IHS Family Update

From Principal Zipp-McLaughlin

JANUARY 11, 2022

In this newsletter
  • Cap and Gown Information
  • Incoming Family Orientation- Virtual
  • Masking
  • Students in Quarantine/Isolation
  • Honor Roll
  • Seal of Civic Readiness
  • Attendance
  • Infinite Campus
  • Midterm Week will be a full week of classes
  • EMCC and MOF closed January 26th; no classes
  • Tutoring Opportunities
  • January Events
  • February Events
  • March Events
  • NHS- Self Care for IHS
  • PTSA Membership
  • Home School Partnership- Mutual Respect

CLASS of 2022 CAP AND GOWN INFORMATION REQUESTED

Please use THIS LINK to fill in cap and gown information. Graduation information will continue over the next few months. If you have questions directly related to the survey link, please email kim_schrank@westiron.monroe.edu as she is coordinating this information.


If you have any questions as we share additional graduation information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Harfod, Class of 2022 Assistant Principal, or me.


We are excited to share this experience with you!

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INCOMING FAMILY ORIENTATION- VIRTUAL

We are planning to share a welcome resource for you the week of January 24th. You will find a welcome video and department-specific videos. Please feel free to reach out to your school counselor or administrator with any questions. The videos can be found on our main IHS Webpage using the link for Incoming Family Orientation.


We are looking forward to working closely with you as your family moves closer to entering IHS!

MASKING

Please continue to encourage your student to wear a mask while inside of our buildings. We have increased our reminders through Schoology, on the announcements, classroom walkthroughs, and in the halls. Masks should cover the nose and mouth.

STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE/ISOLATION

If your students experiences an illness, please encourage them to take the time away from studies and focus on their health. When they are feeling stronger, teachers will work directly with students to access learning materials through Schoology.


While students are away from IHS, Schoology will be the first resource in order to stay connected with classroom learning.


If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the teacher or your child's school counselor.

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Please use THIS LINK to read the Honor Roll Recipients. If you would like to have a certificate printed and sent home, please email kim_schrank@westiron.monroe.edu You can also find the list on the IHS page, under News, then click on Quarter 1 under Honor Roll.


Congratulations!

SEAL OF CIVIC READINESS- NEW DIPLOMA DISTINCTION

The New York State Seal of Civic Readiness is a new graduation seal for which IHS seniors are eligible starting in the Spring of 2022. To earn this Seal, students will demonstrate how they have met the criteria for the Seal over the past four years through course credits, Regents credits, extracurricular endeavors, research projects, and community service, as well as a 12th-grade Capstone Project, which is completed through all senior-level Social Studies courses (Participation in Government, Economics, AP Economics, and AP Government). In the Spring, students who wish to apply for the Seal will submit their materials to the Seal of Civic Readiness Committee, which, if awarded, will be added to the High School Diploma.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ON TIME ATTENDANCE TO CLASSES

We have increased our communication to students through Schoology to stress the importance of arriving at school and to all classes on time. Our school day begins at 8:00 AM. Students are given 4 minutes to transition between classes. When students are on time, they are able to engage in teacher-planned learning activities to best support their progress toward future goals. If students need to leave a classroom, they are instructed to have a pass with them. When we conduct our hall sweeps, those with passes are able to continue on their way while those without meet with their administrator.

INFINITE CAMPUS for PARENTS

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Stay up to date on grades, assignments, attendance announcements, schedules, and more. You can even set an alert to your phone for period-by-period attendance. Please consider logging in today to continue supportive home school focus on academic excellence.


If you have questions regarding any of the class assignments, please email your student's teacher, directly. If you do not have an Infinite Campus account, please use this link to learn more.


If you need support signing up for an Infinite Campus account, please contact the IHS Counseling Office at 336- 2921.

MIDTERM WEEK JAN. 24-28- CLASSES ARE IN SESSION

We have been considering the best course of action regarding a midterm week, which historically has coincided with the January Regents exams. A decision has been made to hold regular instruction and run a typical schedule during the week of January 24th-28th. Continuity of Instruction and Continued Focus on Social-Emotional Well-Being are priorities. Teachers will determine how they will continue to assess student learning which could be through a midterm type experience spread out over multiple class periods or an alternative, authentic assessment allowing students the opportunity to demonstrate progress over time towards standards of focus. We are discussing opportunities for sustained Regents practice prior to the June Regents and will share more once those plans are formalized.


Teachers will share updates with students regarding learning and assessments.

EMCC and MOF- No Classes Wednesday, January 26th.

EMCC and MOF programs will be open for students four (4) out of the five (5) days during the week of January 24-28. We will only close to students on Wednesday, January 26th.


Students should sign in or sign out once they have completed their IHS classes for this date.

TUTORING OPPORTUNITIES

Our National Honor Society Students are offering free tutoring, again this year. If your student is interested, please scan the QR code to sign up.
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IHS DEPT. CENTERS ARE OPEN FOR DROP-IN SUPPORT

We have Department Centers for students who need or wish additional support in English, Social Studies, or Math. These supports are available throughout the school day and scheduled with content teachers. Please review the schedules below to see what matches with your student's study hall or lunch period. Additionally, you can email the teacher of the class to see when they have drop-in times for direct support.
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JANUARY EVENTS

January 11 Permit Testing

January 14-15 Senior High Solo Fest

January 17 No School – Martin Luther King Day

January 24 8th Grade Parents Orientation (virtual)

January 28 Second Marking Period Ends

FEBRUARY EVENTS

February 9 Report Cards available on Infinite Campus

February 11 Jazz Coffee House at 7:00 pm

February 12 ACT exam

February 15 Permit Testing

February 16 Tri-M Induction at 6:30 pm

February 17 Permit Testing

February 18 Permit Testing

February 21-25 February break – No School

MARCH EVENTS

March 1 Band Mania I at 7:00 pm

March 3 Band Mania II at 7:00 pm

March 8 District String Fest at 7:00 pm

March 9 District Vocal Fest at 7:00 pm

March 11 Adam Milne Charity Game at 7:00 pm

March 12 SAT Exam

March 17 Permit Testing

March 18 Staff Development Day (no school for students)

March 18-19 Senior High All County Music

March 22 Permit Testing

March 24-27 Spring Musical

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National Honor Society Self Care Event

Our National Honor Society Members are organizing self-care options for students in January. They will offer activities and tips during lunch periods. Students can learn about stress management, mindfulness, journaling, and many other options. We are proud of the NHS students and their continued influence on IHS school culture!

PARENT SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

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PEAK SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

PEAK is becoming part of our classroom instruction this year. Teachers will begin spending a few minutes each week to engage students in discussions, prompts, activities to help with organization, goal setting, and understanding the IHS Core Values: Mutual Respect, Mutual Support, Shared Purpose, and Shared Pride.

PTSA MEMBERSHIP

PTSA needs you to remain IHS Strong! Please consider joining to support events and offset the cost for IHS students attending traditional celebrations. Our PTSA continues to strive to support parents with tools and resources while also acting as a liaison between parents, community members, teachers and administration. This group is a valuable asset in helping to support educational and celebratory events.


Please consider joining using this link.

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HOME SCHOOL CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP

This month, our students are learning about how to care for one another as human beings through our Core Community Values. Teachers will incorporate strategies and techniques through classroom instruction. Our focus on a welcoming and affirming environment begins with relationships and treating one another with respect. Please feel free to contact a school counselor or social worker to learn more. This month we continue to expand on Mutual Respect with a focus on empathy and kindness.

THANK YOU

We truly appreciate your continued support and are available to answer any questions or concerns that you have.


Be well,

Alecia

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SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 260 Cooper Road

Website: https://ihs.westirondequoit.org/

Principal: Alecia Zipp-McLaughlin | alecia_mclaughlin@westiron.monroe.edu

Main office: (585) 266-7351

Secretary: Kim Schrank | kim_schrank@westiron.monroe.edu

Health Office: 585-336-2938

  • Nurse: Mary Piston

Counseling Center: 336-2921

Attendance Office: 336-2919

Technology Support: https://wicsd.tech/

Transportation: 585-336-2992

District Office: 585-342-5500 | District website: westirondequoit.org


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE IHS EVENTS CALENDAR