• IMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Announcements for the week of June 13, 2022

    Quote of the Week:  No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.  – Wolfgang Riebe

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Cheese Ravioli
    Tuesday - French Toast Sticks
    Wednesday - Mini Turkey Corn Dog
    Thursday - Cheesy Nachos

    Yearbook
    Have you purchased your yearbook?  If not, click here to log in to the MISD Online Payment system where you can purchase now for $45.  Don't know if you have purchased your yearbook yet?  Click here to login to the MISD Online Payment system where you can view your purchase history.  Use your student's 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

    Book Drive
    Some may have noticed a box in the entrance to the lunchroom. It’s for a book drive affiliated with Books for Africa. If you have any new or books in condition, please donate! It would be a great help.
    Please donate books that donate the following requirements:
    - English
    - Easy to read; easy Chapter Books or Picture Books

    Spirit Week
    During the final week of school we will be having our final spirit week of 2022, so be sure to dress spirited!
    Monday: Monochromatic Monday
    Tuesday: Tourist Tuesday
    Wednesday: Wild West Wednesday
    Thursday: Adam Sandler Day
    Friday: Summer Sendoff  


    Announcements for the week of June 6, 2022

    Quote of the Week:  Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.  – Bonnie Blair

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Yearbook
    Have you purchased your yearbook?  If not, click here to log in to the MISD Online Payment system where you can purchase now for $45.  Don't know if you have purchased your yearbook yet?  Click here to login to the MISD Online Payment system where you can view your purchase history.  Use your student's 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

    Leadership Announcements
    Hey gators! Leadership is holding an IMS Talent Shorts! IMS Talent Shorts is an opportunity to share your talent with our school community before we move on to a new school year. You can participate by filming a video of your talent and submitting it to the google form on Schoology. The submissions are due on June 9th. Good luck and have fun gators.

    Book Drive
    Some may have noticed a box in the entrance to the lunchroom. It’s for a book drive affiliated with Books for Africa. If you have any new or books in condition, please donate! It would be a great help.
    Please donate books that donate the following requirements:
    - English
    - Easy to read; easy Chapter Books or Picture Books



    Announcements for the week of May 31, 2022

    Quote of the Week:  A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward. Harvey Mackay

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Tuesday - Rotini Pasta
    Wednesday - Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks
    Thursday - Teriyaki Beef
    Friday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Yearbook
    Have you purchased your yearbook?  If not, click here to log in to the MISD Online Payment system where you can purchase now for $45.  Don't know if you have purchased your yearbook yet?  Click here to login to the MISD Online Payment system where you can view your purchase history.  Use your student's 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

    Library Announcement
    It's that time of year-- time to return ALL of your library books! ALL books are due back to the library TODAY. If you have any library books in your backpack, drop them in a book return. If you have some at home, please make sure they come back to school tomorrow. Thanks for helping us keep track of our wonderful books! 

    Ping Pong Winners
    The last match of the 2022 IMS inaugural ping pong tournament has been played! We are pleased to announce the skillful winners of this vigorously contested tourney: “A” Lunch winner is Milton Reimers. “B” Lunch winner is Sam Karami. “C” Lunch winner is Brendan Sung!!! Congratulations to these winners! A fun time was had by all!

    Gator Talks
    Join us at 6:00pm on Friday, June 3 in the IMS Black Box Theatre for IMS’s FIRST Gator Talks event— perspectives worth sharing. Come join us for a celebration of student voices and perspectives! 

    Dance Club Performance
    Please come to the Dance Club Performance after school TODAY in the Commons. The performance starts at 3:30. We hope to see you there!



    Announcements for the week of May 23, 2022

    Quote of the Week:  However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. -Stephen Hawking

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Chicken Tenders
    Tuesday - Turkey, Ham and Lettuce Hoagie
    Wednesday - Berry Parfait with Granola
    Thursday - Macaroni with Cheese
    Friday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Yearbook
    Have you purchased your yearbook?  If not, click here to log in to the MISD Online Payment system where you can purchase now for $45.  Don't know if you have purchased your yearbook yet?  Click here to login to the MISD Online Payment system where you can view your purchase history.  Use your student's 6 digit ID and last name to log in.


    Announcements for the week of May 16, 2022

    Quote of the Week:  Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.  – Albert Einstein

    National Police Appreciation Week
    This week is National Police Appreciation Week.  Islander Middle School will be honoring School Resource Officers past and present.  

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Cheese Lasagna Roll Up
    Tuesday - Toasted Triple Cheese
    Wednesday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Thursday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Friday - Chicken Tenders

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    IMS School Musical
    IMS presents: Into the Woods JR. on May 20th (6 PM) and May 21st (2 PM and 6 PM) directed by Megan Helms. No tickets are required and the show is free! The story follows a Baker and his Wife who learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, but this ain’t your grandma’s fairy tale. The couple embarks on a quest of swindling and stealing from such already-victimized characters as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (fresh off the beanstalk!) to break the spell. The story doesn’t simply end with “happily ever after,” though, as each character must face the consequences of their decisions. We hope to see you there!

    Yearbook
    Have you purchased your yearbook?  If not, click here to log in to the MISD Online Payment system where you can purchase now for $45.  Don't know if you have purchased your yearbook yet?  Click here to login to the MISD Online Payment system where you can view your purchase history.  Use your student's 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

    Leadership Announcements
    Hey, Gators! We have heard feedback from our Student Senate, and here is a chance to get your voice heard! Leadership invites you to fill out the survey linked on Schoology to share your opinion about IMS. Please take a few minutes this week to click the link on Schoology and fill it out.

    Hey Gators! Thank you so much for all your great submissions to leadership's iPad background art competition! We have selected our winners, drum roll please… (wait) For 6th grade: Aviana Cai, for 7th grade: Scout Bates and 8th grade: Lily Zhu. Congratulations to all our winners, we will visit you during the 1st period to give you our prizes. Keep an eye out for your background!

    Ping Pong Playoffs
    Ping Pong Playoffs begin today! The single elimination playoffs will run all week during each regular lunch with the winners facing off for ultimate championship bragging rights against the one and only, ping pong pundit, Mr. Miller! Come cheer on your classmates and enjoy the fun! See you there.



    Announcements for the week of May 9, 2022

    Quote of the Week: If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. – Roald Dahl

    Celebrations:  
    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 

    May is also Jewish American Heritage Month.  In 1654, a small ship carrying 23 Jewish refugees sailed into the port of present-day New York City.  Fleeing oppression and discrimination, these courageous women and men faced resistance from the colony’s leaders.  Nevertheless, they secured the right to remain and became the first Jewish communal presence to settle on American soil.  

    During Jewish American Heritage Month, we honor these 23 refugees and the centuries of successive generations of Jewish Americans, who — shaped by their own encounters with prejudice, persecution, and the promise of a better tomorrow — have emboldened our Nation to stand up for justice, equality, and freedom.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Whole Grain Garlic Cheese Toast
    Tuesday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Wednesday - Pancakes
    Thursday - Teriyaki Beef
    Friday - Meatballs in Spaghetti Sauce

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Open Gym
    Students, this will be the final week that the gym will be open after school. You can still stop by this Tuesday and Thursday, from 3-4pm to play basketball, volleyball, ping pong or badminton.

    Yearbook
    Have you purchased your yearbook?  If not, click here to log in to the MISD Online Payment system where you can purchase now for $45.  Don't know if you have purchased your yearbook yet?  Click here to login to the MISD Online Payment system where you can view your purchase history.  Use your student's 6 digit ID and last name to log in.


    Announcements for the week of May 2, 2022

    Quote of the Week: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

    Celebrations:  
    May 1 is known as May Day. Workers and labor activists around the world will gather in streets and city centers Monday to mark International Workers’ Day. The unofficial holiday, known as May Day in the United States, originates from the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, when police tried to disperse a crowd of protesters during a labor strike.

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 

    May is Jewish American Heritage MonthIn 1654, a small ship carrying 23 Jewish refugees sailed into the port of present-day New York City.  Fleeing oppression and discrimination, these courageous women and men faced resistance from the colony’s leaders.  Nevertheless, they secured the right to remain and became the first Jewish communal presence to settle on American soil.  

    During Jewish American Heritage Month, we honor these 23 refugees and the centuries of successive generations of Jewish Americans, who — shaped by their own encounters with prejudice, persecution, and the promise of a better tomorrow — have emboldened our Nation to stand up for justice, equality, and freedom.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Beef Whole Grain Tacos
    Wednesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Thursday - Orange Glazed Chicken
    Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Ping Pong Tournament
    Hello Gators who love ping pong! Today is the last day to sign up for the Ping Pong Tournament. Please sign up in the small gym on the clearly marked posters for your lunch. Come join in on the fun! 


    Announcements for the week of April 25, 2022

    Quote of the Week: No Matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere. Cheryl Crow

    Celebrations:  
    April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. 

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
    Tuesday - Beef Whole Grain Tacos
    Wednesday - Macaroni and Cheese
    Thursday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Friday - Classic Hamburger

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    The Sources of Strength group is hosting a campaign this week about belongingness. We want you all to know that at IMS, everyone belongs. On Monday or Tuesday during Gator Time, your teacher will read you a script about a task we want you to do. Then, on Thursday and Friday, during lunch, we will be hosting a photo booth for you to come and take photos either by yourself or with your friends. We hope you will take some time this week to think about what it means to belong and to know that each and every IMS student (and staff member) is a special part of our IMS community, a place where everybody belongs.

    MIHS Girls Soccer
    Calling all girls soccer players! If you are interested in playing girls soccer next fall at MIHS and would like more info please email jenmoeller@comcast.net.  Check out migirlssoccer.com for more information.

    WEB Announcements
    Hey 6th graders! WEB is hosting a WEB event today for groups 9-16 in the gym during Gator Time. After 6th period, go to your gator time classroom to drop off your backpack. 

    Then head directly to the gym where you will be led in some fun activities with your WEB group!  Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    Ultimate Frisbee
    IMS Ultimate Frisbee won their bracket in the SPRING REIGN ultimate tournament held in Burlington, WA.  It is one of the largest mixed-gender youth ultimate tournaments in the world!  The IMS GATORS continued their undefeated season with three wins on Saturday and three huge games Sunday.  

    Student Announcement
    Students, as the weather gets warmer outside, we ask that you please avoid wearing sandals and flip flops on the turf field or in the gym during lunch. We have seen many serious falls and sprained ankles with those types of footwear. Please stick to athletic-type shoes only if using the turf field or gymnasium



    Announcements for the week of April 18, 2022

    Quote of the Week: We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing and inclusion. -Max de Pree

    Celebrations:  
    April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. 

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Mini Cheese Ravioli with Marinara
    Tuesday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Glazed Chicken
    Thursday - Chicken Tenders
    Friday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    MIHS Girls Soccer
    Calling all girls soccer players! If you are interested in playing girls soccer next fall at MIHS and would like more info please email jenmoeller@comcast.net.  Check out migirlssoccer.com for more information.


    Announcements for the week of April 4, 2022

    Quote of the Week: Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without. William Sloane Coffin Jr. 

    Celebrations:  
    Last night at sunset marked the beginning of Ramadan, an Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer and devotion to Islam lasting through May 1st

    April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. 

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project's 15th national essay contest.
    This year's essay topic will be based on the publication, Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea, which can be downloaded for free at www.kscpp.net or found in the IMS library.  All submissions are due by April 17, 2022.  Click here for more information.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Wednesday - Orange Glazed Chicken
    Thursday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Friday - BBQ Rib-B-Q Sandwich

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Lunch Madness - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
    Lunch Madness starts today! Please check the game schedule that was sent to Schoology this morning. This 3 on 3 basketball tournament is half court, single elimination style. Good luck teams.
    Hey Gators! This is JUST with an important message. We are inviting you to participate in a Gator Talk school event (kinda like a Ted Talk). You can talk about whatever you are passionate about, like your life experiences or your interests! If you think you might be interested, come to an interest meeting this Thursday (April 7) after school in room 411. If you can't make it, contact Litza Johnson for more information!

    Destination Imagination
    Congratulations to all of the students who competed at the State Destination Imagination Tournament this weekend. They represented Mercer Island well!


    Announcements for the week of March 28, 2022

    Quote of the Week: People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically. … No, the only tired I was was tired of giving in. —Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

    Celebrations:  
    March is Women’s History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project's 15th national essay contest. This year's essay topic will be based on the publication, Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea, which can be downloaded for free at www.kscpp.net or found in the IMS library.  All submissions are due by April 17, 2022.  Click here for more information.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
    Tuesday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Wednesday - Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks
    Thursday - Vegetarian Chili with Red Beans
    Friday - Friday Surprise - Stay Tuned!

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Ukrainian Egg Decorating
    Hey Gators, on Thursday, March 31 JUST will be holding a Ukrainian Egg Decorating event. It’s after schools in the commons. The entry fee is 10 dollars and all proceeds go to Care USA to help Ukrainian refugees. Please message Litza Johnson if you want to participate or use the link posted on Schoology.

    Lunch Madness - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
    Sign ups for this single elimination tournament start today. See Mr Millsap during lunch to secure a spot for your team.
    NEW THIS YEAR - You can choose the type of tournament that fits your style:
    A LEAGUE is for Competitive and Experienced teams
    B LEAGUE is for Recreational and Less Experienced teams 

    Sign ups end this Thursday and games will start next week.

    Drill Team Tryouts
    Calling all 8th Graders! 
    The Mercer Island Drill Team is holding our annual tryout week directly after Spring Break, April 19th-22nd! The Drill Team has the opportunity to perform at all school spirit assemblies, Football and Basketball sports games, as well as compete against other Drill Teams in the King County area! If you are interested in joining our incredible team, make sure you are present at the mandatory Pre-Tryout Meeting Tomorrow, March 29th.  Hope to see you there!

    MIHS Cheerleading Tryouts
    Attention 8th graders! If you are interested in trying out for the MIHS Cheerleading team, you can pick up a Cheer Tryout Packet at the main office. 
    Tryout paperwork is due Friday, April 1st. 
    Tryouts will be held on April 4-8th from 5:30-7:30 PM at Mercer Island High School.
    If you have any questions, contact Coach Elizabeth or visit https://sites.google.com/view/mihs-cheer-tryouts-info/home

     

    Announcements for the week of March 21, 2022

    Quote of the Week: Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. - Golda Meir

    Celebrations:  
    March is Women’s History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project's 15th national essay contest.
    This year's essay topic will be based on the publication, Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea, which can be downloaded for free at www.kscpp.net or found in the IMS library.  All submissions are due by April 17, 2022.  Click here for more information.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Cheese Lasagna Roll Up
    Tuesday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Tacos
    Wednesday - Chicken Tenders
    Thursday - Waffles
    Friday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Water Bottles
    Students - make sure to bring water bottles to school as the cups at the drinking fountain have been removed.

    Drill Team Tryouts
    Calling all 8th Graders! The Mercer Island Drill Team is holding our annual tryout week directly after Spring Break, April 19th-22nd! The Drill Team has the opportunity to perform at all school spirit assemblies, Football and Basketball sports games, as well as compete against other Drill Teams in the King County area! If you are interested in joining our incredible team, make sure you are present at the mandatory Pre-Tryout Meeting on March 29th! Hope to see you there!

    MIHS Cheerleading Tryouts
    Attention 8th graders! If you are interested in trying out for the MIHS Cheerleading team, you can pick up a Cheer Tryout Packet at the main office. 
    Tryout paperwork is due Friday, April 1st. Tryouts will be held on April 4-8th from 5:30-7:30 PM at Mercer Island High School.
    If you have any questions, contact Coach Elizabeth or visit https://sites.google.com/view/mihs-cheer-tryouts-info/home


    Announcements for the week of March 14, 2022

    Quote of the Week: Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. –Helen Keller

    Celebrations:  
    March is Women’s History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project's 15th national essay contest.
    This year's essay topic will be based on the publication, Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea, which can be downloaded for free at www.kscpp.net or found in the IMS library.  All submissions are due by April 17, 2022.  Click here for more information.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Italian Hoagie
    Wednesday - Macaroni and Cheese
    Thursday - Teriyaki Glazed Chicken

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Water Bottles
    Students - make sure to bring water bottles to school as the cups at the drinking fountain have been removed.

    Drill Team Tryouts
    Calling all 8th Graders! 
    The Mercer Island Drill Team is holding our annual tryout week directly after Spring Break, April 19th-22nd! The Drill Team has the opportunity to perform at all school spirit assemblies, Football and Basketball sports games, as well as compete against other Drill Teams in the King County area! If you are interested in joining our incredible team, make sure you are present at the mandatory Pre-Tryout Meeting on March 29th! Hope to see you there!!

    Announcements for the week of March 7, 2022

    Quote of the Week: Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland

    Celebrations:  
    March is Women’s History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project's 15th national essay contest.
    This year's essay topic will be based on the publication, Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea, which can be downloaded for free at www.kscpp.net or found in the IMS library.  All submissions are due by April 17, 2022.  Click here for more information.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Mini Cheese Ravioli with Marinara
    Tuesday - Pancakes
    Wednesday - Meatballs in Spaghetti Sauce
    Thursday - Orange Glazed Chicken
    Friday - BBQ Rib-B-Q Sandwich

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Announcements from Leadership:
    Hey gators, leadership is having a “bring anything but a backpack” spirit day this Friday march 11th. Make sure your item is school appropriate and that it doesn’t distract your peers. Find a QR code on the flyers around the school or use the link on Schoology to submit your item for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card. Love leadership.

    Yo yo yo gators! Just a friendly reminder that the door decorating contest ends this Friday. Get your doors done and ready to be judged. More info on Schoology. Thank you!

    Hey Gators! Do you have any old books you no longer need? Leadership is hosting a book drive for Mary’s Place. We would prefer children’s books but any books are appreciated, and they must be in lightly used or new condition. The book drive will take place from March 7th to March 17th, you can bring your books to the donation spots in the front office and the business center. 


    Announcements for the week of February 28, 2022

    Quote of the Week: “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” —Marie Curie (1867-1934)

    Celebrations:  Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian faith. As a display of atonement, ashes are marked on worshippers. Lent, which is observed during the seven weeks prior to Easter, is a time of reflection and preparation for the Holy Week and is observed by fasting, charitable giving and worshiping. 

    Tomorrow, March 1, 2022 is Maha Shivaratri, a Hindu holiday that honors Shiva, one of the Hindu deities.

    March is Women’s History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Cheese Lasagna Roll up
    Tuesday - Mini Turkey Corndogs
    Wednesday - Crispy Fish Sticks
    Thursday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Friday - Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla

    Softball Club
    Softball Club starts tomorrow in the Gym.  Get more information about Softball Club on the IMS Sports and Activities web page tomorrow morning.  Or message Ms. Angela Hatchel on Schoology.

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Drill Team Clinic - REVISED DATES
    Calling all Gators! The Mercer Island High School Drill Team is excited to host a week-long Drill Clinic on March 7th, 8th, and 10th in the IMS Gym from 4-5:30! This will be a week full of fun, spirit and lots of dancing. Keep an eye out for Drill Members at lunch on February 8th, they will be handing out more information. No prior dance experience is required! We hope to see you there!

    EES Survey
    Thursday, students will be participating in the Educational Effectiveness Survey during an extended sixth period. This survey data is very important to our overall school improvement and student data is used to set priorities and goals for the coming years. We appreciate each of you taking the survey seriously and giving your insight. There will be no Gator Time on Thursday.  Thank you for taking your time and giving us your feedback. 

    Programming Club
    Programming club is canceled this week. We will meet again next Tuesday, March 8th. 

    Open Gym
    Tomorrow after school Open Gym is canceled.  Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.


    Announcements for the week of February 14, 2022

    Quote of the Week: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —Former President Barack Obama

    Black History Month
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was a civil rights activist whose passionate depiction of her own suffering in a racist society helped focus attention on the plight of African-Americans throughout the South. In 1964, working with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Hamer helped organize the 1964 Freedom Summer African-American voter registration drive in her native Mississippi. At the Democratic National Convention later that year, she was part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, an integrated group of activists who openly challenged the legality of Mississippi’s all-white, segregated delegation. 

    Celebrations:  February 14th is St. Valentine’s Day, a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Typically associated with romantic love and celebrated by people expressing their love via gifts.

    WEB
    Hey 6th graders. This is a reminder that there is a web event this week during gator time. Groups 1-8 will be meeting today, groups 9-16 will be meeting Tomorrow, and groups 17-24 will be meeting on Thursday February 17 in the main gym. We are excited to see you there!

    This message is brought to you by Ms. Bylsma's Health 7 class:
    After vaping, the human brain can form a strong addiction to the nicotine from an E-cig and will eventually “need” nicotine to feel normal and happy. But vaping causes very bad side affects and will put bad things into your body like copper and lead.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Lost and Found
    Students, please check both lost and found locations as they are filling up!  You can find lunch items in the Commons and other items in the counseling hallway by the Registrar.

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Chicken Tenders
    Wednesday - BBQ Rib-b-q Sandwich
    Thursday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Friday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Programming Club
    The programming club will meet in the library after school tomorrow instead of room 409. See you there!

    D&D Club
    For the next few weeks, D&D Club will be meeting two times per week.  On Tuesdays, students with last names A-L can meet in room 201 to paint mini figures and do game prep.  Students with last names M-Z will be able to meet on Thursdays in room 201. If you are unable to attend on the day that your last name is assigned, you may attend the other day’s session, but please only show up to one or the other to keep numbers down. See you there!

    Drill Team Clinic - REVISED DATES
    Calling all Gators! The Mercer Island High School Drill Team is excited to host a week-long Drill Clinic on March 7th, 8th, and 10th in the IMS Gym from 4-5:30! This will be a week full of fun, spirit and lots of dancing. Keep an eye out for Drill Members at lunch on February 8th, they will be handing out more information. No prior dance experience is required! We hope to see you there! 

    Announcements from Leadership
    Hey Gators! Leadership is doing a door decorating contest and we want YOU to participate! You guys all voted, and the theme for Door Decorating is Disney! We encourage all gator times to compete to create the best themed door. Make sure to have your door done by March 11. The overall winner gets a prize! Check out Schoology for more information!

    Hey gators! Leadership is asking everyone in the school if they’d like to make cards during Gator Time for the Seattle Children’s Hospital patients. We are doing this to uplift the patients during this especially difficult time. There will be paper and supplies in your Gator Time classrooms to create these cards. Please leave your cards in your Gator Time classroom for us to collect later! We will be awarding a prize to the Gator Time class that creates the most cards and a prize will be given to one student that has created a thoughtful and respectful card.

    IMS Spirit Week is this week!
    What's up gators!! This week is spirit week which means each day of the week is a spirit day! Tomorrow is tropical Tuesday so wear your best Hawaiian shirts! Wednesday is PJ Day, Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is Flannel Friday!  We hope you guys will participate for the upcoming spirit days, Thank you!


    Announcements for the week of February 7, 2022

    Quote of the Week: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” —Booker T. Washington

    Black History Month
    Jack Johnson became the first African-American man to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title in 1908. He held on to the belt until 1915.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Lost and Found
    Students, please check both lost and found locations as they are filling up!  You can find lunch items in the Commons and other items in the counseling hallway by the Registrar.

    Spelling Bee
    Do you want to take part in the Spelling Bee? This year's bee will take place on Wednesday, February 16 from 1:30-3:30. Visit the library Schoology course to learn more and sign up! 

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Mini Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
    Tuesday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Tacos
    Wednesday - Meatballs in Spaghetti Sauce
    Thursday - Italian Hoagie
    Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    D&D Club
    For the next few weeks, D&D Club will be meeting two times per week.  On Tuesdays, students with last names A-L can meet in room 201 to paint mini figures and do game prep.  Students with last names M-Z will be able to meet on Thursdays in room 201. If you are unable to attend on the day that your last name is assigned, you may attend the other day’s session, but please only show up to one or the other to keep numbers down. See you there!

    Drill Team Clinic - REVISED DATES
    Calling all Gators! The Mercer Island High School Drill Team is excited to host a week-long Drill Clinic on March 7th, 8th, and 10th in the IMS Gym from 4-5:30! This will be a week full of fun, spirit and lots of dancing. Keep an eye out for Drill Members at lunch on February 8th, they will be handing out more information. No prior dance experience is required! We hope to see you there! 

    Announcements from Leadership
    Hey Gators! Leadership is doing a door decorating contest and we want YOU to participate! You guys all voted, and the theme for Door Decorating is Disney! We encourage all gator times to compete to create the best themed door. Make sure to have your door done by March 11. The overall winner gets a prize! Check out Schoology for more information!

    Leadership is putting up money jars to vote on who YOU think will win the Super Bowl: The Cincinatti Bengals or The LA Rams! There will be a stand in the main hallway (by the buses)  in the morning, and one in the lunchroom! They will be up this Tuesday the 8th through Friday the 12th. All proceeds will go to the King County Black Lives Matter movement, so make your vote count with your donation! If you contribute you will get candy in return, so make sure to bring cash!

    Leadership is asking everyone in the school if they’d like to make cards during Gator Time for the Seattle Children’s Hospital patients. We are doing this to uplift the patients during this especially difficult time. There will be paper and supplies in your Gator Time classrooms to create these cards. Please leave your cards in your Gator Time classroom for us to collect later! We will be awarding a prize to the Gator Time class that creates the most cards and a prize will be given to one student that has created a thoughtful and respectful card.


    Announcements for the week of January 31, 2022

    Quote of the Week: You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” —Maya Angelou

    Black History Month
    February is a time to honor the contribution of Black Americans within American History. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

    Throughout the Month of February interesting facts regarding Black History will be posted each morning on Schoology.  During lunch, check the TV in the commons for more information about Black History.

    Writing, Art, and Film Contest
    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a 2022 WRITING, ART, & FILM CONTEST - Celebrating Life.  The Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  The deadline for entries is May 13th.  There are two options this year - Art, Film and Creative Writing, or Argumentative Writing.  For more information about contest rules and information please go to https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/learn/writing-art-film-contest

    Lunar New Year
    Welcome to the year of the tiger! The Lunar New Year typically falls between late January and mid-February, and it is celebrated around the globe, particularly in China, Vietnam, South Korea, North Korea, and Tibet.

    The Lunar New Year also marks the change of signs on the Chinese zodiac calendar. The year 2022 was the Year of the Ox; the new year means it is now the Year of the Tiger. The tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China, and the zodiac is associated with strength, exorcising evils, and bravery.

    Lost and Found
    Students, please check both lost and found locations as they are filling up!  You can find lunch items in the Commons and other items in the counseling hallway by the Registrar.

    Spelling Bee
    Do you want to take part in the Spelling Bee? This year's bee will take place on Wednesday, February 16 from 1:30-3:30. Visit the library Schoology course to learn more and sign up! 

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks
    Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Wednesday - Orange Glazed Chicken
    Thursday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Friday - Toasted Triple Cheese

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    D&D Club
    For the next few weeks, D&D Club will be meeting two times per week.  On Tuesdays, students with last names A-L can meet in room 201 to paint mini figures and do game prep.  Students with last names M-Z will be able to meet on Thursdays in room 201. If you are unable to attend on the day that your last name is assigned, you may attend the other day’s session, but please only show up to one or the other to keep numbers down. See you there!

    Drill Team Clinic
    Calling all Gators! The Mercer Island High School Drill Team is excited to host a week long Drill Clinic February 28 through March 4 in the IMS Gym! This will be a week full of fun, spirit and lots of dancing. Keep an eye out for Drill Members at lunch on February 8th, they will be handing out more information. No prior dance experience is required! We hope to see you there! 

    Announcement from Leadership
    Thanks to everyone who participated in Friday’s Color Wars spirit days! Everyone who submitted their photo to the google doc was counted, and we will be naming IMS’ current most spirited grade, as well as each grade’s most spirited student based on your photo submissions!  The winning grade will be presented with the coveted Spirit trophy and the winning students will get candy!

    IMS’ most spirited grade is…… 6th GRADE!!!!! We will deliver the trophy to our teacher representative Mr. Harrington who can display the trophy proudly until our next competition!

    Now for our most spirited students:
    6th grade: Alana Precht
    7th grade: Megan Mears
    8th grade: Xander Seifkin

    Amazing spirit, everyone!

    Wear Red Tuesday
    This Tuesday, February 1st, is the Chinese New Year! This year is the year of the Tiger, which comes around every 12 years! In celebration, wear red on Tuesday! Red symbolizes good fortune and joy, and we wish you good fortune and joy this lunar new year. Love, Leadership.


    Announcements for the week of January 25, 2022

    Quote of the Week: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Today, January 25th, 6th period classes will be extended (with no Gator Time) so that we can show all IMS students a video about a program we are bringing to IMS called the Sandy Hook Promise and the Say Something Anonymous Reports System. The video provides an overview of school safety and the importance of taking action if you have any concerns about anything that feels like it could be a threat to someone’s safety at school. It address the realities of school violence, including school shootings, as well as talks about issues of suicide, suicide ideation, self harm and bullying. Your Administration and Counselors recognize that we are living in a time where people’s sensitivities may already be heightened and so we want you to know that if you have any concerns that this video could be triggering to you, please connect with a Counselor prior to 6th period today. To be clear, our ultimate goal in showing this video is to provide you all with a resource that will allow us to keep IMS a safe and secure place to learn, for all. We thank you in advance for looking out for each other and for making sure that if you see something, you will say something.

    A Date to Honor:  January 27th is the International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust. It also marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945 and the UN Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Spelling Bee
    Do you want to take part in the Spelling Bee? This year's bee will take place on Wednesday, February 16 from 1:30-3:30. Visit the library Schoology course to learn more and sign up!

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Tuesday - Whole Grain Garlic Cheese Toast
    Wednesday - Rotini Pasta
    Thursday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Friday - Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    D&D Club
    For the next few weeks, D&D Club will be meeting two times per week.  On Tuesdays, students with last names A-L can meet in room 201 to paint mini figures and do game prep.  Students with last names M-Z will be able to meet on Thursdays in room 201. If you are unable to attend on the day that your last name is assigned, you may attend the other day’s session, but please only show up to one or the other to keep numbers down. See you there!


    Announcements for the week of January 18, 2022

    Quote of the Week: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Martin Luther King, Jr Day
    Hey gators! Today we have a special announcement for a very special day. This last Monday we had no school because of the famous day of MLK. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Born in 1929, Martin Luther King's actual birthday is January 15. It is important we bring up and talk about the importance of this day. Martin Luther king was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state laws. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. It is important that we remember him on this day and honor what he did for our country. 

    Sunday was Temperance and Good Citizenship Day.  State law says that public schools will observe this day every January 16th. The original language of the 1923 Washington state law included specific language regarding education of the effects of alcohol and drug use. However, this language was removed when the law was revised in 1969. While many interpret “temperance” to mean prohibition, as defined above, instruction on “temperance” may include information about prohibition, but it is not a specific requirement of the law. The 2013 Legislature added the expectation that on Temperance and Good Citizenship Day public schools provide opportunities for eligible students to register to vote.

    Many school districts recognize this day by discussing temperance in connection with good citizenship, specifically addressing self-restraint. This idea of self-restraint is closely tied with many of the activities associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. For example, a district may choose to discuss the accomplishments of peaceful, non-violent protests in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

    Library Announcements:
    Hi from the IMS library! We hope you and your library books had a wonderful winter break. Now that you are back, we would like your library books back too. Please check and see if you have any books that are due... or even overdue. Thank you! 

    Spelling Bee
    Do you want to take part in the Spelling Bee? This year's bee will take place on Wednesday, February 16 from 1:30-3:30. Visit the library Schoology course to learn more and sign up! 

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Tuesday - Chicken Tenders
    Wednesday - Cheese Lasagna Rollup
    Thursday - Italian Hogie
    Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Volleyball @ Lunch STARTS TODAY!
    The gym will open 10 minutes after the start of each lunch session. Please be sure to check TODAY'S GAME SCHEDULE and make sure your team reports to the correct court # you are scheduled to play. Please note TEAM ROSTERS are officially locked. Teams cannot pick up extra players during tournament play. Good Luck Teams.

    JUST Fundraiser
    JUST asked students to draw us stickers on the topic, ”We are on Native Land.” All the art was amazing, but we chose three to turn into stickers!  All proceeds go to Real Rent Duwamish to benefit the Duwamish Tribe. Thank you for participating!
    Stickers are 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00

    Programming Club:
    We are going to be starting a Programming Club where you have the opportunity to learn a couple of different programming languages! Previous knowledge is not needed to join the club and we will be learning Python, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. We will not only be learning these languages but also create a few projects for each!  The club will take place on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm, starting January 18th in room #110!  Email Ms. Hedlund or stop by her room to join the club!

    Staff Shoutout
    Hey Gators!  This week’s staff shoutout is Ms. Starks! She has been teaching at IMS for 1.5 years! Her favorite part of teaching at IMS is the community of staff and students.  A fun fact about Ms. Starks is that she can’t smell skunk!  Her favorite candy is a Snickers bar!  If you see her today, say hi!  Look out Ms. Starks, we’re bringing your treat soon.  Love, Leadership.



    Announcements for the week of January 10, 2022

    Quote of the Week: I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman

    Library Announcements:
    Hi from the IMS library! We hope you and your library books had a wonderful winter break. Now that you are back, we would like your library books back too. Please check and see if you have any books that are due... or even overdue. Thank you!

    Spelling Bee
    Do you want to take part in the Spelling Bee? This year's bee will take place on Wednesday, February 16 from 1:30-3:30. Visit the library Schoology course to learn more and sign up!


    Special Lunch Entrees this week:
    Monday - Mini Cheese Ravioli with Marinara
    Tuesday - Breaded Chicken Drumstick
    Wednesday - Philly Cheese Steak
    Thursday - Hot Dog Twist
    Friday - Orange Glazed Chicken

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    3 ON 3 VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT AT LUNCH!
    Sign ups are now open! Share your team name and team members with Mr. Millsap during lunch. NOTE - All teammates must share the same lunch. Sign ups will remain open until this Thursday. Games will start next week.

    JUST Fundraiser
    JUST asked students to draw us stickers on the topic, ”We are on Native Land.” All the art was amazing, but we chose three to turn into stickers! You can buy them at all three lunches starting Monday. All proceeds go to Real Rent Duwamish to benefit the Duwamish Tribe. Thank you for participating!
    Stickers are 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00

    Programming Club:
    We are going to be starting a Programming Club where you have the opportunity to learn a couple of different programming languages! Previous knowledge is not needed to join the club and we will be learning Python, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. We will not only be learning these languages but also create a few projects for each!  The club will take place on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm, starting January 18th in room #110!  Email Ms. Hedlund or stop by her room to join the club!

    Announcements for the week of January 3, 2022

    Quote of the Week:
    Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

    Celebrations: The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. The Roman Emperor, Caesar, instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. We wish everyone a happy New Year, and hope that you stick to your New Year’s Resolution. May 2022 be your best year yet! 

    Library Announcement:  Hi from the IMS library! We hope you and your library books had a wonderful winter break. Now that you are back, we would like your library books back too. Please check and see if you have any books that are due... or even overdue. Thank you! 

    Special Lunch Entrees this week:

    Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
    Tuesday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Wednesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Thursday - Teriyaki Beef
    Friday - BBQ Rib-B-Q Sandwich

    Drama, Board Game/Magic the Gathering and Dance Clubs are cancelled today.

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Announcements for the week of December 13, 2021

    Quote of the day:  Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation. Sinclair Lewis

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Chicken Tenders
    Wednesday - Grilled Chicken Sandwich
    Thursday - Orange Glazed Chicken
    Friday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos

    Hey Gators! Leadership invites you to dress up with us for a holiday spirit day! On Friday dress up in your favorite holiday spirit. Wear any festive clothing for the Holidays you celebrate! Thanks!

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Hi IMS! Leadership is making a New Year's Resolution board! We invite you to fill out our Google form on Schoology, letting us know what your New Year's Resolution is! We will include your submission on our board. You can find it in the 8th grade hallway by classrooms 208 and 209  in the coming weeks. 

    Wrestling
    Cheer on the IMS Wrestlers at the Wrestling Finals this Thursday, December 16th at 3:30 here at IMS.

    There will be no Dance Club this week.

    Open gym, after school will be cancelled this week due to Tuesday's music concert meet and Thursday's Wrestling Finals.

    Lunch News
    Beginning when we return from Winter Break, Monday, January 3rd we will be bringing tables back into the lower area of the lunchroom. These tables will allow for enough space for students to have lunch without the need for the gym space or the upstairs space. We will then open the gyms during lunch for activity instead of eating. Students will have access to sport options such as basketball and volleyball and will have the opportunities for activities such as ping pong in the gyms.  The upstairs area outside the Library will be a social opportunity for students but will no longer be open to eating. 

    We will continue to have single chair seating in the upper areas of the lunchroom as well as outside. We look forward to this next step towards returning our lunchroom to some sense of normalcy. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility with these upcoming changes. 

    Announcements for the week of December 6, 2021

    Quote of the day:   Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

    December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was created by Congress in 1994 in honor of those Americans killed or injured as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This event brought the United States into World War II.  

    Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.|

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Mini Cheese Ravioli with Marinara
    Tuesday - Cheese Enchiladas
    Wednesday - Toasted Triple Cheese
    Thursday - Hot Dog Twist
    Friday - Hot Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl

    Spirit Day
    Hey Gators! Leadership invites you to dress up with us for a holiday spirit day! On Friday the 17th dress up in your favorite holiday spirit. Wear any festive clothing for the Holidays you celebrate! Thanks!

    Sources of Strength meets Mondays, during Gator Time, in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome. Please consider coming and helping us brainstorm ways to help IMS students remember and recognize their various sources of strength.

    Wrestling
    Cheer on the IMS Wrestling Team Tuesday, December 7th here at IMS.  The match starts at 3:30pm against Twin Falls.

    Open gym, after school will be cancelled this week due to Tuesday's Home Wrestling meet and Thursday's music concert

    6th Graders, a reminder, there will be WEB events this week during Gator Time. Please check Schoology to find out what group and day you are assigned to.



    Announcements for the week of November 29, 2021

    Quote of the day:   Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.  – Siobhan Vivian

    Hanukkah
    Last night marked the beginning of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday that is celebrated around the world for eight days and nights. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees or Israelites over the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus about 2200 years ago. 

    Wrestling has two meets this week - Wednesday they travel to Tolt Middle School and Thursday they travel to Snoqualmie Middle School. Go Gators!

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Whole Grain Garlic Cheese Toast
    Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Stay tuned for the rest of this week's entrees.

    Reminder - The deadline for Reflections submissions at IMS is tomorrow November 30th.


    Announcements for the week of November 22, 2021

    Quote of the day:   Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Thanksgiving
    In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

    Native American Heritage Day
    During Native American Heritage Month, we also celebrate Native American Heritage Day on the day after Thanksgiving. This day was nationally recognized in 2008 by a resolution from former President George H.W. Bush. In 2010, President Barack Obama declared November as Native American Heritage Month and the day after Thanksgiving that year as Native American Heritage Day. In 2013 Washington State Senator John McCoy of the Tulalip Tribe, proposed and passed House Bill 1014, honoring Washington State’s Native American Heritage Day, the Fourth Friday of each November.

    Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about what we can do as a community to make sure that we are creating a space that is safe for and inclusive of transgender people. Explore the slideshow posted on Schoology to learn more! 

    Wednesday is the last day of  Trimester 1 and there will be no activities after school. We don’t have school Thursday or Friday in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.   Over the weekend, please take time to check your 2nd trimester schedule so you know if your schedule shifts at all on Monday.  Have a wonderful, happy long weekend, and a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone back rejuvenated and ready for a great three weeks until our Winter Break.

    Hey gators! With thanksgiving coming up it’s important to remember what your grateful for. We are asking you to fill out our Google form to tell us what and who your grateful for. You can find the link to this form on schoology or on the QR codes around the school. We’ll include your submission on our thankfulness tree which you can find in the lunchroom in the coming weeks. Love, leadership

    Sources of Strength will be meeting in the Black Box theatre during Gator time today! See Mr. Brown or Ms. Dash if you want to know more about our group. We will take attendance when we’re together and notify your Gator Time teachers of any absences. We hope to see you there! 

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Beef Whole Grain Tacos

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."  The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.  More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

    Due to the Wrestling Meet at IMS tomorrow, there will be NO open gym offered after school on Tuesday.

    Announcements for the week of November 15, 2021

    Quote of the day:   “When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.” Jens Stoltenberg 

    Exciting news Gators! The Sources of Strength group is meeting for the first time this year, in the Black Box Theatre, today during Gator Time. For those of you who don't know, Sources of Strength is a peer mentorship program with the goal of promoting awareness of our individual sources of strength and promoting connections between peers and trusted caring adults. If you are a past member of our group and/or you are curious to learn more about what we do, Mr. Brown and Ms. Dash hope you'll come to learn more. We will take attendance during our meeting and make sure all attending students are accounted for- you can come straight from 6th period. Hope to see you there!

    Hey gators! With thanksgiving coming up it’s important to remember what your grateful for. We are asking you to fill out our Google form to tell us what and who your grateful for. You can find the link to this form on schoology or on the QR codes around the school. We’ll include your submission on our thankfulness tree which you can find in the lunchroom in the coming weeks. Love, leadership

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Cheese Ravioli with Zesty Marinara
    Tuesday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
    Wednesday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Thursday - Roasted Turkey with Gravy
    Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."  The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.  More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

    Announcements for the week of November 8, 2021

    Quote of the day:   “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” -Jeff Miller 

    History of Veterans Day
    Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice.)

    Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

    Reminders:  We don’t have school on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

    Friday - PJ Day:
    Hey Gators! Leadership invites you to get comfortable and wear your Pajamas to school this Friday, November 12th. See you Friday at our pajama spirit day!

    This message is from Ms. Bylsma's 7th Grade Health Course:
    Hello Gators! Our state is seeing a problem with teens using vape products such as Juul, e cigs, and mods. These dangerous products have many negative effects such as addiction, lung illness, and legal consequences. This problem needs our attention, please help others to stop using them. Thanks!

    Junior All-State Orchestra
    Congratulations to the 8 IMS 7th and 8th grade students who worked so hard to submit recordings to participate in the All-State audition process this fall. And a special congrats to 8th grade cellist Sophia Pae, who was selected for the Junior All-State Orchestra. This is an elite group of players chosen from the entire state to perform together at the Washington Music Educators Association Conference in Yakima this winter. Way to go, Sophia!

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Chicken Tenders
    Wednesday - Orange Chicken
    Friday - Toasted Three Cheese Sandwich

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By.....The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.  More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

    Drama Club will be cancelled this afternoon. They will resume meeting next week on Monday after school.

    Announcements for the week of November 1, 2021

    Quote of the day:   “Wind warns November’s done with. The blown leaves make bat-shapes, Web-winged and furious.” –Sylvia Plath, The Collect Poems

    All Souls Day
    Today is All Souls Day, a Christian holiday commemorating all faithful Christians who are now dead. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31 and November 2), which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.

    Thank you to everyone who took a risk and dressed up for our Halloween Spirit Day. It was so fun to see so much spirit and energy. We appreciate the careful consideration of the rules and the appropriateness of the costume choices. 

    November is Native American Heritage Month
    Every year on November 1, Native American Heritage Month is celebrated to honor the remarkable Native Americans who have contributed a lot to improve the character of the nation. This month is also referred to as the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. November is the time to rejoice in diverse and rich cultures, histories, and traditions and to appreciate the great contributions of the Native Americans. 

    Diwali
    Thursday, November 4th marks the beginning of Diwali, the Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrating new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness.

    AMC8 Math Competition
    Islander Middle School will be hosting the AMC8 math competition in mid-January.  The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.   

    We will have 20 slots for students who are interested in participating in this competition.  If more than 20 students sign up, there will be a lottery draw for the slots.  Please send an email to Ms. Amanda (amanda.collins@mercerislandschools.org) indicating your interest in participating in the AMC8 competition.  Once we get closer to the date of the competition, the exact day and time the test will occur will be sent out to participants.

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Macaroni and Cheese
    Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef
    Thursday - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
    Friday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."  The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.  More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

    Students and Teachers -  We will have our last expectation assembly during Gator Time today.

    Announcements for the week of October 25, 2021

    Quote of the day:   The witches go riding and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers tis near Halloween.

    Halloween joke of the day: Who does Dracula get letters from? (His fang club)

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month. 
    Effects of Bullying
    Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression

    Students who engage in bullying behavior are at increased risk for academic problems, substance use, and violent behavior later in adolescence and adulthood

    Students who experience bullying are twice as likely as non-bullied peers to experience negative health effects such as headaches and stomachaches 

    Interventions against bullying
    Students reported that the most helpful things teachers can do are: listen to the student, check in with them afterwards to see if the bullying stopped, and give the student advice

    Student bystanders are often aware of situations before adults in the school; it is therefore important that all students feel empowered to intervene safely in bullying situations. A school can facilitate this behavior by cultivating a climate of respect and tolerance within the school.

    Students should be encouraged to stand up for one another and such behavior should be recognized and rewarded.

    Library Announcement:
    Yes, it’s true— Manga is FINALLY coming to the Islander Middle School library! As the date of release comes closer, we are celebrating the manga’s arrival with a bookmark contest! Create a manga-themed bookmark in full color or pen and ink and drop it off at the library or at Litza Johnson’s office by the end of the school day on Friday, October 29. Bookmark should be no bigger than 2 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches long. All art should be credited or original. Make sure your name and Gator Time teacher are written on the back! 

    I Wish Project
    Participate in the “I Wish…” Project by clicking here.

    This project provides the opportunity for students to anonymously express their thoughts and concerns by responding to the guided prompts so that parents, administrators, teachers and staff are truly able to hear student voices.  We want students to feel seen, heard and valued and this project will help us all learn and grow as a community so that we can best support our students going forward.

    Dance Club:
    For all those interested in dancing, the IMS dance club will be starting tomorrow. Meetings will be held after school in the Commons every Tuesday for the rest of the year with a few performances. We will be learning a variety of pop dances from different genres. We can’t wait to see you there! Please message Ms. Call with any questions.

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta|
    Tuesday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
    Wednesday - BBQ Rib-B-Q Sandwich
    Thursday - Crispy Fish Sticks
    Friday - Hot Dog Twist

    Sports:
    Great news!  Wrestling is back!  We are incredibly excited to announce that the 2021 Islander MS Wrestling season starts today. Check the IMS Website / Clubs and Activities page for more information.

    Student Survey:
    Last chance to take the student survey - see the link on Schoology.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."
    The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.

    Halloween
    Hey gators! This Sunday is Halloween, and on Friday, we invite your to wear orange or dress up to celebrate. If you choose to dress up, please make sure your costume is school-appropriate and safe. This means, no weapons or gore, no costume masks that cover your full face, and please make sure that your costume is not someone else's culture. Do you have questions about if your costume is school-appropriate? Ask a staff member! We are looking forward to a safe and spooky Halloween! 

    Assembly
    Students and Teachers -  This week we will be having expectation assemblies during Gator Time on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.



    Announcements for the week of October 18, 2021

    Quote of the Week: We don’t fear the unknown. We fear what we think we know about the unknown. – Teal Swan

    October is national bullying awareness month.Hey gators!  You can always reach out to your teachers or counselors if you see bullying happen or if it's happening to you. Wear blue on Wednesday to stomp out bullying! Keep our school a kind place! Love, Leadership 

    Did you know? 

    October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. People with dyslexia often have average to superior intelligence. Many are gifted in math, science, fine arts, journalism, and other creative fields. A list of such people would include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and many others who have changed the course of our world. 

    October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness.  During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of our abilities and accomplishments.  It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. 

    IMS Dance Club: For all those interested in dancing, the IMS dance club will be starting on Tuesday October 26th. Meetings will be held after school in the Commons every Tuesday for the rest of the year with a few performances. We will be learning a variety of pop dances from different genres. We can’t wait to see you there! Please message Ms. Call with any questions.

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Macaroni and Cheese
    Tuesday - Beef Whole Grain Soft Tacos
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Glazed Chicken
    Thursday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Friday - Hot Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl

    Sports:
    On Tuesday, our XC team will be traveling to Tolt to compete in their last meet. Go Gators!

    Girls, are you interested in Golf Camp?  Click here for  more information.

    Great news!  Wrestling is back!  We are incredibly excited to announce that the 2021 Islander MS Wrestling season starts on October 25th. Click here for more information.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."

    The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.

    More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

    Student Survey:
    Take the October student survey to find out how your fellow Gators prefer to celebrate fall and Halloween.  https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/165836

    Click here to see the results of the September survey and to see what your classmates did over the summer. https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/student-corner


    Announcements for the week of October 11, 2021

    Quote of the day:  Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford

    This week is OCD Awareness Week which is an international effort taking place during the second week in October each year to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment.

    The following is a message from QUILTBAG, IMS’s gender and sexuality alliance, and Leadership: Today, October 11 2021 is National Coming Out Day. National Coming Out Day is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ individuals choosing to share who we are with our broader community. When someone comes out to you (today or any day!), remember to be respectful and supportive. Look around school today and in the coming days to read the stories and experiences people have chosen to share.

    Oct 11, 2021 Indigenous People’s Day
    Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples, their histories, and their cultures. Islander Middle School stands on the homeland of the Duwamish, Muckleshoot, and Coast Salish people, who since time immemorial have lived on and cared for the land. We honor with respect their ongoing connection to this sacred land.

    October 14, 2021 is Dussehra (Dasera), which is the beginning of a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil starts October 14th.

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Wednesday - Orange Chicken
    Thursday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Friday - Toasted Turkey Club

    Sports:
    On Tuesday, come cheer on the JV team as they go against Snoqualmie.  The varsity team will be traveling to Snoqualmie to compete.  Tuesday, the JV volleyball team plays here again against Tolt at 3:30pm and the Varsity team will be travelling to Tolt for their match.  On Thursday, our XC team will be traveling to Snoqualmie to compete.  

    Student Survey:
    Take the October student survey to find out how your fellow Gators prefer to celebrate fall and Halloween. 

    Click here to see the results of the September survey and to see what your classmates did over the summer.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."

    The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.

    More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest



    Announcements for the week of October 4, 2021

    Quote of the day:  If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month. PACER developed National Bullying Prevention Month to raise awareness and also to change the culture around bullying, which was historically considered a childhood rite of passage. “We know that bullying can lead to school avoidance, decreased self-esteem, depression, and even self-harm,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Bullying intervention and prevention is something in which everyone can play an important role.”

    October 6th is Taste Washington Day! Taste Washington is a day for the lunchroom to showcase all of the wonderful fruits, vegetables and foods that our beautiful state has to offer. Our menus highlight some of the large variety of local products that we use year-round in our salad bars, entrees and side dishes. October is also Farm to School month. 

    Special Lunch Entrees
    Monday - Pancakes
    Tuesday - Chicken Tenders
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef
    Thursday - Oven Roasted Chicken Drumstick
    Friday - Student half day - No food service.

    Sports:
    On Monday, come cheer on the JV team as they go against Chief Kanim.  The varsity team will be traveling to compete at Chief Kanim.  On Tuesday, our XC team will be traveling to Chief Kanim to compete.  Thursday, come cheer on the varsity volleyball team as they go against Twin Falls here at IMS at 3:30pm.  The JV team will be travelling to Twin Falls for their match.   There will be no practice on Friday, October 8th.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."

    The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.

    There are 6 categories: 

    • Dance Choreography
    • Film Production
    • Literature
    • Music Composition
    • Photography
    • Visual Arts

    More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest


    Announcements for the week of September 27, 2021

    Quote of the day:  Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Ernest Hemingway. 

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Wednesday - BBQ Rib-B-Q Sandwich
    Thursday - Cheese Enchiladas
    Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks

    Sports:
    On Thursday, come cheer on the varsity volleyball team as they go against Snoqualmie here at IMS at 3:30pm.  The JV team will be travelling to Snoqualmie for their match.  Cross Country will also be at IMS at 4pm running against Tolt.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By....."

    The deadline for submissions at IMS will be November 30th.

    There are 6 categories: 

    • Dance Choreography
    • Film Production
    • Literature
    • Music Composition
    • Photography
    • Visual Arts

    More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest


    Announcements for the week of September 20, 2021

    Quote of the Week:
    Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

    Attention WEB Leaders:
    Please meet the WEB Coordinators in the Gym during Gator Time for today's Leader Training Meeting.  After 6th period, please bring all of your belongings to the Main Gym.  You will be dismissed from this meeting at the end of the school day.  (FOR SEPT 20th)

    Sports:
    Come cheer on the Varsity Volleyball as they go against Chief Kanim here at IMS at 3:30pm today.  You can cheer on the Varsity Volleyball team again on Wednesday as they go against Tolt here at IMS at 3:30pm  Thursday we will have Cross Country at IMS at 4pm as well as JV Volleyball at 3:30 against Twin Falls. Come cheer your fellow students on!

    Events:
    Curriculum Night for 7th and 8th Grade is Wednesday, September 22nd.  

    Curriculum Night for 6th Grade is Thursday, September 23rd. 

    Each staff member will have a video posted on the IMS Staff Directory on the IMS Website that goes live at 4:00pm.

    Student Survey:

    Click this link to participate in the student survey about summer:https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/161955

    Special Lunch Entrees:

    Monday - Whole Grain Garlic Cheese Toast
    Tuesday - Beefy Hard Shell Tacos
    Wednesday - Orange Chicken
    Thursday - Chicken Tenders
    Friday - Greek Chicken & Tzatziki Sandwich


    Announcements for the week of September 13, 2021

    Quote of the Week:
    You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin

    Celebrations:
    Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” in Hebrew. This is the holiest Jewish holiday of the year and ends the ten days of High Holidays or “Days of Awe,” which begin with Rosh Hashanah.  Traditionally, Jewish people refrain from work and all adults fast from sundown the evening before Yom Kippur until nightfall the next day.  This day is about asking God to forgive sins, reflecting on past mistakes accepting repentance, and praying.  Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse and purify the body and soul.  Many will wear all-white clothing to also symbolize purity.  On the day of Yom Kippur itself, there are many traditional prayers. One of the most important prayers describes the atonement ritual performed by high priests during ancient times.  Yom Kippur ends with a single blast that is blown on the shofar—a trumpet made from a ram’s horn.

    Spirit Week:
    Hey Gators! This Friday is our first official "Friendly Friday" of the year! Come dressed up in your favorite IMS gear to celebrate! Love, Leadership"

    Student Survey:
    Click this link to participate in the student survey about summer:  https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/161955

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Monday - Rotini Pasta
    Tuesday - Chicken Teriyaki
    Wednesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Thursday - Hot Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl
    Friday - Chefs Special


    Announcements for the week of September 7, 2021

    Quote of the Week:
    “Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different . . . Just try hard to be you.” -Zendaya

    Celebrations:
    Last evening at sundown marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.
    Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion. Many Jewish Americans observe Rosh Hashanah, known as the New Year in the Jewish calendar, for two days, while others celebrate the event for one day. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods. Many Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashana by eating challah bread and apples dipped in honey.

    IMS Volleyball: 
    Bump it, set it, spike it, that's the way we like it!!! All players interested in participating in 7th or 8th grade volleyball will need to come to the main gym today at 3:00 for practice. Come see Coach Guerriero in room 454 if you have questions.

    Tech Tips:
    Need some technology help?  Here is a quick Tech-Tips document that can quickly solve some common tech issues. TECH-TIPS For MISD Schools

    Special Lunch Entrees:
    Tuesday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Wednesday - BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich
    Thursday - Macaroni and Cheese
    Friday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs