Renaissance Revival

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

School Calendar

Please find below link that will allow you access to the most up-to-date MSD Warren Township School Calendar.

Renaissance Webpage

For more information on what happening within Renaissance visit the Renaissance School Webpage.

Immunizations Must Be Updated By September 16, 2019

Please note that students must either be updated or have an appointment scheduled by September 16, 2019 in order to continue to attend school. If you have not turned in updated shot records please do so immediately to prevent your student from NOT being able to attend school. If you have an appointment in the near future please let the school know so that we can document in our files. As long as you have an appointment scheduled your student would be allowed to attend.

ASVAB --Testing

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 8:30am

8931 East 30th Street

Indianapolis, IN

ASVAB testing will take place for all seniors who have not passed the required graduation exam. If a student meets the minimum score on the ASVAB they will have met the testing requirements for graduation and will be exempt from taking required Graduation exam. Check with your student's counselor to see if they are required to take this exam.

JA JobSpark-- Middle School 8th Graders

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 11:45am-1:30pm

1202 East 38th Street

Indianapolis, IN

Our 8th grade students are invited to participate in JA JobSpark with more than 130 industry partners providing essential career information. Students will learn about opportunities in: Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics// Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Architecture, Engineering & Construction//Business & Finance// Government, Law & Public Service, Health & Life Sciences// Hospitality & Tourism// Technology, & so much more!

Permission slips will be going out soon! Teachers are currently implementing curriculum activities with students in preparation for this excursion.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 11am-7pm

8931 East 30th Street

Indianapolis, IN

Please join us here at Renaissance for Parent-Teacher Conferences. You will have an opportunity to speak with your student's teachers and learn about their academic and behavioral progress. Senior parents will have an opportunity to meet this day one-on-one with the counselor to discuss graduation expectations.

We hope to see you there!

Picture Retakes

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 9am-2pm

8931 East 30th Street

Indianapolis, IN

Lifetouch will be in the building for picture retakes, October 22, 2019. If your student was not present for pictures in August they will need to have pictures taken on the 22nd. Please note that these pictures are used for student IDs. Student IDs are required for all Warren Township sporting events and extracurricular activities. Student not taking pictures this round will not be provided another opportunity this school year for pictures.

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!

Motivational Moment:

"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)

Strategic Planning 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

Upcoming Dates:

ASVAB Testing

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.

Important Dates

Upcoming SAT Registration Deadline:September 6 (for October 5, 2019 test)

SAT registration information

Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:August 16 (for September 15, 2019 test)

ACT registration information

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.

Community Resources:

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 ( 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 Character Trait Spotlight For the Month of August/September: CIVILITY




  1. 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.

Looking ahead:

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!

Help us congratulate our students who are showing CORE,( Civility, Order, Respect, Excellence)! Each week students are being recognized!

9/6 CORE Buck winners

La'Juan Wilson

Jaylin Stribling

Jaylen Smith

By'Leahia Wilson

China Bonner

Amya Corbin