At IAL, we are so grateful for your commitment to excellent attendance. This past March we had many families work very hard to ensure their child came to school every day and on time. In an effort to encourage these good habits, we are entering all names of families with perfect attendance into a raffle for a $25 American Express Gift Card. We will continue to do this on monthly basis, so if you fell short this month shoot for excellence in April.
The School Economy at IAL is not solely a student behavior management system, it is a tool to help students understand the real world of economics.
Each week, students can earn dollars for holding classrooms jobs, demonstrating excellence in behavior/character and attendance. Deductions are given to students when they break rules or don't follow expectations outlined in our Handbook or guidelines listed.
Students receive paychecks every two weeks students that demonstrate their total earnings for the year, along with their earnings and deductions for that time period. Students at they end of every month can make trip purchases or choose to save their money for something more desireable towards the end of the year.
We ask that you encourage your child to perform to his/her best and to sign and return each paycheck given.
In the coming week, IAL will have several prominent guests speaking to our student body.
Thanks to our wonderful Athletic Director Kenneth Tejeda and our partnership with the New York Road Runners (NYRR), we will have a wonderful assembly led by a US gold medalist Mr. Derrick Adkins on November 21st. Mr. Adkins won the gold medal for the 400m Hurdles at the 1996 Olympics and he is coming to speak to the entire IAL student body.
We currently have 20 students participating in the running club that takes place after school at 108 Cooper Street. Due to this partnership, all students participating will compete this Saturday in the Young Runners Cross Country Invitational.
Additionally, we will have Frank Williams a World Vision Director who serves as a UN Representative. Our hope is that with this assembly we will be able to raise the student's awareness of the needs of fellow citizens on a global level, along with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The assembly will happen on the international day of the child (November 20th) during the Global Week of Action.
This assembly will serve as the catalyst to raise student awareness. Next semester, IAL will have a call to action through our Social Studies curriculum. Students will work collaboratively to decide how they want to better serve the communities in need over the next two semesters.
Mr. Ryan McCabe,
Director of School Culture
Fall Family Fun Night was a blast! We had a total of 32 IAL family participants in total. We started off the evening with a little limbo to get us warmed up. We continued with musical chairs, which was won by Elian R. from 7th grade; moved into a pie eating contest, which was won by mother and son Randy E. from 6th grade; and finished the evening with a newspaper costume contest that was won by Tsunami U. from 5th grade. Come next time, so that we can have a blast...together!
Below are snapshots of IAL's performance on state assessments that outline growth from our first class of students.
This year, IAL will be participating in a reading program called "100 Book Challenge" that will help students work on their thinking, reading, and writing to prepare them for success in college. Each student is required to read 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes at home every weekday. Students are leveled and placed in a color that best represents their independent reading ability.