Headlines Newsletter | First Semester 2019-2020 Academic Year


Just past the midpoint of our academic year, which also marks the close of my first full year in Indianapolis, I continue to be amazed by our educators, administrators, students, families, and long-time supporters. Together, we continue to mark significant breakthroughs with each passing month, and it is a testament to the passion and engagement of our special community.

In January, school leadership rolled out our  ISI Strategic Plan 2020-2024 . I invite you to review the plan and explore the vital imperatives that will help ensure ISI prospers in this new decade with a recommitment to our distinct academics, by growing enrollment and better awareness, and stewarding an ever-stronger fiscal positioning. 

Central to the Strategic Plan and to delivering ever-better opportunities to our students in the classroom is the unification of our campuses and the campaign working to make it happen continues to exceed expectations. Just five months after the public launch of  ONE ISI , the groundbreaking for the new  Chen Family Lower School  on our Michigan Road campus is looking incredibly likely in 2020.

But it is so important to remember that any new school building is only as valuable as the learning that happens within it. This is why I am extremely excited to promote our great annual tradition -  Travel Auction & Gala  - coming on March 7 at the historic Crowne Plaza Union Station with the theme of ONE Future. Travel auction raises unrestricted dollars for the ISI Annual Fund. These dollars most directly impact classrooms and learning, because they can be directed at any time to any area of immediate need or opportunity. In support of this vital revenue source, I trust our community will rally around the event with  sponsorships, ticket purchases, and auction bids .

The midpoint of the academic year can be a time of reflection and celebration for all that has been achieved to date, but it also means that we have much more ahead of us, accomplishments that we'll secure as a community, together. 
Highlights from the First Semester
New Upper School Principal Named

On February 10, 2020, Ms. Head announced the hiring of Richard Bruford as the next ISI Upper School Principal, following a search launched in December after current Principal Tim Veale announced a move to an international school in Germany that will conclude three years of valued service to ISI.

Mr. Bruford is an educator with more than two decades of experience, much of it spent in leadership roles at schools in Australia, the United Kingdom, and China. He officially joins ISI on July 15.

Consuls Tour ISI Classrooms and Attend Student Assemblies

Ms. Head hosted representatives for the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis and the Indiana Honorary Consulate for the Portuguese Embassy during a Lower School celebration of Hispanic Culture in September.

The Consul General of France in the Midwest toured French language track classes in December during a visit from his Chicago offices that also included an extended meeting with Ms. Head and school leaders.
Alumni Trivia Night

On January 2, Ms. Head welcomed two-dozen ISI alumni, spanning from the class of 2004 to the class of 2017, to the first ever Alumni Trivia Night.

The event, hosted at Mimi Blues Meatballs, was lead by Hambone's Trivia and was a night to reconnect and inform alumni on what the future of ISI looks like.

Global Summit Announcement

Students across grade levels were invited to attend the Indiana Economic Development Corp. board meeting by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Students greeted attendees in all three language tracks and shared information about the upcoming Indiana Global Economic Summit.
 Highlights from the First Semester

Inside Indiana Business

Ms. Head was a guest panelist on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick in December.

The weekly program features a group of INsiders who offer their perspective on the week's top stories.

Indianapolis Business Journal

In October, Ms. Head was featured in a Q&A article for the IBJ.

The article focused on Ms. Head's move from Costa Rica to Indianapolis last January as well as her plans for the institution.

WFYI Public Radio

In December, Ms. Head and ISI parent Jeremiah White were interviewed by WFYI News anchor Taylor Bennett about the Lower School Garden Project in a segment that aired as a part of the Morning Edition and All Things Considered broadcasts.
Highlights from the First Semester
Throughout the fall semester, Ms. Head took part in some 10 community events and more than 40 one-to-one meetings with the region's leading business and civic leaders.

These commitments included attendance at the International Citizen of the Year Awards , hosted by the International Center; the French Legion of Honor ceremony, where she met with the International Center President Martin Baier and Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix; and attendance at the IBJ Women of Influence event with members of the ISI leadership team.
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