IMS Upcoming Events
Please note some important dates coming up at Independence Middle School:
 
May 11th - 4th graders will be visiting IMS
May 16th - 6:30 pm 4th grade Parent Orientation Meeting at IMS
May 31st - 6:30 pm 8th grade Promotion Ceremony
June 1st - Last Day of School Activities/Inflatables
 
IMS Bell Schedule
Click on the attached for a copy of the 2015-2016 Bell Schedule Bell Schedule.pdf  
IMS Student Handbook
Click the attached link for a copy of the 2015-2016 student handbook.  Student Handbook 15_16-1.pdf
 
Superintendent Spotlight Video Winter 2016
In this issue of Superintendent Ben Hegedish's "Superintendent Spotlight" video, Mr. Ben Hegedish visits Independence Middle School to talk about their amazing technology initiatives. Click here to watch. Thank you to IHS Junior Nick Bonvissuto for serving as our videographer and John Cadorini for handling sound. 
Second Semester Guiding Star Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
Nominations are being accepted for the Guiding Star Second Semester Teacher and Staff Member awards.  Please  These individuals play a pivotal role in our children's lives.  The Independence Local Schools Guiding Star Award honors those employees who go above and beyond the call of duty each semester.  If you know an individual that deserves special recognition, nominate him/her for the Guiding Star Award, a celebration of employee excellence.  Nominations are due April 29. 
Independence Students Participate in Healthy Beginnings Fun Run
On March 24, the Independence Recreation Center and Independence Local Schools partnered to present the first annual “Healthy Beginnings Fun Run” and Health Expo. Grades three through six were able to join in the fun while middle and high school students and staff volunteered to make the event a success. 
Independence Athletic Boosters First Ever "Indy Color Me Fun Run" Scheduled for June 18
On Saturday, June 18, the Independence Athletic Boosters will sponsor their first ever "Indy Color Me Fun Run." The 5K (3.1 mile) run or 1 mile walk will take participants over a combination of paved and cross country courses which will begin at the Independence Kiwanis Pavilion on 6363 Selig Drive in Independence. Runners begin dressed in clean white T-shirts, and pass through a color station once every kilometer. Each color station is associated with a different color, with volunteers blasting the runners with dyed cornstarch out of spray bottles. 
Independence Middle School Students Compete in Local Math Competition
When other middle school-aged youngsters might have been wearing pajamas, watching TV and eating cereal early on the morning of Saturday, March 5, students from Independence Middle School were sitting in a cafeteria wielding calculators and pencils. These students were participating in the 2015 Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) Math Contest at Holy Name High School in Parma.

The eighth grade team, under the direction of I.M.S. teacher Steve Ambrose, consisted of Allie Ksiazka, Morgan Pascarella, Michael Hebert, Frankie (Francesca) Golden, Emma McGreal, and Alexis Kovesdi. The seventh grade team, under the direction of Dana Yaro-Linderman, consisted of Brandon Rzeszut, Emmet Stralka, Sydney Teare, John Eisenmann, Alyssa Pallini, and Paige Westerburg.
 
Independence Middle School's Power of the Pen Team Excels in Writing Competition
There are 11 Independence Middle School Power of the Pen team members whom have devoted hours of their time practicing creative writing skills in order to excel at the Power of the Pen competitions, and to answering prompts like the aforementioned.

The team meets weekly with teacher/advisor Mrs. Jill Wagner, and practices answering prompts and discussing the various writing techniques needed to win a writing competition. Sporadically, extra practice prompts are given to each member to be answered at home.

Six of the team members qualified for the district competition on February 13 at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School. They are Laura Artuso, Rachel de Haan, Carolyn Klima, Hannah Krzywkowski, Elek McDonald and Avery Strychasz.
 
Independence Middle School Drama Club Presents "Haphazardly Ever After?"
The Independence Middle School Drama Club will present “Haphazardly Ever After?” on January 22 & 23, 2016 at 7PM in the Independence Middle School auditorium. Tickets will be $5. There are nearly 50 students in the cast and another 25 in the various crews “That's about a quarter of the school population!” said Music Teacher and Director Gretchen Obrovac. 
Highlights of IMS Grandparents' Day
Click here to view highlights of the 2015 Grandparents' Day celebration at Independence Middle School.   
Superintendent Spotlight Fall 2015 Video
Take a moment to watch Superintendent Ben Hegedish's inaugural "Superintendent Spotlight" video.  In this episode, he visits the students of Independence Primary School.  Click here to watch.  Thank you to IHS Junior Nick Bonvissuto for serving as our videographer. 
Lunch Menu is going digital
Lunch: There's An App for That!  Independence is moving its menu from paper to cyberspace.  Parents and students can now find nutritional and allergen information with the push of a finger or the click of a mouse.
On iTunes: CLICK HERE
Google Play: CLICK HERE
 
Independence Local Schools Introduces New Administrators to its Team
Independence Local Schools has four new administrators for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Ben Hegedish is the new superintendent, Kevin Jakub is the new middle school principal, Mike Pennington is the new director of technology, and Francine Kane is the new service manager. They join Eric Koehler, treasurer, Roger Howard, director of curriculum and instruction, Sandy McCullough, director of pupil services, Cindy Ipsaro, principal of Independence Primary School, and Bill McGuinness, principal of Independence High School. 
New Middle School Principal Announced
The Independence Board of Education voted unanimously April 21 to hire Kevin Jakub as principal of Independence Middle School.

The Brunswick resident will begin in the position Aug. 1. He replaces Ben Hegedish, who will take over the superintendent position from Steve Marlow.
 
Eighth Grade Power of the Pen Team Takes Second Place
Congratulations to the Independence Middle School Eighth Grade Power of the Pen team for taking second place at the Kent State University regional tournament on Saturday, February 21. 
Independence Middle School Named a FOX8 "Cool School"
Independence Middle School was selected as this week's FOX8 "Cool School."  What an exciting week the students and staff had with a two-hour visit from FOX8 on Wednesday, November 12, then a visit to the studios to appear on "FOX8 in the Morning."  So glad all of Northeast Ohio can see the amazing learning and growth taking place with our students here in the City of Independence! 
Students Keep IMS Courtyard Looking Beautiful
Independence Middle School students, along with the help of their teacher, Alicia Hannah, work had at beautifying the courtyard each year.   Stamped sidewalks were also added this summer. 
COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS PROGAM
There is an educational option for students to earn college and high school credit at the same time by taking courses from community colleges or universities at minimal or no cost to parents.  Please click the following link for more information regarding this opportunity.  
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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