Independence Middle School

May, 2019

State Testing

Wednesday, May 1st: Science Grades 5 and 8

Friday, May 3rd: Math All Grades

Device Collection Day(s)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6th Grade Chromebooks

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 5th Grade iPads

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7th Grade Chromebooks

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 8th Grade Chromebooks

This year student Chromebooks and iPads will be collected on May 30 (6th Grade) and May 31 (5th Grade, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade). Students should make sure their devices and chargers are in school on those days. Additionally, students will need to turn in their carry case when they turn in their device.

Ms. Hannah's Art Club

Spring Cottages!!!

After reading the story Hansel & Gretel, orthographically drawing our pattern pieces and constructing our houses, we were treated to the sweet smells of spring and decadent candy throughout our lobby. Congratulations to the following students for winning top prizes in each class period.

First place winners: Brooke Pasal and Callia Shumay

Second place winners: Emily Richards and Amanda Kaufman

Third place winners: Ally Biondi and Kaitlyn Dailey

Kona Ice Truck Returns

During all lunch periods on Thursday, May 2nd.

5th Grade Drama Club

5th Grade Drama presents: 40 Plays in 40 Minutes

It's a race against the clock in this madcap challenge to perform 40 plays in only 40 minutes! These 40 mini-skits range from the quirky (like the sewing event that is announced like a sports play-by-play) to the cute (like the little girl serving "tea" to her dad) to the jokes and puns (like the many scenes that end with a punchline). Each of the 20 actors plays many different roles and individual skits are directed by several student directors in grades 7-12! Join us, Friday, May 3rd at 7PM in the IMS Auditorium! Produced and directed by Gretchen Obrovac. General admission is $3 at the door.

IMS Variety Show

Auditions for the IMS Variety Show will be held Tuesday, May 7th after school in the auditorium. Interested students should see Mrs. Obrovac for audition materials. The performance, open to all, is held on Friday, May 17th at 1:30PM in the IMS Auditorium.

IMS Spring Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 14th at 7PM - featuring 5th Grade Choir, 6th Grade Choir, 7th & 8th Grade Choir, Treble Makers Show Choir

This performance features music of the students' choosing, including Flashlight from Pitch Perfect 3, Hold Back the River recorded by James Bay, A Tribute to Queen and a Hamilton medley!

Ohio Music Educator's Association Solo & Ensemble Contest

IMS Choir members had the opportunity to work on solos or in small groups to perform at this contest for adjudicators from across the state in an effort to improve their vocal technique. On Saturday, April 6th, four soloists and two ensembles performed pieces they had been working on for weeks, in their free time, individually and with Mrs. Obrovac. Students earn a rating based on the technical aspects of their performance, such as rhythm and note accuracy, interpretation, breath support, posture, dynamics and blend and balance for an ensemble. Congratulations to the following performers:

Gabrielle Rodriguez, Mezzo Soprano Solo - Superior Rating

Callia Shumay, Mezzo Soprano Solo - Superior Rating

Samantha Johnson, Mezzo Soprano Solo - Superior Rating

Sydney Wilson, Soprano Solo - Superior Rating

IMS 8th Grade SA Ensemble - Ella Fleming, Emma Konopa, Alyssa Novak, Alex Leffler - Excellent Rating

IMS 7th Grade SA Ensemble - Gabrielle Rodriguez, Molly McGreal, Maggie Panichi, Julia Deblock - Superior Rating

Student Council

With the end of the year quickly approaching, IMS Student Council is planning for teacher appreciation week and the end-of-the-year 8th grade dance with a summer/Hawaiian theme. In addition, IMS Student Council will be holding officer elections for the 2019-2020 IHS Freshman Student Council the week of May 6th within the 8th grade.

Builder's Club

Builders Club will be hosting an "End of the Year" food drive in conjunction with Harvest for Hunger. This food drive will help fill the backpacks of children across Cuyahoga County who typically depend on school to provide meals, but are often left hungry over the summer months. The food drive will run May 6-17th. Donations can be dropped off in homeroom each morning. All goods will be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank. The top 6 products in need are tuna, canned veggies, beef stew, cereal, peanut butter, and soup. Students who donate at least 1 can will gain entry to the IMS Variety Show on May 17th. The winning homeroom will receive an ice cream sundae bar. Builders Club would like to thank you in advance for your generosity!

2019 8th Grade Washington DC

Plans for the 8th grade 2019 Washington D.C. Trip are well underway. We currently have 2 coach buses and a block of hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites in Herndon, VA, reserved for our October 8-10 trip. We also have reservations for dinner at Dave & Busters and the Hard Rock Cafe. Tickets for tours and lunch at Mount Vernon and lunch at the Reagan Food Court have also been ordered. Finally, our wreath laying time at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has also been verified, and we are excited to be able to continue this honored tradition at Arlington National Cemetery. At this time of the year, students should have their trips paid-in-full so that we can continue planning reservations and tickets needed for any exhibits that we are visiting. If you have any questions regarding the trip please contact Miss Mac or Mrs. Vecchio.

7th Grade Chicago 2020

No, we have not forgotten about the Seventh Grade trip to Chicago; we are simply altering dates. The Class of 2025 will enjoy a spring trip to the Windy City rather than one in the fall. The following is a succinct summary of the itinerary: a visit to the University of Notre Dame, dinner at an authentic, deep dish pizzeria, a Broadway show (NOT Tootsie!), a visit to Shedd Aquarium, a guided tour of Chicago, and lunch/ shopping at Navy Pier. Parents of our current sixth graders can expect a letter of interest, including a more detailed itinerary and estimated trip cost, within the next week or two.

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Save the Date

Join us for a Ford Drive 1 for your schools fundraising event, Thursday, May 23rd. The event will take place after school from 3:30-6:30pm on the IMS Campus. The time commitment will be small with a high profit return. All proceeds will benefit PTO and IMS Athletics. Details and flyer to soon follow.
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Campus Life

As the school year is coming to a close, we are looking ahead to a final month (and then a Summer) full of fun. Our club meetings this month will feature basketball tournaments, video game tournaments, dance battles, year-end awards, and the "world's largest ice cream sundae." We also have a Summer packed with events and outings such as Cedar Point, an Indians Game, Beach Day, and pool parties. If you have not already, you can receive a copy of our Summer calendar by contacting Ashley Tengler at (330)-241-7794 or


Track and Field

The boys and girls track and field team have been busy this season with several competitive meets, including three on our home turf. Independence hosted the conference meet while running under the lights, and featuring a DJ and the Kona Ice Machine on 4/26. Our away competitions have included Cuyahoga Heights and Beachwood. The team went back to Cuyahoga Heights for its final meet on 5/1, which was a relay meet. The boys and girls on this year’s MS track team demonstrated hard work and commitment. Congratulations to all 7th and 8th graders who participated!

Student Life Parent Survey

Your feedback is greatly appreciated on taking a look at the survey listed below. This will cover any and all offerings on the campus of IMS. As we look to improve, we would love your feedback. Thank you!

Officer Kevin Repicky

Dear parents,

As the school year comes to a close and the weather continues to get better I would like to remind everyone to slow down in the school parking lots. I’m sure many of you have noticed police cars in the parking lot monitoring the morning drop off and afternoon pick up. We have seen students and parents driving too fast and rolling stop signs. Please keep in mind as drivers you ALWAYS need to come to a complete stop at the stop signs. Slowing down and rolling through a stop sign and stop bar is not stopping and thus a traffic violation. The lines for the stop bars and crosswalk were recently repainted from the middle school to the football field crossing. This is where we are seeing a lot of rolling stops. We have warned numerous drivers about their driving habits and if it continues, enforcement actions will be taken. Also, please follow the flow of traffic when dropping off your children at the middle school and wait your turn in line. I know everyone is in a hurry, but by going around the line and dropping your children off outside of the normal flow of traffic or driving in the opposite direction is dangerous for your child and children exiting other vehicles. Finally, with the weather improving, there will be more children riding their bicycles to and from school. Please use extra caution.


Officer Repicky

Safe School Helpline

This Helpline has been developed for you and other students, parents and staff members to help maintain your safety and the most positive school environment possible. The purpose of the Safe School Helpline is to promote school safety and report wrongdoings or illegal activity. Any type of information involving a threatening situation to students, the school, or staff should be reported. Examples include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, bullying, drugs and alcohol, and theft.

Access Link:

800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359

800-418-6423/ Text:66746, TIPS