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Ms. Shuck, IPA’s music teacher, just received word that she is one of the Lilly Endowment’s $10,000 Teacher Creativity Fellowship winners for 2014. Her project – “George Washington’s iPod: Americana and the Music of Wartime Presidents” – calls for her to do an extensive survey of museums in Washington, D.C., this summer over the course of a month. This will result in a significant body of research culminating in uniquely enriching classroom experiences for students in her Music History and Choir classes next fall.

Ms. Shuck will also spend time in the Library of Congress and attend world-class performances at the Kennedy Center, as well as take in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which attracts more than one million visitors annually. “This is an incredible opportunity and I am humbled to be among the 100 teachers from across the state to receive this gift,” she comments. The 2014 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creative Fellowships news release can be viewed at http://lillyendowment.org/pdf/TCFP2014Winners.pdf. Congratulations, Ms. Shuck!

As this hard winter of 2014 winds down (we hope!) and patience thins and tempers flare, it's important to remember that there are good souls out there ever willing to be helpful. For example...steve f photo

On Friday, February 14, the local weather forecasters called for an inch or two of the white stuff. Low and behold, the total snowfall reached nearly six inches -- in a hurry -- and made for an "interesting" dismissal, as our high school parents experienced. But there in the midst of it all was IPA (and ICES) parent Steve Forbes, shovel in hand, clearing the sidewalk in front of IPA. His cheerful, can-do spirit and willingness to lend a helping hand was more than welcome by the IPA staff working the release that day, as we experienced trying weather conditions and had to manage an emergency run by local first responders involving an IPA student injured in Physical Education class (who is in school while recovering nicely). So thanks, Steve. Your friends at IPA really appreciate your great kindness!


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!"

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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)