Islander Middle School

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Islander Families,

    It is hard to believe it is already January 2018! As we ring in the New Year, we are excited by the fresh start we have to work with you and your children. We had such a strong end to 2017 and know that as we kick-off 2018, students will continue to be positive, upbeat contributors to the overall IMS environment.

    During the month of January, we will continue or discussions around issue of race and equity and will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Throughout the week of January 16th through 19th, students will hear announcements about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King. Jr. There will be a Civil Rights timeline in the main hall of the new building and students will have an opportunity to read the timeline and share their thoughts about connections they are able to make. There will be quotes by Dr. King Jr. in the hallways, a book display in the Library of diverse authors and a reading list will be distributed to students via Schoology.
    Additionally on Friday, January 26th, Poet Charles Waters will spend the day with Islander Middle School students. He will share poems from his newly published book entitled, Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship. According to Publishers Weekly, "The poems delicately demonstrate the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships." Students will hear Charles Waters speak in grade level assemblies and the remaining periods of the day will connect the content students are learning to the legacy of Dr. King Jr., as well as to issues of equity and diversity.

    The Character Trait for the month of January is Selflessness. We see so many clear connections between our focus on Dr. King Jr. and the trait of selflessness. We are defining selflessness as working hard to meet the needs of others. It is the will to serve and sacrifice for others along with the willingness to set aside our wants and needs in seeking the greatest good for others.

    Our Character Dares for the month of December are as follows:

    • Character Dare Week #1 (Jan. 2 – Jan. 5) = Write a note to a teacher or staff member at your school.
    • Character Dare Week #2 (Jan. 8 – Jan. 12) = Look for someone doing an act of kindness or selflessness this week. Thank them for it, even if you’re not the recipient.
    • Character Dare Week #3 (Jan. 16 – Jan 19) = Do a chore without being asked today.
    • Character Dare Week #4 (Jan. 22 – Jan. 26) = Near the end of lunch, go ta a nearby table and offer to take anything anyone is ready to throw away.
    • Character Dare Week #5 (Jan. 29 – Jan. 31) = Pick an organization or group that does work you believe in and commit to saving up money next month to donate to that cause.

     

    Finally, this month we want to share information about our wonderful club opportunities available for students after school. Our clubs clearly support the School Board’s Fundamental 4. Fundamental 4 encourages and enables students to be academic entrepreneurs and risk-takers who can choose to pursue academic passions and interests beyond traditional curriculum and beyond the traditional classroom environment. We see our club opportunities as an awesome way for students to take a risk as they try something they think they might be interested in or have a passion for. Please see our club offerings by clicking on the following link https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Page/12357 .  This list of clubs is updated frequently, so check in periodically for new offerings.

    Most of our clubs are on a “drop-in” basis. This means students are welcome to attend as often as they are able. Clubs meet from 3:00 – 4:00 pm and then there is an activity bus available to take students home. The activity bus leaves IMS around 4:15 pm and runs similar routes to the regular school bus. The activity bus can sometimes take a bit longer, dependent on the number of riders.

    Additional information about school activities can be found on the front page of the Islander website under Daily Announcements. The Daily Announcements are also pushed to your student’s iPad every day.

     

    Sincerely,

    IMS Administration

     

About IMS

  • Islander Middle School is the only public middle school on Mercer Island and is host to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. IMS is located on the south end of the island at 7447 84th Ave. SE.
    Co-principals Mary Jo Budzius and Aaron Miller, along with associate principal Tara Stone, lead approximately 75 staff members and 1,000 students. IMS utilizes district-adopted curriculum as the foundation for its core classes as well as offering a variety of engaging learning electives.
     

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  • 7447 84th Ave SE
    Mercer Island, WA 98040
     
    PHONE: 206-236-3413
    FAX: 206-236-3408
    ABSENCES: 206-236-3400
     
    Mary Jo Budzius Co-Principal
    Aaron Miller Co-Principal
    Tara Stone Associate Principal 
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