August September Family Newsletter
October 4, 2012 | By Randy Botti | Impressions: 511 |
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2 Aloha Students and Parents! Welcome to Innovations Public Charter School. The following is a brief overview to help you better understand our school and how we operate. We hope you take a moment and sit down to read this handbook together as a student and a parent so that you understand the school’s philosophy and support it throughout the year. Together we will achieve a stimulating and fun-filled educational experience. What is a Charter School? Charter schools are free public schools of choice. They are governed by a Governing School Board that determines policy, secures funding, and does the hiring for the school. Charter schools are free from purchasing restraints and other bureaucratic restrictions allowing for innovative teaching programs. They are required to follow all health and safety codes, teach to the state standards and be in compliance with union agreements. Charter schools are reviewed annually by the Charter School Commission for fiscal and student achievement accountability. Innovations Philosophy and Structure Educational Philosophy and Curriculum IPCS was developed as a cooperative effort between teachers, parents, and community representatives. This charter school enables colleagues with the same vision and mission to plan and work together. Common educational philosophy agreements among the staff and reduced staff size enable decisions to be made in a timely manner. Students at Innovations learn how to learn - how to question, how to research, how to analyze, and how to be successful working independently and with others. Our ultimate goal for students is the development of a love of learning and the ability to think critically and solve problems, with awareness of the environment and the outside community, and with the capacity to be active and productive citizens. IPCS is committed to providing every child with a quality education. Using new technologies together with proven ideas about learning, every child is challenged and experiences success. Through individualized monitoring, students attain ambitious goals of achievement. By providing a strong academic foundation, our students will be prepared for demanding academic studies in high school. Each student’s day is devoted to academics. The schedule is designed for large uninterrupted blocks of instruction in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Additionally, to ensure our students benefit from a balanced curriculum, students receive instruction in the arts, drama, music, guidance, gardening, physical education and technology.
Alegria: High protein, Latin-American candy (Alegria is happiness in Spanish) 1/3 cup agave, rice syrup, maple syrup, or honey 1/4 cup toasted sunflowers seeds (or almonds, mac nuts, walnuts) 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 and 1/2 cups popped Amaranth 1. Toast 1/4 cup of amaranth at a time. Most will pop like little popcorns. 2. Lightly grease an 8" square cake pan, set aside. 3. Put syrup or honey in a sauce pan over high heat and bring to a soft boil. Boil for about 10 minutes or until syrup is 224 degrees. 4. Remove from heat. Stir in sunflower seeds or nuts, cinnamon, and popped amaranth; just enough to blend. 5. Press into pan. Let cool somewhat. Cut into 2" squares. Garden Wraps with whole wheat tortillas: Whole Wheat Tortilla Ingredients 2 cups white whole wheat flour 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil ¾ tsp salt ⅔ c warm water Instructions 1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oil and salt. 2. Slowly add the warm water while stirring until a rough dough comes together. Add a little extra water if needed. 3. Turn the dough onto the counter and knead for about two minutes. 4. Return to bowl and let rest for 20 minutes. 5. Divide dough into 8 equal balls. 6. Roll each ball into a circle (you want them to be pretty thin). You can use a floured rolling pin or jar or use a tortilla pre ss. 7. Heat a pan over medium high heat and grease lightly. 8. Drop one dough circle into the pan and let cook until bubbles form- about 1 minute. 9. Flip over and cook another minute, pressing down with a spatula if needed. Repeat with remaining dough. To make wraps: Spread thin layer of cream cheese on warm tortilla. Place whatever basil, mint, chives, kale, spinach, fennel, and/or collard leaves available on the cream cheese. Add shredded carrots, thinly sliced cucumbers, or whatever other garden delights you have available. Roll up and enjoy! Pesto: Pesto can be spread on homemade whole wheat tortillas, pizza dough, or tossed in noodles. 1 part basil 1/4 part olive oil 1/4 part parmesan cheese 1/4 part macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, or pine nuts salt to taste garlic to taste Add a few sprigs of parsley, mint, kale, or spinach leaves for fun. Blend until smooth. You will probably need to add more olive oil as needed. Gardeners have been experimenting with making delicious and nutritious recipes with food they grew throughout the year. Each grade level has dabbled in making different dishes, all kid approved of course. Here’s some great, easy recipes you can try out at home this summer with your ohana. Enjoy! Innovations teachers truly love their jobs. Getting to work with all of their students is something each teacher dreamed of; something they each have a passion for in their own way. While teaching may always be their first choice as a career, what kind of jobs might they have pursued had the students at IPCS not been so awesome? Let’s see if you can match up the correct teacher with their second choice career, in the “When I grow up, I want to be a…” Game A.) Own a Doggie Daycare B.) Travel the world as a Destination Vacation Critic C.) Train service dogs for veterans D.) A race car driver E.) Own a working Horse Ranch and take kids into the mountains teaching them about the outdoors, rivers and animals F.) Space traveler G.) Own an orphanage and travel to third world countries to help children
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