Along with partnering with parents in stewarding their children's educational development, the ICS encourages parents to work with us as volunteers.
IPA offers a rigorous academic program with a focus on individual results and achievement.
Our goal with the clubs is for children to engage one another with shared interests in subjects outside of the curriculum they experience throughout the school day.
To ensure a successful educational experience for our students, ICS has established these dress codes and policies.
In early November 2013, students in Mr. Ballard's advisory class headed to IPA English teacher Ms. Gibbs' farm to see for themselves what rural life is all about. Hands-on learning indeed!
Chillin' with campfire heat!
Good times with Mr. Ballard.
Ms. Gibbs shows one of her donkeys to the visiting IPA students.
On Thursday, October 4, 2013, 27 IPA seniors traveled to Gleaners to participate in a morning of community service. There, students packed 1,000 BackSacks Weekend Food for Kids. These packages feed hungry children in Gleaners' 21 county service area, grades K-6. Gleaners prepares and delivers 10,000 BackSacks every school week. This helps to feed the nearly one in four children living in those counties living at or below the poverty line.
This is the second IPA Senior Day of Service in which students have visited Gleaners. IPA intends to make this a tradition, especially as the service learning program becomes formalized this school year and students are encouraged to participate. Plans are in the works for Class of 2013 students to be recognized at graduation for their service hours. This distinction will also be of help to students filling out college applications, as institutions of higher learning seek well-rounded applicants who not only show academic capability but who understand the importance of contributing to their communities by giving of themselves.
IPA staff who accompanied the students included Ms. Brinsley, Mr. Uhlman, Mr. Ballard, and Mr. Mulherin.
IPA students work the BackSack "assembly line" during their Senior Day of Service at Gleaners.
IPA volunteers take a break in the action during their visit to Gleaners.
Mr. Mulherin, ICS's Chief Operating Officer, attempts to demonstrate strength he no longer has to wisely skeptical students. It should be noted that he is recovering nicely.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) hosts several national college fairs across the country each year. IPA was fortunate enough to be afforded the opportunity to take any seniors who wished to attend on Tuesday October 1st, 2013. The fair was held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.
IPA had 43 seniors take advantage of the opportunity to attend the National College Fair, where they had the chance to meet with representatives of more than 100 colleges and universities across the country to learn about their admission requirements, campus offerings, and much more. Students also had the opportunity to attend workshops on such topics as “How to Choose The Best Fit College” and “Paying for College."
IPA's Director of College and Academic Services, Mr. Butler, said, "I was very proud of our students, as they represented IPA in a very professional manner. As I was walking around, I had several college representatives express to me their gratitude for bringing our students to this event. I look forward to this opportunity again next year!"
IPA seniors, along with Mr. Ballard (left) and Mr. Butler (right), strike a group pose at the Convention Center on Tuesday, October 1, during their visit to the National College Fair. (Photo credit: Ms. Brinsley, IPA Counselor)
Next year, Irvington Preparatory Academy will be integrating service learning into the school year as a key part of the character development of our students and their evolution as contributing members of society. In gearing up for that, IPA has, for the past several years, scheduled a Senior Day of Service. Last year, students assisted with landscaping the school campus and a number of them worked at a Habitat for Humanity site. This year, 20 seniors participated in a half-day of volunteer work at Gleaners Food Bank.
In less than four hours last Wednesday afternoon, April 24th, the students, along with Mrs. Brinsley, Mr. Ballard, Mrs. Berry, and Mrs. Campbell, unpacked more than 5,000 lbs. of donated food, checked expiration dates, and repackaged the food for distribution. When asked about how the students did, Mr. Ballard proudly emphasized, "They WORKED."
Before the IPA volunteers began their shift, they watched a video explaining the history of Gleaners and the current world hunger situation and how central Indiana residents are affected. For example, learning that nearly 50 million Americans -- one in six -- struggle with hunger and food insecurity was a real eye-opener for both students and staff.
"I thought it was a very positive experience for the kids, as well as for the staff members who took part," says Mrs. Brinsley, IPA Counselor. "It was good for the kids to get out and do something for others. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Senior James Arthur concurred, adding, "I thought it was fun. We should do this more often."
When students comprehend that the world is bigger than themselves and that they are all connected to the greater community and have an obligation to serve others, we know the volunteer experience was worth all the effort!
Mr. Ballard gives instructions to the IPA Senior volunteers at Gleaners Food Bank during the IPA Senior Day of Service on April 24, 2013. Giving her thumbs-up on how the day went is Abby Arthur, IPA Class of 2013.
This photo shows just a small portion of the huge Gleaners Food Bank warehouse, taken during the IPA Senior Day of Service.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, IPA Art Teacher Angi Aldrich was honored at the Teacher’s Treasures "Dream Big" Banquet held at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Ms. Aldrich was the runner-up for the Teacher of the Year award. IPA Director of Operations Deanna Pryor nominated Ms. Aldrich for the innovative ways she uses supplies collected from Teacher’s Treasures, a free supply store for teachers, in her art instruction. Her IPA Art students use everyday materials such as Styrofoam cups and pantyhose to create intriguing works of art. Congratulations to Ms. Aldrich!
IPA Art Teacher Angi Aldrich is shown with Indiana Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz during the Teacher's Treasures "Dream Big Banquet" on April 10, 2013, at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
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