May 7, 2021
ICS School Information Night + Tours May 12, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Irvington Community Schools (ICES, ICMS, IPA) is hosting an on-campus open house event on Wednesday, May 12, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. All three campuses will offer interested prospective families/students the opportunity to meet with school leadership and teachers while touring the campuses. Do you know a family member, neighbor, or community member who has expressed interest in Irvington Community Schools? Be sure to tell them about this opportunity! In order to ensure a meaningful and safe experience, pre-registration is REQUIRED. Interested families can sign up for a preferred tour time HERE. Are you a current ICS family with a student in the 5th or 8th grades? if so, this is a GREAT opportunity for you and your student to visit the ICMS and IPA campuses as part of your student's preparation in transitioning between buildings for the 2021-2022 school year. Sign up for a tour time HERE.
ICS Virtual Tutoring Program Helpful to Students and Parents
As a parent/guardian, do you struggle with finding the best methods of assisting your student with assignments? Could you benefit from some homework assistance tips and tools? If so, the ICS FREE virtual tutoring program is for you! ICS kicked off the evening tutoring program in April staffing the tutoring team with four highly qualified teaching professionals. Any students in grades K-12, and their parents, can access the service Monday - Friday, 5-8 p.m. Virtual sessions are accessible through your student’s Google Meets school account. Complete program information is available on the school’s website HERE.
ICS Communications Follow-up: Summer School Program
Earlier this week, ICS shared information with parents/guardians about the launch of our summer academic and enrichment program which varies depending on the student's grade and academic needs. We're pleased to announce a recent partnership with The MindTrust and Indy Learning Labs to offer the K-8, by-invite program at ICES and ICMS. Questions about the ICES and ICMS summer school program? Please contact your student's principal.

Additionally, IPA will offer all students the opportunity to select from more than 10 subject areas specific to the high school. IPA students can access the IPA Summer School Program registration form HERE. Questions about the IPA Summer School Program? Contact IPA Principal, Ms. Goebel.
ICS "Rocked" Teacher Appreciation Week in Style
At ICS, we believe our employees are one of our most valuable assets. Just as important is the parent volunteer team who allocates weeks of planning to ensure more than 100 employees are recognized with special treats during the annual Teacher + Staff Appreciation Week.

This year's parent volunteer team was once again led by Susan Britain, 2021 Teacher Appreciation Week Planning Chair. Susan also stepped up to personally handle the decorating and coordination for ICMS. Co-chair and ICS parent Nancy Fletcher assisted with the ICES decorations and set-up. Her team included parents Melissa Smith and Arin Schellenberg. Parent Debb Ebersole rounded out the parent volunteer team by leading the recognition efforts at IPA.

The theme, "Irvington Rocks!", was supported by a generous donation from local eastside business, Audrey's Place Thrift Store, located at 3228 E. 10th Street. John Britain, the owner of Audrey's Place, provided customized cloth tote bags to hold all the goodies provided to our staff. Another cool touch was a personal greeting that went out to all ICS Staff from the one and only Sean Copeland, a radio announcer for local station B105.7!


And, last but not least, ICS HR Director Shari Coomer coordinated local support of the following businesses that provided treats for all employees: Groomsville Popcorn; Black Sheep Gifts; SWEET.; George Thomas Florist; and, Engraved Stones Direct.

On behalf of the ICS Leadership Team, join us in extending gratitude to our educators, front desk staff, school safety professionals, food service staff, coaches, facilities staff, classroom instructional assistants, principals, substitute educator team members, and programming partners. AND to this year's 2021 Teacher Appreciation Week Planning Committee and partners.

We APPRECIATE and VALUE each of you -- especially during these unprecedented times!
Celebrate ICES RoboRavens As They Head to the VEX Robotics World Championship
The ICES RoboRavens are geared up and ready for the upcoming 2021 VEX Robotics LIVE Remote World Championship scheduled for May 23 - 26, with finals and closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 29. The two teams (10904A, 10904B) have had an incredible year and are entering the competition ranked 13th and 4th in the state, respectively. Additionally, Team 10904A is ranked 107th in the World, and Team 10904B is ranked 42nd. Way to go, RoboRavens!

In recognition of the teams' accomplishments, ICES will host TWO ICES Robotics Dress Days. On Monday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 25, students are invited to show their support for the ICES RoboRavens by participating in a $1 dress day. Students and staff pay $1 to wear an ICES RoboRavens (or "robot-like") shirt and another $1 to wear non-uniform bottoms.
Money raised during these two days goes to support the ICES RoboRavens teams.
Interested in buying your ICES student a specific RoboRavens shirt or sweatshirt?!? Check it out by clicking the "ORDER HERE" button below!
FINAL CALL: ICES Adopt-A-Garden Program Needs YOU!
We are down to the LAST TWO planting areas available for adoption as part of our ICES Adopt-A-Garden Program. We continue to be wowed and humbled by the incredible response from our family and community members who have already adopted nine gardens! Still interested in joining our small, but mighty placemaking team? Would you like the experience of incorporating native plantings into a small manageable planting space as part of a bigger-picture placemaking effort that incorporates public, upcycled art? If so, we have two small planting areas located front and center (literally) flanking the front entry of the ICES building. Check out the article image for exact details. Ready to sign up? Click HERE.
REMINDERS: IMPORTANT Testing Dates for Hybrid + Virtual Students
During the week of May 10, all HYBRID students will be administered their NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test in READING during their ELA classes. Please PLEASE make every effort to be here on time all day. The make-up testing schedule with ILEARN (with a window that closes this week) is still in full force as well. Of note--students who test with their peers in class with their teacher always fare better on their tests than students who must be pulled out of class for make-up testing. 

On Wednesday, May 12, we will host ALL VIRTUAL students again for the Spring NWEA battery of tests in Math and Reading. Please make a note on your calendars and plan for one final 9 a.m. 3 p.m. day. (Students who finish before 3 p.m. will be allowed to call for their rides or walk if they have walking privileges. Families, please let Mr. Walk know if that is your preference for your student. Mr. Walk can be reached at (317) 357-3850 or jwalk@ics-charter.org.
IPA Softball Team Hits It Out of the Park!
CONGRATULATIONS to Irvington Preparatory Academy's Softball Team for a great display of sportsmanship and athleticism. Last weekend, the Ravens participated in the Liberty Christian Softball Tournament competing against two other teams. The team, currently ranked #31 in Class 1A, took the first game of the tourney with a score of 15-0 and the second with a score of 8-2, taking home the championship. Check out the team and trophy pic along with some awesome action pics from earlier in the season. Way to go, Ravens!
REMINDERS: Class of 2021 Graduation Info Now Available
Calling all IPA Graduating Seniors! It's time to start preparing for graduation! Below are some important details you need to know. Continue to watch Google Classroom and Ms. Goebel's "Peek @ The Week" email for more updates.
  • INSTAGRAM SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: If you'd like to be featured on our Instagram in one of our senior highlight posts, please complete the form linked on the Google Classroom notice. Don't forget to include a picture!

  • CAP & GOWN PICK-UP: Our representatives from Herff Jones will be here on Wednesday, May 19 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to deliver your cap and gown orders. This will be a drive-thru pick-up in the staff lot. If you are unable to make it to the pick-up day, please contact Ms. Brinsley or Mrs. Goebel to make other arrangements. *When you get your gown, be sure to take it out of the packaging and hang it up to get the wrinkles out before graduation day!*
  • SENIOR AWARDS: We will have a senior awards ceremony on Friday, June 11, 10 a.m. Seating will be limited and we will be getting tickets to you in the very near future. There won't be any cost for this event. Be watching this space for more details and information about senior superlatives!

  • MANDATORY GRADUATION REHEARSAL: Rehearsal for graduation will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 11 at Northview Middle School (next to North Central HS). Graduates should attend the rehearsal in their dress clothes and must have their cap, gown, stole, cords, etc. with them. We will take formal pictures during the rehearsal. You MUST attend the rehearsal in order to walk in the ceremony on Saturday so please make work arrangements if needed.

  • GRADUATION: Graduation will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at Northview Middle School. Graduates will need to arrive at 1:30 p.m. Doors will open for guests at 2 p.m. This will be ticketed event and each graduate will be limited in the number of guests they can bring. We are working out the details regarding seating but anticipate a minimum of two and a maximum of four guests per graduate. Stay tuned for more details and information on how to get your tickets.