Even though Innovation Middle School just opened in August in Story Park, the students, staff and PTSA are soaring with many accomplishments!
Students have adapted quickly to the digital learning platform. They have started many new clubs, including a Student Government Association, Builders Club, Art Club and National Junior Honor Society. The Athletics Department is building many strong programs, including soccer, basketball and volleyball. The Drama Department will present their second production, Suessical, the Musical, on May 10, 11 and 12.
Teachers and staff are excited to be in a new state-of-the art facility! Their enthusiasm and support of the students is amazing. They are working hard, even offering an ongoing “Phoenix Academy” on Saturday mornings to help students perfect skills in preparation for state-wide testing that will happen later this spring. The team is led by Dr. Hector Maestre, who was just recently recognized as Middle School Administrator of the Year by the Orange County School Counselor Association.
Before the school opened, the PTSA Board of Directors quickly organized last spring and met almost weekly over the summer. They hit the ground running, selling spirit wear, discount cards and offering other services before the school opened. They have been awarded grants and organized many fun events for the students, including dances, spirit nights and an event at the Orlando Eye. Many students and parents went with the Orange County PTSA to the Rally in Tally to meet with state legislators and tour the Capital. The PTSA will be distributing funds later this spring that will benefit student programs for years to come at IMS.
Innovation Middle appreciates the warm welcome and support they’ve gotten from the community. They are always looking for new ways to partner with local businesses. Available opportunities include banners around the school, sponsoring PTSA events, or advertisements in the Playbill for the spring musical. Contact the PTSA president at President@innovationmiddleptsa.org if you have ideas or want to support the school.
With so much going on, it might be hard to keep up with the busy IMS Phoenix. You can follow all the action on the PTSA website or PTSA Facebook page.