Equity Advisory Council
The IMS Equity Advisory Council meets during the school year to advise the Principal on the school culture through an equity lens. Parents interested in joining are asked to reach out to an administrator.
2023-24 Equity Team Members
- Mark Jergens-Zmuda, Principal
- Becky Mullvain, Assistant Principal
IMS Grade Level Team Leaders:
- Hayley Beck, 6th grade Team Lead
- Diana Triplett, 7th grade Team Lead
- Matthew Eisenhauer, 8th grade Team Lead
IMS Equity Co-Leaders:
- Heather McDonough
- Oracio Valdez
IMS ASB Reps - Mark Dorsett, Anna Gale
IMS Classified Rep -
IMS Student Reps -
PTSA Rep -
Community Rep -
This calendar was created by "Cultures Connecting," a consulting and coaching group, who has delivered professional development to ISD teachers and staff over the past 6 years. According to their website, "The purpose of this calendar is to address and support the diversity of students, staff, and families in K-12 education settings and beyond. We recognize that by increasing our understanding of diverse cultures, group experiences, traditions, values and beliefs, we can enhance our relationships with one another and hence, create culturally responsive environments where everyone feels valued and respected."
How Dates Were Chosen:
Due to the extensive number of cultural holidays, dates for this calendar were determined by the following four criteria:
- Might a student or staff member be absent as a result of this day?
- Might a student or staff member be disengaged as a result of this day? (e.g., hunger or a negative association with a particular day/date such as Thanksgiving, or a day of remembrance of a tragic event?)
- Might a student, family, or staff member not be able to participate in a school activity during or after school as a result of this day? (e.g., Many of our students do not participate in Halloween or Valentine's Day. There are students, families, and staff who cannot participate in district/school events that are scheduled on the evening of an important religious day observed by the Jewish or Muslim communities.)
- Does the day provide an opportunity for a teachable moment regarding ethnic or cultural diversity that might not otherwise be discussed, particularly dates associated with a continued history of oppression, discrimination, or racism?