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Welcome to Islip Middle School

211 Main Street
Islip NY 11751

School Hours: 8:20 a.m. – 2:24 p.m.

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Main Office: (631) 650-8500
Fax: (631) 650-8508
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8505
Asst. Principal: (631) 650-8515
Guidance: (631) 650-8550
Health Office: (631) 650-8525
Attendance: (631) 650-8510

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Timothy P. Martin
Bryan Miltenberg
Assistant Principal
 Islip Middle School Staff


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Principal's Message

May 2018

Finally, the weather has made a turn inviting us to go outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Each day at recess, we will do our best to take advantage of springtime activities. Students should dress accordingly.

Our sixth and seventh grade students will be voting on our student government officers for the 2018-19 school year. Eighth graders will vote on a King and Queen of the Conga Line for the Grade 8 Moving Up Dance. Voting takes place on Tuesday, May 15, in the high school gymnasium between 2:30 and 9:00 PM. This is the same day parents will vote on the school budget. So, exercise your right to vote and make it a family affair.

Remember to #islippride any photos showing school spirit. Let's tell our great IMS story.

We are entering the final exam season and changes in schedules will occur. Parents should review planners to note any subject-specific information. In reference to finals week, we are waiting on details from our transportation office in reference to buses. Once we have this information we will share it with you. Lastly, be on the lookout for your child's course requests coming home shortly.

Timothy P. Martin, 



NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program photo

The district has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation, recognizing’s Islip’s outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation, now in its 19th year, is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Islip answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music instruction has always been a part of the fabric here in Islip,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Being recognized for our diligence on a national level strengthens our resolve to continue this important work.”

Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Six student-athletes from the district participated in the Special Olympics 2018 Spring Games South, hosted by Hampton Bays High School on May 6. This is the second year that Islip’s students have competed in Special Olympics events.

Members of the Islip Booster Club, led by President Terry Going initiated and organized the district’s Special Olympics activities, supported by Islip’s SEPTA. Volunteer coaches Dave Clapps, Marissa Peterson and Patty Whitehouse trained the student-athletes for the games. Islip students and staff also volunteered, supporting the students and their families at the event. 

“The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic completion in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Kate O’Callaghan, Islip’s executive director for student support services. “This gives them continuing opportunities to develop fitness and courage as they participate in the games with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

Middle Schoolers Take on Plastics for Earth Day

Middle Schoolers Take on Plastics for Earth Day

Eighth-grade life science students at the middle school prepared for Earth Day last month by participating in the school’s annual on-campus cleanup of Orowoc Lake. Equipped with waders, nets and buckets, students braved cool weather and chilly waters as they removed plastic bottles and plastic bags from the lake.

“They were amazed by the amount of plastic trash that collected in the very waters that they had grown to love and appreciate this year,” said teacher AnnMarie Mills. “This outdoor activity supported the lessons taught inside the classroom that focused on the harmful effects that these plastics have on our environment, especially plastic bags.”

The Seatuck Environmental Association enlisted the help of the life science students for their ninth annual Eco-Carnival by requesting that the eighth-graders design a “plastic bag garland” that would spur interest and curiosity in the event’s visitors.

“Our students were eager to help support the organization and immediately went to work,” said Mills. “They were so enthusiastic that the garland grew to a whopping 400 feet. Fellow students and educators gasped as they walked past room 105 and their response inspired the idea of displaying this seemingly never-ending garland on Main Street for all to see.”

On April 20, the school erected a plastic bag art instillation along the fence that lines Main Street with the hopes of generating awareness of society’s dependence on plastic. Multiple classes had the opportunity to walk through the fluttering bags on the windy day.

“The students described the experience as powerful, saddening and amazing,” said Mills. “The honking response of community members as they drove by generated as sense of validation, that this war on single-use plastics is supported by many and once again, the opinions and voices of our generation are being heard.”

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival
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Bringing together hundreds of young orchestra musicians from several of the district’s buildings, the recent annual spring districtwide String Festival continued a tradition of giving student string players a chance to shine as well as perform as a massed group.

“The String Festival gives older students an opportunity to appreciate how far they’ve come as musicians, while giving younger students the opportunity to see what they can become with practice,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “The opportunity to play as part of an orchestra of 200 caps off a singular musical event for the district.”

EXCEL Students Catch a (Virtual) ‘Breakout’

EXCEL Students Catch a (Virtual) ‘Breakout’

Middle schoolers in the district’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted recently had a chance to work with a “breakout box,” an immersive learning games platform from Breakout EDU. The students had to use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box.

Afterwards, as part of EXCEL’s ongoing “Inventing Self” series, the students were treated to a virtual meeting with a surprise guest via Google Hangouts. The students had to figure out who the mystery guest was, where he was and why he was there. Through a series of perceptive questions, the students deduced the identity of the guest, Breakout EDU founder and CEO James Sanders of San Francisco, California.

Sanders began his education career as a middle school history teacher in South Los Angeles, where he worked with Google to pilot and launch Chromebooks for Education. As a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, he he led the development of Future Ready Schools and the White House Film Festival. His inspirational virtual talk with the Islip students addressed the idea of embracing setbacks, touching on how his experience with failure served him well in paving the path that led to his great success as an entrepreneur.

“Having successful real world giants like Mr. Sanders speak so openly and honestly with students about the non-linear pathway to success and happiness is what Inventing Self is all about,” said Julia Johnson, the EXCEL program’s coordinator.