Academics, Attitude, Action --- February 28, 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 Central Office--- Center For Disease Control and Prevention
February 28, 2020
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this to be a serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from to the general American public is considered low at this time. That said, we will continue to take proactive preparedness measures as more cases are likely to be identified in the United States.
Our school district is working closely with state and local health departments to review and update emergency preparation plans in the event of a pandemic. Our Operations Department continues to work diligently to ensure a cleanly environment for both students and staff. In the event of a confirmed case in the MSD of Warren Township, appropriate measures would be taken with the guidance of the health department.
It is important to have correct information about the Coronavirus. Click here to access CDC information on the virus.
At this time, the MSD Warren Township will monitor students using normal school procedures to assess symptoms. Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reported mild to severe respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We continue to encourage all student and staff to practice good heath hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses. These steps include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick – fever free for 24 hours without use of medication
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
A Principal's Perspective ---Summer School June 3-26th
See information below:
Summer School: (Paperwork Available Front Desk)
Dates: June 3-26th
1st Round Sign UP: March 11th & 12th (sign up at Renaissance front desk)
Cost: $ 25 per class (max 2 classes)
Transportation Cost: $25 (if needed)
Payment Method: Cash or Check Written Out to Warren Central High School
Wednesday, June 3rd, 7:15am to Friday, June 26th, 3pm
9500 East 16th Street
Middle School Moment
Middle School Affirmation: I can only control what I do, I can't control anyone else.
Please help us from home by checking that your student is following our basic rules at Renaissance.
Dress Code: No sandals, slides, or house shoes, no legging/jeggings or other skin tight clothing, no inappropriate graphics, no rips and tears in pants, no hoods/head coverings, and no undergarments showing.
Profanity: There has been a sharp increase in the blatant use of profanity in the hallways and classrooms.
Academics: Too many students are refusing to do assigned work or participate appropriately in class and as a consequence are failing their classes. Check your student’s grades in Tyler to see how they are doing.
Outside food and drinks are not allowed. Please do not let your student bring candy, chips, drinks and other snacks to school. These are a distraction to the learning environment. All students are offered lunch at Renaissance at no charge. They will not go hungry.
Basic Respect; Some students are choosing to be disrespectful to their peers as well as adults. Typical instances of disrespect include name calling, profanity, “attitudes”, tone of voice, posturing, “mean-mugging”, and so on. It is far too easy for these behaviors to escalate to physical altercations.
Middle School Team
CORE/Success, Mrs. Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Math: Mrs. Nowling, email@example.com
English: Ms. Craycroft, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean
Dear Renaissance Family,
I wanted to make sure that everyone is clear on the districts bullying policy and what actions can be taken if you feel that your son/daughter is being bullied. If you do believe that bullying is happening, please contact the school immediately. If you or your student do not feel comfortable contacting the school directly, please use the following number:
1. Call 317-532-3049 and leave a message on our hotline;
2. Submit a digital report: Report Bullying or Safety Concerns.
The definition of bullying is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
- Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property
- Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school
- No Bullying Pledge (All students are required to sign the pledge.)
- Anti-Bullying Pamphlet (Reference guide for staff, parents, and students)
- Presentation from February 6, 2014 Community Dialogue on Bullying
- Internet Safety Website
"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges".
-Dr. Martin Luther King
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
Another round of testing will take place for all 10th grade students. We will administer ISTEP Pt. 1 beginning the week of March 9-13. More information will be sent out regarding the actual schedule. This is the graduation exam required by Indiana Department of Education. Part 2 of this exam will be given in mid-April.
Please see summer school information listed earlier in the newsletter. Students may stop by and see their counselor to find out what courses they should sign up for.
Also, students are being called down to make course selections for next year's schedule. Check in with your student to see what classes they are considering taking.
Next Date March 14, 2020
Registration February 14, 2020
Late Registration February 16-March 3, 2020.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
Next Date April 4, 2020
Registration February 28, 2020
Late Registration February 9-March 13, 2020
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………….
Another Little Known Black History Fact
History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events. In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember.
In an effort to honor this expansive and growing history, Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. But just as Black history is more than a month, so too are the numerous events and figures that are often overlooked during it. What follows is a list of some of those “lesser known” moments and facts in Black history.
Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.
Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin.
It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old school-girl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn't get up."
Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women.
Renaissance supportive services offered for 2019-2020;
v Gallahue Community Hospital - Counseling School-Based service programs to assist with social and emotional challenges
v Future Promises Program - Teen parenting and casework services-Marion County Health Department
v The Indianapolis Urban League - College Readiness Program and other extracurricular activities offered
v Inner Beauty is now housed in our building every Thursday evening 7-9p
Renaissance is always 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
Warren Central High School Prom
Saturday, April 25th, 6:30-11pm
140 West Washington Street
Senior Guest Forms (only) can be found at the front desk and our due back into office by Friday, March 20, 2020!
Students having 10 or more days of unexcused absences will require Mrs. Taylor approval to purchase prom tickets.
Students on Warren Trespass list will not be able to attend.
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 --Civility and Order
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
― Albert Einstein
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”
― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius
Students Showing CORE!
Karlos McGee- Order
Heaven Hughes- Respect
Terry Williams- Order
Shahee Al-Uqdah- Excellence
Jaylon Swenden- Order
Anijah Poge- Respect and Excellence
Mikey Davis- Order
CORE Awards W/E Feb 21st
Middle School CORE Awards
High School CORE Awards
Raptor Visitor Management System
Currently, every visitor who enters our building is asked to present a state of federal ID, such as a Driver’s License, and it is scanned into the Raptor System. Once the visitor has been approved, the office staff enters the reason, destination of the visit and the Raptor System will print a photo ID visitor badge. If for any reason a parent or guardian does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the staff member can use any form of ID and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System. Beginning November 11, 2019, this will apply to our PreK-4 campuses as well.
A photo ID visitor badge is not required for those who visit our schools to drop off an item or pick-up paperwork at the front desk. Further, they may drop off their items(s) or remain in the waiting area until their student is available. Please be aware that current practices established in each building remain in effect.
The safety of our students is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System provides us with a consistent process of knowing who is in our buildings at all times as well as a tool to identify those individuals who may present a danger to our students and staff.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support towards enhancing school safety protocols in our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us here at Renaissance at 317-532-2996.