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Principal's Message

Greetings ICEF Innovation Families,
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!
It is going to be an amazing school year! Building on the mission of ICEF Public Schools, our vision statement is; IILA will provide a positive learning environment where scholars have access to a rigorous and innovative academic program that engages all stakeholders. As an educational community, we are dedicated to this vision. We believe that learning requires self-esteem, personal effort, mutual respect, a safe and orderly environment, adequate resources, and clear goals. Our staff has been trained to support this philosophy, and we firmly believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is well-planned and focused on student achievement.

We are happy to have the majority of our staff returning this school year. We do have a few new staff members. Ms. Diaz, Transitional Kindergarten, Mr. Owens 4th grade, and Ms. Favors, 5th grade. This year Mr. Long returns to 1st grade. We also welcome several Instructional Aides, Mr. Bowers (TK), Ms. Bravo (K), Ms. Joseph (1st), Ms. Mijangos (5th), Mr. Roberts and Ms. Williams (P.E.), and Mr. Morales joins us as an Intervention Specialist. These fantastic new staff members, along with our wonderful returning staff are sure to make an impact on our scholars, and they are ready and willing to ensure Excellence for all!

The effort to meet each child’s needs for growth socially, emotionally and academically is ongoing and intentional in order to ensure success, one child at a time. At IILA we use formative and summative assessments to gather data on the academic growth of our students and use that data to develop appropriate classroom and individualized instruction, which is accomplished through the use of Guided Reading, Daily 5, and Into Reading, SWUN Math, and Amplify Science implementation. We also integrate a school-wide SEL program which focuses specifically on the social-emotional growth of our students.

Our journey to success requires the efforts of all parents, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and local school community members. It is important that each stakeholder evaluates his/her role and commitment to our children, and determines the actions necessary to be a positive and productive member of our school community.

I look forward to working in partnership with you to support our students in their journey as learners. As our school motto says, we will Grow Together! Thrive Together!

We welcome you and look forward to a great school year!

In Service,
Leslie Shaw-McGee