Academics, Attitude, Action --- March 20, 2020
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
Free Lunch Available-- Expanded Food Outreach-- Message from Dr. Hanson
This is Dr. Hanson, Superintendent of Schools for MSD Warren Township. I want to first thank everyone for their support, patience, and coming together to make sure that our students, staff, and families are safe during this unprecedented and challenging time. During our school closures, I will be providing a weekly Wednesday call to update our community with new information and guidance.
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th, we will be expanding our food outreach to 5 district locations, Warren Central High School, Pleasant Run Elementary, Creston, Raymond Park, and Stonybrook Intermediate Middle Schools.
We are also creating 4 community satellite locations for providing grab and go meals. These locations include: Braeburn Village Apartments, Knoll Ridge Apartments, Washington Pointe Apartments, and Shiloh Estates Mobile Home Park. All locations will be open Monday - Friday between 11:00 - 1:00 for each day that our schools are closed, including spring intersession break. Each Friday, additional food will be shared to assist families over the weekend.
If you find yourself in need beyond what is being offered, a District Community Outreach Hotline has been created. You can call 1-317-869-4308 and leave a message with your information. Someone from the district will contact you as soon as possible.
All of this information and additional resources will be shared on our website, our mobile app (under the News section), in our school newsletters, and on our district social media Twitter and Facebook accounts. I encourage you to check these communications on a regular basis.
All of our students, staff and families are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. We will continue to keep you updated as changes come our way.
Have a good evening.
A Principal's Perspective ---School Closed--- Effective Immediately
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and safe. This is a crazy time and all we can do is stay calm and wait it out. As of now I have no additional information besides what has already been shared by the district. Central office staff are monitoring the situation closely and will keep us updated if there are any changes to our return date.
A message was sent out by the district indicating that there would be "expanded food outreach" at several locations throughout the district. Please see the above memo from our superintendent Dr. Hanson and you can also find updated information on the district and Renaissance's webpages.
I want to encourage all that can to continue to work on school work that you are able to access via APEX and/or Google classroom. Seniors especially should try to stay as actively engaged as possible. Remember for many of you seniors the plan was to continue to work over this Spring Break in order to get caught up or not fall behind. Most of your teachers have so graciously continued to respond to emails and open/unlock quizzes. Establish a routine or commit to atleast 3 hours of course work a day. You can do this! Graduation is just around the corner.
Middle school students were sent home with E-Learning work that they should put somewhere safe until instructed to work on. Middle school students still have access to a lot of online sites that can also help to keep them actively engaged in academics. If internet access is a concern please check out Warren's webpage to see how you can get access to wifi during this time out.
I miss you all! Stay safe and well. I am available any time via email email@example.com.
Middle School Moment
Middle School Moments
Please find below the emails for your student's teachers. If you have any questions regarding work during this time out please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Middle School Team
CORE/Success, Mrs. Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Math: Mrs. Nowling, email@example.com
English: Ms. Craycroft, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean
I know that there are tons of questions and a lot of "what ifs" spreading around. Please make sure you access the district or the school's website if there are any questions regarding school. The district is doing its best to keep you as informed as possible. Phone calls and email messages will continue to go out regularly to update you on what's happening.
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
I hope you all are well and staying safe. This social distancing is a serious deal. Please make sure you are adhering to the mandates being made by officials. The more people fall in line the quicker we can be out of all of this.
You all still have access to your online courses and work. Please make sure you are working. You do not want the end of the year to sneak up on you and you have not completed any courses.
Also, please know that I am available if you have questions regarding what you should be working on now. Teachers are also available to unlock and reset test and quizzes.
FAFSA - the FAFSA deadline is April 15th.
Next Date March 14, 2020--Rescheduled
Registration February 14, 2020
Late Registration February 16-March 3, 2020.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
Next Date April 4, 2020-- Rescheduled
Registration February 28, 2020
Late Registration February 9-March 13, 2020
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
MSD Warren Township and Chartwells are committed to providing meals to all school age children for each day our schools are closed, including spring intersession break. Additionally, on Fridays of each week, supplementary food items will be available to help support our families over the weekend.
Meals can be picked up between 11:00 – 1:00, Monday – Friday at the following DISTRICT locations. Please use the main entrance at each of these locations.
Creston Intermediate Middle School – 10925 E Prospect St, 46239
Pleasant Run Elementary School – 1800 N Franklin Road, 46219
Raymond Park Intermediate Middle School – 8575 E Raymond Street, 46239
Stonybrook Intermediate Middle School – 11300 Stonybrook Drive, 46229
Warren Central High School – 9500 E 16th Street, 46229
Meals can also be picked up between 11:00 – 1:00, Monday – Friday at the following COMMUNITY satellite locations. Yellow district school busses will be used to distribute food at these locations.
Braeburn Village Apartments – 2170 Braeburn E Drive, 46219
Knoll Ridge Apartments – 11415 Knollridge Ln, 46229
Shiloh Estates Mobile Home Park – 7441 Chinook Cir, 46219
Washington Pointe Apartments – 625
Bellhaven Place, 46229
If you are not able to participate at the above locations and have a significant need for food or other support, you can contact our MSD Warren Township Community Outreach Hotline, 1-317-869-4308 and leave a message with your information. This line will be monitored Monday – Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and someone from MSD Warren Township will contact you as soon as possible.
Additional Assistance Information
Warren Township Trustee - Food and Household Vouchers - Eligibility Requirements
● Hours: Open, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
● Address: 501 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219
● Phone: (317) 327-8947 La Plaza
● Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
● Website: https://www.laplazaindy.org/
● Address: 8902 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226
● Phone: (317) 890-3292
Information on how to get internet access:
● Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription for a limited time. Installation fees will also be waived for these households. Enroll by calling 844-488- 8395.
● Charter will also continue Spectrum Internet Assist, a program offering low-cost broadband internet of 30 Mbps for low-income households without school-aged children.
● Comcast, which owns Xfinity, will offer 60 days free and increased speeds for new families who join the Internet Essentials program, an internet access program for low-income families that is normally $9.95 a month.
● AT&T announced on Friday it would not cancel service and would waive late fees for any wireless, home phone, broadband residential or small business customer experiencing hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic and can't pay their bills.
● Qualifying low-income households can apply for $10 a month internet access through the Access from AT&T program. Fixed Wireless Internet and Wireline customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will also keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open.
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!
CORE CORNER --Civility
Civility comes from the word civilis, which in Latin means "citizen". Merriam Webster defines civility as civilized conduct (especially: courtesy or politeness) or a polite act or expression. Historically, civility also meant training in the humanities.
“Genuine tolerance does not mean ignoring differences as if differences made no difference. Genuine tolerance means engaging differences within a bond of civility and respect.” “Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it
Raptor Visitor Management System
Currently, every visitor who enters our building is asked to present a state of federal ID, such as a Driver’s License, and it is scanned into the Raptor System. Once the visitor has been approved, the office staff enters the reason, destination of the visit and the Raptor System will print a photo ID visitor badge. If for any reason a parent or guardian does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the staff member can use any form of ID and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System. Beginning November 11, 2019, this will apply to our PreK-4 campuses as well.
A photo ID visitor badge is not required for those who visit our schools to drop off an item or pick-up paperwork at the front desk. Further, they may drop off their items(s) or remain in the waiting area until their student is available. Please be aware that current practices established in each building remain in effect.
The safety of our students is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System provides us with a consistent process of knowing who is in our buildings at all times as well as a tool to identify those individuals who may present a danger to our students and staff.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support towards enhancing school safety protocols in our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us here at Renaissance at 317-532-2996.