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Attention Elwood Intermediate Parents, Guardians, and Visitors
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The second semester at EIS has started off with some new programs, activities, and opportunities for students and parents to be involved and active in our building.

One new academic program that has been developed and implemented is the EIS iChange Academy. EIS iChange Academy is an educational and self-disciplined alternative instructional program for the critical at risk students at the intermediate school who may be struggling academically, socially, or emotionally within the general educational setting. The intent is for the program to be short term, but could it extend to a longer term depending upon circumstances. The school day for students attending this program is shorter, curriculum condensed, and within a well-structured/disciplined environment. The goal of the program is to provide students with all the necessary skills and supports to becoming successful once again within a regular classroom environment.

Agape Unbridled Hope is a new pilot program for twelve EIS students. This program offers lessons for students that focus on practical character development and life skills. Theyre facilitated by credentialed instructors to inspire emotional, physical and social growth through interactive and engaging activities with horses. EIS students visit the Agape Therapeutic Riding Center each Wednesday afternoon to work with highly skilled staff who have provided equine assisted activities and therapies since 1986 to work on building character and leadership qualities with students while working with their peers and horses. Our goal for the students is to apply the skills they practice each week with the horses to their everyday life at home and school. This program began February 3rd and will continue through May 18th.


Another academic support program provided here at EIS is After School Tutoring. Yes, we have offered this opportunity in the past with Instructional Assistants providing the instruction, which was helpful. Now the new tutoring program will have volunteer EIS instructional staff providing instruction and the Elwood Optimist Club is covering the cost for bus transportation home. Look for grade level letters/permission slips to be coming home with your student or you may call/stop in the Elwood Intermediate Office for further information.

Intramurals were started and occur on Thursdays afterschool for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students with Mrs. Renbarger. She has also announced an afterschool running club for 5th grade students to increase health awareness and interest for cross country and track participation available in 6th grade. Mrs. Renbargers PE classes have been participating in the program titled CMotion. What is CMotion? It is a new fitness system that has schools benching traditional PE activities for a music-driven exergaming experience that keeps the mind and body in action. No teams, no whistles, no coaches, just an advanced gaming system, the hottest new music and a totally interactive spin on fitness! Thank you to the Elwood Optimist Club, EIS PTO, and our student activity fund for providing this program at no cost for our families. Mrs. Renbargers students will also be participating in Jump Rope for Heart a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and finally EIS will be starting a Steps for Success walking fitness program. Be sure to watch for further information or again please call/stop in the EIS office for further information.

As you see through generous donations, community partners, staff dedication, and your parental involvement,EIS is able to offer additional academic programs and activities designed to enhance and increase your childs academic success!
Thank you for your continuing support in making EIS a safe and productive environment for all.
Teresa Boucher
Principal




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