Insight School of Indiana - January 2021
Update from the Head of Schools
Dear Parents of Insight School of Indiana,
As I join the Hoosier Academy Network as your Head of Schools, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children. By fostering a positive school culture, setting high standards for performance, increasing academic expectations for all students and engaging the community, we will obtain our goal of preparing all students for college and careers and beyond.
I would like to share my background with you. I served as a Middle School Teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 7 years, teaching Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. I obtained a Master’s Degree from Concordia University, and worked as an Assistant Principal in CPS for four years. During my tenure, our school moved from Level 3 to Level 1+ in two years. I have pursued doctoral studies at UIC, and I have also served as Principal of two Chicago Charter Schools. As you can see, I love education… I have never left the school environment! I am a life- long learner and I am so very honored to be leading Hoosier Academy Network of Schools.
After reviewing the school data, my action plan is to engage the staff in professional development to improve instruction and to also focus on informational text in the content areas of social studies and science to ensure that students expand their literacy skills. We will also focus on attendance, engagement, social emotional learning, and CRE initiatives to ensure that our students are prepared to learn. This will be a very productive second half of the year.
I am looking forward to working with you and our students as we embark on an exciting journey into academic excellence. Hope to see you at the Meet and Greet!
Interim Head of School
Hoosier Academies and Insight School of Indiana
A Note From Dr. Fries
Welcome back from winter break! In the short time I have been here at Insight, I am so impressed and proud of the work and dedication I have seen from the students, learning coaches, and staff. I appreciate each one of you. Thank you for your support and efforts in helping our students achieve greatness!
It is hard to believe that we are rounding the corner of the final stretch of the school year. This is a very exciting time for our students. Making sure they are attending classes, engaging in lessons and completing their assignments will help them finish the year strong. Feel free to reach out if you need any help or support.
Dr. Susan Fries, Insight School Principal
K12 National Clubs and Events
GET CONNECTED WITH OTHER STUDENTS!
K12 National Clubs provide social connections with students throughout the nation. National clubs are offered on a variety of topics through engaging online club sessions. Check out our K12 National Clubs Newsletter for updates on our club offerings and to register your student(s) for a K12 online club today!
College Goal Sunday is March 7th, 2021!
Have you checked your graduation plan?
Newrow for Learning Coaches
Have you heard about the exciting update that is coming to Class Connect? Next term, we will transition from Blackboard Collaborate to our new Class Connect collaboration platform, Newrow. Join us for Newrow for Learning Coaches to become familiar with the Newrow platform. The sessions will explore how the platform will look, what engaging in a lesson will be like, explore some upgraded features and learn some basic troubleshooting tips.
Newrow sessions for Learning Coaches will be offered 3 sessions per week the weeks of:
1/18 and 1/25.
- Tuesday 7-8 pm EST
- Thursday 12-1 PM EST
- Saturday 3-4 pm EST
Just for Learning Coaches
Coach to Coach is a 30 minute session offered year round. Hear from a veteran learning coach on relevant topics, such as What to Expect and Best Tips and Tricks. Join in the discussion with other coaches from across the nation.
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K12C2C
Learning Coach Café is a 60 minute drop in session offered year round where coaches can ask school questions or chat with other coaches. It is an informal chat led by a veteran learning coach. The Café is a great place to meet other coaches, receive support, and offer support.
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lc_cafe
K12 New Learning Coaches for NEW Learning Coaches: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewK12LearningCoaches/
K12 Learning Coach Café for ALL Learning Coaches: https://www.facebook.com/groups/K12LCCafe/
We also have a LC group just for Hoosier families!
Transcript requests can be submitted through parchment.com under Hoosier.
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Box Tops for Education
Do you have a great story to tell about your student(s) and the role that online and blended school has played in their lives? Are you interested in sharing your story with local reporters and media outlets?
If so, please submit it to Project Elevate, our story-collection tool, and we’ll contact you for possible media opportunities. You can submit your story online or via the free K12 Project Elevate app for iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) devices.