October 26, 2014
Dear ISA Families,
ISA received exciting news last Tuesday when we were named one of twenty Spurs Team Up Challenge grant winners and were presented with a $2500 check at a special pep rally at the At&T Center. The grant application, submitted by a group of ISA students in one our new electives, Social Entrepreneurship, outlined the students’ plan to build a school garden down the street at Jackson Keller Elementary. Over the next several months, they will submit grant benchmarks and reports; they hope to be named as one of the five winners who will each receive an additional $20,000 to further expand their projects. These students are also responsible for planning and publicizing Global Youth Service Day initiatives for San Antonio after ISA was named lead agency for the city a few weeks ago. Returning families may remember that we started the Global Youth Service Day tradition last year in honor of ISA’s 20th anniversary when we took our first whole school service field trip to a variety of locations across the city. We are looking forward to seeing what year two brings when we celebrate service during the April 17th event!
Along with pursuing collaborative grants like the two above, we also encourage students to apply for individual grants, which are available to high school students One such grant with an upcoming deadline is the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. Interested students are invited to join Mrs. Woodard for a work session on Monday, October 27th during 5th lunch in the Sergiovanni Room. Having coached several grant awardees through the process, Mrs. Woodard has valuable tips and suggestions to share along with the eyes of an expert editor!
As I mentioned in last week’s update, we will host our first ISA Report Card Pick-Up Night of the year on Thursday, October 30th beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Teams will be reviewing final details regarding the upcoming travel experiences and collecting any last minute paperwork. Representatives from the ISA Amigos will also be selling ISA spirit items in the cafeteria to families who want to purchase a few extra items before the trips depart. Below are the meeting locations:
Freshmen: Lee Library Multi-Purpose Room #1 (You met in this space at Hot Diggity)
Sophomores: Multi-Purpose Room #2 (Building across from the cafeteria)
Juniors: Sergiovanni Room (Upstairs ISA main building)
Seniors: Lee Library
After attending the grade-level meetings and picking up your student’s report card, you are invited to enjoy a pancake dinner in the cafeteria. Tickets for the event, benefitting MUNSA XIX’s humanitarian cause Opportunity International, are $5 and will be served until 8 p.m.
We will finish the week on Friday by cheering on our freshmen as they depart to our feeder elementary schools and present their Storytelling projects. Best of luck to our freshmen as they present their first major ISA project!
Have a wonderful week!