Patriot News

October 1, 2021

Message from Principal Dr. Gideon and Assistant Principal Mr. Cowart

Dear Eisenhower Students and Families,

We have finally completed the first month of September. Last month, we had 900 students return to campus. During the first month, we focused on relationships and engagements. Also, students were able to assess and take the diagnostic assessment to give teachers and the school an idea of where our students stand to gather information to support students. Instruction has started, and I have seen students engaging in complex tasks and are doing their best in their classrooms. Finally, students participate in sports and clubs such as football, cross country, drama, robotics, and more.

Although this isn't perfect, there are many things we can celebrate to start this school year amidst a pandemic. There is a lot of room for improvement as we navigate the uncertainties. But we can continue to encourage and support our students as they build their stamina in school.

Month of October

Our teachers have been working diligently in teams to continue their cycles of instruction within their departments. The diagnostic assessment gave us a baseline of where our students are currently, which helps us plan instructional practices to support our students. Parents continue to encourage students to try their best in all assignments and do a weekly check-in to see how their classes are going. Help students to establish homework and study routines at home, and help them to organize assignments. When I was in middle school, I struggled with these organizational skills, and when I finally learned and established these functioning skills, my academics improved. Teachers have started to input grades online for you to view. Please review the parent tools on the bottom of the newsletter to access student grades.


Parents, we will assess students in Mathematics, English, and Science this month. Below is the assessment Calendar for students. Parents encourage your students to do their best on these assessments. The SBA and WCAS assessment allows us to see where students are for us to support them best. Please encourage the students to try their best and have a good night's rest and breakfast during the testing days.

October 12 SBA English

October 19 SBA Math

October 22 World Language Assessment

October 26 WCAS Science

Dr. G


Mr. Cowart

Assistant Principal

Dangerous TikTok Challenges

Would you please speak with your students regarding the dangers of the TikTok monthly challenges? There is a Tiktok challenge for this month where students are tasked to hit staff members on the backside. Would you please talk to your students about how dangerous this activity is and how it may cause serious challenges if they participate in this Tiktok? These actions are harmful.


Parents want to find out ways to support our students? Please Join PTSA? You can Sign up Easily online using this QR Code below.

For more INFORMATION & UPDATES about the PTSA, follow us on Instagram @IKEPTSA & Facebook or visit our website at

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Parent Technology Tools

CANVAS - Canvas is a learning management system (Canvas LMS) that equips teachers and students with a dynamic, easily accessible content portal. Parents may use the Canvas Parent App to keep track of their child's classes in Canva.

HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC) - Home Access Center is an online application where K-12 students and parents go to:

  • update their own phone number or email information

  • enroll another child in school

  • complete annual update forms including emergency contacts, family military status, home language and more

  • access attendance, discipline, test results, IEP plans and transportation information

GRADEBOOK FOR FAMILIES - Gradebook offers parents and students secure online access to real-time information about how students in your family are doing in school. Gradebook allows guardians of students to sign up for email subscriptions to grade and assignment reports, view their student's current grades, assignments and attendance.

Please visit our Technology webpage for more information and to view frequently asked questions.