Headlines Newsletter | Second Semester 2018-2019 Academic Year


As our community ends another school year and I complete my first full semester as ISI Head of School, I write with much pride in shared accomplishments and as a leader and mother humbled by the welcome she and her family have received in these early months in Indianapolis. 

In my first public event hosted at Salesforce Tower in February, I shared my priorities for my early months at ISI: building new awareness of the institution; re-energizing the school's ties to the Indiana business community; and launching the campaign that would finally unify our campuses. 

Now five months later, I can say that we've successfully advanced on these vital fronts. From statewide and regional news coverage touting our distinct academics to personal meetings with more than 70 Indianapolis civic and business leaders to the start of the silent phase of the ONE ISI Capital Campaign, it's my hope that you have personally experienced or been exposed to the momentum ISI is enjoying at the close of this academic year. 

To be sure, we will channel this momentum into the 2019-2020 school year. Already, there is much to look forward to when classes resume after the summer break. Under the guidance of a new Vice President for Enrollment Management, ISI will welcome a higher number of newly enrolled students for a school year than it has in more than a decade. Further, thanks to the international nature of our faculty and staff, which annually results in a number of relocations for current teachers, we have the opportunity to welcome 14 new educators to our team. All these welcome additions - students, faculty and staff - will enhance what we already understand to be the most diverse school community in the region. 

With so much still ahead of us, I look forward to leading ISI into its next quarter-century of unparalleled achievement for its students, for Indianapolis and Indiana.
 Highlights from Second Semester

Inside Indiana Business

In February, Ms. Head was a featured guest of host Gerry Dick on Inside Indiana Business.

The popular weekly program airs statewide and delivered the ISI brand to Hoosier households from South Bend to Evansville.

The Indianapolis Star

In May, Ms. Head and members of the ISI faculty and staff were interviewed for a feature story that landed on the paper's front page.

The story followed grade 4 students as they participated in a full-day refugee simulation.

WISH-TV Daybreak
In May, Ms. Head and parent volunteer Jeremiah White appeared on WISH-TV.

The segment focused on a community garden at the Lower School, which collaborates with local refugees.
Ms. Head and ISI have been featured in the news nearly 10 times since January, including:

Highlights from Second Semester

Nobel Prize Candidate Visit

It was an honor for Ms. Head to host 2019 Nobel Prize candidate Rosi Orozco, whose work to end human trafficking serves as an example to everyone.

Ms. Head and ISI greatly appreciated her taking the time to share her story with our students, faculty and staff during her visit in May.

Olive Tree International Visit

In March, staff from our sister school, Olive Tree International Academy in Hangzhou, China, had the opportunity to visit ISI and receive a tour of both campuses.

Ms. Head and Olive Tree Principal Huang Yanming signed a new partnership agreement that promotes information sharing and will facilitate faculty exchange trips as well as some potential study abroad opportunities for students from both schools in the years to come.

Listening Tours

Throughout her first months at ISI, Ms. Head conducted a listening tour to meet with parents at ISI, attending coffee events with groups from each grade level.

From there, her tour saw her meeting with student groups from grades 6 through 12 and with faculty and staff members in order to receive their insights about the ISI experience.
Highlights from Second Semester
Ms. Head participated in some 30 community events since January as well as some 70 one-to-one meetings with the region's leading business and civic leaders.
These commitments included engagements with leading business organizations, such as the Indy Chamber's  World Trade Day  and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation's  Women in Business Day . She met with consul representatives, foreign delegations, and international associations representing nearly 10 countries, including France, Mexico, and China. She also hosted Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb as the keynote speaker for the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony as well as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett for a tour of the ISI campus. 
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