This article was last modified on January 26th, 2022.
Start your year off with some new reading goals! Can you commit to reading a new type of book or story? A new genre or author? A chapter, section, or number of pages a day? Work on comprehension strategies like: visualizing, connecting to prior knowledge, retelling, making inferences, asking questions, predicting, summarizing, retelling, or organizing into a story map. Challenging your mind is a great way to get ready for state testing!
Happy Reading – Mrs.L
Ms. Gjerde and Mr. Kast
Mr. Kast’s Thoughts – Learn to be Grateful
With Thanksgiving just past us, I want to encourage all of you to know that one of the greatest things you can do is to stop and reflect on the things that are good in our lives, the things we can be grateful for. Life will give you challenges, but if you continue to focus on those parts that are good, it will change how you look at life. Be grateful today!
Another month has passed and I am pleased with many of my students’ progress. My focus this past month has been time on task. You will never be very good at anything if you don’t put in the time, and when I see someone not doing very well, a large part can and will be how much time and effort has been put into it. As the saying goes “You 100% fail at everything you never try.” Put your time in this month and watch your success grow!
Senior Class Corner
Our Senior class this year is composed of a group of young people who are ready to step out into the real world and take their place as the next generation of dreamers, builders, and leaders. We have a few Seniors that are presently taking college classes in both Barstow and Victor Valley community colleges and a few who are preparing to join the military upon graduation. We are working closely with our Seniors in helping them with their ”Post Graduation Plans” as they prepare to transition into the real world of work and adulthood.
As we near the completion of our first semester, many of our seniors are already stepping out into the real world as they gain employment, take college classes, and assume adult responsibilities; they deserve a big SHOUT OUT!
Many of our seniors have been with ICA since middle school, so it has been a real pleasure, and sometimes a real challenge to get to where they are now. We still have a lot of hard work to do, but together we will get there. We look forward to the last part of our shared journey as we get them across the graduation finish line.
I do love the beginning of the year. All things seem possible. No matter what last year’s challenges may have been, the new year allows each and every person to do things differently than they did the year before. This is very true about most things but especially true of school. Whatever you did in the past does not have to be part of your future. If you were not the student you wanted to be, then let the new year bring out the new you!
Be focused, take notes, and learn how to learn. Education is the foundation you need to build a great life. Now, if you WERE a great student last year, then keep traveling on that pathway to success! 2021 was filled with challenges, but as a nation, we faced those challenges and are learning each and every day how to overcome them. We have only a few short weeks until the end of the school year. Make the most of each and every day to become the very best version of you that you can be! The whole ICA team is here to help and to cheer you on towards the goal to win the prize (a great education that is)! I am looking forward to seeing all of your names on Dr. Esposito’s wall of honor roll students. Make it your goal and then do what it takes to achieve it!
Any seniors interested in purchasing senior pictures can do so. The photographer we use is Gonzalez Photography. Aracely Gonzalez is the owner and her phone number is 760-694-2008. You can contact her to set up an appointment to get your sitting time and senior pictures completed.
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