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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.

Kathy Bieser

Welcome Back Letter & Hot Diggity Details


Dear ISA Families,

With only a few weeks remaining until the first day of school on Monday, August 25, I am writing today to share updates and upcoming events at ISA.

 If you have not been on campus recently, you will be surprised by the beautiful, and just recently completed, renovations in the ISA main builidng.  The very ambitious renovation project began the day after school ended and has involved hundreds of people working throughout the summer to get the building ready for us! While the majority of the ISA main buiding was renovated this summer, with the remainder slated for the summer of 2015, construction will continue for the next two years as new ISA and Lee science classrooms and multi-purpose spaces are built in the campus’ interior courtyard. More information regarding the Lee campus, including aerial photos, can be found on the NEISD webpage outlining the 2011 Bond Program Project. We will keep you updated regarding the progress of the ongoing campus projects and look forward moving into our new facilities very soon!

It is also our pleasure to share that last Friday the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released  the 2014 Accountability Reports, and we learned that ISA “Met Standard” after having met criteria in the three accountability target areas: Student Achievement, Closing Performance Gaps, and  Postsecondary Readiness. The school was also honored with six Distinction Designations, the highest possible number for high schools. Congratulations ISA on these wonderful accomplishments!

With the coming of another school year, we are welcoming four new members to the ISA faculty and larger community:

  • Necol Harness is one of two new counselors. Necol comes to ISA with fifteen year of experience in California, where she was previuously a lead counselor for the last nine years.

  • Julie Magdance is our new half-time couselor.  Julie is a former English teacher on the Lee campus and, most recently, was working in adult education for NEISD.

  • Cruz Ortiz will be teaching art half-time at ISA bringing with him fifteen years of experience on the Lee campus and a myriad of professional art acolades in San Antonio and beyond.

  • Kyle Anderson is joining the freshman team as the world geography teacher. Kyle was a former ISA intern during 2012-2013 school year with the sophomore team, and he has returned to us after teaching for a year at Brackenridge High School.

I would like to highlight five communication tools that we have in place at ISA to provide students and families with the most accurate and timely information as possible.

  • ISA Community Calendar: The calendar offers families and students one central location to view upcoming events. You can access the ISA calendar by navigating to the ISA homepage at www.neisd.net/isa and clicking on the link titled “ISA Campus Calendar” under the “For Parents” tab at the top of the page. When you click on any event, additional information will pop up on your screen, including: times, dates, and in some cases attachments to additional information, forms that need to be returned to the school, or sponsors to contact for additional information. If you use Google calendar, you may also sync your calendar with ISA’s community calendar.

  • Weekly Community Update: Each Sunday, you will receive an email from me highlighting important upcoming school events.  The update will also be posted on Ms. Bieser’s Blog, giving families access to all past updates in one location.

  • ISA Daily Bulletin: Every day, teachers update a daily bulletin for students and families. The bulletin includes important information about clubs, organizations, upcoming field trips, whole school events, as well as enrichment opportunities and scholarships. Students and families are encouraged to read the bulletin every day for the most up to date information.

  • Travel Websites: Each ISA team (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) will post the most recent information about their grade-level travel experiences on these travel websites.  Currently, the teams are in the process of updating their webpages, so check back often for updates.

Finally, we are looking forward to introducing new faculty and reconnecting with the ISA community on Saturday, August 23, 2014, during the 21st Annual Hot Diggity Doo Dah, ISA’s back to school event. At Hot Diggity Doo Dah, there will be a special parent station staffed by ISA teachers to help familiarize you with the tools above so you  may stay abreast of the many activities and events taking place on the ISA campus.  Please review the Hot Diggity Doo Dah flyer for all of the details about Hot Diggity.

 Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our faculty or staff members if you have questions or need any assistance as we start the new school year! A special welcome goes out to our new-to-ISA families, both of incoming 9th grade students and transfer students.


Kathy Bieser and the ISA Faculty and Staff

Weekly Community and Graduation Update

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

After the end of another great school-year, we are looking forward to a wonderful graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 12 at 7:oo p.m. in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium.

This Tuesday, we will hold a mandatory graduation rehearsal for senior students  beginning at 5:15 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 live streaming video of graduation off of the main ISA homepage at www.neisd.net/isa.

  • Seniors need to be inside Laurie Auditorium’s green room no later than 5:45 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 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 tennis shoes or brightly colored athletic shoes).

  • Signs or noisemakers are not allowed at ISA’s graduation or in Laurie Auditorium.

  • The doors to the auditorium will open at 6:00p.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 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 our ISA families a wonderful summer, and we look forward to welcoming you back on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at our annual Hot Diggity Do Dah event.



Kathy Bieser and the ISA Faculty

Weekly Community Update: Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

With only four days of schools remaining, students will begin taking final exams tomorrow, Monday, June 2 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.  Student volunteers are needed to help assist teachers on Wednesday and Thursday as they pack up their rooms ahead of our summer renovations, and students are welcome to stay until 4:30 p.m. on one or both days to earn service hours. For your reference, the semester exam schedule is listed below and the complete bell schedule can be accessed HERE

  • Monday, June 3rd: 2nd and 5th Periods
  • Tuesday, June 4th: 4th and 6th Periods
  • Wednesday, June 5th: 3rd and 8th Periods (Early Release Day @ 1:30 PM)
  • Thursday, June 6th: 1st and 7th (Early Release Day @ 1:30 PM)

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.

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 6, 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 6 or earlier to set up a meeting at ISA on Monday, June 9 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.

Finally, our new Model United Nations San Antonio (MUNSA) XIX leadership asked me to thank the ISA community for the support at the Bigz fundraiser and share that the event raised $493!

I will be sending out one final Community Update of 2013-2014 school-year next Sunday, including details about ISA’s graduation on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Have a wonderful week!

Kathy Bieser


Weekly Community Update: May 25, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

Evenings for our upperclassmen will be full this week with several end-of-the-year activities and celebrations. On Tuesday, May 27 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 28 and Thursday, May 29, our senior students will be conducting their Senior Portfolio presentations at ISA from 4:15-8:30 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 has begun collecting the 2000 textbooks currently checked out to students. 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.

Along with packing up our textbooks for summer storage, we are also in the midst of packing our entire ISA building ahead of summer renovations set to begin on Friday, June 6. During the summer of 2014 the majority of our classrooms will get a makeover including new flooring, ceilings, built in storage and computer charging stations, whiteboards, Smartboards, short throw projectors, collaborative student desks, student chairs, and teacher desks as part of the 2011 bond program. The following summer, our remaining classrooms will receive the same renovations along with upgrades to our student bathrooms. Because our building will be off limits due to the renovations, the ISA office will be located in the Lee campus library beginning on Friday, June 6.  Many teachers are looking for students in need of service hours to help them pack their rooms after school on the early release days. Students are welcome to ask their teachers if they could use the help!

Have a wonderful week!


Kathy Bieser


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