Middle School Students Receive College and Career Immersion
In conjunction with the always popular annual ICMS Career Day, led by Ms. Skvara, the first annual ICMS College and Post-Secondary Options Fair drew 18 organizations from around the state, including 21st Century Scholars, the Boys and Girls Club, the U.S. Army, and a host of Indiana colleges and universities. The event took place on Wednesday, May 21.
Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann was on hand, engaging students, faculty, and the guest representatives. According to ICMS staff and the guest reps, a slew of insightful and challenging questions were asked by the ICMS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders; among them:
- Where is the Marine Corps located?
- What is financial aid?
- What sports does your school have? (Asked of the Butler University rep.)
- What’s the dormitory situation at your school?
The state of Indiana’s Department of Education is in the initial stages of developing new middle school curriculum that will include college and career readiness. Thanks to ICMS Counselor Mrs. Pouch, who planned the entire event, our middle school is now gearing up to meet these new and important expectations.
“It was wonderful to see the work that the students have been doing involving guidance lessons on college and career exploration being put to practical use,” says Mrs. Pouch.” This culminating event gave the students a tangible opportunity to speak with representatives of these institutions of higher learning and other service organizations about their potential career plans. And, the program dovetailed nicely with our Career Day.”
Mrs. Stewart, ICMS 6th grade Language Arts Teacher, chats with Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann during the College and Post-Secondary Options Fair.
Butler University representative Lade Akande talks higher education with ICMS students.
The 8th grade class will be holding a “Family Fun Community Day & Silent Auction” Saturday, March 8th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Irvington Preparatory Academy! This event is FREE and will include: Local Fare and Gifts, Food, Fun and Games, Face Painting, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction. Come enjoy the day with us while supporting ICMS students as they raise money for their Washington, D.C. trip!
Follow this link to get a preview of the items for auction
A howling good time was had by all the ghouls and goblins who attended “The Nightmare on Pleasant Run Dance” last Friday night at ICMS. Even the city of Indianapolis rescheduling trick or treat couldn’t keep students and staff, most of whom dressed in costume, from dancing the night away. The ICMS Student Council did a great job of decorating the gym, and Choral Director Mr. Dobell did an equally awesome job as DJ. Costume prizes were awarded to:
Cleverest Costume -- Brenna B., 7th grade
Best in Show Costume -- Robbie E., 8th grade
Scariest Costume -- Joseph M., 6th grade
Best Overall Best Costume -- Elijah C., 6th grade
This past spring a small but determined group of ICMS staff "farmers," led by Mr. Dobell, ICMS Choral Director, planted a vegetable garden in a plot on the middle school campus. Thanks to their efforts and the temperate summer weather, the garden has been providing a steady bounty of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, okra, cabbage, and string beans for staff members, their families, and some students to enjoy. Pictured below is some of the ICMS garden harvest.
Sen. Brandt Hershman (R), Indiana legislative Majority Floor Leader representing Senate District 7, visited Irvington Community Middle School on Friday, April 12. He came at the invitation of a fellow Kankakee Valley Schools' alum, Mrs. Venekamp. The two attended elementary, middle, and high school together. Both Sen. Hershman and Mrs. Venekamp’s families farmed in Wheatfield, Ind., and their farmlands were adjacent to one another.
Mrs. Venekamp’s parents worked on Sen. Hershman’s first election campaign. Although the senator represents a largely rural district with no charter schools, he is a supporter of school choice. Mrs. Venekamp reconnected with her childhood friend on Facebook, where she has followed his legislative career, inviting him to visit ICMS and learn more about the charter school movement, the challenges facing charter schools, and the mission and accomplishments of Irvington Community Schools. Mrs. Venekamp conducted the tour, joined by ICS Chief Executive Officer David Nidiffer, Director of Operations Mike McFadden, and Chief Operating Officer Tim Mulherin.
Sen. Hershman meets with ICS, Inc. administrators in the middle school while learning about the charter school movement and Irvington Community Schools' track record of academic success.