Island Trees Memorial Middle School
The Home-School Connection
January 8, 2018
Happy New Year to all Island Trees Memorial Middle School Families!
I do hope you and your families have fared well throughout the snow storm and the lingering cold days. The teachers and staff of ITMMS are excited to get your children back and to continue to inspire, motivate, and celebrate effort and achievement.
With an eye toward the many opportunities made available to your children to connect to our school and pursue areas of passion and interest, please be sure to review the resources included in this newsletter.
A few highlighted items in this newsletter include:
- Winter Wonderland Dance (7th & 8th grade)
- Chipotle Fundraiser
- Intramural Bowling
- Harlem Wizards vs. Island Trees
You may also be interested in one or more of the programs listed under Contests & Competitions. These competitions are beyond the curriculum but do hold the possibility of inspiring, motivating, and tapping into the areas that most interest our students.
Additionally, I would encourage you to review the Healthy Kids section of this newsletter. This section includes a number of resources that promote safe and healthy behaviors for our adolescent learners.
Finally, please note that our high school staff will be hosting the 8th Grade Parent/Student Orientation at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 9th. This will be followed by curriculum presentations at 6:45.
As always, thank you for all that you do to support our school and connect with us in so many meaningful ways.
Please enjoy this week's newsletter.
The Harlem Wizards vs. Island Trees
Stay Connected: Intramurals as a Means to Connect to Our School
Winter Wonderland Dance (8th Grade Only)
Grades & the Growth Mindset for Parents
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No Place for Hate
With public displays of hate on the rise, it is more important than ever for schools to commit to programs that clearly define expectations in behavior for all members of the community. Whether you are a student, educator, or family member, you have a role to play in combating bias and bullying as a means to stop the escalation of hate.
Island Trees Memorial Middle School is excited to announce our partnership with the ADL's No Place for Hate Movement. No Place for Hate is a self-directed program helping all of the stakeholders take the lead on improving and maintaining school climate so all students can thrive. To be designated No Place for Hate, a school must complete the following:
- needs assessment
- formation of a No Place for Hate committee
- signing of the Resolution of Respect
- one A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias or bullying prevention training program (optional in some regions)
- design and implementation of three school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention activities
We look forward to your support and ideas as we work with our students and school community to promote respect, understanding, and positive interpersonal behaviors.
Read Every Day Initiative
Read Every Day Initiative
Island Trees Memorial Middle School requires all students to have a book of their choice with them at all times. Teachers often set aside 5-10 minutes of class time to silent reading in order to promote reading stamina and skill development.
We also have students read whenever there is any downtime in class. Most importantly, teachers very often to read with their students. This has really had an impact on students reading because they see our love as well. We have had kids make quick review posters for other classmates who might need an idea of a book to read.
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Contests & Competitions
Please encourage your child to participate in competitions and contests that speak to his/her passions and interests.
The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are sending up the signal and asking for your help!
Students are asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world.
The contest is open to all New York State students in grades 4 – 12 who use historical records in their research projects. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2018. Three awards will be presented in the Fall of 2018.
“THE CONSTITUTION & YOU” Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you.
Every Thursday at 6 PM EST, we'll announce the week's contest prompt. You have a week to submit your entry. The contest closes when we post a new prompt.