Iroquois Middle School

OCTOBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Iroquois Families:


We are so excited to welcome you and your children back for the 2021-22 school year! It is a great honor to serve as the principal of Iroquois School and to work with your children every day. I want to extend a warm welcome to those of you who are new to Iroquois School. We are excited to get to know you and your children and begin to build the kinds of relationships that we know are so important in supporting student learning and achievement. I thank you for your commitment to your children and for sending them to us so prepared to continue their journey as life-long learners.


I would especially like to welcome our newest members of Iroquois—our incoming fourth grade students. Fourth grade is a transition year for our children. Change can sometimes be challenging, but change can be also be rewarding and energizing as we help children grow and embrace new milestones.


Indeed, in order to support students making a smooth transition from one grade to the next, faculty members worked diligently over the summer. Their work included planning and staff development, as well as curriculum writing and alignment. Our School Based Planning Team met to review our student performance data and to set goals for the 2021-2022 school year as well as the action steps we will use to achieve those goals. We continue to focus on ensuring that all students have access to high levels of learning, engagement, and rigor and that all students feel welcomed, nurtured, and inspired here at Iroquois School. Our ultimate goal is always to meet the particular needs of each child, challenging our students to set their own goals for achievement and work hard to achieve those outcomes. Every staff member is charged with this overarching target and each of us works to identify and implement specific instructional strategies that will help us get there. We believe that each child belongs to all of us—and, as such, we will work diligently to ensure that we meet the needs of each and every student.


Thank you, again, for all your continued support as we build lasting relationships to support student learning and achievement here at Iroquois. I look forward to seeing you throughout the school year.


Sincerely,


Christian Zwahlen

Principal

CONTACT INFORMATION

Principal: Mr. Christian Zwahlen | christian_zwahlen@westiron.monroe.edu

Secretary: Ms. Gail Clune | gail_clune@westiron.monroe.edu

Main office: 585-336-xxxx

Fax: 585-336-xxxx

Website: https://irq.westirondequoit.org/

Health Office: 585-336-xxxx

  • Nurse: xxxxx

Transportation: 585-336-2992 | Transportation website

District Office: 585-342-5500 | District website: westirondequoit.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

OCTOBER
  • 10/8: Go Home Early Drill - dismissal at 2:20 PM
  • 10/11: NO SCHOOL - Indigenous Peoples Day
  • 10/12: School Pictures
  • 10/28 & 10/29: Halloween Obstacle Course


NOVEMBER

  • 11/10: Picture Make-up Day
  • 11/11: NO SCHOOL - Veterans' Day
  • 11/24-26: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Recess


For our full school calendar, click here.

COUNSELING UPDATE

As we look to build upon our district-wide work this school year, our staff remains focused on enhancing and implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) practices that support reaching Peak Performance for ALL students. Please click on the PDF below to read an article by our Supervisor for Counseling, Student Equity and Wellness, Mr. Joe Jackson.

FOSTERING A LOVE FOR READING

We know engaged students are the most poised to grow and learn. This is particularly true as students develop as READERS. Research shows that reading skills and endurance increase with student interest in what they read. By establishing our classrooms as welcoming and warm places to learn, we ensure students will be ready to grapple with more challenging texts and higher levels of learning. Click the PDF below to read more from K-12 Director of Humanities, Ms. Kim Cristal.
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GO HOME EARLY DRILL IS OCT. 8

The state-mandated Go Home Early safety drill is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8 - the start of a three-day weekend. All students are released 10 minutes early - at 2:20p.m. for Iroquois. If you pick up your children at school, please arrive 10 minutes early. Expect students who ride buses to arrive 10 minutes early. The K-6 Extension Childcare Program will open early and remain open until 6 PM. Crossing guard schedules also will accommodate.
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IROQUOIS STUDENTS IN THE NEWS!

Iroquois Middle School students have seven fifth-graders to thank for additional bicycle racks and a better setup for this school year. As the 2020-21 school year came to a close last June, the girls collaborated and mailed a hand-written letter to Dr. Aaron Johnson asking the West Irondequoit CSD superintendent to consider adding bicycle racks. READ THE FULL STORY!

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