Academics, Attitude, Action --- December 13, 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
Guns Down-Gloves Up
Saturday, Dec. 14th, 10am-3pm
2215 West Washington Street
A Principal's Perspective
We have 5 days remaining until the end of the semester. Students are wrapping up classes and earning credits. Teachers are doing all they can to assist students with work and course completion. This weekend should be dedicated to students working on any last minute assignments.
Next week we will celebrate our students successful completion of the semester with Pancakes & Pajamas! Staff will be serving pancakes hot off the skillet. Awards will be distributed acknowledging all of the great things our students have accomplished this semester. We will have some student staff competition and a bunch more holiday fun!
Report cards will be mailed out over the break but students/parents may always access grades through the "Parent Portal".
Don't forget to ask your student the following questions:
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
This past Tuesday, a busload of our middle schoolers traveled downtown to see The Indiana Repertory Theater's production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. This classic Christmas tale follows grouchy old Ebenezer Scrooge while the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future guide him through a peek into his world as those around him see it. Scrooge learns a lot from his experiences, and the kids love seeing him frightened, grumpy, sad, happy, relieved, and more. We asked them what they liked most about the play.
Here are a few of their responses:
What I liked about the play is everything. It was good, funny, sad, and happy. I really liked it, and I would want to go to another play like that. I loved it. Courtney B.
My favorite part of the play was when the three different ghosts came and they were showing him how he was when he was a child. And the way they laughed. Char’Dea W.
I liked the entire show because throughout it the actors did amazing and it showed a lot of emotion. My favorite character is Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past. Dasani D.
What I liked about the play is it was funny and sometimes it was sad a little bit. It showed us when he was so mean and the ghost was showing him to be nice and everything. Amya C.
When Scrooge family love Christmas and he was so very happy and people love to be happy. Ga’Mel F.
I liked it when Bob Marley came out of the ground and when he looked back on his life.
I liked when Bob Marley’s ghost came out of the ground with all the chains on. T’Andre M.
With the success of this adventure, we are now considering attending “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” in 2020.
Speaking of 2020, it rapidly approaches. Next week is our last week of school in 2019! We want to finish strong. Have your students well nourished and well rested. Last day will be December 20th. We return Monday, January 6th, 2020.
Dean's Corner -- Discussion With The Dean
Dear Renaissance family,
One of my roles as the Dean include student discipline. At Renaissance, we view discipline as a tool to help your child grow and learn to make good choices. It is important to Renaissance's staff to work with parents as a team when a child makes a choice that results in discipline. Kids can make mistakes and if we work together, we can help reduce those mistakes. I would encourage you to feel free to contact the school if you ever wish to discuss discipline. Choices that result in discipline can have a negative impact on learning. Students who are disruptive in the classroom negatively impact their friends’ learning. Students who get consequences, may spend time out of the classroom or talk to the Dean. We don’t want this type of impact on learning!
Have a great and safe weekend!!
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Student Success Handbook for Warren Township:
Counselor Corner -- Conversation With the Counselor
I want to say thank you to everyone who made yesterday’s Job/ Education Fair a huge success. We had 15 Vendors that were excited about the opportunity and really wanted to get involved in any future opportunities that we have. I just wanted to send some major highlights and pictures:
· Over 75 students participated
· 15 Vendors: Moore Restoration, IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors), ComForCare, FedEx, TeenWorks, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Planes Companies, Army, National Guard, Purdue Polytechnic Institute Indianapolis: Aviation Technology, EmployIndy, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis Urban League, Metropolitan Indianapolis Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, (MICI-AHEC)
· Tashaunda Gooch, did an amazing job as my “intern” for the day! She also spoke with the Vendors during lunch and provided her experience in attending Renaissance School and what she has learned from the Project Ready program. She was also offered a job when she turns 18 by the owner, Mr. Mueller of the Planes Companies.
· Mrs. Nassar created bingo cards with table questions to get the students engaged in conversations with the vendors
· 14 Gift Cards given away to students who completed their bingo cards
Yesterday, we made a huge impact in giving our students exposure to the work we do daily, whether you made bingo cards, contacted potential vendors, monitored students, walked with students to various tables, registered students, prepared them for the event. You truly made a difference!!! Again, I want to thank you for all your hard work.
Looking forward to our College Fair in the Spring 2020!!!!! Let the planning begin...
Arnetta Scruggs, MSW
Indianapolis Urban League/ Project Ready Program
Warren Township Schools
Next Date March 14, 2020
Registration February 14, 2020
Late Registration February 16-March 3, 2020.
Upcoming ACT Registration Deadline:
Next Date February 8, 2020
Registration January 10, 2020
Late Registration January 11, 2020- January 17, 2020
Reminder: All of our 21st Century Scholars must take the SAT or ACT to claim their scholarship. Please see information below
Career and Education Fair
The opportunities are endless!
Career and Education Fair
Thank you Dr. Hanson for supporting our College and Education Fair!
Career and Education Fair
We truly appreciate all those that came out to support our students!
Social Worker Corner-- Social Work Insight
From the Desk of the Social Worker………
This month as a social service worker my focus is on providing resources for the holiday season to some of our families that may be in need.
According to freefinancialhelp.net families are in need of additional assistance all year long however around the holiday seasons are the worst. You may be seeking employment, possibly laid off, downsized, terminated, your paid barely minimum wage, or your check may just be circumventing in a system somewhere causing a delay with you moving forward and having the “BEST” holiday possible. Click on the links below to assist yourself and immediate family, find help for a family member, friend or pay-it-forward and help someone you do not know. The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Lions Clubs International, Catholic Charities, and Make-A-Wish Foundation are resources to and for all. You may have a family member that is incarcerated; there is a prison fellowship link below as well. Reach out and ask questions!
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 --Excellence
the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
"a center of academic excellence"
The 8 Keys of Excellence
- INTEGRITY – Match behavior with values. ...
- FAILURE LEADS TO SUCCESS –Learn from mistakes. ...
- SPEAK WITH GOOD PURPOSE – Speak honestly and kindly. ...
- THIS IS IT! – ...
- COMMITMENT – Make your dreams happen. ...
- OWNERSHIP – Take responsibility for actions. ...
- FLEXIBILITY – Be willing to do things differently. ...
- BALANCE – Live your best life.
Students Showing CORE!
12/6/19 CORE Buck winners
Quincey Francis- Excellence
Nico Wilson- Excellence
Chris Kersage- Order
Shahee Al Uqdah- Civility
Anthony Maye- Order
Char-dea Whitfield- Excellence
Hailey Mabry- Order
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.