Message from the Principal

Dear Families, 

I am excited and honored to lead this school as we move deeper into the 2019-2020 school year.  Your child's education is our top priority. Middle school is a short stop on a long journey towards school success. Our commitment at Isaac E. Young is to provide a robust middle school learning experience in a caring environment that will empower students to see themselves as independent learners, problem solvers, innovative thinkers and next generation courageous leaders prepared to pursue their best life in a global society. We will encourage students to assert agency, to build positive peer relationships, to push their learning edge, to find and follow their voice, to resolve conflict in healthy and appropriate ways, and to take advantage of all that middle school offers. 

High standards and expectations for every student in regard to academic performance, ownership of behavior, civic responsibility, and positive respectful interactions with others are paramount in our school.  It is with pride that we hold these high standards and ask each of our students to commit to and hold themselves accountable to these expectations. 

Our team is available to support families should you need assistance with anything related to your child's school success. Please feel free to contact a member of our leadership team, support staff, or teachers. 

In partnership towards building a remarkable school to learn and grow, 

Tawanda Robinson, Ed. D. 

 

Learning at Home

Good afternoon IEYMS Families. 

I hope you are well and that you have received the communications from the Superintendent of Schools regarding our Digital Learning Plan. During this time away from the school building, it is extremely important that students stay on track and focused on their learning as best as possible under the current circumstances. As a parent, I too am faced with the reality of maintaining structure and asking, what do I do now that schools are closed? Here are a couple of tips (Adapted from Today: Teaching your Children at Home) that can help ease this transition. 

First, be clear about your expectations. Talk to your children about this 'new normal,' and communicate with them that while they may be at home temporarily, there is still school work that must be completed and submitted in a timely manner. The IEYMS teachers have already started posting work into their Google Classrooms. Second, create a daily home schedule or list of responsibilities with your child and stick to it as best as possible. This may include breakfast, lunch, breaks, opportunities for physical activity, and chores. Children should check their teachers Google Classroom everyday at the same time. If possible, set aside a specific work time. For example, designate 10:00-2:00 for learning. Also, set aside additional time for students to read, every day for at least 30 minutes. This could replace homework that students would normally complete in the afternoon. 

Next, if space allows, help your child establish a quiet learning environment free of distractions. It could be a comfortable chair, the kitchen table, or another space. Students are use to changing classes, so allow them the flexibility to work in different spaces or areas of the home. It will be important for them to maintain their social connections. Allow some flexibility around appropriate social media spaces, talking to friends on the telephone, and online video game time as it might help students stay connected. Finally, as much as possible, continue to reassure children and ease their fears. Please remember, this time may cause anxiety for some students. Be patient and allow children to have some fun.

I will be available through email should you have questions or require additional support. You may also contact the assistant principals, Mr. Trujilio and Mr. Mackin as well as your child's school counselor. Be well!

In partnership, 

Dr. Robinson

A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids During a Pandemic

This resource guide prepared by the IEYMS psychologists and social workers offers helpful strategies and tips to help navigate parenting during a pandemic.

Please click here:  Report.pdf 

Attendance

At Isaac, we want and need your children to be in school everyday. The impact of missing school can be detrimental to a child's outcomes.  Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are at risk for school failure.  "Chronic absence — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for reasons that are excused or unexcused can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school" (Attendance Works, 2019). 

We all want the best for our children. But sometimes, life happens. Children will get sick, there will be family emergencies, and children will most certainly have doctor's and dental appointments. We also understand, that sometimes these events are beyond our control. We ask that  your child return to school with a note should they miss school due to an excused reason such as sickness, family emergency, inclement weather, or medical appointments. We ask that whenever possible,  family vacations and travel be scheduled during the summer and school vacation times.  Please contact the attendance office or your child's school counselor for more information. 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

 

Visitor Policy

ALL VISITORS MUST ENTER THROUGH THE ENTRANCE FACING PELHAM ROAD

When visiting IEYMS, please enter the building through the entrance facing Pelham Road. Parking is available on the street or in the lower lot. Our handicapped entrance is located on the side of the building off of Centre Avenue. Please make sure you have picture identification.  To promote an orderly and safe arrival and dismissal, staff will be unavailable for meetings  between 8:15-8:35 and 2:45-3:25. We encourage you to contact the Main Office or the School Counseling Office to set up an appointment. 

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