Academics, Attitude, Action --- April 30, 2021
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."
"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.
"Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
Rep. John Lewis
CAP AND GOWN ORDER FORM
CLICK HERE to complete the cap and gown order form so the correct size is ordered. Please note that this form must be completed under the student's email. No outside Warren email will be accepted to fill out the order form.
A Message From The Principal
As we prepare to wrap up this school year please note that it is very important that students are working to complete courses. It is especially important that students are attending school regularly and engaging in course work daily. May 3rd will begin our last academic rotation of the school year. The last day of school for both in-person and online students is May 28th.
Graduation for seniors meeting all course work and graduation requirements will take place June 3rd or June 4th depending on the student's last names. The district has stated that no student will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony who has not met all requirements.
Seniors still needing to complete course pass May 28th will be allowed to come in during the summer to work on course work. Seniors have until September 30th to complete all graduation requirements.
Next school year Warren Township will be offering Virtual/Online schooling options for families. Applications are currently available for interested families and can be found on the MSD Warren Township Website under the "Explore" tab Virtual/Online programs.
With 4 weeks left to go in what has been and interesting and unique school year please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns. As always it is a pleasure to serve you and your student.
Virtual/Online Learning Options 2021-2022 School Year
2021-2022 K-8 Virtual / 9-12 Online Learning Program
MSD of Warren Township will continue to offer a virtual learning option for the 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment in the 2021-2022 K-8 Virtual / 9-12 Online Learning Program is limited to a select number of students, and an application is required. Families who wish to participate are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
To learn more about our 2021-2022 K-8 Virtual / 9-12 Online Learning Program and how to apply, click here.
COVID-19 VACCINE--AGES 16 AND OLDER
Beginning Wednesday, March 31st, all Indiana residents 16 and above will be eligible for the COVID vaccine. Additionally, beginning Tuesday, April 6, the mask mandate becomes a mask advisory with a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is the school setting. Renaissance will maintain our mask requirement for students and staff as well as our social distancing and handwashing expectations for the remainder of the school year.
In case you missed it, our 'Invest in Warren' April District newsletter can be found here.
A Message From Our School Counselor
SELLING FLOWERS AND CLASS T-SHIRTS AT GRADUATION!!!
WCHS is working with a company called the Commencement Group. They will be selling flowers and class t-shirts at graduation. In order to facilitate safer & quicker transactions, we are strongly encouraging pre-ordering! Here is the direct pre-order link:
FAFSA DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has extended the filing deadline for the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beyond the state’s original April 15 deadline. Seniors who did not file the FAFSA before the April 15 deadline should submit the form at FAFSA.gov as soon as possible.
Deans Corner ...Message from Mr. Z
Make no mistake about it--the number one duty of Renaissance is to contribute to and provide opportunities for our student success. Renaissance contributes to student success is by providing a safe and well-maintained learning environment. At renaissance we offer our students an opportunity for a second chance to accomplish their academic goals, we are committed to providing our students the academic and emotional support to enter the next phase of their lives.
For students to be truly successful, however, schools cannot do it alone. Student success is the product of an equal partnership among the school, home, and most importantly, the student. This partnership is like a three-legged stool. All legs must be working for the stool, or in this case, the student, to function well. So, without equally contributing legs, the stool falls. Similarly, we have found that when parents set expectations for their children to attend school every day, give great effort in their schoolwork, complete assignments on time, and civilly conduct themselves, students can maximize their learning opportunities. While the home sets expectations for success, ultimately the student’s effort and perseverance yield the greatest results. When students give school all they have, they enjoy the fruits of their labor, regardless of whether their plans include college, work, trade school, or the military. Renaissance takes its responsibility to promote student success very seriously.
"A system of education is not one thing, nor does it have a single definite object, nor is it a mere matter of schools. Education is that whole system of human training within and without the schoolhouse walls, which molds and develops men."
- W. E. B. Du Bois
Social Work Corner...Message From Ms. Dodson
Top 10 Stress Management Techniques for Students (by Elizabeth Scott – full article)
Most students experience significant amounts of stress, and this stress can take a significant toll on health, happiness, and grades. For example, a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that teens report stress levels similar to that of adults.
Common sources of student stress include:
Extracurricular activities Social challenges
Transitions (e.g., graduating, moving out, living independently) Relationships
Many students feel a sense of needing to relieve stress, but with all of the activities and responsibilities that fill a student’s schedule, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to try new stress relievers to help dissipate that stress.
These options are relatively easy, quick, and relevant to a student’s life and types of stress.
Get Enough Sleep Practice Visualization
Exercise Regularly Take Calming Breaths
Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Listen to Music
Get Organized Eat a Healthy Diet
Use Positive Thinking and Affirmations
Renaissance is always seeking to add more community resources and programs to promote, improve and increase social and emotional skills within our community.
We currently have in-house services in place for or students listed below as well as myself to assist wherever needed throughout the building. Healthy emotional and physical students can improve the learning environment and their experience.
Renaissance supportive services offered for 2020-2021;
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. Ms. Sholar is also conducting virtual meeting with students as well.
The Indianapolis Urban League - College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered.
Moorehead Community Resource Center – located 8400 E. 10 th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Support is Available
If you have other needs beyond what is being provided, you can access of the following resources:
Contact your child’s counselor or administrator. All of our schools are open during normal school hours. 317-532-2996
Share your request through our outreach hotline at 317-608-0545 or email at MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us.
Parent & Caregiver Resource Site
Warren Township Family & Caregiver Resources is "live" and ready. We understand that parents and caregivers want to learn how to help their students be successful in school and these resources allow our parents and caregivers to have a "location" to visit where they can access tutorials/information on how to navigate digital tools used in our schools and to seek support.
Student Success Handbook!
Warren Parents and Caregivers, here is the link to our Student Success Handbook. This handbook is updated every year to include information about how we keep students and staff safe at school, along with resources for families to access as well as information on district procedures and policies. This handbook is also shared with students. Please take a moment to review and complete this as acknowledgement that you have received the handbook. Please reach out if you have any questions.
District Covid-19 Data
MSD Warren Township COVID-19 data will be updated and shared each Friday on our district website which can be accessed HERE. Included in this data are the number of positive cases by school/facility as well as the total number of individuals (students and staff) who were required to isolate or quarantine. Individuals that are in isolation may or may not have COVID-19 and may or may not have been exposed within Warren schools/facilities. Isolation and quarantine are used to slow the spread of COVID-19.
**These numbers do not mean that a school or facility is unsafe for students and staff, rather that precautionary steps are being taken to protect all students and staff. We will continue to communicate with staff and families if they are identified as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case.
Tech Support --
Located at Moorhead. Access at door 11 at the rear of the building located near the playground. Please drive through the gate on the west side of the building and, after parking, enter door 11 for assistance.
- We are expanding our technology help desk hours at Moorhead Community Resource Center! Our new hours will be Monday-Friday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. K-4 VIRTUAL students with iPad issues should be brought here. Chromebooks can still be brought to any of the three Intermediate Middle Schools during school hours, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday,, or the Chromedesk at the High School during 1st and 2nd period, Monday - Friday. If you cannot access the above times and locations for some reason, you can also submit a help ticket through IncidentIQ here.
1.) Take a deep breath
2.) Go to google.com
3.) Go to manage accounts
4.) Go to manage accounts on this device
5.) Log-out of ANYTHING that is NOT your warren email account
6.) Now try to log-in by going to warren.instructure.com (Please do not attempt to log-in with clever)
1.) Clear cookies and cache
Need Help with Navigating Canvas....Check out the enclosed video!
The video below is a tutorial on how to access Canvas and to navigate it. Thank you to WCHS Math Teacher, Mrs. Julie Ritchie for this easy to understand video.
Please note: The video is an example from an Algebra 1 class. You may not be in this class or have this teacher, but it is will still help you with any of your classes.
School District Publications/News Media Use
The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognition if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.
Free and Reduced Lunch/Textbook Rental Forms
If you qualify for and wish to receive Free/Reduced Textbook Rental this school year and you are not Directly Certified, you will need to complete an application either online at lunchapplication.com or by stopping by front office to pick up a paper come. .
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?
(3) Within the past 14 days, have you been in close contact (within 6 feet for more
than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
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.
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