Ipswich Middle School

January 6, 2023

Ipswich Middle School

Kathy McMahon, Principal

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!

A belated Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all IMS Families! With the cancellation of school on December 23rd, I was unable to extend these wishes to many of the students and families. Thank you for the continued support of your children and the school through 2022.

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.

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School Dances

Exciting news - The Student Leadership Senate is hosting school dances in the coming weeks. Dances are held in the cafeteria and chaperoned by the IMS staff. In addition to dance, students have access to board games and activities. In order to participate, students must be in good standing with academics, attendance, and discipline. A $5.00 donation at the door is appreciated but not required.

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.

Kindness Monday

January 9th is Kindness Monday. The Kindness Club will meet in the 6th grade pod 2:30 - 3:15. All staff and students are encouraged to wear their kindness shirts.

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.

Spirit Week

IMS Winter Art Show

The Ipswich Middle School Winter Art Show will be held Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 from 6-8 pm in the PAC lobby. The IMS winter art show will showcase student artwork created during the first half of the 2022/23 school year:

*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.


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Tissues and Winter Supplies

It is the season of colds and flu. We are in need of tissues and disinfecting wipes for the classrooms. If you are able, we would appreciate donations.

Attendance Reminder

Please assist us with proper attendance procedures. If your child will not be in school or will be tardy or dismissed, a parent/guardian must notify us with an email or call to the main office (978-356-3535) by 8:00 am to report this information. If a call is not received, Mrs. Henderson or Mrs. Reed will call your home to confirm the absence. This is very time consuming for them and takes them away from their other responsibilities. Please help us by following the proper attendance procedures.

No Place for Hate

This No Place for Hate canvas was created by Mrs. Stewart. Students and staff are welcome to stop by the office and sign it any time.
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MCAS Dates

The spring 2023 MCAS testing schedule has been finalized. We are sharing the dates with you now, hoping that doctor's appointments and other events will not conflict with these dates. We know from experience that students feel less anxious taking the exams when they are together with their classmates. Please work with us to make sure students are in school on these exam dates.

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

IMS Yearbook

Orders for the 2022-2023 school yearbook are now being taken. The link to order a yearbook through Treering is the information below. Mrs. Farina-Stewart and a dedicated group of students are working hard to create a yearbook that represents the student body. April 20th is the deadline to order with custom pages. June 8th is the deadline for ordering the yearbook so that it is delivered in time to school for the end of the year signing.
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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.

Questions? Contact:

Randyll Collum, Production Coordinator at Ipswich Community Access Media


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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.

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