Quarterly News - Fall 2021 Edition
Back to School Letter From the Principal
Dear Initial Point Students and Families,
We are so excited to start the school year. It is going to be a great year! We have been very busy around here getting things ready for students. Last May we had the largest graduating class of seniors in the history of Initial Point--43 Seniors walked across the stage to signify their amazing accomplishments.
Having that many graduates means that we needed to fill a few spots in our school. Jen and I have been busy doing that. So, when students start back there will be some new faces. We are asking our “Initial Point Veterans” to make them feel welcome, and to help them get comfortable at our school.
There have been a few questions about some of the changes we are going to make this school year. Below is a FAQ (frequently asked questions) list. Please read this closely so you and your students are not confused or surprised on the first few days of school.
What is the plan for the first few days of school? I have heard some different things?
Aug. 26th & 27th: The first two days of school. As many of you know, we try to build strong relationships with students and families. So, to start this school year students will not be coming to school on the first day. Instead, your student's advisory teacher is going to stop by each student's house and drop off a “Welcome Back to School” gift and some information to help them be successful this year. I will be sending out a link to a video to give more information about this unique approach.
This means that the student's first day back on campus at IPHS will be Monday, August 30th.
Are we still only having school Monday thru Thursday?
Yes, Initial Point students will only be attending school Monday through Thursday. Having this extra day each week will allow us to do some extra things for students to help them learn better and graduate faster. We have more information to share about this later.
I heard something about a cell phone policy?
Yes, we will be doing some things differently in regards to cell phones this year. Students are still allowed to bring them to school. However, in each class period students will be placing their cell phones in a pouch on the wall. The cell phones will remain in that pouch for the duration of the class period. When the class is over, students will get their device from the pouch and repeat the same process in their next class.
Our start and end times have changed. Please see the updated schedule attached to this newsletter.
Again, I am looking forward to see all of our students. It is going to be a great year!
See you soon,
Counseling/Career Center News
I am looking forward to the 2021-22 school year and want to update you on some information and resources available to you.
I know have a link on our school website to provide information and tools our students and families can access as needed. You can find the link on our main page called Counseling/Career Center. I'm still in the process of getting everything uploaded to the new page so please check back often.
Terri Reno, who many of you know, is now running our community resource center at Ross Elementary. If you are in need of food or resources she is available to support families in times of need. The food pantry is open Wed. 5-7pm or Thursday 9am-2pm.
Delta Dental will be here at Initial Point on Nov. 16th for a free Cavity Prevention Clinic. They will be providing dental sealants and fluoride for students to aid in the prevention of cavities. There is a form that will need to be completed ahead of time so please see Becca for the forms.
Senior Parents: I will be scheduling student/parent meetings for all seniors this fall to meet to discuss your students graduation plan and goals for after high school. Our priority is keep our students on track for graduation and have a plan beyond high school.
Meet our new PE/Health Teacher!
While pursuing my first degree I dabbled in as many activities as I could including martial arts, swimming, ballet and yoga. My passion for physical activity and education led me to pursue my degree in K-12 Physical Education. This will be my second year teaching and I am looking forward connecting with students and growing as an educator.
COVID-19 District Protocols
The Kuna Board of Trustees will consider the 2021-22 COVID Operations Plan at its Sept. 14 regular meeting. As previously shared, the district will use the mask policy approved by the Board in May 2021. Under the policy, school will start Aug. 26 with mask use optional. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building. For more information on the school district operations plan, please visit the school district website.