Byron's Babbles

2016-2017 Welcome Back

Posted in Education, Educational Leadership, Uncategorized by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on August 22, 2016

victoryfieldAs Head of Schools for the Hoosier Academies Network of Schools, I want to extend a warm welcome to our returning students and family members and those of you who are new to the Hoosier Academies Network of Schools. Thank you for partnering with us in the education of your children. Many of us here are also parents and we understand the huge responsibility we have for ensuring that all children find success at every level of their academic experiences.

I am so excited to welcome you back to school today.  I have told others that this is the most excited I have ever been to start a school year. In fact Mr. Hurst, our science/biology teacher, was so excited that he could not sleep last night – think about this; he has been doing this for 41 years and he still gets nervous. I’m excited because of our new vision, mission, and core values we developed last year and the implementation around these that will guide us this year.

Our vision is “Success for Every Student in Indiana.” We define success using the definition of Dr. Felice Kaufman – “Knowing what one wants in the world and know how to get it.” We understand that success looks different for every student.

Our new mission is “Hoosier Academies Network of Schools Engages Students in a Customized and Accessible Education by Collaborating with Parents and Families for Student Success.”

We have five core values:

Students First for Success

  • We are implementing the National Family Academic Support Team with fidelity this year in order to give students and families the support needed to be successful in our schools.
  • We started the Insight School of Indiana in order to support students who are behind or need extra support to be successful.

Educating, Supporting, and Empowering Teachers, Staff, and Families for Success

  • This year we are implementing the National model for Instructional Coaching. Our teachers will be getting regular coaching in order to help them reach their full effectiveness in facilitating learning for your children.

Safe Environment for Success

  • We will continue our anti-bullying campaign.
  • We will have drug awareness programs.
  • We will be using our Raptor (instant background check) system here at our Franklin Road 7-12 Learning Center and at our Caito Road k-6 Learning Center to ensure that everyone that comes into the building has had a background check. We have alarmed our doors so we know no-one is coming in or going out that should not be. Students are assigned to a teacher for every minute of the day and instruction will be happening from the minute the students come on campus until they leave. We have implemented our School Master attendance program so that attendance is being taken with fidelity. I have set the goal of no less than 95% attendance for all of our schools, but particularly hybrid days. I believe you will find that the ship has been tightened at our hybrid centers. We must take full advantage of the face to face time that your children have with our teachers.

Strong Community Relationships for Success

  • We have had many Back to School Expos across the state and a few more to go. Check the website for other community events where you can connect with staff for support you may need.
  • Hoosier Helpings is a food pantry that can help families in need access food, toiletries, clothing, pet supplies, and some household items. Click here for  information for support if needed.

Accountability for Success

  • With our new Academic Plan we have put in place improvements to make sure that your son or daughter is receiving the support necessary for academic performance and achievement.
  • We are clearly communicating expectations
  • We are supporting a culture of continual improvement

You will be hearing more details about many of the initiatives I have touched on here during your specific school convocation break outs, but please know I am excited for us to be back together for an exciting year of learning.


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  1. Lynn Kallmeyer said, on August 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    thank you for the information


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