iMiddle Parent and Community News

iMiddle news for the week of 3/9- 3/13

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Coding a Robot Project at Qualcomm's Thinkabit Lab

Message from Principal Labas

Greetings Parents & Community Members,

This Wednesday, the iMiddle Parent Foundation will be holding our annual Move- a- Thon. They will be collecting money on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the flag pole before school.

See additional information below for how to have your child participate in the Move-a-Thon.

Have you heard of STEAM? Many of you have heard of the acronym STEM, which stands for the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math into the classroom curriculum. The White House has been making a strong push toward the STEM movement. In 2010, President Obama said, “leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today -- especially in science, technology, engineering and math."

But how many of you have heard of the acronym STEAM? STEAM also emphasizes the sciences, technology, engineering, and math while at the same time acknowledging the importance of integrating the arts in innovation. Innovation is moving forward with STEAM by implementing an Orchestra/Band Program, artist is residence program for our new art elective class next year and by hosting a STEAM enrichment approach through our Advisory Program next school year.

We believe that Innovation and creativity DO go together!

Here are some interesting facts found in an article written by Erik Robelen in Edweek:

  • “Nobel laureates in the sciences were 22 times more likely than scientists in general to be involved in the performing arts.”

  • “Albert Einstein was an accomplished violinist.”

  • Leonardo da Vinci was a sculptor, painter, scientist, engineer, and an inventor.

To learn more about the STEAM movement here are some resources LINK.

Have a great week!


iMiddle Principal

Check out the student made iMiddle News from last week:

Check out the iBulletin from last week.

We broadcast this news to the students every week during Advisory on Monday; our communication day. The students create the video using green screen technology in our video studio and edit the video every week.

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Announcements & Reminders for This Week


Students will be jogging, walking or dancing to the music as they raise money for school activities and instructional supplies.

  • Students are encouraged to raise a minimum of $10 to participate during Period 7.
  • Student raising $25 or more will be entered into a raffle to win prizes including Dave and Buster game cards, Pieology Pizzas and more.
  • Our grand prize winner will receive transportation in one of QSTAR Charters' luxury vehicles to In and Out Burger for a lunch with 4 of their friends.
  • Students were handed out pledge forms and envelopes last week. Please have your student return them Tuesday morning. ASB students will be collecting them near the flag pole.

Zero Period Next Year: Are you interested in a zero period for your child next year? We are offering Spanish and Band electives for students who want to take other electives throughout the day. These classes will begin at 7:00 AM- before school starts. Your child will be bringing home their elective form soon. Please select this option if you are interested in this; space is limited.

After School Support: In effort to support students with homework and interventions, iMiddle has an extended the school day until 4:00 PM. Students will be recommended to stay after school if they need additional support in any of their Core subjects. Students who wish to have a quiet place to do homework or just study are also welcome after school in the Library from 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Friday. If your child is being recommended and you do not want your child to have additional support and mentoring, please contact the Principal at

DO YOU SHOP AT TARGET? Did you know you can SAVE 5% WITH EVERY PURCHASE, GET FREE SHIPPING AND RAISE MONEY FOR INNOVATION MIDDLE SCHOOL? If you have questions, you can contact Stacy Coulter, cell/text: 858- 414-9375, Additional information about how to sign up is below.

Hot Chocolate: The ASB students are selling a sweet treat in the morning for .75. The student baristas are ready to serve!

Soccer Club: The Soccer club is meeting every Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:00. Anyone can join and it is free. Coach Vega welcomed over 30 students last week to play a new form of soccer called Futsal. Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided soccer game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. This will be a co-ed club that will meet after school on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM. Student should meet by the Library after school on Tuesday interested in playing.

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Common Core Connection

Learn More About Common Core

Common Core Resources for Parents

Common Core Videos for Parents

Click below to read what parents should know

Do you know the shifts that must take place in order for your child to be successful with Common Core? A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. This practical guide provides steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the Common Core. This document has been translated to several languages.

Giving is Easy with your Target Card!

With your Target REDcard (credit OR debit cards available)

Registration is quick and easy!

Open a Target Debit or Credit REDcard:

Go to, OR

Call 1-800-316-6142, OR

Apply at the Target store at the checkout register

Once your card has been issued OR if you already have a Target REDcard:

Call 1-800-316-6142 and ask them to link your card to Innovation Middle School, OR

Go to, scroll down to “Take Charge of Education”

and click on “Learn More.”

Find Innovation Middle School under “Search For Your School” and follow the prompts to link your REDcard to our school

Once your REDcard has been linked to Innovation Middle School, our school’s Foundation will receive 1% of all your Target purchases. All the money raised in our Foundation will go directly back to the student’s education, programs and activities!

Parents, this is free money given to our school from Target!

Let’s not miss this opportunity!

Any questions, contact Stacy Coulter, cell/text – 858) 414-9375,

Tdap Immunizations

Tdap Immunization: Don't forget that students entering grade 7 and those new to the district in grades 8-12 must show proof of their Tdap immunization against pertussis (whooping cough) prior to the first day of school. For information about other required vaccines, please visit our Enrollment Requirements page.

About Us

iMiddle is a middle school in San Diego, California. Our dedicated focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and Innovation is designed to prepare our students to participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.