Insight - October 2020
A message from Dr. Fries, principal
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter as your new principal of INSIGHT. I am honored to become a member of this amazing community. I have been in the field of education for many years, working in traditional and charter schools. I am thrilled to be a part of the K12 team and will make sure your scholar is receiving the best personalized education possible.
Professionally, I am licensed as a Superintendent in Prek-12th grades. However, it may be more important for you to know that I am the parent to two children as well. I fully understand the challenges and rewards you face every day as you work with your scholar. Please know that I am here to work alongside you.
One of the most important aspects of my work here at INSIGHT will be building strong relationships with students, teachers and families. I am and always will be passionate about educating and doing what is best for our scholars. You can be assured that I will work diligently with our teachers to make sure our scholars are exposed to curriculum that is both engaging and challenging. I have an open-door policy and welcome your input and ideas. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-372-0639.
Here are a few tips to ensure the best parent-teacher conference yet
Now that we are approaching the end of Quarter 1, you may be receiving a parent-teacher conference request.
Before the Conference
• During dinner, ask your scholar how they feel about school.
• Before bedtime and/or at the end of the school day, ask your scholar if there is anything that they want you to talk about with their teacher.
• Its very important to help your scholar understand that you and the teacher are meeting to help set them up for success.
• Start jotting down a list of topics that you would like to discuss with the teacher. Here's an example of a list:
1. What are my scholar’s strongest and weakest subjects/content areas?
2. Does my scholar submit assignments on time?
3. Does my scholar participate in class by speaking, typing in the chat, and turning their camera on?
4. Does my scholar seem happy at school and in your class?
5. What can I do at home to help support your instruction?
During the Conference
• Be on time (try your best to be early to avoid technology issues) for the meeting.
• Try your very best to monitor the time, so that your meeting ends on time because it is highly likely that other parents will have a conference after yours.
• Just be yourself and relax, this is a safe place and we are all on the same team: Your Scholar's Team 😊
• If you disagree with a statement, try to remain calm during the conference and follow up with the teacher after you take a moment to reflect and gather your thoughts.
• When you make your list, rank your questions in terms of importance and start with the most important questions to make sure that you receive an answer in case time runs out.
• If your scholar receives special services such as SPED or ELL, ask about your scholar’s progress in those classes first.
• Please don't be afraid to ask for explanations if acronyms or terms are used that you don't understand. Trust me, we know that we have a lot of acronyms and sometimes we get lost in the alphabet soup as well :)
• Ask your scholar’s teacher for ways that you can support their instruction at home.
• Thank the teacher for all that they are doing for your scholar.
After the Conference
• Share information from the conference with your student over a snack or dinner.
• Start the talk with the positive points and/or praises (we call these our Hoosier Struts) and then be very direct and detailed about the problem areas if any (we call these opportunities for improvement).
• Tell your scholar about any plans you and the teacher created because they are the MVP and must be kept in the know.
• Make it a priority to keep in touch and continue the relationship building with the teacher for the remainder of the school year and/or semester.
Dr. Janice Silver, Head of Schools
Poster Contest for 6-12
The Attendance Matters Poster Contest is open to all students.
The contest provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of good attendance while working on posters.
One winner will be selected from each grade band: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Theme: Attendance Matters
The theme must appear in writing or printing on all posters submitted. Drawings must be original and the exclusive work of the student entering the contest. All artwork should be positive in approach, demonstrating the importance of good attendance.
Posters may be hand drawn or created digitally.
Submit the entry form by Friday, October 16th (No later than 5pm).
College Goal Sunday is Oct. 25th
On October 25th, 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. ISFAA and College Goal Sunday have helped tens of thousands of Hoosiers file their FAFSA and secure funding to achieve their college dreams.
The best way to stay connected with College Goal Sunday Indiana is to check this website, follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/CGS_Indiana), and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/IndianaCollegeGoalSunday)!
Hoosier Hangout for 6-12 students
Come join us!
Sessions began September 15th and will occur every Wednesday at 4pm EDT.
This session is for both Insight and Hoosier Indy students.
Just for Learning Coaches
Coach to Coach is a 30 minute session offered year round. Hear from a veteran learning coach on relevant topics, such as What to Expect and Best Tips and Tricks. Join in the discussion with other coaches from across the nation.
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K12C2C
Learning Coach Café is a 60 minute drop in session offered year round where coaches can ask school questions or chat with other coaches. It is an informal chat led by a veteran learning coach. The Café is a great place to meet other coaches, receive support, and offer support.
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lc_cafe
K12 New Learning Coaches for NEW Learning Coaches: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewK12LearningCoaches/
K12 Learning Coach Café for ALL Learning Coaches: https://www.facebook.com/groups/K12LCCafe/
We also have a LC group just for Hoosier families!
Do you have a great story to tell about your student(s) and the role that online and blended school has played in their lives? Are you interested in sharing your story with local reporters and media outlets?
If so, please submit it to Project Elevate, our story-collection tool, and we’ll contact you for possible media opportunities. You can submit your story online or via the free K12 Project Elevate app for iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) devices.