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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

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

 

 

Principal's Message


January 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Happy New Year! Welcome to our all-digital newsletter. As we begin the New Year, we will no longer be mailing paper copies of our newsletter. Instead, we will send out notices via numerous social media platforms to inform the community our newsletter is available.

The second semester will begin in just a few days. Children should be aware of their current achievement and grades. Viewing the Parent Portal and Gradebook once a week is a great way to be informed on your child's progress.

Whether it is getting involved with the school or community, there are many activities available to help children get involved. Don't let winter be an excuse for them to be inactive. Take a look at our website and see if there is a club for your child.

It is important to note that most interscholastic games begin at 4:00 P.M. Students should return home after the 2:24 P.M. bell and then come back at 4:00 P.M. to spectate at any sporting events. Students can not remain in the school unsupervised from 2:30-4:00 P.M. Children can take the 3:15 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. late bus only when participating in a supervised club or activity.

Each January we begin the budget and scheduling processes for next year. Parents should be on the lookout for important literature in regard to Middle School courses. The High School will be sending information to parents about 9th grade classes.

As in the past, we will not be accepting teacher or team requests. Such correspondence places students, parents, and teachers in precarious situations. We welcome a discussion about your child's educational needs and any information that can help your child be successful at Islip Middle School. Please send any written correspondence directly to me. Letters are not retained from year to year, so any pertinent information/requests must be sent each year. This year's deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018.

We look forward to the year ahead and wish our Islip Middle School learning community all the best in the new year.

Timothy P. Martin, 
Principal

 


 

Building Teamwork and Trust with EXCEL Science Olympians

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Science Olympiad team members in the EXCEL program recently participated in team building activities.

“Our team’s success stems from far more than academic readiness,” said EXCEL coordinator Julia Johnson. “I work hard to create a foundation of trust, communication and hard work. My students work together to overcome obstacles and stay focused under pressure.”


AnnMarie Mills Named Master Teacher

AnnMarie Mills Named Master Teacher

AnnMarie Mills, a science teacher at the middle school, was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by the governor’s office, recognizing her exemplary work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math education. The Master Teacher program, which began in 2013, honors STEM educators who have demonstrated exceptional skills in mentoring peers and furthering their professional development.

“It is truly an honor to have AnnMarie recognized for her amazing contribution to STEM education here at Islip Middle School,” said Matthew Christiansen, Islip’s coordinator for business, science and technology.

Mills, who earned her bachelor’s degree in second education and biology at SUNY New Paltz and her master’s in liberal studies at SUNY Stony Brook, has taught at the middle school since 2002. She also serves as the adviser for the school’s Nature Club and as a Science Olympiad events coach. She currently teaches life science in the integrated co-teaching classroom and the special education self-contained setting, using a nature-themed curriculum that focuses on Long Island’s local ecosystems and current environmental issues. Her classroom setting often utilizes plants, animals and the ponds located on the school campus as the backbone of her lessons. As a result, her classes can regularly be found outside discovering the wonders of nature, firsthand. 

“I was inspired to become a New York State Master Teacher by two of my middle school colleagues, Ashley Bloch and Mike Silvering, who are also Master Teachers,” said Mills. “After completing the Greentree Teacher's Ecology Workshop two years ago, I have been looking for another avenue to continue to develop professionally with other motivated teachers. The application process was rigorous and I am thrilled to begin working on developing curriculum to further enhance my students’ experience with my Outdoor Nature Centered Classroom with the help of other Master Teachers.”




A ‘Wonder’ful Way to Teach Tolerance

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Enhancing their understanding of accepting others, sixth-graders recently attended a screening of the movie “Wonder.”

“This film had a powerful message of acceptance, tolerance as well as perseverance, which were able to tie into our character education initiatives here at the middle school,” said teacher Laura Rondinella.


Middle Schoolers Spend Scientific Day at the River

Middle Schoolers Spend Scientific Day at the River

The sun was shining on Oct. 13 as AnnMarie Mills’ and Sue Lange’s life science students from the middle school put on their waders to participate in the annual “A Day in the Life of a River” field trip. With the help of natural resource experts and several other middle school teachers, the eighth-graders engaged in hands-on citizen science exploration at the Carlls River in Babylon.

“A Day in the Life” features students exploring and collecting firsthand information to learn how their river fits into the larger ecosystem. Students examine the physical and chemical aspects of each aquatic ecosystem, such as salinity, the amount of sediments, nitrates, phosphates and oxygen levels in the water, as well as conduct biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna in and around the rivers and estuary from the headwaters to the mouth of the river. Their work helps to determine the health of the aquatic ecosystem and biodiversity of the Carlls River.

“This year, our students really enjoyed using a variety of nets – including a seining net, dip nets and a cast net – to capture fresh water critters such as crayfish, bluegills, pumpkinseed fish and a largemouth bass,” said Mills. “The students were thrilled to put the equipment to good use.”

The event is coordinated jointly by Brookhaven National Laboratory; Central Pine Barrens Commission; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Seatuck Environmental Association; and Suffolk County Water Authority.

“’‘A Day in the Life’ helps students develop an appreciation for and knowledge of Long Island’s river and estuary ecosystems and collect useful scientific data,” said program coordinator Melissa Griffiths Parrott. “It teaches students to become stewards of water quality and connected to Suffolk County’s spectacular natural resources.”

“This program is a perfect vehicle for teachers to integrate various disciplines including math, media, social studies and science into their curriculum,” said co-coordinator Mel Morris, special projects manager at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s office of educational programs. “These activities are examples of authentic science research and mirror the way scientist collect and analyze.”




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