iMiddle Parent and Community News

iMiddle news for the week of 4/20- 4/24

Thank You Day at The Bay Volunteers!

Message from the Principal

Greetings Parents & Community Members,

This week we start Common Core testing. Students will be taking the ELA test first starting on April 23rd. It is very important that students arrive to school on time and ready to give their best. Students must have their devices fully charged and ready to go because all testing with the exception of the Science test for 8th graders will be online. To learn more about the testing, click the links below.

This year, our 7th and 8th grade students will participate in presenting their best work and discuss their learning experience at the iMiddle Showcase on May 27th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. All students will be expected to present at night and will receive a grade for this project. There is a formal letter being mailed home this week and one also is being sent home with your child this week with additional details.

The purpose of this activity is to provide an opportunity for our students to experience presenting and speaking to staff, members of the community and their peers about their learning experiences in middle school. This event is also tied to Common Core State Standards for listening and speaking. We hope you can join us during the Showcase. You will receive a short orientation as what to expect, what to ask, and how to respond to students during this exciting event. Our students will have spent hours in preparation for their Showcase that would only require 1 1/2 hours of your time.

As a school community, we are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and we hope you are available to share this experience with them. The student presentations will be conducted on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Students are expected to arrive between 5:30 - 5:45 p.m with their parents or guardians. We hope you can be an active participant in this event and we need your support to act as an audience for the students presentations that will be showcased.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to your participation in this learning event.

Events Coming up:

April 23-May 12th: Common Core testing window

May 12: Zoo Trip for 7th graders who meet the privilege qualifications

May 21st: Last Day to Qualify for 8th grade Belmont Park Trip: 5/21 (Must meet 8th-grade criteria)

May 25th: Memorial Day-No School May 25th

May 27th: iShowcase-Required for all 7th and 8th Graders from 6:00 PM-7:30PM

June 3rd: Career Day- speakers needed

June 5th: Yearbook Signing Party

June 8th: 8th grade Awards Ceremony- Special awards only by invite

June 5th: 8th Grade- One Last Dance- 8th graders only

June 9th: Belmont Park Trip for 8th graders who qualify. Make-up work day for non-qualifying students.

June 10th: 4.0 celebration at iMiddle 6:30-7:30 PM * Desserts will be served*

June 9th: 7th grade Awards Ceremony- Special awards only by invite

June 12th: Minimum Day. Rewards Honor Roll Celebration- 7th and 8th grade

June 15th: Minimum Day. Promotion Ceremony at Madison for 8th graders who qualify for 8th-grade activities. Make-up work day for non-qualifying students.

Have a great week!

Nicola Labas

iMiddle Principal

Check out the student made iMiddle News from last week:

Common Core State Assessments

We are gearing up to give the Common Core State Assessments the third week of April. The assessments are expected to last approximately three weeks. Students will be testing through their ELA and Math classes on their devices. We need all (8th grade) keyboards returned to the Library for assessments. To read more about what your child is expected to know, you can click on the link below: Information for Parents.

In order to prepare for these assessments, I would like to ask that all students arrive on time to school and eat a good breakfast the weeks that these assessments are delivered.

We need speakers for our Annual Career Day

iMiddle is pleased to announce the date of our 7th annual Career Day. Please join us on Wednesday June 3, 2015 to share your passion for your work with our middle school youth. See more information on our website to share your career and experience with our students.

Cheer Tryouts at Madison High School

1. Cheer Clinic – May 30 (Gym) from 10am-noon

2. Physicals Clinic – May 30 (Dance Room) from 9-11am – ALL athletes welcome!

3. Cheer Tryouts – June 2-4 (Dance Room) & June 5 (Performing Arts Center) from 5-7pm

You can find all of this information on our cheer site at A few of our cheerleaders will also be hand delivering these flyers to your school in the next week.

Student STEAM Opportunities

Girls Coding Camp at Qualcomm this Summer

San Diego Unified, Qualcomm and Project Lead the Way have come together to offer two coding camps this summer for girls entering 7th and 8th grade.

Saura Naderi, Qualcomm's Thinkabit instructor will run the camp with support from Fremont Academy's PLTW Femineers. Each camp can accommodate up to 30 unified students. Participants will be chosen at random.

There is a $25 cost and parents will need to provide transportation to and from the Thinkabit Lab located in Sorrento Valley (5880 Oberlin Drive., San Diego, CA 92121). Lunch will be provided.

The first camp runs June 15-16, the second from June 17-18.

Registration link:

Girls and Engineering Event at UCSD

The event will take place on Saturday, April 25th, from 9am-4pm, and will be hosted at the UCSD campus. Students can choose to participate in either the programming or electronics section. This is a free event, but participants need to provide their own transportation and bring their own lunch. More detailed information can be found on our website:
Space is limited.

Art Competition and Exhibition for K-12 Students

San Diego State University College of Education’s Student Art Competition and Exhibition will be an annual event that celebrates the creativity of K-12 students in San Diego County, and encourages students, teachers and parents to explore modern and contemporary art together. Schools will be invited to submit artworks created by students related to the theme “EDUCATION”

Flier Entry Form

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School Information

PrimeTime Applications

Prime Time Applications:

It is anticipated that the demand for PrimeTime services will exceed the program capacity at most schools; therefore, it is highly encouraged that an application be submitted during the initial application period to receive highest priority. Submitting an application does not guarantee participation in PrimeTime.

Link to Application:

Families who are applying for enrollment at multiple schools under the school choice application should submit a 2015-16 PrimeTime Application for each school listed on the choice application and for the school of residence.

For additional information or questions regarding the PrimeTime Program contact the Extended Learning Opportunities Department at 858-503-1870.

Zero Period Next Year: Are you interested in a zero period for your child next year? We are offering Spanish and Band electives for students who want to take other electives throughout the day. These classes will begin at 7:00 AM- before school starts. Your child will be bringing home their elective form soon. Please select this option if you are interested in this; space is limited.

After School Support: In effort to support students with homework and interventions, iMiddle has an extended the school day until 4:00 PM. Students will be recommended to stay after school if they need additional support in any of their Core subjects. Students who wish to have a quiet place to do homework or just study are also welcome after school in the Library from 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Friday. If your child is being recommended and you do not want your child to have additional support and mentoring, please contact the Principal at

DO YOU SHOP AT TARGET? Did you know you can SAVE 5% WITH EVERY PURCHASE, GET FREE SHIPPING AND RAISE MONEY FOR INNOVATION MIDDLE SCHOOL? If you have questions, you can contact Stacy Coulter, cell/text: 858- 414-9375, Additional information about how to sign up is below.

Hot Chocolate: The ASB students are selling a sweet treat in the morning for .75. The student baristas are ready to serve!

Soccer Club: The Soccer club is meeting every Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:00. Anyone can join and it is free. Coach Vega welcomed over 30 students last week to play a new form of soccer called Futsal. Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided soccer game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. This will be a co-ed club that will meet after school on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM. Student should meet by the Library after school on Tuesday interested in playing.

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Common Core Connection

Learn More About Common Core

Common Core Resources for Parents

Common Core Videos for Parents

Click below to read what parents should know

Do you know the shifts that must take place in order for your child to be successful with Common Core? A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. This practical guide provides steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the Common Core. This document has been translated to several languages.

Giving is Easy with your Target Card!

With your Target REDcard (credit OR debit cards available)

Registration is quick and easy!

Open a Target Debit or Credit REDcard:

Go to, OR

Call 1-800-316-6142, OR

Apply at the Target store at the checkout register

Once your card has been issued OR if you already have a Target REDcard:

Call 1-800-316-6142 and ask them to link your card to Innovation Middle School, OR

Go to, scroll down to “Take Charge of Education”

and click on “Learn More.”

Find Innovation Middle School under “Search For Your School” and follow the prompts to link your REDcard to our school

Once your REDcard has been linked to Innovation Middle School, our school’s Foundation will receive 1% of all your Target purchases. All the money raised in our Foundation will go directly back to the student’s education, programs and activities!

Parents, this is free money given to our school from Target!

Let’s not miss this opportunity!

Any questions, contact Stacy Coulter, cell/text – 858) 414-9375,

Tdap Immunizations

Tdap Immunization: Don't forget that students entering grade 7 and those new to the district in grades 8-12 must show proof of their Tdap immunization against pertussis (whooping cough) prior to the first day of school. For information about other required vaccines, please visit our Enrollment Requirements page.

About Us

iMiddle is a middle school in San Diego, California. Our dedicated focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and Innovation is designed to prepare our students to participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.