Sunday, May 10, 2015
Dear ISA Families,
After smooth STAAR and AP testing last week, the final five days of AP testing begin on Monday morning with the Biology AP exam. As a reminder, students must arrive at ISA and be in their testing room no later than 7:35 a.m. for all morning exams. For your reference, the complete AP testing schedule and room locations can be accessed HERE.
As the end of the year approaches, we also want to share a few reminders about final exams and exam exemptions. Below is a list of important dates:
- ISA Students may get an Exam Exemption Form from their English teachers Monday, May 11th.
- All Exam Exemption forms are due in the ISA office by 4:30 pm Friday, May 15.
- *Senior exams for ISA courses are May 20- 26.
- Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior exams are June 1 – June 4
*Due to the senior portfolio graduation requirement, ISA seniors take their ISA final exams early.
The exemption form must be fully completed including student signature, parent signature, and teacher signatures. Forms are placed in a grade level turn-in basket in the ISA main office. It is the student’s responsibility to correct any attendance errors and submit any missing documentation before May 15. If a correction is necessary to earn an exemption, teachers will not sign the form until the correction is made in the school computer system. You may reference the Exemption Guidelines , Exemption FAQ, and contact Mr. Garcia with questions.
On Sunday, May 17, 2015, ISA will host the Senior Awards Ceremony from 2:00-5:00p.m. in the Parker Chapel at Trinity University. All seniors are asked to arrive by 1:30 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Before and after the ceremony, the project graduation committee will be selling Project Graduation tickets. Project Graduation ticket information will also be mailed out this week. Please encourage and support your senior’s attendance at this ISA tradition of an all-night, drug and alcohol free, chaperoned celebration. The committee also asked me to share that Rex Tuxedo (7219 San Pedro) has teamed up with ISA Project Graduation to offer a $50 discount coupon, available in the ISA Main Office, for tuxedo rentals. The ISA Project Graduation will receive $5 for each rental.
We have two special meetings after school this week. On Monday, our Campus Improvement Committee will be holding a public meeting open to all ISA families to review ISA’s 2014 accountability report at 4:30 p.m. in the Sergiovanni Room. On Thursday, the ISA Amigos will hold their final meeting of the year at 5:30 p.m. in the Sergiovanni Room. The ISA Amigos is currently seeking parents interested in serving on the board for the 2015-2016 school year. Please take a moment to review the ISA Amigos board positions and the ISA Amigos ballot. You may contact current ISA Amigos board members, Maggie Nigro (email@example.com or 210- 771-6699), Louella Quezergue (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melanie Evans (email@example.com) to discuss the volunteer opportunities. The last day to add names to the ballot is Tuesday, May 14. Voting takes place at Thursday’s meeting. Please consider joining this great organization!
Various ISA faculty members will be at ISA from 9:00am-noon hosting a Saturday School for our freshmen and any other students in need of access to technology and a quiet place to work as the semester comes to a close. Students should report to the Sergiovanni Room to check-in after arriving.
The Lee campus ISA Junior & Senior prom, An Evening in Bombay, is Saturday, May 16 from 8:00-midnight at Sunset Station. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 11 for $25. If a student wants to bring a date who does not attend Lee or ISA, the date must be approved in advance by submitting a form available in the Lee office. Once students enter the prom, they will not be allowed to leave and return later in the evening. When students arrive, there will be two NEISD police officers on duty to help with parking and to direct students. Finally, a reminder that students are required to attend in formal attire and midriffs may not be exposed.
Have a great week!
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Dear ISA Families,
Tomorrow marks the beginning of a busy two-weeks of STAAR and Advanced Placement testing at ISA.
The STAAR Algebra I end-of-course exam will be given to the freshmen tomorrow, Monday, May 4; all freshmen will also take the STAAR biology end-of-course exam on Tuesday, May 5. While all of the ISA freshmen will be tesing on Tuesday, only those freshmen currently enrolled in algebra I will take the exam on Monday. Our juniors take their United States history test and final STAAR end-of-course exam on Thursday of this week as well.
As a reminder, testing regulations require us to collect all electronic devices (cell phones and other personal media devices) from students prior to testing. Students will not be able to use those during or after they finish testing in their testing room. However, they do have access to a landline in the ISA office. Please help by making sure your son or daughter gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast, so all are ready to put forth best efforts each morning!
At the same time, beginning tomorrow and continuing through Friday, May 15, ISA sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. ISA counselor Julie Magadance asked me to remind families that every AP test-taker received a sheet with his/her individual exam schedule. For your reference, the complete AP testing schedule can be accessed HERE. Students must arrive at ISA and be in their testing room no later than 7:35 a.m. for all morning exams. If you have an afternoon exam, you are advised to bring your lunch and report to the area on this schedule. There is a $15 fee for students who do not take the exam for which they registered.
Have a wonderful week!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Dear ISA Families,
We will start the week on Monday with a special Class of 2019 Meet & Greet, hosted by the ISA Amigos. Class of 2019 families are invited to learn more about the ISA Amigos, and rising freshmen will have the chance to tour the school and speak with upperclassmen about campus opportunities and extra-curriculars. The hour-long event begins at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room across from the cafeteria.
Our freshmen and seniors will be at Trinity University this week for special presentations and celebrations. ISA freshmen present their Make a Difference Presentations on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. at Trinity University’s Northrup Hall and the Dicke/Smith Fine Arts Building. We hope everyone will be able to join us at this special event. Students will eat a small pizza dinner and change into their professional attire after school before loading school buses to take them to Trinity. If you have not signed your student’s hot pink field trip permission form, please ask for it this evening. The most convenient parking area for families who come to watch the presentations is at Alamo Stadium, with the presentation rooms just a short walk across the street (follow the path alongside the fountain). Students will text their parents with exact room numbers and presentations times on Monday during DIM class. While students will be transported to Trinity, there is no transportation back to school; students will be released at 7:35 to go home with their families. If parents cannot attend the presentations, they can pick up their students at 7:45 pm at Trinity University (at the corner of Trinity Place and Stadium Drive). If you have any questions, contact Mitzi Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck with the presentations!
On Wednesday, April 29 our seniors will also be at Trinity in the Great Hall of the Chapman Building for the Internship Mentor Reception from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This annual event is a chance to celebrate the culmination of our seniors’ internship experiences, express our thanks for the support their mentors provided, and engage in discussions about their experiences. Seniors should arrive at 4:30 p.m. and park at Alamo Stadium. All mentors have been invited, and parents are welcome to attend. Please contact Victoria Woodard, ISA Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com with any questions about the event.
Next week, AP and STAAR testing begins on campus. Please look for details next Sunday, including bell schedules and the testing calendar.
Have a great week.