Sunday, August 24, 2014
Dear ISA Families,
At the 21st Annual Hot Diggity Doo Dah yesterday, we served up several hundred hot dogs to a record number of attendees, passed out student schedules, assigned lockers, unveiled new spirit items, held freshman and sophomore parent meetings, glimpsed at our newly renovated classrooms, and, most importantly, took time to reconnect with returning ISA families as well as welcome new members to our community. Thank you for your patience as you made your way through the parent stations throughout the morning. I would like thank the ISA staff and the ISA PALS (Peer Assistance and Leadership) for helping to set-up, coordinate, and run the event. As a small school with a faculty and staff of 28, we are especially grateful to the ISA Amigos, our booster organization, for their help in hosting the event.
If you were unable to attend Hot Diggity Doo Dah, the ISA Amigos asked me to remind families that you may sign-up to volunteer with the organization by completing the ISA Amigos Volunteer Form, also linked off of the ISA homepage. When a need for volunteers arises, you will receive an email detailing the assistance requested.
We will officially open the new school year tomorrow at our traditional Opening Ceremony. Families are invited to attend Opening Ceremony tomorrow at 9:30a.m. in the Lee campus auditorium. Due to construction on campus, we recommend that you arrive on campus well before school begins at 8:45 a.m. to give you plenty of time to find a parking spot, check in at the ISA main office for a visitor’s pass, and get settled in the auditorium. The Opening Ceremony will include our traditional welcome in multiple languages, greetings from students, and lots of first day excitement!
In the morning, students will report to advisory at 8:45 a.m. to receive a new and updated copy of their schedule. Over the weekend, ISA counselors Necol Harness and Julie Magadance adjusted many schedules based on student request or to balance teachers’ class sizes. All this week, Necol Harness, Julie Magadance, Vicki Woodard, Internship Coordinator, David Garcia, Instructional Dean, and I will be meeting with students who wish to change their schedule. On the first day of school, our priority is making sure we meet with any student who is missing a core class (math, science, English, social studies, and world language) before meeting with students who wish to change elective classes. Please know that we are working as quickly as possible to get students into the correct classes, so they do not miss valuable instruction. ISA teachers anticipate schedule changes during the first week of school and will assist students who may join the class on the second or third day of school. Please reassure your student that we are committed to crafting the very best schedule possible for each student, and all students wishing to change their schedule will have the opportunity to meet with one of us to discuss their course options.
At the beginning of each school-year, it is important for us to collect up-to-date information from ISA families. Students will receive an Opening School Packet on Tuesday through their English classes. Included in this packet are many important documents to review and return to the school. Please return documents to the school with your student no later than Friday, September 29, 2014. If you attended Hot Diggity, you likely completed most but not all of the paperwork when you visited Parent Station #4.
Magnet school buses and regular school bus routes will be running tomorrow for the first day of school. Families may access the 2014-2015 bus route information here.
Looking ahead, both the Freshman and Senior Teams are holding parent meetings on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. to share details about their grade-level trips. Please look for additional details in next week’s Sunday update regarding meeting locations.
Finally, ISA will be hosting exchange students from South Korea, Japan, and Germany this school year. We have begun preparations for our German guests from Frankfurt who are arriving on October 2nd. If you family is interested in hosting a German student, please complete this Hosting Application by Friday, September 5, 2014.