Thank You!

Thanks to all of our iG Families for a FANTASTIC first semester! We are looking forward to a great rest of the year with you!

Congratulations!

BIG congratulations to our iCademy Global Geography Bee Winner, Josh House! Josh will now take a written exam in hopes of qualifying for the State Bee. Good luck, Josh!

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Mark Your Calendars, Please!

Tuesday, February 3rd – New semester begins

Tuesday, February 3rd – iG Parent Meeting @ 6:30pm

Friday, February 6th – Report Cards sent home digitally

Wednesday, February 11th – State of Michigan Count Day

Thursday, February 12th – Innocademy/iCademy Dr. Marcia McEvoy Parent Night and – 6:30-8:00pm

IMPORTANT – Elective Information for Middle/High School

Lots of really cool things going on at Homestead Campus this semester! In order to work everything in, we will be combining the HS and MS Protege Game Studios electives courses. Looking forward to a great year – part TWO!

MS and HS Intro to Game Development will be on Tuesday from 10:30-12:30pm

MS and HS Mobile Game Design will be Thursday from 10:00-12:00pm

Curious About The Pyramid Campus?

There have been lots of fun conversations regarding the Pyramid Campus and all of the possibilities surrounding it! Please take a peek at the most recently released information.  http://www.pyramidcampus.com/

Parent Meeting Reminder – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd

Mark your calendar! The quarterly parent meeting will begin at 6:30 and last 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 iG teammates, as well as have some face to face time with your student’s teachers and learning coaches.  We hope to see you all there!

Precademy Enrollment Begins on February 3rd – 6:30pm – 8pm

We are excited to be hosting an enrollment kick-off and Open House on Tuesday, February 3rd for students wishing to enroll for the 2015-2016 school year! We will also be taking enrollment for anyone wishing to enroll for the remainder of THIS school year as we have several spots still available! See below for more information and feel free to pass along!

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Homestead Campus Welcomes Dr. Marcia McEvoy! SPECIAL PARENT TRAINING and SOUP SUPPER- Thursday, February 12th!!

We are SO excited for the opportunity to bring Dr. Marcia McEvoy to our families! Marcia has been working with our staff in professional development sessions this fall to help us in our quest to promote a culture of caring among our students. Part two of that training is sharing with you, our parents! Please join us for a soup potluck and then a great information session! Look for a sign up genius for the supper coming out, soon!

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Welcome Ms. Mel!

We are very excited to welcome Ms. Mel to the iCademy Global team! For the last 8 years, Ms. Mel has worked with our friends at Innocademy and this semester will be splitting her time between Inno and iCademy Global! Ms. Mel will be working with our Middle School Team in ELA. Welcome, Ms. Mel!

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Game Release Party a HUGE Hit!

Homestead Campus Friends get a chance to play with the games created by students in the Protege Game Studios Coding elective and vote for the winner! If you didn’t get a chance to see the cool article, make sure you check out this link! http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20150127/NEWS/150129081/1994/NEWS

Payten, Cally and Hannah try not to lose their lives as their character jumps from one platform to another!

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MaKaylee, Miriam and Emily check out the games!

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Exchange Students at IES – Update!

I.E.S. is passionate about education around the world. We love the idea of continually learning from one another. One important part of our I.E.S. mission is to provide exchange programs for students to come here (and hopefully some day, for our students to go somewhere!) and learn for an extended period of time. We piloted our exchange program last year with students from our partner school Abundant Life Christian Schools in Honduras. Last year, students stayed with Inno-Host families for 3 weeks and learned right alongside our students. This year, our opportunity is growing.

I.E.S. will be hosting 2 exchange students for 3 months from Abundant Life. This time around these students will be enrolled and able to earn high school credit through iCademy Global. These students will have the opportunity to live with Inno-Host families, participate in community programs and internships and immerse themselves in the I.E.S. culture.

We are passionate about making this happen. Below is a link to these students profiles for you to learn a bit more about this amazing opportunity. If your family is interested or feeling passionate about contributing to the funds to get these students here, please click on the link below to learn more about what funds we need in order to provide this one in a lifetime opportunity to some amazing students. Flight and insurance costs are the biggest hurdles we are currently working through. Please see more information below!

http://www.gofundme.com/IESstudentexchange

The Lost City FUNdraiser! We Are Aware That The First Date Conflicts With The Parent Meeting – We Are Working To Reschedule!

We have one last opportunity for travelers to earn some money toward their field experiences! Thanks to the Nelis Family for opening up The Lost City for a few nights of fun all while earning trip money!  EVERYONE is welcome to attend one, two, or all three nights!  Just mention the name of the traveler you want to support when you arrive and have some fun!  To help in our planning, we just ask that you take less than a minute to sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4eaead229-thelost.

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Wednesday, February 11th – State of Michigan Count Day! What’s The Big Deal?

In the state of Michigan, each public school student must be “counted” in both October and February. On the two required days , it is VITAL that every single student enrolled at iCademy is “present” for the entire day; simply logging into EACH class for which they are registered for THREE minutes. We then submit that information to the State of Michigan to verify that, indeed, each and every student that we have declared to be enrolled with us is actually enrolled and PRESENT with us every day.

Why is it VITAL? Glad you asked! =) The State of Michigan provides what they call “per pupil funding” of approximately $7,000 for each student enrolled with us – all based on the two COUNT DAYS in October and February. The money iCademy receives is used to provide your student(s) with quality educational experiences, curriculum and technology each year. If students do not “attend” iCademy by logging into each class for THREE minutes on count days it becomes extremely difficult, time consuming and cumbersome to provide proof to the State of Michigan that they, indeed, are enrolled with us and attend regularly. Thank you for your help!

Awesome FREE Workshop Opportunity!

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LOW COST INTERNET AVAILABLE FROM COMCAST 

Are your children struggling to complete school work because you do not have effective internet service at home?  Comcast has an inexpensive option. If your son or daughter qualifies for free or reduced lunch, your family could qualify for internet service for $9.95 a month. Go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-8INTERNET.  Comcast is not currently available in Zeeland, but it is in Holland. You can check your location here: http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/shop/Products/local/michigan.cspx

Our K-5 Friends have some snow angel fun!!!

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