Academics, Attitude, Action --- September 13, 2019
Renaissance Mission Statement
"Our mission is to help students identify and learn how to cope and overcome their academic and behavioral challenges in order to become productive and responsible members within Warren Township school population and community at large."
"I never lose. I either WIN or Learn." Nelson Mandela
Immunizations Must Be Updated By September 16, 2019
Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 8:30am
8931 East 30th Street
JA JobSpark-- Middle School 8th Graders
Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 11:45am-1:30pm
1202 East 38th Street
Permission slips will be going out soon! Teachers are currently implementing curriculum activities with students in preparation for this excursion.
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 11am-7pm
8931 East 30th Street
We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 9am-2pm
8931 East 30th Street
A Principal's Perspective
The countdown begins until the end of this 1st 9 weeks. How many credits will your student have earned? Remember we are uniquely set up for students earn credits every 9 weeks instead of just at semester. We are excited to count our success stories at the end of this 9 weeks. Ask your students how close they are to wrapping up a credit. With our set up students have the potential of earning a minimum of 2 additional credits this semester. Keep pushing them to the finish line!
Semester Ends September 25, 2019!
"It's the little things that make a big difference!"
There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die. The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?” This man did not reply, took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”
What difference are we making? Big or small, it does not matter. If everyone made a small difference, we’d end up with a big difference, wouldn’t we?
Your Input Is Needed & Wanted
This fall, MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills and dispositions.
The Journey of a Graduate skills are a set of 6 skills and dispositions that have been identified by our community needed for success in and out of school. The JoG skills are Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Content Knowledge, and Resilience.
These JoG skills will serve as the foundation of the district strategic plan.
One way the district will capture community input is through an online survey. Linked below is a short survey that will ask questions around our strengths as a district and help us identify areas for improvement.
(Click on link below to begin survey)
Town Hall Meetings will also be scheduled for our teachers, students, parents and community to collaborate in person. Elementary school Town Hall Meetings will be hosted by their feeder intermediate and middle school.
Those meeting dates are below:
Monday, October 21st, 6:00 - 7:30 at Raymond Park Intermediate and Middle School
Tuesday, October 22nd, 6:00 - 7:30 at Creston Intermediate and Middle School (GC, LA, EA)
Monday, October 28th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Creston Intermediate and Middle School
Tuesday, October 29th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle School
Wednesday, October 30th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle School (PR, SH, BV)
Monday, November 18th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Warren Central High School (WCC)
Tuesday, November 19th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Raymond Park Intermediate and Middle School (LP, LO, HA)
Thank you in advance for your participation and thank you for your continued support of MSD Warren Township Schools.
Dr. Tim Hanson
Superintendent of Schools
Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean
Greetings Renaissance Family,
Please remember to call in your student if he/she will be absent or late to school. If there is no call about a missed day, the student will have an unexcused absence on their attendance.
If a parent or guardian is going to pick up a student early, please do not call the student while they are in class. Please call the office and they will have the student leave the room. Also, the parent/guardian will need to come into the school and sign the student out.
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
Class of 2020 - senior status meetings
Ms. Nassar will be holding mandatory senior status meetings with parents to go over credits, grades and plans for the rest of the year.The purpose of the meetings is to ensure parents/guardians know how their seniors are doing and to answer any questions they may have. On Monday students will be given a letter with an appointment time. If the suggested time doesn't work for you, please contact her to coordinate different dates.
Sept 23-27: College GO! Week College GO! takes place each August through November with information and resources designed to help Hoosiers plan for education beyond high school. Renaissance students and teachers will take part in a variety of a activities to let students know about opportunities beyond high school.
Sept 26: Ivy Tech visit at 9:15- 11th and 12th grade - students can sign up with Ms. Nassar or their teacher
All seniors who have not yet passed ISTEP will participate in ASVAB testing on Sept. 18th. The ASVAB is an aptitude and career exploration test given to students as another opportunity to meet graduation requirements.
Financial Aid Information Night - Class of 2020 only
Any senior planning to attend college/university should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This no-cost application could qualify students for grants or loans. Representatives from InvestED will explain the FAFSA process and help families who are ready to begin the application.
Nov. 18th 6:00pm
Visit the FAFSA page to find out more about federal financial aid and the application process.
Upcoming SAT Registration Deadline:September 6 (for October 5, 2019 test)
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:August 16 (for September 15, 2019 test)
Reminder: All of our 21st Century Scholars must take the SAT or ACT to claim their scholarship. Please see information below
Social Worker Corner-- Social Work Insight
From the Desk of the Social Worker.....
This Week in September 2019
World Suicide Prevention Day was first observed in 2003 and it now takes place on the 10th of September each year. This year, 2019 marks the 17th anniversary of the awareness day and this year the theme is “Connect. Communicate. Care”.
The World Health Organization estimates that about one million people around the world die by suicide every year. There are people all over the world who feel so low that suicide seems like the only way out. But there is always another way – and we can tackle it together!
So, how can these suicides be prevented? Well, there are many problems being dealt with worldwide. One is restricting the access people have to potentially dangerous products: for example, charcoal burning has been such a huge problem in Asian cities, that charcoal sales in supermarkets have been reduced. In the UK, a program to stop over-the-counter medication being obtained so easily has reduced overdose deaths by 34%.
From this idea of restriction access, a number of very effective prevention programs and guidelines have been put in place in various places throughout the world.
So now the question is – what can you do? There are endless ways you can make a difference. This day is all about breaking down the barriers between nations and working together – so there are no barriers to how you help either!
So Renaissance family we want to use this theme for the rest of the month “Connect. Communicate. Care.” to support one another.
At the Renaissance are as follows for services offered;
Counseling School-Based service programs to assist with social and emotional challenges – through Gallahue, Teen parenting and casework services-Marion County Health Department – Future Promises Program, College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered- The Indianapolis Urban League, and Inner Beauty is now housed in our building every Thursday evening from 7-9p and many more community resources and programs to come that will promote, improve and increase social and emotional skills within our Renaissance community.
Lori B. Dodson, MSW
School Social Worker
Phone: (317) 532.2996 ext. 2962
Senior Student Success
There has been a change in the Cap and Gowns. Students will be wearing one color(Black)with the cap(black)and tassel(black and gold).The price has changed to $34.00 dollars. All else will stay the same. Students may go to the website (herffjones.com) to access the picture of the Cap and Gown.
College and Career Planning
Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help Hoosiers of all ages complete education and training beyond high school. Go to this website and take personality quizzes, research potential careers and educational opportunities, build a resume and more!
Financial Aid Information
Is your student a 21st Century Scholar? Log on to ScholarTrack to check your student's enrollment status, update contact information or check progress on their required ScholarTrack activities.
Financial Aid for Seniors
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications are available on October 1, 2019. Stay tuned for information about a FAFSA Completion night at Renaissance when we will go through the application process.
Also, be sure to follow the College and Career Readiness page on twitter for regular updates!
Warren Athletic Info
Students are required to present Student IDs at all Warren Township sporting events.
MSD Warren Township strives to maintain a safe and orderly environment for all students while in school and at after-school events, especially our Warren Central athletic events. We ask for your support in helping us achieve this by ensuring that your intermediate and middle school student is accompanied by an adult or older Warren Central sibling, who has a WCHS student ID.
Also, for your convenience, we are including a reminder about approved items that may/may not be brought into athletic events at Warren Central High School.
CORE CORNER --CIVILITY
formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.
"I hope we can treat each other with civility and respect"
We are working really hard as a school to make sure that our students understand the importance of showing civility in all they do. Advisory classes are doing weekly lessons that review and revisit the importance of using civility in our everyday life. We are also recognizing students daily for showing Civility while at school. I would encourage you to recognize your student when you see them showing civility in the home or within your community.
Middle School Moment
Our affirmation for this week was, “No one can make me feel inferior without my consent.”
In Core/Success, we are learning about progressive muscle relaxation and current events. We also commemorated the solemn anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Reality is a focus for us in math class. Students are exploring costs associated with adult life. Ask your student about their new “job” and all that goes along with it.
In ELA class, we are working hard on our personalized learning paths. We are going to improve our reading comprehension scores by winter break!! Ask your student what their reading goal is.
Some students were assigned Chrome Books to take home this week. Next week 8th graders will prepare for a field trip that takes place on September 25th.
Watch out for permission slips!
Students Showing CORE!
9/6 CORE Buck winners
Young Men's Empowerment
Warren Central High School will be hosting a Young Men's Empowerment Conference, Saturday October 5, 2019. This is a free event for all young men.
Young Women's Empowerment Conference
Warren Central High School will be hosting the Young Women's Empowerment Conference Saturday, September 21, 2019. Come be empowered!
Warren Central High School Will be hosting a Parenting Conference Saturday, September 21 and October 5, 2019. Stop by to get parenting tips and information to support you and your students.