Week of Dec. 4-8

A weekly newsletter for the

Illing Middle School community.
Being across the street from the high school is convenient, and we took advantage on Friday by having our 'Students of the Month' breakfast in the Silk City Cafe, which is a beautiful student-run restaurant in the cooking hallway at MHS. Congrats to the students who were selected and thanks to students and staff at the high school for being such accommodating hosts.


That's (supposedly) what scientists say when they have a great idea or make a breakthrough -- the kind that come from participation in the district-wide Science Fair With Invention Convention. Early registration ends this week and here's everything that Illing students need to know including a timetable and resource list.
Mrs. Parker (assistant principal for grade 8) and Mr. Patel (grade 7) visited classrooms last week to surprise our 'Student of the Month' winners. Those chosen were allowed to select a favorite teacher to join them at their special breakfast. (The grade 8 breakfast was Friday and the grade 7 breakfast is scheduled for Monday.)
The photo above was taken at Friday's breakfast, which was prepared and served by MHS students.
STARS dollars featuring Ms. Okwauzi no longer have any value. (Sorry Ms. O, but don't worry --- we still love you!) Students who want to check their account balance can do so by clicking here.

Winter Concerts
Just a Week Away

Students in our performing groups are getting ready for our winter concerts. The instrumental event is Tuesday, Dec. 12 and the choral production is Thursday, Dec. 14, both at MHS and both starting at 7 p.m. 

Ongoing Fundraisers

Don't forget about Box Tops for Education.
Also the A+ School Rewards program with Stop & Shop.
And the ShopRite for Education program (Illing's code is 18399)
Home Access Portal / Info Snap / Lunch Menu / Food-Nutrition Forms  / Husky Health coverage / Start to Finish Library


We are frequently tweeting photos  and more!


Students in Mr. Burkhardt's science class used miniature catapults to propel small film canisters that were filled with different amounts of weight. Across the hall in Mr. Tracey's Social Studies class, students gave presentations connected to the Revolutionary War.


Friday, Dec. 8 -- Dress Down Day (benefits Seasonal Sharing)
Tuesday, Dec. 12 (7 p.m.)  -- Illing Instrumental Winter Concert at MHS
Thursday, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.) -- Illing Chorus Winter Concert
Wednesday, Jan. 24 -- Open House at Manchester High for parent/guardians of eighth-graders

Updated ABCD calendar (after storm day on 10-30) And don't forget:
Student Voices
The media center was packed Friday for another 'Open Mic" session that featured powerful, courageous, creative performances by various students.
INSIDE ILLING is compiled by Jim Farrell, the district's communications director, based mostly on contributions from IMS staff and students. He can be reached at or 860-268-6377.