Renaissance Revival

Academics, Attitude, Action --- September 27, 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.

New "Raptor Guest Management" System In Place

"In order to better protect our students, visitors, and staff, all visitors will be required to show a valid, government-issued ID."

This same system will also be used to sign students in/out of school. Please note the individual picking up will be required to present a government-issued ID at the time of pickup.

We thank you for your cooperation!

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.

PSAT For All 9th, 10th, 11th Graders

Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 8:45am

8931 East 30th Street

Indianapolis, IN

This assessment/test is given to gauge students college/career readiness. Data gained from student scores will allow us to build individualized support plans based of of students need determined by the test.

A Principal's Perspective

Greetings, Renaissance Family!

We have successfully wrapped up the 1st 9 weeks here at Renaissance and students are currently scheduled in their new 2nd 9 weeks courses. Remember if your student stays on track and earns credits in all assigned classes they have the potential of working ahead.

Due to the unique structure of Renaissance students also have an opportunity to earn credits for work study and community service. Students can earn up 6 credits in each. Check out the break down of hours and criteria below.

Work Study/Community Service Credits

  • Renaissance does award credits for both Work Study and Community Service.

  • Students can earn a total of 6 credits for Work Study and 6 credits for Community Service.

  • Renaissance reserves the right to pull a students work permit due to poor attendance.

  • Please note that Renaissance is not obligated to adjust a student’s schedule to meet their work schedule needs. Schedule changes are at the discretion of Administration.

Work Study

150 hours -- 1 Credit

200 hours -- 2 Credits

300 hours -- 3 Credits

400 hours -- 4 Credits

500 hours -- 5 Credits

600 hours -- 6 Credits

Community Service

40 hours -- 1 Credit

80 hours -- 2 Credits

120 hours -- 3 Credits

160 hours -- 4 Credits

200 hours -- 5 Credits

240 hours -- 6 Credits

With Fall Break right around the corner I would encourage students who are working or participating in community service to build up their hours. Breaks are a great opportunity to knock out some of the required hours. If jobs are requiring verification that students can work additional hours outside of the normal allotted hours please stop by the front office for a "letter of verification."

Words of Wisdom:

"The most important life lessons we will ever learn will be from the bad decisions we make. Time and experience can be excellent teachers when you actually learn a lesson from your poor decisions. Experience comes from our way of living, understanding and the adjustments we make. It also comes from suffering, agony and the ordeals we are afflicted by."

“Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgment.”

"We need to learn from our mistakes so that we do not run the risk of repeating them. We must develop the wisdom and sense to make good decisions and choices. Good judgment will only develop if you truly learn from your mistakes. Unfortunately, for many people, it takes a few repeats of the same mistake to learn the lesson."

"Good or bad, experiences are what help us learn lessons and form a better sense of judgment. Bad judgment seems to stick with us longer as a lesson learned because we really do not want to keep repeating it. Wisdom is the knowledge you can gain from making mistakes."

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

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

Renaissance Family,

The second quarter of the year is here and it seems like we just started. Although there have been some disruptions, I feel as though students are taking school more seriously. It is a great thing for an educator to see students grow over their time at a school. Many of the seniors that we have had for a few years are putting themselves in a position to graduate and move on to great things after that.

Parents, please continue to support your student and encourage them to complete their credits. Remind them to ask for help when needed. The staff at Renaissance will do everything in our power to put your student into a position of success, but it starts with the student first.

“Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.”

Leah LaBelle

Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:

Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor

The PSAT is on October 30th for 9, 10, 11th grade. This exam is given as a way to gauge college and career readiness.

Study guide and information will be given to teachers however students can read the guide on the College Board PSAT website.

Details about the schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

This week, 13 seniors and juniors met with Katherine Long and learned about the many programs and degrees offered by Ivy Tech. The students were particularly interested in health careers, welding and construction. We were all impressed with the variety of locations and programs to choose from. Renaissance will be having more events for our seniors who wish to apply to Ivy Tech. Thank you students for being such great hosts to our guest from Ivy Tech today!

Upcoming Dates:

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.....

As we continue to Connect. Communicate. Care.

Promote National Suicide Prevention Month

We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

If you or someone you know is in of help please use the hashtag information below: #BeThe1To

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!



Core Character Trait Spotlight For the Month of October is: Order



Learn to pronounce


  1. the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method.

    "I filed the cards in alphabetical order"

There is a natural order to how many things are done in life and for the most part things run smooth if they are done with some type of "order". Warren Township places great emphasis on the need for students to exhibit or show "Order" and/or be mindful of how things operate. It is important that students are mindful of "order" in all that they do in order to be successful and successfully navigate through life. When we operate with a sense of "order" we operate within a set of rules that are typically designed to help one meet a goal.

Middle School Moment

Middle School Moments

Reminder: Next Tuesday will be parent/teacher conferences. Students will NOT attend school that day, but they may come with you to the conferences if you like.Your student should have brought a letter home for you to sign up for a time to meet with the middle school team. If you didn’t see the letter, no problem. The 6:30 time slot has already been reserved, but all other 30 minute sessions from 11 to 6:00 are still available. If you would like to reserve a specific time slot, please email Mrs. Shaw at

The 8th graders had an absolute blast at the state fairgrounds on Wednesday. We attended the Junior Achievement JobSparks event. Students participated in hands-on experiences in a variety of professions ranging from Aviation to Zoology. Our students took particular interest in the medical field, Department of Natural Resources, FBI and Forensics, the US military, mechanical engineering, and technology. A few got to land an airplane (virtually!), investigate a crime scene, extract DNA - and KEEP it!- and participate in CPR classes. Our day topped off with amazing nachos back at school. Thanks Ms. Sam!! 7th graders, it’s your turn next year. We hope you have as much fun as WE did!!

We’re almost there!! Fall break will start at the end of NEXT week. Business as usual all week with the exception of parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday.

Our Weekly Affirmation: I can make mistakes and still reach my goals.

Important dates:

October 1st - Parent/Teacher conferences 11 - 7. No school for students.

October 5th - First Day of Fall Break!

October 21st - School resumes

Students Showing CORE!

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

9/20 CORE Buck winners

Tequila Eldridge- Respect

Ruby Cash- Order

Shawn Roton- Order

Breon Davis- Order

Jashon Samual- Order and Respect

Keyshondra McGill- Excellence

Hailey Mabry- Order