The IMS Connection

Volume 15, Issue 4: DECEMBER 2018
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Dear Parents/Guardians:

The holiday season came in quicker than expected, at least it seems that way. Ushered in with the joy of the season are the middle school winter concerts. The children are excited to perform for our community, so stop on in. If you are available, we welcome you to attend one or both of our evening performances free of charge.

This season has the middle school bustling with generosity as the community came together to help those in need. The C.A.R.E. Club and NJHS was able to collect 45 boxes of food for our local food pantry. Thank you to all who donated to the cause.

We are transitioning from fall to winter sports. As these teams compete against other schools in our gymnasium, we look forward to our student spectators bringing their positive attitudes and behavior. We offer a variety of school-based clubs for all to join. See our eBoard for details.

As we enter the second marking period, we encourage all of the students to reflect on the many accomplishments of the first quarter, what has worked well, and what can be done differently.

From all of us at IMS, we hope this holiday season is filled with joy and laughter with your family and friends.

Kind Regards,

Timothy P. Martin

Renaissance Rave

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Renaissance Rally, everywhere you go!!! The gifts have been purchased, the planning is well underway, and the halls will be jingling with excitement on December 21st. The rally will be a Jolly- Holly good time to celebrate hard work during the first quarter. Keep up your commitment and dedication, you never know who is watching!!

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As you may know, our focus for this school year is enhancing student climate and culture, and we have a number of exciting things happening on that front. Our Student Climate and Culture Committee analyzed the results our schoolwide student survey and determined two focus areas for improvement: (1) empathy/acceptance and (2) student voice/leadership.

For focus area 1, we altered our typical sequence of advisory themes to devote a whole month to activities that build student empathy and acceptance. We also focused on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our new entrants, who comprise almost 10 percent of our student population. At our New Student Welcome Breakfast, we paired student leaders with our new entrants to eat and get to know one another.

In order to build student voice and leadership, we have a number of exciting initiatives planned. We will be holding our first IMS Student Social Media Takeover on December 14th. After students apply, one student will be selected to take over IMS social media to show the world what it’s like to be an IMS student, posting pictures and captions and celebrating the student perspective. We will also be creating a Student Roundtable, where two students from each team will meet with Dr. Martin, members of our committee, and me to help us better understand how we can enhance the student experience at IMS.

Overall, we are doing everything we can to build a student-centered culture that ensures every student has what they need to succeed.


December: Pay it Forward

During the month of December, our Advisory focus will be on paying it forward. Parents can enrich our theme by discussing topics such as, “It is important to do good deeds for people.” Repay acts of kindness by being kind to someone else rather than the person who was kind to you. This helps to spread acts of kindness to a greater range of people.

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Please re-check the district calendar prior to an event to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

3 The Real Facts About Vaping and E-Cigarettes, 6 PM, MS Auditorium

5 Winter Concert Grade 6, 7:00 PM, Auditorium

11 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM* - MS Library

17 2nd Qtr. Progress Period Ends

19 Winter Concert Grades 7 & 8, 7:00 PM, Auditorium

25 Winter Recess - School Closed through January 1, 2019

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Please re-check the district calendar prior to an event to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

2 Progress Reports Posted to Portal

8 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM, MS Auditorium & Library

9 SEPTA Meeting 6:00 PM, HS Cafeteria

14 MS PTA Meeting 7:00 PM, MS Library

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - District Closed

22 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM, SES

25 2nd Marking Period Ends

29 Superintendent Meet & Greet, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, MS Café

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Students have settled into the routine of being a Middle Schooler on Team 6 Purple. We are working towards becoming lifelong learners. ELA students recently completed a Short Story Unit. They have mastered elements of literature and the use of Figurative Language. All students have become proficient in writing a paragraph that includes details, elaboration and evidence from text. Students are currently reading nonfiction text to provide background knowledge for our class novel, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.

In Science we have studied the steps of the Scientific Method and the proper use of microscopes. We are currently exploring the topics of Cells and the Human Body. We are looking into how our body is organized and works as a machine.

In Social Studies we have traveled back in time to our first ancient civilization of Mesopotamia. We are exploring the daily lives of Mesopotamians, as well as their code of laws, writing systems and the geography of land. Next we will travel to Ancient Egypt to visit the tombs of the pharaohs.

In Mathematics, the students have completed our unit on ratios and are eager to use their existing knowledge on our next unit of arithmetic operations. As always review notes daily to help you with your weekly spirals.

Team 6 Purple is working hard and having fun at the same time. We are enjoying all of our successes. If you have not yet signed up for our remind texts, please see the instructions on our 6 Purple eBoard! Please continue to check the parent portal for grades, the team eBoard for important upcoming information, and replenish school supplies as needed. Have a happy and safe holiday season.

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The 7 Red team is full STEAM ahead for the 2018-19 school year. In Spanish, Mrs. LaBella’s students are learning how to make cultural comparisons. During the month of October, students compared the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead with the American holiday Halloween.

In Mr. DeBatt’s science class, the students are exploring the properties of matter with a focus on density and buoyancy. Mr. DeBatt is excited to begin a chemical reactions unit in the near future, which will include many exciting hands-on labs and activities.

In Social Studies with Mr. Pedersen, students are exploring origins of the thirteen colonies and subsequent events that led to the birth of our great Nation, while focusing on source documents related to our core values of freedom and democracy.

In Mr. Ackermann’s Pre-Algebra class, the students just began their polynomial unit, which will prepare them for solving equations for the month of December. Every month brings the students one-step closer to the eighth grade Algebra Regents.

In English with Mr. Cox, the students have practiced reading various genres closely and actively. This is a skill that is hoped to carry across the curricula and throughout the students’ academic careers. Also, the students have and will continue to analyze authors’ use of elements in literature, their interactions, as well as their relevance to non-fiction and the real world.

Certainly, Team 7 Red is optimistic about having a fantastic experience.

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Winter's coming....

Should the opening of school be delayed, school canceled, or dismissed early, families may expect a timely announcement to that effect via automated telephone message and on the following television, radio stations, and websites:


FIOS 1 News

WALK – 1370 AM

97.5 FM

WBAB – 102.3 FM

WBLI – 106.1 FM

WHLI – B103 FM


If school is closed or dismissed early, all after-school activities are canceled.

Main Office 631-650-8500 / Guidance Office 631-650-8550

Attendance 631-650-8510 / Health Office 631-650-8525