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Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Glenwood Leadership Academy Volume 1 Issue 7 February 2012

Letter from your Principal Dear GLA Families and Friends, The next two months are critical to our mission of raising student achievement. We have less than 8 weeks before we begin statewide assessments. The IREAD -3 assessment will be given to all third graders the week of March 19th. The constructed response section of the ISTEP+ test will be administered in March as well. In order for our students to do their very best, we need them at school on time every day ready to learn! We appreciate your help and support! Thanks to the families of our third grade students for meeting with our teachers the first week of January. The teachers went to the homes of all of third graders to talk with parents about the IREAD-3 assessment and to provide SES tutoring forms to families who are interested. We have a parent workshop scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. Chris, with New View, will be here to present “Helping Kids Help Themselves.” Chris has worked with parents, teachers, and students across the country. If you are looking for ways to eliminate power struggles and for your child to be more responsible, Chris has information for you! Please plan to attend. Thank you for working with us at GLA to provide the best education for your child. Please call or come in to let us know of any questions or concerns that you may have. Sincerely,

Tammy Dexter

Little g Grant We have been exploring alternatives to suspension and expulsion in the district and at GLA. During a visit to the Nashville Public Schools last year, we learned of an initiative that they began called “Twilight” school. This fall, Mrs. McClure, Ms. Jagoe and Ms. Stewart returned to Nashville to

visit and work directly with officials at Twilight. Beginning in February, we will offer an alternative to suspension/ expulsion at GLA called Twilight. Funds from the little g grant will pay for this program. Please see the article in the newsletter for more information!



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NOTES FROM YOUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS We need you‌our families!! : ) Members of our Family Engagement Team were able to attend a conference last month presented by The Children’s Aid Society from New York City. This organization is leading the way across the country in parent involvement. We learned a lot and definitely believe in the importance of working together as we continue to improve the education of our students. We will have another Parent Forum in March. More information will be coming soon. Thank you, Carrie Terry, Assistant Principal

cMoe Offers Good Grades Discounts The Children's Museum of Evansville, cMoe, is offering $1 off admission for each "A" a student earns on his/her report card, up to $7 --which would be free admission.

EVSC Schools Win Local Stock Market Game GLA, Thompkins among winners Students at Glenwood Leadership Academy and Thompkins Middle School have reason to celebrate. The schools were among the winners of this year's Southwest Indiana Stock Market Game, sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana Center for Economic Education. Glenwood swept the elementary division with classes at the school winning first, second, third and fourth places. Classes at Thompkins placed third and fourth in the middle school division. As winners, the schools attended an awards ceremony at USI on Tuesday afternoon. The Stock Market game is part of a national event that gives students an opportunity to learn how the GivesandBack economic system works, analyze newsGLA on the economy markets, strengthen math and computer skills, and make decisions as part of a team. Teams of three to five students from grades 4-12 invest an imaginary $100,000 over a 10-week period. More than 300 teams participated in the southwest region contest in three divisions: elementary, middle school, and high school.

This article comes from the EVSC Staff newsletter.

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GLA Twilight Program Glenwood Leadership Academy (GLA) principals now have another option to out-of-school suspension for disciplining students. GLA will be opening the very first Twilight program in February, which allows students facing out-of-school suspension an opportunity to achieve academic success in an alternate setting. The program aims to reduce the number of short-term and long-term suspensions by providing additional educational options, as well as teaching students coping skills and strategies for self-regulation of behavior. GLA’s Twilight Program will start on 2/6/2012 Monday- Thursday 3:15pm-7:15pm for students’ grades 5-8.

Free Tutoring through SES Did you know your student may be eligible for free tutoring? Applications for SES tutoring are being mailed by the EVSC, though you can always pick up an application from our school office. If you are interested in seeing if your student is eligible for this opportunity, please fill out the application and return to our school office or to the address included in the application packet. Since your student attends our school, determinations will then be made based on free and reduced lunch status of your child and proven academic need. If you think your student may qualify, but you have questions and would like to learn more about all of the providers there are to choose from, you are invited to an informational fair. This SES Tutoring Provider Fair will be held at CK Newsome Center on February 9th from 5:30-7:00pm. You are also invited to call the EVSC Office of Title I at (812) 435-0205 if you have further questions about SES tutoring or by going online to

Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center to Offer Summer Engineering Camp The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation's Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC) is hosting a two-week summer engineering camp, iEngineering 2.0, for students in seventh and eighth grades in Evansville and the surrounding areas who are interested in exploring engineering-related fields. The camp, scheduled for June 4-15, is a half-day program that will focus on topics related to engineering, manufacturing and architecture. Students will learn about:  Soldering Basic electrical circuits  Vex robots CNC machining  Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software Architectural fundamentals  Electro-magnetic motors Introduction to engineering concepts Students also will attend a field trip to a local manufacturing company. In addition, bus transportation may be available for students residing in Vanderburgh County. Cost for the summer camp is $35 per student. To register, visit and click on the iEngineering link on the top banner. Individuals interested in participating in the camp must register by April 9. Contact Andy Beadles, Project Lead The Way instructor at SICTC, at 435-8813 or by email at or Kevin Williams, also a Project Lead The Way instructor at SICTC, at 435-8812 or by email at

USI-Glenwood Community Health Center The USI-Glenwood Community Health Center (901 Sweetser Ave) will open officially on January 9, 2012. Hours of operation are: Monday 7:30 – 4:30 Tuesday 1:00 – 5:00 Wednesday 9:00 – 6:00 Thursday 8:00 – 12:00 Friday 7:30 – 4:30 The telephone number for the clinic is 435-0977. For faster service please call for an appointment. However drop-ins are welcome. You may enter the clinic through the center doors at the front of the building. The health center is open to students, faculty, and staff of Glenwood Leadership Academy, the Glenwood neighborhood and the community.

The EVPL at Glenwood Leadership Academy The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Glenwood Leadership Academy are planning Adult Computer Classes for the community. The classes will be from 4:30-6:00 p.m. February 13: Computer Basics, learn everything you need to now to get started using a computer without fear. This class is designed especially for the absolute beginner. March 12: Introduction to the Internet April 9: Introduction to Microsoft Word May 14: More with Microsoft Word June 11: Introduction to PowerPoint If you have any questions or would like to register for these classes please call Rhonda Drake at 435-8242.

Steven Robinson was the first in class to create light in Science with a battery, 2 wires, and a bulb!

February 2012 Events at cMoe February is Black History Month. Help us celebrate a rich cultural heritage through performances and activities. February 8 – Wild Wednesday! cMoe is open until 6 p.m. Join us for special activities for school-age children. Today’s activities include cultural crafts and activities for Black History Month. February 9 - Once Upon a Storytime 10:30 Today’s tale: The Gingerbread Man February 10 – Show and Tell: Touch, Taste, and Smell 10:30 Your preschooler will discover the world through this engaging hands-on program created just for ages 5 and under! February 11 – Me and My Sweetie 9:30–10:30 a.m. An event designed just for Daddies and their daughters, join us for crafts, story time, and sweet treats. All Dads attending the event will receive free admission to the museum. Reservations recommended but not required. Call 464-2663, ext. 230. February 12 – Artitude 1-3 p.m. Create art with attitude in this special art history and archaeology program. Travel to a new time and place each week without ever leaving cMoe! Today’s stop: Japan for a Japanese fan February 15 – Nursery Rhyme Time 10:30 Do you have time for a rhyme? Join us as we bring classic rhyming tales to life! February 16 - Once Upon a Storytime 10:30 Come on down to our Folk Tale Cabin for this themed storytime for toddlers and young children. Today’s tale: Little Red Riding Hood February 18 – Time Machine 10:00–2:00 We are traveling back in time for Evansville’s 200 th birthday! Help us create our giant Time Machine and then create your own time capsule to open in the future. February 19 – Artitude 1–3 p.m. Create art with attitude in this special art history and archaeology program. Travel to a new time and place each week without ever leaving cMoe! Today’s stop: Britain to create Medieval picture letters Military Appreciation Day - Made possible by AmeriQual Group, all military personnel plus one child admitted free the third Sunday of every month. February 23 – Little Red Hen Bake-Off 10:30 The Little Red Hen is ready to bake but needs your help! Wear your favorite apron and bake with your cMoe friends while you enjoy games and crafts. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 464-2663 x230. February 25 – Celebration of Art – All day Celebrate the rich cultural history of African Americans with art and live performances. Details of the event and performance times are available on our website under the “special events” link. Rag Doll Workshop 12–3 p.m. Children make their very own keepsake doll with help from local artist Deborah E. Wagner and We Are the Company of Women, makers of handmade dolls. Reservations are required and there is a $3 materials fee. Call 464-2663 x 230 to reserve your space today! February 26 – Artitude 1-3 p.m. Create art with attitude in this special art history and archaeology program. Travel to a new time and place each week without ever leaving cMoe! Today’s stop: France to design Marionette puppets

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