Principal's Message

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 sends message to legislators: Don’t make legislation too restrictive

    On May 14, the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to send a letter to legislators with the message that school funding in Senate Bill 6109 is too restrictive and will have negative impacts on students. Read more...
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  • School board bids farewell to Frohnmayer, welcomes Jorgenson

    On May 14, the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors bid farewell to Board President Janet Frohnmayer with a standing ovation and welcomed newly appointed Director Ralph Jorgenson. Read more...
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  • School district opens online survey about potential later high school start times

    On May 12, the Mercer Island School District opened an online survey for parents to provide feedback on the possibility of later high school start times. 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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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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