Patriot News

September 17, 2021

Message from Principal Dr. Gideon and Assistant Principal Mr. Cowart

Dear Eisenhower Students and Families,

It has been a great time working with your students these past two weeks. We are now in the construction phase of our recovery, and it requires us to assess what knowledge our students know. This week students took the diagnostic assessment in Math. Students will take the English assessment beginning Tuesday.

Why is this important?

We need to know what our students know and don't know to properly support them or provide enrichment activities for students if they are ahead. Students need to try their best anytime they test.

Parents How Can you Help?

Parents, please encourage your students to try their best in any assessment. Reassure them that this isn't to harm but to help us educators best support them. For us to know what students need, we need information. Also, talk to them about how they feel after they assess. If there is some anxiety, remind them that anxiety is normal and actually a little anxiety is better then no anxiety. "Being anxious activates the fight or flight response and is meant to protect us from danger and allow us to react with faster emergencies (K.S., The benefits of Anxiety and Nervousness, 2020). "

Upcoming FALL SBA & WCAS Assessment

In October, students will be taking the FALL SBA (Math and English) and WCAS (Science) assessments which will measure last school year's standards. Again, it is essential students try their best on these assessments, more details will be provided to students next month, but I wanted families to have a heads up to prepare during these times. Help students to have a balanced breakfast and remember to continue to encourage them to do their best.

For More Information on FALL SBA & WCAS Click the links below.

Lastly, Students remember to be great! Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. I wish you luck for all the football athletes this Saturday; it was great to see many of you with your jerseys today.

Students, remember, I believe in you. Keep striving for success, believe in yourself; you got this!

Dr. G


Mr. Cowart

Assistant Principal

Curriculum Night UPDATES!!!

To reduce covid exposure Curriculum Night will be held virtually on zoom this school year. It will be on Wednesday, September 22, beginning at 6 PM.

Pre-recorded messages from your student's teachers will be available Tuesday, September 21.

Wednesday, September 22 Curriculum Night Agenda

6:00-6:15 PM Live Meeting With Principal Dr. Gideon and Principal Cowart zoom link will be shared Tuesday, September 21.

6:15- 7:00 PM Teacher Live Curriculum night calls will be hosted by students teachers Links will be emailed out to you Tuesday, September 21.

ASB Leadership Applications are Out!!! Due September 28

Students, are you interested in being part of ASB Leadership? If so, please use this link to apply today.

The application is due by September 28, and it is essential that you read the application thoroughly and only submit it once you have completed it fully. If you have any more questions, please get in touch with Ms. Sadowsky.


Parents want to find out ways to support our students? Please Join PTSA? You can Sign up Easily online using this QR Code below.

For more INFORMATION & UPDATES about the PTSA, follow us on Instagram @IKEPTSA & Facebook or visit our website at

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Best way to keep track of student progress in school

Last week I talked about the best way to track student's progress in school. Use this Friday or the weekend to do a quick check-in and have some healthy conversations. Students need to build the executive skill of organization, management, and advocacy; this could be a great way to build on those skills and build autonomy. As we all know, practice makes perfect. Plan some weekly goals for next week. :)

Breakfast and Lunch

As a reminder families, breakfast and lunch are free for the 21-22 school year.

Let's Connect

You are invited to connect with regional superintendent Dr. Sally Lancaster and engage in

conversation about the New School Year Launch and provide feedback to help us improve. We want to hear from you and hope you can attend a zoom meeting to share your thoughts.

RSVP required to receive the link for the zoom meeting.

Let’s Connect!

Topic: New School Year Launch

Date: September 20, 2021

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

After the first two weeks of school we would like to check in on how it is going.

Questions that will be posed:

  • What went well for the start of the school year?
  • What areas need improvement?
  • Are there any extra supports your child needs to make this year successful?

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the rich history, cultures, and to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latin American champions past and present.

Originally this observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

  • Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America

Parent Technology Tools

CANVAS - Canvas is a learning management system (Canvas LMS) that equips teachers and students with a dynamic, easily accessible content portal. Parents may use the Canvas Parent App to keep track of their child's classes in Canva.

HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC) - Home Access Center is an online application where K-12 students and parents go to:

  • update their own phone number or email information

  • enroll another child in school

  • complete annual update forms including emergency contacts, family military status, home language and more

  • access attendance, discipline, test results, IEP plans and transportation information

GRADEBOOK FOR FAMILIES - Gradebook offers parents and students secure online access to real-time information about how students in your family are doing in school. Gradebook allows guardians of students to sign up for email subscriptions to grade and assignment reports, view their student's current grades, assignments and attendance.

Please visit our Technology webpage for more information and to view frequently asked questions.