Secondary Principal’s Blog

February 19, 2021, Update

Christina Powers, Secondary School Principal

This Week Transition Schedule

Currently, we are planning the below in-person activities next week starting on Wednesday.  If this schedule alters for any reason we will send a follow-up email with any changes.  Please note that these activities are optional. If you don’t want your child to attend that is totally fine.  Transitional Day activities will run a synchronous program so students may join from home if they wish.
Secondary School
Wednesday – Grade 6
Thursday – Grade 8
Friday – Grade 7
After School Activities
Next week starting on Monday 22nd, we will begin with in-person After School Activities (ASAs) as well as online ASAs.   The instructors of each in-person activity will email their participants but here is a summary

Parent Coffee for Secondary Parents

We look forward to seeing our secondary school parents at a virtual coffee on Wed. Feb 24, 2021, at 5:30 PM.


  • Welcome address from Dr. Hedger
  • Feedback from student wellness survey 
  • Strategies we will use to support students 
  • Answer general questions 
  • If you have specific questions you would like addressed on Tuesday. Please let us know by placing it on this link.  
    Zoom link will be sent at a later date. 

Mark Your Calander

  • February 23, 2021 
    • 5:30-6:00 PM Grade 12 Virtual meeting with parents and students
    • 6:15-6:45 PM Grade 11 Virtual meeting with parents and students
  • February 24, 2021
    • 1:30 Town Hall for High School Students.
    • 5:30 Secondary School Parent Virtual Coffee
    • MAP Testing Begins
  • February 25, 2021
    • 1:00 Town Hall for Middle School Students
    • MAP Testing Continues
  • February 26, 2021
    • MAP Testing Continues

NWEA MAP Testing

Wednesday, February 24th, students in Grades 6-9 will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments in Reading, Language, and Mathematics. MAP assessments are online and adaptive.  MAP provides useful data in developing a fair and accurate assessment of students’ academic achievement and growth.

Prior to the testing dates, teachers will have prepared students to ensure their device is ready and how the tests will be administered and what to do if they have a question.

It is important to allow students to demonstrate what they are ready to learn by not assisting in answering questions. Additionally, we ask for your help ensuring that the testing environment at home is free from distractions. Map data is not used for grading at ISY, but the combination of data informs teacher instruction in meeting each child’s needs. For more information about MAP please see the following site.

Student Advocacy in Action

On Monday, eight students represented the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in a panel discussion with all of our teachers. They provided insight on a variety of topics that ranged from how to support students in their thinking to whether or not students should be expected to have their cameras on at all times.

In an inclusive school, it is important that the voices of students are heard. Monday’s discussion was focused on teaching and learning but we also need to hear from students of all ages as to how we might be able to support their social and emotional wellbeing. A focus on social and emotional wellbeing has always been important but it is particularly important now and will likely be even more important in the future.

Our counseling team has been proactive across the school in providing opportunities for students to share their thoughts and have developed lessons and support structures to make sure that every student is having their social and emotional needs met. Our counselors also offer individualized support at the request of students or families and can be contacted at or

As families and educators, we want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of all of our children. Monday’s panel discussion was a good reminder for me that children themselves are usually in the best position to let us know what those needs are.