The IMS Connection

Volume 17, Issue 1: September 2020


Meet The Teacher evening is currently being reconfigured.

Our Teaching

and Learning Community

will be updated as we finalize revisions.

Welcome Back IMS 2020 Parent Video
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September, 2020

Greetings Islip Middle School Students and Parents,

Welcome back to a new school year. While this year will begin differently than we would prefer, we will do our best to make it a friendly teaching and learning environment for all entering our school. This year we will focus on “Look Good! Feel Good! Do Good!”

Look Good is all about health and safety. Do you look healthy? Do you look like you have a temperature? Do you look ill? Does the environment look safe?

Feel Good takes into account your social and emotional well-being. Do you feel comfortable coming to school? Do you feel anxious? Does the environment make you feel stressed?

Do Good includes teaching and learning. Do you have what you need to teach and learn? Do you need anything to be successful today? Is there anything preventing you from doing your academic best?

At IMS, our concentration will be on Looking Good and Feeling Good, prior to Doing good. After all, if a child does not look healthy or the environment does not look safe and they feel uncomfortable and anxious, teaching and learning will not occur.

I am aware parents and students are eager to receive their cohort sections and teams. Please know, that the students who are selecting a full five day a week remote learning scenario does change our social distance protocols. In doing so, we are seeking to balance the classes as best we can. The requests are still being forwarded so we are continually updating class lists. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this information in the best interest of the health and safety of our students. We plan on having schedules posted in the coming days.

Until next time, feel free to watch the “welcome back video” and visit our e-Board in reference to the opening of Islip Middle School.

Thank you in advance for your understanding during the opening of this school year.

Wishing all a healthy return and a Happy New School Year!

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 the next time, I wish everyone well in the days ahead.

Kind Regards,

Timothy P. Martin

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On behalf of the Islip Middle School teaching and learning community, I am thrilled to welcome our students and families to the 2020-21 school year. To our 6th grade students and families, I would like to personally welcome you to IMS. We are eagerly awaiting your arrival.

I am so excited to be starting my second year as the Assistant Principal here at IMS. The IMS experience will look a bit different this year, not only for our incoming 6th graders but also for our returning 7th and 8th graders. Although it will be a bit different than in the past, our compassionate staff will be ready to help with all students needs every step of the way. I am certain it will be an amazing journey. Our journey will begin together on either September 9th or 10th depending on your cohort. As our journey begins there are a few things that I would like to remind you of. Everyone in our building will be wearing masks, while also maintaining appropriate social distancing. We will not be using lockers at this time, so to make movement throughout the building as easy as possible for students, we are asking for them to only bring minimal supplies, such as a notebook, folder, and pen or pencil. Students may also bring in a personal device if they choose.

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.


Jason P. Cohen

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 2019-20 school year in October for all 7th and 8th grade card holders. Details to follow.


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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1 Superintendent's Conference Day

2 Superintendent's Conference Day

7 Labor Day School Closed

8 Superintendent's Conference Day

9 First Day of School for Gold Cohort

10 First Day of School for Purple Cohort

14 & 15 Picture Day

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

17 & 18 Picture Day

28 Yom Kippur - School Closed

29 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, Location TBD

*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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5 MS Clubs Begin - First Day

7 1st qtr. Progress Period Ends

12 Columbus Day - District Closed

13 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, Location TBD

20 1st qtr. Progress Reports Posted to Portal

20 Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, Location TBD

23-31 Red Ribbon Week

*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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President - Marissa Peterson

Vice President - Fred Henning

Secretary - Kristy Evans

Treasurer - Michelle Ruiz

Membership registration is online ONLY

Please Join Islip SEPTA at:

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with SEPTA activities, please feel free to contact us at

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PTA is essential

In a socially distanced world, PTAs are more important than ever in connecting parents, teachers and administrators, and supporting critical school needs.

"It would be great to have every family in our school join PTA,

because we can do more together than apart."


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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are available at the Islip Middle School Store!