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Kaleidoscope of mosaics at IMS

This year’s sixth-graders will be welcomed to Islander Middle School with a brilliant, 82-foot glass mural above their lockers. The art project is a gift from last year’s sixth-graders, who completed the colorful montage of faces in May. In total, 295 students participated — nearly the entire Class of 2014.

Working in groups, the sixth-graders were asked to create images out of broken bits of recycled glass. The theme of the mural was “faces.” Artist-in-residence Sandy Glass, a professional graphic designer, led the project. Not only did Glass deliver a lesson in art theory, but she sat with each pair of students, helping them sift through hundreds of pounds of tumbled glass to find the right colors and shapes.

PTA members Sherri Seidner and Carla Kepler also helped lead the project. In total, the sixth-graders spent more than 15 hours on the mosaic. After creating unique faces — from animals, to rock stars, to abstract creations — the students glued the pieces of glass onto plywood and then grouted them together. All of the tiles were mounted last spring over the sixth-grade hallway lockers — a gift bestowed to IMS by the Class of 2014. The result is a stunning rainbow of smiles, welcoming sixth-graders to their new home.

This is the third year that IMS sixth-graders have created a school mosaic. Artwork from the Classes of 2012 and 2013 is mounted in the IMS Commons.

2008-2009 School start and dismissal times:

Elementary Schools:

School starts at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., except for early-release Mondays, when classes end at 2 p.m. Bus pick-up for students begins as early as 8:20 a.m., depending on neighborhood.

Islander Middle School:

School starts at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m., except for early-release Mondays, when classes end at 1:20 p.m. Bus pick-up for students begins as early as 7:45 a.m., depending on neighborhood.

Mercer Island High School:

School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., except for early-release Mondays, when classes end at 1:30 p.m. Bus pick-up for students begins as early as 7:25 a.m., depending on neighborhood. Metro service, routes 891 and 892, is also available.

For detailed information on MISD bus routes, visit the Transportation page (under Departments) on the district’s Web site: www.misd.k12.wa.us

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