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IMS Chicago Trip
If your son/daughter is participating in the 7th Grade trip to Chicago in the fall, please remember to send in the first deposit of $180.00 due no later than Friday, April 28th.  Checks should be made payable to Independence Middle School.  The balance of the trip will then be due by Friday, May 19th.
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 
IMS Report Cards
Third Quarter report cards are now available to view on-line.
Annual "Jog Into Spring"
Please click on the following link regarding the Annual "Jog Into Spring" that is being held on Saturday, April 29th.  Annual Jog Into Spring.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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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