• IMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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