Mr. Magadance's Blog
Dear ISA Families,
On Wednesday, April 26, ISA freshmen will present their Make a Difference projects to the ISA community! Presentations will begin at 6:00 p.m. and take place at Trinity University’s Northrup Hall and Dicke/Smith buildings. We hope everyone will be able to join us at this special event. Students will enjoy 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 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. The presentation rooms are just a short walk across the street (follow the path along the fountain). While students will be transported to Trinity, there is no transportation back to school. Students will be released at 7:35 p.m. 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 email@example.com. Best of luck to our freshmen on their presentations!
Also on Wednesday, ISA seniors will be at Trinity University’s Great Hall the Chapman Building for the ISA 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 dress professionally, all mentors have been invited, and parents and families are welcome to attend. Parking for the evening is available at Alamo Stadium. Please contact Beth Coleman, ISA Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the event.
The ISA Amigos will be at Trinity on Wednesday during the Internship Reception selling tickets for this year’s ISA Project Graduation. The Project Graduation Committee also asked me share information about a fundraising event at Cheesy Jane’s on Wednesday!
On Thursday, April 27, the ISA Spanish Honor Society will host their annual induction dinner at Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant, 3975 Perrin Central Blvd, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dinner tickets can be purchased for $15 and checks can be made out to ISA Spanish Honor Society. ISA Spanish teacher Senora Galan requests that attendees be punctual and dinner tickets will be distributed on Thursday at the venue. Congratulations to our new Spanish Honor Society inductees!
The ISA Amigos are seeking volunteers to assist the ISA Relay for Life Team in their efforts to raise awareness for cancer research on Friday, May 5. Anyone interested can sign-up HERE. The Amigos are also seeking nominations to fill their 2017 - 2018 Executive Board. There are currently openings for Parliamentarian, Silent Auction co-chair, Freshman Parent liaison, and Lee PTSA liaison. If you are interested in any of these positions or know someone who is please contact ISA Amigos Nominating Committee members Louella Quezergue at email@example.com or Becky Stapleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking ahead to the first week of May, we begin our next set of STAAR EOC Exams and begin AP Exams on campus. STAAR Exam dates are:
Last week’s update included some import reminders for students about AP Exams. Our teachers and students have continued to work hard to prepare for the STAAR and AP Exams. Please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep and to eat breakfast on the morning of their exams! Good luck students!
Finally, this Friday, April 28, is a school holiday for students and staff. Enjoy the three day weekend, and we look forward to seeing students back at school on Monday, May 1!
Have a wonderful week!
Dear ISA Families,
This week we will welcome 87 sophomores and juniors into the National Honor Society during our induction ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at Nimitz Auditorium. All inductees should arrive by 6:30 p.m. dressed to impress! The auditorium will open to seat guests at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. start, and the ceremony will last about one hour. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!
Looking ahead to next week, on Wednesday, April 26, ISA 9th and 12th graders will present their learning. ISA freshmen will present their Make-a-Difference projects, and ISA seniors will present the learning from their internships. Look for more details about these student exhibitions in next week’s update!
ISA counselor, Stacey Feldman, asks families to look over the following guidelines for upcoming AP Exams with your students. AP Exams will take place from May 1 through May 12, 2017. Next week, students will receive the exam schedule and room locations for each administration. There are other important considerations of which students should be aware:
A great way to for students to receive important information and reminders about AP testing is to join the ISA AP Remind group. Simply text @kkbk4b to 81010 to join, or use the attached instructions.
Finally, our week ends with a 9th grade Saturday School on April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Have a wonderful week!
Dear ISA Families,
On Friday last week, ISA advisories completed the 4th Annual Globie Service Day! Every ISA advisory performed service in the San Antonio area including visits to elementary schools, parks, the Doseum, Habitat for Humanity, Haven for Hope, and Olmos Creek. This story on the NEISD webpage (https://goo.gl/MMebcz) gives a quick glimpse of the day. When students returned to campus on Friday they worked in their advisories debriefing and reflecting on the impact of their experiences. We look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come. A huge thank you to all the Global Youth Service Day student organizers and ISA teachers Josh Duelm and Luke Freeman for their work coordinating the day!
On Thursday, April 13, the ISA Amigos will hold their monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. Immediately following this meeting, the Amigos will host a special Class of 2021 Meet & Greet at 6:00 p.m. in the ISA Flex Space (S103). Incoming freshmen and their 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. If you might be interested in being a friendly face for our new families, the ISA Amigos would like to know. Please consider signing up to help on Thursday here or at this URL: https://goo.gl/MKAl68.
Looking ahead, this Friday, April 14, is a school holiday and there are no classes. We look forward to seeing students back at ISA on Monday, April 17.
Have a great week!
Dear ISA Families,
We successfully completed our STAAR EOC administrations last week. We received the feedback that our students looked relaxed and confident during the week. Thank you for continuing to support our students as they prepare for the remainder of the school year including the next round of STAAR EOCs in early May!
We have two big events happening for ISA this week! On Friday, April 7, all ISA students will participate in our 4th Annual Globie Youth Service Day. ISA students will travel with their advisories to various locations around San Antonio to complete community service projects. This whole-school event will culminate back at ISA with students completing a portfolio post about community service. The hours our students log will also count toward the 120 hour community service requirement that all ISA graduates fulfill prior to graduation. If you have not seen or signed a permission slip for Globie Youth Service Day, please ask your son or daughter to deliver it to his/her advisor by Tuesday this week!
On Saturday, April 8, the ISA sophomore class will be hosting the ISA Battle of the Bands at Beto’s on Broadway 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This community wide event is open to all. Bands competing in the event win the title of champion and one of two guitars that have been donated this year. This year’s event will also be dedicated to Mr. Brad Dehart who provided early inspiration, encouragement, and organizational support for the event. We hope to see you at Beto’s on Saturday!
The Lee campus and ISA Junior & Senior prom is also on Saturday, April 8 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Red Oak Ballroom. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in M-100 and 305A. When students arrive, there will be NEISD police officers on duty to assist with parking and to direct students. Once students enter the prom, they are not allowed to leave and return later in the evening. We look forward to a fun and safe evening with our students at the prom!
ISA counselor, Necol Harness, asked me to share that we have added two additional TSI dates for students who still need to complete this step of the Dual Credit enrollment process.
To sign up for either of these TSI dates students will need to log into their Alamo Colleges account at www.alamo.edu and complete the GoFAAR and PAA test preparation modules. Students should print the screen documenting their completion of these items and bring the printout to Mrs. Harness with the $20 test registration fee. Test dates are still available but spots are filling fast.
Mrs. Harness also asked be to share that the San Antonio Youth Commission (SAYC) is looking for representatives who are current 9th and 10th graders. In 1991, the city launched the SAYC as an opportunity for students to share their voice about current situations that affect young people in San Antonio. If your student is interested in city politics and leadership, they are invited to apply as soon as possible. Instructions about the application process can be found HERE or at this URL: http://sayouthcommission.com/join-us/.
Looking ahead, in cooperation with local organizations and health care providers, NEISD has a scheduled a visit from the Children’s Mobile Clinic on Wednesday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Appointments are required. Please see the flyer attached to this week’s update for more information.
Finally, we are pleased to share that this summer 25 ISA students will travel to four different continents as members of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) programs. We are excited for our students who will travel this summer and to continue to work with CIEE who earmarked scholarship funds specifically for ISA students to make these opportunities possible!
Have a great week!
Dear ISA Families,
This past Thursday the ISA Community came together to witness the largest exhibition of student work this year. Three grade levels have prepared for weeks to present their efforts to make a difference in their community, advocate to preserve our world’s cultural diversity, and present policy recommendations focused on making San Antonio a better place by the end of this decade. This evening is not unique just because our students present their work. It is special because it gives our students the opportunity to see each other’s efforts to take action for positive change. The image that most stands out from this evening is that of ISA seniors intently listening to ISA sophomores explain why it is necessary to protect cultural diversity. Their interest was so intense and their questions so authentic that I was left with a truer understanding about why we ask ISA students to be curious about the world around them and struggle with authentic meaningful work to change the world. Thank you to everyone who attended on Thursday for your interest, your questions, and your support!
The ISA Amigos were also on hand Thursday supporting the efforts of our students, and they successfully executed the move of their annual silent auction to this part of the calendar. There were many fantastic items available, and at the end of the evening the Amigos had raised nearly $6,500! The proceeds from the silent auction go to the Brad Dehart “What A World” Memorial Travel Fund and continue to pursue the goal of 100% students participation in our annual class travel experiences. Thank you to ISA Amigo Board Members Susanna Meriwether and Carolyn Wheat for their tireless efforts in making this year’s silent auction such a success!
This week, the STAAR English End-of-Course exam will be given to our freshmen on Tuesday, March 28 and to our sophomores on Thursday, March 30. 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 phone 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 Tuesday and Thursday 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 normal bell schedule for these days, attend their normal elective and core ISA and Lee classes, and will not be dismissed early.
We are looking forward to the Lee campus and ISA Junior & Senior prom on Saturday, April 8 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Red Oak Ballroom. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in M-100 and 305A. When students arrive, there will be NEISD police officers on duty to assist with parking and to direct students. Once students enter the prom, they are not allowed to leave and return later in the evening.
ISA counselor, Necol Harness, asked me to share that we have a large number of students who still need to sign up for the TSI in order to complete their Dual Credit enrollment package. To sign up for the TSI students will need to log into their Alamo Colleges account at www.alamo.edu and complete the GoFAAR and PAA test preparation modules. Students should print the screen documenting their completion of these items and bring the printout to Mrs. Harness with the $20 test registration fee. Test dates are still available but spots are filling fast.
Finally, there is still space available to register for ISA/STEM Summer P.E. in June. If your student is interested in this two-week program they can register HERE or at this URL: https://goo.gl/rhHlZ6.
Have a great week!
Dear ISA Families,
Welcome back!! I hope your Spring Break was a restful, reflective time. Tomorrow we begin the final quarter of the 2017-2018 school year!
On Saturday evening, we welcomed back our Spring Break travellers! 18 ISA students and three teachers travelled to Beijing, Wuxi, and Shanghai, China. They made new friends, ate amazing food, and had incredible experiences!
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, we will host our last Report Card Pick-Up Night of the year at ISA. Thursday will be a little different than previous report card nights. Our freshman, sophomore, and senior students will be exhibiting their work! The public exhibition of student work is a unique feature of an ISA education. Not only do we encourage parents and families to view their own child’s work, but we invite you to visit and give feedback to students across the three grade levels. Our students benefit from diverse, authentic audiences and feedback from multiple eyes on their work. This public exhibition provides a sense of pride and accountability. Below is an overview of the afternoon and evening:
5:00-7:00 p.m. Student Exhibitions of Work & Report Card Distribution
Freshmen: Make-A-Difference Fair (Lower Commons area near S100)
Sophomores: Advocacy Fair (Cafeteria)
Juniors: Parent Meeting @ 6 p.m. No student exhibition (ISA Flex Room S103)*
Seniors: SA2020 & DC Policy Recommendations (1st Floor ISA Building and Science Building)
*Please note: Junior students will not be exhibiting work, but the team will hold a parent meeting at 6 p.m. to share updates and distribute report cards.
Families may pick up report cards in the locations listed above and visit the student exhibitions anytime between 5:00-7:00 pm. Each ISA student will have an assigned shift at his/her exhibition site, along with time to visit exhibitions of other students and grade-levels.
On Report Card Night, the ISA Amigos will also hold their annual silent auction fundraiser. All proceeds for this fundraiser will benefit the Brad Dehart “What A World” Memorial Travel Fund. To catch a glimpse of some of the available items on Thursday, enjoy this short video or here: https://goo.gl/9HsKaq, and see the attached flyer.
The ISA Project Graduation committee will also be onsite Thursday with information about this year’s Project Graduation Event. Report Card night will provide an opportunity to help raise funds for ISA Project Graduation at Chipotle during and after Thursday’s student exhibitions! See the attached flyer for more details.
Since freshman, sophomore, and senior students will remain at school to set up their exhibitions ahead of the 5:00 p.m. start time. We will be providing a pizza snack for all freshman, sophomores and seniors, and any juniors who remain on campus.
We are looking forward to celebrating with you all on Thursday, March 23!
Dear ISA Families,
It is hard to believe that this week students and teachers will wrap up the 3rd quarter grading period for the 2016-2017 school year, and we are already finalizing plans for AP Exams, Dual Credit courses, and Summer programs at ISA. This week, three teachers and a delegation of 18 students embark on a ten day cultural exchange to China. Students will visit Beijing and San Antonio’s sister city Wuxi in the Jiangsu Province. We wish our travellers a safe and rich travel experience!
If your student is interested in earning physical education credit this summer, there are still a few Summer PE Camp seats remaining for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have not already registered. Families may complete the registration HERE or at this URL: https://goo.gl/rhHlZ6 to secure a seat.
ISA counselors, Necol Harness and Stacey Feldman, asked me to share a few reminders for AP Exams and Dual Credit! AP Exam Registration continues through 4:30 p.m. March 10, 2017. Mrs. Feldman has created a presentation that outlines the steps for the registration process. Outstanding balances for AP Exams should also be reconciled by March 10. Payment can be made online with a credit card as you are completing the registration process OR students may bring cash or a check made payable to ISA for the total amount due to Mrs. Feldman in the counseling office.
The deadline to turn in Dual Credit forms is Wednesday, March 8. Mrs. Harness met with all 10th and 11th grade classes last week and handed out forms that students need to complete and turn in.
We also have a large number of students who need to register for the TSI. There are only three Test dates left. They opportunities are all in March and these tend to fill up quickly, so please sign up soon. Dual Credit students MUST complete the GoFAAR and PAA through their ACEs account before they can register for the TSI exam. Mrs. Harness encourages students to consider spending time during Spring Break to work on these test prep modules.
After Spring Break, we will hold the final Report Card Pick-up Night of the school year on Thursday, March 23. That evening, ISA freshmen will present their Make-A-Difference projects, ISA sophomores will hold the Advocacy Fair, and ISA seniors will present their local policy recommendations to the community!
On Report Card Night, the ISA Amigos will also hold their annual silent auction fundraiser. All proceeds for this fundraiser will benefit ISA Student Travel Experiences. The Amigos are still interested in any donations for the silent auction. If you are interested in making a donation or know of an institution that might be, the Amigos have created a Signup Genius linked HERE or at this URL: https://goo.gl/nyIBWg.
Have a great week and a restful Spring Break!
Dear ISA Families,
Yesterday, a memorial service was held for Mr. Brad Dehart. Along with hundreds of ISA Alumni, students, parents, teachers, family and friends, the life and work of our friend and teacher was recalled in colorful, hilarious, and musical terms. In the spirit of ISA’s commitment to Take Action, a smile, a good morning, or a thank you are all ways that can affect positive change in our community. We want to encourage especially these smallest acts of kindness that are the “real work” and make such a difference in all of our lives.
We have had many inquiries from the community about how to continue to provide support. Packages and/or cards can be addressed to Laura Dehart and mailed to:
2441 Nacogdoches Rd. #505
San Antonio TX 78217
Mr. Dehart’s family has also set up the Brad Dehart Memorial Fund with Frost Bank. Anyone interested in providing financial support can do so through this arrangement.
The ISA counseling department has two reminders for students regarding AP Exams and Dual Credit. Mrs. Feldman met with 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to provide assistance in registering for AP exams and asks that they please make note of the March 10 deadline to reconcile any pending balances for exams! Also, several students were unable to register due to blocks on portal accounts because of unverified email addresses. Parents should check and update their email address and then have their students complete the registration process. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Feldman at email@example.com.
Mrs. Harness, asked me to share a few additional dual credit updates. Students should have completed their application with ApplyTexas. Now students need to submit the appropriate forms outlined in the NEISD Dual Credit Handbook and register to take the TSI with Mrs. Harness. Test dates tend to fill up quickly, so please sign up soon. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Harness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week on Thursday, March 2, we look forward to recognizing our summa cum laude graduates at our annual Summa Celebration at 6:00 p.m. During this event, ISA seniors will honor educators who made an impact on their lives.
Looking ahead, the 3rd nine-weeks grading period concludes on March 10, before students depart for Spring Break. The sophomore team will be holding a Saturday School on March 4 in order to offer additional support for students before the quarter ends.
Have a great week!
Dear ISA Families
I just spent several hours on campus this afternoon with ISA families, students, and alumni remembering the life and work of Mr. Brad Dehart. The outpouring of sentiment and support from the ISA community has been nothing short of spectacular and extremely welcome. I have known Brad for almost 15 years as a colleague and a friend. I will miss him dearly. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Brad and his family. Please stayed tuned as the community develops plans to honor Brad’s memory.
Our grieving as individuals and as a community will be a process requiring support that looks different for all of us. We will have a team of counselors on campus on Monday, February 20, and Tuesday, February 21, in the ISA Flex room (S103). If any student feels like they are unable to be in class during the day on Tuesday they can report to the ISA Flex space to meet or speak to someone for support. We will continue to work to support our students in the most appropriate ways possible during this difficult time. ISA parents who visited with us asked for suggestions about how families might also support each other. Please find some ideas attached about how to have these conversations with your students provided by the Children’s Bereavement Center.
Brad might be more than a little embarrassed and grumpy if we did not remember that ISA and its community of learners are blazing trails on the road of learning. We are cultivating the 21st Century literacy skills that will prepare our students to navigate our increasingly global society with empathy and grace. With Brad’s passion for our mission in mind, our staff will work with our amazing students to balance our charge to continue working and learning together with our efforts to remember and honor our friend and teacher.
This past Friday, February 17, marked the end of the 6 weeks progress report period. Student will receive a progress report this Friday, February 24.
ISA counselors, Necol Harness and Stacey Feldman, asked me to send a reminder that registration for Advanced Placement (AP) exams is now open for ISA students who will be taking AP exams in early May. In order to take an AP exam, students must register through the NEISD Parent & Student Portal. Although the actual cost of an AP exam is $92, students attending an NEISD school will pay only $25 per test because of district support. Additionally, if a student qualifies for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, the fee is lowered to $10 per test. The online registration runs through 4:30 p.m. on March 10, 2017. However, we highly recommend and ask students to register early! Once the deadline passes, we will be unable to add additional students. The online registration accepts Visa and MasterCard; students may also bring cash, a money order, or a cashier’s check to the ISA counseling office to register. If you have any questions, you may email Stacey Feldman at email@example.com. The complete AP testing schedule can be found HERE , at this URL: https://goo.gl/P1zd5z, and on the ISA Calendar.
Looking ahead, we are planning to hold the final Report Card Pick-up Night of the school year on Thursday, March 23. Also on this evening, ISA freshmen will present Make-A-Difference, ISA sophomores will hold the Advocacy Fair, and ISA seniors will present their policy recommendations to the community! Additionally, the ISA Amigos will also hold their annual silent auction fundraiser. All proceeds for this fundraiser will go toward the Amigos’ support of the ISA Travel Experiences. The Amigos are still looking for donations to the silent auction this evening. If you are interested in making a donation or know of an institution that might be, the Amigos have create a Signup Genius linked HERE or at this URL: https://goo.gl/nyIBWg or contact Susanna Meriwether at (210) 383-7000. For a list of items that have already been donated please see the document attached to this update.
Dear ISA Families,
Our ISA Senior Class arrived home safely on Friday evening after their week long travel experience to Washington, D.C. During a week of professional visits that included briefings with congressional representatives, international embassies, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies, our seniors gathered data relevant to their research interests aligned with the SA2020 and SA Tomorrow initiatives. The seniors asked incredible questions and made multiple connections between their meetings and group debriefs that will inform their policy recommendation presentations in March! Our seniors also made time to take in the sites, visiting monuments and museums in our nation’s Capitol. They represented ISA extremely well during our visit and were complimented many times over. Thank you to the ISA senior team, the teacher chaperones, and the parent chaperones for all of your efforts in making this trip possible!
We would like to share one final Dual Credit reminder for ISA sophomores and juniors. The deadline to complete the online registration at ApplyTexas, one of the first steps in the process, is tomorrow Monday, February 13. Mrs. Harness will be holding a lunchtime workshop tomorrow during 4th period in S101 to assist students with the registration process. Additionally, Mrs. Harness will also be holding a lunchtime workshop on Wednesday, February 15, to assist students in completing the application process for a CIEE Global Navigators Internship.
Monday, February 13 also marks the opening of Advanced Placement Exam Registration! ISA Counselor, Mrs. Stacey Feldman wanted to share these important details regarding AP Exams:
This week on Thursday, February 16, the ISA Junior Class will be presenting their “Night of Social Justice” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the ISA First Floor Hallway. The entire ISA Community is invited to this event that highlights the juniors’ months of research and work on several topics related to Social Justice. The Junior Team also invites families to sign up to bring either a finger food or plastic/paperware products for sharing amongst the community during the evening! Interested families can signup here or with this URL: https://goo.gl/3Av1uo. If any families are able to help set up or monitor the refreshments table throughout the evening, please contact Mrs. Lynette Guillory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we plan for next year, we are pleased to announce that registration for Summer PE Camp is now open! Students are asked to complete the registration linked above or this URL: https://goo.gl/rhHlZ6 that is posted in the ISA Bulletin. Space is limited for this very popular summer program, so we encourage students to register as soon as possible and to drop off payment in the ISA office or pay online at the link in the registration form to guarantee a seat.
Finally, classes will be shortened this Friday, February 17, to provide professional development time for teachers and staff. All buses serving the LEE/ISA/NESA/STEM campus, including our shuttle buses to NEISD home campuses, will run immediately following the end of the school day at 2:05 p.m. The following Monday, February 20, is also a professional development day for teachers and student holiday. We look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday, February 21.
Have a fantastic week!