Think high school students don't comprehend the difficulties they face during their teenage years and what it takes to do the right thing? Well, think again.
Thanks to the generosity of the Peace Learning Center, the ACT Out Ensemble Social-Issue Theater troupe visited Irvington Prep on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, for a day of energetic and challenging performances that hit home the message of personal accountability in several thorny situations that are, unfortunately, no stranger to teens today. Three professional actors convincingly depicted scenes involving sexting, bullying, and inappropriately controlling relationships. Additional themes that surfaced during the three skits included diversity, tolerance, self-esteem, suicide prevention, and conflict resolution.
The actors drew the students in as participants during the improvisational parts, when the action was stopped by Director Sara Riemen to explore as a group what was going on in that particular staged moment. Students were asked to tell the actors what they observed and invited to comment on their poor behavior and/or decision making. In turn, the actors just kept acting, staying in character and challenging the students with their reactions to their comments and questions. As expected, IPA students didn’t “pull any punches” in their dialogue with the actors, playing right along. Because of the students’ willingness to get involved with the portrayals, the messages were conveyed loud and clear – as intended.
IPA staff who had the pleasure of watching the scenes unfold came away impressed by the collective insight of our student body. The event was a moving testimony to our students' remarkable power of perception. Yet another stellar example of how our Ravens truly embody The Irvington Way!
The ACT Out ensemble interacts with IPA students during the February 19, 2013 convocation.
On Thursday, February 7th, 2013, at 10:15 a.m., citizens in nine Midwestern states will “drop, cover, and hold on” as participants in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill. This annual event is to help residents and organizations throughout the Midwest focus on the importance of planning for the possibility of a high magnitude earthquake.
Irvington Community Middle School has been invited by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to take part in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Each year, one Indiana school is picked to help highlight the lifesaving value of earthquake preparedness. Representatives of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and IDHS will be in attendance, as will canine search and rescue teams who will put on a demonstration in the ICMS Gym at 10:30 a.m. Local media are also expected to be on hand to cover the event. ICS parents are welcome to join us. Of note, all three ICS campuses will participate in the 10:15 a.m. earthquake drill.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in the Midwest. In fact, southwestern Indiana lies in the New Madrid Fault Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. The last significant earthquake to strike Indiana occurred within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a series of four earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 estimated to have been between 7.0 and 8.0 in magnitude. The earthquakes were so strong they caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
According to ABC News, “A major quake along the New Madrid fault line could displace 7.2 million people and knock out 15 bridges. The response would require 42,000 first responders from local firefighters to the Pentagon.” Although Indianapolis lies just outside the New Madrid and Wabash Valley fault lines, in the event of a major earthquake, our area would not be immune. So if the ground ever moves beneath your feet, be prepared to “drop, cover, and hold on!”
For more information about The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and area fault lines and earthquake history, go to:
School safety is in laser focus these days, primarily due to the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012. For years, Irvington Community Schools has prided itself on school safety being a priority, and many families in the area come to our schools because of it, as well as for our hard-earned academic reputation (recently receiving an "A" rating from the Indiana Department of Education). This legislative session, we need your help in changing laws to allow charter schools access to the same safety resources and measures that protect traditional public school students.
Thanks to the assistance of Irvington Community Elementary School parent Shelley Welty, who collaborated with ICS officials in drafting a School Safety Advocacy Letter, we are promoting this grassroots movement among our charter school community members. (The letter is also sanctioned by the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association.) So we're asking that you review the letter, fill in your state legislator's name and your name and address, and either email or "snail mail" the letter ASAP! The involved proposed and amended bills will allow charter schools to receive financial support for school resource officers, create their own statutory police departments, and become eligible for grant dollars from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. As I know you agree, your children deserve the same protections afforded that of traditional public school students. Your voice should be heard in this vitally important matter.
Last fall, ICES parent Susan Britain noticed that the school could use some help with acquiring new computer technology. She mentioned this to her father, Bill Story, who is a member of theCommunity East Hospital Foundation board. And -- as ICES Director of Operations Mrs. Lannan likes to say -- shazam! The foundation donated $4,000 to the school.
This resulted in the purchase of classroom equipment that included: a DLP projector, an Elmo document camera, an Apple iPad and Apple TV, along with some educational software.
ICS is very thankful for Mrs. Britain speaking up on our students and teachers' behalf and deeply appreciate the kindness shown by our neighbors at the Community East Hospital Foundation.
Listen to the Town Hall Meeting recording.
Here is a copy of the slide show presentation: Town Hall Meeting.
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