Academics, Attitude, Action --- November 1, 2019
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
No School November 5, 2019 for All Students
Free Glasses For Students
If you are in need of glasses, there is a great program that provides glasses to students for FREE. Please let the school nurse or your counselor know so that they can refer you for an appointment -- these spots fill up quickly, so contact them soon!
Date: Saturday, November 9th, 10am-3pm. Sight To See Eyecare. Free Dr. Refractions and Free Eyeglasses.
Event Location: Sight To See Eyecare, Dr. Stacy Pruitt, 9948 E. Washington Street.
Contact: Bill Wittlief at 317-626-2246 or Nancy Wittlief at 317-403-2172 to register.
Career & College Fest
Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 6-8pm
9500 East 16th Street
A Principal's Perspective
We are racing towards the end of the term. This semester will be over before you know it! We are all working really hard to be transparent with our students and sharing with students what needs to happen for them to cross the finish line and or be on track for their current grade level.
As a administrative team we will be meeting with students to discuss where they are and where they need to be in order for the "magic" to happen. For our seniors the goal is to have everything they need for graduation. For our juniors the goal is to enter into senior year academically on track. For our underclassmen we our focusing on them understanding the importance of staying on track credit wise.
My plan is to involve you the parent or guardian as much as we can in this process. The first part of that is me providing you with the following questions you can began to ask your students either daily or weekly.
1. How was your day or week?
2. How many credits do you still need to graduate?
3. What did you do today to help you get closer to your goal?
4. Anything I can do to help?
5. You know I love you right?
As always feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Again, thank you for allowing us to serve your students!
Middle School Moment
We made it through the week and are stuffed to the brim with candy. Please encourage your students to enjoy their Halloween loot at home. If they bring their candy to school, there’s a good chance it will be confiscated. If that happens, there’s no guarantee that the candy will be returned to them - especially if we like what they brought!
Homework: All middle school students have homework assigned to them every day in both math and English classes. Mrs. Nowling usually creates a homework packet for the week, and Ms. Craycroft sends home reading comprehension activities. Also students who have been assigned Chromebooks are expected to work in IXL every weekday at home. If your student has a Warren Chromebook, he/she should work 20 minutes in English and 20 minutes in math every day.
Next week: Nov. 5th - Election Day. No school for students.
Your Input Is Needed & Wanted
This fall, MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills and dispositions.
The Journey of a Graduate skills are a set of 6 skills and dispositions that have been identified by our community needed for success in and out of school. The JoG skills are Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Content Knowledge, and Resilience.
These JoG skills will serve as the foundation of the district strategic plan.
One way the district will capture community input is through an online survey. Linked below is a short survey that will ask questions around our strengths as a district and help us identify areas for improvement.
(Click on link below to begin survey)
Town Hall Meetings will also be scheduled for our teachers, students, parents and community to collaborate in person. Elementary school Town Hall Meetings will be hosted by their feeder intermediate and middle school.
Those meeting dates are below:
Monday, November 18th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Warren Central High School (WCC)
Tuesday, November 19th, 6:00 - 7:30 at Raymond Park Intermediate and Middle School (LP, LO, HA)
Thank you in advance for your participation and thank you for your continued support of MSD Warren Township Schools.
Dr. Tim Hanson
Superintendent of Schools
Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean
Greetings Renaissance family,
One hurdle we have had to deal with this year is getting students to go to class on time and not linger in the hallway during passing period. This is disruptive for the teacher as they are attempting to begin as the bell rings. Please encourage your student to move to their classes and to not socialize when they need to go to class.
The football sectionals will begin this week. If your student is planning on attending the games, please remind them they will need their school ID to enter the Warren side for home games.
Have a great weekend,
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
ISTEP retakes 11th and 12th
Nov 12/13 Math
Nov 18/19 ELA
Senioritis What Is it?
As I meet with students to review credits and graduation information I can't help but notice many have been afflicted by "senioritis". Signs of "senioritis" include reduced motivation,desire to talk to friends or be on the phone rather than do work, and other avoidance behaviors. Luckily, as your student's counselor I have seen this before and have some words of advice. Students experiencing these symptoms should take a step back and consider their goal - achieving a high school diploma. Often seniors are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of finishing high school and are nervous about what life after high school will look like. Some students are working hard to catch up on credits and start to lose confidence. Students...take a big breath and dig deep. Take baby steps and focus on one day at a time - make the most of all the time at school and consider working on classes from home.It will require energy and effort, but time moves fast and May will be here quickly. Focus and finish strong! You can do it!
Financial Aid Information Night - Class of 2020 only
Any senior planning to attend college/university should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This no-cost application could qualify students for grants or loans. Representatives from InvestED will explain the FAFSA process and help families who are ready to begin the application.
Nov. 18th 6:00pm
Visit the FAFSA page to find out more about federal financial aid and the application process.
Next Date December 7th.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
Reminder: All of our 21st Century Scholars must take the SAT or ACT to claim their scholarship. Please see information below
Social Worker Corner-- Social Work Insight
From the Desk of the Social Worker………
HAPPY NOVEMBER!!! We are 3.5 weeks away from Thanksgiving and 7 weeks away from Christmas Break. YAY
This is truly a month to celebrate those that serve, donate while giving selflessly of their time. It also looks great on your resume. Let’s give a big shout out for VOLUNTEERS.
Volunteering is a part of American culture.
Americans use associations to give fêtes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools. Finally, if it is a question of bringing to light a truth or developing a sentiment with the support of a great example, they associate.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.
This commitment to volunteerism has been a hallmark of American civic life since the country's founding. It was Benjamin Franklin who formed the first volunteer fire department in 1736, and many American militias during the Revolutionary War were comprised of volunteers. Some of the most well-known American charitable organizations, such as the YMCA and the American Red Cross, were founded in the 19th century.
Many American youth today are exposed to volunteering through religious youth groups or scouting organizations, and many large companies arrange volunteering opportunities for their employees. Nearly every church, school, or local community center has volunteers who feed the poor, teach, tend to the sick and elderly, support political causes, coach kids, or rescue animals, among numerous other causes. Not only does volunteering allow people to help others through direct action, but it fosters an incredible sense of community as well.
Renaissance supportive services offered for 2019-2020;
Ø Gallahue Community Hospital - Counseling School-Based service programs to assist with social and emotional challenges
Ø Future Promises Program - Teen parenting and casework services-Marion County Health Department
Ø The Indianapolis Urban League - College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered
o Students will be going to IU Bloomington November 7th to tour the campus.
Ø Inner Beauty is now housed in our building every Thursday evening 7-9p
Renaissance will be seeking to add more community resources and programs to promote, improve and increase social and emotional skills within our community.
Lori B. Dodson, MSW
School Social Worker
Phone: (317) 532.2996 ext. 2962
Senior Student Success
There has been a change in the Cap and Gowns. Students will be wearing one color(Black)with the cap(black)and tassel(black and gold).The price has changed to $34.00 dollars. All else will stay the same. Students may go to the website (herffjones.com) to access the picture of the Cap and Gown.
College and Career Planning
Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help Hoosiers of all ages complete education and training beyond high school. Go to this website and take personality quizzes, research potential careers and educational opportunities, build a resume and more!
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!
CORE CORNER --Respect
a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
"the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor"
due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
"young people's lack of respect for their parents"
“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
“Men are respectable only as they respect.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Students Showing CORE!
10/25 CORE Buck winners
Marielle Moore- Respect
Terriona Harrell- Respect
Quincey Francis- Order
Korey Birge- Exellence
John Ford- Order
Caitlin Hamilton- Excellence
Kiera Hayes- Excellence