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The Compass, 11/10/19

posted Nov 11, 2019, 6:08 AM by Charles Hamm   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 6:09 AM ]

The first quarter of the school year closed this week for Middle and High School students. It shouldn’t come as a surprise given the pace at ICS. 

     Students were delighted to take part in a new tradition this week; the ICS Fly High Award. A student who exemplifies ICS is given a certificate and decides where in the school, the plush eagle replica will live until we recognize the next student. Finnigan is the first student to receive the award. He will nominate the next recipient and so on throughout the school year. The eagle will rest on Mrs. Atterbury’s couch for now.

     We completed this month’s fire drill in exactly 2 minutes flat. Students attended a financial aid presentation through FAME this week. A Marine recruiter visited and talked to several classes. The School Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday evening. Prior to that meeting, the Facilities Committee met to discuss the roof, gym floor, stage curtain, and minor leaks in the exterior walls of the school. And the Civil Rights Team renamed themselves the Social Justice Team. The new name appropriately reflects a superhero status that seems fitting. 

   Wonderful news worth sharing this week regards a successful initiative led by Ms. Betha. Betha has been the liaison between the school and an ICS supporter for the last couple of months. Through their mutual efforts, we are able to fund a sizeable expansion of our outdoor spaces. The project is a multi-faceted venture that includes new playground equipment, a living willow dome, an outdoor classroom, fitness trail, and so much more. Betha and the E-Team, with help from various other members of the staff and community, put together a well thought out plan that will revitalize our outdoor spaces. 

     Looking ahead, the school calendar includes observance of Veterans Day, a Sports Banquet, and with support from Island Readers and Writers (IRW), a visit from illustrator Ben Bishop. Ben will spend the day giving presentations and working with students. We are always happy and thankful to host authors and illustrators through IRW.



Chuck Hamm 

Head of School