The IMS Connection

Volume 16, Issue 1: September 2019

PLEASE... plan to join us for an informative evening.

The Islip Middle School

Meet the Teacher Night

is scheduled for

Tuesday, September 17, at 7:00 PM.

Our AIS Information Session will begin at 6:30 PM in the library.

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I would like to welcome all of our students and parents to the beginning of a wonderful school year. I truly hope you had an enjoyable summer and had time to recharge as we embark on another year. I am confident as you enter the halls of Islip Middle School you will sense an environment of positivity and inclusivity that is unsurpassed. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children. No matter who you are and what experiences you have had, I am certain there is bound to be something new in store for you at IMS this year.

Our school community has much to offer and I encourage the children to stay involved or get involved in our school and community today. This involvement will help them pave the way for greater endeavors tomorrow.

Be sure to keep up-to-date with the Islip Middle School happenings by visiting the many social media outlets available to all.

Our first official outing will be Meet the Teacher Night, Tuesday September 17th. I hope you can join us for this informative evening.

As always, feel free to contact me at

Some helpful phone numbers include:

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

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

Until then, I wish everyone well in the days ahead.

Kind Regards,

Timothy P. Martin

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On behalf of the entire staff of the Islip Middle School, I am extremely excited to welcome our students and families to the 2019-20 school year. I would be remiss if I did not extend a great big welcome to our new 6th grade students and families, we are eagerly awaiting for you to join the Islip Middle School family.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for the opportunity to be the new Assistant Principal of the Islip Middle School. This year will present many firsts for all of us, as we celebrate an amazing learning expedition. Our adventures will begin when our students return on Wednesday, September 4th, for the first day of school. Student schedules have been posted on the portal prior to the start of school, so be sure they have a copy on the first day of school. Rest assured, if students are not sure where to go, or how to get somewhere, we will have ample staff around the building that are ready to help them get to where they need to be.

If you are reading this, you already know about our IMS Connection newsletter, but that is not the only way to keep up to date with everything happening at IMS. Please check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to catch photos, videos, and news about amazing things going on at IMS. Our eBoard has up-to-date info on everything you need to navigate your time at IMS, but if any questions do arise, I invite you to reach out to me via e-mail or call me directly at (631) 650-8515.

Our annual Meet the Teacher night at IMS will be held on Tuesday, September 17th. Our presentation for parents of students enrolled in AIS will begin at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., parents will travel through the building on a condensed time schedule similar to students’ daily schedules. I look forward to meeting you that evening.

Our goal at IMS is to make every day an adventure where every student has an astonishing experience. We look forward to the opportunity to form meaningful partnerships with the entire Islip Middle School learning community, to make this goal a reality.

Renaissance Rave

“Every end is a new Beginning”

Welcome Back from the Renaissance club!!!

We are looking forward to celebrating all of your hard work and dedication.

Just a few tips to keep in mind:

This is an opportunity for a fresh start. Remember that it’s not only about your grades but your character here in the Middle school. Therefore always try your hardest, be kind, and attendance matters.

Oh... don’t think we forgot... We are planning to celebrate your forth quarter accomplishments from the 2018-19 school year in October for all 7th and 8th grade card holders.


September: Getting to Know You....

During the month of September, advisors will be assisting students with their schedules and helping them to acclimate to their new teams and surroundings. Special emphasis will be placed on student planners as a way to improve students’ organizational skills.

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2 Labor Day - District Closed

3 Superintendent's Conference Day

4 First Day of School for Students

4 MS Fall Sports Begin

9 PTA Meeting/New Assistant Principal Meet and Greet 7:00 PM; MS Library

10 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, MS Library

12-13 MS Picture Days

16 MS PTA Yankee Candle Sale Begins

17 MS Meet the Teacher Night / AIS 6:30 PM / Grades 6-8 7:00 PM

21 Homecoming: Parade 1:00 PM, Football Game 3:00 PM

24 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, MS Library

25 EXCEL Open House 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM / MS EXCEL Roon

30 Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

*Unless otherwise noted, all Board of Education meetings will begin with an Executive Session at 6:45 PM. The public business meeting portion will begin at approximately 7:30 PM.

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1 Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

2 MS Clubs Begin - First Day

7 1st qtr. Progress Period Ends

9 Yom Kippur - District Closed

10 IDEA - Parent Presentation: Time Shoemaker, 7:00 PM, MS Auditorium

11 8th Grade Group Photo

11 PTA Yankee Candle Orders Due

14 Columbus Day - District Closed

15 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, MS Library

16 1st qtr. Progress Reports Posted to Portal

17 Rain Date for 8th Grade Group Photo

22 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

23-31 Red Ribbon Week

24 Internet Safety Night, MS Auditorium, 7:00 PM

29 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, MS Library

30 Halloween Spooktacular Event @ Islip Middle School, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

*Unless otherwise noted, all Board of Education meetings will begin with an Executive Session at 6:45 PM. The public business meeting portion will begin at approximately 7:30 PM.


President - Marissa Peterson

Vice President - Fred Henning

Secretary - Kristy Evans

Treasurer - Michelle Ruiz

Kate O'Callaghan

Executive Director of Student Support Services

and SEPTA Executive Board Member

Information on membership, our Modell’s discount fundraiser, and more is enclosed in the Middle School summer mailing. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with SEPTA activities, please feel free to e-mail us at


Jennifer Sanders - President

Colleen Kurka - Vice President

Tina Hardekopf - Secretary

Denise Nash - Treasurer

Enclosed in the Middle School summer mailing you will find information on IMS PTA membership, activities and fundraising. If you have any questions or would like to be an IMS PTA volunteer, please feel free to contact us at


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