Principal of Carmel – Michael Dunagan’s blog

  • Welcome Back!

    Wow! I can’t believe we are almost finished with the first two weeks of school.  I am having such a wonderful time getting to know all our students.  We are moving right along and students should have received their first week’s grades.  If you have not already received your Parent Powerschool Login information via email you will be receiving it within the next few days. If you have not received it by the end of the week, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org, our Options-Carmel Administrative Assistant.

    We are still enrolling students for the 2019-20 school year!  We have an Open House every other Wednesday from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (August 21 & Sept. 4). Please feel free to refer families that would like to become a part of our Options family.  You can email our Director of Marketing Andrew Piper at apiper@optionsined.org.

    The Chromebooks are a key tool in our classrooms.  Please remind your student to charge their Chromebooks each night before coming back to school.  It is difficult to participate in class when they are dead.

    Finally, please place the following events on your calendar:

    • Wednesday, August 21 — Early Dismissal for students, Dismissal at 11:45
    • Wednesday, August 28 — Early Dismissal for students, Dismissal at 11:45
    • Monday, September 3 — Labor Day (NO School)

    Looking forward to a great school year!

    – Dunagan –

     

  • Friday Feature – Gretchen

    My name is Gretchen Taylor, and I’m starting my 14th year as the English teacher at Options-Carmel. The benefit of teaching here for so many years is having developed relationships with a ton of students over the years. Since we started school this year, we’ve had visits from several former students. On back to school night, two graduates from 2015 stopped by because they were driving by the school, saw cars in the parking lot, and assumed that the teachers would be getting ready for a new school year. Another student who was in my class during my first year of teaching at Options stopped by during the school day because he was in the area and wanted to catch up. These are the kinds of relationships that Options inspires!

    Those relationships begin on the first day of the school year. In my advising class, I have a mix of returning students and students who are new to Options, but you would never know it if you walked into my room. The students have spent the first few days talking, getting to know each other, and learning to play Scrabble, which is pretty much every English teacher’s dream! While they don’t play by all of the rules – they tell me they’ll work up to it by the end of the year – they are forming relationships.

    In the English classes this week, we wrote and shared their opinions with each other. The topics included why they want to earn their high school diplomas; what makes a helpful classmate or an effective teacher; their areas of strength and weakness in English classes; what they need in order to produce their best writing or to understand a challenging story; and, most importantly, what they plan to achieve by the end of the year. Each student was heard by their classmates in the first week of school, which seems like the start of some great relationships.

    Quote Of The Week: “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” -David Augsburger

     

  • Welcome, Michael Dunagan!

    Join us in welcoming Michael Dunagan to the Options family as he was recently named the Principal of Options-Carmel! He fills the role previously held by Camille Scott Tolliver, who is now the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Options.

    With years of experience rooted in working with students struggling at school, Dunagan brings a plethora of knowledge to the Options team. For his first Principal Blog, Dunagan answered a few questions to provide some background into who he is, what attracted him to Options & more!

     

    What is your background in education?
    I graduated from Ball State University where I studied Secondary Education in Social Studies and a minor in Multicultural Education. After graduating I took a position at Lawrence Early College High School, later renamed Stonegate Early College High School, and began the process of opening Indiana’s first Early College Charter School. The first two years I served as a social studies teacher and as assistant dean of discipline. I continued to work at Stonegate helping 6 students graduate from high school with an associates degree from Ivy Tech.

     

    In 2012 I took a position at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School as a Social Studies Teacher. I also completed my Elementary level Principal’s internship at Oaklandon School of Environmental Studies. In May of 2012, I graduated from Ball State University with a MAE in Educational Administration and Supervision. In July of 2012, I took an administrative position at Emma Donnan Middle School overseeing all instruction. As a CRT I hosted professional development, coordinated testing and school data, observed staff, and supervised all aspects of Instruction. In 2013, I took a summer position as Director of Summer School and became the Assistant Principal of EDMS. In 2014, I became the Principal of EDMS. In 2015, EDMS was expanded to K-8 school in partnership with IPS as an innovation school. EDMS is now Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School. At Emma Donnan the Elementary has earned the A letter grade the past two years and the Turnaround Middle School was removed from the failing schools list earning a C. 

     

    My experience has constantly centered around students who are behind or in danger of not graduating or dropping out of school.  As a teacher I worked with students as the senior advisor and running graduation. It was my role to help support our seniors to stay on track to graduation. Stonegate was a school for students who did not fit into the traditional public schools around them or who wanted something different. I worked with several students who had been expelled or who we were their last option to stay in school. I know I can continue helping students graduate high school. At Stonegate we also were one of the first schools to offer dual credit classes. This is now commonplace, but I have a lot of experience supporting students in these efforts.

     

    As an administrator I worked with predominantly middle school and then added elementary students.  I am use to having students enter our school years behind their peers and working to help them catch up to grade level. I know that I will have a lot of learn about Options-Carmel, but I am excited for the opportunity to serve the students, families, and staff.

     

    How familiar are you with Hamilton County and Carmel?
    My Wife and I moved to the area just south of Pendleton, IN back in 2007. We have lived on the far north side the past 12 years and are very familiar with north from Pendleton to Zionsville. My wife has worked at Primrose of WestClay for the past 12 years and has been the director of the school for the last 10. Our oldest son attended Primrose thru Kindergarten and our youngest is still at the school.  We have spent a lot of time in the Carmel area and plan to continue to be part of the community for a very long time.

     

    What attracted you to Options Schools?
    I have worked in charter schools and schools of choice during my entire education career. I have worked to serve families that wanted a better option for their student. I saw Options as an opportunity to continue that work in an organization that believes all students could be successful and that understood the importance of family and community. I want to be part of a family as a school. I see the Options team treat each other and their students as family. I had to be a part of that type of culture and help continue their legacy of making a difference in students’ lives each day.

     

    Is there anybody you’d like to recognize as you move into this role?
    There are so many people who have helped and supported me along the way. I wanted to thank my family for supporting me. My parents for teaching me what it meant to work hard and to always do my best.  My wife, Kendra, for being my rock and believing I can do anything I put myself into. I want to thank my two boys for being the best kids a father could ask for. I would like to thank Dr. Scott Syverson for supporting as a mentor getting me started as an administrator. Thank you to all the students, teachers, and staff members I have had an opportunity to work with so far. You have all shaped me. I hope that the Options family will be as impactful in my life.

     

    Interesting Facts:

    • Married to my wonderful wife, Kendra, and have to boys, Hudson and Maddox.
    • I am an avid Disney fan. Our family visits Disney parks often. We collect, watch, listen, and experience as much Disney as we can as a family.
    • I enjoy running, I have completed several half marathons and enjoy running regularly.
    • I am a big Indianapolis Colts fan, and try to meet as many of the players as possible.

     

    About Options Schools
    As free, public charter schools, Options Schools are designed to support the academic and social needs of students that haven’t found success in the traditional public school environment. At Options, students are encouraged to explore and embrace their individuality in a caring, supportive, and inclusive environment.

    Through small class sizes and an individualized academic approach, the outstanding and highly trained instructors and staff of Options propel students to achieving academic success in middle school, high school and their future endeavors. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year, but space is limited so interested applicants should apply ASAP in order to secure a seat.


  • Options expands 2019 Open House schedule

    In order to continue the efforts of serving as many students as possible within the state of Indiana, Options Charter Schools will be hosting six additional Open Houses from July until September.

    Each Open House will run from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and attendees will be able to tour the respective campus and speak with Options Principals, teachers and other team members.

    After hosting six well-attended Open Houses in the spring, Options is adding dates to provide more students with the opportunity to see what can be accomplished with a small, personalized approach to education.

    Open House Schedule
    Wednesday, July 24 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, July 31 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, August 14 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, August 21 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, August 28 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, Sept. 4 (Carmel)

    The addresses for each campus can be found here. 

    Unable to attend an Open House? Visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a private campus tour and you’ll also have a chance to have any questions answered by an Options team member.

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year, but space is limited so interested applicants should apply ASAP in order to secure a seat.

    About Options Schools
    As free, public charter schools, Options Schools are designed to support the academic and social needs of students that haven’t found success in the traditional public school environment. At Options, students are encouraged to explore and embrace their individuality in a caring, supportive, and inclusive environment.

    Through small class sizes and an individualized academic approach, the outstanding and highly trained instructors and staff of Options propel students to achieving academic success both in high school and their future endeavors.


  • An Amazing Journey

    Although I am saying goodbye as the Principal of Options Charter School-Carmel, I am actually saying hello to a lifelong dream of coaching our teaching staff and providing them with the necessary tools to meet our students’ academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs as the new Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

    There are several innovative methods of instructing our students who have struggled in the classroom for most of their school years. I will be able to work with teachers in and outside of the classroom and provide them with resources, tools, curriculum, and professional development that will in turn increase the academic rigor of Options Charter Schools.   

    I cannot thank my direct supervisor, Michelle Walden, enough for coaching me and helping me adapt to the Options family. Working with at-risk students can be extremely challenging at times, but I have learned to love with logic, to set high academic and behavioral  expectations, and to come alongside my students to help them meet those expectations. I have also had the opportunity to be a part of hundreds of students’ success stories and have been blessed to have worked with an awesome administrative and teaching staff at Carmel.

    I would like to give a special “thank you” to all of the Options-Carmel students and staff.  You have given me courage, strength, and constructive criticism that have made me into the leader I am today.  To the wonderful families that have trusted me with your students, I say “thank you” as well. We have partnered together to ensure your students received a holistic education where we not only focused on their academics, but also their public and private struggles that have hindered their progress in the classroom.  I am so honored to be a part of an organization that focuses on building relationships with students so they can be apart of a family that genuinely cares about their well being.

    To the Class of 2019, we started together in the fall of 2016 and I am so proud of you all!  You persevered through extremely challenging obstacles and you have proven to your underclassmen that you can succeed if you continue to work hard, accept redirection, and learn from your mistakes.

    Finally, please continue to share your Options stories with others.  There are so many youth who would benefit from our relational approach to instructing students. We would be happy to welcome them into our Options family where all students can:  Belong, Believe, and Achieve!

    ~ Camille ~

     

  • Valedictorian Spotlight: Elizabeth Ty

    On Wednesday, May 29, another group will receive their high school diplomas and join the #OptionsGrad Family!

    Options Campus: Carmel
    Enrollment Date: October 2016

    How did you hear about Options?
    Through a friend.

    How do you enjoy spending your time outside of school?
    I really enjoy cosmetology and hanging out with my friends.

    What did you enjoy most about Options?
    The teachers are just great. They’re really invested and really care, which is different than usual. It was a new experience to have teachers come to you with interest in helping make sure you can be successful.

    Did you have a favorite subject or teacher?
    Science

    In what areas has Options helped you improve?
    I am definitely more outgoing and have become more confident and comfortable when it comes to talking to people. I felt comfortable here, so that allowed me to grow.

    What are your plans and aspirations moving forward?
    I want to go into a career in either fashion design or something with young children. I have always had an interest in fashion and being around kids. I will be enrolling at Ivy Tech in Bloomington and plan to transfer to Indiana University. I am excited to move to Bloomington because my sister goes to IU.

    How does it feel to be one of the top students in your graduating class?
    I knew I was going to be close to being named Valedictorian, but I was really excited when I found out because I never expected that I could have accomplished that a couple years ago.

    How are you doing with writing your graduation speech?
    I actually already have it all written and just need to revise it. Lauren (Bangs) and Gretchen (Taylor) helped me with it and it took me about a week total.

    How would you explain “The Options Experience” to a non-student?
    You definitely get a lot more help from teachers. Everyone knows everyone at this school, and it is just one big family. It sounds kind of corny, but it is true.

    How has Options helped you prepare for life after high school?
    I am more self-confident, and I never really wanted to go to college before I came to Options, but I started to think more about it and became more interested. I even thought about taking a year off of school, but now I’m going straight to college. My family is all very happy about my success and so am I.


  • Salutatorian Spotlight: Emily Campbell

    On Wednesday, May 29, another group will receive their high school diplomas and join the #OptionsGrad Family!

    Options Campus: Carmel
    Enrollment Date: August 2017

    How did you hear about Options?
    My step sister was actually a student at Options, so I heard about it from her. Having here at Options with me just makes things even better because we have a close group, which is nice.

    What were you thinking when you first stepped on campus?
    At first it was an experiment because I was used to the public-school system where it isn’t easy to build a relationship with your teachers. I soon realized there was always someone to talk to at Options and it was different. I felt very accepted and understood and the teachers showed interest in each individual student. I knew that I wouldn’t be going back to my previous school and this would be the best for me.

    How do you enjoy spending your time outside of school?
    I enjoy drawing. A little bit of everything, mostly with markers and pencils because I’m not much of a painter. I also enjoy reading and writing a lot. I enjoy poetry and really love motivational books because they have had a positive impact on me in tough times. I also enjoy making album art as a side hustle.

    What have you enjoyed most about Options?
    The flexibility has been amazing. I love how teachers want to know us as people so they can tach to our strengths and individualize whatever the lesson is. They are happy to take extra time to make sure we understand.

    Did you have a favorite subject or teacher?
    I just love literature, so I enjoy all of the language arts and English classes. I like when I can write about the things I enjoy, and it is easy to express your thoughts at Options. When I was younger, being pressured to read made me hate it, but once I have it another try, I just really enjoyed reading and writing.

    In what areas has Options helped you improve?
    I’ve learned a lot about the best ways to have open communication and I’ve improved my my social skills, even little things. I am just more comfortable and having been around people that genuinely care has made me want to be that way to others.

    What are your plans and aspirations moving forward?
    I want to have a project-based career where I can be my own boss. I have a passion for overseeing photoshoots, doing makeup, photography and special effects, but I want to be a part of fashion and self-expression. I am going to travel to the west coast in June so I can utilize my current connections and network with people in those careers.

    How does it feel to be one of the top students in your graduating class?
    I have the most supportive parents in the entire world, and they were so excited and I was really excited too. I feel proud because I was able to come through some things and stay strong in school. It wasn’t easy, but that was my goal. I knew I wanted to raise my GPA, so I worked really hard and it all just worked out for me.

    How would you explain “The Options Experience” to a non-student?
    I loved the small class sizes because it made me feel important and I didn’t just feel like a number here. It is nice that we can talk to teachers and they are interested because they want to know you for you. They know how to help us succeed because they know us as people. You also get to know every student.

     

  • Teacher Spotlight: Gretchen (Carmel)

    As part of National #CharterSchoolsWeek (May 12-18), Options is sharing stories about its teachers, students, supporters and more in an effort to help more people #ExploreOptions.

    Now in her 13th year as an English teacher at Options Charter School – Carmel, Gretchen Taylor isn’t afraid to admit that she wasn’t quite sure what she was signing up for in the fall of 2006, but everything has worked out along the way.

    Having grown up in Carmel and attended Carmel High School, Taylor attended Hope College in Michigan because it provided her with a chance to attend a smaller school than she experienced in high school.

    After teaching English at multiple levels in a traditional high school, she was presented with an opportunity in her hometown.

    “I was actually late to my interview because I couldn’t find the building,” said Taylor. “When I was in high school, I knew what ‘The Matrix School’ was doing before it was changed and named ‘Options,’ but now I had the chance to work with a cross-section of students that I didn’t know existed when I was in school.”

    By teaching at a charter school, Taylor was able to teach the subjects in the way that she felt was best. For a young teacher, that ability was new and somewhat daunting.

    “I wasn’t used to being able to create the curriculum, but now I embrace that control and use it to make the classes the best they can be,” Taylor explained. “It is great to be able to customize the coursework to include student interests and what is popular because it is more engaging.”

    As Taylor became more familiar with how to structure her courses, she also became more familiar with the faces and the people that were taking those classes.

    “I really enjoy being able to get to know the kids,” Taylor said. “I can honestly say I know every student in the building by name and that is an awesome feeling. The staff are able to form relationships with them and truly get to know them; it is a really cool thing to watch these kids grow and evolve.”

    It took nearly four years for Taylor to fully understand the impact made by her, and all Options teachers, on students.

    “Once I saw the first class that I taught  as freshman  go on to graduate, I realized how cool what we were doing truly was,” Taylor said. “Being able to see those students persevere and improve was so rewarding, and it is the same for every graduating class. The longer I’m here, the more I fall in love with what we’re doing here.”

    While Taylor’s 13-year career has made her well aware of how Options Schools fit into the educational landscape, some of the general public isn’t so fortunate.

    “It has also been interesting to listen to people try to figure out what  ‘charter school’ means,” Taylor said. “Some people view it as competition, but we’re here to help serve students that need it. We’re a public school that welcomes students from all walks of life.”

     

  • Options-Carmel picks Kristian as April Student of the Month

    A senior at Options, Kristian Bear has been selected as the April Student of the Month for the Options-Carmel campus.

    Kristian enrolled at Options during his sophomore year of high school in January 2017.

    His hobbies include playing sports like basketball and football, fishing for bass and catfish and weightlifting. Kristian has also been able to travel to Cuba and Mexico, and considers himself fortunate for being able to experience different cultures.

    If you ask Kristian to identify his favorite thing about Options, he’ll immediately say “it’s a small community.” That small community allows for one-on-one help from teachers when students need it and it also allows for everyone to know each other.

    U.S. History is Kristian’s favorite subject in school, mainly because of how the course material allows him to adventure into the past.

    Since enrolling at Options, Kristian has not only seen an improvement in his grades, but also in his self-confidence. Thanks to the teachers at Options, Kristian has regained his passion in the classroom through their approach of making sure each student fully understands what is being discussed in class.

    After he graduates high school, Kristian is planning on attending Vincennes University in Lebanon, Indiana. He plans on specializing in Vincennes’ carpentry program with aspirations of one day building and renovating homes.

     

  • Six more weeks!

    Wow! We have less than six weeks before the end of the school year.  Students will be wrapping up projects, preparing for their final exams, and our seniors will be walking across the stage before we know it!

    All families were sent an email inviting them to fill out the Intent to Return form for the 2019-2020 school year.  All students, including graduating seniors, need to have this form submitted. If your student is graduating, please mark the form indicating they will not be returning next year. The link you will use to fill out this form is on the bottom left side of your Parent Portal in PowerSchool. You can also use https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=15675&culture=en  but will need your SnapCode from your email if you choose to use this link.  If you are having issues or have not received an email and/or snapcode, please email cscott@optionsined.org.  Please make sure you complete the form as soon as possible.  We will have open enrollment in June and we want to make sure your student as a seat for the 2019-20 school year.

    Here are some very important dates at the Carmel campus as we progress towards summer vacation:

    • April 24-25 — ISTEP+ Testing for sophomores  
    • May 1-2–ILEARN Biology testing for Biology students
    • May 3—Spring Picnic and Prom (more info to come)
    • May 6-9–NWEA testing
    • May 10– Full Day E-Learning (students will be working from home on E-learning assignments)
    • May 17–ASVAB at Noblesville campus from 9:00 am – 12:00pm

    Have a great holiday weekend!


  • Warm weather is on the horizon!

    Thank you for allowing your students to participate in our ISP goal field trip to the Newport Aquarium.  I am excited to announce that 84% of our students are progressing towards meeting 2 or more of their ISP goals. The teachers and I appreciate your partnership in ensuring each student has the opportunity to succeed academically, behaviorally and social-emotionally.

    We are now working towards a new goal…every student passing every class by Friday, March 29th! Please make sure you check your email as teachers will be communicating with you about student grades, after school tutoring opportunities and other resources to help your student pass their classes.

    Last night, we held our first Open House of 2019 and had a chance to introduce Options to a few Hamilton County families. We’ve still got five Open Houses between now and June!

    Here are a few important announcements for the last few weeks before Spring Break:

    • March 11th – 22nd—ISTEP+ testing for all sophomores
    • March 25th—ASVAB testing
      • All juniors and seniors who have opted out of taking the ISTEP+ need to be at the school no later than 8:00 AM to begin testing promptly at 8:30 AM.
    • March 25th – March 29th—”Options’ Got Game!” Spirit Week!
      • Monday: Candy Land – Sweet Dreams Pajama Day
      • Tuesday: Scrabble – Dress up as something that starts with the same letter as your name or wear your first letter of your name and make words with your friends!
      • Wednesday: The Game of Life- Dress as your future career
      • Thursday: Guess Who – Dress as a TV show / movie / book character and see if we can guess who you are!
      • Friday: Battleship – Battle of the classes! Freshmen and sophomores wear blue. Juniors and seniors wear gray/silver.
    • April 1st – 12th—Spring Break!

    That’s all for now!

    ~ Camille

     

  • We are Family!

    We are super excited to announce that we have eight new students who have joined our Options Family over the past four weeks!  

    One of our new students, Johnathan Cranfill and I had a chance to chat for a few minutes. I asked him specifically about his first three weeks at Options:

    “I really felt welcomed and at home.  I have made new friends and I enjoy all of my teachers.  This school is really like a family and I am glad I chose to come here.”

    We are still accepting new enrollments and would love to set up a tour for any student interested in knowing more about Options Carmel.  We sincerely strive to make sure that all students “Belong, Believe, and Achieve!”

    Looking forward to meeting new families and spending quality time with our current Options staff and students!

    Also, we recently announced our 2019 Open House schedule, so I welcome all of our current Options families to spread the word to families that you feel could benefit from all of the great things that we have to offer.

    Camille

  • Working Towards Reaching Goals…Everyday

    At Options, we are committed to ensuring your student feels as if they “belong” to our Options family, they “believe” in themselves in order to “achieve” their personal goals.  

    This is accomplished daily, through our Individualized Service Plans (ISPs). Every student on our campus created an academic goal, a behavioral goal, and a social emotional goal.  Your student’s advisor has been working diligently to support them in choosing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time specific) goals. Please feel free to ask your student about their ISP goals and how they plan to reach them.

    All students who are making adequate progress on meeting their goals will receive a free pizza lunch on Thursday, February 14.  

    All students who are continuing to make adequate progress by the end of the quarter will be invited to travel to Bloomington for full day of skiing and snowboarding on Monday, March 4!

    Looking forward to an amazing third quarter!

    Camille

  • NWEA Testing headlines latest announcements

    Have you heard the great news?! We are pleased to announce that we will be purchasing land for our new school in Westfield, Indiana!  I will be sharing more detailed information soon.

    Please note the important dates/announcements for January/February:

    • NWEA Testing, January 22-January 31 — All students will be NWEA testing daily.  Please make sure your student is present so that we can complete testing in a timely manner.
    • Opt-Out ISTEP+ Forms, Friday, February 1 — All junior and senior students who would like to pursue a CTE pathway or take the ASVAB in lieu taking the ISTEP+ will need to have their parents complete the “Opt-Out” form by Friday, February 1 at noon.  If we do not have an Opt-Out form for any junior or senior, they will have to take the ISTEP+ Test.
    • ISTEP+ Practice Testing, Tuesday February 5 — All sophomores and first time ISTEP+ students will be taking the practice test.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email our school counselor, Melanie Terrell, mterrell@optionsined.org.
    • President’s Day (NO SCHOOL), Monday, February 18
    • ISTEP+ 10th Grade Testing, February 25 – 28 — All sophomores and first time ISTEP+ students will be taking the ELA and the Algebra ISTEP+ test from 12:30-3:00pm daily.  It is absolutely essential for every sophomore to be present and ready to test.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email our school counselor, Melanie Terrell, mterrell@optionsined.org.

    We will continue our half-day Friday dismissals at 11:45 a.m.

    That’s all for now! Have a super warm January & February!

    – Camille –

  • Welcome Back!
    Options Carmel School

     We have been working hard preparing for the students’ return. We hope your family had a wonderful and restful break. We are looking forward to your student finishing strong during the spring semester.  

    We have a few updates so please adhere to the following announcements:

    ·      January 21st –MLK Day No School

    ·      January 22nd  – February 1st –Winter NWEA testing

    ·      Reminder every Friday students are dismissed at 11:45 AM

    All students who have a 65% or below in any class will be asked to participate in lunch study hall and possibly after school tutoring to ensure they understand the curriculum and to raise their grade(s). Grades will be ran every Tuesday morning, starting January 15th. Parents/guardians will receive an email if their student has a 65% or lower in any class.

    **We are currently running low on Kleenex, reams of copy paper and hand sanitizer. If you would like to donate any of these items please feel free to send them with your student.

  • Finals

    I can’t believe this is my last blog for the 2018 Fall semester!  We’ve had a great semester and we want to continue to work towards every student earning every credit!  We have some very important information about our last week of the Fall Semester, December 17 – December 21:

    • Monday December 17- Tuesday December 18

    All students will be preparing for final projects/exams on Monday (Dec. 17) and Tuesday (Dec. 18).  It is absolutely essential for your student to be present so they can complete study guides, work on missing assignments, and prepare for the finals on Wednesday.

    • Wednesday, December 19-FINALS

    All students will complete their final projects/exams on Wednesday, December 19.  All students who attend school for a half day will need to be here for a full day in order to finish all of their finals.  If this will be an issue due to work schedules, please have your student make arrangements with their teachers.  Here is the schedule for the day:
    First Block Finals (Period 1) 8:45am-10:15amSecond Block Finals (Period 2)–10:15am-11:45amLunch:  11:45am to 12:30 pmThird Block Finals (Period 3)–12:30pm – 1:45pmFourth Block Finals (Period 4)–1:45pm – 3:00pmAll 5th and 6th period Elective Finals will take place in classrooms on Monday and Tuesday.

    • Thursday December 20

    This is a make-up day for any student who did not take their final on Wednesday or for any student who took their final and would like to complete any missing assignments to pass their classes.  If your student is not passing their classes (at least 60%) by Wednesday December 19, at 6pm, they need to report to school to work with their teachers for additional support.  Please check Powerschool on Wednesday evening to check your student’s grades.

    • Friday, December 21

    We will dismiss school at 11:45am.  All student work must be completed and finalized. Please make sure your student is picked up by noon as there will be no after school care. If your student has extenuating circumstances, please make sure you email their teachers so that they can create a plan to complete their finals over winter break.
    This is also a make-up day for any student who did not take their final on Wednesday or for any student who took their final and would like to complete any missing assignments to pass their classes.  If your student is not passing their classes (at least 60%) by Wednesday December 19, at 6pm, they need to report to school to work with their teachers for additional support.
    Winter Break will begin Monday, December 24, 2018 – Monday January 7, 2019
    Special thanks to all of our parents who continue to partner with our school to support our students!  Have a wonderful holiday and a spectacular New Year!!!

  • Testing, and End of 1st Semester

     

    We have approximately 3 weeks remaining until the end of the semester. It is very important your student is in attendance every day as they will be wrapping up final projects and completing any missing assignments.

    All students who are currently failing any classes will be attending lunch study hall and possibly after school tutoring until they are passing all of their classes. Camille will be reaching out to parents this week via email to help create a plan in order to best serve our students.

    As we approach the testing window, please note that there have been some recent changes to the Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE). Sophomores who did not pass the I-STEP+10 assessment last academic year (2017-18) now have the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of this requirement. Please read the information below.

    Options Charter Schools offers the following in lieu of passing the I-STEP+10.

    ▪  Passing Score on ASVAB–Students tested in October and will retest in February and April.

    ▪  Career-Technical Education Concentrator–All juniors are currently enrolled in a CTE concentrator.

     

    If you would like for your Junior level student to opt-out of taking the I-STEP in the Spring semester, please complete the attached form, with signature, and return to school by Thursday, November 29th at 3pm. For your convenience there will also be a paper copy available at the front desk. Thank you for your cooperation.

     

    Please note to the following December calendar events:

    • December 7th–Picture Retakes @ 9:30 AM. All new students, students that were absent for the first picture day, or students needing their photo retaken will need to make sure they are present and have their photo taken for a school ID even if you are not purchasing a photo packet.
    • December 20th—Annual Cookies and Cocoa competition @ 2:00 PM. Students are encouraged to bring in their favorite baked goods to share. Prizes will be awarded for different categories.
    • December 24th– January 7th —Winter Break
  • Hello November!

    I can’t believe how quickly this semester is moving along. Students will be choosing their electives for the spring semester and our seniors have just finished ordering their graduation gear. Please continue to support your student by checking their grades on PowerSchool every Monday after 6:00 PM. Because of your continued support, our missing assignment list was cut in half this past week.

    Here are a few events for the month of November:

    • Thursday, November 15th at 9:30 AM –Picture retakes. Please make sure your student is present for retakes if they missed the initial picture day. All students need to have their photo taken for a school ID even if you are not purchasing a photo package.
    • Tuesday, November 20th—Our annual family Thanksgiving lunch Feast. Parents are welcome to attend. We will be sending out more information on this event in the near future.
    • Wednesday, November 21st-Friday November 23rd—No School for Thanksgiving Break
    • Remember we dismiss at 11:45 AM every Friday.

    We still have open seats available for enrollment. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

    Wishing you a warm and safe November as we enter into the holiday season,

    Camille

  • Happy Fall

    Happy Fall! Who else is ready for hoodies, bonfires, boots, jeans, crisp cool air, hot cocoa, football and beautiful fall colors? I know I am! We have a very busy and bustling month ahead. Please make sure you read the following October dates carefully.

    October 3rd—Hearing Screenings for all 10th graders and any new student to the Options Charter School Carmel (grades 9-12).

    October 5th— Early dismissal (student’s dismissed at 11:45 AM)

    October 9th—Picture Day. Students MUST get their photo taken in order to get a school ID even if you are not purchasing a package. Information from Lifetouch will be sent home with your students by Friday, September 28th.

    October 10th—PSATs for all sophomores and juniors. We must start the test promptly at 8:30 AM so please ensure your student arrives on time.

    October 12th—Early dismissal (student’s dismissed at 11:45 AM)

    October 15th-19th—No School (Fall Break)

    October 23rd—Herff Jones presentation for Seniors at 9:30 AM (cap & gown, graduation announcements, etc)

    October 26th— Early dismissal (student’s dismissed at 11:45 AM)

    October 30th—Senior Family Night with Herff Jones 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM (seniors will order their cap & gowns, announcements, etc. Dinner will be served as well.)

    October 31st—ASVAB testing for juniors and any senior who would like to retake the exam

    The State Bill 65 form will be coming home in the mail next week if we have not already received a copy from you. This will be the final copy that we will be sending out. If we do not receive the form back, the school will assume your approval.

  • Mid-term Grades
    Wow!  What a great start to the school year.  Parents have just received their students’ mid-term grades and students are actively working towards earning credits for the fall semester.  Our school year focus is “Every Student, Every Credit, Every Semester.” Please let us know how we can support your student. If you do not have your PowerSchool Login, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org ,so that you can have access to your student’s grades.

     

    Here are some important dates for the month of September:
    September 17-21–NWEA Testing
    September 20–Junior/Senior College Fair Field Trip
    September 2111:45am Dismissal
    September 27–Canoe Trip

     

    Have a super week and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
  • Fall Picnic ’18
    We are currently finishing up week 5 and students are making adequate progress towards earning credits.  Our Fall semester goal is for every student to earn every credit!

     

    Students are making up missing assignments in preparation for midterm grade reports.  Parents, please make sure you check PowerSchool on Wednesday, September 12. Your student’s mid-term grades will be finalize on September 12th.  All students who are failing any class will be asked to make arrangements to stay after school to get additional support from teachers. If you do not have access to your PowerSchool username and password, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org.

     

    Our annual Fall picnic will be Friday, September 7th.  Please feel free to donate chips, canned drinks or desserts. This is considered a normal school day for attendance and the expectation is that every student attend the picnic. All students who would like to ride the bus need to be at school no later than 9:00am to secure a seat on the bus.  There will be no staff members on campus after 9:15. We will return to school at approximately 2:30pm. Students need to be picked up from campus by 3:00pm.

     

    We still have open seats for enrollment!  Please feel free to contact family and friends who would like to enroll at Options.  We have Open Houses scheduled for Thursday, September 6 & 13.

     

    Friendly Reminders for the month of September:
    Friday September 14, 21, 28–Half Day (Students need to be picked up by 11:45am)
    NWEA Testing September 17-21

     

    Thanks so much for your continued support!
  • End of August

    I can’t believe August is almost coming to a close!  We still have open enrollment and limited seats available.  Please feel free to share your student’s experience with other families so they can enroll as well.  We have Open Houses for interested families every Thursday from 5:30-7:30.

    All junior and senior parents should have received their students’ Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results in the mail.  If you did not receive the letter, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org.

    Please make sure that all seniors are well rested and ready to take the ASVAB on Wednesday, August 28.  Seniors can take the ASVAB to qualify for graduation if they have not passed the ISTEP+. They need to arrive by 8:20am.

    Student will be dismissed on this Friday, August 31 at 11:45am and Labor Day is Monday, September 3 and we will not have school.  Enjoy your three-day weekend!

    Our annual Fall picnic will be on Friday, September 7 at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, 1 Park Dr., Fishers IN, 46038 from 10:00am-1:00pm.  Parents can drop off and pick up students from the park. Please feel free to send chips, snacks, soda or desserts with your student.

    Here are some friendly reminders of some very important dates for the month of September:

    September 14, 21, & 28—Half Day (11:45 dismissal) for Staff Professional Development

    September 17-21—NWEA Testing

    Have a super week!

  • Welcome Back!

    Wow! I can’t believe we have finished the first week of school.  I am having a blast reconnecting with former students and getting to know our new students.  We are moving right along and students should have received their first week’s grades.  If you have not already received your Parent Powerschool Login information via email you will be receiving it within the next few days. If you have not received it by the end of the week, please email Jenny, jhoshor@optionsined.org.

    We are still enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year!  We have open house every Thursday from 5:30-7:30. Please feel free to refer families that would like to become a part of our Options family.  You can email our Director of Recruitment, CJ Franklin for more information, cjfranklin@optionsined.org.

    Finally, please place the following August events on your calendar:

    Friday, August 17—Half day for students, Dismissal at 11:45

    Friday, August 24—Half day for students, Dismissal at 11:45

    Wednesday August 29—ASVAB for Seniors, 8:30-11:30am

    Friday, August 31—Half day for students, Dismissal at 11:45

    Looking forward to a great school year!

    Camille Scott Tolliver

    Principal-Carmel Location

  • Back to School Information
    BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT–Thursday, August 2nd 4:30-7:30pm 
    All Options families need to attend this event. Parents/guardians will need to complete updated enrollment information, pay book fees and lunch money, sign chromebook agreement forms, and meet with the principal to discuss important school events.  Students will pick up their schedules/chromebooks, have an opportunity to meet briefly with their teachers, and sign up for any after school clubs.
    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL–Monday August, 6
    We will begin school promptly at 8:30 am!  Students are can be dropped off as early as 7:30am.  We will also be serving breakfast daily for $1.00 from 7:45-8:20am.
    FRIDAY E-LEARNING DAYS–Beginning Friday, August 10
    We will be dismissing school every Friday at 11:45am and students will be completing E-learning assignments from home during the afternoon. You will be receiving more information at our Back to To School Night on Thursday, August 2.
    Please feel free to stop in or call during our summer office hours:
    Monday, TuesdayWednesday, and Friday-9am to 2pm
    Thursday2:30-7:30pm
    Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
    Below is the school supplies list for 2018-19 school year:
    Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
    Pencils
    Pens
    Scientific Calculator (if taking a math course)
    Ear buds
    Highlighters (any color)
    1 Ream of Blank White Paper
    2 Boxes of Tissues
    1 Container of Clorox Wipes
  • End of Year

    I had a blast at the 2018 picnic and prom!  We enjoyed watching students compete in the Options Olympics, enjoy food, and spend time with our Noblesville campus.  We danced the night away at prom and watched our Math teacher, Phil Bertsch, have a dance off with a student!  Special thank you to all of the parents that donated items for the picnic and prom.  You helped make lasting memories for our staff and students.

    We only have 3 full weeks of school so we will be very busy ensuring that ALL students earn every credit attempted this semester.  I will be emailing parents who have students failing in any class so that we can work together to ensure they earn their credits.  We will have before and after school tutoring and lunch study hall.  Please email or call the school if you need your PowerSchool login information to check your student’s grades.

    We have several important events, so please adhere to the following:

    Hearing Test (Sophomores Only)—May 9

    NWEA Testing–May 8 – 11

    ECA Testing–May 9-18

    Early Release (at 11:45)—May 18

    Graduation Ceremony—May 30 at 6:30pm (Ritz-Charles, Carmel, Indiana)

    Prom 2018

 

Wow! I can’t believe we have finished the first week of school. I am having a blast reconnecting with former students and getting to know our new students. We are moving right along and students should begin receiving grades in PowerSchool beginning next week. You will be receiving your PowerSchool login information soon.

Our teachers and counselors are using “tapping” to help manage stress. Ask your students about how we are managing stress in the building. If you would like more information or would like your student to participate in emotional feeling techniques to manage their stress, please contact the school office or email me at cscott@optionsined.org.

We are still enrolling students for the 2017-18 school year! We have open house on Tuesday, August 15, from 5:30-7:30 and families are also invited to come in during the school day to enroll students as well.

Finally, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 30! We are having a “Meet the Teachers” night for our families from 5:30-7:00pm. You will have the opportunity to walk through your student’s schedule and meet their teachers, learn about classroom and building expectations, and speak with me as well!

Have a great week and hope to see you soon!