Meal Program for Remote Learning Families Begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. HURRY TO REGISTER!
Parents/Guardians of Remote Learning Students, you must register in advance for the ICS Meal Program. Meal Program pickups will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at SEOTS & the
Ho-Chunk Office.
Please contact the Front Desk with questions: (414) 525-6100.
This Week @ICS
September 7 - 11, 2020
Mr Dropik, Head of School, walks us through the important health and safety protocols that students will follow for in-person learning here at ICS. Parents/Guardians, we encourage you to watch this with your child(ren) to help them learn what to expect when they arrive here at school.
Students and parents/guardians, Mr Dropik shows us how we're going to keep students safe on our bus rides to school and back home each day.
Please watch this video with your child(ren) so they learn bus safety protocol and have a good and safe journey each time they ride the bus!
Academics at ICS
Indian Community School is committed to providing engaging learning environments that places students at the center of the learning process. At ICS, we are dedicated to increasing student engagement, providing authentic cultural programming, promoting problem solving and critical thinking skills, connecting concepts to real world experiences, fostering creativity, and preparing students for their futures. The ICS curriculum has been developed from both academic standards and the Our Ways Teaching and Learning Framework™ to ensure a curricular center from which all grade level units, lessons, activities, and assessments are developed.

What are ICS Course Overviews?
The development of ICS Course Overviews provide the foundation of an equitable, consistent, school-wide, standards-based instructional program. The Course Overviews are documents for each course at every grade level that provide clear, measurable learning outcomes based on standards. The Course Overviews provide the main source of communication to students and families outlining what a child should know and be able to do at each grade level.

What are ICS Learning Targets?  
The Learning Targets have been developed from grade-level academic standards, deconstructed into short-term goals of learning. They are statements that clearly communicate to students, families, and educators what students are expected to know and do at the end of a lesson and/or unit of study. These explicit goals for daily instruction highlight essential skills, concepts and knowledge to provide a clear focus for the development of lessons and assessments. Learning Targets are written in student-friendly language, allowing students and teachers to create specific goals for learning that are personalized to each student’s individual needs.

Where can I find more information about what my child(ren) will be learning this year?
To learn more about the ICS Course Overviews and Learning Targets for your child(ren)’s grade level(s), please CLICK HERE.
Meet the Our Ways Team!
We want to introduce you to the amazing staff who make up the Our Ways Team here at our school! From left to right: Katinee Shawanokasic - Menominee Language & Culture Teacher, Yuntlekalau McLester - Oneida Language & Culture Apprentice, Dr Mark Powless - Our Ways Director, Lori Faber - Oneida Language & Culture Teacher, Niko (Kal^na) Daniels - Culture Support, Cheyenne Reel - Our Ways Assistant, Audra Williams - Our Ways Coordinator, Tyson Webster - Menominee Language & Culture Apprentice, Michael Zimmerman, Jr. - Ojibwe Language & Culture Teacher and Valerie Clark - Ojibwe Language & Culture Teacher.

Together, the Our Ways Team ensures that culture remains the heart of ICS by working with classroom teachers to integrate the Our Ways Teaching and Learning Framework™ into their daily teaching and learning. Our Ways also plans cultural events and programs for students, staff and the community.

A few of the exciting Our Ways programs and events that are coming up soon include:

Orange Shirt Day • September 30th
A day when we honor the indigenous children who were sent away to boarding schools in the US and residential schools in Canada; we also learn more about the history of those schools and their impact on our people.

3rd Annual Manoomin Camp • Date to be announced soon!
Our students and staff will have the opportunity to learn about wild rice harvesting from Dylan Jennings of the Bizhiiki Culture & Dance Company. Students will have hands-on experience with all of the steps, including roasting, dancing and winnowing our precious food that grows on the water. 

Community Words / Words of the Week • Coming Soon!
We take the "Community" in our name very seriously! For the past three years, we've offered language learning including common words and phrases in the three languages that we teach to students (Menominee, Ojibwe, Oneida), to help our staff, parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents and community members learn along with us. There's a free online App that community members can download (click here), and each week, we record students and staff saying the words and then we share across our three social media platforms and include in our weekly newsletter. Please watch for announcements of our Words of the Week coming soon!
Family Resource Center (FRC)
Programs for Families this Fall
FRC has much in store for ICS families this year! Aside from providing ongoing support for students and their families, FRC hosts a number of events and programs designed to empower parents as their children's first teachers and to encourage healthy, resilient families. Upcoming FRC programs include:

Virtual Parent Café, October 8, 2020 CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER
FRC Play & Learn • Monday-Wednesday-Friday, beginning in September
Virtual K4 FAST Program • Beginning in October, 2020
Families in Need Program • Accepting applications in October
Trunk or Treat • October 30, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

There's more being planned as well – please stay tuned! For more information on FRC programs and events, please contact Cindy Janechek at (414) 525-6117 or by email at
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