Ipswich Middle School
January 6, 2023
Ipswich Middle School
Sean Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal
Our mission is to create a nurturing community where students are encouraged to develop confidence as lifelong learners with the awareness and flexibility necessary to adapt to a changing world. We strive to bring out the best in every student and adult in our learning community.
Happy New Year!
The Wednesday before break was the winter solstice. We have turned the corner and are heading back to days of longer daylight hours. Hopefully the new year and the increased daylight brings feelings of optimism and wellbeing.
We look forward to the many educational experiences and social opportunities that these next few months will bring.
Detailed permission slips will be distributed soon and must be signed and returned to attend a dance. Please note the following rules apply:
*Students must arrive on time, 7:00. For safety reasons, students stay until the end of the dance, 9:00. (Unless a parent contacts me 24 hours before the dance to explain extenuating circumstances.)
*Cellphones must be turned off when students arrive and stay off until the end of the dance.
*Drinks, food and gum may not be brought into the dance. Students can buy water and snacks from the concession stand.
*No guests are allowed - only IMS students can participate.
*Rules for behavior and dress code apply.
The first dance is planned for Friday, January 20th, 7-9:00 pm for Grade 8 students only. This is a tentative date while we wait for confirmation from the DJ. Other dates will be announced soon.
IMS Intramural Volleyball
Registration for the IMS Intramural Volleyball teams are coming soon! Early registration allows us time to create well-balanced teams.
If your student has already played intramural basketball or tennis this school year, no additional fee is required. If this is your student's first intramural sport of the school year, a $50 fee will be required. All sign ups will be done through Family ID and the link and deadline will be posted in the parent newsletter very soon.
IMS Winter Art Show
*Quarters 1 and 2 for 6th & 7th graders
*Trimesters 1 and 2 for 8th graders
*And 8th graders currently in art class
Every student who has taken art so far this year will have at least one piece of artwork displayed in the winter art show.
There will be no Art Club on Tuesday, 1/10 in order to prepare for the show.
Volunteers are needed to donate cheese & crackers and baked goods. Please use this link for Sign Up Genius.
No Place for Hate
Grade 6: ELA - April 11 & 12
Math - May 23 & 24
Grade 7: ELA - April 4 & 7
Math - May 17 & 18
Grade 8: ELA - April 11 & 12
Math - May 17 & 18
Science - May 24 & 25
Upcoming Important Dates
Tuesday, 1/10, Art Show, 6-8:00pm, PAC Lobby
Tuesday, 1/10, 6:30 pm, School Council Meeting
Monday, 1/16, No School, Martin Luther King Jr Day
Tuesday, 1/17, Grade 8 Related Arts Rotation
Friday, 1/20, Grades 6 & 7 Related Arts Rotation
Friday, 1/20, Grade 8 Dance
Friday, 1/27, Trimester 2 Progress Reports for students receiving failing grades
Ipswich Community News
IMS Video Club
Do you want to learn how to use video/audio equipment, edit video and how to tell their own stories through video? This club is 100% free for students of the Ipswich Middle School.
Randyll Collum, Production Coordinator at Ipswich Community Access Media
Bystander Training Workshop
Hello Ipswich Community!
Does your New Year's Resolution include being involved more in your community? Supporting your neighbor? Or stepping in and standing up during difficult situations?
If any of this is a goal for you, we’re here to help!
We warmly invite you to join The Town Of Ipswich and the Ipswich Human Rights Commission as we offer a Bystander Training Workshop.
Thursday, January 12 at 7pm in the Town Hall Cafeteria.
This training is intended to teach community members to be an advocate when they observe incidents of harassment.
Space is limited, please sign up: https://tinyurl.com/IHRCBystander
We hope to see you there!
Ipswich Human Rights Commission
Ipswich Youth Lacrosse Registration
Registration for Ipswich Youth Lacrosse is now open and closes January 6th so that final teams can be submitted to Mass Youth Lacrosse, the league that both girls and boys teams will be playing for in this spring. Please use this link to register your child: https://ipswich.demosphere-secure.com/_registration
Winter ball is also offered again this year. Players can register using the link above as well. Girls will run on Wednesdays starting 1/4 and Boys on Thursdays starting 1/5 at Pingree’s Weld gym (6 week program - $100 per player). You must be registered for the 2023 IYL season in order to sign up for winter ball due to insurance coverage.
Please register as soon as possible.