Academics, Attitude, Action --- July 17, 2020
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
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.
Martin Luther King Jr.
A Message From The Principal
The first day of school for all Renaissance Students will be August 6, 2020. Students attending Renaissance will attend Mon-Fri. We will still maintain our half day schedule with students either attending in the AM from 8:55-11:55 or in the PM from 12:55-3:55.
I am working closely with teachers to decided how we provide a safe learning environment for all. Please note the goal will be to limit as much movement throughout the building as possible. We also will be requiring MASK in all areas of the buildings, including the classrooms.
Hot breakfast and lunch will be offered but we are still working on a plan for how to safely distribute those meals.
In preparation for the school year please note that students will need to bring their Chromebooks back and forth to school daily in their carrying cases. BACKPACKS OR DRAWSTRING BAGS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
Again, I am excited to work with our students in person and will continue to keep you informed on decisions being made.
Good Afternoon Warren Students, Families, and Staff,
This is Dr. Tim Hanson, Superintendent of Schools for MSD Warren Township.
Today marks the 125th day that we have not been able to see our students and staff in person. In that time, we have been working relentlessly to create a reopening plan that provides both access to our students and provides a safe environment for our students and staff. We have been in consistent collaboration with local and state health officials to make the decision to reopen our Warren classrooms. As of Monday, July 13th, our Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health have both provided school districts the authority to reopen.
Each week, I have been sharing that we will be offering an IN-PERSON learning model and a VIRTUAL learning model for our Warren students. After much collaboration with our Warren community, school board, and staff, we will be reopening the 2020-21 school year as follows:
Preschool will offer 3 and 5 day IN-PERSON classes. Classes can be either full day or half day.
Kindergarten - 5th Grade will be in a 5 day IN-PERSON model with an option for a 5 day VIRTUAL model. Students in the VIRTUAL model will be held to the same expectations and requirements of the IN-PERSON model.
Students in 6th - 12th grade will operate on an ALTERNATING DAY schedule. Students will be assigned to a cohort that will follow either a Black schedule or a Gold schedule. 6th-12th grade students will have both an IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL experience.
For example, students on the Black Schedule in week 1 will be IN-PERSON 3 days a week and VIRTUAL 2 days a week. In week 2 of the Black Schedule, students will be VIRTUAL 3 days a week and IN-PERSON 2 days week. The Gold Schedule will run the opposite. This model will allow us to decrease our student capacity by at least 50% and will allow us to better physically distance throughout the school. It will also provide us the opportunity to make sure our students have access to breakfast and lunch on a consistent basis. This schedule will not be altered for our employees. They will continue to work 5 days a week.
As part of our reopening plan, I will be asking the board tonight to approve a modified 2020-21 school calendar that will adjust the start date from July 29 to August 6. By moving this date back, we are able to:
Continue monitoring the Marion County COVID-19 cases and hopefully see a decrease in the number of new cases due to the July 9th Mask Mandate.
Provide our staff additional time to prepare for the new ALTERNATING DAY schedule.
Ensure that all of our safety measures are in place with signage, sanitation stations, and other precautionary measures.
By adjusting the calendar, I am recommending that we use 5 days from our 2 week spring break and moving our last day of school from Thursday, May 27 to Friday, May 28th.
I thank you for your continued investment in Warren students and schools.
- MSD of Warren Township's S.A.F.E. Reopening Plan is available to download on our website.
- The new student's first day of school is Thursday, August 6th. (New calendar attached)
- Monday, July 20th is the last day to register for virtual school. To register for virtual learning, please contact us at 317-608-0545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Starting Monday, July 20th our office is open to accept new registrations by appointment only. Please contact us at 317-532-2996 if you have registration/enrollment needs.
- Due to our new start date, summer food distribution will continue next week on Tuesday and Friday from 11-1pm.
Are you currently experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell?
Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Within the past 14 days, have you been near anyone who has been diagnosed with or experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19?
Warren Township is accepting new registrations for the 20-21 school year. If your student ended the school year in a Warren Township school you do not need to take any additional action to be registered for school. If you are new to Warren Township and want to register your student for the upcoming school year you may register in multiple ways:
- Online - Goto the district home page www.warren.k12.in.us and select the 20/21 Registration / Enrollment Link.
Our registration hotline (317-608-0545 or WarrenRegistration@warren.k12.in.us) is available to assist all new and returning families with all of their registration needs. Our school offices are scheduled to open on Monday, July 20th. If you have any registration needs before the 20th, please reach out to the hotline or attend one of our centralized registration events.
VIRTUAL LEARNING UPDATE: K-8 and 9-12In order to provide an exceptional learning experience for our students, MSD Warren is providing a virtual learning option for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Below is an update for those MSD Warren Township students and families who are considering virtual learning as an option. If you have additional questions, you can send an email to WarrenRegistration@warren.k12.in.us or leave a message 317-608-0545 and someone from the district will contact you as soon as possible. In order to schedule students in their classes on July 29th, you will need to select the virtual option by July 20, 2020. Selections made after the 20th will be placed on a waitlist.
New Student Information System-- Synergy
Warren is excited to announce that we have upgraded to a new student information system called Synergy. This means that our old parent portal, Tyler, will be going away. Instead, the parent portal will be upgraded to Synergy’s ParentVUE. ParentVUE is an online tool to help you monitor your student’s education. It allows you to update contact information and provides you with access to the latest information about your child’s attendance and scheduling. Our middle and high school families can view class assignments, report card grades, and course history with ParentVUE.
Once ParentVUE is available, parents who have a previous Tyler account will receive an email with instructions about setting up your new username and password. If you do not have a Tyler SIS account, please complete a registration form located on our parent portal webpage and return it to your school to begin the process of activating your account.
ParentVUE is a great way to stay connected with your student's school and track their academic progress. It also helps us stay in contact with you!
Chromebooks! Please Bring Your Device Daily!
In an attempt to keep students safe we are asking that students bring their individual devices from home to school daily. There will be no sharing of Chromebooks. Chromebooks will not be available in classrooms. Students will need to bring their devices, charging chords, and cases everyday to school.