Principal's Message

Dear Islander families,


As we celebrate Black History month in February, we thought it would be a good time to share with our families the work that the site-based Islander Diversity team has been completing during the school year.  The team is comprised of both Islander staff and parents deeply interested in the topics of diversity and inclusion.

To date, the team has had four productive meetings.  The results of these meetings has been to create four different groups to address diversity efforts at Islander: 

·      Daily Diversity Announcements

·      Student Focus Group

·      Staff Engagement Group

·      Parent Involvement Group

Each of these groups has developed a plan for implementation during the Spring of 2016.  We are very excited about these plans for the rest of the current school year as well as future years. 




Latest Islander Middle School Headlines


    State agencies conducting Safe Routes to School phone survey

    April 28, 2016 - The Washington State Departments of Health and Transportation are conducting a short telephone survey of families from IMS. The survey asks how students travel to and from school. Results of the survey will help improve student transportation and safety. Schools may use the information to apply for future Safe Routes to School funding.

    The survey is voluntary and not being conducted by our district. If you do not want to be called, contact the Department of Health at 1-844-858-7647 prior to May 9, 2016. Please leave the name of your child’s school and phone number so they can remove your phone number from the contact list. Please note that the Department of Health does not have your name so they cannot remove you from the contact list unless you leave your phone number and school.

    For more information contact:
    Craig Degginger

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    Daily Bulletin

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  • IMS testing schedule

    April 28:  Science MSP = 8th grade only
    May 3, 5, 10, and 12:  Smarter Balance Assessment = all grades
    Students will test in the morning, then see all 6 class periods on a shortened scheduled. You can find the schedule here.   It is important that students come to school well rested and they should bring a healthy snack and water.  In addition, students need a charged iPad, earbuds, and a stylus if they would like to use one.
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    2016-17 Registration Videotaped FAQ's

     Over the next two weeks please take a moment to review the following video clips related to IMS registration.  These short, informative clips are meant to provide answers to commonly asked questions related to the registration process.  Please use these links as a starting point for your questions.  

    Registration Form | Fine Arts | IEP/504 Registration | Math Placement | World Language | PE Waiver | Highly Capable | WEB | 
    2016-2017 Lunches

    2016-17 Registration packets

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Latest District Headlines

  • MIHS student’s musical composition wins National PTA Reflections award

    May 6, 2016 - Mercer Island High School sophomore Jessica Waller has received an Award of Excellence (second place) and scholarship in the National PTA Reflections arts program for her original music composition, Adventures in a Faraway Land. Read more...

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  • Associate principals appointed for elementary schools

    May 5, 2016 - Lisa Deen and Jill Ravenscraft have been appointed as associate principals at elementary schools in the Mercer Island School District, Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano announced. The School Board has confirmed the appointments, which are effective July 1, 2016. Read more...

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  • Public invited to share ideas with School Board May 12

    May 3, 2016 - The public is invited to provide information about our educational programs at a special study session with the Mercer Island School Board on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Read more...

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  • MIHS student places third in accounting at international DECA conference

    May 3, 2016 - Mercer Island High School student Grace Hunter placed third overall in her event - accounting - at the recent International DECA conference in Nashville. Read more...

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  • Drinking water in district facilities to be tested for lead as a precaution

    May 2, 2016 - Mercer Island School District will be voluntarily testing its facilities’ drinking water for lead this month as a precaution. Read more...

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  • MIHS ranked among nation’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report 

    April 28, 2016 - Mercer Island High School has again been recognized among the nation’s Best High Schools in the 2016 annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report for student achievement. Read more...

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  • Breakfast of Champions raises $503,523 with record attendance

    April 26, 2016 - Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation raised $503,523 at the annual Breakfast of Champions on April 26. Read more...

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  • MIHS science teacher Larry Bencivengo awarded grant to conduct research at UW

    April 25, 2016 - Larry Bencivengo, science teacher at Mercer Island High School, has been awarded a grant in the Partners in Science program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Read more...

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  • Island Park, West Mercer earn 2015 Washington Achievement Awards

    April 18, 2016 - Island Park and West Mercer Elementary were named recipients of 2015 Washington Achievement Awards today by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington State Board of Education. Read more...

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  • MIHS drama department to present Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It”

    April 18, 2016 - All the world’s a stage! Join the Mercer Island High School drama department as they present their spring play, William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It.” 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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