the early evening as Mercer Island Schools Foundation volunteers including local parents, teachers, principals and other school staff reach out to the Mercer Island community for support,” said Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano.Read more...
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  • 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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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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