Welcome Ms. Brook!

BrookMy name is Brook Drooger and I have enjoyed being part of the IES Family for the last four years! As well, my two kiddos, Callaway and Gavin, both attend Innocademy.   My husband, Kevin, is an employee of Siemens and is incredibly supportive of the mission and vision of IES schools.  From the beginning, we have felt fortunate to have our children in an innovative learning environment, where whole-child learning is encouraged and nurtured.

Like all of our staff members, my role has been one that afforded me the opportunity to engage with students through teaching as well as offering leadership (as all teachers do) in a variety of areas at Innocademy. As part of the IES group of schools, I had the pleasure of working closely with iCademy Global from its infancy as the concept of a virtual school was beginning to form.

From the initial concept and vision of a school to everything we are today, Paul VanderKuyl has lent his unwavering support.  For that, we are incredibly grateful. We know that his enthusiasm and encouragement will continue. Although, we will miss not connecting with him on a daily basis, we look forward to his continued volunteer efforts and wish him the absolute best as he sets out on his new venture.

I am excited to continue to be involved with all IES schools, but am pleased to announce I will now spend the majority of my time at iCademy Global.   I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the amazing staff at iCademy Global. This dedicated staff works tirelessly to ensure the best possible learning environment for our students while continuing to provide innovative opportunities to create community in the on-line world.  As we well know, change is hard. But, it’s also an opportunity to continue to grow…to meet challenges head on and emerge with a renewed passion for accomplishing great things!

Great things are happening at all IES schools and will continue to happen! The iCademy Global team has incredible passion for kids, excitement for learning, and vision for the future! I feel honored to be part of this team!

I am excited to meet all of our iCademy Global students and families, share in your educational journey, and hear your stories! Please feel free to get in touch with me at anytime at brook.drooger@icademyglobal.org.

Looking forward to a fantastic educational adventure with all of you!

~Ms. Brook~

Ski Club – First Outing is January 14 at Bittersweet Ski Resort

We plan to meet there at 10am to hit the slopes for some fun on the hills.  Ms. Holly will have a table reserved in the cafeteria with an iCademy sign if you would like to leave anything there.  Feel free to stay and ski as long as your legs can take it.  If you would still like to buy a pass, contact Ms Holly at holly.cravino@icademyglobal.org

PARENT MEETING MOVED

Mark your calendar! The quarterly parent meeting has been moved from Thursday, January 15 to Thursday, February 5. The meeting will begin at 6:30 and go approximately an hour.  This is a great time to get updates for the second semester, hear about what’s going on with your school and meet our new leader Ms. Brook as well as have some face to face time with your student’s teachers and learning coaches.  We hope to see you all there!

National Geographic Bee – Thursday, January 22nd  at 1pm

On Thursday January 22nd at 1pm iCademy Global Students in grades 4-8 will be invited to participate in the National Geographic Bee.  With a top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship—plus other prizes – this contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world ahey ehynd how it works. There are three levels of competition: school, state, and national. To compete for advancement from the school to the state level, the winning student at each school must take the written qualifying test. As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in a state or territory advance to the state competition. The state Bee champion advances to the national championship in Washington, D.C.

If you’re wishing to brush up on your geography skills before the competition, please visit the follow link for a bit of practice!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today

Please indicate your interest in the National Geographic Bee by emailing Ms. Caitlin (Caitlin.gezon@icademyglobal.org) no later than Wednesday, January 21st at 5pm.

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