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Imagine Schools at Evening Rose
~Imagine School at Evening Rose Families~
Imagine School at Evening Rose (ISER) has had the joy and privilege of educating Leon County students for the past six years. Being a part of the Tallahassee community and working with families to help ensure academic success has always been a part of our mission. We strive to teach to the whole child, with a strong emphasis in character education. We focus on each child and know that no two students learn the same. We have worked hard to establish a foundation at our school that believes in integrity, justice, and fun for all our stakeholders and constituencies in the community. Together, we all make up the Imagine Family and have worked hard to keep our family strong and supportive this past school year.
Our Spring 2014 Survey results showed that:
- 92% of families answered positively to, “I feel comfortable speaking to teachers about problems regarding my children’s education.”
- 96% of students answered positively to, “Teachers at my school want students to succeed.”
- 94% of our staff answered positively to, “Our school provides a safe environment for students and adults.”As a family, we have worked hard to ensure authentic learning experiences for our students during a time of transition within the Florida Department of Education.
We have seen the education standards and requirements change as we move forward to the 21st century needs of our students. ISER has also continued to grow and evolve to stay reflective of these educational trends and reform. In the last few years, we have made several changes on campus that we are very proud of as we have continued to improve our school. ISER has seen new curriculum in math, science, and reading for the upcoming school year. We have restructured our ESE department and have fully implemented the RTI process to aid in student learning. ISER has built strong relationships with the district and community and has been able to utilize new resources available through them. We have remodeled our playground and working alongside PTO installed outside water fountains for our students. ISER has developed and implemented a character education program that has received five Promising Practices Awards from the Character Education Partnership. We now have tasty and nutritious school lunches that are made on site! Reaching out to our stakeholders, we have parent and teacher involved task forces, where teachers and parents are making decisions. Our teachers have been able to make important decisions on curriculum and professional development to continue growing our strong professional learning community. ISER, also now has an Academic Coach, whose sole focus is helping teachers move the students academically. We have increased our technology across the campus and now have two fully functioning computer labs, as well as interactive white boards in our classrooms.
We know that reform takes time and that we have worked hard to ensure academic success in our students. Today, the Florida Department of Education has awarded us a letter grade of “D” for the 2013-2014 school year. Student learning gains this year, from our Fall to Spring SAT-10, show our school-wide average learning gains in reading to be at 1.02 years growth and our average learning gains in math at 1.09 years growth. Realizing that not all students will be proficient using the same timeline, we will continue with one of our core beliefs and focus on individual learning gains, as well as student proficiency. Next year, as with the rest of the State of Florida, we will transition from FCAT to the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). We are fully committed to strengthening our learning community and have made a few more changes to ensure academic success. Next year, we will be focusing on our elementary grades, as our LLC Board has recommended and the Leon County School Board has approved the discontinuation of 7th and 8th grades. We are also implementing a new initiative to continue authentic student learning with the introduction of MicroSociety on our campus. Working with all of our stakeholders, we are looking forward to our continued growth and renaissance of our school for the next school year, as an Imagine Family.
In your honored service,
Linda R. John, Principal
IMAGINE SCHOOL at EVENING ROSE
RECEIVES 2014 NATIONAL and International CHARACTER PROMISING PRACTICES AWARD
Tallahassee , Florida, (June 2014)- The National and International Character Education Partnership (CEP), the leading national advocate for character education, recently recognized Imagine School at Evening Rose with two 2014 Promising Practices Award for the (Imagine School at Evening Rose; Ambassadors: Read for Character and the Imagine School at Evening Rose; Student Government Association).
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) announced its annual Promising Practices in Character Education award to 297 initiatives submitted by schools and districts from across the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Hong Kong. Promising Practices awards highlight the unique and specific strategies used on campuses and across organizations to help students become better scholars, citizens, friends, and leaders.
Imagine School at Evening Rose has now received a total of 5 Promising Practice Awards in Character Education in the last three years!!!
Ms. Stacey Turknett, Character Coach at Imagine School Evening Rose concluded, “Our goal at Imagine Evening Rose is to grow leadership skills in our students and teach them to use these skills to better the world around them. ISER is accomplishing this by the use of task force decision making, service learning and community involvement.”
Character development is one of Imagine Schools’ six Measures of Excellence. Rather than a simple program added on to the school day, character initiatives are integrated into all aspects of the school day.
All winning schools and practices are listed on the CEP website (www.character.org) and will be included in the Character Education Partnership’s annual publication, National Schools of Character: Award-Winning Practices. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Promising Practice ceremony at the CEP National Forum on Character Education on November 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Imagine School at Evening Rose is a non-profit public charter school currently educating students in grades K-6. The school opened in Tallahassee in 2008 and is part of the Imagine Schools family; a network of 70 charter schools serving nearly 40,000 students nationwide. For more information about Imagine School at Evening Rose, visit http://wwwmyiser.com .
**For up to date information about what is going on at Imagine Evening Rose, please click the School News link under the Quick Links section to the left!**
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013-2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR