Upper School

1.7.2022

We are so excited to see the students back at school after a refreshingly long winter break. We have some exciting things coming up to kick things off for 2022.

PBIS

Did you know that our Upper School students participate in our school-wide PBIS initiative?  PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, allow for everyone in our school community to focus on positively acknowledging our expected behaviors.  Students will revisit school-wide expectations during CLIMB and with their teachers throughout this month and for the remainder of the year.  Our Upper School students share the K-12 focus on Value, Engage, and Leadership.  We look forward to seeing our students model these for our younger students.

Registration

Students and families will begin hearing about the upcoming registration for the 2022/2023 school year over the next few weeks.  During this time students in grades 8 will begin hearing from our Upper School teachers about what to expect in their classes.  In February families and students in grades 8-11 will begin hearing from their advisors to set-up registration conferences in March.  We look forward to allowing students, families, and advisors to  have the opportunity to get to know one another better.

Our advisors will help their advisees with registration each spring to ensure that students are signed up for the right classes.  For the rest of the year our advisors are working with their group several times a week to help them with staying on track academically, providing Social Emotional Learning lessons, and just being their advocate.  Please be on the lookout for more information about this as it will be coming regularly soon!

Social Media Takeover Coming Soon

Starting in late January we will be taking over social media for IC Imagine on Thursdays.  We look forward to taking time to allow you to get to know our Upper School better.  You can expect to see a glimpse of life as an Upper School student during these takeovers and we can’t wait to show you all that is happening upstairs at 110 Champion Way!

ACT

The ACT will happen for 11th grade students on Tuesday, March 1st. This will be an online test. For students in grades 9, 10, 12 there will be classroom location changes to student schedules in order to provide an adequate test environment for our students.

11th grade students will learn more about the upcoming ACT during a 2nd period class meeting on Monday 1.10.  We will talk to them about the test prep plan that is in place and some plans to get them ready for the test in March.

Changes to CLIMB

Beginning in February students will have the opportunity to remediate in all subjects instead of just their core academic courses. We will be sharing the details about the new rotation with students over the next few weeks.

Outdoor Lunch and Cold Weather

Please be sure your student is leaving the house with clothing/gear that will allow them to be outside in temps as low as 33 degrees for our lunch.  We will continue to eat outside unless it is severe weather or temps are 32 or below.

Week of November 1st

Clubs

Student Clubs are starting to be active again.  If your student is interested in starting a club please tell them to talk to a teacher about the steps involved in getting one going and have them complete the Student Club Request Form for approval.

Pre ACT Information for 10th Grade Students

On Wednesday, November 17, each of our 10th grade students will participate in the Pre ACT, a test that is taken by most students enrolled in public schools across North Carolina.  Students who are in the OCS program will be taking an alternative exam, please look for details to come soon.

Students need to arrive by 7:45am on this day and they will NOT have late start.  The exam will begin at 8:00am sharp.  Only students who are taking the exam will be allowed in the building unless they have signed up for early care.  

Students may be signed out upon completion of the test without penalty toward their attendance.  Your child will receive an update with their testing room by Monday, November 15 along with other details about expected finish time, etc.

Please plan to send them with a bottle of water and a few snacks that can be easily consumed outside of the testing room for their breaks.  Students should also bring their calculator if they would like to use it on the exam. Please be sure it has been charged or has batteries as we will not have the ability to provide power or batteries during the exam.

Donations Needed

Middle and Upper School are in need of new and unused/unopened travel-sized toiletries that we can use for students.  The following specific needs would be greatly appreciated:

  • Deodorant
  • Body spray
  • Face/Body wipes
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Mouthwash
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Lotion- Body lotions both scented and unscented
  • Cosmetic bags- something that could be used to discreetly distribute items to students
  • Other unused and unopened  items that may be given with subscription services such as Ipsy or what you may receive after purchasing cosmetics

If you can provide donations please send them inside of a bag and label the bag with “Toiletry Donations.”  These can be brought to to the front desk or to a counselor via your student. 

E-Hallpass

Upper School will begin implementing a program called E-Hallpass. This will allow for our teachers and students to use digital passes to move throughout the building when they are supposed to be in class.  There are many benefits to using this system that include:

  • Reduction of paper waste
  • Receipt of appointment notifications for remediation during CLIMB
  • Collection of data to support our effort to reduce the ongoing vandalism
  • and so much more

Students will begin learning about how we will utilize this system in the coming week.

Athletics

Winter sports will begin having practice the week of November 1st with games starting, as well. Please remember that IC Imagine students can attend games for free!  We look forward to supporting our Kingfisher basketball teams and our cheerleaders!

Chili Cook-off

Our students will have the chance to judge the cooking of our teachers, this was a tradition we started several years ago that everyone is very excited to bring back. On Tuesday November 23rd we will hold our annual Chili Cook-off during lunch and CLIMB. We will randomly draw names of approximately 50 students. If they have no major referrals and are passing all of their classes for Q2 they can choose to participate.

Teachers will submit their recipes so that we can list the ingredients prior to them tasting their samples.  We will take many safety precautions to ensure that samples are safely served to participants.  We will check our allergy list to ensure we don’t serve something to somebody with an allergy to a known item. However, if your child has an allergy to something that may be found in chili that you didn’t share with us OR you do not want your child to participate, please let us know by emailing an Upper School administrator prior to the event. Please note that our recipes are not any spicier than you would get at a typical restaurant, most variations have to do with the style of chili made.

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