Weekly Community Update: June 7, 2015

Sunday, June 6, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

After the end of another great school-year, we are looking forward to a wonderful graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 11 at 7:oo p.m. in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium.

This Wednesday, we will hold a mandatory graduation rehearsal for senior students  beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium. During the rehearsal, we will share with the seniors that our graduation ceremony is the most formal of all ISA ceremonies and has the tradition of being an intimate and celebratory event for our students and families.  We will also remind  them about a few specifics regarding the ceremony:

  • There will be a link to the live streaming video of graduation on the main ISA homepage at www.neisd.net/isa.
  • Seniors need to be inside the Laurie Auditorium green room no later than 6:00 p.m. on graduation day.
  • Appropriate Dress
  • Young Women: dress, skirts, or nice slacks and a blouse.  Students will be processing and recessing up and down a long row of stairs, so flats or low heels are strongly recommended.
  • Young Men: button down dress shirt and tie (jacket optional), dark colored (black, brown, grey) slacks and dress shoes (no athletic or tennis shoes or brightly colored shoes).
  • Signs or noisemakers are not allowed at ISA’s graduation or in Laurie Auditorium.
  • The doors to the auditorium will open at 6:00 p.m. for families and ISA community members.
  • Project Graduation begins at 10:30 p.m. at ISA. Students may be dropped off in the East parking lot of the school. The project graduation buses will return to ISA at 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Because students are up all night, we ask that students be dropped off at ISA on Thursday night and not drive home on Friday morning.
  • Finally, there will be Trinity security officers outside of Laurie Auditorium to assist with parking.  If you are in need of handicapped access, please let an officer know and they will direct you to the best area to park and also to sit in the auditorium.

Because we know that students will likely be very excited on Thursday, we hope

that our senior families can take a few minutes to remind your son or daughter about the items above. We are looking forward to celebrating with everyone on Thursday!

We wish all of our ISA families a wonderful summer, and we look forward to welcoming you back on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at our annual Hot Diggity Do Dah event.

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser and the ISA Faculty

Weekly Community Update: May 31, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

With only four days of schools remaining, students will begin taking final exams tomorrow, Monday, June 1 and the exams continue through the end of the week. Wednesday and Thursday are early release days on high school campuses with school ending at 1:30 p.m.  The buses, including the ISA shuttle to NEISD home campuses, will run immediately following the end of the school day at 1:30 p.m.  For your reference, the semester exam schedule is listed below and the complete bell schedule can be accessed HERE.

Monday, June 1: 2nd & 5th Periods

Tuesday, June 2: 4th & 6th Periods

Wednesday, June 3: 3rd & 8th Periods (Early Release Day @ 1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 4: 1st & 7th (Early Release Day @ 1:30 p.m.)

Paul Smith, ISA Assistant Principal, continues to collect textbooks from students; however, the deadline to turn books is quickly approaching. Please remind your student to bring any outstanding textbooks to the ISA office as soon as possible if they have not already turned them in. Students are also asked to completely clean out their lockers by 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday and take all personal items home with them.

As teachers get ready for summer break, student volunteers are needed to help assist teachers on Wednesday and Thursday as they pack up their rooms, and students are welcome to stay until 4:30 p.m. on one or both days to earn service hours. Students may sign up using this volunteer form. We are also seeking parent volunteers to accompany ISA students during various Summer PE Camp activities including hiking, biking, and much more. Parents may sign up on this Summer PE Camps Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

We know that students and families are very eager at the conclusion of the year to learn their final averages in their classes.  Given that two exams are given on Thursday, it is likely that ISA teachers will be grading and recording semester exams and projects up until the Friday, June 5 noon deadline for the submission of grades.  Although some teachers may be able to post exam grades that are administered early in the week, many final averages will not be available until Friday afternoon.  We appreciate your patience as teachers work diligently to guarantee a timely and accurate posting of semester exam grades.  If a student does not earn a passing grade in a course, students’ families can expect a phone call or email from a freshman, sophomore, or junior team member on Friday, June 5 or earlier to set up a meeting at ISA on Monday, June 8 to discuss credit retrieval options.  Students may struggle to master course material and need additional time, either through an extended year program at ISA or district summer school, to further build their skills and content knowledge.  As a community, we are committed to crafting an educational plan to meet the unique needs of each and every ISA student.

I will be sending out one final Community Update of 2014-2015 school year next Sunday, including details about ISA’s graduation on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

Evenings for our upperclassmen will be full this week with several end-of-the-year activities and celebrations. On Tuesday, May 26 the junior team will mark our students’ formal passage into their senior year at the Junior Rite of Passage Ceremony beginning at 6:30p.m. in Trinity University’s Stieren Theater. We recommend families to park at Alamo Stadium, only a short distance across the street from the theater.  On Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, our senior students will be conducting their Senior Portfolio presentations at ISA from 4:20-8:30 p.m. Family members, friends, community members, and underclassmen are all invited to attend any or all of the presentations.

With only two weeks of school remaining, Assistant Principal Paul Smith will collect the 2000 textbooks currently checked out to student,  beginning with our freshmen tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26. Since school textbooks are not owned by the campus, the cost of any book (ranging from $50-$100) not returned by the end of the school year will be charged to the student/family.  Unfortunately, even if the book is found and returned to the campus at a later date, the textbook is still charged to the student/family because ISA will have already paid to replace the missing textbook. We appreciate your help reminding students to return their textbooks this week!

We will end the week with a sophomore Saturday school from 9:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for any students who want extra help ahead of next week’s semester exams.

Looking ahead, ISA’s graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00p.m. at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. The NESA cinema program will be videotaping the ceremony, and DVD’s are now available for purchase online. The ceremony will also be livestreamed on the internet. We will have additional details in upcoming weekly updates. Finally, Project Graduation $15 tickets will be available for purchase during lunch on Tuesday, May 26 and during Senior Portfolio presentations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

 

Weekly Community Update: May 17, 2015

Dear ISA Families,
Two year ago, Stanford University conducted research at ISA studying the ways in which we support students’ social emotional and social justice learning.  The researchers gathered quantitative data through student surveys, interviewing students, interviewing teachers, observing classes and school events, and conducting focus groups with parents. This week, the research was published and the school was highlighted in the Education Week blog: High Schools That Walk the Social-Emotional Learning Walk (and Don’t Just Talk the Talk). In addition to the short blog above, the complete research findings, including ISA’s Case Study, can be found on Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) website. We are proud and celebrate that the research confirmed for us the importance and impact of many of our community’s most cherished values, ideals, and practices.
The ISA Case Study highlights several school practices including our annual student-led conferences and portfolio presentations, which begin tomorrow, Monday, May 18 with Freshman & Sophomore Student-Led Conferences.  The purpose of the conference is for students to share their growth and learning with their families through the exploration of the students’ portfolios (blogs). The afternoon and evening is a chance for parents, family members, and the students themselves to gain deeper understanding of who they are as learners through reflection and the careful exploration of their work from the year.  
Freshman students created personal invitations to the student-led conferences for their families in math class last week. The invitation included a space for families to select the most convenient after-school time slot. Freshman conferences will take place in multi-purpose room across from the Lee campus cafeteria. You may access your conference time using this schedule.
Sophomore studentswere asked last week to speak with their families and use a form linked from students’ EngWHAP Google calendar to sign-up for their 30-minute after school time slot. For those sophomore families who have already signed up on the Google calendar, your sophomore should have brought home a card last week confirming your appointment. If your family has not signed up for a conference time, there are ample slots available at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please arrive at your convenience. The Sophomore Team will conduct their conferences in the Lee campus library.  While sophomore students have signed up for a 30-minute time slot to share work on a computer, families should plan on spending another 15 minutes after the formal presentation for a few additional activities. If your schedule does not permit you to attend on Monday night, students may present to their families at the last Sophomore Saturday School of the year on Saturday, May 30.
Junior studentsare also busy preparing for student-led conferences later in the week on Thursday, May 21. Many students signed up for a time slot last week, which are now reflected on this schedule. If you don’t see your student’s name on the list, please ask him or her to sign up as soon as possible. Junior conferences will take place in the ISA main building, and the audience will increase from previous years to include three ISA juniors and their families. Before or after the conferences, junior families and all ISA community members are invited to Chipotle (Park North location) for an ISA Project Graduation fundraiser. Details can be found on this flyer!
After bad weather caused the postponement of Global Youth Service Day in April, we are eagerly looking forward to the event next Friday, May 22. You can follow the event through images on the ISA Twitter @ISA_globies and at #Globie2015GYSD.  Thank you to all the Global Youth Service Day student organizers and sponsor Josh Duelm. Best of luck to all students and their advisers!
Looking ahead, we are already beginning to plan for next year’s international trips: travel to our partner school in Gwangju, South Korea over spring break and travel to our partner school in Takayama, Japan in the summer of 2016.  We will hold an interest meeting for both trips on Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in room 208 in the ISA main building.
Finally, we want to congratulate the fifteen new Spanish Honor Society (SHS) members and the nine graduating SHS seniors who were honored at the banquet recently along with congratulating our graduating and new PALS who will be celebrated at a banquet this week.
 
Have a great week!
Sincerely,
Kathy Bieser
 

Weekly Update: April 26, May 3 & May 10, 2015

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 (mnccim@gmail.com or 210- 771-6699), Louella Quezergue (miss.daisy@sbcglobal.net) or Melanie Evans (melanie@pipemovers.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!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

 

 

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!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

 

 

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 mmoore@neisd.net.  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 vwooda@neisd.net 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.

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Community Update: April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

On Tuesday night, the National Honor Society (NHS) will welcome new members at the annual induction ceremony beginning at 7:00p.m. in the Nimitz Middle School auditorium. All new inductees are asked to arrive no later than 6:30p.m. After the hour-long ceremony, families are invited to celebrate with the students over cake and punch in the auditorium foyer.  NHS sponsors Bonnie Brawner and Stacy Brooks asked me to remind families that new member dues are $20 and may be submitted to either sponsor any day before Wednesday.  Congratulations to the new inductees and thank-you to Ms. Brawner and Mrs. Brooks for their leadership of NHS!

On Thursday, April 23, Julie Magadance, ISA senior counselor, departs for the Middle East to attend a counselor fly-in weekend at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus.  Julie was one of seventeen college admission counselors in the United States offered this fully grant funded five-day trip to tour the campus, interact with students, and meet the President of the university. After an NYU Abu Dhabi college admission officer visited ISA three years ago, NYU Abu Dhabi has been eager to recruit our students. I look forward to learning more about the opportunities NYU Abu Dhabi has to offer when Julie returns to San Antonio early next week!

Looking ahead, the Witte Museum is hosting a Career Block Party on Wednesday, April 29th from 5:00-7:30pm as part of college week. The Career Block Party offers students the opportunity to network with a variety of career fields. ISA will be taking a spirit bus to and from the event. Interested students should see ISA Assistant Principal Paul Smith for a permission slip and complete this form.

Finally, if your son or daughter signed up for Summer PE Camp, please look for an email in early May with the camp schedule and details. We are hoping to visit several Texas State Parks again this year and are seeking volunteers as well. While Summer PE Camps is at capacity, we have a few seats remaining in oursummer health class scheduled June 8-11 & June 15-18 from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

After weeks of planning through advisory and the social studies elective Building Tomorrow: Global Youth Leadership, students are ready for ISA’s 2nd Annual Global Youth Service Day this Friday, April 17, 2015.  On Friday, every ISA advisory will perform service in the San Antonio area including visits to schools, parks, and non-profit organizations. The event, coined Globie Youth Service Day by the Class of 2018, was created last year as new tradition to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  We are happy to announce that all ISA students will receive a free 2015 ISA Global Youth Service Day t-shirt on Friday morning to wear during the event. The t-shirts, funded by the $2500 H-E-B award that I was surprised with as a finalist in their education awards, will help us celebrate and promote the event this year and beyond.  You can look forward to photos from Global Youth Service Day posted on our ISA webpage next week; in the meantime, you can see images on the ISA Twitter @ISA_globies and at #Globie2015GYSD.  Thank you to all the Global Youth Service Day student organizers and sponsor Josh Duelm. Best of luck to all students and their advisers!

After a fun day of service in our community, many ISA students will be up early the next morning. We have a large group of students attending a one-day Model United Nations simulation at Reagan High School or a world history AP Saturday preparation session at ISA.

Have a great week!

Best,

Kathy Bieser

 

Weekly Community Update: April 5, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

Friday, April 10, is the first day of ISA English Mini-Courses, a longstanding ISA tradition. All ISA students selected a mini-course to attend from April 10-16 in lieu of their regular English class. The courses, taught by ISA faculty or ISA seniors working with a faculty mentor, allow students choice over the curriculum and the opportunity to learn with students from across grade-levels.  The course offerings vary from year to year as faculty and students design new curricula.  Here are just a few of the mini-courses being offered this year:

Conflict Poetry: Think poetry is just pretty words? Explore issues like war, racial discrimination, and more through poetry. See how poetry can influence people and find out what that metaphor really means!

When the Bow Hits the Rock–Art Rock: In 1973, Peter Gabriel and Genesis released a song in 7 parts, totaling 22 minutes in length.  Explore the factors that laid the foundation for such a strong departure from the pop music tradition and a stronger desire to ally with the classical music tradition.  From Stravinsky to TV on the Radio, come with me on a journey requiring attention spans of up to 33 minutes in a single sitting!  

The Power of Propaganda: We want you for this mini-course! Join the “bandwagon” as we analyze the power of propaganda and examine the various techniques that influence public opinion. Examining various forms of propaganda–from posters to political speeches–we will apply the techniques to create our own pieces of propaganda.

To end the week, ISA has several events on Saturday, April 11. Our newly selected Model United Nations San Antonio XX rising junior and senior  co-chairs have a morning training at ISA in the Sergiovanni Room from 8:00-11:00am to begin the nine-month process to prepare for next year’s simulation. The Freshman Team will also be at ISA from 9:00am-noon hosting a Saturday School for our freshmen. After the MUNSA training and Freshman Saturday School, students and their families are invited to the Sophomore Battle of the Bands fundraiser at Beto’s on Broadway beginning  at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through 2:30 p.m.  

Finally, a quick reminder about the ISA Amigos meeting on Thursday, April 9 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Sergiovanni Room. All parents are invited to attend!

 

Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

Weekly Community Update: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear ISA Families, 

Sixty-five ISA astronomy club members, sponsor and physics teacher Nick Polito, several faculty members and I returned a few hours ago from a wonderful weekend in Leakey, Texas, where we participated in science activities by day and by night studied the dark sky of the Texas hill country. We wish to thank the parent chaperones and the ISA teachers who accompanied us and helped to make the trip possible!

The STAAR English end-of-course exam will be given this week to our freshmen on Monday, March 30 and to our sophomores on Wednesday, April 1.  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.   Our teachers have been working hard with students to prepare them well, and we know they will do their best!

These testing sessions will take up almost the entire day, with a lunch break mid-way through the exam. Testing regulations require us to collect all electronic devices (cell phones, iPods and other personal media devices) from students prior to testing. Students will not be able to use them during or after they finish testing in their testing room.  However, they do have access to a land line in the ISA office.

During testing, our number one priority is supporting the students who are testing.  Therefore, our ability to deliver items, check-out students, and process other paperwork is more limited than on a regular school day; please expect longer delays on Monday and Wednesday should you need assistance from an ISA faculty member or our support staff. While our freshmen and sophomores will be testing, our junior and senior students will follow the regular bell schedule, attend their normal elective and core ISA and Lee classes, and will not be dismissed early.

Our MUNSA sponsors asked me to announce that MUNSA XX Co-Chair Application for rising juniors and seniors  is now available and due no later than Wednesday, April 1 at 4:05. Students may see ISA teachers Cassie Allen or Melanie Anderson with questions.

Finally, be sure to vote for ISA in the  2015 Spurs Team-Up Challenge and help us win $20,000 to make our campus more green.  The ISA social studies elective class Global Youth Leadership has been working to create a garden as well as mentoring 2nd graders at  Jackson-Keller just down the street from ISA. You can vote here, and we welcome you to share the link on social media.

Have a great week!
Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser

 

Weekly Community Update: March 29, 2-15

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear ISA Families,

Sixty-five ISA astronomy club members, sponsor and physics teacher Nick Polito, several faculty members and I returned a few hours ago from a wonderful weekend in Leakey, Texas, where we participated in science activities by day and by night studied the dark sky of the Texas hill country. We wish to thank the parent chaperones and the ISA teachers who accompanied us and helped to make the trip possible!

The STAAR English end-of-course exam will be given this week to our freshmen on Monday, March 30 and to our sophomores on Wednesday, April 1.  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.   Our teachers have been working hard with students to prepare them well, and we know they will do their best!

These testing sessions will take up almost the entire day, with a lunch break mid-way through the exam. Testing regulations require us to collect all electronic devices (cell phones, iPods and other personal media devices) from students prior to testing. Students will not be able to use them during or after they finish testing in their testing room.  However, they do have access to a landline in the ISA office.

During testing, our number one priority is supporting the students who are testing.  Therefore, our ability to deliver items, check-out students, and process other paperwork is more limited than on a regular school day; please expect longer delays on Monday and Wednesday should you need assistance from an ISA faculty member or our support staff. While our freshmen and sophomores will be testing, our junior and senior students will follow the regular bell schedule, attend their normal elective and core ISA and Lee classes, and will not be dismissed early.

Our MUNSA sponsors asked me to announce that MUNSA XX Co-Chair Application for rising juniors and seniors  is now available and due no later than Wednesday, April 1 at 4:05. Students may see ISA teachers Cassie Allen or Melanie Anderson with questions.

Finally, be sure to vote for ISA in the  2015 Spurs Team-Up Challenge and help us win $20,000 to make our campus more green.  The ISA social studies elective class Global Youth Leadership has been working to create a garden as well as mentoring 2nd graders at  Jackson-Keller just down the street from ISA. You can vote here, and we welcome you to share the link on social media.

Have a great week!
Sincerely,

Kathy Bieser