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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  • Workshops available for prospective school board candidates

    This fall, three of the five Mercer Island School Board seats will be up for election. This includes board position 1, 3, and 5. In anticipation of these elections and to educate prospective candidates, the Washington State School Directors Association is hosting several free, two-hour workshops in the months of March and April. The nearest workshop will be held on March 26 in Seattle. Read more...
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  • Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Islander Middle School expansion project

    The Mercer Island School Board will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Islander Middle School expansion project on March 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the middle school. Read more...
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  • Local leader, schools volunteer honored for  equal and civil rights leadership

    Rev. Ruth Saunders, a member of the Mercer Island School District (MISD) Diversity Advisory Committee, will be honored at The Seattle Medium Newspaper’s Annual Black Press Breakfast on Friday, March 20. The event will salute “women trailblazers and role models for equal and civil rights.” Read more...
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  • Islanders advance in Destination Imagination competition; four teams bound for state tournament

    The Mercer Island School District sent 16 teams to the 2015 Destination Imagination Seattle-Metro Regional Tournament on Feb. 28 at Bellevue High School. Four teams advanced and will compete at the state tournament in East Wenatchee on March 28. Read more...
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  • Input requested | 2015 Educational Effectiveness Parent Survey

    The 2015 Educational Effectiveness Parent Survey for schools in the Mercer Island School District has been released online. Surveys must be submitted online by April 3, 2015. 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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