IMS 2022 - 2023 Weekly Announcements

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    Announcements for the week of November 14th

    Hey gators! 
    Leadership wants to remind you about the dance this Friday,  November 18th! 6th graders will be invited from 3:00-4:10 and the 7th and 8th graders are invited from 5:30-7. In order to purchase tickets, bring a signed permission slip to room 209 before school or to lunch.  Tickets will be purchased in cash only!

    Spirit Week
    Make sure to show your spirit by participating in the spirit week.
    Today is Iconic Duo Day
    Tuesday is Tacky Tourist Day
    Wednesday is Pajama Day
    Thursday is Patriotic Day
    And Friday is Neon Day for our neon dance.

    Have fun and we hope to see your spirit throughout the week and at the dance. See our posts on Schoology for more information!

    MIHS Drama Presents: Grease
    Use the QR code on the posters up in the halls (or use this link) to purchase tickets for this week, November 17th - 19th.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is Show Your Voice. 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

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Triple Cheese Panini
    Tuesday - Taco Tuesday
    Wednesday - BBQ Pulled Pork
    Thursday - Turkey Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
    Friday - Teriyaki Beef Dippers

    Announcements for the Week of November 7th

    History of Veterans Day
    Veterans Day is an official United States holiday, observed on November 11, which honors people, also known as veterans,  who have served in the armed services. 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 Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is Show Your Voice. 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

    AMC8 Math Competition
    Islander Middle School will be hosting the AMC8 math competition in January 19th.  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.   If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this form.

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Ravioli with Garlic Bread
    Tuesday - Brunch for Lunch
    Wednesday - Mandarin Orange Chicken
    Thursday - Chili Dogs with Toppings
    Friday - No School

    Announcements for the week of October 31st

    All Souls Day
    Wednesday, November 2nd 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 is 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. 

    Sources of Strength
    Sources of Strength will be meeting on Wednesday this week, in room #104.

    Thursday is "Mix It Up Day" at lunch. Schools across the nation will be participating in this event, with the goal of helping students to cross social barriers and talk to peers that they do not know. In the commons, during lunch on Thursday, there will be a list of questions posted on the big screen. We would love to see you connect with someone you don't know, ask each other  3-5 questions and enjoy some fun and interesting conversation. Participation is optional. If you do participate in this challenge, and share something new you've learned with a Counselor, you will be rewarded with a small treat from a Counselor or a Sources of Strength Peer Leader.

    AMC8 Math Competition
    Islander Middle School will be hosting the AMC8 math competition in January 19th.  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.   If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this form.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is Show Your Voice. 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

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Pasta Bar
    Tuesday - Brunch for Lunch
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Chicken
    Thursday - Baked Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Friday - Baked Fish and Chips


    Announcements for the week of October 24th

    Diwali
    Mercer Island School District wishes our students, staff, and community members who celebrate Diwali a very happy festival season. Diwali will be celebrated over five days from October 22 to October 26. The middle day, October 24, is the day of most significance. Thus, like we honored Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Mercer Island School District will offer grace to our students celebrating Diwali on Monday by excusing absences, allowing for time to make up any work, and moving tests and quizzes to alternate days. 

    Diwali is observed around the world by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs during the Hindu month of Kartika and celebrates good over evil and light over darkness.

    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.

    Halloween
    Hey gators! Next Monday is Halloween and we invite you 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! 

    Green Team
    Are you interested in helping our school become a greener place? Are you excited to learn about ways that we can help our planet? Join the Green Team! Schoology message Ms Gall or find a poster around school to join the Schoology group. Go green!

    Thank you to all the students and families who helped with our first landscaping clean up.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is Show Your Voice. 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

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Twisted Mozzarella Stuffed Breadsticks
    Tuesday - Whole Grain Waffles
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef
    Thursday - Classic Cheese Pizza
    Friday - Italian Hoagie

    NO MATH STUDY CLUB ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH.

     

    Announcements for the week of October 17th

    October is national bullying awareness month.
    You can always reach out to your teachers or counselors if you see bullying happen or if it's happening to you. 
    Did you know? 

    • More than one out of every five students report being bullied, 64% of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36% reported the bullyingAmong middle school students, 24% are cyberbullied and 45% are bullied on school property

    • More than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied 

    • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks, body shape, and race

    • The percentages of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes have nearly doubled from 2007.


    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. 

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is Show Your Voice. 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

    Sports This Week
    Cross Country All League Finals @ Snoqualmie  - Tuesday, October 18th

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Penne Pasta
    Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
    Wednesday - Garlic Cheese Bread
    Thursday - BBQ Pork Sandwich
    Friday - Jumbo Crispy Chicken Tenders

    National School Bus Safety Week

    Getting Ready for School

    • Put everything you carry in a backpack or school bag so that you won’t drop things along the way.

    • Wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.

    • Leave home on etime so you can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early.  Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous!

    Walking to the Bus Stop

    • Walk with your parents to the bus stop or walk in groups.  There is safely in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.

    • Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk and you  must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.

    • Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys.

    At the Bus Stop

    • Wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street.   Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.

    • Do not play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous.

    Getting on and off the Bus

    • If you drop something getting on and off the bus, don’t pick it up, instead, tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.

    • Look to the right before you step off the bus. 

    Mobile Devices, cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as:

    • They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping your hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus.

    • Sound is muted or headphones, earbuds or similar devices are used (earbuds not when crossing the street).

    • Content does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures.

    • Use does not create a distraction for the driver.

     
    Announcements for the week of October 10th
    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: Tuesday, October 11 2022 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.

    Today, Oct 10, 2022 is 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.

    Reflections:
    This year's theme is Show Your Voice.

    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

    Sticker Design Contest!

    Proud to be Ourselves

    Our first sticker design of the year is the theme "PROUD TO BE OURSELVES." At IMS, we hope everyone is proud of who they are and is working hard to be the best person they can be. We are proud to be part of such a diverse array of community members, and we hope you are proud to be part of it too.

    The task: Create a sticker that celebrates the idea of being "proud to be ourselves." The winning sticker will be printed and distributed to all students! 

    Submit your design to the linked form in schoology. The submission form will be open until Friday at 12pm. Next week, you will have the opportunity to vote on a winner!

    Sports This Week
    Volleyball vs Tolt  - JV Away, Varsity here on Monday, October 10th
    Cross Country @ Twin falls - Tuesday, October 11th
    Volleyball vs Twin Falls - JVHere, Varsity Away on Thursday, October 13th
    Come cheer on your fellow Gators!

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Triple Cheese Panini
    Tuesday - Taco Tuesday
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Chicken
    Thursday - Baked Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Friday - No School


    Announcements for the week of October 3rd

    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.

    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 5th 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. 

    Dussehra
    October 5, 2022 is Dussehra (Dasera), which is the beginning of a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil starts October 5th.

    Sources of Strength
    Sources of Strength will be starting this week, during lunch on Thursday in Mr. Brown's office (room #113). More specific information will be posted on Schoology in the next day or so.

    Dance Club
    Hello Gators!! Are you interested in dancing? If yes, IMS Dance club is just the right place for you! IMS Dance club is an opportunity for you to have fun with friends that have common interests. We will be dancing to various songs, such as pop, k-pop, and even the song(s) of your choice. If you want to share your amazing dance skills, you will have a chance to perform your hard work at the end-of-the-year performance. 

    Dance club takes place in the Black Box Theater (Room 114) every Monday from 3:00-4:00, starting today. Feel free to join our club if you are interested! Message Ms. Call for more information or to be added to the Schoology group.

    Sports This Week
    Volleyball vs Chief Kanim - Varsity Away, JV here on Monday, October 3rd
    Volleyball vs Twin Falls - JV Away, Varsity here on Thursday, October 6th
    Cross Country vs Snoqualmie - Here Thursday, October 6th
    Come cheer on your fellow Gators!

     

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Cheese Ravioli
    Tuesday - French Toast Sticks|
    Wednesday - Orange Chicken
    Thursday - Cheesy Nachos
    Friday - Baked Fish and Chips


    Announcements for the week of September 26th

    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.

    Clubs and Activities
    Click here to read about the exciting clubs starting at IMS.

    Sports This Week
    Volleyball vs Snoqualmie - JV Away, Varsity here on Tuesday, September 27th
    Volleyball vs Twin Falls - Varsity Away, JV here on Thursday, September 29th
    Cross Country vs Tolt - At Tolt Thursday, September 29th
    Come cheer on your fellow Gators!

    Daily Lunch Specials
    Monday - Twisted Mozzarella Stuffed Breadstick
    Tuesday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
    Wednesday - Whole Grain Waffle
    Thursday - Berry Parfait with Granola
    Friday - Italian Hoagie


    Announcements for the week of September 19th

    September 17 is Constitution and Good Citizenship Day. 

    Observed annually on September 17 RCW 28A.230.170, the law requires the study of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Washington state as a prerequisite for graduation from public and private high schools in Washington state. Additionally, federal law enacted in December 2004 states: "Each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution..." to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The federal law is included in Section 111 of Public Law 108-447 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005. TheU.S. Department of Education provides additional information about the law.

    Clubs and Activities

    Click here to read about the exciting clubs starting at IMS.

    Sports This Week

    Volleyball vs Chief Kanim - JV Away, Varsity here on Monday, September 19th
    Volleyball vs Tolt - Varsity Away, JV here on Wednesday, September 21st

    Cross Country vs Chief Kanim - Here on Thursday, September 22nd

    Come cheer on your fellow Gators!
    Daily Lunch Specials

    Monday - Triple Cheese Panini
    Tuesday - French Toast Sticks
    Wednesday - BBQ Pulled Pork
    Thursday - Mac and Cheese
    Friday - Chicken Fajitas


    Announcements for the week of September 12th

    D & D

    Hail and well met adventurers!
    Do you seek gold and glory? To battle terrible evils?  To uncover ancient and forbidden arcane secrets? To roll dice and do basic addition and subtraction? Then the IMS Dungeons and Dragons club is the place for you!  D&D club will be meeting starting THIS WEEK, on TUESDAY, Sept. 13th in room 308 from 3-4pm.  For more information, you can join the IMS D&D Club schoology group, or speak with Mr. Skurski.  No need for previous experience to join, Mr. Skurski will teach you everything you need to know to play, so simply show up and have fun!  

    Clubs and Activities

    Click here to read about the exciting clubs starting at IMS.

    Creative Writing Club Contest
    For the first time ever, the Creative Writing Club is hosting an original art logo contest. The winning submission will be displayed on the Schoology club page, on all future Creative Writing Club posters, and all bragging rights will apply. You may make your submission in the library or by clicking here. Our theme is : The Story Within. Check Schoology for updates.

    Ultimate Frisbee
    MIHS’s Ultimate Frisbee team, TRIBE, is excited to announce a very special event - on Thursday, 9/15 starting at 6:30 PM at the Mercer Island High School stadium.  They will host local Club Team Sockeye for an intrasquad scrimmage which is open to the public.  The gate opens at 6:30; kickoff is at 7:00 PM.  This event is free! Click here to sign up for Spring Ultimate Frisbee information.

    Daily Lunch Specials

    Monday - Cheese Lasagna Roll Up
    Tuesday - Taco Tuesday
    Wednesday - Teriyaki Chicken
    Thursday - Baked Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
    Friday - Italian Meatball Sub


    Announcements for the week of September 6th

    Attention Volleyball Players - Volleyball practice is canceled for today, Tuesday, September 6th

    D & D

    Hail and well met adventurers!
    Do you seek gold and glory? To battle terrible evils?  To uncover ancient and forbidden arcane secrets? To roll dice and do basic addition and subtraction? Then the IMS Dungeons and Dragons club is the place for you!  D&D club will be meeting starting NEXT WEEK, on TUESDAY, Sept. 13th in room 308 from 3-4pm.  For more information, you can join the IMS D&D Club schoology group, or speak with Mr. Skurski.  No need for previous experience to join, Mr. Skurski will teach you everything you need to know to play, so simply show up and have fun!  

    Ultimate Frisbee
    MIHS’s Ultimate Frisbee team, TRIBE, is excited to announce a very special event - on Thursday, 9/15 starting at 6:30 PM at the Mercer Island High School stadium.  They will host local Club Team Sockeye for an intrasquad scrimmage which is open to the public.  The gate opens at 6:30; kickoff is at 7:00 PM.  This event is free!  Click here to sign up for Spring Ultimate Frisbee information.

    Daily Lunch Specials

    Monday - Labor Day
    Tuesday - Cheese Ravioli
    Wednesday - Mandarin Orange Chicken
    Thursday - French Toast Sticks
    Friday - Baked Chicken Tenders