Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.
February Birthdays: Jane Shore: 2/9; Dirk Parker: 2/21; Katherine Taylor: 2/23; Justine Hoffman: 2/25
🧡 Black History Month is an annual celebration (every February) in the United States that recognizes the history, culture, and contributions of Black Americans. In celebration of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, we will be having a potluck lunch on 2/14. Please sign up for your dish at the front desk!
I Wish to Say. . . a collaboration with University of the Arts (permission slip needed)
As part of the English curriculum, 9th and 10th graders are currently writing persuasive speeches about an issue they find important, while 11th and 12th graders are currently studying issues of justice in the criminal justice system.
In collaboration with University of the Arts, we are offering our students the opportunity to translate their English curriculum studies into a visual and public art opportunity!
These students would be participating in Sharyl Oring’s “I Wish to Say. . .” project. In this project, the artists sit behind typewriters and ask participants what they wish to say to the next president of the U.S. The resulting letters are then used to create handmade prints, booklets, and exhibitions. To allow your student to participate in the first round of the project as participants, please complete this permission form and return it physically or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Leadership Update
Thank you to our Student Leadership Council for organizing a fun day for our students on Wednesday February 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Black History Month! There will be a student potluck lunch and a movie (vote herefor which one). Students: please sign up for your dish at the front desk!
MAP Testing: February 12–15
Starting on Monday February 12th, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students.
It will be doubly important that your child arrives at school on time and ready to do their best on these tests. We are reaching out to partner with you so that our students can achieve their best results on the exams.
MORE ABOUT WHAT THE MAP TEST IS…
MAP Growth tests are unique and adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s knowledge. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of where your child is on their learning journey— regardless of whether they are on, above, or below their grade level.
Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, teachers can identify students with similar scores in similar skills and topics and then plan instruction accordingly.
MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students in the same grade and subject with the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in grades 9 through 12 take the series of tests three times.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visitNWEA.org/familytoolkit.
Health and Wellness
We are excited to announce our Spring Speaker Series: Health Matters 2024. During select Wellness periods, we have invited local professionals to join the 9th and 10th graders in classroom discussions and activities based on the following topics: mental health, drug and alcohol awareness, sex education, nutrition, and self-advocacy.
February and March Speakers:
February 26: Clara Pritchett. Topics include body acceptance, self-worth, eating disorder risks and prevention, body positivity, and mental health.
March 3: Jamie O’Leary Topics include anatomy and physiology, and cultural messages around sex.
March 13: Jamie O’Leary Topics include healthy/unhealthy relationships, consent and body autonomy, and advocating for yourself in a relationship.
March 18: Jamie O’LearyTopics include safe sex/contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and healthcare.
There will be more speakers in April and May! In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Katherine at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
ISACS Parent Series (Zoom): Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm.
Please join us as we welcome author and educator Rosetta Lee. Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current news, media, and local communities. They are often trying to process thoughts, feelings, and reactions without explicit help and guidance — thereby increasing their confusion and anxiety. As adults, we have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities while also preparing them to navigate this complex world — is it possible to do both?
What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age-appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your family’s values without instilling disrespect for other perspectives? How do you coach young people toward authentic and respectful dialogue across differences? Engage in these questions and more! There will be time for Q&A. The webinar will focus on grades K-8 but will be valuable to parents of children of all ages.
Pre-college summer opportunities with financial aid!
The Coalition for College works to expand college access to communities that have been historically under-represented. This list of affordable summer programs at colleges and universities is very helpful. Participating in a pre-college summer program is a great way to further explore your interests, get a taste of what it is like to be a college student, visit a college campus, and even boost your academic profile.
Summer Dual Enrollment Information for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Families
Any student who wishes to enroll in a course for the summer semester should set up a meeting with Jeanne to ensure all enrollment tasks are complete. Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
College Funding Webinar
We are providing our 9th-12th grade families with a no-cost, no-obligation professional College Funding Evaluation because we know how important the financial piece of college planning is, and that it starts as early as 9th grade. We highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to ‘stress-test’ your current funding plans. Create your complimentary SMARTTRACK Parent account. If you already have an account, bookmark this page to login anytime. One parent account per household.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Tuesday February 13 — ISACS Parent Serieswith author and educator Rosetta Lee on Zoom, 7:30pm (details above in Opportunities — limited space, register now).
Wednesday February 14 — Student Leadership Counsel hosts a Valentine’s Day/Black History Month student potluck and movie celebration. Check Announcements above for more details. This is for students only.
Friday February 16 — No school | Professional Day
Monday February 19 — No school | Presidents’ Day
FIELDWORK & COMMUNITY BUILDING
Grades 9 and 10 participated in Sheryl Orving’s, “I Wish to Say. . .” project at University of the Arts. Students also participated in a printmaking workshop with U Arts graduate students.
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