Academics, Attitude, Action --- January 31, 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
A Principal's Perspective ---Keeping Students Safe
When I send my own students to school I send them with the expectation that the school is doing everything in their power to ensure that my students are safe from the time they step foot in the building. As an administrator, I also recognize the hard work it takes to maintain an environment where students feel safe at all times. It is from this standpoint that I ask Renaissance parent's and guardians to assist us in keeping our learning environment safe and conducive for learning. Please speak with your students about the importance of letting an adult know before a situation gets out of hand and forces consequences that are outside of their control.
Social media continues to be a venue for drama and more and more is leading to verbal and physical altercations. Considering that Renaissance is already a "second-chance" school for many of our students as administrators we reserve the right to remove a student from this environment for habitual defiance, disruptions, and non-compliance. As we see an increase in both physical and verbal altercations please note that the school's stance is that violence of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The administrative team has worked to develop a variety of interventions that will still allow a student to be engaged in their academics but not on campus. We are also working to devise a plan where we can slowly integrate a student back into the learning environment once they have met all required expectations.
Please note the expectations for all Warren Township student's is that they are showing Civility, Order, Respect, and Excellence in all they do. We appreciate you the parent or guardian helping us enforce these expectation by speaking with your student about what CORE looks like and also we ask you stay in communication with the school so that we may be proactive and not reactive in supporting our students.
Thank you for allowing us to serve your students!
Middle School Moment
Middle School Moments
Goodbye January, and good riddance! Flu, colds, stomach bugs, ear infections, and all the rest be gone! Remember that this is a leap year, so February will have an extra day tagged on at the end.
7th and 8th grade parents and guardians: On Wednesday, Feb. 5th, Stoneybrook Middle School will host a 21st Century Scholar Night from 6:30 to 8:00pm. 21st Century Scholars is an Indiana program to help students pay for their post high school education. Students MUST apply before they enter high school. Please bring your student’s social security number, your social security number, and annual household income. This information is needed for the online application. Once your student has been approved, there is no other action needed. This program can make your child’s college education affordable and reduce or eliminate the need for financial aid. Don’t miss this great opportunity!
We still have gift cards up for grabs. This week’s magic word is “flapjack,” and the teacher to say “flapjack” to is Ms. Craycroft. So far nobody has claimed a prize. Please tell your student about this secret competition.
This week’s affirmation: I accept myself for who I am.
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
As we enter February, please remember Black History Month and its purpose. Black History month began in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a renowned African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher, and was originally referred to as “Negro History Week.” It became a month-long annual celebration first acknowledged by the U.S. Government in 1976 under the leadership of President Gerald Ford. The celebration is held in February in order to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln; both men having made positive and lasting contributions to the lives of African Americans. Today, we also celebrate this month to recognize the accomplishments made by African Americans throughout the years as part of our collective American history.
The following are great resources to learn more about the contributions of African Americans contribution to American culture and society.
- Ted Talks to celebrate Black History Month
- African American History Month
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
National School Counseling Week 2020 (#NSCW2020) is Feb. 3–7, 2020. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank your local school counselor(s). Follow #NSCW2020 on social media.
To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/nscw
Test dates for ISTEP
This announcement for middle school:
ATTENTION 7th and 8th grade families!
21st Century Scholar Night is coming to Stonybrook. Students accepted into the 21st Century program will be awarded money to pay college tuition. Students must apply during 7th or 8th grade year, so don't dely!!
When: Weds. Feb 5 @6:30-8:00
Where: Stonybrook Intermed/Middle School
Bring: student social security number, parent's social security number and yearly income of everyone in the household.
School counselors will be available to assist.
ISTEP retakes are scheduled for February. Schedules for that day will be announced.
Feb 11 - Math Part One
Feb 12 - Math Part Two
Feb 13 -ELA Part One
Feb 14 - ELA Part Two
Next Date March 14, 2020
Registration February 14, 2020
Late Registration February 16-March 3, 2020.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
Next Date February 8, 2020
Registration January 10, 2020
Late Registration January 11, 2020- January 17, 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
From the Desk of the Social Worker
Familial incarceration impacts millions of students and families around the nation each day.
Did you know?
· 162,000 Indiana citizens are in the criminal justice system, 47,000 of those being imprisoned
· 2.7 million children in the U.S. with an incarcerated parent
· People of color are over-represented in prisons and jails. While people of color makeup only 37% of the U.S. population, they represent 67% of the prison population.
Impact on Student
Having a parent (or close family member) who is in prison can impact a student’s mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects. Students who have incarcerated family members struggle with a variety of experiences. It is common for students to:
· Struggle with misbehavior
· Experience mental illnesses (like anxiety or depression)
· Have trouble trusting people
· Feel guilt and shame
· Have trouble focusing
· Express more aggression
However, students with incarcerated family members tend to develop more resilience. Resilience is the ability to mentally and/or emotionally cope with crises. To help students develop more resilience, surround them with supportive adults, provide outlets to express emotions, and encourage a positive, goal-oriented mindset.
There are a few different programs in Indianapolis that provide resources to families experiencing the imprisonment of a family member. Here are a few:
Use What You’ve Got Ministry
Renaissance supportive services offered for 2019-2020;
v Gallahue Community Hospital - Counseling School-Based service programs to assist with social and emotional challenges
v Future Promises Program - Teen parenting and casework services-Marion County Health Department
v The Indianapolis Urban League - College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered
v Inner Beauty is now housed in our building every Thursday evening 7-9p
Renaissance is always seeking to add more community resources and programs to promote, improve and increase social and emotional skills within our 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!
CORE CORNER --Civility and Order
What is Civility?
formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.
"I hope we can treat each other with civility and respect"
What is Order?
1.a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
Students Showing CORE!
1/24 C.O.R.E Drawing Winners
Tay'dryell W- Civility and Excellence
Aaliyah M - Civility
Jordan M- Excellence
Jaylin S- Civility and Excellence
Nico W- Civility and Excellence
John B- Civility and Excellence
The below students were given C.O.R.E. Bucks this week for showing CORE:
CORE Awards W/E Jan 24th
Middle School CORE Awards
High School CORE Awards
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.