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Community Update for June 4

posted Jun 4, 2017, 11:53 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,

 

Congratulations to the ISA Class of 2017!  This past Friday, we held a beautiful commencement ceremony at Trinity University to honor the accomplishments of our newest graduates.  We are proud of each of our graduates, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them.

 

We also wish the rest of our ISA community a safe and restful summer!

 

The 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade teams would like to remind students that summer assignments are posted on the ISA website at www.neisd.net/isa.  Students should be ready to turn in their summer assignments on the first day of school August 28, 2017.

 

On behalf of the ISA Faculty and Staff, thank you for support this year!  We would be unable to teach and learn in any of the ways we do without the help of our community.  It has been our pleasure to serve all of our students and families this year, and we are excited to welcome the Class of 2021 this coming fall!

 

This will be the final ISA Community Update for the school year.  Please mark your calendars for Hot Diggity Doo Dah on August 26, 2017.  Look for more information coming in August!

 

 

Have a great Summer!

 

Sincerely,

Steve Magadance and the ISA Faculty and Staff


Community Update for May 28

posted May 28, 2017, 6:28 AM by Steven Magadance   [ updated May 28, 2017, 6:32 AM ]

Dear ISA Families,

 

Monday, May 29, is a school holiday.  We hope you enjoy the time with family!

 

9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will return on Tuesday, May 30, to continue taking final exams that continue through Thursday, June 1.  Wednesday and Thursday are early release days on high school campuses and school  ends at 1:30 p.m.  All buses, including the ISA shuttles to NEISD home campuses, will run immediately following the end of the school day at 1:30 p.m.  For your reference, the remaining semester exam schedule is listed below:

 

Tuesday, May 30: 2nd & 5th Periods

Wednesday, May 31: 3rd & 8th Periods (Early Release Day @ 1:30 p.m.)

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

 

ISA Assistant Principal, Victoria Woodard,  continues to collect textbooks from students; however, the deadline to turn in 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, May 31, and take all personal items home with them.

On Wednesday, May 31, the ISA junior team will mark our students’ formal passage into their senior year at the Junior Rite of Passage Ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Trinity University’s Stieren Theater.  We have received word from Trinity University about an event that will be taking place on the same night in Laurie Auditorium.  We recommend that families park at Alamo Stadium or on the west side of campus near the chapel which is still only a short distance from the Stieren Theater.  With the additional events on campus we appreciate your patience!

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 2 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, credit recovery may be an option.  Students’ families can expect a phone call or email from a freshman, sophomore, or junior team member on Friday, June 2 or earlier to set up a meeting at ISA on Monday, June 5 to discuss next steps.  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.

 

After the end of another great school-year, we are looking forward to a wonderful graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2 at 7:oo p.m. in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. The ceremony is the most formal of all ISA ceremonies and has the tradition of being an intimate, celebratory event for our students and families.  At graduation rehearsal we reminded students 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 courtyard no later than 6:00 p.m. on graduation day.

 

  • Appropriate and required dress in order to participate in the ceremony:

  • 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 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).

  • Graduation caps/gowns may not be decorated.

 

  • Signs and/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 to load the buses. The project graduation buses will return to ISA at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.  Because students are up all night, we ask that students be dropped off at ISA on Friday night and not drive home on Saturday 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 Friday, 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 Friday!

 

Sincerely,

Steve Magadance and the ISA Faculty


Community Update for May 21

posted May 21, 2017, 2:39 PM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,


This semester ISA art students submitted their work in the 2o17 Congressional Art Competition.  On Saturday, 18 ISA students who participated in the contest had their work on display at a reception honoring the winners of the contest.  Of the 86 entries in the contest, one piece created by an ISA student will be unveiled and on display at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. for a year.  Congratulations to all of the ISA artists whose work was on display Saturday, and congratulations to ISA 9th grader Rachel Kamata who will have her work, “Boiled Out of the Shell” on display in Washington!


A little earlier today, ISA faculty, seniors, and their families and friends spent a wonderful afternoon at Trinity University’s Parker Chapel for our annual Senior Awards ceremony where we honored 114 students.  We listened as our seniors’ current and former teachers shared stories about the Class of 2017.  I would like to offer a special thank you to the Senior Team for their hard work putting together a memorable afternoon for our students and their families.  I would also like to thank our seniors for their steady leadership of the ISA student body.  This class has helped to make my transition back to ISA special and memorable.  Congratulations to our soon-to-be graduates on four years of learning, leading, and achievement!

This week is an exciting one for our seniors!  They have several end-of-the-year activities and celebrations.  On Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25, our seniors will be conducting their Senior Portfolio presentations at ISA from 4:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Family members, friends, community members, and underclassmen are all invited to attend any or all of the presentations.  On Friday, May 26, senior will participate in the Annual Senior Olympics at Trinity University.  Seniors will be transported to Trinity by bus and should report to ISA by 8:30 a.m on Friday.

Looking ahead for seniors, on Tuesday, May 30, we will hold a mandatory graduation rehearsal for all senior students.  All seniors, including those with internship or off-campus 1st period, should report to ISA on Tuesday morning no later than 8:30 a.m. to be bussed to Laurie Auditorium.  After returning to the campus in the afternoon seniors will begin the process of clearing any ISA or Lee obligations (textbook, travel payments, library books, etc.) they may have.

We have reached the final two weeks of school and with that, Assistant Principal Victoria Woodard will begin collecting the textbooks currently checked out to students.  During social studies classes sophomores and juniors will return books on Tuesday, May 23.  Also during social studies classes freshmen and seniors will return books on Wednesday, May 24.  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!  


The secretariat for MUNSA XXII would like to invite everyone to their first fundraiser.  Next year’s secretariat has chosen the microlender Kiva as the focus of their humanitarian efforts.  On Tuesday, May 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. everyone is invited to The Cove, at 606 W. Cypress to help MUNSA achieve their fundraising goal.  (See flyer attached)


Finally, for ISA 9th, 10th, and 11th graders semester exams begin on Friday, May 26.  Students will follow a modified bell schedule on these days to allow time for semester exams.  The semester exam schedule is below:

  • Friday, May 26 - Periods 4 and 6

  • Tuesday, May 30 - Periods 2 and 5

  • Wednesday, May 31 - Periods 3 and 8*

  • Thursday, June 1 - Periods 1 and 7*


*Early release days at 1:30 p.m.  All buses--including shuttle buses--will be on campus at 1:30 p.m. and students should report immediately to their bus.


Have a wonderful week!


Sincerely,


Steve Magadance

Community Update for May 14

posted May 14, 2017, 11:03 AM by Steven Magadance   [ updated May 14, 2017, 11:07 AM ]

Dear ISA Families,


Happy Mother’s Day!


This week ISA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be presenting their learning during their annual student-led conferences.  The purpose of these conferences is for students to share their growth and learning with their families through the exploration of the students’ portfolios (blogs).  These events provide 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 received invitations to the student-led conferences for their families in 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 the PERC  multi-purpose space across from the Lee campus cafeteria on Monday, May 15.  If your schedule does not permit you to attend on Monday night, please contact ISA world geography teacher Kyle Anderson at kander1@neisd.net for an alternative time.

Sophomore students were asked last week to speak with their families to sign-up for their 30-minute after school time slot on Monday, May 15.  For those sophomore families who have already signed up, your sophomore should have brought home a confirmation of your appointment.  If your family has not signed up for a conference time, there are slots still available at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Please arrive at your convenience.  The Sophomore Team will conduct their conferences in the Lee campus library.  If your schedule does not permit you to attend on Monday night, students may reschedule to present later this week or the following week.

Junior students are also busy preparing for round table conferences on Thursday, May 18.  Many students signed up for a time slot last week in English class.  If you have not yet selected at time slot, please do so as soon as possible.  Junior conferences will take place in the ISA main building and science building during one hour time slots at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, 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.  The project graduation committee will be selling Project Graduation tickets at the awards ceremony.  Please encourage and support your senior’s attendance at this traditional an all night, drug and alcohol free, chaperoned celebration on June 2.  The project graduation committee is still seeking parent volunteers for several shifts during the evening.  You may sign up HERE or at this URL: https://goo.gl/CJdOht to chaperone this parent-led event.  


Project Graduation tickets can also be purchased on campus during lunch on Wednesday, May 15, Monday, May 22, and Tuesday, May 23.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Shannon West at mrs.shawest@gmail.com or (210) 913-0528.


Have a wonderful week!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for May 7

posted May 7, 2017, 6:41 AM by Steven Magadance   [ updated May 7, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

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 7:30 a.m. for all morning exams.  For your reference, the complete AP testing schedule 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.

  • All Exam Exemption forms are due in the ISA office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 12.

  • Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior exams are May 26 - June 1

  • *Senior exams for ISA courses are May 19, 22 and 23.

*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 12.  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 and contact ISA Dean of Math and Science, Mr. David Garcia with questions.

Finally, on Thursday, May 11, the ISA Amigos will hold their final meeting of the year at 6:00 p.m. in the Sergiovanni room.  At this general meeting the Amigos will elect board officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  All families are welcome to attend!


Have a great week!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for April 30

posted Apr 30, 2017, 7:51 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,


Yesterday, four ISA artists competed in the State VASE competition at Madison High School.  Advancing from a pool of submissions numbering nearly 32,000 these Globies displayed their work with approximately 2,000 other finalists.  We are pleased to share that ISA earned three VASE medals!  Congratulations to ISA art teacher Andrea Puentes for coaching and encouraging these students!


During this school year, the ISA faculty gathered to honor two colleagues to represent ISA as the 2018 ISA Teacher of the Year and Trinity Prize nominee.  As we enter teacher appreciation week (May 1 - 5) and National Teacher Day (May 9), it is a pleasure to share that freshman English teacher Brad Dehart is our Teacher of the Year and junior physics teacher Nick Polito is our Trinity Prize nominee.  The faculty honored Nick for his commitment to his students and his desire to get students out of the classroom to learn about physics and the universe through the ISA Astronomy Club.  Brad’s colleagues wrote that he always had a smile on his face, while tirelessly encouraging his students and putting their needs first.  As we honor teachers this week, I invite you to send words of congratulations and thanks to our entire ISA teaching staff or any other teacher who impacted your life in a profound way!


ISA’s success is due in no short measure to the passion and commitment of our teachers.  ISA’s approach to teaching and learning is regularly recognized, and this past week we were honored with a place in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools ranking.  ISA received a Gold Medal Award for our post-high school readiness, access to advanced courses, and our success on state standardized tests.  For more information about how the rankings were created click HERE.  ISA also received a Scholar Honor Roll School designation from the Educational Results Partnership whose methodology considers academic achievement and levels of equity for students based on socioeconomic status.


While we will celebrate teaching this week, 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 1.  All freshmen will also take the STAAR biology end-of-course exam on Tuesday, May 2.  While all of the ISA freshmen will be testing 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 Wednesday, May 3, this week.  


As a reminder, testing regulations require us to collect all electronic devices (cell phones and other personal media devices including wearables) from students prior to testing. Students will not be able to use these during or after they finish testing in their testing room.  However, they do have access to a landline in the ISA office.  Please help your son or daughter get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast, so they are ready to put forth their best efforts each morning!


Beginning tomorrow and continuing through Friday, May 12, ISA sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams.  ISA counselor Stacey Feldman 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 exam schedule can be accessed HERE.  Mrs. Feldman would like to share a few other reminders below:


  • Students need to arrive by 7:30 a.m. for tests with an 8:00 a.m. start time (therefore students who take the bus will need to make alternate arrangements)

  • Students need to arrive at the test location by 11:45 a.m. for 12:00 p.m. start time

  • Students will not be admitted to testing rooms after 8:00 a.m. for morning tests or 12:00 p.m. for afternoon tests

  • Absences (including those unable to test due to late arrival) will result in a $15 College Board fee per missed exam

  • Students who test both in the morning and afternoon on the same day should try to bring lunch from home if possible

  • Students taking an afternoon exam with an extra time accommodation might not finish exams until after dismissal and therefore will need to plan for transportation home from school!


Looking ahead, the ISA Relay for Life Committee would like to share that ISA has enthusiastically participated in Relay for Life every spring—with over 150 students attending annually to raise money for cancer treatment and research while also earning service hours.  This year a student committee formed, through Interact, to plan ISA’s participation in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life.  They have been meeting all year.  The 2017 event is this Friday, May 5, from 6:00 p.m. until midnight.  For more information, click this link.


We are also interested in hearing from you!  We invite you to complete a short survey for parents (https://goo.gl/H9Dg0Y) and students (https://goo.gl/c26C4a).  Information we gather from these short tools will help us make better planning decisions about acquiring and using technology for daily learning at ISA.


Finally, 2nd semester exam exemptions will be distributed on Monday.  These forms will be due at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12.  We also conclude the week with a 9th grade Saturday School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Have a wonderful week!


Sincerely,


Steve Magadance


Community Update for April 23

posted Apr 23, 2017, 1:01 PM by Steven Magadance   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 1:04 PM ]

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 mmoore@neisd.net.  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 bcolem1@neisd.net 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 miss.daisy@sbcglobal.net or Becky Stapleton at beckystapleton1@gmail.com.

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:

  • Monday, May 1 - Algebra I

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Biology

  • Wednesday, May 3 - U.S. History

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!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for April 16

posted Apr 16, 2017, 9:02 AM by Steven Magadance

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:

  • Students need to arrive by 7:30 a.m. for tests with an 8:00 a.m. start time (therefore students who take the bus will need to make alternate arrangements)

  • Students need to arrive at test location by 11:45 a.m. for 12:00 p.m. start time

  • Students will not be admitted to testing rooms after 8:00 a.m. for morning tests or 12:00 p.m. for afternoon tests

  • Absences (including those unable to test due to late arrival) will result in a $15 College Board fee per missed exam

  • Students who test both in the morning and afternoon on the same day should try to bring lunch from home if at all possible

  • Students taking an afternoon exam with an extra time accommodation might not finish exams until after dismissal and therefore will need to plan for transportation home from school!


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!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for April 9

posted Apr 9, 2017, 7:41 AM by Steven Magadance

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!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for April 2

posted Apr 2, 2017, 10:37 AM by Steven Magadance

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.

  • Tuesday, April 4

  • Tuesday, April 11

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!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


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