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Largely thanks to our service-minded students at IPA, the 6th Annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive was a HUGE success. The Indiana Blood Center reported that 41 units of blood were collected (which represents 41 donors), with only nine defaults (unsuccessful donor attempts). This was an all-time ICS blood drive record!

The IBC’s target is to collect 550 units daily, so our contribution to this lifesaving cause was significant. Our deepest thanks to all students, staff, and community members who donated the gift of life yesterday.

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IPA Senior Cody Runciman is "caught in the act" of donating blood during the 6th Annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive at IPA on Wednesday, April 9th.

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IPA Director of Operations Ms. Pryor showed her "Raven spirit" by joining students to participate in the blood drive.


Mrs. Pittman, IPA TAP Master Teacher, donates blood for the first time, along with many other IPA students who were first-time donors.

Last month, Energizing Indiana visited all three Irvington Community School campuses to conduct an energy assessment and install energy-saving equipment. The installation project resulted in nearly $7,000 worth of free CFL lamps, occupancy-sensing power strips, lighting occupancy sensors, and LED exit signs. As well, Energizing Indiana provided an in-depth analysis recommending how ICS could enjoy further energy cost reductions through other measures.

Energizing Indiana involves a coalition of participating utility companies and consumer organizations promoting energy efficiency programs throughout the state. The organization provides education, tools, and incentives for energy conservation. We are encouraging ICS community members to contact Energizing Indiana for a free Home Energy Assessment, which can help improve your home’s energy performance, air quality, and increase your home’s value. The energy advisor will install energy efficient CFLs, faucet aerators, and showerheads, as well as water heater pipe insulation. What’s more, ICS will receive $25 as the nonprofit organization of choice once your home assessment is complete! For more information and to schedule your assessment, visit

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, IPA's Prom Committee held its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. There were seven entrants and, for the second consecutive year, Mrs. Harmeyer took first place. Ms. Rains and Mr. Miller tied for second. But all in attendance were arguably considered winners, as they sampled the delicious efforts of our in-house chili chefs. From the looks of it, all were happy campers indeed!


IPA Counselor Ms. Brinsley and Social Studies Teacher Mr. Uhlman dig in!


ICS Director of Facilities Mr. Miller and daughter Kristina pause from their chili supper to smile for the camera.


From left to right: Ms. Rains, Mr. Miller, and Mrs. Harmeyer pose with their certificates as proof of their chili-making excellence.

INDIANAPOLIS (November 27, 2013) – The Friends of the Indiana State Archives are sponsoring the inaugural Christmas at the Capitol on December 13th and 14th with Governor Pence and the First Lady. Christmas at the Capitol is a holiday performance by students from nearly a dozen high schools and colleges across Indiana. The program begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 13th. The second day of music begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 14th.

Christmas at the Capitol is open to the public, refreshments will be available, and families are encouraged to attend. The State Constitutions will be on display in the Rotunda as will the newly-trimmed 2013 Christmas tree.

The program is being sponsored by Jim and Betsy Corridan and the Friends of the Indiana State Archives. State Archivist Jim Corridan brought the idea to Indiana after attending a similar event at the Maryland State Capitol last year.

“We hope to have hundreds of Hoosiers in the Capitol in December to celebrate the season and enjoy the people’s house in Indianapolis,” Corridan said. “We are so pleased to have Governor and Mrs. Pence joining us in the inaugural Christmas at the Capitol event.”

The event schedule is as follows:

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

•             Governor and Mrs. Pence Welcome

•             Union Chapel Bible College

•             Logansport High School Swing Choir

•             Hamilton Southeastern Royal Edition

•             Oak Trace Elementary Treble Choir

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

•             Governor and Mrs. Pence Welcome

•             Canterbury School Chamber Singers

•             Southridge High School Choir

•             Irvington Community School One Voice Choir

•             Bella Voce Indiana Children’s Choir

About the Indiana State Capitol Building

The Indiana Statehouse houses the seats of Government for the State of Indiana. Completed in 1888, the Statehouse is home to all executive offices, the Indiana State Senate, the Indiana House of Representatives, and the Indiana State Supreme Court, among others. The four floors of the Statehouse also contain both the House and Senate Chambers. The original Statehouse, a 40-foot-square building in Corydon still stands today. As more roads were built and settlement moved northward in the 19th Century, a centrally located seat of government was needed. In January of 1821, a site was selected and the city of Indianapolis was founded. While the Statehouse location has remained fixed since 1835, the original structure no longer stands, having been replaced by the current building in 1888.

About the Friends of the Indiana State Archives

Organized in 1990, the Friends of the Indiana State Archives is a not-for-profit organization created to begin a “citizen effort to save Indiana History.” During its history, the Friends has worked to secure the restoration of the 1816 and 1851 State Constitutions, as well as the construction of a display case to house the Constitutions in the Statehouse Rotunda. Since 1991 the Friends Volunteers have contributed nearly 60,000 hours of time to the Indiana State Archives. This invaluable assistance has enabled the Indiana State Archives to process a myriad of important collections. Recent volunteer projects include indexing land purchase records from the Vincennes Land Office, naturalization records from numerous Indiana Counties, student records from the Indiana School for the Deaf, early admission books from Central State Hospital, and the records of Hoosier veterans from 19th and early 20th century wars. For more information visit


The First Annual Dave Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive was a great success! Twenty-nine units of blood were donated during the November 11th drive, with 43 people attempting to donate. According to the Indiana Blood Center site manager, each unit collected represents three lives saved. He also mentioned that the IBC loves coming to IPA because the students are so polite, friendly, and cooperative -- outstanding examples of how to live The Irvington Way!

On behalf of the Aldrich family, we are deeply appreciative of all our donors and attempted donors. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive, which will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, in the IPA Gym.

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Like father, like son: Bill Carter (right) and his son, IPA Junior Jacob Carter, give blood during the Dave Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive.

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