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High School News

Thursday, August 25, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

Our third week is well under way and students and teachers are getting used to new routines in homework, tests and daily schedules. Thank you for your cooperation in getting us off to a positive start to the school year! Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the high school.

Assessment Calendars 

Now that students have their devices and are connected to our school email accounts, they can access their Assessment Calendars, organized by grade level, on zimbra. Please know that you can check on upcoming homework, essays, tests and other assignments by viewing the assessment calendar with your child. Students should not have more than two assessments and one long-term project due on any one school day. We ask teachers to respect this rule and we encourage students to advocate for themselves in order to provide a Balance in the high school workload.

Communicating about your Child’s Academic Progress 

In the high school, we regularly report on student learning through frequent communication between teachers and students and parents. At the mid-point of each semester, we send a Progress Report (this year, 30 September for the first semester, 24 March for the second semester). At the end of each semester, we send home a Semester Report, which is a final grade. These reports are sent to all students and parents.

In addition to the above, at the beginning of each semester teachers will send an email to the parents of students who are receiving or who are likely to receive a grade of “3” or below. We do this to inform students and parents of immediate or potential academic concerns at the outset of the term so that steps can be taken to intervene with measures for improvement. If you receive an email from a High School teacher about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact the teacher to inquire about means of supporting his or her learning while there is plenty of time remaining to improve performance.

We also arrange meetings between students, parents, and teachers on a regular basis. This year, we are shifting to a student-centered meeting, wherein the students will present their academic goals to their parents and teachers. This is an ideal time to meet with your child and to listen to him talk about his or her progress, aspirations, strategies and plans. The meetings are required for all ICS High School students and we encourage all parents to attend. An online appointment calendar will be made available at a later date.

Back to School Night 

Please plan on joining us tonight, 25 August at the annual Back to School Night from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Gym. You will want to mark your calendars for this opportunity to meet our teachers and to learn about our programs. A schedule has been sent to you along with further information.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.