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Announcements for the week of June 10, 2024

The month of June is "pride" month.-- This month is a celebration of people across the sexual identity and gender spectrum honoring themselves and each other in the face of a world that doesn't always do so. We want to remind our students to stand up for themselves and the people around them, to have "pride" in who you are, as you give space for peers and friends to be exactly who they are without criticism or judgment. 

Hey, gators! Join us for an end-of-the-year spirit week from June 10th-14th. The spirit days are:
Monday- White Lies (Write a lie about yourself on paper or a white tee!)
Tuesday- 90’s Day (Dress in iconic 90s fashion!)
Wednesday- USA Day (Wear red white and blue!)
Thursday- Sun vs Snow (Wear summer clothes or winter clothes!)
Friday- Maroon Out (Wear your school spirit!)
Hope to see you participate and have fun!

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 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Cheese Quesadilla
Tuesday - Fresh Baked Whole Grain Biscuit
Wednesday - Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Thursday - Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Friday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco


Announcements for the week of June 3, 2024

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 7th.  Join us in wearing orange.

Hey, gators! Join us for an end-of-the-year spirit week from June 10th-14th. The spirit days are:
Monday- White Lies (Write a lie about yourself on paper or a white tee!)
Tuesday- 90’s Day (Dress in iconic 90s fashion!)
Wednesday- USA Day (Wear red white and blue!)
Thursday- Sun vs Snow (Wear summer clothes or winter clothes!)
Friday- Maroon Out (Wear your school spirit!)
Hope to see you participate and have fun!

Did you hear about 8th graders working on trifold boards in US History about Reconstruction and Jim Crow?  Did you see them presenting in the common area by the Business Center last week?  Do you want to know more about what they learned?  Then click on one of the QR Codes that you see around the building!  We have links to learn more about topics including sports, medicine, education, media and income.  Some links invite you to learn more about it and others ask you to send a message to ask for change–these include everything from government officials, sports commissioners, movie studios and Olympic athletes!  Click on a QR Code and start making a difference today! 

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 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

Daily Lunch Specials
Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
Wednesday - Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Orange Chicken
Friday - Chicken Tenders


Announcements for the week of May 28, 2024

8th Graders - Check Schoology for information on submitting a Middle School Memory to be read at 8th Grade Promotion.

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 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

FTC Robotics Interest Meeting
Students and Parents welcome! May 28th, 6:00 - 7:00pm, Room 312 Mercer Island High School

Daily Lunch Specials
Tuesday - Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich
Wednesday - Italian Meatball Sub
Thursday - Teriyaki Beef
Friday - Butter Chicken
 

Announcements for the week of May 20, 2024

8th Graders - Check Schoology for information on submitting a Middle School Memory to be read at 8th Grade Promotion.

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 6 digit ID and last name to log in.

Creative Writing
Can you write better than Arthur Dolyes, the author of Sherlock Holmes? Well, that’s great. But the Creative Writing Club invites you to edit his worst work and make it brilliant. If your edited version is better than the original, you win a prize and a seat at our ceremony during Gator Time! (Food, drinks, and fun included). Please submit your revisions to the google form on Schoology.

FTC Robotics Interest Meeting
Students and Parents welcome! May 28th, 6:00 - 7:00pm, Room 312 Mercer Island High School

Drama Spotlight Show
What do you get when you combine Shakespeare, Moulin Rouge, Drama Improv, Little Mermaid, and more?!?!?!?!?!? An evening of fun! Check out the Drama Spotlight Show, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 6PM in the MIHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). Spotlight is an evening of performing and sharing together.  IMS, MIHS, and Northwood students will fill your creative, drama-loving hearts with all aspects of theatre!

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Chicken and Cheese Crispito
Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
Wednesday -  BBQ Rib-B-Que Sandwich
Thursday - Lo Mein Noodles with Chicken
Friday - No School

Announcements for the week of May 13, 2024

Are you interested in hanging out with friends while watching amazing tv shows from your childhood? Well then come join us in room 210 during lunch A and room 208 during lunch B on May 17th for a tv show pop up event! If you are interested in joining, please vote on a tv show genre to watch. There is a form on Schoology for you to vote. There will be popcorn and snacks! Hope to see you there!

8th Graders - Check Schoology for information on submitting a Middle School Memory to be read at 8th Grade Promotion.

National Police Appreciation Week 
This week is National Police Appreciation Week.  Islander Middle School will be honoring School Resource Officers past and present.  Thank you to Gator Time teachers for showing the School Resource Officer Video linked in the calendar and the weekly updates.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
Tuesday - Pancakes
Wednesday -  Strawberry Parfait with Granola
Thursday - Orange Chicken
Friday - Bean and Cheese Burrito


Announcements for the week of May 6, 2024

Cubing Club is canceled this week.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Cheese Quesadilla
Tuesday - Fresh Baked Whole Grain Biscuit
Wednesday -  Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Thursday - General Tso’s Chicken
Friday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
 

Announcements for the week of April 29, 2024

Chess club is canceled today.

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 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.  

MIHS Drama: The Servant of Two Masters
A timeless comedy about love, passion and mistaken identity, The Servant of Two Masters tells the story of Truffaldino, who takes on two masters in order to get a good meal. Chaos, confusion and hilarity ensue. Pulling from the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte, this show uses improvisation and mask work to tell its colorful and fun tale. Come join the laughter.  Shows take place this week Thursday through Saturday.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
Wednesday -  Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Sweet and Sour Chicken
Friday - Chicken Tenders
 

Announcements for the week of April 22, 2024

Celebrations: Passover, an eight-day Jewish holiday and festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, starts April 22nd.

Sources of Strength Photo Booth
Hey Gators, This Thursday, Sources of Strength is hosting a Photo Booth during both lunches. Come take photos with your friends or by yourself. The photobooth will be located in the upper loft in the cafeteria. Anyone is welcome to join because everyone belongs at IMS. We wanted to provide an opportunity to have some funny moments together and to capture special moments with friends. We will have funny props and other fun things to use for your photos. We hope to see you all there.

Student Support
IMS students...we all have days when things don't go our way or maybe we just feel down.  Who do you turn to for support?  A survey showed that 77% of IMS students agree that there is someone at IMS who can help them if they need it.  Who are your people?  When you see the new posters around IMS featuring some furry friends, think about who you can turn to when you need someone to just listen or to offer support.  Or, think about how you can help support those around you.  Just a reminder that your IMS counselors, teachers and YFS counselors are here for you!

Spirit Day
Happy Monday Gators! You all have decided on Twin Day for our spirit day! Make sure to dress up this Friday the 26th! You are able to match with more than just one person too, be inclusive! You could match colors, style, or something similar! Or, if this isn’t for you, you could wear MI spirit too! At the bus loop entrance, we will have a table set up where if you show us your matching or MI outfits you can get candy! All members of your twinning group present to earn the candy. We will see you and your twins on Friday! Love, Leadership

Green Team
Hey Green Gators! Happy Earth Day! Did you know that 12 million tons of plastic makes its way to the ocean EVERY YEAR?! Green Team is working to make a small dent in this problem! This week, we are partnering with Ridwell to recycle plastic film- this can be sandwich bags, cellophane wrappers, saran wrap, any soft plastic! Bring your plastic film to room 209 or in the front office before or after school this week- you can win fun prizes, like a sticker, jolly rancher, or even a reusable water bottle- as a thank you! All we ask is that the plastic film is clean and not attached to other materials. Thanks for making a difference! 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Teriyaki Beef
Tuesday - Egg and Cheese Bagel
Wednesday -  Italian Meatball Sub
Thursday - Veggie Chili and Cheese Potato
Friday - Butter Chicken

Announcements for the week of April 15, 2024

IMS Honoring of Holocaust Remembrance Day: 
On April 17th, Islander Middle School will be honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are partnering with the Holocaust Center for Humanity to bring a Virtual Field Trip for our 6th graders, emphasizing the Center's message of "Change Begins with Me." Concurrently, our 7th graders will engage with a Legacy Speaker virtually, exploring stories of Holocaust survivors. Finally, our 8th-grade students will have the opportunity to attend an in-person assembly featuring a Legacy Speaker, enriching their understanding of this critical period in history and emphasizing the unit of study they completed in Language Arts and Social Studies. These initiatives not only support our 8th grade curriculum but also introduce all our students to this crucial learning in history and promote a culture of inclusivity and empathy among our students.

Congratulations!
New York Times Mini "How To" Writing Contest, Honorable Mentions. 
Alice Liang and Kavya Muralidhar were recognized out of 2200 submissions to the New York Times Mini "How To" Writing Contest. Both students were honored with Honorable Mentions. Alice wrote about “How to Survive Middle School Hallways”, and Kavya wrote about “How to Play Out of Tune On the Flute”. We are so proud of these two students along with every 8th grader who completed this assignment and took the risk to submit their writing to the New York Times!

Green Team
Hey Gators! Green Team is excited to announce that our school will be hosting a Ridwell Plastic Film Drive from April 22nd to April 26th! During this time, you can bring your plastic film items like plastic baggies, bread bags, saran wrap, and candy wrappers to either the main office's bin or Room 209 for a treat. For more details, please check out Schoology. Let's come together to make a positive impact - start collecting your plastic film now! Thank you for your support!

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Chicken and Cheese Crispito
Tuesday - Scrambled Denver Egg Bowl
Wednesday -  Chili Cheese Dog
Thursday - Lo Mein Noodles with Chicken
Friday - Home Style Meatloaf
 

Announcements for the week of April 1, 2024

News club is canceled this week.


Spring Musical
Congratulations to all the participants in the play, The Little Mermaid. The shows over the weekend were AMAZING! We are so proud of the incredibly hard work and dedication that went into making the show a reality!

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. 

Track and Field
Track and Field starts after school today, all athletes meet outside the lunch room by the track. Activity buses are available after practice.

National Para-educator Appreciation Day
Wednesday April 3rd is National Para-educator appreciation day. IMS loves our Paras including Cynthia Cole, Andrea Fukano, Anne Fukui, Sue Goyal, Patti Hanschen, Nancy Jaramillo, Kawai Li, Tessa Lowe, Karen Ramsahai, Becky Sandwith, Lori Tanaka, Chantel Zettel. Make sure you make them feel appreciated and celebrated on Wednesday. Feel free to say hi or thank you in the hallway.  IMS loves our Paras!!!

Middle School Drill Team Clinic
The Mercer Island High School Drill Team is hosting their annual MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE CLINIC ! All middle school students are welcome! Learn skills, jumps, and choreography by the members of MIDT! Located in the Islander Middle School Gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday April 15th, 16th, 18th from 3:30-5pm. End of clinic showcase starts at 4:40pm on Thursday April 15th - parents please join us!  Cost is $50 and includes 3 days of instruction by the Mercer Island Drill Team and an end-of-clinic showcase for families to see all the drillers have learned. There will be no clinic t-shirts this time. Plan to wear all black for the showcase. We will send you paperwork and payment options as the event gets closer. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Orange Chicken
Tuesday - Pancakes
Wednesday -  Apple Cinnamon Parfait
Thursday - Chicken Burrito
Friday - Caribbean Potato Bake


Announcements for the week of March 25, 2024

Join us “Under the Sea” for Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. playing at the MIHS PAC March 29th at 7pm, March 30th at 2pm, and March 30th at 7pm. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. This IMS cast and crew are led by student directors Kaori Lancaster and Alex Psoter with support from mentor teachers Katy Ramsey and Annalise Rockow. Don’t be a poor unfortunate soul; come out to support IMS Drama!  Admission is (free). 

Boys Golf Club
It is time to register for Boys Golf Club!  This year there are 20 spots available for IMS students in grades 7-8.  If there are extra spots available, we will open it up to 6th graders so please fill out the interest form as well.  Click here to read more information and to register by Friday, March 29th.

Cubing Club has Started!
Are you interested in learning to solve a Rubik’s cube? Are you interested in solving a cube in just a few seconds? Join cubing club to learn, get faster, and hang out! No experience is required. Cubing club will meet in the Commons on Thursdays after school! 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Cheese Quesadilla
Tuesday - Bacon, Egg, Cheese Biscuit
Wednesday -  Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Thursday - General Tso’s Chicken
Friday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
 

Announcements for the week of March 18, 2024

Board Games Club is canceled today.

Spring is Here!
Nowruz, which translates to "New Day," is a celebration of Persian New Year that holds great cultural and historical significance for millions around the world, particularly in Persian communities. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. It symbolizes renewal, rebirth, and the triumph of light over darkness. Families gather to share festive meals, engage in traditional activities, and set up a Haft-Seen table adorned with symbolic items representing different aspects of life.|

Join us “Under the Sea” for Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. playing at the MIHS PAC March 29th at 7pm, March 30th at 2pm, and March 30th at 7pm. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. This IMS cast and crew are led by student directors Kaori Lancaster and Alex Psoter with support from mentor teachers Katy Ramsey and Annalise Rockow. Don’t be a poor unfortunate soul; come out to support IMS Drama!  Admission is (free). 

Boys Golf Club
It is time to register for Boys Golf Club!  This year there are 20 spots available for IMS students in grades 7-8.  If there are extra spots available, we will open it up to 6th graders so please fill out the interest form as well.  Click here to read more information and to register.

Cubing Club Starts This Week!
Are you interested in learning to solve a Rubik’s cube? Are you interested in solving a cube in just a few seconds? Join cubing club to learn, get faster, and hang out! No experience is required. Cubing club will meet in the Commons on Thursdays after school starting this week!

Summer School Survey
Hey Gators!  Participate in a survey about PE and 8th Graders there is also a link for you to participate in a survey regarding Summer School at Mercer Island High School.
Summer School Survey - STUDENTS  * For current 8th-12th graders

MISD PE Survey - STUDENTS Gr. 6-12   * For current 6th-12th graders

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Nachos
Tuesday - French Toast Sticks
Wednesday -  Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Sweet and Sour Chicken
Friday - BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Announcements for the week of March 11, 2024

Women’s History Month
During the month of March, we proudly celebrate Women's History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing and honoring the remarkable contributions of women throughout history. This month serves as a tribute to the countless trailblazers whose achievements have shaped and enriched our world. From scientists and artists to activists and leaders, women have played pivotal roles in every facet of human progress. 
 
Ramadan Mubarak- March 11 
The sacred month of Ramadan will commence today, March 11 and last 29 to 30 days. Ramadan is a significant and cherished time for reflection, spiritual growth, and community bonding. It is a month of fasting, prayer, and acts of kindness, reminding us of the values of empathy and compassion.

Ramadan Lunch Period Space Request
Ramadan starts today and we recognize that fasting may impact your desire to be in the lunch room during lunch.  Would you be interested in a space at IMS to spend the lunch period that is away from the lunch room?  Please contact Ms. Monen in the School Office.

Community Night
Have you been feeling a bit down ever since we announced Trivia Night was canceled? 

WELL THEN....have we got an event planned for you! March 21st, from 6-8pm, join us for a family game night of sorts: inflatables, gym games, competitions, and food trucks.
All this waits for you...but we need your help to make it happen! Please fill out this form, telling us you're planning to join us so WE can prepare this epic evening and make sure it is a success! 

New IMS Club
Philosophy Club first meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th in room 410 after school. 

Boys Golf Club
It is time to register for Boys Golf Club!  This year there are 20 spots available for IMS students in grades 7-8.  If there are extra spots available, we will open it up to 6th graders so please fill out the interest form as well.  Click here to read more information and to register.

Green Team
Hey IMS! Thanks for listening to our plastic water bottle PSAs! If you've been considering ditching single-use plastics, we want to hear from you! Pledge to use less single-use plastics on our Schoology form and you'll be entered to win a free reusable water bottle!

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found items are looking for their owners!  Please come by the Main Building entry and look to see if one of these items is yours.  Items will be donated at the end of this week.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Veggie Chili and Cheese Potato
Tuesday - Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich
Wednesday -  Meatball Marinara with Spaghetti
Thursday - Fish Po’Boy Hoagie
Friday - Half Day, No Lunch
 

Announcements for the week of March 4, 2024

Registration
6th and 7th graders: tThis week we will start the registration process for next year. Your Gator Time teachers will share information about the process with you this week.  Please make sure to complete the process on time to get the elective choices you desire. 

Dance club is canceled today.

PSA Announcement
Good morning islanders! It’s Melanie Stratiev, Clara Shook, and Jenny Vo from Mr.Dupuis 6th
period health class. We have come to you today to talk about physical harassment.
If you hear or see something that catches your attention and shows harassment here’s what you
should do. You should first analyze the situation. Then find the victim in the story of the action.
Next, be an upstander and step in and try to figure out what’s happening. You can also be an
upstander and speak up and help the person. Once you have figured out what’s going on try to
handle the situation as much as you can, and then go to a trusted adult or teacher. Thanks for listening.

Green Team
Hey IMS! Still using those single-use plastic water bottles? Maybe you're saying to yourself "Well I always recycle them, what's the big deal?" Did you know that of the plastic water bottles purchased in the U.S., only 23% are recycled? The rest end up in landfills or as pollution. To add to that, 32% of plastic packaging produced each year ends up in the ocean, which is the approximate equivalent of dumping a garbage truck full of plastic every minute! Thanks for listening, and consider joining Green Team to learn more! Contact Ms Gall if you are interested.

Community Night
Have you been feeling a bit down ever since we announced Trivia Night was canceled? 

WELL THEN....have we got an event planned for you! March 21st, from 6-8pm, join us for a family game night of sorts: inflatables, gym games, competitions, and food trucks.
All this waits for you...but we need your help to make it happen! Please fill out this form, telling us you're planning to join us so WE can prepare this epic evening and make sure it is a success! 

New IMS Club
Are you interested to think deeply, search for purpose and reason, or just intrigued by general philosophy? Do you wish to discuss topics with depth and debate with others on philosophy and deep thinking, IMS is interested in hosting a philosophy club. We are finding those interested in joining and participating to debate and discuss topics ranging from philosophy and its implications to specific topics such as stoicism.If intrigued, message Mr.Collins

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found items are looking for their owners!  Please come by the Main Building entry and look to see if one of these items is yours.  Items will be donated at the end of next week.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Chicken and Cheese Crispito
Tuesday - Scrambled Denver Egg Bowl
Wednesday - Chili Cheese Dog
Thursday - Lo Mein Noodles with Chicken
Friday - Pulled Pork, Ham, and Swiss Cubano


Announcements for the week of February 26, 2024

RareDisease Day
Rare Disease Day, observed on the last day of February, the 29th this year, is a global initiative dedicated to raising awareness about rare diseases and the challenges faced by those affected. By shedding light on these less common illnesses, we contribute to a more inclusive and informed community that supports those navigating the complexities of rare diseases. 

Green Team Announcement
Hey IMS! How often are you buying single use plastic water bottles? Did you know that our school is equipped with water bottle refilling stations? Bringing a reusable water bottle, like a Stanley or Owala, can save 156 water bottles yearly from the landfill? It's also cost effective- switching to a reusable water bottle costs about $20, and ditching single use plastic water bottles can save you over $6,000 over five years! Thanks for listening- if you're interested in joining Green Team, reach out to Ms Gall on Schoology!

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
Tuesday - Pancakes
Wednesday - Italian Meatball Sub
Thursday - Orange Chicken
Friday - Cheese Enchiladas

Board Games Club is canceled for today.
 

Announcements for the week of February 12, 2024

​​Ash Wednesday
February 14 marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period, excluding Sundays, in which Christians worldwide observe a period of reflection, prayer and penance. On this day, Catholics and some other Christian denominations will receive ashes in the shape of a cross on their forehead or sprinkled on top of their head, to symbolizes penance and a reminder of one's own mortality

President’s Day
Our traditional mid-winter break will begin on President’s day, February 19. President's Day, observed on the third Monday of February, is a federal holiday in the United States. Originally dedicated to honoring George Washington, it now pays tribute to all U.S. presidents. The holiday offers a chance for reflection on presidential leadership, achievements, and contributions throughout history.

Color Wars
This Wednesday leadership is hosting a Color Wars spirit day for Valentine’s Day! 8th grade wear pink, 7th grade wear white, And 6th grade wear red. Whichever grade wins gets the spirit trophy. 8th grade won last time: let's see if they'll still be the champions! AND the winning grade gets their Principal Dare- check out Schoology to see the dares our Principals agreed to complete if their grade wins!  Love leadership.

Green Team
Did you know that most of the waste our school produces is connected to the lunch room? A student who brings a disposable lunch - one that is packed in non-recyclable, non-reusable containers and that results in leftover food and packaging being thrown away - generates an average of 67 pounds of waste per school year. For a middle school of 700 students, that’s almost 47,000 pounds of waste per year! This week, Green Team challenges you to use reusable food containers rather than single use plastics in your lunches and snacks. Thanks for keeping IMS green!

Yearbook Announcement
Do you have a preferred name you would like to have for your portrait in the yearbook that is different from how your name is spelled on Schoology? The Yearbook Staff can do that for you! Please message Ms. Starks on Schoology or in an email with the name you would like to go by in the yearbook by the end of school on Thursday, February 15th. 

Jazz Band is Playing at lunch on Wednesday, February 14
"All the music we listen to today has a direct link to the Blues and Jazz. Black American musicians have been pivotal in shaping blues, jazz, and popular music, revolutionizing these genres with innovations in rhythm, melody, and improvisation. Please join the IMS Jazz Bands in celebrating the musical contributions of Black American Musicians this Wednesday during both lunches." We want to also prepare you that the performance will take place on the "stage" area of the lunchroom, and so there will not be tables there or access to foosball on Wednesday. 

Thank you!
We want to thank our community (students and staff) for your hard work on iReady. Thank you students for showing where you are regarding your skills. This last Wednesday our entire staff focused on our iReady student data and how our iReady Assessment information can and will impact our lesson design and instruction in the classroom throughout these coming months. Your efforts on this assessment help to influence learning in our classrooms and we are excited to see the growth that happens between now and the Spring Assessment.

Spelling Bee
Last chance to sign up for the IMS Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 28th. Check-in and snacks will be available starting at 1:20pm in the IMS Library. This great opportunity is available to all IMS students. Come show your stuff!  Click here to register by Wednesday.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Cheese Quesadilla
Tuesday - Biscuits and Gravy
Wednesday - Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Thursday - General Tso’s Chicken
Friday - BBQ Rib-B-Q Sandwich and Bacon Cheeseburger
 

Announcements for the week of February 5, 2024

Saturday, February 10 is Lunar New Year
Welcome to the year of the dragon! Because Lunar New Year is tied to the year's first new moon, it starts anytime from mid-January to mid-February, and it is celebrated around the globe, particularly in China, Vietnam, South Korea, North Korea, and Tibet. 

In Chinese culture, the Dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and extraordinary creature, unparalleled in talent and excellence. It symbolizes power, nobility, honor, luck, and success. 2024 is forecasted to bring about opportunities, changes, and challenges.

Congratulations!
The Islander Middle School Mathcounts team (Eric Shao, Kyle Liao, Angie Wang, and Albert Cai) won second place at the Mathcounts Competition in the Seattle Chapter last Saturday. The IMS team qualified for the Washington State Mathcounts Competition in March, which they are very excited about.

In addition, Eric Shao won first place, Kyle Liao won 9th place, and Angie Wang won 10th place in the competition individually. All of them, plus Charlotte Westover and Elijah Glowitz qualified for the Washington State Individual Mathcounts competition.

Spelling Bee
Calling all students! The annual IMS Spelling Bee is Wednesday, February 28th. Check-in and snacks will be available starting at 1:20pm in the IMS Library. This great opportunity is available to all IMS students. Come show your stuff! Register on Schoology.

For detailed information and resources about the Spelling Bee visit the Library Schoology page.

Want to get in the spirit before the event? A fun family friendly movie to watch is Akeelah and the Bee starring KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburn (PG, 2006). Check it out!

MIHS Drama Presents
Please join the MIHS Drama department as they perform Little Women, the loved and famous story by American author Lousia May Alcott. The four March daughters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—continue to live in the hearts of readers, causing smiles and tears, triumph and tragedy as they grow up, fall in love and face life. This classic American tale will touch the hearts of young and old alike. Please visit our ticketing website to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may also be purchased using the QR code on our poster. Cast/Crew list can be found here. 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
Wednesday - Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Mashed Potato and Chicken Bowl
Friday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs also, new Friday regular option - Bacon Cheeseburger!

Next week look for a new weekly item at the snack bar!  Stay tuned for the Sandwich of the Week!
 

Announcements for the week of January 29, 2024

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.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion observed on January 27th each year to honor and remember the millions of innocent lives lost during the Holocaust. It also marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945 and the UN Holocaust Memorial Day. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of understanding and preventing prejudice, discrimination, and hatred. It encourages reflection on the consequences of intolerance and the significance of promoting empathy, compassion, and respect for all people, regardless of their background or beliefs.


Hallway Behavior Expectations Update:
We continue to be super impressed by how responsive our community has been around our Hallway Behavior reboot this month. One major shift that we made was to make the North door in the New Building a two-way door. Our students are doing such a great job staying to the right and being patient, that we no longer feel it is necessary to make the stairways in the new building one-way. We do ask that everyone who is using the stairs keeps in mind the "stay to the right" concept, allowing for easy flow up or down the stairs.


The 1 minute bell has been so helpful, and we appreciate how that indication caused students to hustle to class to be on time. We ask for continued emphasis on walking at all times (even to lunch), and to stay aware of where you stop and stand to talk in groups. Please be sure to maintain hallway space for movement to and from classes and always keep right.  Thanks for being awesome!


Congratulations!
We want to congratulate Abigail Nissim, an 8th grader at IMS, was announced a 2nd place winner of the New York Times mini memorie writing competition! 13,000 teens from all around the world participated in this competition. 15 students won first place and 31 won second place. Her accomplishment is testament to the results that come from a motivated student, passionate educator, supportive parents, and a school that facilitates opportunities. Congratulations, Abi!!!


Spelling Bee
Calling all students! The annual IMS Spelling Bee is Wednesday, February 28th. Check-in and snacks will be available starting at 1:20pm in the IMS Library. This great opportunity is available to all IMS students. Come show your stuff! Register on Schoology.

For detailed information and resources about the Spelling Bee visit the Library Schoology page or click here.

Want to get in the spirit before the event? A fun family friendly movie to watch is Akeelah and the Bee starring KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburn (PG, 2006). Check it out!

MIHS Drama Presents
Please join the MIHS Drama department as they perform Little Women, the loved and famous story by American author Lousia May Alcott. The four March daughters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—continue to live in the hearts of readers, causing smiles and tears, triumph and tragedy as they grow up, fall in love and face life. This classic American tale will touch the hearts of young and old alike. Please visit our ticketing website to purchase tickets in advance. . 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Twisted Mozzarella Stuffed Breadsticks
Tuesday - Whole Grain Waffles
Wednesday - Pepperoni Pizza Bake
Thursday - Teriyaki Beef
Friday - Butter Chicken


Announcements for the week of January 23, 2024

The IMS Ultimate Frisbee Team is now included as a school sports team starting Spring 2024. The team welcomes all players (all genders) from beginner to advanced and grades 6-8. Weekly practices will begin on February 12 through mid May, on Mondays from 3:00-4:10 pm and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:50 pm at the IMS turf field. There will be no practices during mid-winter and spring breaks. Games will be held on Saturdays on fields around the Seattle area starting in early March. If you would like to be added to the team email group, please send your name, grade, and email address to akinseattle@gmail.com. More information about ultimate and how to register for the team is available on the IMS athletics website. Please register as soon as possible.

The Sources of Strength Peer Leaders will be running a Kindness campaign starting this week, through February 9th. If one of the peer leaders catches you doing something kind, like opening a door, or helping someone pick up dropped items, you may be rewarded with a KINDNESS TICKET and a small treat. If you turn in your ticket to Ms. Dash or Mr. Brown you will be entered to win a raffle prize. The winner will be selected the last week before mid-winter break, so go out there and be kind. If you're lucky, someone will see your kindness in action and recognize you for being awesome!

Spelling Bee
Calling all students! The annual IMS Spelling Bee is Wednesday, February 28th. Check-in and snacks will be available starting at 1:20pm in the IMS Library. This great opportunity is available to all IMS students. Come show your stuff! Register on Schoology.

For detailed information and resources about the Spelling Bee visit the Library Schoology page or click here.

Want to get in the spirit before the event? A fun family friendly movie to watch is Akeelah and the Bee starring KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburn (PG, 2006). Check it out!

MIHS Drama Presents
Please join the MIHS Drama department as they perform Little Women, the loved and famous story by American author Lousia May Alcott. The four March daughters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—continue to live in the hearts of readers, causing smiles and tears, triumph and tragedy as they grow up, fall in love and face life. This classic American tale will touch the hearts of young and old alike.  Get tickets through the link on Schoology. 

Daily Lunch Specials
Tuesday - Pancakes
Wednesday - Strawberry Parfait with Granola
Thursday - Orange Chicken
Friday - Chicken Fajitas


Announcements for the week of January 16, 2024

Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Hey gators! Today we have a special announcement for a very special day. Yesterday 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. 

Today is 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.

The Sources of Strength Peer Leaders will be running a Kindness campaign starting this week, through February 9th. If one of the peer leaders catches you doing something kind, like opening a door, or helping someone pick up dropped items, you may be rewarded with a KINDNESS TICKET and a small treat. If you turn in your ticket to Ms. Dash or Mr. Brown you will be entered to win a raffle prize. The winner will be selected the last week before mid-winter break, so go out there and be kind. If you're lucky, someone will see your kindness in action and recognize you for being awesome!

Social Event
Hey, Gators! The PTSA wants to plan a social event in March and we'd love your input. Would you please take a moment to fill out this one-question survey? Hearing what students want really helps us make sure we're planning the most fun event possible. Thank you! Responses accepted until January 22. 

Spelling Bee
Calling all students! The annual IMS Spelling Bee is Wednesday, February 28th. Check-in and snacks will be available starting at 1:20pm in the IMS Library. This great opportunity is available to all IMS students. Come show your stuff! Register on Schoology.

For detailed information and resources about the Spelling Bee visit the Library Schoology page or click here.

Want to get in the spirit before the event? A fun family friendly movie to watch is Akeelah and the Bee starring KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburn (PG, 2006). Check it out!

Reflections
Congratulations to all who entered this year’s Reflections Art Program!  1st - 3rd place winners are:

Film Production 1st Place: Arya Hersch IMS The Nature of Hope

Literature: 
1st Place: Lola Meeks IMS Athena’s Statue
2nd Place: Adrian Chan IMS Isle of Resilience
2nd Place: Ethan Moon IMS Hope to Israel
3rd Place: Jamie Jin IMS My Box of Memories

Music Composition: 
1st Place: Pranit Padeepkumar IMS Flair
2nd Place: Karis Huang IMS Reverie Suite
3rd Place: Ethan Shenoi IMS Fresh Air
3rd Place: Dino Hajdarpasic IMS Hands

Photography: 
1st Place: Emma Moberg IMS Enduring Mountain
2nd Place: Callie Baumgarten IMS The World of the Unknown
2nd Place: Pranit Pradeepkumar IMS Burgeoning of Hope
3rd Place: Arya Hersch IMS Hope Dwells in the Sun

Visual Arts: 
1st Place: Brielle Pyeun IMS Dream Big!
2nd Place: Evie Pyeun IMS A Distant Future in The Light
3rd Place: Isabella Hwang IMS Metamorphosis
3rd Place: Brielle Cai IMS Vibrant Surprise

Daily Lunch Specials
Tuesday - Spicy Chicken Sausage Popover
Wednesday - Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Thursday - Bean and Cheese Burrito
Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks
 

Announcements for the week of January 8, 2024

Thank you to everyone for your efforts around hallway behavior last week. We are excited about how we have begun the new year, and look forward to another great week. We are proud of the focus on getting to class on time, walking from class to class (including lunch), staying to the right in the hallways, and not stopping and standing in high traffic areas. We noticed what a great job our community is doing and appreciate the focus and the effort. Keep up the great work everyone. 

Hey IMS, 

Are you interested in learning to crochet or knit??? Well, we have just the thing for you! Join the IMS Crochet Club that meets after school on Tuesdays in Ms. Balhorn's room, 210! All skill levels are welcome!"

Our IMS LUNCH FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT has started. Players, be sure to check the tournament schedule located on the back window of the lunchroom so you know when you are playing this week. Good Luck teams.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Beef Nachos
Tuesday - Whole Grain Waffles
Wednesday - Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Sweet and Sour Chicken
Friday - Chicken Tenders
 

Announcements for the week of January 2, 2024

As we begin 2024, we are going to be re-emphasizing expectations. Our focus over the next couple of weeks are Hallway Expectations. The purpose of passing time is to move from one class to the next, taking care of bathroom and water needs and getting prepared to start the next class.

We are looking for our students to continue doing an amazing job of walking in the hallways, staying to the right, keeping hands to self, and being aware of your impact. Please don't stop and stand in areas that will block the movement of others. 

Being on Time to class is a priority. To support this mission the North door of the New Building will now be a 2 way door. Always enter and exit that door way through the right door. Additionally the staircase leading upstairs will now be one way. The staircase closest to the exit doors is for going down, and the stairs south of the shared area are for going up. 

We are reclaiming the outside area flanking the 300 building as a hallway, and we ask that you walk your bike/scooter before and after school once you reach the edges of the 300 building.

We truly appreciate your contributions to making IMS a safe and amazing place.
Happy New Year and welcome back.

Daily Lunch Specials
Tuesday - Waffles with Strawberries
Wednesday - Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
Thursday - Teriyaki Beef Dippers
Friday - Butter Chicken
 

Announcements for the week of December 11th

Dance Club is canceled this week.

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, color, 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.

Winter Coat Drive
Thanks to everyone who has participated in the winter coat drive.  We have the rest of this week to donate warm coats.  Drop off coats in the cafeteria, room 410, or with your gator time teacher.  Thank you.

Wrestling
Cheer on the IMS Wrestlers at the Wrestling Finals this Wednesday, December 13th at 3:30 here at IMS.

Flag Football
Are you ready for some flag Football at lunch? It's time to rally some teammates for a 4 on 4, coed, football tournament. See Mr. Millsap at lunchtime to register your team members and team name. Games will begin after winter break.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
Tuesday - French Toast Sticks
Wednesday - Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Teriyaki Chicken 
Friday - Early Release No Lunch
 

Announcements for the week of December 4th

Winter Coat Drive
Donate new or gently used coats for the winter coat drive.  Please drop them off in room 410 or the box in the cafeteria.

Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength has organized a project in Gator Time this week, where we are asking students to give thanks to the adults at school who are sources of strength to us (teachers, staff, bus drivers, counselors, etc.) This activity is intended to let the people who help us every day know they are appreciated. More information will be provided during Gator Time. Thanks in advance for showing your gratitude and giving our staff a reason to feel warm and fuzzy before winter break.

Flag Football
Are you ready for some flag Football at lunch? It's time to rally some teammates for a 4 on 4, coed, football tournament. See Mr. Millsap at lunchtime to register your team members and team name. Games will begin after winter break.

Let us be a “Part of Your World” and come join us!
All students are invited to audition for our Spring Musical, The Little Mermaid! Auditions will be in the Blackbox on Thursday, December 7th from 2:25 to 5:00. No experience necessary. Auditions will consist of a one minute song and a monologue of your choosing! If you’re interested, fill out the form on Schoology and join the Schoology Group (Schoology Group Code:GTDV-QSSM-Z9VGX) for questions and more information.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Mozzarella Bread Sticks
Tuesday - Waffles
Wednesday - Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole
Thursday - Teriyaki Beef Dippers
Friday - Butter Chicken
 

Announcements for the week of November 27th

Green Team
Hey GREEN Gators! Become an eco-hero! Join our Green Team and be part of exciting projects that make our school more sustainable. Get involved in activities like recycling programs, project design, and spreading awareness about environmental issues. Together, we can create a greener and healthier future for our school and our planet! Our first meeting is Thursday, November 27th after school in room 209. See Ms Gall for more details!

Let us be a “Part of Your World” and come join us!
All students are invited to audition for our Spring Musical, The Little Mermaid! Auditions will be in the Blackbox on Thursday, December 7th from 2:25 to 5:00. No experience necessary. Auditions will consist of a one minute song and a monologue of your choosing! If you’re interested, fill out the form on Schoology and join the Schoology Group (Schoology Group Code:GTDV-QSSM-Z9VGX) for questions and more information.

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
Tuesday - Whole Grain French Toast Sticks
Wednesday - Chicken Parmesan
Thursday - Orange Chicken
Friday - Chicken Tenders

Announcements for the week of November 20th

LAST CHANCE TO CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND!  ALL ITEMS LEFT AFTER THIS WEEK WILL BE DONATED.

Native American Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Day
Since President Bush first signed a joint resolution in 1990, November has been celebrated as Native American Heritage Month. Mercer Island School District joins Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and the country in celebrating the cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people. Their critical contributions, past and present, should be acknowledged and admired.

Friday, November 25 is recognized as Native American Heritage Day. Taking his father’s lead, George W. Bush signed into law on October 8, 2008 legislation making the day following Thanksgiving Native American Heritage Day.

The following is a version of a land acknowledgement we use in the MI school district

Mercer Island Land Acknowledgement - We acknowledge that we occupy the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, in particular the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We see you, respect your right to sovereignty and self-determination.

Reflections:
This year's theme is I am Hopeful Because…..The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.

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

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Korean Beef Bulgogi
Tuesday - Pancakes

Announcements for the week of November 13th

There will be no news club on Thursday this week.

Diwali
Mercer Island School District wishes our students, staff, and community members who celebrate Diwali a very happy festival season. Diwali is celebrated over five days from November 10 to November 14. The middle day, November 12, is the day of most significance. 

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.

Sources of Strength
Hey Gators! Do you still have leftover Halloween candy? If you do, please donate it to the Sources of Strength “Pieces for People” candy drive, which is in full effect. Your donation will benefit those who are less fortunate and bring smiles to their faces. Let's show our generosity and support by dropping off your extra candy to one of the designated collection areas: Mr. Brown’s office Ms. Dash’s office, the Business Center or behind the front desk. Together, we can make a positive impact and spread kindness throughout our community. Our goal is to collect 1000 pieces, which is only about 1 piece per IMS student. Thank you for your generosity and participation!

Reflections:
This year's theme is I am Hopeful Because…..The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.

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

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Strawberry Parfait with Granola
Tuesday - Scrambled Denver Egg Bowl
Wednesday - Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Thursday - Turkey and Mashed Potatoes
Friday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
 

Announcements for the week of November 6th

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 10th in honor of Veterans Day.

Hello Gators! 
Starting today, the Sources of Strength group will be hosting a candy drive called, “Pieces for People,” that will go until Thanksgiving break. Any leftover Halloween candy that you do not wish to eat, you can drop off to a collection box in any of these locations around school:
Mr. Brown’s office
Mrs. Dash’s office
Inside the Business Center
Behind the front desk in the office
Our goal is to collect over 1,000 pieces of candy, which is about 1 piece per IMS student. At the end of this campaign, we will be donating to a shelter for homeless children, to sweeten up their days. Please consider donating for a good cause and helping us reach our goal.

Reflections:
This year's theme is I am Hopeful Because…..The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.

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

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
Tuesday - Whole Grain Waffles
Wednesday - Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday - Teriyaki Glazed Chicken
 

Announcements for the week of October 30th

Halloween is Tomorrow!  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, 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!

All Souls Day
Thursday, 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.

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. 

IMS Trivia Night
IMS Trivia Night is next Wednesday, Nov. 8th and we hope you'll join in for a fun evening! The event is free and open to all! Trivia will played in teams, with 6 people max/team. Get more information here.

IMS News Club
IMS News Club now has a public website for you to read the awesome stories and news that is the Voice of Youth.  Click here for info and QR Codes will be put around the school.

AMC8 Math Competition
Islander Middle School will be hosting the AMC8 math competition on January 24th.  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 I am Hopeful Because…..The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.  More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
Tuesday - Black Bean and Corn Nachos
Stay tuned for the rest of the week’s menu.
 

Announcements for the week of October 23rd

This is the final week of Bullying Prevention month. This week we are going to focus on how we can change the culture of our school for the better. You will be presented with a lesson by the counseling team on Wednesday to review the most important aspects of bullying prevention and your role in making IMS a safe and comfortable place to learn and grow.

Celebrations
Tomorrow, October 24, 2023 is Dussehra (Dasera), which is the beginning of a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.

Dance Club
Dance club has started! Come to the black box theater every Monday after school from 3 to 4:15! Come learn fun new dances such as K-pop dances and pop dances every week! We hope to see you there!

Hauntcert
Come to Hauntcert, the IMS Orchestra concert featuring spooky music.  Wear your costume and there will be surprises and candy!

Thursday, October 26th
630 PM in the IMS gym
Featuring 6th, 7th and 8th grade orchestras

AMC8 Math Competition
Islander Middle School will be hosting the AMC8 math competition on January 24th.  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 I am Hopeful Because….. The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.  More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

Daily Lunch Specials

Monday - Macaroni and Cheese
Tuesday - Pork Carnitas
Wednesday - Bar-b-que Rib-b-Que Sandwich
Thursday - Mexican Chicken Torta
Friday - Crispy Fish Sticks

Announcements for the week of October 16th

Photo Retake Day is Today.  

Students who have not gotten a photo taken yet will get a reminder slip in 3rd or 4th period.  Students who would like to get a retake photo, either take care of that during your lunch or come to the area above the Commons during 5th period.

NEWS CLUB will NOT meet on Thursday - October 19th

Today is the third  week of Bullying Prevention month
and this week’s theme is inclusion. At one point or another each of us has felt insecure, or stressed out, or alone. It is important to remind our friends and classmates that we are all in it together and we are there to listen and support each other. Your challenge this week is to invite someone to sit with you on the bus, join you at lunch, work with you on a group project or even to attend an after school activity with you.

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. 

AMC8 Math Competition
Islander Middle School will be hosting the AMC8 math competition on 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 I am Hopeful Because…..The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.
More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

Sports This Week
Cross Country All League Finals @ Tolt - Tuesday, October 17th

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Twisted Mozzarella Breadsticks
Tuesday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
Wednesday - Orange Chicken
Thursday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
Friday - Whole Grain Waffle

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 time 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

Today is the second week of Bullying Prevention month and this week’s theme is STAND UP for Others Week. When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up.  If you don't feel safe, get the help of an adult immediately. There are many trusted adults at school you can talk to and you can always use the Say Something app on your iPad to report something you are concerned about. Be part of the solution!

OCD Awareness Week
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.

Indigenous Peoples 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.

National Coming Out Day
The following is a message from QUILTBAG, IMS’s gender and sexuality alliance, and Leadership: Tomorrow, October 11th 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 (tomorrow, or any day!), remember to be respectful and supportive. Look around school in the coming days to read the stories and experiences people have chosen to share.

Reflections
This year's theme is I am Hopeful Because…..
The deadline for submissions at IMS is December 1st.
More information on the program can be found here: https://islanderptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections-art-contest

Sports This Week
Cross Country @ IMS vs Twin Falls - Tuesday, October 10th
Volleyball vs Snoqualmie - JV Away, Varsity Here on Thursday, October 12th
Come cheer on your fellow Gators!

Daily Lunch Specials
Tuesday - Brunch for Lunch
Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef Dippers
Thursday - Baked Potato Bar
Friday - Italian Meatball Sub Sandwich

Announcements for the week of October 2nd
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.  Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online.

This Friday we will participate in World Day of Bullying Prevention® by wearing a blue shirt. We chose blue because in many diverse cultures blue brings peace. The color conveys importance and confidence.

Throughout this month will have weekly announcements challenging you to take positive steps towards preventing bullying at IMS. Beyond wearing blue this Friday, the challenge for this week is to make friends with someone you don’t know at school. This could involve you choosing to work with someone in your class you don’t know very well or giving a compliment to someone you’d like to know better

Taste Washington Day
October 4th 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. 

Spirit Day
Thanks to everyone who dressed up for Leadership's Color Wars Spirit Day on Friday! It was a close race between the grades, but the classes were tallied, and the winning grade was.... 8th grade!! They will receive the amazing spirit trophy and coming soon, an 8th-grade teacher will take on a teacher dare, so stay tuned!

Clubs
Hey Gators!  A couple new clubs are starting this week so make sure you check the Clubs and Activities Guide.  The link is posted on Schoology.

Homework Center
Would you like some help with your assignments?  Do you need a quiet place to work after school.  Come to homework center!

Sports This Week
Today Volleyball competes against Chief Kanim - Varsity here, JV away
Volleyball vs Twin Falls - JV here, Varsity away on Thursday, October 5th
Cross Country vs Snoqualmie - Thursday, October 6th
Come cheer on your fellow Gators!

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Pasta Bar
Tuesday - Italian Sub Sandwich
Wednesday - Chicken Tenders
Thursday - Teriyaki Chicken
Friday - Nachos

Announcements for the week of September 25th

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.

Clubs
Many clubs are starting this week!  Check the Clubs and Activities Guide for day and location.  Some clubs are starting later in the year and will be noted in the Guide.

Here are a few advertisements from our clubs:

Creative Writing Club
Calling all writers! Creative writing club is a fun way to get better at writing and grow with other writers. We meet on Tuesdays from 3-4 in room 202, Ms. Gaffney’s room, starting September 26th. Please contact Ms. Gaffney for more questions!

Cultural Exchange Club
Have you ever wondered what Halloween is about and how it is celebrated around the world?  Or why there seem to be so many different dates for New Year’s?  Would you like to try foods like Hamantaschen and empanadas?  
Do you want to join a group that celebrates all the vibrant cultures we have at IMS through fun activities?  
Would you like to hear from guest speakers, be part of a multicultural potluck, watch movies that showcase different ethnicities and cultures?
Would you like to learn games from other countries? 
How about listening to and playing music from different places? 
Are there things about your culture that you would like to share with your fellow Gators?  
X marks the spot!  Come to the Cultural Exchange club in Ms. De Bock’s room, 205 on Tuesdays!  Join us to hang out, have fun, and learn to appreciate all the cool and amazing cultures and people who are here at IMS! 

News Club
Join the news club.  Report what is happening at IMS and beyond. Help make the school newspaper.  And make podcasts.  Everyone welcome.  Club meets Thursdays in Room 410.  

Sports This Week
Volleyball vs Snoqualmie - Varsity Away, JV here on Tuesday, September 26th
Volleyball vs Twin Falls - JV Away, Varsity here on Thursday, September 28th
Cross Country vs Tolt - here, Tuesday, September 26th
Cross Country vs Snoqualmie - at Chief Kanim, September 28th
Come cheer on your fellow Gators!

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Macaroni and Cheese
Tuesday - Berry Parfait
Wednesday - Hot Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl
Thursday - Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
Friday - Butter Chicken


Announcements for the week of September 18th

Constitution and Citizenship Day
Hey there, IMS students. Yesterday we celebrated Constitution and Citizenship Day! This day is all about celebrating the amazing rulebook of our nation, the Constitution. Think of it as the ultimate guidebook that lays down the rules and principles for how our country runs, and we're all part of this team called "citizens."

The Constitution is like the blueprint for our nation. It tells us what's allowed and what's not, and it guarantees us some pretty awesome rights. Being a citizen means we're on board with these rules, but it also means we get to enjoy some fantastic benefits, like voting and having our voices heard. So, let's remember that we're all in this together and that our actions as citizens can make our country even better as we grow up. 

Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration in the United States that honors the contributions, achievements, and culture of Hispanic and Latinx individuals. It begins on September 15th, which is the independence anniversary of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The month-long celebration continues until October 15th.

The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to recognize the significant contributions of Hispanic and Latinx individuals in various fields, such as art, literature, science, politics, and sports. It is also a time to raise awareness about the challenges and issues faced by the Hispanic community and to celebrate the cultural richness and diversity that Hispanic and Latinx individuals bring to the United States.

Photo Makeups are today!
If you didn’t get your photo taken at Back2School Day you can get it taken today.  Just go to the stop of the stairs above the Commons.  This session is only for students who have not gotten a photo taken.  If you want to get your photo re-taken you can do that October 16th.

A - G - 1st Period 
H - O - 2nd Period 
P - Z - 3rd Period 
4th Period/Lunch - Last Call for Students who missed their time slot

Destination Imagination
Are you looking for an after-school activity that allows you to design, build, write and act in a creative environment? If so, you should consider joining Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving competition where teams of up to 7 members solve long-term challenges in one of six categories such as engineering, fine arts, scientific, or improvisational acting. Groups meet after school one day a week and some weekends for building sets and props. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Baxter at West Mercer elementary school. 

Clubs and Activities:
Be sure to be checking the Clubs and Activities Guide on the IMS Website.  Clubs will be starting the week of September 25th.

Washington State Fair Tickets
Are you planning to go to the Washington State Fair?  We have student tickets available in the main office.  Please stop by during lunch or after school to pick up a ticket. 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
Tuesday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef
Thursday - Pork Carnitas and Cheese Quesadilla
Friday - Tuscan Noodle Bowl
 

Announcements for the week of September 11th

Doors between the buildings will now be locked during class time.  You will be shown a video during 2nd period today on how the process will work.  Also remember the schedule will shift starting today to include Gator Time after 6th period.  

Honorings
September 11, 2001, marks a significant moment in history when a tragic event unfolded in the United States.  On that day, individuals committed acts that had far reaching consequences.  It is crucial to remember this day, not to dwell on fear, but to reflect on the values of courage, unity, and compassion. Many heroes, like firefighters and police officers, showed incredible bravery while helping those in need.  This event serves as a reminder that, together, we can strive to make the world a better and more secure place by promoting understanding and empathy among all people.

Celebrations
Friday evening at sundown marks 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.

Superintendent Advisory Committee
Hey 7th and 8th Graders!
Are you interested in representing IMS on the Superintendent Advisory Committee?  Islander Middle School is looking for six individuals, 7th grade or 8th grade, to sit on this advisory committee. The term for a student representative is one (1) school year in length.  Interested students should complete the application on Schoology.

Destination Imagination
Are you looking for an after-school activity that allows you to design, build, write and act in a creative environment? If so, you should consider joining Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving competition where teams of up to 7 members solve long-term challenges in one of six categories such as engineering, fine arts, scientific, or improvisational acting. Groups meet after school one day a week and some weekends for building sets and props. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Baxter at West Mercer elementary school. 

Clubs and Activities
Be sure to be checking the Clubs and Activities Guide on the IMS Website.  Clubs will be starting the week of September 25th.

Washington State Fair Tickets
Are you planning to go to the Washington State Fair?  We have student tickets available in the main office.  Please stop by during lunch or after school to pick up a ticket. 

Daily Lunch Specials
Monday - Toasted Triple Cheese
Tuesday - Soft Beef Whole Grain Taco
Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef
Thursday - Pork Carnitas and Cheese Quesadilla
Friday - Tuscan Noodle Bowl