Life in the Middle

Welcome to Summer Edition

Welcome to Summer!

Hello students, families and friends of Island Trees Memorial Middle School. We hope your are prepared for your exams and excited about the coming summer break. We wish you a restful, relaxing, and rewarding summer spent in the company of family and friends.

As we transition between the end of our year and so many important summer activities, please be sure to review the resources included in this newsletter.

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Summer Fun & Learning

Please be sure to review the resources listed below. These activities and assignments have been designed to support your children's growth throughout the summer months and to launch us into the school year in great style. While we appreciate the important role of play in the lives of our students, these resources strongly support a well-balanced and multi-faceted approach to summer fun.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading at NY Libraries

Explore ‘A Universe of Stories’ with the myON digital library As part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the State Education Department and myON®, by Renaissance®, are partnering to bring thousands of enhanced digital books to children.

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IXL's Study in the Summer Math Contest 2019

IXL is once again hosting their Study in the Sun contest to encourage students to continue learning over the summer months! On September 6, they will announce the winners on Facebook and the IXL Blog—each winning student will win an iPad mini!

The IXL Study in the Sun Contest runs from June 1 to August 31. Enter now!

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Online Camps

National PTA Reflections Contest

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For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Strengthen Your World Language Skills

From Common Sense Media:

Parents need to know that Duolingo is a game-based language-learning website. Kids have to register to use the site, and they can use Google, Facebook or an email address to do so. They can also friend other users by clicking on any posts they've made to the site forum to access their profile. Users sometimes also post requests for other users to friend them. You can't directly email other users through the site, but some exchange email information on the forum.

Bicycle Safety

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Coding Activities

As many of your children are excited to problem-solve, please consider sharing the resources included below.

Summer Learning & Fun in Our Schools

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Parenting & Middle School

The information shared below highlights the significant changes that our students are going through and the ways in which families and schools can best support our children. We will continue to share resources throughout the year, and we look forward to working together to make your child's middle school years most rewarding and memorable.

Rainy Day Ideas

Common Sense Media

As a father with young children and a middle level educator, it is important that I use the resources available to me to find age appropriate and meaningful experiences, books, apps, and tech tools that support growth. One website that I refer to often is Common Sense Media. As you may be interested in books, apps, movies, and games during the summer, you may find the reviews and ranking helpful.

The Mission of Common Sense Media:

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

Health Concerns & Advocacy

Any Volunteers? The Risk of E-Cigarettes for Young People

Screens & Young Adolescents

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Wait Until Eighth

The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.

Screenagers: Tech Talk Tuesday Blog

Subscribe to TTT to receive conversation starters about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research and more.

Follow Us

Though decisions regarding the use of social media should be made by families, it is important to know that adolescents are increasingly drawn to this medium. The Island Trees Memorial Middle School will make every effort to model the appropriate use of social media and support your children as they navigate the digital age. To this end and to keep the lines of communication open between home and school, we ask that you consider following ITMMS on the platforms below.
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