Academics, Attitude, Action --- October 25, 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 5, 2019 for All Students
Free Glasses For Students
If you are in need of glasses, there is a great program that provides glasses to students for FREE. Please let the school nurse or your counselor know so that they can refer you for an appointment -- these spots fill up quickly, so contact them soon!
Date: Saturday, November 9th, 10am-3pm. Sight To See Eyecare. Free Dr. Refractions and Free Eyeglasses.
Event Location: Sight To See Eyecare, Dr. Stacy Pruitt, 9948 E. Washington Street.
Contact: Bill Wittlief at 317-626-2246 or Nancy Wittlief at 317-403-2172 to register.
PSAT For All 9th, 10th, 11th Graders
Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 8:45am
8931 East 30th Street
Senior Students Exempt From Attending School October 30th, Due To Testing!
October 30, 2019 all senior students will be exempt from attending school this day due to PSAT test being administered for only 9th-11th grade students. Seniors in order to be marked as excused for this day will need to participate in one of the following activities while out of school on October 30th.
Seniors will need to either go to work, participate in a college visit day, complete assignments via APEX or Google Classroom, or participate in a community/service learning opportunity. Students will need to complete a Google Form indicating which of the above activities they are choosing. This form will be shared via their school email.
If your student opts to attend school on this day they will work from our STR (short term removal) room for the day as all classroom teachers and assistants will be assisting with testing.
Career & College Fest
Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 6-8pm
9500 East 16th Street
A Principal's Perspective
We have hit the ground running. The end of semester will be here before you know it. Students are actively working to complete classes and earn credits. We are really focused on making sure students in the building are safe and in their assigned spaces. Students continually out of assigned areas will receive a written referral and/or verbal warning from administration. If students continue to not comply and not report to assigned area modification of schedules may happen and/or student may be placed online.
Please speak to your student about the importance of getting to class on time and going to their assigned class.
As we are working to ensure that students are getting what they need please note that you have access to your student's attendance, grades, and behavior via Tyler Parent Portal. Reach out to the front desk to gain access.
Again, thank you for allowing us to serve your students!
Middle School Moment
We had a marvelous Fall Break but are happy to be back in the saddle racing toward the Holiday Season!! Getting back into the swing of school can be tough, but we did it.
This week several of our students went on a field trip to our local Meijer store where they were gifted new shoes. This initiative was sponsored by the local Rotary Club. The kids all came back to school sporting their new shoes proudly. Thank you so much to the members of the Rotary Club for their generosity.
This week’s affirmation is: “I am allowed to feel all of my feelings.” We want our students to know that their feelings are important and valid. It’s what they do with those feelings that can be positive or negative. We try to give them strategies to make positive choices.
Coming up: Nov. 5: No students. Election Day and staff professional development
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 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
Welcome back Renaissance Family,
I hope the two weeks off were relaxing and enjoyable. As we get back into the swing of things, I wanted to reiterate some key points in terms of school expectations.
- Please remember to call in your student if he/she will be absent.
-All students are only permitted 8 days per semester to be absent without a medical excuse from a doctor.
-If there are extenuating circumstances, please speak with Mrs. Taylor or Mr. Z to see if other things can be worked out.
-When picking up a student early, please DO NOT CALL THE STUDENT, call the office and we will dismiss the student from class.
We are here to provide a nurturing educational experience for all Renaissance students. As a parent or caregiver if you ever have questions, please feel free to call me at any time so that I can be of assistance to you.
Dean of Students
"You only have one life, and if it is not going in the direction you want it to, now is the time to make changes.''
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
October 30 is the PSAT for 9th through 11th graders. Seniors will not report to school that day.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages."
With most teenagers being active on social media it is important to be aware of cyberbullying, what is it and how can it be prevented. You can find informative articles at stopbullying.gov and stompoutbullying.org
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 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
From the Desk of the Social Worker………
Promoting Health for All….. Women and Men, Girls and Boys! Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Take action to increase awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer screenings.
1. Display posters about breast cancer screening in your organization’s break room.
2. Ask health professionals from your local hospital or clinic to share information about mammograms and early detection of breast cancer with your organization’s members.
3. Distribute materials about breast cancer screening at a local health fair.
4. Partner with local women’s organizations, community groups, and senior centers to share important information on breast cancer screening with women ages 40 and older.
5. Host or participate in a breast cancer walk with your organization’s members.
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.
Students Showing CORE!
10/5 CORE Buck winners
Eli Hause- Excellence
Glen Robinson- Respect
Tray Stone- Order
Jaylon Swenden- Excellence
Tashauna Gooch- Order
Azarry Hart- Excellence