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 will practice earthquake preparedness on 10/16 at 10:16 a.m.

    The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will participate in an earthquake drill known as The Great ShakeOut on October 16 at 10:16 a.m., joining thousands of Washington students and millions of people worldwide. Read more...
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  • Mercer Island School District using March 16 as make-up day

    The Mercer Island School District (MISD) will hold classes on Monday, March 16 to make up for the day that was missed Sept. 29. All schools, programs and transportation will operate on a normal Monday schedule. Read more...
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  • School Board supports I-594 gun-safety initiative, opposes I-591

    Today the Mercer Island School Board unanimously voted to support Initiative 594 on the Nov. 2014 election ballot. I-594, the gun-safety initiative, closes the “gun show” loophole that requires only licensed dealers of firearms to conduct criminal and public safety background checks on people purchasing or transferring guns. Read more...
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  • Cohort of Mercer Island teachers completes professional certification

    A cohort of seven Mercer Island teachers recently completed their ProTeach Portfolio certification. 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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