On Friday, May 3, Independence High School's students and staff had the opportunity to honor Cinco de Mayo with an authentic Mexican lunch. The school's talented cafeteria staff member, Selma Pruchinski, who moved to the United States from Mexico a few years ago, shared her culinary expertise by preparing an authentic Mexican lunch menu, made entirely from scratch. "The celebration of Cinco de Mayo provides a unique opportunity to learn about the history, traditions, and contributions of the Mexican community and experience and appreciate the rich flavors and traditions of Mexican cuisine," said Service Manager Francine Kane. The students’ favorite dish was the chicken quesadilla!
9 days ago, Independence Local Schools
cinco de mayo lunch
cinco de mayo lunch
It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek, and we're shouting it from the rooftops! πŸ«πŸ—£ A huge thank you to all the incredible educators in our district who motivate, inspire, and empower our students every day. Your impact is immeasurable! πŸŽ“πŸš€ #ipride
13 days ago, Independence Local Schools
Teacher Appreciation Week
Hats off to the unsung heroes of the Indy Schools' lunchrooms! πŸ‘’ Thank you for your dedication to serving up nutritious and delicious meals for our kids on #SchoolLunchHeroDay. We appreciate all you do! πŸ₯—πŸ•
15 days ago, Independence Local Schools
school lunch
Giving a shoutout to all our amazing principals on #SchoolPrincipalsDay! πŸ‘πŸΌ Your leadership, dedication, and commitment to our students are truly inspiring. πŸ™ŒπŸ½ Thank you for being the MVPs of our schools. ⭐️ #iPride
17 days ago, Independence Local Schools
principal day
Our Indy field of dreams!! Welcome to Indy baseball!!
20 days ago, Independence Local Schools
baseball
baseball
baseball
baseball
baseball
baseball
baseball
21 days ago, Independence Local Schools
It's National Volunteer Week! A big thank you to all the volunteers who help our school community throughout the year. We value your time, your talents, your support. #iPride
26 days ago, Independence Local Schools
volunteer week
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
29 days ago, Independence Local Schools
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Top Chef Desserts class learned to make fondant covered cakes today!
IHS Iron Chef students made homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge today!
29 days ago, Independence Local Schools
Iron Chef makes homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge!
Iron Chef makes homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge!
Iron Chef makes homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge!
Iron Chef makes homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge!
Iron Chef makes homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge!
Iron Chef makes homemade pasta and beignets for a Disney Challenge!
Independence Local Schools invites families to participate in Indy Family First Night this Sunday. After 6 p.m., there will be no ILS activities so families can spend time together. It's also a homework-free weekend!
about 2 months ago, Independence Local Schools
family weekend
Independence Local Schools invites families to participate in Indy Family First Night on Sunday, March 24. After 6 p.m., there will be no ILS activities so families can spend time together. It's also a homework-free weekend!
2 months ago, Independence Local Schools
Indy Family First Weekend!
Over the past several years, our math department has been working within the existing schedule to add support for our advanced and gifted students. As our student needs are changing, our middle school is being responsive to those learning needs. Our math teachers, Mr. Vanek, and Ms. Wargo (Gifted Coordinator), set out to understand where we were and how we can leverage our student data to improve where we can be. Our teachers met weekly to create a roadmap to explain math placement and help students and parents understand how best to support their student's learning. This work is still in progress and growing. As teachers work through the process we are seeing the need to develop math courses that are advanced for the grade level; not just subject-level accelerated. We are impressed with the content knowledge, focus on student needs, and work ethic of this group of teachers. #DidYouKnowFridays
2 months ago, Independence Local Schools
math department
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center students came to IHS for an in-school field trip for the Iron Chef and desserts classes today!
2 months ago, Independence Local Schools
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
Cvcc comes for in-school field trip for iron chef and desserts classes
While we focus a great deal of resources on our student technology and infrastructure, our teachers have relied on the same iMac computers for the past 10 years. Our oldest teacher iMac is from 2009! Our iMacs were reaching end-of-life as determined by Apple not allowing them to update. Desktop computers also meant our teachers could only access technology from their desks. Over the past two years we have worked to give teachers a modern and mobile technology platform. New MacBooks, Desktop monitor, and docking station allows any teacher to walk into any classroom and instruct; with just one cable. The federal ESSER funding made available as a result of COVID was used to purchase student technology, making it possible to stay within our technology budget during our teacher device upgrades. This allowed us to consolidate a four-to-five year technology upgrade plan into two years. #DidYouKnowFridays
2 months ago, Independence Local Schools
devices for teachers
Independence Local Schools has launched the search for its next superintendent, partnering with Finding Leaders through the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio to lead the process. Our Board of Education wants to hear from you! On Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m., a community focus group discussion will be held in the Independence High School media center. This is a chance to share thoughts on desired qualities and priorities for the new superintendent role. Your perspectives will help shape criteria used to evaluate candidates. The discussion will last approximately 45 minutes. All parents and community members are encouraged to attend. Your input is valuable for determining leadership goals and the district's vision moving forward. Would you consider joining this focus group? Please sign up below. Thank you! https://forms.gle/2ZS1ELzqeEBGJ9NL7
3 months ago, Independence Local Schools
Superintendent Search
The Pandemic affected our ability to complete our 1:1 student device initiative. It meant scrambling to make every spare part and computer functional until supply chains reopened. Once reopened, federal ESSER funding, earmarked specifically for student technology, allowed us to complete our 1:1 technology goal. We are now on track to update student devices for every 5th and 9th grade student, every year. Students will then use that device for the duration of their time at IMS and IHS. Our youngest learners, at IPS, will use the same device during 3rd and 4th grade. Kindergarten, First, and Second grade have chromebooks available in carts and remain at school. This year lenovo did a device refresh. You will noticed, if you have a 5th or 9th grade student, that their devices look different. They are gray instead of black, have a built-in stylus, and are lighter and just a little smaller than previous devices. We are fortunate not to currently have a technology fee for families. However, the cost of repair and maintenance of student devices increased every year. Please stress the importance of device care to your child. #DidYouKnowFridays
3 months ago, Independence Local Schools
one to one technology
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ This Presidents Day, we celebrate all the leaders πŸ‘”who have served our country 🫑 We're grateful πŸ™ for the chance to educate students about the presidents' legacy πŸ“œ and the leadership qualities πŸ’ͺ that make America strong πŸ’₯ #PresidentsDay
3 months ago, Independence Local Schools
presidents day
IMS teachers continue to meet and use student assessment data to drive instructional change. Data teams from IPS and IMS unpacked our fall benchmarking results and talk about supporting student master. Teachers continue to refresh their understanding of the tools we have to support struggling learners and push our advanced students. iReady benchmark assessments help identify specific Learning Standards where students are "below grade level", "early grade level, "on grade level", and above grade level. This information helps teachers organize small group learning, whole group instruction, and when they might need to return to a lesson that students did not master. #DidYouKnowFridays
3 months ago, Independence Local Schools
Data
Mark your calendars for the weekend of March 22! Homework-free weekend and Sunday, March 24 there will be no ILS activities so families can spend the evening together!
3 months ago, Independence Local Schools
Family First Night
Many thanks to all our counselors for guiding and empowering our students academically, socially and emotionally! #iPride
3 months ago, Independence Local Schools
school counseling week