Weekly Community Update: October 25, 2014

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!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

 

Weekly Community Update: October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

Tomorrow night, Monday, October 29, we begin our recruiting season at Bush Middle School as we present at the first of three NEISD Magnet Informational Sessions.  The Magnet Informational Sessions are special events for 8th grade students and their families who are interested in learning more about the various NEISD magnet programs.  The evening, outlined in this flyer, allows families to visit informally with students and educators at magnet tables from 5-6:30 p.m. before attending up to three breakout sessions based on interest.  NEISD has also arranged for several food trucks at the site, knowing that it can be a busy evening for families.

We will also be hosting our first ISA Shadowing date for prospective freshmen (current 8th graders) and their families on Wednesday, October 29.  Families are encouraged to register early by completing the ISA Shadowing Form.  Our 2015-2016 Freshman Application is also now posted on our website.  Although participation in a Shadowing Program is not required in order for a student to apply to ISA, we encourage all interested students to participate.

As our fall travel experiences approach, the Freshman Team is seeking one more parent chaperone for their trip to Arkansas, and the Sophomore Team is in need of four additional parents for their travel to New Mexico. Freshman families may email Stacy Brooks (sbrook@neisd.net) and sophomore families may email Bonnie Brawner (bbrawn@neisd.net) for additional information.

Looking ahead, our first Report Card Pick-Up Night of the year is Thursday, October 30 beginning at 6:00p.m. The Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Teams will be reviewing final details regarding travel experiences and collecting any last minute paperwork. Families are also invited to stop by the Lee cafeteria before or after Report Card Pick-Up Night meetings to enjoy a Pancake Dinner. Look for more details, including meeting locations, in next week’s Sunday update.

Finally, a reminder that the Freshman Team will be hosting a Saturday School from 9:00am to noon on Saturday, October 25th.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: October 12, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

It was great to see so many students and Globie enjoying the cooler weather during ISA Night at the Football Game last night as we were treated at a great game and were able to celebrate our 2014 twelve National Merit Scholars.

On Wednesday, October 15, ISA sophomores and juniors will be taking a Preliminary SAT (PSAT).  Although the sophomores will be taking the PSAT as practice, the test will be scored and students will receive individual testing results later in the year.

Junior year PSAT scores are used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to select next year’s National Merit Scholars. Please help by encouraging sophomores and juniors to come well rested and to eat breakfast in the morning before this important test. While our sophomores and juniors take the PSAT, our freshmen will be taking a district benchmark, which will provide additional data regarding student strengths in reading and writing. Meanwhile, our seniors have a late arrival day, and do not need to report to campus until 12 noon. If this poses transportation problems, seniors may arrive early and report to the ISA main office.

We are looking forward to Saturday and the 2nd Annual MUNSA Fun Run, a non-competitive fun run and walk. Registration remains open and families may register online or pick up a registration form from the front office!

Finally as a reminder, Monday is a student holiday and we look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: October 5, 2014

Sunday, October 4, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

On Thursday evening we welcomed our very first delegation of German students from our partner school in Frankfurt with signs and fanfare at the airport. With twenty exchange students visiting, most of our students will have the opportunity to interact and learn from and with our guests during their two-week stay.  We are planning to travel to Frankfurt this summer to experience German school and family life. We are hoping to have more details to share soon!

Along with welcoming our German students, we are also preparing to host one student from our Swedish partner school and are currently are seeking an ISA host sister and family for a 17-year-old young woman during her month-long stay from November 14-December 12. Once a host family is found, a decision will be made about which, if any, fall travel experience (Heifer, New Mexico, Alabama) she will attend. While in San Antonio, the exchange student will attend classes at ISA with the intent of immersing her in American family and schooling life.  If you are interested in hosting this student, you may contact me at ebiese@neisd.net.

Yesterday, many of our ISA juniors were hard at work inside the school building preparing for the upcoming PSAT on October 15, 2014.  Junior year PSAT scores are used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).  Nationally, roughly 1.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT annually, and some of the 50,000 students with the highest scores become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program. The results of last year’s National Merit Scholarship Competition were released at the end of September and include several ISA seniors including:

  • 1 National Merit Semi-Finalist

  • 7 National Merit Commended Scholars

  • 5 National Merit Hispanic Scholars

We are looking forward to celebrating and supporting our national merit students, football players, band members, and spirit students at our Third Annual ISA Night at the Football Game on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at Comalander Stadium.  At halftime, there will be a special recognition of the ISA, Lee, STEM and NESA national merit students along with a special, first of the year appearance from Globie, our very lovable ISA mascot!

On Tuesday, October 7th, ISA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be taking yearbook photos through one of their ISA core classes. After picture day, families my visit mylifetouch.com for portrait ordering information. ISA’s picture day identification number is XY814490Q0 should you be prompted.

Looking ahead, the Model United Nations students asked to announce the second annual MUNSA Fun Run. The 2014 MUNSA Vision Run, a non-competitive fun run and walk, will take place at Walker Ranch Park on October 18th from 9-11:30 a.m. Registration costs $20 and includes a race t-shirt. Families may register online or pick up a registration form from the front office.

Finally, the ISA Amigos will hold their monthly meeting this week on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Sergiovanni Room.

Have a great week!

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

Dozens of ISA students, teachers, and parents began their day very early yesterday morning at the Freshman Garage Sale volunteering their time to support the fundraising effort for the upcoming Heifer travel experience.  In a little more than seven weeks, our freshmen students will depart for Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas to experience life in a developing country.  Our partnership with Heifer International is more than a decade old, and it is through our community’s commitment to every student at ISA, both their own and others, that these learning experiences continue.   We would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked Friday afternoon organizing items and Saturday morning at the garage sale along with all who donated items for the sale.  Thanks to your generosity, over $2,400 was raised!

The Heifer travel experience remains one of several experiences that students continually identify as a seminal moment in their development as a globally competent student. Our definition for global competence, developed and refined through work with our partner organization International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), includes four domains: the ability to Investigate the World, Recognize Perspectives, Communicate Ideas, and Take Action. On Tuesday, we will welcome twenty-five new ISSN leaders from across the United States who are visiting ISA to better understand how we teach global competence through our daily classroom instruction and project-based learning.  Considered the flagship school in the ISSN, we often host network events for administrators, teachers, and students and we look forward to continued partnership and collaboration among network members.

 

As the fifth week of school comes to close, we know that parents may be checking the NEISD Parent Portal more frequently.  Students’ most up to date grades can be found by looking on the parent portal.  Based on parent feedback, we have created a school-wide system to record grades to better help you and your students understand the grades and assignments in the parent portal.  When you look at an assignment, please be sure to note the due date.  Teachers enter assignments at least 24 hours before they are due; however, sometimes a week or more in advance to help students plan and to communicate to families.  If the due date has not passed, you will see a BLANK in the column where the grade would usually be displayed.  Twenty-four hours after the due date, one of five possible symbols will be displayed.  Our goal is to communicate whether or not assignments have been submitted. Here are the symbols:

Numerical Grade= Submitted

The assignment was turned in and it has already been graded.

BLANK(24 hours after due date)= Submitted

The assignment was turned in; however, it has not been graded yet.  Please be sure to make sure that 24 hours have passed since the due date.  Because many ISA assignments are not easy to grade multiple choice items, teachers may need a several days to grade and give feedback to students on their projects and papers. If you have questions about an assignment grade that is not posted, you may email the teacher at any time.

MSG=Missing

The assignment was not turned in.  The assignment can still be turned in with a late penalty assessed; however, the student has a limited time number of days to submit the work before the MSG turns to a zero.  This means the student was in  class but did not turn in his/her assignment. The MSG will be removed when a student submits the work, and  it has been graded.  When an MSG is entered into Gradespeed, it averages as a “zero” in the student’s grade until the assignment is submitted.

1= Absence

The assignment was not turned in because the student was absent from school. The assignment can still be turned for full credit; however, the student does have a limited number of days to submit the work before the 1 turns to a zero.  When an “1” is entered into Gradespeed it averages as a “1” in the student’s grade until the assignment is submitted.

0: Zero

The assignment was not turned in, and it can no longer be turned in for credit.

Finally, sophomore ISA teacher Mrs. Ashley Taplin, formerly Ashley Davis, asked me to share that her email has changed. Her new email address is: atapli@neisd.net, and we have made the change on our webpage.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

Along with sharing upcoming events and programs at ISA through my weekly community update, throughout the year I will also highlight special national and international opportunities that help further develop students’ global competence, a central tenet of ISA’s vision.

Several years ago, the U.S. Department of State launched the The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a program that provides scholarships to high school students for participation in a summer immersion program where  seven critical languages (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish) are spoken. ISA students have proven to be competitive applicants, having won scholarships to study in Jordan, India, China, and Russia to list a few.  NSLI-Y Applications are due October 30th and interested students are encouraged to speak with Vicki Woodard, our internship coordinator, for tips and suggestions that we have learned over the years about the application process.

ISA has also created a number of partner school relationships around the world to develop students’ global competence.  Currently, we have sister schools in Sweden, Korea, Japan, Germany, and China. To prepare for the first delegation of German students who will arrive October 2, we will hold a German Hosting Orientation meeting tomorrow night, Monday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the Sergiovanni Room for the twenty ISA families who are opening up their homes.  Next Tuesday, September 30th at 6 p.m. in the Sergiovanni Room, we will hold an informational meeting about our spring break trip to China to visit our partner school in Jiamusi and to tour various historical and cultural sights. More details will be posted in the ISA Daily Student Bulletin as they become available.

 

Finally, a reminder about this week’s Annual Freshman Garage Sale on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00-1:00p.m. in the front parking lot of the Lee campus along Jackson-Keller Road: if you have items you would like to donate, you may drop them off at the front of the Lee campus on Friday, September 26th from 4:45-6:00p.m.  You may contact freshman parent Michelle Baez at misb001@yahoo.com or 210-445-7066 with questions.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: September 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

The Lee Campus PTA hosts their annual Back to School Night this Tuesday, September 16 from 6;00-8:00 p.m.  The evening will begin with all campus parents (ISA, STEM, NESA, and Lee) gathering in the auditorium to hear from campus leadership and the Lee Campus PTA president. Students will receive a copy of their schedule during their advisory class on Tuesday to give to parents or guardians for use at Back to School Night, and additional copies will be available before and after the PTA meeting for ISA families to pick up. After the 6:00 p.m. PTA meeting, you will have the chance to meet all of your child’s ISA teachers as well as Lee campus elective teachers as you rotate through their classes following this schedule.  Throughout the school, you will find ISA and Lee PAL students who can guide you to the correct meeting spaces. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

I want to highlight a special program open to ISA juniors and seniors. In partnership with the Oak Hills Rotary Club, sponsor of the ISA Interact Club, we are happy to announce that once again we are offering one ISA junior or senior the opportunity to travel to Sweden for four weeks from mid-October to November. The student selected will attend ISA’s Swedish partner school Nynäshamns Gymnasium and live with a host family. The student application can be accessed HERE, and it can also be picked up in the ISA office. Completed applications are due by Tuesday, September 22 at 4:15 p.m.

You may have noticed that the ISA Calendar is quickly filling up with a number of visits from colleges and universities.  This week, ISA counselors Necol Harness and Julie Magadance will welcome admission officers from Colby College, Pitzer College, University of Miami, Ohio Wesleyan University, Warren Wilson University, St. Mary’s University, Whittier College, and Eckerd College. All students are encouraged to take a few minutes before school or during lunch to learn more about these various colleges.  If a student has a particular interest in one of these schools, then let Julie Magadance know so she can arrange a special introduction. A complete listing of visiting schools can be found on the calendar on the ISA Home Page.

We will end our week with a Freshman Saturday School from 9:00-noon at ISA. All freshman students are welcome to attend for assistance with skill mastery, for use of technology, or simply for a place to study and stay current with assignments.

Finally, Dena, our AFS exchange student from Egypt who is currently staying with a Welcome Family, is seeking a permanent host family for the year. This flyer includes Dena’s introduction and AFS contact information if your family would like to learn more about hosting.

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

ISA will take the first field trip of the year on Wednesday when our sophomores load school buses to travel to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos where they will observe underwater life on a glass bottom boat tour, participate in a wetlands walk, and conduct water quality tests to better understand the water related issues affecting central Texas. We wish our sophomores a fun, learning-filled day!

The field trip described above, along with other upcoming grade-level and club field trips, are possible because of your generous contributions to the ISA Amigos, our booster organization.  Donations to the Amigos Annual Fund are still being accepted.   Beyond financial support, there are many ways for you to be involved at ISA.  If you have not completed the ISA Amigos 2014-2015 Volunteer Form, we encourage you to complete it now to receive information regarding volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. The ISA Amigos will be discussing upcoming projects and much more at their first meeting of year on Thursday, September 11, at 5:30p.m. in the Sergiovanni Community Room. All families are welcome to attend to learn more about the Amigos.

One item sure to be on the ISA Amigos’ meeting agenda is our Annual Freshman Garage Sale on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00-1:00 p.m. in the front parking lot of the Lee campus along Jackson-Keller Road. Unlike field trips, travel experiences such as the freshman trip to Heifer International are funded by each student’s family; however, financial assistance is often necessary in order to make the trip possible for every student, an ISA non-negotiable. All of the profits from the garage sale will benefit freshman families requesting financial assistance, and to make the event a success, we are asking for donations from the entire ISA community.  If you have items you would like to donate, you may drop them off at the front of the Lee campus on Friday, September 26th from 4:45-6:00p.m. Volunteers and students will be present to unload, sort, and organize the items.  If you have a large item (sofa, dining table, refrigerator, etc.) that requires a truck to transport it, but you do not have a truck at your disposal, ISA parent volunteers are available to coordinate a pick-up.  You may contact Michelle Baez at misb001@yahoo.com or 210-445-7066 to make arrangements.  We have found that items such as furniture, electronics, large and small kitchen appliances, bedding, pillows, artwork, bicycles, workout machines, and dishware tend to sell well; however, we ask that you do not bring clothing because it does not tend to sell as well. We will also gladly accept cash donations.

In addition to beginning fundraising efforts for the travel experiences, the grade-level teams are also seeking chaperones to accompany the students. While any parent who has traveled with us in the past can attest that chaperoning on an ISA trip is anything but a vacation, it does offer parents the invaluable opportunity to share in powerful learning experiences with ISA students and teachers.  If you are interested in chaperoning, please be aware that we intentionally place parents in a different travel group from his or her child. We have found that this practice allows our parent chaperones to be fully present and focused on the students in their group while knowing that another adult is taking excellent care of their child, and it also allows all of our students, including those with parents on the trip, to experience some independence while still under the watchful eye of an adult.In an effort to notify interested parents early, the teams have already created Chaperone Application Forms.  Although we are seeking five to ten chaperones per trip, chaperone space is limited due to bus capacity.  If there is more interest than space allows, we privilege chaperones with medical training (nurses, doctors, physicians assistants) while also considering our male/female ratio.  Below are the links to the forms for all four trips. Please submit the form no later than Friday, September 19, 2014, to be considered.

Freshman Chaperone Application

Sophomore Chaperone Application

Junior Chaperone Application

Senior Chaperone Application

 As we prepare for our own travel, we are also completing final preparations to welcome the first visit of German students from our partner school in Frankfurt. We are still seeking a few more host brothers and host sisters for their stay. Interested families may complete this Hosting Application.

Finally, you will want to put the PTA Back to School Night on your calendar for Tuesday, September 16th–more details to come!

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

We hope that your family is enjoying the Labor Day weekend! After formally celebrating the beginning of the 2014-2015 school-year with another spirited Opening Ceremony Monday morning, we had a great first week of school filled with learning and laughter as well as schedule changes, ID pictures, textbook distribution, summer assignments, and much more.

We believe most of the requested schedule changes have been completed; however, students may see Mrs. Harness or Mrs. Magadance on Tuesday in the counseling office if there are additional requests.

Last Tuesday opening school packets were sent home through students’ English classes. If you have not already done so, please review the packet materials.  While some forms are optional, the three items below must be returned to your students’ English teacher:

  • Student Emergency Form

  • Student Parent Handbook Acknowledgement Form

  • Family Survey Form

  • Student Directory Information Release Form (If not completed at Hot Diggity)

  • Military Connected Student Data Form (If not completed at Hot Diggity)

  • Registration Verification Information Card (If not completed at Hot Diggity)

We ask for your assistance in returning these items to school on Tuesday if you have not already done so. The timely return of opening school documents as well as travel documents that you will receive throughout the year is an enormous help to your child’s teachers and to the school.  With so many forms required for our unique field trips and travel experiences, we very much appreciate your assistance and reminders to your child to turn in the paperwork.

Although we are only one week into the new school year, teachers have begun preparations for the grade-level travel experiences.  On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Freshman Team and the Senior Team will host parent meetings beginning at 6 p.m. Freshmen parents will meet in the Lee Library Multipurpose room, and senior parents will meet in the ISA Sergiovanni Room.  While students may attend the meetings, they are not required to be in attendance. Teams will explain how the travel experiences tie to students’ core curriculum and learning, share important travel and safety logistics, ask for volunteers to chaperone, and answer questions.  And, of course, there will be additional travel paperwork to complete, so please bring a pen if you would like to submit the paperwork on Tuesday rather than risking it going into a backpack and never coming out!  While we know the beginning of the school-year is extremely busy for families as well as school personnel, we appreciate your efforts to attend these important meetings.

Our Model United Nations San Antonio (MUNSA) staff asked me to invite the ISA community to a fundraiser on Wednesday at Beto’s Comida Latina from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in support of Opportunity International, which provides microloans to entrepreneurs in newly industrialized countries. Families can enjoy an empanada and a performance by the ISA teacher band The New Deal (8 p.m.) while knowing that 20% of the proceeds will be donated to this year’s MUNSA humanitarian effort!

Finally, as a reminder students and their families are encouraged to read the ISA Daily Student Bulletin on a regular basis; it is updated daily with new announcements and opportunities. It can be accessed through the link above or directly off of the ISA homepage under campus links.

Have a wonderful holiday and week.

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: August 24, 2014

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.
Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

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