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The Compass, 1/18/20

posted Jan 18, 2020, 12:04 PM by Charles Hamm

 

 


Despite the minus zero temperatures, school is lively and full of warm smiles. The fresh snow that prompted a snow day on Thursday made for much better sledding on the playground. Students happily braved the cold in hopes of making the perfect run with their favorite sled. Thank goodness we have hearty staff willing to spend time outdoors with them at recess. 

     The Head of School attended the 26th Annual Convocation, hosted by the Maine School Superintendents Association, this week. The Honorable John T. Broderick, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, spoke in collaboration with Jeff Levin, Founder of the Reconnection Project. Their message focused on the need to recognize and support mental illness and “Digititus”, a term Jeff coined regarding the cell phone epidemic. They also discussed their top concerns facing educators today: climate change, school shootings, political rancor, cell phones, and the opioid crisis. We cannot overestimate the seriousness of these topics. Commissioner Makin was in attendance. She reflected on her first year in office and spent some time answering questions. She is scheduled for a May 1st visit to ICS.

     Staff participated in some training sessions on how to better utilize Infinite Campus, our reporting platform. Basketball has kept students busy, Pathways teachers met off campus, and curriculum work continues at the elementary level. Apparently, there is never a slow week at ICS. We wouldn’t have it any other way.   

Warmly;

Chuck Hamm 

Head of School         

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