Academics, Attitude, Action --- November 15, 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
No School November 19, For All Warren Township Students!
ISTEP Re-Test 11th/12th Graders ELA
Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 8:45am to Thursday, Nov. 21st, 4pm
8931 East 30th Street
MSD Raptor Visitor Management System
Warren Township Schools is pleased to announce that we are using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor System allows us to do that. The Raptor System allows us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. Our goal is to keep a balance of being a welcoming school district as well as maintaining the safety of our students and staff.
Currently, every visitor who enters our building is asked to present a state of federal ID, such as a Driver’s License, and it is scanned into the Raptor System. Once the visitor has been approved, the office staff enters the reason, destination of the visit and the Raptor System will print a photo ID visitor badge. If for any reason a parent or guardian does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the staff member can use any form of ID and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System. Beginning November 11, 2019, this will apply to our PreK-4 campuses as well.
A photo ID visitor badge is not required for those who visit our schools to drop off an item or pick-up paperwork at the front desk. Further, they may drop off their items(s) or remain in the waiting area until their student is available. Please be aware that current practices established in each building remain in effect.
The safety of our students is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System provides us with a consistent process of knowing who is in our buildings at all times as well as a tool to identify those individuals who may present a danger to our students and staff.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support towards enhancing school safety protocols in our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us here at Renaissance at 317-532-2996.
Mrs. Masimba Taylor
A Principal's Perspective
This semester is rolling right along. Thanksgiving break and then Christmas break will be here before you know it. Students should be in the process of wrapping up classes and finalizing assignments. Remember you are always able to access your students progress either through the parent portal in Tyler, your student's APEX account for online work progress, or by reaching out directly to teachers or the counselor.
If you are looking for ways in which you can be more involved in your child's education please start with by asking the below questions. Also, check the below link for the "The Eight Ps of Parent Engagement."
Don't forget to ask your student the following questions:
1. How was your day or week?
2. How many credits do you still need to graduate?
3. What did you do today to help you get closer to your goal?
4. Anything I can do to help?
5. You know I love you right?
As always feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Again, thank you for allowing us to serve your students!
Middle School Moment
Middle School Moments
Mother Nature certainly smacked us all to attention this week with shocking winds, ice, and snow! We are beginning the thawing process, but if that was a glimpse of what is yet to come, we all need to stock up on gloves, shoes, and jackets! Speaking of winter clothes - if your student is in need of a coat or other winter clothing, please let us know. We don’t want our students standing outside waiting for the busses in shorts and slides.
Update on our schedule: There will be no school for students next Tuesday, August 19th. This day is being celebrated as “Red for Education” across the country, and many of our staff members will be wearing red shirts and marching downtown to call attention to the importance of support for public education. Monday and Wednesday through Friday are business as usual here at Renaissance.
Progress reports are available now online through the parent access to Tyler. We are racing toward winter break, so stay on top of your student’s academics and encourage them to do their best.
Weekly Affirmation: I am responsible for the words that I speak.
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, 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
Hello Renaissance Family,
As we look for ways to increase our students’ exposure to new and positive experiences, I wanted to pass along several different links to leadership programs throughout the city. If you have any other questions regarding these or similar programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a great and safe weekend!!
“You only die once, but you live everyday”
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
FAFSA night 11/18 at 6pm
Parents and students are invited to a FAFSA information/completion night. Representatives will be there to answer questions and assist parents in getting started on their FAFSA forms. The FAFSA checklist is attached so you know what to bring with you.
This week Mrs. Taylor and I have been meeting with Juniors and Seniors and working with them on understanding what it takes to graduate on time. Students who are half day should earn at least 3 credits per quarter. Students who are full day should earn at least 7. The expectation is that Juniors have at least 30 - 32 credits in May 2020. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
For more information on credit requirements, please see the Warren Central Course Guide.
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.
Next Date December 7th.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
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
HAPPY NOVEMBER!!! We are 2.5 weeks away from Thanksgiving Break and 6 weeks away from Christmas Break. YAY J This is truly a month to celebrate those that serve, donate while giving selflessly of their time. It also looks great on your resume. Let’s give a big shout out for VOLUNTEERS.
Citizen services is the very American idea that we meet our challenges not as isolated individuals but as members of a true community, with all of us working together. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a renewed sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, a new season of service… We also show Civility as one of our CORE Principles. As Renaissance Firebirds our mission is similar to the society in which we live in............ portionof the speech is from former President Bill Clinton
Get involved in your area! These resources can help you find organizations in your area:
Renaissance supportive services offered for 2019-2020;
Gallahue Community Hospital - Counseling School-Based service programs to assist with social and emotional challenges
Future Promises Program - Teen parenting and casework services-Marion County Health Department
The Indianapolis Urban League - College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered
Inner Beauty is now housed in our building every Thursday evening 7-9p
Renaissance will be seeking to add more community resources and programs to promote, improve and increase social and emotional skills within our 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 --Respect
a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
"the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor"
due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
"young people's lack of respect for their parents"
“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
“Men are respectable only as they respect.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Students Showing CORE!
11/8 CORE Buck winners
Marielle Moore- Excellence
Dimetrius Williams- Civility
Darriona Mitchell- Excellence
T'Andre Moore- Civility
Jeremiah Tinson- Civility
Avonia Fox- Excellence