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New Newsletter Format
Please use the link to the left "Monthly Newsletters" to view our building newsletters.  
Independence Middle School 2017-2018 Supply Lists
Please click on the following links for the upcoming school year supply lists.
 
IMS Report Cards
Fourth Quarter report cards are now available to view on-line.
Summer Volleyball Camp
Please click on the following link if interested in the Summer Volleyball Camp that will be held from Monday, June 12th - Thursday, June 15th.  Summer Volleyball Camp.pdf
IHS Upcoming Events
Please check out the following link for important information for upcoming events taking place at IHS over the summer and into the fall.  IHS Newsletter info May 2017.pdf
8th Grade Trip

Washington, D.C. 2017 Payment Reminders

Independence Middle School is proud to announce the annual 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. This year’s trip will take place October 10-12th, 2017. In an effort to save money and supply the students with the best experience possible, all plans for this trip are being made by Mrs. Vecchio, instead of a tour company.

Due to the timing of the event, it will be necessary to collect all trip funds by the end of the 2016-2017 school year. All deposits are nonrefundable. Below is a payment plan that has been developed to make the process of making deposits more convenient. The cost of the trip includes lodging, meals, transportation, entrance fees and trip related expenses.

Payment Schedule

If you are unable to meet the following schedule, (First Payment), please contact Mrs. Vecchio as she needs to finalize number of rooms needed, meal tickets, museum entrance tickets, etc.
 

1st Deposit: $150.00 Due Friday, March 17 Past Due

2nd Deposit: $150.00 Due Friday, April 28

3rd Deposit: $150.00 Due Friday, May 19

Please make all checks payable to Independence Middle School.


If you have any questions, please contact Josephine Vecchio @ 642-5865 ext. 1345

First deposit is due no later than Friday, March 17th to Miss Mac.

 
College Credit Plus
Students in Grades 7 - 12 will be able to earn credit from an accredited university while still enrolled in high school or middle school.  In order to qualify, students must demonstrate "college readiness" on a recognized college entrance exam.  If you are interested in your son/daughter pariticpating in the CCP program for the 2017-2018 school year then you must return the "Intent to Participate" form by April 1, 2017.  Please click on the following link for more information regarding the College Credit Plus Program.  College Credit Plus.pdf
Online Forms

This summer Independence Schools transitioned to online registration forms. We have had great success with parents creating accounts and completing necessary forms, but we are still missing many of you. 

You may have noticed that your child did not bring home many forms you are used to seeing every fall at the start of a new school year. This summer Indy rolled out our new online forms system for parents. This system includes Emergency Medical Forms, Acceptable Use Policy, Constant Contact information, and more. A letter was mailed to each household in August with a blue sheet of paper that had directions and a unique registration number. If you never received this letter, or misplaced it, please CLICK HERE to email Mr. Pennington for the necessary directions.

Our new online system will automatically complete information for you if you have multiple children in the district and remembers your information from year-to-year. This means less questions to answer for parents and the elimination of weeks of work by our staff who used to hand enter information from the paper forms, into our state database.


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Important 25 & Alive Survey Important 25 & Alive Survey
Help us better understand youth risk and protective behaviors in our community. Take part in the City of Independence's 25 & Alive Community Perception Survey and enter to win a Visa gift card.

To take the survey, you must be 18 years or older and live or work in Independence, Brecksville, Broadview Heights or North Royalton. Your participation is confidential and can help make a difference.

Independent researchers from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education will be conducting this survey in Brecksville, Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Independence to evaluate and guide substance abuse prevention efforts. Each community’s results are confidential and will only be shared with that community.

Partnering organizations include the Community Awareness and Prevention Association, the Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton and the City of Independence's 25 & Alive.

Click here to take the survey Community Perception Survey. After you are finished, you will be directed to a separate link to register to win one of three $250 Visa Gift Card.
Independence Middle Schools Sixth Graders Make a Difference in Community Independence Middle Schools Sixth Graders Make a Difference in Community
Over the past six years, Independence Middle School's iMovement (Pay it Forward) Day has raised more than $10,000, handed out more than 500 gift cards, cleaned up 50 homes, passed out thousands of bottles of water, helped serve lunch to more than 500 seniors, passed out dozens of trays of bakery to our city services, and so much more. Most importantly, our students and staff have created a wonderful place for people to live and work and a place that people are proud to call home...a place where people know their neighbors will take care of them. #IPRIDE at its finest.
Indy Color Me Fun Run Indy Color Me Fun Run
Click here for the registration form tor the "Indy Color Me Fun Run" on Saturday, June 17 in the Independence Kiwanis Pavilion.  It's a 5K run or 1 mile walk over a combination of paved and cross country course that is clearly marked.  Free t-shirt with pre-registration by June 7.  Registration and packet pickup is at 7:30am.  The race starts at 9am.  Awards for the top 3 men/women overall and for the top 3 men/women in each age group.
Independence Local Schools' #IPrideStar of the Week Independence Local Schools' #IPrideStar of the Week
This week's #IPrideStar of the Week is Liz Twardzik, Math/Language Arts/Reading Intervention Specialist at Independence Middle School.  Her nomination reads, "Liz is such a phenomenal addition to the IMS staff! She is kind, thoughtful, creative, innovative and hardworking. She spends countless hours preparing lessons and interventions to make sure all kids succeed. She has been an integral part of our 6th grade language arts team and she continually comes up with new ideas to challenge students. She has stepped up and taken on responsibilities beyond what asked. Her innovative ideas, integration of technology and intervention background have provided us with such guidance. I am truly grateful to work with such an amazing person and professional. Liz deserves so much credit for everything she does to help the teachers and students on the 5th and 6th grade teams.
Independence Local Schools' IPride Star of the Week Independence Local Schools' IPride Star of the Week
This week's #IPrideStar of the Week is IMS Teacher Mrs. Michelle Koussa.  Mrs. Koussa is one of those great teachers you'll remember. She's energetic, fun, and helpful. She's always there in the morning and after school to help with homework or to answer any questions you might have. Mrs. Koussa came up with a really fun Escape Classroom Challenge that went with our Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root lesson. I had never been to an Escape Room before, so it was really cool to experience what it was like. She's also really nice to talk to, and will ask students how they're doing throughout the day and will send them positive messages and feedback. We do a pledge each day in reading class that helps reinforce positivity, doing your best, and knowing that you matter and belong. It really helps me when I'm not having a great day. I'm reminded that I matter, and I'm motivated to keep doing my best. Mrs. Koussa is a great teacher that I'll definitely remember. Mrs. Koussa was nominated by her student Gracie Taliaferro.
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