ILSA Celebrates School Choice Week with Pizza/Eagle PIE Party

Indiana Life Sciences Academy is celebrating National School Choice Week by hosting a Pizza/Eagle Partners in Education Party on Monday, January 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Information on the importance of parental involvement in our school will be shared during the evening, which will also feature free pizza and the chance to win door prizes. Recognizing School Choice, and the role active families play in partnering with educators, will be highlighted throughout the event.

Parents are encouraged to return their Family Satisfaction Survey, if they haven’t done so already, and to come with ideas on how we can work together to continue to improve our school.

Thank you, parents, for choosing Indiana Life Sciences Academy!!

 

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Watch for Report Cards on February 2

Scholars will bring home their Quarter 2 report cards on Monday, February 2. Our third quarter is now underway.

Important dates during Quarter 3 include:

February 16 – President’s Day (no school)

February 18-19 – Parent/Teacher/Scholar Conferences (students released at 1:00)

March 2-6 – ISTEP+ Applied Skills Test for grades 3-8

March 16-18 – IRead 3 Test for 3rd graders

March 27 – Professional Development Day (students released at 1:00)

March 30-April 10 – Spring Break (no school)

 

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STAR Tutoring Underway

Students and Teachers in Academic Review (STAR) Tutoring will be held on Monday and Thursday mornings from 7:20-8:20 a.m.  for invited students beginning Monday, January 26, 2015 and continuing through Thursday, April 30. Please note, this is a change of start date due to our extended Winter Break. No tutoring will be held on school holidays or if there is a weather-related delay to the start of our school day.

Students in grades 3-8 whose academic data shows they need additional support in Math to prepare for ISTEP have been invited to attend.

Students will be allowed to enter the building through the main entrance at 7:15 a.m. to go directly to their tutoring class. They will be released to the cafeteria at 8:20. Questions regarding STAR Tutoring should be directed to Mrs. Brunner or Ms. Napora.

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ILSA thanks our community partners Indy Met HS, Indiana Achievement, Gambold HS, Providence Cristo-Rey HS, Nexxus Academy, North Central HS and the Center for Leadership Development for attending our High School Fair.

ILSA thanks our community partners Indy Met HS, Indiana Achievement, Gambold HS, Providence Cristo-Rey HS, Nexxus Academy, North Central HS and the Center for Leadership Development for attending our High School Fair.

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Weather-Related School Closings/Two Hour Delay Notification

Indiana Life Sciences Academy Administration will refer to school districts such as IPS, Wayne, Pike, and surrounding school districts for school closing concerning snow and icy conditions only.  The decision to delay or close will be made by 6:30 a.m.  Please watch for Closings, Early Closings, or 2 Hour Delays on television channel WTHR 13, Fox 59, WTTV 4, and WISH-TV 8. Information will be relayed directly to you through our phone blast and text system, our Facebook page, and our website www.indylifescience.com

Closing – means that school is cancelled for that day. AYS (At Your School) Before/After Care operates a snow site at First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church. Families not registered can receive a full day of care for $25, morning or afternoon care only is $15.

Early Closing – means that students are being dismissed earlier than our usual 3:45 dismissal time. AYS will operate their program until parents arrive to pick up their children.

2 Hour Delay – means that the start of school is being delayed by two hours. Bus riders should expect their bus to arrive two hours later than the usual time. Car riders can begin entering the building at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will not be served. AYS will operate on their normal schedule.

 

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UNIFORM Reminder

As the weather turns chilly parents are reminded that ALL scholars must be in the appropriate school uniform. This means ILSA logo tops (yellow or purple) and ILSA logo bottoms (black pants, black shorts, or black skirt). Uniforms should be purchased from School Zone, which presently carries long-sleeved ILSA logo tops.

Scholars can wear a plain white or black long-sleeved shirt underneath their short-sleeved ILSA logo top, and girls can wear plain white or black tights with their black skirts. Jackets, hoodies, sweaters, etc., can be worn outside for recess but scholars will not be allowed to wear these clothing items inside the building. This is a schoolwide expectation which must be followed. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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Our FUTURE Starts Now!

ribbon cutting pic

With the snip of a purple ribbon we celebrate our partnership between Imagine Schools and Trine University. Thank you parents, staff, scholars, board members, and interested community partners for working together tirelessly to make us a great school!

 

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Indiana Life Sciences Academy Welcomes our EAGLES!

Welcome Eagles to the 2014-15 school year! We are excited to begin a new chapter in the history of our school, and we appreciate the role our scholars, families, and staff will have in our success. Here’s a breakdown of a few NEW things going on:

New Name/New Authorizer: Our school name changed to Indiana Life Sciences Academy (ILSA) on July 1, 2014 which is the day our partnership with Trine University became official. We continue to be operated by Imagine Schools.

New Uniforms: Purple or Yellow shirts, along with Black bottoms – all featuring our Eagle logo – will identify our ILSA scholars and set the tone for serious academics. School Zone, our uniform provider, can be reached at (877) 478-7889. They are located at 5425 N. Keystone.

New After Care Provider: AYS (At Your School) provides before and after care services featuring structured activities, arts and crafts, homework help, and a snack. Please call them at (317) 283-2817 for more information and to register your child.

New Push for Parent Involvement: Volunteering doesn’t always mean coming into the building, although that is great, too! This year we are renewing our efforts to have a Parents in Education group to work with us to make improvements to our school, offer feedback and advice, and help strengthen our school-to-home partnerships. Please call our Front Desk at (317) 297-9100 for more information.

New Academic Calendar: ILSA will provide 195 instructional days this year, along with a later start to our school day. Scholars can enter the building beginning at 8:30 each morning, class begins at 9:00 and the tardy bell rings at 9:05. Additionally, all scholars receive 150 minutes of supplemental, individualized instruction each week through our Eagle Success Time.

New Transportation Company: Miller Transportation is providing bus service for ILSA this school year. Please call our front desk (317) 297-9100 with any transportation questions.

New Associate Principal: Mrs. Bianca Rivers is ILSA’s new leader, with Mr. Keith Marsh assuming Regional Operations responsibilities for our campus as well as some Imagine Schools campuses in Ohio.

More information regarding all of these exciting changes will be shared as the year goes on. As always, we THANK YOU for choosing to partner with us in your child’s education. We know that working together, this will be a wonderful year!!

 

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Arrival/Dismissal Reminders for Car Riders and Walkers

ARRIVAL – Please remember that students who are driven to school in cars or who walk to school can enter the building beginning at 8:30 each morning.

Parents driving students to school should pull as far forward as possible in our single-lane car rider line so a staff member can get students safely from their vehicle. Students should not be left unattended in the parking lot or on the sidewalk.

Students walking to school should cross the street at the corner with the stop light, and go directly to the front entrance of our building.

DISMISSAL – Dismissal of students who are driven home in cars or who walk home from school begins at 3:50.

Parents picking up students should again pull as far forward as possible so students can safely walk to their vehicle. Parents should remain with their car to ensure a safe and smooth dismissal process.

Students walking home will be escorted to the corner with the stoplight by a staff member.

Our front doors will remain locked from 3:15-4:15 daily as we transition our scholars for dismissal as bus riders, car riders and walkers. Thank You for helping us keep ILSA safe!

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Websites Recommended to Help Students Learn at Home

There are many fun, educational websites with free activities available to help your child continue to learn and grow. Many will help strengthen basic grade-level skills needed to be successful on our upcoming IRead 3 test (3rd grade) and ISTEP+ (3rd-8th grade).

Check out these website recommendations:

www.prepdog.com

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/

http://www.factmonster.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/mstoddroom10/istep-iread-test-prep-practice

http://www.funbrain.com/

http://www.playkidsgames.com/

http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/

http://www.coolmath-games.com/

In addition, students can use their Acuity password at http://www.acuityathome.com to practice Acuity activities.  Continue reading
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