Academics, Attitude, Action --- February 14, 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
A Principal's Perspective ---Happy Valentine's Day--- Sending You Love!
Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. This day always makes me reflect on all the things that I love. One of the items I love at the top of my list is watching my students' succeed. The end of the school year will be here before you know it and students have a specific number of credits they are working towards. Ask your student what they are working on and if they need additional support. Your student's teachers also love to see them succeed. Don't hesitate to reach out to any of your student's teachers with questions or concerns.
As always, thank you for allowing us to serve you and your student.
A little Valentine history!
The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine's Day.
Middle School Moment
Middle School Moments
Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy the three-day weekend. Rest, relax, and rejuvenate! Meanwhile back at the Renaissance Ranch, we are planning great things.
Next week our students will take a field trip to the Crispus Attucks Museum. Crispus Attucks School was Indianapolis' first segregated high school built for African-Americans in 1927. It was named after Crispus Attucks, a black man who was the first American to die in the Boston Massacre in 1770. The museum documents two centuries of African American life in Indiana and celebrates the rich history and diversity of Indianapolis' African American Community. It is rated as one of the Midwest's top African American Museums with an extensive collection of African Art. Be sure to ask your student about the tour and general experience. Permission slips were sent home this week. If you didn’t receive one, please ask your student about it. No student can go without a signed permission slip. Don’t let your student miss this fun and educational experience.
Students are hard at work on their Black History Month projects. They have started their research and next week will begin assembling their posters. By the end of the month, we should have a hallway rich in Black History. Feel free to stop by and see all of our students’ hard work.
This week’s affirmation: Calm is power.
Middle School Team
CORE/Success, Mrs. Shaw, email@example.com
Math: Mrs. Nowling, firstname.lastname@example.org
English: Ms. Craycroft, email@example.com
Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean
Dear Renaissance Family,
Please take a moment to make sure you have access to the Parent Portal on Tyler and that your contact information is correct. Many times we need to reach parents or guardians and through the course of a school year contact information can change. It is also important that we have the correct names and information of any other relatives or friends that have permission to pick up your student. This will also insure that you are receiving the attendance calls on a daily basis. Finally, please feel free to contact me at your convenience if you have any questions or concerns regarding your student.
“It is not light we need, but fire…not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” Frederick Douglass
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
On February 23rd, 2020, students and families all across the state of Indiana can receive free help filing the FAFSA! College Goal Sunday is a program that started right here in Indiana and has spread across the country.
This event is held city-wide so please check out CollegeGoalSunday.org to find the location closest to you, and to find items to help get organized and ready for the event. College Goal Sunday is once again having a drawing for 5 scholarships worth $1,000 each for students who attend CGS and fill out a survey !
Next Date March 14, 2020
Registration February 14, 2020
Late Registration February 16-March 3, 2020.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
Next Date april 4, 2020
Registration February 28, 2020
Late Registration February 9-March 13, 2020
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…
30 Facts for Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month here are 30 Facts you might not have been aware of...
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization, was founded in 1909
- Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,”
- Created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher
- February was chosen to coincide with Frederick Douglass’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays
- Woodson built Negro History Week around traditional days of commemorating the black past to extend public’s study of black history
- The 1920s was the decade of the New Negro, the Post-War I generation with rising racial pride and consciousness
- In the 1940s, efforts increased within black community to expand the study of black history in the schools
- During the Civil Rights Movement in the South, some schools incorporated Black history into the curriculum with the hopes of advancing social change
- As early as 1940s, blacks in West Virginia began to celebrate February as Negro History Month
- Became a national month-long celebration in 1976
- Canada celebrates Black History Month in February
- The U.K. celebrates Black History Month in October
- In 1739, the Stono Rebellion in South Carolina became the largest slave revolt in colonial America
- The first black U.S. senator was Hiram Revels in 1870
- 1 in 4 cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies
- Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in 1992
- Thurgood Marshall was the first African American appointed to the United States Supreme Court
- Jack Johnson was the first African-American man to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title in 1908.
- Jazz, an African–American musical form born out of the blues, ragtime and marching bands, originated in Louisiana during the turn of the 19th century
- At a time when universities did not typically offer financial assistance to black athletes, African-American football star Ernie Davis was offered more than 50 scholarships.
- Josiah Henson fled slavery in Maryland in 1830 and later founded a settlement in Ontario, Canada, for other black citizens who had escaped
- Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson helped establish the African American-owned and -controlled Freedom Bank
- John Baxter Taylor was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal
- Alexa Canady became the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the United States.
- Cathay Williams was the first and only known female Buffalo Soldier during the Civil War
- Quincy Jones is the most Grammy-nominated artist in the history of the awards with 76 nominations and 26 awards.
- Scientist and mathematician Benjamin Banneker is credited with helping to design the blueprints for Washington, D.C.
- George Monroe and William Robinson are thought to be two of the first African Americans to work as Pony Express riders
- Inventor of the three-way traffic signal, Garrett Morgan, became the first African American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio
- Satchel Paige was the first African-American pitcher to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Renaissance supportive services offered for 2019-2020;
v Gallahue Community Hospital - Counseling School-Based service programs to assist with social and emotional challenges
v Future Promises Program - Teen parenting and casework services-Marion County Health Department
v The Indianapolis Urban League - College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered
v Inner Beauty is now housed in our building every Thursday evening 7-9p
Renaissance is always 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 --Civility and Order
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
― Albert Einstein
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”
― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius
Students Showing CORE!
Karlos McGee- Order
Heaven Hughes- Respect
Terry Williams- Order
Shahee Al-Uqdah- Excellence
Jaylon Swenden- Order
Anijah Poge- Respect and Excellence
Mikey Davis- Order
The below students were given C.O.R.E. Bucks this week for showing CORE:
CORE Awards W/E Feb 7th
Middle School CORE Awards
High School CORE Awards
Raptor Visitor Management System
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.