INSIDE ILLING


An occasional newsletter

for the IMS 
community.
Dear Parents and Guardians, 
I am excited to invite you to attend our fall parent conferences, which will take place Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 15th, 2018. Parents will be able to sign up in advance for an 8-minute conference with each of their children’s team teachers including Enrichment, Acceleration, World Language, and Elective Area teachers. The purpose is to get a brief update on how your student is doing in each class. Parents who wish to have a longer session with their student’s team of teachers should contact the team leader to request a separate meeting.You can begin signing up for conferences now. To sign up, please click here; the password for Illing is rams.  You will need to enter your student’s 5 digit student ID and verify his or her birthday. You will then be allowed to select the teachers. Please remember to select only teachers with whom you wish to meet. Once you have selected the teachers, you will be able to select times. If you have any questions, please contact me.
-- Iris Gomero, Principal
The Schedule:

7th Grade Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 14 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursday, November 15 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
8th Grade Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 14 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Thursday, November 15 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm
(Both of those days are half days for students) 
We plan to reinstate the SGC, a group of parents, staff and community members that meets monthly, working to plan the best possible experience for our students.
To learn more and see how you could participate, please click here

PBIS

It stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Illing's PBIS Committee will be working on planning and implementing school-wide practices, strategies, and interventions that will contribute to strengthening our school climate. We want the voices of our students and parents to be included in this work. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ms. Ashley Okwuazi at aokwuazi@mpspride.org.
We have updated our guidelines for backpacks and cell phone use  to ensure that we maximize instructional time and foster a safe environment. Please see this link to become familiarized with student expectations and acknowledge receiving these.
Your support in reviewing and discussing the importance of these guidelines with your child is greatly appreciated!

DEPARTMENT NEWS

Science:

The Illing Science Department has been working collaboratively to implement the new national science standards called Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). After a year of working with these new standards, understanding them in detail, and applying the newest research-based teaching approaches, it is time to start creating daily lessons and activities. Our team of science teachers are filled with great ideas and enthusiasm to get this process started. Read more.

English Language Arts:

As October ended, so did our unit on investigative journalism. Over the past month students developed the skills necessary to deliver a comprehensive news story objectively. Following this comes our first reading unit, Cliques, Bullies, and Outsiders. Your student will be reading a story many of you know well, S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. Read more.

Math:

Seventh-grade math students finished their first unit on operations with rational numbers. Pre-Algebra students finished a unit on applying the laws of exponents to simplify expressions. Eighth-grade math students are doing a unit on understanding the value of rational and irrational numbers along with applying the laws of exponents to simplify expressions and equations. Algebra students are finishing a unit on representing and solving equations and inequalities. Read more.

Follow Along
on Social Media



This is the sort of student work that we post on the illing_art Instagram account. We are frequently tweeting photos and more @MPS_Illing.
Important Dates:
  • Board of Education Meeting at Illing - 11/13/18 at 7:00 p.m.
  • PTSA Meeting - 11/13/18 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - 11/14 and 11/15
  • PTSA DQ fundraiser -- 11/14 (6-8 p.m.)
The next IMS social is this Friday, Nov. 9. Read more here.
Each month the YSB hosts a  free social right after school for Illing students! It lasts until 5:30 p.m. and there's even a bus that gets you there. (Parent/guardian pickup required.)
Our Commitment to IMS Families...

The mission of the Manchester Public Schools is to engage all students in the highest 21st Century education from preschool through graduation. Through an active partnership with students, school personnel, families and community, the Manchester Public Schools will create safe, inclusive schools where equity is the norm and excellence is the goal. All students will be prepared to be life-long learners and contributing members of society.