Academics, Attitude, Action --- May 1, 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 Message From The Principal
We are still missing all of you and wish we were able to be physically with you in our building. Thank you for all your hard work and flexibility as we navigate this new way of school together. Please listen to a few updates and announcements.
A reminder that teachers in all grade levels are available Monday thru Friday from 9-4. If you have questions regarding Learn at Home or eLearning, please contact your child's teacher or use the hotline number 317-608-0545 or email MSDWarrenELearning@warren.k12.in.us. Please note that teachers are not obligated to respond to emails after 4pm. Any emails sent after 4pm will be answered at the teacher's convenience on the following school day.
If you are having trouble finding emails from teachers, type the teachers name in the search box and it will bring up all emails from that teacher. If you are still struggling to keep up with emails please make contact with your advisory or homeroom teachers for assistance in getting organized. Also, please take advantage of teacher office hours and class times.
If you are having any device issues help is available at the high school Monday-Friday from 11-1 at door 70 at the high school.
Summer school Information: Summer School will be offered virtually this year for free for all students. Students should have received a email from their advisory teacher or homeroom teacher sharing the link needed to register. If a student had previously enrolled in summer school and paid the fee that money will be refunded. Students are limited to two classes and the registration is on first come first serve basis. Please make sure that students have accessed their emails and get registered immediately. I have provided the link for your convenience. https://sites.google.com/warren.k12.in.us/2020summerenrollment/home
A 2020 graduation planning committee met to discuss alternatives to celebrate and recognize the class of 2020. These plans will be shared with students and families on or before May 8th. Students it is essential that you are checking your email daily for updates and information from classroom teachers.
Senior should have received an email this week detailing cap and gown pick up. We have worked with Herff Jones to schedule a drive-thru cap and gown pick up on Tuesday, May 5th from 9 am until 3 pm in Lot 7, west of the football field. Seniors that have not ordered, will be able to pick up their cap and gown with their photo ID. In an effort to reduce the stress and strain on the class of 2020, the MSD of Warren Township has agreed to pay for all caps and gowns for graduating seniors. We are currently working in partnership with the Herff Jones corporate office to secure refunds for cap and gown orders already placed. The refund process may take quite some time, but I assure you we will secure and return the cap and gown purchase price.
Again, please make sure you are continuing to work on your school work and checking your email daily.
Cap and Gown Pickup Details
Please read the following details which are important for pick-up.
Times are broken down by last name:
- 9am-11am - Last Names A-G
- 11am-1pm - Last Names H-M
- 1pm-3pm - Last Names N-Z
Location: North End of Lot 7 (West of the football field)
Driving Directions: Vehicles can enter campus from 21st or 18th streets and will enter Lot 7 closest to the home ticketbooth. All vehicles will exit Lot 7 heading west toward 18th street. Please pull up to the distribution area and either roll down your passenger side or rear passenger side window. Items will be placed in your vehicle.
Safety: To adhere to social distancing guidelines we are asking that all individuals remain in their vehicles at all times. Only roll down windows for delivery of cap and gown. All adults working will have access to masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. No contact will be made between staff and students.
Payment- If you purchased more than a cap and gown, your full purchase price is due to Herff Jones at the time of pick up. Herff Jones will issue a refund for the cap and gown amount in the coming months.
Rain plan- In case of rain, we will still be located in Lot 7. Herff Jones will be set up in the maintenance garage and will still distribute to vehicles.
CLASS OF 2020 PHASES OF RECOGNITION
- Phase 1 - 20 Days of Honors (Watch out for this on WCHS Live Feed and WCHS Twitter)
- Phase 2 - Establishment of a virtual Graduation Ceremony
- Phase 3 - An in-person recognition of the class of 2020 at WCHS pending approval by the health department and local government officials.
- Phase 4 - Honoring the Class of 2020 during the 20-21 school year
During cap and gown pick up, students will be given detailed information about the steps that we are taking. Stay tuned!
Device Help Desk--
If you are experiencing any trouble with your device please note that you may take your device to Warren Central High School Drive Thru Helpdesk. Help is available Monday-Friday, from 11-1pm at door 70.
Free Lunch Available-- Expanded Food Outreach--
In response to a change in participation numbers, we will be making a couple of adjustments to our food outreach program starting the week of May 4th. We will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11-1 at 11 locations. Renaissance School, located at 30th and Post Road will be a new site and will replace Hawthorne Elementary. Wednesdays will continue to be 5:30 - 7 at 2 locations. Lakeside Elementary and now our Moorhead location at 8400 East Tenth Street will be a new site. Because there is a need for a refrigerated space, we could no longer use Post Road Christian Church.
If you find yourself in need beyond what is being offered, a District Community Outreach hotline and email have been created. You can either call 317-869-4308 or email MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us with your information. Someone from the district will contact you as soon as possible.
Middle School Moment
- Middle School Students Assignments will be emailed to student Monday by 9am.
- All assignments, links, and instructions for all classes will be included in document.
- Students will complete work via IXL, CNN News, and other assignments designed by teachers.
- Student may pick up a device at WCHS, door 70 M-F, from 11-1. Indicate that you are a Renaissance student.
- Students receiving assignments from their home schools may choose to just work on assignments from Renaissance instructor or complete work from both home school and Renaissance.
- Teachers will be reaching out to students directly via Zoom, Google Meet, or via phone every Tuesday/Thursdays.
- Teachers are available Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Friday's students will have an opportunity to access Learn at Home Choice Board eLearning
Middle School Team
CORE/Success, Mrs. Shaw, email@example.com
Math: Mrs. Nowling, firstname.lastname@example.org
English: Ms. Craycroft, email@example.com
Summer School Details
SUMMER SCHOOL UPDATE
Summer School will be in a virtual format from June 3rd through June 26th. Summer school will be offered at no cost to students. Refunds for those that have already paid will be issued in the coming weeks. Online registration has begun (see link below). Students may sign up for two classes and the registration is first-come, first-served. If you have questions about what classes you need to take during summer school, please contact your counselor.
- You must use your Warren email address and you can select up to two classes.
- Classes are first come, first served.
- Once the seat count is reached the course will be closed.
- If you enrolled on March 11th or 12th, you are already registered and don't need to sign up again.
Please use the link below to access the Summer School page and select the correct course.
CHROMEBOOK AND WIFI UPDATE
If you are experiencing issues with your Chromebook or charger or may have left it at school, please visit the drive-thru ChromeDesk at door 70 (Walker Career Center main entrance) Monday through Friday 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Make sure to bring your student ID with you.
There are three WiFi locations that have been set up that are accessible on campus. Lot 5 (outside of the freshman academy), Lot 7 (west of the football field), and Lot 8 (east of the football field) will have accessible WiFi from 7:00 am-8:00 pm daily. These options should be used only when necessary. Please remain in your vehicle and park with at least two parking spaces between each car. If you walk to school to access WiFi, please find a space to sit that is isolated and away from others. It is important that we adhere to all CDC guidelines and continue the practice of social distancing. Warren Police will be patrolling the campus and will monitor those using the available WiFi.
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
The FAFSA deadline has been extended!
How did your first week of e-learning go? As a school counselor who is used to seeing people face-to-face each day - it has definitely been an adjustment. I have enjoyed speaking with students and families on the phone. Seeing them in our Zoom meetings has been fun too! I miss our Renaissance students a lot!
As we all continue to adjust to this "new life" of self-distancing it is natural for everyone to be overwhelmed - kids and adults alike. Parents might feel the stress more than others as they try to continue working and homeschool their children. Take a look at this Sesame Street PSA for parents that will hopefully put a smile on your face.
For students and adults this 15 minute video gives great tips on managing stress and boredom. This school counselor from Illinois goes through several techniques and apps to help your mental health.
Please know you are not alone and we will get through this together. Please contact me if you need assistance with anything.
Senior Student Success
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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!