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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.

Telephone Directory
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



Timothy P. Martin
Principal
James Cameron
Assistant Principal
 
 
 Islip Middle School Staff

 

 

Principal's Message


May 2017


Welcome Visitors:  
                                                            
I have been mentioning the nice weather for a few weeks now.  I believe it has arrived.  I will be looking forward to the children enjoying the great outdoors.  I want to thank our IMS parents for supporting our school dress code.  Details can be found on page 14 of the student planner.                                
The month of May and June have us participating in numerous recognitions, awards ceremonies, and concerts.  Be on the lookout for dates and times which can be found on our district website.

Our sixth and seventh grade students will be voting on our student government officers for the 2017-18 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 16th, in the high school gymnasium between 2:30 and 9:00 PM.   

This is the same day parents will vote on the school budget. Exercise the right to vote and make it a family affair.  It is also the same night as the Festival of the Arts.

We are cleaning out our winter lost and found. Please have your children review the items outside the cafeteria. All items not claimed will be donated to a local charity on May 18, 2017.

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.  

Course requests should be coming home via mail shortly.  Please review, sign, and  return them by May 26, 2017.

All parent letters expressing a child’s educational needs for next year should have been mailed by this time.

Regards,
Timothy P. Martin

Islip’s Family and Consumer Science Program Earns Recognition

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 Students at the high school and middle school recently participated in the 2017 Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Challenge, in which they competed to create innovative and user-friendly projects that take new approaches to real-life challenges.
 
Each challenge required students to complete an application and follow the LIFACS four-point scale rubric. Guided by FACS teachers Natalie Hamilton and Heidi Stevens, the Islip students developed their projects to submit to the LIFACS competition.
 
Three Islip students took home first-place awards in three different categories for both middle school and high school divisions. Sixth-graders Kyle Widecki and Emily Wirth were named grand prize winners in the “Let Them Eat Cake” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green” challenges. Junior Nancy Pramanand was the grand prize “Snack Attack” winner. Each winning student received a $100 cash prize and certificate.
 
Additionally, Hamilton was awarded the Promising New Professional Award for Suffolk County, recognizing her excellence in the classroom and her profession.
 
Islip’s winners were subsequently honored at the LIFACS Spring Professional Development Conference, held on April 28 at Fox Hollow in Woodbury.

Sixth-Graders Track Temperature’s Effect on Density

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During a science lab at the middle school, sixth-grade students examined how temperature affects the density of fluids, including liquids and gases. In order to conduct the experiment, students used water tanks separated with plastic dividers, pouring hot water that was dyed red on one side of the tank and cold water that was dyed blue on the other. When the dividers separating the hot and cold water were removed, students were surprised to see the cold blue water slide under the warm red water.

“Through this lab, students were able to apply this information to their weather unit,” said teacher Jamie Carlino. “This helped them understand how air masses of different temperatures react when they collide.”

Delving into DNA Barcoding with EXCEL

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As part of their work in the Open Space Stewardship Program, seventh- and eighth-graders in Islip’s EXCEL program are delving into DNA barcoding. Broken into two student groups, self-titled the “Pond Squad” and “Molecular Masters,” the groups will present their final projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory in late May.

Peer Ambassadors Bridge High School and Middle School

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The high school’s peer ambassadors, led by Assistant Principal Lisa Ward and school counselor Nicole Hall, visited the middle school on April 5 to talk to eighth-grade students about high school life.

Before the 20 peer ambassadors came to speak, the eighth-graders watched a video tour of the high school, narrated by senior Ryan Lange, to prepare them for the experience. Lange later introduced some of the high school staff at various points in the school day.  The eighth-graders used the prep time to brainstorm questions about the high school and ninth grade for them to ask the peer ambassadors, who also discussed high school myths, fears and opportunities.

“The ambassadors were so mature, organized, and prepared,” said middle school counselor Kelly Doheny. “What wonderful role models! I think the middle school students were really impressed and learned so much.”

Islip’s Music Program Earns Another NAMM Award

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The NAMM Foundation has again recognized the strength of the district’s rigorous music program, awarding it a Best Communities for Music Education designation for 2017. Islip was one of only 4 percent of districts nationwide to be honored with this annual award, now in its 18th year, recognizing an exemplary commitment to music education.

“The Islip School District and the community at large value the arts,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Our students are not a test score or a GPA – they are unique individuals. As a community, we work hard to give each of them the opportunities and support to become a whole person and not a transcript. We strive to give our students the chance to explore the arts and become whomever they wish, whether an athlete, poet, scientist or artist.”

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