Principal's Message

Dear Islander Families and Community,


Throughout the month of October, Islander Middle School will be holding a series of events in recognition of two very important issues facing students today. October has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month and National Disability Awareness Month. Over the course of the month, our students, staff and community will have the opportunity to “Stomp Out Bullying” by learning about read more...



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  • MISD leaders visit Connecticut school district see successful Spanish language program

    Nov. 24, 2015 - A  team from Mercer Island journeyed across the country to Connecticut to observe an established elementary-level Spanish program similar to what the Mercer Island School District is considering for its four elementary schools. Spanish has been part of the elementary curriculum in the Glastonbury, Conn. School District for over 50 years. Read more...

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  • MSN.com reports Mercer Island School District is the best in Washington state

    Nov. 13, 2015 - MSN.com reported yesterday that the Mercer Island School District is the best school district in Washington state, citing a study of school data by startclass.com. Startclass.com evaluated data from the U.S. Department of Education and identified the best school district in every state and the District of Columbia. Read more...

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  • Input needed on elementary Spanish-language program and high school start time

    Nov. 13, 2015 – Over the past year, the school district has been studying the feasibility of adding a Spanish language program to the k-5 curriculum to begin in the fall of 2016. Read more...
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  • Mercer Island School District pleased with recent Department of Education clarification on dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia

    Nov. 9, 2015 – The US Department of Education recently issued a letter addressing the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. In particular, the letter was written in response to concerns of parent, advocacy, and national disability organization representatives that some state and local educational agencies were reluctant to reference these terms in special education evaluations, eligibility determinations, and/or IEPs. Read more...

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  • The print edition of the Fall 2015 District News is now online

    Nov. 5, 2015 - The most recent print edition of the MISD District News will arrive in residential maiboxes on Mercer Island soon, but it can be viewed online now. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island School District students show how they use technology as a tool for learning

    Nov. 3, 2015 - Within just two years of introducing the Apple 1:1 iPad program at its schools, the Mercer Island School District’s (MISD) use of technology in the classroom has become a model for other school districts. Read more...

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  • High School Jazz choir to perform at a national conference on drug and alcohol prevention

    Oct. 30, 2015 – The Mercer Island High School Jazz choir, led by music teacher Tom Cox, will sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the opening session of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Research Conference on drug and alcohol prevention in Seattle on Nov. 17. Read more...

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  • Mercer Island High School wins the WIAA Scholastic Cup for the fifth year in a row

    Oct. 30, 2015 – Mercer Island High School (MIHS) has won the Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Scholastic Award for the fifth year in a row. Referred to as the Scholastic Cup, the program recognizes and rewards teams or groups that maintain a high collective academic standard. 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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