Jan 11

AdvancEd Visit – ILE Was Selected!

Dear Parents,

Attached please find a brochure from the AdvancEd Organization who is responsible for overseeing the reaccreditation of thousands of schools and districts world-wide. Over the past year, each school in Sumner County has been busy collecting evidence of our dedication to meet and surpass the standards of expectations for schools and systems that are accredited. More of that can be read in the attached brochure, but I did want to let you know that some schools in each district going through this process are selected to be visited… and ILE was selected as one of those schools this year!

On the morning of Tuesday, March 08, 2016, a small team will visit Indian Lake Elementary to meet with the administration, some teachers and staff, and will likely tour the school some, too. The visit will only last a half of a day, and other schools in our district will be visited as well. Input from the voluntary parent and student surveys and faculty/staff surveys were just some of the hundreds of sources of evidence that went into the compilation of the information that will lead to our school being re-accredited.

Per the advisement of our Central Office, the attached brochure is being shared with you for information to let you know that we are all striving to excel in the area of education while remembering what makes each one of our students special and worthy of our very best. Because ILE is a Blue Ribbon School and a two-time Reward School, we consider it an honor that the AdvancEd Team selected to come and visit with us during their time here.

Sincerely,

Ondie Mitchell, Principal

AdvancED pamphlet for parents and community

Jan 11

Very Important: Picture Information

Jan. 15 Picture Schedule

Dear Parents,

To say that our school picture situation this year has been less than ideal would be quite the understatement, and truly I appreciate your incredible patience more than I could possibly say. At this point, a different school photography company will be handling our class, club, and spring pictures. Many of you are familiar with them: Interstate Studios used by several schools in our area.

What does this mean to us at the moment? Once again I ask for your patience with the following changes:

  • THIS Friday, January 15, will be a day for “Yearbook Pictures.” Due to many of the students’ pictures not being located for the class pages in the yearbook, Interstate Studios has graciously agreed to come this Friday and take a classic head shot for the yearbook of EACH child to ensure EVERY child has a picture for the yearbook. For the golfers out there, consider it a Mulligan, if you will. J
  • This should take no more than 10 minutes for each class as we want to interrupt instruction as little as possible.
  • The background on Friday will be blue.
  • A schedule for picture times is attached.
  • Where we have used parent volunteers before, we hate to ask that again, so we will try to handle this with teachers and staff.
  • As is the case with ALL school portraits, purchases are optional. A paper proof will be provided with information if you want to order any in the event you were not satisfied with the ones in the Fall. The flyer will have information about how to order online should you want to do so, but please know this is not about a fundraiser for the school. Rather, it is necessary in order to have pictures for the yearbook, so if no one chooses to purchase a package, that is still fine, so please feel no pressure to purchase.
  • If students are absent this Friday, we will try to locate their picture from the Fall or take another one here at school. There will be no retakes after this Friday… hopefully! J
  • Also, our Class, Club, and Individual Spring Pictures will ALL be on Friday, March 18, with more information about that in the weeks to come. Please note this to mean the pictures indicated on the school events calendar will NOT be taken tomorrow – again, those will be on March 18.

Flagship Photography regrets the many issues encountered this Fall, and they were willing to work with us so that we could secure alternate plans for this year that will hopefully result in smoother procedures and more quality photos for our students.

Personally, again I thank you for understanding that in the grand scheme of making sure each child’s safety and education are top priority, this is relatively a small matter. However, I apologize profusely for the inconveniences these matters have caused.

Respectfully,

Ondie Mitchell, Principal

Yearbook Picture Day Schedule, Friday, January 15

Jan. 15 Picture Schedule

  • Students will line up alphabetically.
  • Pictures will be taken in the gym.
  • The background will be blue.
  • This will be a head shot for the yearbook.
  • Teachers and staff will have theirs made beginning at 8:00 OR with their class.
  • No card will be necessary to give to the photographer.
  • If students are with a Related Arts teacher, then that teacher will bring them to the gym.

Jan 11

Welcome Back from Mrs. Mitchell

Dear ILE Families,

Truly I hope the Winter Break was a wonderful opportunity for you to spend time together, relax at least a little, and make memories that will last for years to come. To say that I was humbled, once again, by your generosity would be an understatement. Your generosity never ceases to amaze me. I feel honored to serve as your principal.

We want to welcome several new faces to our ILE family. First of all, Ms. Dana White has been serving as our Interim School Counselor while Mrs. Culp is on Maternity Leave. She has a phone extension and her email is dana.white@sumnerschools.org should you desire to reach out to her. Our students and teachers have already enjoyed working with her. Also, Mrs. Elizabeth Jerrolds joins our Special Education Team, replacing Mrs. Courtney who left just before the break, and she has almost 15 years of experience in our county. Mrs. Stephens has returned from her Maternity Leave, and we welcome her back.

A few reminders as we settle back into our routines are listed below for your review:

  • Please remember to sign out at the kiosk in the office at the end of your visit. Otherwise, the system shows that you are still in the building and can impact your ability to sign in the next time you visit.
  • Both in the mornings at drop off as well as at dismissal, PLEASE remember to pull all the way forward as far as possible for unloading and loading. Both doors are accessible, and students can move to where they need to enter quickly. Not doing this causes the line to back up into the road and causes confusion in the afternoons when students have been directed to stand near the 1, 2, or 3.
  • Also, please make certain your child is ready to exit your vehicle upon stopping in the line as this holds up the line significantly. If you need to assist your child from the passenger side of the vehicle, please park in a parking spot and use one of the two crosswalks to either escort them across or to cross with me at the main one. Some vehicles require the driver to exit the vehicle on their side, and usually this is fine for not slowing down the traffic too much. Gathering their backpacks, lunchboxes, etc., as you pull into the drive helps more than one might realize.
  • All visitors MUST sign in at the kiosk in the front office if you will be moving throughout the building, visiting at lunch, or helping in a classroom.
  • Parent Portal grades are supposed to be updated weekly. If you have not logged in yet, please contact white@sumnerschools.org for your child’s number that can also be used for the lunch account.
  • Changes in transportation should be phoned in to the office no later than 3:00 to make certain we have time to get the message to your child. Please send a note or email to the teacher the night before or early in the morning of a transportation change as teachers cannot check email throughout the day as they are busy with our students and may not see the message.
  • Snack times are provided during the day, so please try to send a snack with your child as well as a water bottle that they are welcome to refill as research proves how beneficial hydration and nutrition are to student learning and well-being.

Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher with questions or let us know how we may be of assistance. The Pow Wow coming up in March is a great way to get to know more people and support our school while having a great time.

We know many of you had a choice about where you moved and did so because of OUR school – collectively – students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members, and I always take that to heart with sincere appreciation.

As I have shared, I am a parent first, and I always want to think how I would want my son to be treated and act accordingly. Thank you for sharing your children with us. For trusting us with them and for partnering with us in this amazing experience of helping them grow and develop in all areas of life.

With warmest regards,

Ondie Mitchell, Principal

Ondie.mitchell@sumnerschools.org

Sep 15

2015 Warrior Walk Information

Schedule of events

Friday, September 18th Kick-off Assembly
Friday, September 25th Warrior Walk (Parents & Grandparents invited)

Walk Times:

12-10 Opening Ceremony

12:40-1:10 K/1st Track Time

1:25-1:55 2nd/3rd Track Time

2:10-2:40 4th/5th Track Time

2:40 Closing Ceremony for all

Class colors for the Warrior Walk:

Kindergarten (Orange)
Bender Purple
Bentley Yellow
Bostic Blue
Shrull Green
Stephens Magenta

First Grade (Neon Pink)
Anglea Orange
Robertson Red
Seigenthaler Grey
White Light Blue
Benjamin Gold

Second Grade (Red)
James Blue
Kane Light Blue
Smith Grey
Swinger Purple

Third Grade (Purple)
Eldridge Yellow
Dillehay Orange
Hicks Magenta
Hypes Red
Tucker Greens

Fourth Grade (Neon Green)
Sutton Blue
McKinney Yellow
Hardison Red
Easter Light Blue
Roden Grey

Fifth Grade (Blue)
Harris Magenta
Dillon Orange
Pursley Green
Park Purple

Aug 16

2015-2016 Lunch Schedule

Lunch Schedule 2015-2016 School year

Lunch Schedule 2015-2016 School year

Aug 16

Now Available: Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is open for 2015-16

 
Homework Hotline provides free tutoring by phone for any Tennessee student.  Call Monday – Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
 
They cover all subjects, including trigonometry, calculus, statistics, AP chemistry, and physics.
 
Need help in Spanish?  They’ve got it covered.  They have teachers who speak Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Swahili, Somali, and English. 

Call 615 298 6636 or Sonic toll free 888 868 5777.

 
  • Have a computer and the Internet.  
  • They can Stoodle with you. 
 
* Homework Hotline provides one-on-one free tutoring by phone to Tennessee students and parents. With Homework Hotline, students tackle new concepts, learn to read, complete challenging assignments, and gain academic skills.
** Homework Hotline helps students achieve and thrive – one assignment at a time. Students who get the help they seek return to school better prepared and less discouraged. Since 1990, Hotline teachers and volunteers have provided more than 495,000 sessions of tutoring. Bilingual assistance is available in English, Arabic, Kurdish, Spanish, Swahili. It’s all free – thanks to Maddox Charitable Fund, Metro Schools, Sonic Drive Ins, the Scarlett Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Memorial Foundation, Care Foundation of America, and MyTV 30/CW 58/Fox 17.

Aug 04

Breakfast is Served!

ILE Breakfast Information

ILE Breakfast Information

Aug 04

PTO Welcome Letter

PTO Information 2015-2016

PTO Information 2015-2016

Aug 04

AdvancED Parent Survey for Sumner County

This Parent Survey can be completed online no later than August 21st. The below definitions may clarify some of the terms used in this survey. This is our opportunity to get great information about what parents think we are doing well and what concerns parents might have. This survey will provide feedback and insight into what we do that makes a difference and what we can do to better serve our students. Thank you for your participation.

Link to Survey

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/7164110 

AdvancED Parent Survey Definitions

Questions 1 and 2.  Purpose statement — The school’s vision and mission statements

Questions 4 and 5.  Governing body — Sumner County School Board

Questions 7 and 9.  Stakeholders — People who have an investment, share, or interest in Sumner County Schools

Question 10.  Equitable curriculum — Fair and impartial courses of study

Question 13.  Individualized instruction — Teaching that considers and adjusts for individual students’ needs and strengths

Question 20.  Advocate — Someone who supports or promotes the interest of students and education

Question 21.  Multiple assessments — Examples of these are daily checkups for mastery of learning standards, classroom tests, end of course exams, and state-required tests such as TCAP/TNReady.

Question 23.  Support services — Examples of these are guidance counselors, Response to Intervention (RTI) services, Speech services, Special Education services, Section 504 accommodation plans, Title I services, EL services, before/after school care, health services, Safe School services, and homeless services.

Question 27.  Information resources — Examples of these are library books, digital learning programs, magazines such as Scholastic News, and school websites/teacher webpages.

Question 30.  Facilities — The school’s buildings and grounds

Surveys for Schools   SY 2015-2016—August and September of 2015

Aug 04

Event Calendar

August 2015 Events

Jan 2016 Events Calendar

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