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This week's #IPrideStar of the Week is Mr. Mike Morefield, art teacher at Independence High School. Mr. Morefield deserves to be an #IPrideStar of the Week for his hard work and willingness to work with the Drama Club in its production of Mary Poppins. It is a lot of work, and he gets all the kids involved with the work. He also has to put up with a lot of back and forth decision making by us ladies, because one day we would say let's do it this way, and the next day, it could (and did) get changed, based on our rehearsals. He jumped in readily, gave us some good opinions or options, consulted with Mr. Foor, and helped us have a smooth-running show. He also helped us teach a brand new stage crew how to work things behind the curtain. I'd like to say his efforts were: SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!! [...click for more]

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Emily is a remarkable third grade student and an asset to our classroom and school family. Emily continuously does her best, and challenges herself to reach new goals and gain knowledge each day. In addition to her outstanding work ethic and academic skills, Emily is a genuinely kind and helpful person to both peers and adults. Emily always thinks of others' needs. She automatically jumps in to help any student who may be struggling, and is always ready with a kind word or hug for whomever needs it (and many days, I am the one who needs it). Emily does all of these things without regard for personal reward or recognition, showing an impressive level of emotional maturity at a young age. I know Emily will go on to great things as she grows, and she will continue to be a shining star for our school, district, and community.
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Posted Monday, April 17, 2017
This week's #IPrideStar of the Week is Liz Twardzik, Math/Language Arts/Reading Intervention Specialist at Independence Middle School.  Her nomination reads, "Liz is such a phenomenal addition to the IMS staff! She is kind, thoughtful, creative, innovative and hardworking. She spends countless hours preparing lessons and interventions to make sure all kids succeed. She has been an integral part of our 6th grade language arts team and she continually comes up with new ideas to challenge students. She has stepped up and taken on responsibilities beyond what asked. Her innovative ideas, integration of technology and intervention background have provided us with such guidance. I am truly grateful to work with such an amazing person and professional. Liz deserves so much credit for everything she does to help the teachers and students on the 5th and 6th grade teams. [...click for more]

Posted Sunday, April 9, 2017
This week's #IPrideStars of the Week are Allie Benkalowycz and Barb Mowrer, two members of the Independence Primary School staff that have gone above and beyond with our students. They are both extremely patient and caring with all of our students. Both Allie and Barb generate a positive attitude and continuously praise our students for their efforts. [...click for more]

Posted Sunday, April 2, 2017
This week's #IPrideStar of the Week is IMS Teacher Mrs. Michelle Koussa.  Mrs. Koussa is one of those great teachers you'll remember. She's energetic, fun, and helpful. She's always there in the morning and after school to help with homework or to answer any questions you might have. Mrs. Koussa came up with a really fun Escape Classroom Challenge that went with our Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root lesson. I had never been to an Escape Room before, so it was really cool to experience what it was like. She's also really nice to talk to, and will ask students how they're doing throughout the day and will send them positive messages and feedback. We do a pledge each day in reading class that helps reinforce positivity, doing your best, and knowing that you matter and belong. It really helps me when I'm not having a great day. I'm reminded that I matter, and I'm motivated to keep doing my best. Mrs. Koussa is a great teacher that I'll definitely remember. Mrs. Koussa was nominated by her student Gracie Taliaferro. [...click for more]

Posted Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Independence High School Academic Challenge team competed on the television show It's Academic this past November.  The team competed against Keystone and Norwalk Catholic.  The show aired on Saturday, March 4 at 7pm on WEWS Channel 5 and our IHS team won!  During the next competition, there was a three way tie for third place between IHS, Revere and St. Vincent St. Mary's.  They are having a 20 question tie-breaker on Thursday, March 23 to determine a winner.  The winning teanm will advance to the championship taping on April 12 at 6:45 pm.  Schools finishing in the top 10 will share $20,000 in grant money with the top three schools sharing $9,500 of that total.   [...click for more]

Posted Monday, March 20, 2017
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