INSIDE ILLING


Oct. 2-6


A weekly newsletter for the

Illing Middle School community.


Teacher Greg Vickers had his hands full (in a good way) during Open House last week. Click here for that anecdote and thanks to all the parents and guardians who turned out. It's always interesting sitting at the desks that your children use each day -- not to mention meeting those teachers you've been hearing so much about. We hope to see you again for parent conferences on Nov. 15 and 16.

SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL

Created by the state’s recent education reform law, a SGC enables parents, school staff, students (where appropriate) and community leaders to work together in an advisory capacity, assisting the school administration in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the school’s achievement. Interested in being part of Illing's SGC? Contact family liaison Alex Cotto at acotto@mpspride.org
COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS

Enjoy coffee and pastry with the Illing counseling department on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. Discuss adolescent development issues, managing social media and more. We have details here.

A PICTURE FROM PICTURE DAY

Representatives from Geskus took student photos during PE classes last Monday and Tuesday. Photos should be ready in 3-4 weeks, with makeup day scheduled for Oct. 31. They also have a website and app for onilne ordering.
Is it possible? Yes: The progress report grading period closes on Thursday (Oct. 5) and we hope to have grades posted on the Home Access Center on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.
String Along

Orchestra students on Friday enjoyed a unique activity, playing along with Little Kids Rock Jam Zone. "They don't realize it, but I am working on some Orchestral techniques," said teacher Heather Sica-Leonard. "But they see it as they are playing modern songs." Friday's featured play-along tune was Coldplay's "Something Just Like This." 

PTA NEWS

MORE SCENES FROM OPEN HOUSE

Science teacher John Burkhardt (above) and STEM teacher Jill Sapanaro speak to parents, while (below) Superintendent (and interim IMS principal) Matt Geary talks with family liaison Alex Cotto.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

SPORTS

The schedules: cross country / soccer

FOLLOW ALONG ON TWITTER @MPS_Illing

We are frequently tweeting photos  and more!

QUICK LINKS

Home Access Portal / Info Snap / Lunch Menu / Food-Nutrition Forms  / Husky Health coverage / Start to Finish Library

BIG-DEAL DATES

Tuesday, Oct. 3 -- Next PTA meeting (then 11/4, 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 5/15)
Thursday, Oct. 5 (7-8:30 p.m.) -- First "Community Choir" practice (here's the complete schedule)
Tuesday, Oct. 10 (9 a.m.) -- "Coffee With The Counselors"
Late October (dates TBA) -- Parent/guardian focus groups
Wed/Thurs, Nov. 15-16 -- Parent/Teacher conferences
CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT
Students in Mr. Mac's first period class collaborate with group members to create models illustrating how marshmallows act when put under pressure in a syringe. Pressure, along with gravity and magnetism, are some of the "invisible" forces that affect us every day yet we rarely acknowledge them. 
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 b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.