ISOK High School

8/14/2020

From the Principal's Desk

Week 1 is in the books!


I am so excited that you have chosen ISOK to provide your education this year! My personal goal is to help you and all who choose ISOK to become the best version of themselves! Thank you for giving me this opportunity!


I hope you've had the chance to go through our live Orientation sessions for school and for your courses. If not, please do not fret! Your teachers will be continuing with Orientation in their instruction throughout next week to review and clarify further information on how we operate here at ISOK! We will help you know how to be successful at Insight, and we'll take our time to help you get there!


Below, you'll find news, information, action items, and fun! Please read carefully and enjoy this rendition of From the Principal's Desk! Have a wonderful weekend! Rest up and be ready to start all over again on Monday!


Thanks,

Karl Safe
ISOK HS Principal

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What to Expect Week 2

There will be a daily Orientation Make-Up session for any student who has not attended live Orientation (all students must attend at least once). This is at 9am. Teachers will be continuing their individual course Orientations throughout the day to help you learn how to school within our systems.

Here is the daily schedule for Monday and Tuesday:


9am - Make-up Orientation (Required, if you haven't attended Orientation)

10am - English Orientations (Student Last Name A-M) / Math Orientations (Student Last Name N-Z)

11am - Science Orientations (Student Last Name A-M) / History Orientations (Student Last Name N-Z)

12pm - Elective Course Orientation

1pm - Science Orientations (Student Last Name N-Z) / History Orientations (Student Last Name A-M)

2pm - English Orientations (Student Last Name N-Z) / Math Orientations (Student Last Name A-M)


By Wednesday, we will begin our full regular schedule, for which you will receive specific, small group invitations that will run through Fall Break in October. We call this our official CC Schedule. Again, that begins on Wednesday!

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Required Assessments in Star360

All students in 9th-12th grades will take Star360 assessments this year for math and reading. These will be taken in August, December, and May. Additionally, all students will be taking a USA Test Prep assessment in October and March to ensure students are meeting their grade level standards and to simulate state testing. These assessments are required and help our teachers target instruction to meet students’ needs and ensure growth. It is important that students complete these assessments on their own, without assistance from learning coaches or other sources.


Your teachers will also send out information to complete Star360 assessments, but students may begin now to complete them. They must be completed by Friday August 14th.


· Log in website: https://global-zone08.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/7139830

• Username: Your Student ID (ex: 123456)

• Password: Your first name in lowercase and last 3 numbers of your Student ID (ex: phillip456)


• Everyone will take a Star Reading test and a Star Math test (do not take Early Literacy).

• Honest efforts rewarded – Do your best (how much time you take on it is monitored), complete it, and receive points upon completion.


If you get kicked out and it asks for a Monitor Password, that password is: admin

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Focus Phoenix / Self-Paced Courses

For those students who are already enrolled in the Self-Paced Focus Phoenix Pathways, Mr. Safe will be reaching out to you early next week to host an Orientation session to instruct you how to complete your assignments.


There will also be a contract that you'll sign, committing to complete work through the Focus Phoenix program. It is imperative that you complete your entire course in 4 weeks to remain in the program. Students who opt into this program are making a serious commitment to personal responsibility, as there is no teacher and there are no live classes that happen.


Please look for an e-mail from Mr. Safe early next week!


If Focus Phoenix sounds like something in which you want to participate, please fill out the Pathway survey below and select Focus Phoenix as an option!

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Have You Completed Your Pathway Survey Yet?

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=LUmWRm1kPE2UZWxaNvMaFiP6QeuujJ1Cu48-2iiEldpUM1U4REdEUk9HTk8zWlNLR0RSU05BM1FaTS4u


If you have already completed the survey, you do not need to resubmit it, unless you have changed your mind.


For the 2020-2021 school year, ISOK will be offering multiple pathways to personalize your student's learning.


Please complete this survey to choose your student's preference 2020-2021 school year. This survey is to help ISOK begin to plan your student’s learning path. This survey will begin the partnership to provide the best learning environment for your student next year.


Below are the options: (Remember: ISOK will contact you about your choice and how it will impact your child’s growth.)


Pathway 1-Targeted Instruction: This type of session will allow students to attend up to 4 days per week of required class connect sessions. Class size will be limited. It may include additional optional class connect sessions. Additional sessions will be added if student growth requires more LIVE instruction with teachers. Instruction in these sessions will be focused on state standards and student data. These sessions are targeted on skills to increase mastery. (Students who are struggling to master state standards and/or grade level expectations may be required to attend.)


Pathway 2-Focused Phoenix Program: Focused Phoenix is a self-paced program for students looking to earn credits more quickly than normal. There are no live classes or teachers. The Focused Phoenix director monitors each student’s progress through the content and stays in active communication with each student to ensure mastery of course content within 4-5 weeks. Students in the Focused Phoenix program can earn at least 2 half credits through the program in a given block, on top of regular enrolled courses, and there is no limit as to how many credits students may earn in the block.


Pathway 3-Credit Recovery Program: Similar to Focused Phoenix, the ISOK Credit Recovery program is a self-paced program for students looking to earn credits more quickly than normal, but for courses students have previously attempted. There are no live classes or teachers. The Credit Recovery director monitors each student’s progress through the content and stays in active communication with each student to ensure mastery of course content within 4-5 weeks. Students in the Credit Recovery program can earn at least 2 half credits through the program in a given block, on top of regular enrolled courses, and there is no limit as to how many credits students may earn in the block.


Pathway 4-Night School Options: ISOK will be offering the opportunity to receive live instruction and tutoring from the hours of 5pm-8pm next school year. We would like to gain feedback on how many families would make use of this opportunity. This would be good for any students who work during the day, or those who simply prefer to get their schoolwork done in the evenings; however, all students are welcomed to this option, if desired. Students may choose night school in addition to, or in replacement of, targeted instruction.


Pathway 5-Embedded Course Options: ISOK will be offering the opportunity for students to embed courses with similar standards into each other. This involves students being enrolled in two courses at the same time, while only completing work and attending classes for one overall course. This way, students will earn credits for both courses in the time it takes for one course.

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NewRow Announcement for Families

We are excited to announce Newrow as our Class Connect collaboration platform for SY20-21. Students and Learning Coaches can look forward to more engaging Class Connect sessions with robust webcam, media, and engagement tools. No downloads or launchers are needed, and you can even attend sessions on your mobile and tablet devices!

The Class Connect scheduler will launch each session directly in Newrow with no need to download an external launcher application prior to accessing any live sessions. Students will be able to interact more regularly on webcam in a more modern interface for a more engaging and collaborative classroom experience.

There is no action needed from you to make this transition. Any classes or office hours on your student’s daily plans will automatically launch into the new platform.

Highlights:

• Use your webcam and see multiple webcams on screen

• No installers or downloads needed – sessions launch directly in your web browser

• Modern and intuitive class connect experience

• Ability to ask questions privately in the Q&A chat channel

• Participate from anywhere you have an internet connection – computer, tablet, or mobile devices

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