Dear Academy Community:
We are excited to give thanks to all of our Academy families at our first Family Dinner on Nov 22nd at 6 p.m. Be sure to RSVP. Your child's attendance is crucial to his/her intellectual character growth. Empower them to arrive at school on time everyday. Learn more about how the Academy involves students in the contributing to a positive school climate by developing their own social agreements.
Keep reading to find out more about MAP testing and our Director's trip to China.
NO SCHOOL - Faculty Academy- Nov. 18th
Open House for Prospective Families: Saturday, Nov. 19th10 a.m.-noon.
Academy Family Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 22nd 6-8 p.m.
NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 23rd, 24th, 25th.
ACADEMY FAMILY DINNER
SAVE THE DATE! All Academy families are invited to attend our family dinner on November 22nd from 6-8 p.m. Please join us for thoughtful student presentations and cultural potluck at 1637 Long Beach Blvd. Click here to view the invite and to RSVP. Be sure to comment on what you are bringing to share.
If you are interested in participating in the planning of this event, please contact Summer Sanders.
As the holiday season approaches, we would like to ask your support in limiting absences and coming to school on time (7:50 a.m.). In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, and in many cases, you have taken the time to clearly communicate with us regarding the above absences. For this we are grateful, as we are required to keep careful attendance records.
Because the Academy aims to promote deep thinking and understanding through collaborative learning, your student’s presence and participation is critical to his/her educational and intellectual character growth.
We would like to take a moment to review some school practices related to our Attendance Policy and request your participation in communicating with the Academy about your student’s attendance.
2. CA law states that only certain absences shall be considered excused (e.g., illness, medical appointment, funeral). Unexcused absences (no note or absences related to personal reasons) count toward truancy.
3. If a student is absent for three or more consecutive days, a doctor’s note is required.
4. If as student is absent for 10 or more days in an academic year, a doctor’s note is required.
If you have any questions, please call the front office 562.283.4456.
A move from coercion to community.
For the last month, our advisory program embarked on a thorough journey identifying how each student could be successful in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive academic environment, fostering intellectual virtues.
Step 1: After reviewing our virtues and norms, students identified personal academic goals. With help from their fellow advisees, each student made their goals S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). Through a reflective writing assignment, students made declarations, identifying the virtues that correlate with accomplishing their goal, and presented on these during their student led conferences.
Step 2: We discussed how in order to accomplish these goals, each student will need to commit to contributing to a structure of support, identified through Social Agreements. Social Agreements are the statements of beliefs that the community abides by- core values that represent our group. These social agreements create the social climate to accomplish our goals. They are: 1. ideal behaviors, 2. broad and general 3. concise 4. a live document.
Step 3: Students generated many ideas of what they thought would help them accomplish their goals on post its.
Step 4: Students sorted and consolidated their ideas to identify themes. Each advisory picked two reps to be the voice of their group, and share out with the rest of the school.
Step 5: All of the advisory reps met with Summer Sanders, Director of Student Services to further consolidate their ideas- moving towards consensus.
Step 6: The advisory reps presented the new list to their advisory. 1. Reps checked for understanding. 2. Everyone was encouraged to speak out about what they agreed with, or disagreed with. 3. Students reached a consensus.
Step 7: Every student in the school agreed to the following agreements:
Motivate to Elevate
Respect and Accept
Speak Your Truth (respectfully)
Embrace Challenge for Change
Ask your child for their understanding of these terms, and about how they feel each of these agreements contribute to our thoughtful, challenging and supportive school environment.
MEASURE OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
During the week of November 14 – 18, 2016 Academy students will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests to determine each student's instructional level, and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Math. Your child will take the tests on their chrome books.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Over the next few days, your child will spend a total of about 3 hours completing these tests on three separate days.
We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.
Founding Director James McGrath was invited to travel to the Jiangsu province of China last week to attend an international conference of high school administrators. The central topic of the conference concerned educational reforms targeting those skills students need for 21st century success.
Mr. McGrath was invited by the Chinese government, all expenses paid, in part because of the work the Intellectual Virtues Academy has done to develop these skills in the context of our students' intellectual characters. Many of the conference participants were excited to hear about our innovative humanities program, which targets many of these skills that other schools were struggling to develop in their students.
Come Visit Us! If you are interested in attending the Academy, please call 562.283.4456, schedule a tour, or attend an Open House event to receive more information. Invite your friends!
All students who would like to enroll in the Academy must submit an application and complete a registration packet.