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Community Update for December 4

posted Dec 4, 2016, 11:26 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,


Semester exam exemption forms were distributed this week.  Students who meet the grade and attendance requirements outlined in the exemption guidelines may exempt up to three semester exams.  Students must also acquire the appropriate teacher signatures, a parent/guardian signature, and submit the signed exemption form by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.


With only nine more days before semester exams begin, teachers will begin to prepare our students for semester exams.  Information about reviews and the format and content of specific semester exams will be forthcoming. We encourage students to review the semester exam schedule linked from the ISA Daily Bulletin and posted on the ISA calendar and to speak with teachers if they need further assistance about how to prepare.  Please remind students that their teachers are here to support them and to help them manage the stress associated with this busy time of the year.


The ISA Amigos asked me to send a request for volunteers to help prepare for MUNSA XXI: Cultivate.  Each year the Amigos prepare hospitality for teacher sponsors who attend MUNSA.  If you are interested in helping please follow this link or paste this URL: https://goo.gl/VLRmo2 into your browser.  If you are interested in more information about this opportunity as well as other ways the ISA Amigos support ISA students, and new ISA spirit items you are invited to attend the ISA Amigos’ monthly meeting on Thursday, December 8, at 6:00 p.m., in the Sergiovanni Room.  


We are seeking several additional host brothers and sisters for our South Korean exchange students visiting in January.  Although the South Korean students do not arrive until after winter break, we plan to finalize host families prior to the break. We still need five families willing to host boys from South Korea.  If you are interested in hosting, please complete the South Korean Hosting Application as soon as possible.


Looking to the end of this week, the sophomore team teachers are hosting a December 10 Saturday School from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the EngWHAP classroom (S102). This Saturday School is for any students who are not passing one of their core classes by Friday, December 9.  If your student might be in this category, please encourage them to turn in missing or make-up work before Friday to avoid Saturday school.  They should see their teachers for this week’s tutoring schedules or for more information.


Finally, as the holiday season approaches we want to remind everyone that ISA will host MUNSA XXI: Cultivate at Trinity University on January 4 - 6, 2017.  Not only is MUNSA the largest student run event of its kind, January 4 is the day before North East ISD students and staff return from the winter holiday.  Knowing that a majority of ISA students take part in some aspect of MUNSA, please mark your family calendars now to accommodate this early return.


Sincerely,


Steve Magadance

Community Update for November 27

posted Nov 27, 2016, 11:47 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,


Our freshman, sophomore, and junior students arrived safely back at ISA just in time to begin the Thanksgiving holiday.  During this time of thanksgiving we are reminded that our travel experiences, field trips, student exhibitions of work, student-led conferences, service opportunities, internships, and other unique and special ISA traditions rely on the tremendous support of parents and community members.  To the parent chaperones who embraced overnight bus rides on our recent travel experiences, the ISA Amigos busily preparing for fundraising events in the spring, grandparents and guardians who volunteer to join us on our field trips, community members who serve as mentors for our seniors as they complete their internship, and to the many parents and guardians who share the gift of time or financial support with ISA, we thank you for your generosity and commitment  to our school and our students!


ISA excitedly awaits the arrival of students from Japan and South Korea in January!  From January 7 to 17, 2017, ISA will host 23 students (13 boys and 10 girls) from Takayama, Japan.  From January 15 to 22, 2017, we will host 18 students (8 boys and 10 girls) from Gwangju, South Korea.  These cultural exchange opportunities help our students live the mission of ISA to understand the world around them.  As of this update we are still in need of host families for 9 boys and 4 girls for our Japanese students.  We also still need host families for 7 boys and 4 girls for our Korean students.  


ISA families who are interested in hosting a Japanese student or a Korean student during these exchange visits should complete the hosting application linked in this update and in the ISA bulletin.  The deadline to complete the hosting application is Friday, December 2.


On Monday, November 28, semester exam exemption forms will be distributed to students in their ISA classes. Students who meet the criteria described in the exam exemption guidelines will be exempt from taking up to three of their semester exams. The exemption form must have a student, teacher and parent signature and are due in the ISA office by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7.  Because attendance is an important part of having an exemption granted, it is important that all doctor’s notes and/or college visit verification forms are brought to Mrs. Tamez by December 7. Any questions about exam exemptions may be sent ISA Dean, David Garcia, at dgarci1@neisd.net.



Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for November 13

posted Nov 14, 2016, 12:16 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,


When you read this message, our sophomores will be nearly to Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a full day of learning.  Our Juniors will be headed to Vicksburg, Mississippi, on the first leg of their travel experience to Alabama!  We wish our students, teachers, and parent chaperones the best as they continue the ISA tradition of travel and learning.  I am excited to learn with our sophomores this year, and I cannot wait to hear the stories our juniors and freshmen bring back from their travel experiences.


On Monday, November 14, ISA Freshmen will check-in for their travel experience to Heifer International in Arkansas.  If possible, please arrive at the staggered times listed below to help us shorten wait times.  The Freshman team would like to remind families that check-in takes between ½ to 1 hour.

  • 7:00 p.m.- Last names A-G

  • 7:15 p.m.- Last names H-O

  • 7:30 p.m.- Last names P-Z


Freshman Team Travel Presentation


Looking ahead to the rest of the week, the Lee Campus PTSA is asking for volunteers to participate in a holiday pie drive for faculty and staff at LEE/ISA/NESA/STEM.  If you are interested in donating a pie, the PTSA encourages you to follow this URL:  https://goo.gl/iXmdSG to sign up!


ISA is still seeking families who are interested in hosting a student from our partner schools in Japan and South Korea.  From January 7 to 17, 2017, ISA is excited to host 23 students (13 boys and 10 girls) from Takayama, Japan.  From January 15 to 22, 2017, we will host 18 students (8 boys and 10 girls) from Gwangju, South Korea.  These cultural exchange opportunities help our students live the mission of ISA to understand the world around them.  ISA families who are interested in hosting a Japanese student or a Korean student during these exchange visits should complete the hosting application linked in this update and in the ISA bulletin.  The deadline to complete the hosting application is Friday, December 2.


The ISA Interact Service Club asked me to share information about some service opportunities happening during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Students can sign up to work at the Holiday River Parade on Friday, and/or prep for the Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday and/or Tuesday.


Finally, when we return from Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 28, semester exam exemption forms will be distributed to students in their ISA classes. Students who meet the criteria described in the exam exemption guidelines will be exempt from taking up to three of their semester exams. The exemption form must have a student, teacher and parent signature and are due in the ISA office by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7.  Because attendance is an important part of having an exemption granted, it is important that all doctor’s notes and/or college visit verification forms are brought to Mrs. Tamez by December 7. Any questions about exam exemptions may be sent ISA Dean, David Garcia, at dgarci1@neisd.net.


Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for November 6

posted Nov 6, 2016, 6:54 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,

By this time next week, six charter buses will be on the road to New Mexico and Alabama, and three additional buses will leave for Arkansas the following day.  This year, all trip check-ins will happen in our new science building.  The buses will be staging in the parking lot located in front of the Lee main building adjacent to Jackson-Keller.  Families are encouraged to park in the administrative lot near the gym or in the student lot near the band practice pad.  As you prepare snacks for your student’s travel, please do not pack any snacks that contain peanuts or peanut butter as there are students with severe peanut allergies. The close proximity of the bus environment makes it especially important that we maintain a peanut free trip. Please also remind your student of this requirement so that all students are kept safe on the trip.


Below are the trip departure times and links to the travel presentations with additional information.

Saturday, November 12

  • Junior Check-In & Bag Drop-Off: 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (30 minute intervals based on bus assignment - Slide #3). Junior Team Travel Presentation

    • The junior team is seeking donations of bottled water. Donations may delivered to Mr. Polito’s room (S108) this week or during the check-in times above.

Sunday, November 13

Monday, November 14

  • Freshman Check-In: If possible, please arrive at the staggered times to help us shorten wait times.  The Freshman team would like to remind families that check-in takes between ½ to 1 hour.


The ISA faculty is looking forward to another wonderful travel week this fall!


This week, on Thursday, November 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sergiovanni Community Room, parents of ISA students who are designated as Gifted and Talented Learners in English or math are invited to attend a short meeting to learn about how ISA works to meet the specific needs of our G/T students.  Following this meeting families are invited to stay for the ISA Amigos monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m.


This Friday, November 11, ISA Seniors will have the opportunity to hone their interviewing skills!  Representatives from local companies such as HEB, Toyota, Mood Texas, and more will be on campus holding mock interviews.  Seniors are encouraged to embrace the experience by wearing professional dress to create an authentic environment for practicing their communication and presentation skills.  ISA Internship and Service Learning Coordinator, Beth Coleman, has coordinated this experience in partnership with SA Works.  This local organization provides summer internship opportunities to students.  If you have questions please contact Ms. Coleman at bcolem1@neisd.net.


ISA Shadowing days will take a brief hiatus during our travel season and resume after classes return from their trips.  However, while our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders travel, ISA will share our story at the first of three Magnet Informational Nights!  On November 14, ISA will join all of NEISD’s magnet schools at Bradley Middle School from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  The evening begins with an open house and will also include break-out sessions hosted by each school.


This year, NEISD has partnered with Healthy Schools, Schoolhouse Pediatrics, and E3 Alliance to “Kick the Flu”.  This program will offer free flu shots to Lee/ISA/NESA/STEM students on Thursday, December 1, from 9:oo to 11:00 a.m.  Parents must complete and return a consent form (attached) to the ISA Office by Friday, November 18, to take advantage of this program.

Finally, when we return from Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 28, semester exam exemption forms will be distributed to students in their ISA classes. Students who meet the criteria described in the exam exemption guidelines will be exempt from taking up to three of their semester exams. The exemption form must have a student, teacher and parent signature and are due in the ISA office by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7.  Because attendance is an important part of having an exemption granted, it is important that all doctor’s notes or college visit verification forms are brought to Mrs. Tamez by December 7. Any questions about exam exemptions may be sent ISA Dean, David Garcia, at dgarci1@neisd.net.



Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for October 30

posted Oct 30, 2016, 11:31 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,

We have completed the second week of our recruiting season with ISA Shadowing dates for prospective freshmen (current 8th graders) and their families this past week. Families are encouraged to register for the four remaining dates by completing the ISA Shadowing Form.  The 2017-2018 Freshman Lottery Enrollment Form is also now posted on our website.  Although participation in the Shadowing Program is not required in order for a student to apply to ISA, we encourage all interested students to participate.


Last Wednesday, ISA Freshmen completed the Storytelling Project by travelling to local elementary schools to perform their stories for 1st and 2nd graders.  It was a real pleasure to watch our students share and debrief their tales with their audiences.  The storytelling project is a prime example of the kinds of experiences that help ISA students develop their skills in collaborating and communicating effectively, and it is no surprise that many ISA Seniors highlight the Storytelling Project as one of their favorite ISA memories!


The ISA experience is also enriched by the partnerships we have developed with other high schools globally.  From January 7 to 17, 2017, ISA is excited to host 23 students (13 boys and 10 girls) from Takayama, Japan.  From January 15 to 22, 2017, we will host 18 students (8 boys and 10 girls) from Gwandju, South Korea.  We are currently seeking ISA families who are interested in hosting a Japanese student or a Korean student during these exchange visits.  Interested families can fill out the hosting applications linked in this week’s update and in the ISA bulletin.

There are several events happening this week at ISA:

  • On Wednesday, November 2, we celebrate Lee-esta!  This year, ISA’s Interact Club has entered a float in the parade, and the ISA Amigos will host a booth selling pizza, cascarones, and offering face painting.  Parents interested in volunteering at the Amigos’ booth are encouraged to sign up here or by using this URL: https://goo.gl/9tersN.

  • On Thursday, November 3, we will celebrate the Fifth Annual ISA Night at the Football Game at 7:00pm at Heroes Stadium.  We also look forward to honoring our National Merit Scholars and their parents at halftime of the game!

  • On Friday, November 4, the ISA Senior Board is hosting their fundraising BBQ after school in the band lot.  Stop by to help our seniors raise money to support their travel experience to Washington, D.C., in February.

  • On Saturday, November 5, MUNSA is hosting a 5K Fun Run beginning at 9am at Eisenhower Park!  MUNSA invites any businesses interested in sponsoring the event to contact the Under-Secretary General of Outreach at kwest5495@stu.neisd.net.  You can also still register for the Fun Run here or with this URL: https://goo.gl/qGszmr.  After the Fun Run on Saturday morning, everyone is invited to attend Party for Your Rights from 1pm to 5pm at Beto’s on Broadway.  Come see student music and poetry performances and help the ISA Junior class support their travel experience to Alabama!


The Lee Campus PTSA and Lee Band Parent Association asked me to share information about two events:

  • The Lee PTSA is collecting donations of gently used sweaters and jackets for boys and girls.  The donation center is located in the Lee campus main foyer or by contacting ISA Amigos President, Melissa White, at melissa@botanika.com.

  • The Lee Band is hosting a BBQ and silent auction on Saturday, November 12, from 11am to 2:30pm in the Lee Cafeteria.  Tickets are $10 and the event will feature musical performances from our band students.  For more information email BPA@VOLSBAND.ORG.

Finally, we are less than two weeks away from our fall travel week!  The Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior teams are making final preparations for departure.  They asked me to remind ISA families to return any outstanding permission slips and medical forms for students.  Also, if your student has medication that needs to be self-carried (i.e. inhaler, epipen), please submit the necessary self-carry paperwork to the Lee High School nurse by this Friday, November 4, 2017.  Failure to submit this paperwork does not mean that the medication cannot go with your student on the trip.  It does however mean that a team teacher will maintain possession of the medication during the trip.


Have a wonderful week!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for October 23

posted Oct 23, 2016, 7:26 AM by Steven Magadance   [ updated Oct 23, 2016, 3:02 PM ]

Dear ISA Families,


Yesterday evening students from the Allied Campus attended our annual homecoming dance.  It is truly fantastic to see our students dressed up and having fun together celebrating our community.  Thank you to everyone who helped decorate and chaperone the dance!


If you were unable to attend last Thursday’s Report Card Pick-Up on October 20, please read through the presentations linked below. Included in the presentations you will find important information about medication check-in, baggage check-in, trip itinerary, and expectations of students presented by the freshman, sophomore, and junior teams.   Also, if you haven’t received your student’s report card, please send a written request or email to our administrative assistant Ms. Patty Tamez (ptamez@neisd.net), and she will release the report card to your child during lunches this week.


Freshman Team Travel Presentation

Sophomore Team Travel Presentation

Junior Team Travel Presentation


To help families plan for upcoming travel, we also want to share three important medication reminders:


  • All medications, both prescription and over-the-counter medications, must be checked-in to teachers.  The teachers carry and may provide four over-the-counter medications (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Imodium AD) to your student if you have given permission on the medication form.


  • Only FDA approved over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs will be administered.  Students may not carry and teachers cannot distribute non-FDA approved items (vitamins, homeopathic remedies).  If your student relies on a non-FDA approved remedy, we can only carry and dispense these if there is a doctor’s order on file with the Lee nurse’s office by Friday, November 4, 2016.


  • If paperwork, including a doctor’s order, is on file with our school nurse Rebecca Joplin by Friday, November 4, students may self-carry the following medications: asthma inhalers, epipens, hormonal treatments, glucagon kits, and diabetic supplies.  We can still accept these medications at our trip check-in without the paperwork on file; however, students will not be able to self-carry.


This week, ISA families are invited to attend the annual NEISD College Fair at Blossom Athletic Center on Wednesday, October 26, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  More than 100 colleges and universities will be in attendance to speak with students and their families.  This is a great way to begin or continue a conversation to identity the best college options for your student!


Have a wonderful week!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for October 16

posted Oct 16, 2016, 8:32 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,

This week will be a busy one at ISA! On Wednesday, October 19, ISA freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking a Preliminary SAT (PSAT).  Scores for our 11th grade students who take the PSAT are used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to select next year’s National Merit Scholars. Freshmen and sophomores will receive individual scores from the test, but will take the PSAT just as practice this year. Though the PSAT is designed to be taken without the need of a calculator, 10th and 11th graders will have access to a calculator at school and 9th grade students are encouraged to bring their own calculator for use on the exam. Please encourage students to come well rested and to eat breakfast the morning of this important test!


While our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take the PSAT, our seniors will travel to the University of Texas at San Antonio for an experience that is part college visit and part preparation for the senior travel experience to Washington, D.C. in February 2017.  Seniors should report to school at the regular start time of 8:45am.


Thursday, October 20 is a night for pancakes and report cards! Our first ISA Report Card Pick-Up Night of the year begins at 6:00 pm with team meetings.  The Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Teams will review final details regarding the upcoming travel experiences and collect any last minute paperwork that is due.  

Please join grade level teachers in the following locations at 6:00pm:


  • Freshmen: Library Multi-Purpose Room

  • Sophomores: ISA Flex Room (S102 and S103 in new science building)

  • Juniors: Multipurpose Room #2 (building across from cafeteria)

  • Seniors:  Sergiovanni Room (Upstairs ISA main building)

    • Senior parents are also encouraged to stay for a financial aid presentation from the Trinity Advising Corps as well as a planning meeting for Project Graduation!


October 20 also marks the next payment date for these travel experiences. ISA Families may submit payments for travel using the new School Cash Online system.  Within the system families can see the payment schedule and easily complete their transactions. School Cash Online is also accessible at the ISA website at www.neisd.net/isa where the link can be found on the right-hand side under the title “Pay for School Fees”.


The MUNSA Pancake Dinner will be served before or after attending the grade-level meetings and picking up your student’s report card. You  are invited to enjoy a pancake dinner in the cafeteria for $5.00 from 5:30-8:00pm.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the humanitarian cause designated by MUNSA XXI: Cultivate.


In addition to a delicious dinner, ISA families will also be able to purchase ISA spirit items on Thursday evening. Representatives from the ISA Amigos will be in the cafeteria and main foyer with tables set up to sell spirit items to families who want to purchase a few extra items before the trips depart.  The Amigos have restocked popular items and are offering new pricing on vintage ISA products!  


MUNSA XXI: Cultivate is less than three months away!  The largest high school student run Model United Nations conference that we know of will be held on January 4 - 6, 2017, at Trinity University.  This year MUNSA begins on the last day of our winter break, please remember this date as you begin making plans for the school holiday.  ISA students from all four grades participate in the three day event.  Families are invited to attend the MUNSA Opening Ceremony on January 4, at 7:30pm in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium to see what makes MUNSA so special and witness why MUNSA has become one of ISA longest running and most unique traditions!


MUNSA is also pleased to announce that they will be hosting a 5k fun run at Eisenhower Park on Saturday, November 5, at 9:00am.  Details for registration and payment can be found online here or by pasting this URL: https://goo.gl/qGszmr in your browser.  


We finish the week with our annual LEE/ISA/NESA/STEM community homecoming celebration.  Friday, October 21, is the homecoming football game at 7:30pm at Comalander Stadium.  We will also celebrate with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 22, at Littleton Gymnasium.  The dance will run from 7:00 to 11:00pm.  Parents who are interested in chaperoning at the dance can contact the Lee Campus Student Council Sponsor Ms. Patty Hernandez at pherna2@neisd.net for more information!


We hope to see you at one of the many events we have coming this week!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for October 9

posted Oct 9, 2016, 1:04 PM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families,


This past Wednesday was “World Teacher’s Day” designated by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  To mark the UNESCO celebration, the San Antonio Express News posted results of research performed by NICHE in which the ISA faculty was ranked No. 1 in the San Antonio Metro Area.  Survey information provided by students and families was given the heaviest weight in the ranking, and these results are a testament to the high level of commitment and dedication ISA teachers give to their practice as well as the trust and support our community provides to ISA.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve this community!


ISA remains strong because of our community’s commitment to relationships and learning.  Telling the stories about the experiences students have at ISA is an important part of our success!  This past week the lottery application for the 9th grade class of 2017-2018 went live!  We have also published dates and a registration form for ISA shadowing!  Students and families interested in this information can visit www.neisd.net/isa and apply or register for shadowing.


This week, the ISA Amigos will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, October 13, at 6:00pm in the ISA Sergiovanni Community Room.  All families are invited to attend.


Friday, October 14, marks the end of the 1st grading period for the 2016-2017 school year.  This means the first Report Card Pickup Night of the year will be held next Thursday, October 20.  At report card pickup night, the freshman, sophomore, and junior teams will share final details about our student travel experiences scheduled for November.  The senior team will give additional details about their travel experience planned for February, and parents are invited to stay to hear a financial aid presentation from the Trinity Advising Corps as well as a planning meeting for Project Graduation!


Before or after picking up report cards that evening, October 20, join Model United Nations San Antonio (MUNSA) for the annual Pancake Dinner fundraiser!  Proceeds from this year’s Pancake Dinner will support the work of the non-governmental organization CARE which is the focus of MUNSA’s Humanitarian Effort this year.  MUNSA chairs will begin selling tickets on Tuesday, October 11, and tickets can also be purchased in the cafeteria during the dinner.  For more information, please contact MUNSA Under-Secretary-General of Outreach at kwest5495@stu.neisd.net.

 

Next Wednesday, October 19, ISA freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking a Preliminary SAT (PSAT).   Although the freshmen and sophomores will be taking the PSAT as practice, the test will be scored and students will receive individual testing results later in the year.  Although the PSAT is designed to be taken without the need of a calculator, 10th and 11th graders will have access to a calculator at school.  9th grade students are encouraged to bring their own calculator for use on the PSAT.


Junior year PSAT scores are used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to select next year’s National Merit Scholars. Please help by encouraging students to come well rested and to eat breakfast the morning of this important test. While our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take the PSAT, our seniors will travel to the University of Texas at San Antonio for an experience that is part college visit and part preparation for the senior travel experience to Washington, D.C. in February 2017.


Enjoy the student holiday Monday, and have a great week!

Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for October 2

posted Oct 2, 2016, 11:50 AM by Steven Magadance   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 2:17 PM ]

Dear ISA Families,

We have completed the sixth week of school, and it is exciting to see the enthusiasm for learning and growth taking place in the classrooms, hallways, and community experiences at ISA!  

In two weeks on October 19, ISA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be taking a Preliminary SAT (PSAT).  Although the freshmen and sophomores will be taking the PSAT as practice, the test will be scored and students will receive individual testing results later in the year.  Junior PSAT scores are used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to select next year’s National Merit Scholars.  Please help by encouraging students to eat breakfast and to come to school well rested on the morning of this important test. While our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take the PSAT, our seniors will travel to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for an experience that is part college visit and part preparation for the senior travel experience to Washington, D.C. in February 2017.

   

Looking ahead to next week, the ISA Amigos will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, October 13, at 6:00pm in the ISA Sergiovanni Room.  All families are invited to attend.


Finally, on Friday, October 7, we will hold an early release day for teacher professional development.  Students will follow this abbreviated bell schedule which ends at 2:05pm.  Monday, October 10, is a student holiday and there are no classes.  Also, on Saturday, October 8 we will hold a Freshman Saturday School from 9:00am - 12:00pm at ISA.  All freshman students are welcome to attend for assistance in biology and math.  

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


Community Update for September 25

posted Sep 25, 2016, 10:45 AM by Steven Magadance

Dear ISA Families


This week our MUNSA students host their  next fundraiser of the year on Wednesday, September 28 at at Beto’s (8142 Broadway St.).  The event will last from 5:00 - 9:00pm, and there will be live music and poetry featuring ISA students and teachers.  MUNSA t-shirts will be available on Wednesday, and all of the proceeds from this event will benefit CARE which works in developing countries to fight poverty and injustice through the implementation of sustainable and long-lasting solutions.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!


Also on Wednesday, ISA sophomores will continue to prepare for their upcoming trip to New Mexico!  Sophomores will take a field trip to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).  At SAMA, ISA sophomores will look for evidence of acculturation and assimilation during different periods of history and in different parts of the world.  This will be a great day of learning in preparation for travel in November!


A reminder to our ISA students who participate in UIL extracurricular activities.  The UIL eligibility deadline for the first six weeks is Friday, September 30, at 4:30pm.  Students must be passing their classes at 4:30pm to maintain eligibility.


Looking ahead, the Allied Campus Theater is excited to present Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play in the Lee Black Box Theatre.  The production opens on Thursday, October 6, at 7:30pm.  There are three additional opportunities to enjoy this production on Friday and Saturday, and a 2:30pm matinee on Sunday, October 9.  Tickets are available at the door.


We would like to share two additional ways to support the ISA community.  The MUNSA secretariat asked me to share that they are in the planning stages of an early November fun run.  The secretariat is currently seeking sponsors for the fun run.  If you are interested in more information about sponsoring, please contact the MUNSA Under Secretary General of Outreach at kwest5495@stu.neisd.net.  The Lee Volunteers Sports Association is also providing space for local businesses to advertise in their homecoming athletics program.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Finally, we will end the week with freshman and sophomore Saturday School, on October 1.  Freshman may attend Saturday School from 9:00am to 12:00pm to work on English, math, and DIM. Sophomores may attend Saturday School from 9:00am to 1:00pm to work on all subjects.   


Have a great week!


Sincerely,

Steve Magadance


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