Renaissance Revival

Academics, Attitude, Action --- April 10, 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."

Inspiration

"I never lose. I either WIN or Learn." Nelson Mandela

A Message from Dr. Hanson

April 8, 2020

Good Afternoon Warren Students, Families, and Staff,


Although the calendar states that we should be back in our buildings and classrooms this week, we are heartbroken that this is not possible.

I am very proud of our students, families and staff during these difficult times, I have seen so many kind gestures and an increase of community connections. Keep up the great work Warren!


This week, we are distributing close to 5,000 devices to our K-8 students at their home schools. These distributions are being scheduled by Intermediate / Middle School Feeder systems. Today is Creston, Grassy Creek, Eastridge, Lakeside; Thursday is Stonybrook, Brookview, Sunny Heights, Pleasant Run; and Friday is Raymond Park, Liberty Park, Lowell, Hawthorne. Please visit our district website for times and to complete the online request form. If families are not able to pick up a device on your scheduled day, arrangements will be made for an additional distribution. This will be shared from each school principal.


Learn at Home / eLearning will officially begin the week of April 13th. I am incredibly excited and proud of the work that our teachers and administrators are doing to prepare meaningful and interactive experiences for our students. We recognize that these next 7 weeks will be challenging for all involved. We will be seeking your feedback as we progress down this uncharted path together. If you have questions or feedback, please use our eLearning hotline phone number 317-608-0545 or email MSDWarrenELEARNING@warren.k12.in.us.


Our food outreach plan remains Tuesday and Fridays from 11:00 - 1:00 at Eastridge, Hawthorne, Pleasant Run Elementary, Creston, Raymond Park, Stonybrook Intermediate Middle Schools, Warren Central High School, Washington Pointe, Braeburn, Knoll Ridge Apartments, and Shiloh Estates Mobile Park. Wednesday evenings will be from 5:30 - 7:00 at Post Road Christian Church and Lakeside Elementary.

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.


I recognize that there are some unanswered questions about graduation, retrieving student items from classrooms or lockers, and barriers to internet access. Please know we are working on these and other issues that need to be addressed.

Finally, As we continue to slow and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I have been asked by the Marion County Health Department to strongly discourage use of parks, playgrounds and gathering in large groups. If we all do our part, we can get back to our normal routine sooner than later.

Please continue to monitor our website, district app, school newsletters and social media Twitter and Facebook accounts for additional information. Be safe Warrior Nation!

Dr. Tim Hanson, Superintendent of Schools for MSD Warren Township

Device Pick-up Times and Locations

All K-8 buildings will have another pickup opportunity on Wednesday, April 15th from 5-7pm.

Additionally, as another option, families can visit WCHS any weekday, starting Monday, from 11am - 1pm at Door 70 to pick up a device.

Free Lunch Available-- Expanded Food Outreach--


To provide increased quantities of meals and to lessen the need to travel on a daily basis, we are adjusting and expanding our food outreach program. We have added a Wednesday evening food outreach site at Post Road Christian Church and now Lakeside Elementary from 5:30 - 7:00. Wednesday locations will distribute a total of 8 meals. Starting next week, we will be distributing 6 meals on Tuesdays and 8 meals on Fridays at now 11 locations from 11:00 -1:00. Eastridge and Hawthorne will be added as Tuesday / Friday locations.


FOOD OUTREACH & RESOURCE UPDATE


MSD Warren Township is offering an evening distribution of food every Wednesday at Post Road Christian Church from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Families should use the south entrance of the church parking lot and go to the Family Life Center door.

Our other 9 locations will continue to offer meals Monday - Friday between 11:00am - 1:00pm.


  • Warren Central High School
  • Pleasant Run Elementary
  • Creston Intermediate Middle School
  • Raymond Park Intermediate Middle School
  • Stonybrook Intermediate Middle School
  • Braeburn Village Apartments
  • Knoll Ridge Apartments
  • Washington Pointe Apartments
  • Shiloh Estates Mobile Home Park


Each Friday, additional food will be shared to assist families over the weekend.

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.

A Principal's Perspective ---Updates

Greetings,


We are missing you all so much! Please note that this week teachers have been attempting to make contact with all students. If you have not heard from a teacher or staff member from Renaissance please reach out to your advisory teacher directly.


We officially begin our eLearning and Learn at Home Journey on Monday. At the high school level students will be hearing regularly from their advisory teacher every Tuesday and Thursday. Middle school teacher's have divided students up by grade level and also will be making contact with students every Tuesday and Thursday.


Please access Renaissance's website for a list of all teacher's emails. Monday-Friday teachers will be available in some capacity from 9-4pm. Please note that the district's website will also serve as a great resource for families.




TECHNOLOGY UPDATE


Sprint, AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon are unlocking hotspot access to everyone's cell phones. Please see the links below for more information.


COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM THE CDC


Below are some important links for you to review.



Graduation

Please note that per the IDOE that all seniors are required to complete all course work for graduation. The IDOE has stated that all state mandated test and career pathway requirements have been waived allowing students to only focus on the need classroom credits. More information regarding next steps for seniors will be coming out soon. Please make sure your senior is regularly checking their email and are actively working on class work.


I miss you all! Stay safe and well. I am available any time via email mtaylor4@warren.k12.in.us.

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, kshaw@warren.k12.in.us

Math: Mrs. Nowling, rnowling@warren.k12.in.us

English: Ms. Craycroft, scraycro@warren.k12.in.us

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Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean

Greetings,


I know that there are tons of questions and a lot of "what ifs" spreading around. Please make sure you access the district or the school's website if there are any questions regarding school. The district is doing its best to keep you as informed as possible. Phone calls and email messages will continue to go out regularly to update you on what's happening.





Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:

https://coredocs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/359717/Student_Success_Handbook_Board_Approved_19-20_school_year.pdf

eLearning Guidance

eLearning and Learn at Home Guidance has been emailed to all students and parents.
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Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor

First let me say I miss seeing our Renaissance students each day and I hope you are doing well.


I want to encourage all students to continue working on APEX and Google classroom from home. Many of you discussed working from home during spring break anyway - so please take this time to focus on school if you can.


While we have been out I have been looking up things students can do from home that are educational but not necessarily school work. AND as always, I'm thinking about your future and life after high school. This website from the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) is a great way to "get your feet wet" in the world of cyber security and do fun activities from home. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs in Information Security Analysis will rise by 32%. The median salary is $98,000!!


The National Center for Women & IT has this great website filled with resources on computing-related and educational activities you can do from home as well.



If you would like to get in touch with me, feel free to email!


FAFSA - the FAFSA deadline is April 15th.

Social Worker Corner-- Social Work Insight

MSD Warren Township and Chartwells are committed to providing meals to all school age children for each day our schools are closed, including spring intersession break. Additionally, on Fridays of each week, supplementary food items will be available to help support our families over the weekend.


Meals can be picked up between 11:00 – 1:00, Monday – Friday at the following DISTRICT locations. Please use the main entrance at each of these locations.



Creston Intermediate Middle School – 10925 E Prospect St, 46239

Pleasant Run Elementary School – 1800 N Franklin Road, 46219

Raymond Park Intermediate Middle School – 8575 E Raymond Street, 46239

Stonybrook Intermediate Middle School – 11300 Stonybrook Drive, 46229

Warren Central High School – 9500 E 16th Street, 46229


Meals can also be picked up between 11:00 – 1:00, Monday – Friday at the following COMMUNITY satellite locations. Yellow district school busses will be used to distribute food at these locations.


Braeburn Village Apartments – 2170 Braeburn E Drive, 46219

Knoll Ridge Apartments – 11415 Knollridge Ln, 46229

Shiloh Estates Mobile Home Park – 7441 Chinook Cir, 46219

Washington Pointe Apartments – 625

Bellhaven Place, 46229


If you are not able to participate at the above locations and have a significant need for food or other support, you can contact our MSD Warren Township Community Outreach Hotline, 1-317-869-4308 and leave a message with your information. This line will be monitored Monday – Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and someone from MSD Warren Township will contact you as soon as possible.


Additional Assistance Information

Warren Township Trustee - Food and Household Vouchers - Eligibility Requirements

● Hours: Open, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

● Website: https://www.indy.gov/activity/warren-township-assistance

● Address: 501 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219

● Phone: (317) 327-8947 La Plaza

● Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

● Website: https://www.laplazaindy.org/

● Address: 8902 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226

● Phone: (317) 890-3292

Information on how to get internet access:

● Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription for a limited time. Installation fees will also be waived for these households. Enroll by calling 844-488- 8395.

● Charter will also continue Spectrum Internet Assist, a program offering low-cost broadband internet of 30 Mbps for low-income households without school-aged children.

● Comcast, which owns Xfinity, will offer 60 days free and increased speeds for new families who join the Internet Essentials program, an internet access program for low-income families that is normally $9.95 a month.

● AT&T announced on Friday it would not cancel service and would waive late fees for any wireless, home phone, broadband residential or small business customer experiencing hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic and can't pay their bills.

● Qualifying low-income households can apply for $10 a month internet access through the Access from AT&T program. Fixed Wireless Internet and Wireline customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will also keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open.


Stay Well!




Senior Student Success

Graduation



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!

https://learnmoreindiana.org/


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.

https://scholars.in.gov/parents/keep-your-scholar-on-track/


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!



@CCR_WarrenTwp

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