New Year, New You!

This article was last modified on January 4th, 2021.

The start of the New Year is a great time to start becoming a new you. As 2020 turns, it is time not only to reflect on how you were able to make it through a very difficult year (academically, emotionally, and for some, even spiritually). Instead of looking over your shoulder at the difficulties of last year, I challenge you to look forward into your own future. We do not know what will happen but we will be ready for any challenges. I believe in the saying, “We do not scare, we prepare!”

No one moves forward in fear. Individuals move forward in faith. The ICA team is here to cheer you on in 2021. Many of you will be promoting or graduating. This is a great year to plan for your future. When the storms of 2021 come, and they will, let’s vow to PREPARE ahead of time to make sure when the wind blows and the waves crash that we do not SCARE.

Together we will make sure future generations know of our courage and fortitude in the face of adversity. As a family (and that is exactly what ICA is all about) we encourage each other to face the challenges together. I want students this time in our history to be known for their resolve to press on towards the goal to win the prize. As the world trembles, be known for leading with the courage, the fortitude, and the passion for yourself, your family, your friends, and the rest of the students and staff of ICA simply declaring, “We’ve got this!” Be the ICA heroes we all need you to be. Remember, new year, new you.

– Mr. Erb

Importance of Reading

Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year.

Students who scored at fifty percentile, read on average only 4.6 minutes a day – exposing them to 282,000 words per year.

Students in the ten percentile for reading, read less than 1 minute per day – exposing them to 8,000 words per year. (It would take them one year to read as many words as what a good reader would read in two days.)

Source: https://phoenixacademyomaha.org/read-for-20-minutes-each-day/

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