Irvington Community School News & Events

On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever (Almost) on the ICES Campus

We’re still getting used to the amazingly clear view around the ICES campus as a result of the brush and tree removal that took place in early November. Stewart’s Tree Service spent several days on campus removing invasive plants and other undesirable growth that had run amok in several areas, including the old “north woods,” detention pond, and on the west side of the building. This had presented a significant safety and security concern for some time. A school safety grant awarded to Irvington Community Schools by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute supported the project.

Caption: Long shadows are cast by several ICS School Safety Specialists as they inspect the new look school grounds following the grant-supported work performed by Stewart’s Tree Service in November.

Eliminating potential cover for criminal activity is known in law enforcement circles as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Irvington Community Elementary School Director of Operations Jennifer Daugherty, who is also an Indiana Department of Education School Safety Specialist (one of four on our corporate staff), says, “I’m thrilled at the new extended sight lines we now have across the campus. Thanks to the work of our School Safety Committee, we now have a much more secure campus. School safety will always be a key part of our corporation’s focus on continuous improvement."

Lead Photo Caption: The ICES Outdoor Classroom is now an unobstructed view from the Pennsy Trail — and vice-versa — as a result of the recent grounds improvement project funded by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

IPA’s First-Year Robotics Team is VEX Tournament Champion

Irvington Preparatory Academy’s (IPA) Robotics Team competed in the 3rd Annual Indy VEX Robotics Championship (IndyVRC) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 15 and 16, 2014. The Ravens went 6-2 during qualifying rounds and were part of a three-team alliance that captured the VEX Tournament Champion Award. Bishop Chatard High School and Providence Cristo Rey partnered with IPA in the winning effort. Forty-nine local high school teams participated. Remarkably, the IPA Robotics Team, comprised of 11 students, is in its first year, under the direction of Coach Andrew Mundell.

According to Mundell, the robots had two tasks: to build a tower out of interlocking cylinders and to lift hollow cubes onto the constructed tower and other posts around the game field. Mundell, who also teaches mathematics at Irvington Prep, says, “We are especially proud of our accomplishment given it’s our rookie year.” His competitive nature showing, he adds, “I should point out that our robot consistently scored cubes on the highest towers. We are glad to make the Ravens proud!” The Irvington team also took the CREATE AWARD for having a robot that incorporated a creative engineering solution to the design challenges of the game.

The competition helps to encourage student interest in pursuing careers in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. IndyVRC is sponsored by the City of Indianapolis and Roche Diagnostics. According to Mayor Greg Ballard, this is the largest citywide robotics competition in the United States.


Another successful blood drive occurred on Thursday, November 13th,  thanks to the selflessness of our IPA Ravens! Forty units of blood were collected from students, staff, and community mem-bers. As well, 15 others generously attempted to donate but had to be turned away due to such issues as iron deficiency. Blood drives such as IPA’s help the Indiana Blood Center supply 60 Indiana hospitals, including Riley Hospital for Children, with blood product. Each unit of blood can help as many as three hospital patients.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the IPA Gym.


ICS eLearning Coach Polly Brelage gives blood for the good of the cause: those in need of lifesaving blood products throughout Indiana.

Lead Photo Caption: Senior Mary K. is one of many Ravens who donated blood earlier in November here at IPA.

Robotically Inclined Ravens Compete Well in B-Town

The ICMS Robotics Ravens held their own during the 9th Annual Bloomington Robotics Club and IVY Tech Comm College Robotics Competition on Saturday, November 1st. The contest – called “Raise Some Racquet” -- was held in the Indiana Center for Life Sciences in Bloomington, Ind. The robotics challenge was to pick up/collect racquetballs and place them in elevated troughs with an assigned color to each team within a time limit. The VEX robot system was used, built from parts similar to an Erector construction set. The Ravens took five of six qualifying matches. Both middle and high school teams competed.

The ICMS Ravens will next be competing in the 3rd Annual City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship, the largest citywide robotics championship in the nation, which takes place on November 15th and 16th in the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The Indianapolis Mayor’s Office provided ICMS the VEX IQ robot for this competition, which is similar to the Lego building system.
The ICMS Robotics Ravens are led by Bob Cole, mentor; Mrs. Pouch, manager; and Mrs. Lutz, coach. Six ICMS student “engineers” currently participate.

Lead Photo Caption: Robotics Ravens Coach Lutz is shown with several of her engineers during the recent competition in Bloomington.

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