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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.


IMS Testing Schedule
Here are the testing dates for all IMS students this year.
 
5th grade:  Tuesday, April 4th   English/Language Arts
                  Tuesday, May 2nd   Math
                  Thursday, May 4th   Science
 
6th grade:   Wed., April 5th       English/Language Arts
                   Wed., May 3rd        Math
                    Friday, May 5th     Social Studies
 
7th grade:    Wed., April 5th      English/Language Arts
                    Wed., May 3rd       Math
 
8th grade:     Wed., April 5th      English/Language Arts
                     Wed., May 3rd       Math
                     Thurs., May 4th      Science 
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Independence Local Schools' IPride Star of the Week Independence Local Schools' IPride Star of the Week
Mr. Wayne Benos has exemplary commitment to coaching the IHS/IMS Mock Trial teams with Dr. Rick Fierer. Mr. Benos has been attending one to two meetings per week for the entire school year as the mock trial legal advisor for six years. In his role as legal advisor for the Mock Trial, he coaches students in courtroom etiquette, oration, questioning, and delivery of statements. Going beyond this, he also reads and analyzes the Mock Trial case materials outside of practice. Mr. Benos coordinates scrimmages against other schools, and attends the official competitions for middle and high school each year. He provides constructive criticism and encouragement throughout the Mock Trial process, aiding students of all levels in achieving their potential. This year, Mr. Benos and Dr. Fierer have coached the high school team all the way to regionals! We appreciate the work Mr. Benos has done for the Mock Trial team and hope we continue to be fortunate enough to work with him in the future.
Independence Local Schools #IPrideStar of the Week Independence Local Schools #IPrideStar of the Week
Mrs. Kelsey Whitacre, Independence Middle and High School Teacher, is the #IPrideStar of the Week.  Mrs. Whitacre is a valuable asset to IMS and IHS. She always arrives with a smile on her face and a positive outlook on the day. Mrs. Whitacre makes her classroom a warm and inviting space for all students. She embraces new ideas, projects, and classroom activities. Over the years, Mrs. Whitacre has been instrumental in facilitating community activities and reaching out to those in need. She has helped her students with making blankets and pies for area shelters while teaching her students about compassion and empathy. Mrs. Whitacre not only teaches her students academics but life lessons they can not learn in the classroom.
Independence Local Schools IPride Star of the Week Independence Local Schools IPride Star of the Week
The Independence Middle School PTO is this week's #IPrideStar of the Week.  The IMS PTO continues to offer a great level of support to our students and staff. They work diligently to fundraise in order to provide for special school events such as providing donuts on Halloween or snacks for our out of state field trips. They also provide monthly grant opportunities for staff members to promote creative learning projects such as Beat Box, a digital music making and mixing tool for our music students and our wildly popular Gaga Ball pit. They continue to look for creative ways to improve our school.
Middle School Installs New Bleachers in Gymnasium Middle School Installs New Bleachers in Gymnasium
If you plan on visiting Independence’s Middle School gymnasium soon to cheer on your Blue Devil’s, you may notice a difference… brand new bleachers. The middle school decided it was time for an update from the wooden bleachers that had been in the gym since the school opened about 50 years ago and was home to the Blue Devil’s high school teams. Francine Kane, Service Manager for Independence Local Schools, has been working hard since this past summer to request a government grant to supply the bleachers.
Independence Local Schools' IPride Star of the Week Independence Local Schools' IPride Star of the Week
This week's IPride Star of the Week is Mr. Mike Gruber, art teacher at Independence Primary School and middle school athletic director.  In any successful school district, you need a person like Mr. Gruber.  He is not only an outstanding and creative art teacher at IPS, but he is an invaluable member of the IMS staff where he serves as athletic director.  Mr. Gruber was nominated by Mr. Kevin Jakub, principal of Independence Middle School.
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Independence Middle School  |  6111 Archwood Road  |  Independence, OH 44131
P: (216) 642-5865  |  F: (216) 520-7002 | Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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