January 7, 2019

Jan 7, 2019Newsletter

Welcome Back! Hoping your holiday break was relaxing and fun!

Mark Your Calendars, Please! NEW items in BOLD=)


  • January 7th – School Resumes
  • January 10th – iCademy/Innocademy School Spelling Bee – afternoon ON CAMPUS
  • January 18th – All 1st Semester coursework due at 11:59pm
  • January 21st – Records Day for Teachers – No School for Students


  • February 13th – State of Michigan Count Day
  • February 18th – 24th – iCademy Break Week
  • February 25th – School Resumes


  • March 29th – April 7th – iCademy Spring Break


  • April 8th – School Resumes


  • May 8th & 9th – 1/2 Days for Tulip Time – Break begins at 12:30pm
  • May 22nd – May 24th – Middle School Trip to Chicago
  • May 24th – June 2nd – iCademy Break Week


  • June 3rd – School Resumes
  • June 7th, 14th, 21st – Enjoy your Fridays – No School for Students
  • June 9th – 15th – iCademy/Innocademy students visit Washington D.C.
  • June 20th – All 2nd Semester coursework due at 11:59pm

NEW Info For This Week!

iCademy/Innocademy School Spelling Bee on Thursday

Join us live and in person, or virtually, to witness the awesome collection of spellers assembled for our annual Innocademy/iCademy School Spelling Bee. Winner and Runner Up will advance to the Ottawa County Regional Spelling Bee in February.

If you’d like to view the bee live and in person, join us beginning at 1:15pm on the 2nd floor – to the right. If you would like to join, virtually, please click on the link, below anytime after 1:15pm on Thursday, January 10th:


REMINDER: End of 1st Semester = January 18th

Reminder that in order to be counted toward first semester credit, all coursework must be turned in no later than Friday, January 18th at 11:59pm.

Records day for teachers and no school for students on Monday, January 21st and our new semester begins on Tuesday, January 22nd.

January Lunch Menu


Help Wanted

Have you always wanted to work at Homestead Campus? Here’s your chance! The positions, below, are paid positions, not volunteer. =)

Lunchroom Help

We are currently looking for someone to help supervise the lunchroom.  Hours are approximately 11:30 – 1:15 pm Monday – Friday during scheduled school days.  The position could split by 2 people with each working 2 or 3 days per week.  Duties include overseeing students in the lunchroom, assisting students with lunch, organizing lunchroom exit, and cleaning up lunchroom. 

Custodial Help

This position would be supporting the overall cleanliness and upkeep of the iCademy & Innocademy facilities for approximately 10 hours per week.  Responsibilities include vacuuming, trash disposal, and light cleaning.  Hours would occur in the evening outside of the regular school day.  This would be an ideal job for high school students looking for a part time job.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please email Sara at sara.vereeke@innocademy.com

Old Info…Just in case =)

Continued Orientation – Soooo Much To Know!

We know that sometimes having a refresher on all things iCademy is good to show you what you are confident in AND to maybe teach you something new that you missed with your first orientation! Below are some links to Important things for Parents to know about iCademy Middle Schools:

  1. Continued Orientation- Checking progress, grades and what is going on with Connexus and your kiddo: https://youtu.be/cDTjue0784s
  2. iCademy’s Expectations for a Safe and Fun Learning Environment: https://youtu.be/q5Z5t-Uj3UM
  3. All things “ZOOM!”: https://youtu.be/WsHIyp8J8JU

School Closings & Delays

Sad to say we are coming upon the season where weather delays/cancellations may be necessary.When it comes to weather we ALWAYS follow the lead of Zeeland Public Schools as that is the district in which we are located. If a cancellation happens, our campus will be closed, but STUDENTS CAN CONTINUE LEARNING AS NORMAL. Yay!!!  Please see, below for notes on delay vs. cancellation.

In the event of campus CLOSING, please remember:

  • All due dates still apply
  • Students can reach teachers through Zoom, as normal
  • No Live Lessons will take place that day.

In the event of campus DELAY, please remember: 

  • If it is a Tues/Thurs, campus will not open until 11am and, if you need to order a lunch the only option will be HOT lunch. No option #2.
  • If it is a Monday/Wednesday, no Live Lessons will take place
  • Can reach your teachers through Zoom as normal

For K-5 Students – In the event of a DELAY or CLOSING:

  • All due dates still apply
  • Teachers will be available by Zoom as normal
  • If it is a Tuesday there will be no live lessons
  • If delay happens on Thursday, the only option for ordering will be HOT lunch. No option #2.

We try to pass along delay/closing information as soon as we are aware. Here’s how we will pass along that information to you:

  • Rained Out Text to families
  • Email to families
  • Facebook Notification
  • Broadcast on WZZM
  • Broadcast on WOOD TV-8

If you have not yet signed up for the Rained Out Text messaging system, please simply enroll by:

  • Opening your messaging app on your phone
  • Type 84483 in the “to” section of messages
  • In the “message” section, type icademy
  • Press “send”

You should receive a message back indicating you are now part of the group! Easy!

Observer (Parent) Accounts And Access

Each of you has an observer account so that you can stay connected and informed of your child’s progress with his/her schoolwork. Please take a peek at the short video for more information on how to access. https://youtu.be/qR2F5gYmv60

Don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher/mentor, listed below, with any questions you may ever have.

K/1 – Ms. Deedee – deedee.defrell@icademyglobal.org

2/3 – Ms. Katelyn – katelyn.vandyke@icademyglobal.org

4/5 – Mr. Tyler – tyler.huizenga@icademyglobal.org

6th – Ms. Mellissa – mellissa.zoerhof@icademyglobal.org

7th – Mr. Andy – andy.merideth@icademyglobal.org

8th – Mr. Ryan – ryan.martinez@icademyglobal.org

9th – Ms. Janece – janece.ellers@icademyglobal.org

10th – Mr. Reid – reid.nicholson@icademyglobal.org

11th – Ms. Amy – amy.baragar@icademyglobal.org

12th – Ms. Kris – kris.kennedy@icademyglobal.org

Learning Environment Expectations

Please take a moment and watch this 7 minute video from Ms. Mellissa regarding learning environment expectations.


Family Resource Guide

For all of the information you ever could wish to know about iCademy – – and MORE, please see the Family Resource Guide.  iCademy Family Resource Guide 18-19

Calendar for 2018-2019 School Year

Please see the attachment for the 18-19 School Year.

iCademy 18-19 Calendar

Live Lesson Schedule

2018-2019 Schedule

Reminder that live lessons happen each Monday and Wednesday of the school year!!

Having Tech Troubles? 

If you are having issues with your computer and need technical assistance, Mr. Kevin, our offsite tech team lead, has said the smoothest way to get solutions in place would be to call 616-502-2572 or 866-629-8005.  support@vectortechgroup.com