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
New "Raptor Guest Management" System In Place
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!
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 11am-7pm
8931 East 30th Street
We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 9am-2pm
8931 East 30th Street
PSAT For All 9th, 10th, 11th Graders
Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 8:45am
8931 East 30th Street
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.
150 hours -- 1 Credit
200 hours -- 2 Credits
300 hours -- 3 Credits
400 hours -- 4 Credits
500 hours -- 5 Credits
600 hours -- 6 Credits
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)
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
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.”
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!
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.
Upcoming SAT Registration Deadline:September 6 (for October 5, 2019 test)
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:August 16 (for September 15, 2019 test)
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
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 (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 --Order
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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