Welcome, New IES Director, Mr. Bob Soulliere (soul-lee-air)!
We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Bob to our IES Families! He began as the IES Director just last week and has wasted no time in jumping in; meeting staff, students and families!
We are planning an Open House, soon, to give our families a chance to come on in and introduce themselves to Mr. Bob. In the meantime, here’s just a little bit about our new friend:
Bob Soulliere is a self stylized digital Don Quixote who believes that you can change the world through education. He grew up in Kalkaska, MI where he graduated valedictorian of his high school class and won outstanding achievement awards in Math and English. Having gone on a mission trip, Bob dedicated his life to full-time service of others. He attended a small Bible College in Lansing, MI where he got a degree in Theology, Education, and a minor in English Literature. He has served as a youth minister, a web developer, and has spent the past 15 years in Higher Education. Bob has held the roles of Director of Distance, Instruction, and Educational Technologies, Executive Director of University Technology Services, and National Director of Academic Technology and Library Services. He has supported schools with as few as 180 students to large systems with 20+ campuses nationwide and more than 20,000 students. Bob Soulliere joins us from his most recent adventure as a Vice President for Academic Services and Learning Technologies and the world of Higher Education consulting. He holds a Masters of Science in Training and Development with a concentration in Management, and has begun work on his doctorate. Bob loves the color orange, Batman, board games, reading, TV and movies, and photography.
REMINDER: High Schoolers – Let’s Go Ice Skating!
High schoolers, we haven’t hung out in A LONG TIME. It’s time to get out and connect face to face, and what better way to do this than to go ice skating. Join us February 13 at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids for a morning of fun. The price to skate is $1.00 for anyone under 18, $3.00 for adults and this includes skate rental, so you can’t pass it up. No experience is necessary, they have stabilizer bars if you need some extra help. We will leave campus at 9:45 and be back at 12:30. Please sign up using this link so we can get an accurate head count. Please indicate on the sign up if you need transportation or will be meeting us there. Families are welcome!
Spring Dance 8th – 12th Graders
Please keep an eye out for information regarding a dance happening on March 7th for all IES students; Innocademy, Innocademy Allegan and iCademy students in grades 8 and up. Tickets will be on sale, soon!
* Old Info – In Case You Missed it =)
Hand 2 Hand Meal Assistance
Hand 2 Hand is an organization that provides supplemental weekend food and snacks for families. It is designed to come alongside families who may be having financial difficulties. Families choose how long or short of a time they will participate in the program. Click on the link for more details or to sign up.
February Lunch Menu
Enrollment for 20-21 School Year: Do You Know Someone Who Would Like to Join Us at Precademy, Innocademy or iCademy Global?
Enrollment for next year is open. Please feel free to pass along that information to anyone who may be interested! Questions? Contact Leisa.Lobbezoo@icademyglobal.org or 616-446-1486.
Annual Education Report
As required, our Annual Education Report has been posted for the 18-19 school year. Please see the attached letter or feel free to look for the information on our website.
This session’s attribute is Respect. Respect means a feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements or due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights or traditions of others. What this looks like for you as an individual means that you are putting your best foot forward, trying hard, making commitments and keeping them. What it means for you with other people is very simple: Be Kind. Respect is something that you give and something that you earn all at the same time. This month, try to make an intentional effort to put kindness first, even when it’s hard. Put your best foot forward, think of others’ feelings, and challenge yourself to give out the type of respect you would like others to give you. Kindness goes a long way.
This week, try this activity at home together to further explore the attribute of Respect:
What is a way that you and your family members can show respect to one another or to someone else? Take a picture that demonstrates what respect means to your family!
What should you do with the picture?
- Post the picture to social media with the hashtags #icademyvirtual #respect
- Send the picture to your mentor in Zoom!
iCademy Family Spotlight – We Need You!
At IES, we value global learning! If you and/or your family has traveled recently, we’d love to hear about it! Every couple of months, a team of teachers focused on expanding our school’s global mindset, will be sending out a newsletter that features educational videos, relevant activities, and student/ staff spotlights. If you’d like to share your international experience, please complete this form by the end of Winter Break. We are looking forward to seeing all the cool places that the IES community has been!
Our next fundraising opportunity is Scrip, it’s a great way to fundraise during the holiday season and really easy to use!
Watch this video to learn more about what Scrip is: CLICK ME TO VIEW
Attached is PDF which explains all the steps to starting scrip through iCademy Global, please use the School Code: A326C3BB482L8 (use this code to access your school when signing up on the website below).
Robotics Team Competition Schedule
If you’d like to cheer on our team this year, they’d love to have you!
Robotics St. Joseph District – March 5th – 7th
West Michigan District (at GVSU) – March 19th – 21st
State Championships – April 8th – 11th
Having Tech Troubles?
If you are having issues with your computer and need technical assistance, asap, Mr. Kevin, our offsite Vector tech team lead, has said the smoothest way to get solutions in place would be to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-502-2572 or 866-629-8005.
What’s Parent Portal?
In order to receive updated training videos and to access your student accounts, you can always log into the icademy portal located on your student’s desktop or found at the link, below:
Live Lesson Schedules
If you are ever lost – – or at another computer and would like to login to the Orientation section where you will find all of the videos, your coursework OR your parent portal, you are able to do so with one simple click!
At the very top of the website found at iCademyGlobal.org, you will see “Student Portal”
This “Student Portal” is where you will find your orientation information and be able to login to view any videos you wish! Pssst… this is great for parents, too! It’s always a GREAT place to start if you are rusty on how to do something. =) Simply login with your email@example.com and your password
If you are a parent and are hoping to quick take a peek at how your student is doing for the day finishing his/her assignments, you can click on the “Parent Portal” link. Psst….this also works if you are a student working on a different device for the day. Simply click on the link and login as you always do =).
The login screen may look like this…
Or it may look like this. Either screen will get you to your course content or parent observer account. Remember, username is firstname.lastname and your password.