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  • Students of the Month – Nov. 2020

    Congrats to our November Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year! Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.

    November Options Student of the Month


    November 2020 Students of the Month:

    • Gwen R. (Options-Carmel)
    • Vincent C. (Options with ABA)
    • Aiden B. (Options Indiana)
    • Felicia Y. (Options Indiana)
    • Sterling W. (Options @ HYCA)
    • Richard A. (Options @ HYCA)

    Gwen R.
    Options-Carmel

    Grade: 12th 

    When did you enroll at Options?
    Since the beginning of this school year in August

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy music, cooking & running. Over the Thanksgiving break, I did three different races in a row – I ran a 4K, 5K and 6K with just 30 minutes in-between each, so I’m still recovering from it.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    All of the teachers are nice & I am really able to focus a lot better than at my old school. I also felt really welcome from when I first started here.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I like science & English.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
    Definitely my academics. I used to have a lot of distractions & wasn’t able to focus, but with the structure here, I don’t feel such a burden with everything.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I have thought about going into the Navy before I attend college, possibly something in the culinary field. My mom & dad were both in the Navy and I think that it can help me grow.


    Vincent C.
    Options @ BACA

    Grade: 11th

    How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
    This is my second year in the Options @ BACA program.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    Spending time on my iPad, playing games and going on walks.

    What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
    Friends and learning in a small group.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    Subjects that use technology and reading.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    Flexibility with my day & schedule.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    Undetermined


    Aiden B.
    Options Indiana

    Grade: 10th

    What is your hometown/Where are you located in Indiana?
    I live in Fishers, Indiana & I was born in Marion, Illinois.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy spending my free time with friends or playing video games.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    My favorite thing about Options is that I can work at my own pace.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject in school is science.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I improved in getting my work done on time.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I plan on enlisting in the Army after I graduate.


    Felicia Y.
    Options Indiana

    Grade: 12

    What is your hometown/Where are you located in Indiana?
    My hometown is Culver, Indiana and it’s where I’m still currently living/

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I don’t get much free time being the mom to a beautiful eight-year-old, but I enjoy movies & games with my family when I have time.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    My favorite thing about Options is the flexible hours that work for me being a busy mom with a very busy schedule.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject in school is math.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I would say I improved in a lot of areas, more than I ever thought was possible when I started at Options.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    Yes, I do want to get a degree in the field of IT (Information Technology). I really love to fix computer issues or phone issues and work with any tech items.


    Sterling W.
    Options @ HYCA

    Grade: 12

    What is your hometown?
    Westfield, IN

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I was able to graduate early by being in Options @ HYCA and I’ve already been accepted into Ivy Tech so I’m now pursuing a major in Chemistry. Outside of school, I like to spend a lot of time with my family — playing games, building puzzles & reading too.

    What has your HYCA experience been like?
    This whole experience has really just helped me learn how to take a deep breath. I know not to get frantic or let things get to me… I just need to stop worrying and take a second. I didn’t handle stress well previously and I would just struggle with remembering things, but this has helped change that.

    How has Options @ HYCA been beneficial to you?
    I was working towards a certain high school diploma track in Technical Honors at my previous school and I have been able to continue that path with Options while I’ve been at HYCA.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    A tie between science & math. Science is really intriguing to me & math kind of comes easy to me.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to focus on finishing the Ivy Tech program I’m in now and following that with a nice-paying job & family eventually. My goal is to just keep moving forward.


    Richard A.
    Options @ HYCA

    Grade: 11th

    What is your hometown?
    I was born & raised in Martinsville, Indiana

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy riding ATV four-wheelers, dirt bikes & just living a little. I like working on stuff and working with my hands, so I enjoy any type of building work or fixing anything that’s broken. I try to make my own car the best as possible because I enjoy working on that too.

    What has your HYCA experience been like?
    At first, I didn’t think coming here was a good idea, but it has just been so good for me. Honestly, I didn’t know if I would make it far because the acclimation phase is the toughest part of getting familiar. It’s definitely been a journey, but I’m glad I made it this far and I’m glad I chose to come here. Being here has really changed my life. 

    How has Options @ HYCA been beneficial to you?
    I am really glad I enrolled in Options because I wanted to have my high school diploma and graduate, instead of just getting a GED. I’ve learned a lot about respect and how it can get you a long way. Same thing with integrity, it’s about doing the right thing for yourself no matter who is around. I’ve really just learned that the small things in life matter a lot.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    Probably science. There’s so much to learn and so much that relates to the world around us.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I’ve been thinking a lot about joining the military to attending a trade school for culinary or construction. I’ve looked into apprenticeship jobs also, so I’m seeing what is out there and have an idea of which way I want to go.


     

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Students of the Month – Oct. 2020

    Congrats to our October Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year! Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.

    October 2020 Students of the Month - Options Schools


    Oct. 2020 Students of the Month:

    • Ellana S. (Options-Carmel)
    • Maddie B. (Options-Noblesville)
    • Brycen B. (Options @ BACA)
    • Tara W. (Options @ HYCA)
    • Brooklyn B. (Options Indiana)

    Ellana S.
    Options-Carmel

    Grade: 9th 

    When did you enroll at Options?
    I came to Options to start this school year.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to play volleyball and draw fashion design clothing.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    Everyone is nice and I just feel welcome here because there’s no judging. I went to a Christian school in middle school and I have done much better in smaller schools. I get more 1-on-1 help from teachers also. This kind of feels like another “home” for me too.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    History

    Have you improved in any areas since starting Options?
    I’m getting better at math and that’s been because I’ve been able to get help and go through the steps on things I struggle with.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to go to college to be in a fashion-related career & just be really successful in life.


    Maddie B.
    Options-Noblesville

    Grade: 11th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    I started at the beginning of this school year in August. Once I got through the first day, all of my nerves settled. I was more familiar with the students and everyone was really welcoming, and I really like that.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy writing and photography. I like fiction writing and to write short stories, I’m actually working on something now that I hope can become a model. I enjoy street photography because you could capture a special moment at any second. I also really like reading.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    It’s going great and it’s really comfortable to be here. It’s hard to explain, but when I leave home (in the morning) to come here, I’m coming to a second home with friends and teachers that I can go to if I need anything. I really enjoy it here.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    English, probably because I’ve always enjoyed reading & writing.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting Options?
    Definitely. I’m much better at turning all of my assignments in on time and managing classes with better focus.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to go to Ball State University and major in teaching, and when I graduate, I want to be an elementary or middle school English teacher in a small-town in Kentucky or Tennessee. I grew up in the country and I just love the small-town feel.


    Brycen B.
    Options @ BACA

    Grade: 7th

    How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
    I have been at Options for a year and a half.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to play basketball, playing video games, and playing football. My favorite video game is NBA 2k16. 

    What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
    The classes are easier for me to understand. I also like the school day schedule.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    Art is my favorite school subject. I also like writing stories.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I am interested in working for Pepsi. I want to work there because my uncle works there, and I would get to see him more! I would want to be a delivery driver for them!


    Tara W.
    Options @ HYCA

    Grade:  12th 

    What is your hometown?
    Anderson, IN 

    What has your HYCA experience been like?
    It has been really beneficial. The first couple of weeks are tough for everyone, but it’s a lot of adjusting to a new routine. I have earned the rank of Master Sergeant, which is the second-highest rank for Cadets at HYCA. All of the Cadets here come to me with their issues, and it is my responsibility to help them work through issues, so that has matured me even more.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting Options @ HYCA?
    I didn’t have many future goals when I came here because I knew I was a senior & I didn’t focus much on school. Now I’m looking at going to college and preparing for a successful career. 

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    When I leave HYCA, I’m going to finish the second half of my senior year so I can finish my diploma and graduate. After that, I’m going to attend Ivy Tech for the first two years of college, and I will also enlist in the Army. I want to study human services and social work because I’ve always been comfortable working with people and helping others.


    Brooklyn B.
    Options Indiana

    Grade: 12

    What is your hometown?
    Elwood, IN

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I love spending my free time with my family.

    What do you enjoy most about being an Options Indiana student?
    I am 23 and I have two kids, so I really love that I am able to do my schoolwork on my own time. I always got easily distracted whenever I was in public school when I was younger so I love that I can wait to do my work whenever it is quiet, and I don’t have any distractions.

    Do you have a favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject is health.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have really surprised myself with how well I’ve done in math!

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I am currently enrolled in cosmetology school and have a date to graduate in 2022! I am so excited for the future and wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for Options!


     

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Students of the Month – Sept. 2020

    Congrats to our September Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year! Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.

    September 2020 Options Students of the Month


    Sept. 2020 Students of the Month:

    • James G. (Options-Carmel)
    • Alex F. (Options @ Growing Minds)
    • Brayleigh B. (Options-Noblesville)
    • Quentin K. (Options @ BACA)
    • Ty Z. (Options @ HYCA)
    • Terez S. (Options Indiana)

    James G.
    Options-Carmel

    Grade: 6th 

    How has the first month of the school year been for you?
    It’s been pretty good; I like it here. I like my classmates, teachers & classes.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I play video games and spend time with my family. I like playing Call of Duty and Warzone the most, but a bunch of games overall.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    The people just seem to be nicer & the school is just better overall. It’s nice to have a small class. My two sisters used to go here too, so that’s how my family knew about Options.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I enjoy Math most

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
    I think I’ve definitely got better at Math.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I think it would be cool to be a professional gamer.


    Alex F.
    Options @ Growing Minds

    Grade: 10th 

    Do you attend Growing Minds in Columbia City or Fort Wayne?
    I attend in Fort Wayne and I started during the second semester of the 2019-20 school year.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I really like playing basketball and baseball. My favorite spot to play each is center in basketball & outfield in baseball.

    What is your favorite thing about Options @ Growing Minds?
    I think it’s the fact that it’s like a family atmosphere each day and not like a regular school where a lot of people might feel like strangers. It’s easy to be honest and open with the teachers because they want the best for you.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    I enjoy Career Skills because it covers a little bit of everything and its stuff we need to know.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Growing Minds?
    At my other school, I didn’t get any work done because I would just want to sleep. After talking with some of the teachers, I am more motivated with my future. I’ve been working really hard every day and that didn’t use to be me.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I think I want to attend trade school & become a welder. I like making things and I know I can make some good money doing it.


    Brayleigh B.
    Options-Noblesville

    Grade: 6th

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy practicing origami and making things. I learned through videos & books. I usually like making origami balloons. I like playing outside. 

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    It’s been good, I’ve liked basically everything about it. The teachers in the middle school are awesome. It’s a really fun school with really good teachers and I’m glad to be here.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I like Advising most because I enjoy Kimberly as a teacher so it’s nice having additional time to talk about things.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I have a lot of things I want to do, maybe become a baker.


    Quentin K.
    Options @ BACA

    Grade: 10th

    How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
    August 2020

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like jumping on the trampoline, watching television & hanging out with my friends.

    What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
    I enjoy my classmates and the teachers

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    Science

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling in Options @ BACA?
    I’m getting better at reading and socializing.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    Unknown


    Ty Z.
    Options @ HYCA

    Grade:  11th 

    What is your hometown?
    I’m from Chandler, IN, but since it’s a small town I just say Evansville because people know it more that way.

    What has your HYCA experience been like?
    It’s been pretty good. The first two weeks were rough, but eventually you get used to the routine and what’s going on. The start is like bootcamp because you are learning how things need to be done. After a week or so, you start to make friends and things just get simpler.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I played soccer for many years growing up and into high school. We have a couple hours of free time here after the school day ends, so I read a lot. I’ve already ready eight or nine books in the nine weeks that I’ve been at HYCA. I really enjoy dystopian literature.

    What have you enjoyed most about the HYCA experience?
    I got here not knowing what I was going to learn, but now being nine weeks in, I realize I need to do something with my life after I graduate, whether it’s school or a career so I can make something of myself.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting Options @ HYCA?
    With Options, I can work at my own pace & I realize I know a lot more than I think. Having help from teachers is nice too. If you put your mind to it and you want to be successful, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in classes and earning credits. I also have realized I didn’t have a great mindset before coming here and now I’m on track.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do just yet, but I know I’m going to make sure I get my high school diploma first. After that, I will see what will be next, maybe going into the military.


    Terez S.
    Options Indiana

    Grade: 12

    What is your hometown?
    I live in Highland, IN, which is considered “the region”

    How have the first few weeks of the school year been for you?
    I actually love this school and have had a great start to my year.  I’m looking forward to my graduation in December.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I am a busy mom of a three-year-old and a newborn. Most of my free time, when I’m not working to finish my classes, is spent raising and taking care of them.

    What do you enjoy most about being an Options Indiana student?

    I love the teachers and I love communicating with them. They are so easy to talk to and always get right back with me when I need something.

    Do you have a favorite subject in school?
    I really like science.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have improved in all of my subject areas but mostly I have found and improved on my motivation to finish school. 

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After I graduate in December, I would like to go to school and work on my Cosmetology License.


     

     

  • Dunagan debuts first Principal blog in Year 2

    For Principal Dunagan’s first Principal Blog of the 2020-21 school year, we discussed a trio of topics in video form!

     


    • How has the first month of the school year gone with things being different due to the COVID-19 pandemic? How have the students & teachers adapted to new circumstances?

     

    • With the small size of Options, students are able to attend schools five days a week. How has that been beneficial over having students only on campus for two days each week?

     

    • You first joined the Options team in July 2019 as Principal of Options-Carmel. How has your first year been & what are some of your thoughts as you enter your second school year?

     

    Notable Upcoming Dates:

    • Oct. 9: End of Quarter 1 / Grades Final
    • Oct. 12-16: Fall Break!
    • Oct. 20: Picture Retakes
    • Oct. 29: PSAT Testing

     


    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Passion, creativity & integrity: meet Dr. Silverman

    Following the departure of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the fall of 2019, Options Schools was left with an opening in a major role. The search for a new Director of Curriculum and Instruction began immediately and the result was the addition of Dr. Anita Silverman in December 2019.

    A native of central Indiana and graduate of North Central High School, Silverman made an immediate impact with her demeanor and approach to the position. The source? A winding journey that provided a wealth of experience and knowledge along the way.

    A first-generation college student, Silverman started her secondary education at Ball State University, with the goal of becoming a teacher.

    Required to take a speech & hearing test in order to proceed in BSU’s teaching program, a speech impediment prevented Silverman from passing the test and with the Disabilities Act of 1990 not yet in place, Silverman was forced with a choice: forfeit her dreams of working in education or leave the state of Indiana.

    “All I had ever wanted to be was a teacher, I wanted to be just like my elementary school Principal,” said Silverman. “I just picked Ohio State because it was out of state and it was random. I didn’t understand the concept or cost of out of state student fees, I just wanted to go somewhere because I couldn’t teach in Indiana. It ended up being the best decision I ever made.”

    After her time at Ohio State, Silverman learned of an opportunity that would assist in paying her student loans if she spent time teaching in an urban environment. She selected Chicago, packed up a U-haul & off she went. Silverman’s next stop was Thornwood High School, her first experience in alternative education and working with at-risk youth.

    “I was on the south side of Chicago and early on I experienced my first student death, via gang violence,” Silverman said. “After experiencing the funeral, I learned a lot about things I previously knew nothing about and it taught me that I needed to learn about the students. Not many teachers take the time to learn about their students, and we have to take time to do that. That was a big lesson for me at age 23 and ever since, I’ve been really involved in making sure teachers understand what our kids live, not just what they learn.”

    After a five-year span in Chicago, teaching courses that included Family and Consumer Science & Graduation Reality and Dual Role Skills (GRADS), Silverman was ready to return to Indiana. As her family grew with the addition of two children, Silverman wanted them to be closer to their grandparents.

    With courses including Home Economics & Family and Consumer Science having been cut in certain areas, Silverman felt the need to build on her resume and went back to school to earn her Master’s Degree in School Leadership. Silverman’s career then led her to Indianapolis Public Schools, where she served in a myriad of roles, including Dean of Students and Principal at one of IPS’ first alternative schools in 1999, where she realized alternative education was where she fit. Much of Silverman’s time was spent working at schools where “something needed to be done, whether it was an increase in test scores or motivation, that was kind of my niche.”

    That very “niche” has helped Silverman thrive in previous roles, but also makes her a major asset for Options Schools and the students it serves. She also brings a student-first perspective that meshes well with the mission of Options.

    “We have to respect students for being who they are…I can’t ask them to become part of my world and I can’t be a part of their world, we have to be in our world together, and I think that is really important because we have to create our community,” Silverman said. “I think we often make the mistake in forgetting that the younger generation knows how to think, so we have to respect their processes & their mindset. It is our job as educators to introduce us to the world, not to try to change their upbringing.”

    The experience Silverman carries with her also comes from her dissertation, as she earned her EdD from Ball State University in Educational Leadership. Silverman completed her dissertation on the Cultural Competency of Teachers, and despite potential drawbacks to her dissertation topic, Silverman carried on.

    “I was told that there wasn’t much research out there (on the Cultural Competency of Teachers) or that it wasn’t valid, or people don’t care, but now it’s so important to discuss race, and respect, understanding, and that was about 14 years ago,” Silverman said. “I was always told it was going to be a difficult topic and people may not be interested in that topic, but it has been and continues to be an important issue.”

    With Silverman’s passion rooted in alternative education, she has used a creative mindset to present Options students with new experiences.

    “I’ve always been really crafty and learning needs to be engaging for our students & shouldn’t be something that bores them,” Silverman said. “Not all students can learn sitting at desks in rows. I like to stay current with technology, and I like to still be involved with kids to see what I can do to connect with them and how I can help teachers to connect with them. I use drums because I know it can help with emotional regulation and kids are so dysregulated with everything going on in the world right now.”

    Certified by Remo Drums in Healthy Rhythm Drumming Coordination, Silverman discovered the new-found passion in August 2019 and has since used it as a beneficial tool in the classroom, while improving her own drumming skills in her free time.

    Along with the importance of education, Silverman also puts a lot of value in honesty and integrity.

    “I think the best thing we can teach kids is integrity and model that for kids,” Silverman said. “Integrity has always been a big thing for me. It is the one thing you can’t ever get back, once you give someone your integrity, you can’t get that back. Even if you apologize after lying to someone, for example, you can’t just fix it and it’s the same with your integrity. I need to know that when I go to sleep at night, I was always myself.”

    Silverman has loved the ability Options has provided her, to work with multiple schools and have full team involvement, working towards a common goal. Silverman shared that she is looking forward to strengthening and improving the sustainability of dual-credit program partnerships with Ivy Tech, J. Everett Light Career Center and others.

    With the students always in mind, Silverman provided an “old phrase” that she believes speaks volumes in a school setting and serves as a reminder for all educators.

    “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”

     


    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Students of the Month – August 2020

    Congrats to our first group of Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year! Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.


    August 2020 Students of the Month:

    • Ben C. (Options-Carmel)
    • Ethan E. (Options @ Growing Minds)
    • James M. (Options-Noblesville)
    • Fazal S. (Options @ BACA)
    • Arianna S. (Options @ HYCA)
    • Lillian W. (Options Indiana)

    Ben C.
    Options-Carmel

    Grade: 12th

    How has the first month of the school year been for you?
    It’s not been bad having to adapt to everything so far & things could be a lot worse, so it has been a good start to the school year.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like hanging out with my brother and we just talk about cars. I’m a big fan of cars in general, old school cars. Personally, I have a 1994 Jeep that I will soon be working on, but cars are my passion. My favorite car is a Dodge Dart.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    It’s been a bumpy road along the way, and I struggled with some things, but it’s been a great experience overall and I keep improving.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I’ve enjoyed History like no other class and Steve is a great teacher for it.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
    I used to be a crummy person and didn’t really think about other people, but I have really improved at expanding my understanding and knowing there are many perspectives. The friends and teacher support helped me get off to a great start a couple years ago when I was a freshman and I keep growing.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After I graduate with my diploma from Options, I’m going to apply to positions at three different electric companies in the Line Man role so I can help the storm team and help people in need, like those currently in Louisiana where the hurricane hit. I have been considering this and going into the Air Force, and this is something I could see myself doing.


    Ethan E.
    Options @ Growing Minds

    Grade: 7th

    Do you attend Growing Minds in Columbia City or Fort Wayne?
    I attend in Fort Wayne and this is my second year.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I usually spend free time playing games, but I also like to tell other people interesting stuff like facts from books and things to get you thinking. I also like telling and making jokes. I just like to make others smile and see their happiness. I also enjoy playing difference computer games and watching stand-up comedy.

    What is your favorite thing about Options @ Growing Minds?
    I like that you get to come in person and see the staff, because that has helped me a lot. Everyone here is also really nice and the teachers understand when you need to take a break and take a minute.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    I would say science and math. I like science more because I enjoy learning about different things, and how they work and might be connected.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Growing Minds?
    I’ve learned to focus more, and I haven’t been good at writing, so the structure has helped me get better.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to be a stand-up comedian. I like to try to take things that happened to me and turn it into jokes. I got into comedy when I was five and my mom says I told my first joke and I don’t remember it, but she was crying laughing.


    James M.
    Options-Noblesville

    Grade: I’m in 10th grade now, but I’ve been at Options for a few years. My sister graduated from Options in 2018 so I found out about it through her and I started in 7th grade at the same time the Options-Noblesville middle school opened. 

    How has the first month of the school year been for you?
    Pretty good so far.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    What’s “free” time? I work all the time (haha). I have two jobs, I work at McGavic Outdoor Power during the week and I also have my own landscaping business, so I mow other times throughout the week and on the weekends too. That keeps me really busy. It helps that at Options, a lot of the schoolwork is done during the day instead of having a bunch of homework dumped on us every night, so I can use time outside of school for other things like working.

    What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
    It’s great how much the teachers help and care. They’re awesome. At my previous school, it was like the teachers just gave us work & went to sit at their desk

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I would probably say history. Anything with the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, always has interested me because both of my great grandparents and other family members have served in the military. Military stuff has always interested me when I was growing up and having Josh (Curry) to teach the subject, it makes it even better.

    Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
    I’ve definitely become a lot more friendly and open. Before I started at Options, I used to keep to myself at my other school and not really talk to many people. I can really be myself and not need to disguise myself to fit in.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I will probably go into the Army. Some people thing you might be doing it because you have no other choice, but I want to have a purpose for something, and I want to do something to give back & do my part. It is something that I’ve also been thinking about since I was little.


    Fazal S.
    Options @ BACA

    Grade: 6th

    How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
    I started one month ago.

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy gardening with my parents and also mowing the law. I like watching Wild Kratts and Odd Squad on television.

    What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
    I like being able to see & hang out with my friends.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
    I like math because I’m good at it.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to go to college after I graduate from high school. I want to be a doctor and specialize in gastroenterology.


    Arianna S.
    Options @ HYCA

    Grade:  11th

    What is your hometown?
    Hanover, IN

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to play soccer and I really enjoy reading books.

    What has your HYCA experience been like?
    Overall, it has been very challenging and has pushed my limits, but it has made me a better person. I have a desire now to go further and gained the confidence to be better. I feel like it is from the environment and how there are such high standards for you and everything you do. They want things to be the best they can be, so with them pushing me and me seeing other people pushing through, it makes me want to be better. There are leadership positions here and that has forced me to gain confidence and lead others. I am currently Group Leader, so I oversee my academic group of 15 cadets and follow certain procedures during the day like marching.

    What have you enjoyed most about the HYCA experience?
    With all of the people here coming from different places and backgrounds, there is just so much diversity and that has been so nice to see. It has helped me realize to be more considerate to others and not everyone experiences things the same, so it has given me a wider outlook on life.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I really like science, and specifically chemistry. It is cool seeing the Period Table of Elements and just knowing everything is made up of those 100 plus elements, but everything is so much more complex than what we might think. 

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    By the end of my time at HYCA, I want to be Cadet First Sergeant, which is the highest-ranking cadet leadership. After HYCA, I am going to graduate from high school in a year & a half, go to college and be in some branch of military because I really like how the military works and its structure. Eventually, I want to be a crime scene investigator in a branch of the military. Before this, I wanted to be in forensic science in some way, but I have realized that I can also serve my country and have that honor as well to be helping the entire country while still doing what I love.


    Lillian Wood
    Options Indiana

    Grade: 12

    What is your hometown?
    I’m located in Greenwood/Center Grove

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    My main hobby is All-Star Cheerleading. I have been doing it for 16 years and love every single thing about it. I also love spending time with friends and family.

    What do you enjoy most about being an Options Indiana student?
    The thing I enjoy most about being an Options student is how it’s best fit for me. All of my teachers have helped me so much, and I feel like it’s what was best for me! The communication is amazing and everyone is so nice.

    Do you have a favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject in school is English because it helps with reading, learning how to write properly, communication, etc. It’s good for real-life events.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have improved in math for sure. Math has always been one of my least favorite subjects, but I feel I personally have done so much better.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After I graduate, I am going to work for my cousin’s business, hopefully to start my own in the future. My cousin is very successful in what he does. I am also planning on traveling to California to start doing videography/photography.


     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • The Current features Options on Westfield cover

    The following article was featured as the cover story in the August 4, 2020 edition of The Current in Westfield. The full Aug. 4 publication of The Current can be found here.

    Another way to learn: Alternative learning provides avenues for struggling students

    By Anna Skinner

    Options Charter School CEO Mike Gustin doesn’t advocate a one-size-fits-all approach to alternative learning.

    “Alternative programming is like any other consumer item you would go out and purchase and try to access,” he said. “There’s options and choices, and what we do in Indiana is, there’s a difference in Indiana coding between an alternative school and an alternative program.

    “They serve uniquely different purposes within the alternative spectrum of student.”

    Although Westfield Washington Schools is refining a new alternative program, Gustin said there’s still a need for Options, and vice versa. Options Charter School broke ground on its Westfield campus last month at the northwest quadrant of Gunther Boulevard and Ind. 32.

    “So within alternative programming, and we are aware Westfield Washington Schools is ramping up some alternative programming, is they focus their programming on one or two types of students, but they don’t provide programming across the bandwidth of alternative learning that might suite the needs of all alternative kids facing challenges,” Gustin said.

    Gustin said Options Charter School works with local superintendents about ways to keep students enrolled in the district.

    “If (students) have something in their school like a co-curricular or extracurricular activity, or if the student has a positive adult relationship, that is a hook for that kid to stay in school and perform well, even though they may temporarily be going through some difficult times,” Gustin said. “That student should stay in school and attend that programming if it’s designed to meet their need.

    “We step into the void when things are absent, when the student doesn’t feel connected to school or the community or has no real connection to the people or programming there.”

    If a student is connected with their district through clubs, relationships or sports, they generally see success within the alternative programming, whereas when those connections aren’t present, the student can feel disconnected in the district and may be better suited for something like Options.

    “To me, the biggest difference really is that when a student is a Westfield student, there are so many different resources we have available in the entire district,” WWS Supt. Sherry Grate Said. “The whole idea is that we are trying to create the best academic experience we can for students and provide a wrap-around, so if a student can stay and we can provide all of those resources to help them be successful, then that’s a huge success.

    “Options is a great partner for us. It’s finding out what’s the best fit for each student, and the more we can keep our students in the Westfield school system by meeting their needs, the better off they are.”

    Connor Reiff completes his Options Charter School assignments at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted photo)

    An Options Charter School example

    Noblesville resident Connor Reiff benefits from Options Charter School education because the alternative learning school is flexible when it comes to Reiff’s medical needs.

    “I have to travel to Stanford (University) for treatment and Southern California for clinical trials to help with my sleep disorders, and (Options) continues to be accommodating over the three years I’ve been there,” said Reiff, 16. “Those three chronic illnesses have kind of affected everybody in my family, and Options accommodated my sister, who sometimes had to fly with us out to Stanford.” 

     

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Small Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Options-Westfield

    On Tuesday, July 28, a small ceremony was held to mark the groundbreaking of the Options-Westfield campus. In attendance were select members of the Options Executive Team, Options Founders, Options School Board, SA Berg Company, Axis Architecture and the City of Westfield.

    One of three speakers at the event, Options President/CEO Dr. Mike Gustin spoke passionately about the project and shared the following words. “A new building for Options Schools has been a part of our plan since 2014. It’s not just a building, it’s trust that the parents know we will give their kids the very best & trust from the kids in the faculty. This project is all about fulfilling a promise of trust & hope.“

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Options Shares Operational Plan

    Operational Plan (PDF) | Community Data Report

    Options Families & Staff,

    As we approach the start of another school year, we have developed an Operational Plan that allows for adaptations to the number and how often students participate in-person versus virtually in order to be able to adapt as the situation changes regarding COVID-19. We are looking forward to beginning the fall semester on Wednesday, August 5 in Stage 4 of the Options Operational Plan.

    As we continue to work together to get our students back in school safely, we ask that you continue to keep open lines of communication with us and help support and encourage your students to attend, in their selected platform, each day. Attendance is one of the most important components to ensure students are able to continue to learn and do not fall behind. Opening schools during a pandemic requires all of us to be flexible and considerate of each other, and please keep in mind that guidance from state and local authorities can change quickly in this environment.

    Principals will be sending out additional information to families in the coming weeks on plans for Chromebook pick up, schedules, drop-off, arrival, and other program-specific protocols.

    Parents/students have many choices within the Options programs. Please speak directly with your Principal to make any changes to your program option:

      • Brick and Mortar Campuses (Carmel, Noblesville, BACA and Growing Minds) will offer in person and remote options in their day programs. Carmel and Noblesville will continue to offer evening programing with both in person and remote options.
      • Options @ HYCA will continue to operate in person, on site at the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy and will serve all cadets choosing the high school credit option.
      • Options Indiana (Distance Education) will continue to provide virtual, alternative programing designed to best serve students that need to work on fewer classes at a time and at their own pace. This may be the best program for students/families needing an asynchronous option.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • A Letter to Options Families (June Update)

    The following email was distributed to parents/guardians, students & additional members of the Options family the week of June 15, 2020

    Options Families –

    We hope this email finds you and your families well and enjoying some of this beautiful summer weather we are having in Indiana! It was such a strange and emotional ending to the school year, but we are all working on getting the necessary rest and relaxation to be ready for a new school year come August. We hope your students are as well.

    As you know, COVID-19 school re-entry guidance plans from the CDC, County Health Departments, and the Indiana Department of Education are very fluid right now.  As of today, we are planning to open on time, August 5, 2020, for all programs in-person and virtual.  Student and staff safety are being considered to the highest level as well as the need for everyone to return to some normalcy in their educational platform in order to further develop the strong relationships that make up the backbone of the Options’ educational platform of Belong. Believe. Achieve.  Our teams are taking into consideration the academic and social-emotional needs of our students as we prepare the curriculum for the fall as well.  We are working to provide even smaller group settings than in the traditional model and limit cross exposure yet still allow students the opportunity to return to in-person classes with virtual options for families that need them. The many factors associated with starting school are being discussed and will be shared with families as soon as decisions have been finalized.

    We know you may have specific questions about safety precautions we’ll be taking and what the school day will look like. We’re currently drafting a comprehensive return-to-school plan with input from the various regulatory agencies and will have it ready to share with you mid-July.

    We know this is an unprecedented time and the Options family feels very fortunate to have strong in-person and virtual programming as well as small class sizes, evening programs, special-focused programs, and the most amazing team of teachers, counselors, and administrators working to serve our families in unique and specific ways.  Even before the pandemic, Options has made it our mission to serve every student and every family with strong educational programs that meet their needs exactly where they are and are able to adapt as the student’s needs adapt. We will continue to provide flexible programming as we all navigate our way to the new normal.

    As always, word of mouth is our number one way of sharing with others about our programs. Below is a list of open programs for August 20/21. More information is available on our website. All programs have open seats at the moment, but are filling quickly.

    For more information, visit OptionsSchools.org

    • Options Carmel – daytime and evening programming available grades 6-12
    • Options Noblesville – daytime and evening programming available grades 6-12
    • Options Indiana – virtual programming only, grades 6-12
    • Options @ BACA – located on-site at BACA of Fishers, serves students in grades 6-12 who need part-day ABA therapy and part-day school
    • Options @ HYCA – located on-site at the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Knightstown, IN, serves grades 9-12 who are seeking high school credits/graduation and are participating in the HYCA 22-week program
    • Options @ Growing Minds – located on-site at the Growing Minds campuses in Ft. Wayne, IN and Columbia City, IN, serves grades 6-12 in need of therapeutic support alongside education

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • #OptionsGrad Spotlight: Zoe Daniels

    A student at the Carmel campus of Options Schools, Zoe Daniels graduated on May 27 with the Class of 2020. She also was named the Senior Institute Scholarship Winner for Options-Carmel.

     

    When did you enroll at Options?
    My sophomore year

    How did you hear about Options?
    My mom found Options on Facebook

    What were you thinking when you first started at Options?
    I was excited that I would still be able to graduate on time.

    How do you enjoy spending your time outside of school?
    I like to spend time with my family and friends.

    How did you complete your Senior Institute project? Tell me a little bit about your project and how you obtained your service hours. (Please explain in 3-5 sentences)
    My Senior Institute project was to get Best Buddies to be a part of Options Schools. My goal was to get Options to be promoters of Best Buddies. Unfortunately, I was not able to complete my senior institute project due to COVID-19. However, I was able to devote 15 service hours by phone calls, meetings and surveys.

    Did you have a favorite subject and/or teacher?
    I had the ability to have many favorite teachers who have helped me during my high school years. Melanie (Martin-Terrell ), Elizabeth (Lloyd), (Principal) Dunagan, and Steve (Bowers) are just a few of the people that have helped me.

    What have you enjoyed most about Options?
    I enjoyed having a group of people, peers & adults, to just be there for me, help me, and just guided me.

    In what areas has Options helped you improve?
    Options has allowed me to want to further my education and gave me a platform to accomplish and succeed in life.

    What are your plans and aspirations following Graduation?
    I am going to college but I am still undecided about what I would like to do. Options allowed me to take Ivy Tech courses and study business and those courses intrigued me to want me to be an entrepreneur.

    How would you explain Options to a non-student?
    I am constantly spreading the news about Options on how Options helped me to graduate and how Options may not have a football team or a cheer team but they do have the same goal, which is a community, a family, that helps and guides you in ways no other school does or did for me.

    Is there any advice you would like to offer other Options students?
    Options staff are there to help not make things worse. Everyone at this school believes in you even if you don’t believe in yourself.

  • New Principals & Exciting News for Options @ BACA

    NOBLESVILLE – With the 2019-20 school year complete, Options Schools has announced the appointment of three experienced team members to the role of Principal for Options Schools programs, in addition to the growth of another program.

    Melanie Martin-Terrell will serve as Principal of Options-Noblesville, Adam Barr will serve as Principal of Options @ HYCA and Beth Hodges will serve as Principal of Options @ Growing Minds.

    Martin-Terrell first joined the Options team in September 2007 and has most recently served as Counselor at Options-Carmel since 2018, having dedicated over a decade as a member of the Options team. Barr will transition from Options-Noblesville Principal, to that of Options @ HYCA, and has been on the Options team since 2016. After having held the teacher role with Options @ Growing Minds since early in the 2019-20 school year, Hodges previously served as Director Education for Growing Minds.

    After a successful first year as a pilot program that served 11 students in 2019-20, Options @ BACA had its’ ‘pilot’ tag removed and will provide up to 24 seats for students in 2020-21. With over a decade of experience in alternative education and a member of the Options team since Feb. 2019, Lisa Chandler will continue to lead Options @ BACA as the Program Director.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

    Options @ HYCA is a partnership between Options Schools and the Indiana National Guard Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in order to provide students with an opportunity to continue progressing towards their high school diploma. Options @ HYCA students are able to continue to earn credits towards their high school diploma while attending HYCA in Knightstown, IN.

    The Options @ Growing Minds program is a hybrid school model for students in grades 6-12 located in and around Ft. Wayne and Columbia City, IN (Allen County). Options @ Growing Minds offers students the relationship-based educational approach unique to the Options schools partnered with the wrap-around services Growing Minds offers its clients.

     

  • 2020 Options Commencement Ceremony

    This video is a celebration & recognition of the Options Schools Class of 2020! This Commencement Ceremony was streamed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.


    As a send-off to the Class of 2020, the Options Team shared in there reading of ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss.


    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Student Spotlight: Aiden Kirby

    Aiden Kirby, a high school junior at Options-Carmel

    What grade are you in?
    11th. I am going to be a senior next year!

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    Boating, gaming, hanging out with friends, skateboarding

    What is your favorite thing about Options so far?
    The teachers are great, the work is understandable

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    History

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options? Not only with academics, but overall.
    All of my grades went up, dramatically.  School is a whole lot less stressful.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They are super friendly, they like me as a person, understand my learning challenges and work with me. They are super chill, easy to approach and cool to talk to.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate? If so, please explain.
    I’m doing my dream now. I got a summer job in welding and construction and want to continue that after I graduate. I want to start my own welding company.

    How have your classes been since transitioning to eLearning?
    Good, the teachers are great.

    How have you been maintaining a good schedule while eLearning?
    Yes, up in the morning, do my work so I can go to work or hang out.

    Do you have any tips or tricks for staying productive while eLearning?
    Just get the work done and play hard after.

    Have you & your family been doing anything creative at home to stay active?
    I work out every day. Going forward I will be working every day.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Take a virtual campus tour!

    Options-Carmel

    (Serving Grades 6 – 12)
    Click here to contact Principal Michael Dunagan

    Options-Noblesville

    (Serving Grades 6 – 12)
    Click here to contact Principal Melanie Martin-Terrell

     

    *** Seats available for the 2020-21 school year ***

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Options Schools Announces Graduation Plans

    As regulations around the state will prohibit Options Schools from holding a traditional Graduation ceremony at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, this year’s Graduation is going online for an event that will be streamed on Facebook Live at this link: Facebook.com/optionscharterschools/.

    The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Following the conclusion of the 6:30 PM live event, the full ceremony will be available on-demand via Options Schools’ Facebook page.

    Each campus Principal has already reached out to the Class of 2020 to provide information on how students can obtain their cap & gown, along with how they will be able to participate in the ceremony virtually.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • April 14 Update For Student & Parents

    Parents and Students,

    We hope this letter finds you and your families well as we all continue to Hunker-Down in Indiana and do our part to fight off the pandemic of COVID-19.  On April 2nd, Dr. McCormick, the Indiana State Superintendent of Education, announced that schools will not be allowed to return back to the physical buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to spring break, we shared our plan for instructional days following spring break and that plan has not changed with this announcement.  An explanation of the plan is also included in this letter as well as some additional details for graduating seniors.  

    We returned to eLearning, Monday, April 13, 2020 with all courses now set up in such a way that students may complete at their own pace with the goal of completing all currently assigned courses by May 1.  Students enrolled in the Options-Distance Education, Options @ HYCA and Options @ BACA programs will continue to complete courses according to their individual pacing plans. We are hopeful this will excite students and encourage focused work with the reward of an early summer break!  Teachers will continue to provide direct instruction through videos, virtual office hours, Google Hangout and Zoom meetings, and by appointment for individual virtual help.  

    Dr. McCormick also announced on April 2nd that all graduating seniors will receive acknowledgment in all spring courses in which they are already enrolled to ensure they are able to meet graduation requirements.  Please note, “acknowledgment” is not the same as credit. In order for seniors to earn the transcripted credit in the courses, they must still complete the content and earn a passing grade. We are encouraging all seniors, along with all students, to push forward with their courses and work to complete all coursework on May 1, 2020. 

    Beginning May 4, 2020, through May 27, 2020, Options will run a 4-week credit recovery session for all students that need extended time past the May 1st deadline or that are credit deficient and would like to enroll in an additional course or two.  Advisors and counselors will help students choose appropriate courses and will direct students to fill out this sign-up form.  Sign up forms are not necessary for Options-Distance Education and Options @ BACA students.  In addition, we will still offer summer school, online-only, June 1, 2020, through June 26, 2020.  Students will need to fill out the form for each 4-week term with the courses they wish to take. 

    Dr. McCormick’s announcement does require us to also change how we celebrate together through our spring events such as the spring picnic, prom, and graduation.  Our leadership teams will continue to work together to develop alternative plans and will share more information as we have it ready to share. We are very proud of our students and their continued resiliency!   

    Thank you, again, to each of you for being part of the Options’ family and trusting us to provide your children a sense of belonging in our schools, a belief in themselves, and encouragement to achieve their highest potential. We do not take that gift lightly. Also, our sincere thanks to all the dedicated people at all of the County and State Health Departments, the local and state officials, and to our staff at Options Schools who have been working tirelessly to prepare and plan for our students and families. 

    Point of Contact by Program:

     

    Quick Guide Calendar

    March 30 – April 10 — Spring Break – No School

    April 13 – May 1 — eLearning (Courses now At-Your-Own Pace)

    May 1 — End of Semester 2

    May 4 – May 27 — Credit Recovery Session 1 (Maymester)
    Sign-up Form

    June 1 – June 26 — Credit Recovery Session 2 (Summer School)
    Sign-up Form

    August 5 — First Day for Students, Fall 2020

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Carmel Student of the Month – March
    Pictured: Mercedes with her two younger sisters

    In celebration of our March Students of the Month, get to know the Mercedes Schneider from Options-Carmel!

    Mercedes Schneider
    (Options-Carmel)

    Grade: 10th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    January 2020

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy my free time by listening to music or hanging out with my family. Usually, I’ll play games with my little sister or cards with my parents. 

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I really like the positive environment, most of the people are positive and very nice. All the teachers are also kind and helpful whenever you need their help.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject is history. It’s an interesting class where you can always learn something new every day. 

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    Yes, I’ve improved with my social skills and putting myself out there to meet new people. Also, with my academics, I feel as if I’m learning more at Options then my last school.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    Options teachers make sure students are more productive and ask the students if they need help. They also give more one on one time with students who are struggling in classes.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    Yes, I currently plan to graduate a year early, then go to college for neuropsychology, or something like that. Although I still don’t know where I will attend college though.

     

     

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Steve’s eLearning Update (March 27)

    With Options Schools closed until May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our educational structure has transitioned to eLearning. With all Options students, teachers and administrators working from home, we wanted to share some blog posts on how the change has been going for different members of the Options family.

    Next up is Steve Bowers, social studies teacher at Options-Carmel since 2017! Yesterday, Stacie O’Flaherty (Options-Noblesville science teacher) provided an update.

    How has the transition to full eLearning been for your students?
    Steve: The students have been resilient, if somewhat hesitant. We are charting new waters for a lot of them, and they just need to get comfortable with the new format. The students are still involved, producing high-quality work, being engaged, asking questions, just like in their school classrooms.

    How has the transition to full eLearning been for you & the rest of the Options-Carmel team?
    Steve: I believe we have all done very well making the transition, having the built-in eLearning Days already for our half-day/full-day Professional Development’s has helped us be ahead of the curve, unlike some of the bigger school corporations. Personally, I have taught virtually before so it was a pretty easy transition for me (and from conversing with my colleagues, for them as well). We have been sharing different ideas, apps, websites, resources to make the transition that much easier for the entire staff.

    What has been the most successful part of eLearning thus far?
    Steve: For me, seeing the students be able to embrace it. Some students have a natural fear of the unknown (we all do), but this was something that they were able to take in stride and still be successful students. The continual conversations that I and the other teachers have with our students via the different social media apps, emails, texts, phone calls, etc, it’s just like we see them in hallways and have a nice little conversation with them. Its “business” as usual, just in a different location.

    How are you staying connected with your students during eLearning?
    Steve: I text, use google hangouts, email, and make some phone calls.  I will leave comments on the assignments I grade, just simple things, like “nice job,” “keep up the good work,” “hope you and your family are doing okay,” “let me know if you need anything.” Things like that. It sounds cliche, but we are family and our students really, really buy into that here. We need to make sure that we continue that in this particular time of uncertainty.

    What have you been doing to keep to a routine while teaching through eLearning?
    Steve: Well, to be honest, I don’t get up as early as I did, as my kids are home as well and I don’t have to take my oldest to band practice. But what I do, I make sure I get dressed like I’m going into work. It’s fine to sit in your shorts and t-shirt, but that can be distracting. I put on clothes that I would wear to work. I don’t sit near my desktop, as my games and other distractions would be calling me, I set up class hangouts to correspond to the time I would actually have class. I connect with my teacher friends, like I would at school, eat lunch at the same time. Just to make myself realize that I am still at work.

    Have you & your family been doing anything creative at home to stay active?
    Steve: Well, my kids go for walks/play outside. My youngest (7th grader) has to do ‘Just Dance’ for his Gym class. My oldest (10th grader) is constantly practicing his bassoon or saxophone. We have family dinner, play board games, etc. Sometimes we do separate because being cooped up for an extended time period can be grating on your nerves, especially if your father is a history teacher and you are a teenager.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?
    Steve: Just that as bad as it is, and while it’s bad and may get worse, if the scientists are correct, we will get through it.  We have a unique school that takes care of each other. We have the ability to do the right thing for our students and staff, and we are doing so to help our students because we believe in them. They know they belong to a school that cares for them and together we know they will achieve because we believe in them.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Student Schedule Following Spring Break (As of March 23)

    Parents and Students,

    The last couple of weeks have challenged each of us in some similar and unique ways. We have been so fortunate, as a school family, to have a group of students and parents that have been patient and incredibly flexible with the changes in learning platforms. We have heard so many positive stories already of how you are all continuing to build community in alignment with our Relationships-First mission yet keeping the appropriate social distancing requirements. We recognize that while this situation is not ideal for students, staff or parents, it is important for the health and safety of our overall community. Our students and teachers continue to show us how resilient they really are!

    We hope you will use the upcoming spring break as an opportunity to rest and heal, both physically and mentally. We know many of you have had to cancel family plans and normal busy schedules have slowed during this time at home. We encourage you to continue to schedule time each day to take care of yourselves and your family as a whole unit. If we are not careful and intentional, we can begin to feel isolated. Your Options family is here to walk with you and ready to help in any way we can. Please let us know if you or your family have any needs with which we may assist.

    Options Charter Schools are on spring break beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020.  We will return to eLearning, Monday, April 13, 2020. At that time, all courses will have been set up in such a way that students may complete at their own pace with the goal of completing all currently assigned courses by May 1. We are hopeful this will excite students and encourage focused work with the reward of an early summer break!

    Beginning May 4, 2020, through May 27, 2020, Options will run a 4-week credit recovery session for all students that need extended time past the May 1st deadline or that are credit deficient and would like to enroll in an additional course or two. If we are able to return to the buildings at that time, this session will run from 8:00 am-12:00 pm each day. If not, we will continue through the eLearning platform.

    At this time, we are holding off on making any decisions about spring events such as the spring picnic, prom, or graduation. We are hopeful we are able to be together again before the end of the year but will follow the lead of our health agencies and government officials.  Summer school will continue as planned, beginning June 1, 2020, through June 26, 2020. If we are able to be in the buildings, this will be held at the Noblesville campus and will run from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Students are able to enroll in up to two courses for summer school. More information and sign up sheets will be sent out in April.

    Thank you, again, to each of you for being part of the Options’ family and trusting us to provide your children a sense of belonging in our schools, a belief in themselves, and encouragement to achieve their highest potential. We do not take that gift lightly. Also, our sincere thanks to all the dedicated people at all of the County and State Health Departments, the local and state officials, and to our staff at Options Schools who have been working tirelessly to prepare and plan for our students and families.

     

    Quick Guide Calendar

    March 30 – April 10 Spring Break – No School
    April 13 – May 1 eLearning, Courses set to At-Your-Own Pace
    May 1 End of Semester 2
    May 4 – May 27 Credit Recovery Session 1
    June 1 – June 26 Credit Recovery Session 2 (Summer School)
    August 5 First Student Day, Fall 2020

     

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    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Options Schools closure update (March 19)

    As was announced Thursday by Governor Eric Holcomb, all Indiana schools will be closed through May 1 and all state standardized tests have been canceled.

    All Options Schools students will remain on their current E-Learning curriculum at this time. All Options campuses will remain closed, with Spring Break scheduled for March 30-April 10.

    Options will collaborate with Hamilton County school superintendents, along with state and local health officials in order to coordinate a plan through May 1.

    Information and news will be shared once a plan has been prepared.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

  • Options Pantry makes immediate impact amidst school closures

    With more than 200 Indiana school districts having closed in response to COVID-19, students throughout Indiana are experiencing a change in their daily schedule. One of those changes is the access to lunch and other meals that are available to students when at school.

    In an effort to ensure no students would go hungry during the extended break, Options Schools looked to its recently-renovated food pantry.

    With the Options-Noblesville Pantry already in place, the foundation was set to make an immediate impact when staff learned Friday that Options Schools campuses would transition to E-Learning, beginning Monday, March 16. With help from students Symone and Jocelyn, Options-Noblesville Instructional Assistant Elizabeth Essig was able to prepare 100 bags of non-perishable foods. 50 of the bags were transported to Options-Carmel.

    Some of the supplies were provided by the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, while others were purchased by Options. In addition to the 100 bags of food, White River Christian Church supplied Options with perishable and non-perishable items for 10 more families.

    With additional supplies remaining, Options teachers and administration will distribute remaining supplies in the following days & weeks.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Options Schools Transitions To E-Learning For COVID-19 Safeguard

    NOBLESVILLE – Amid growing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and a recommendation by the Hamilton County Health Department, Options Schools will close through Spring Break (March 30 – April 10).

    The closure will be effective Monday, March 16 and Options administration will reevaluate the closure prior to April 10. All Options Schools students will transition to an E-Learning format for the remainder of the closure. Options will begin E-Learning for ALL PROGRAMS beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020 for a total of 10 days. Students will access the curriculum from home, virtually. Access to the building will still be allowed, but by appointment only.

    Options administration also announced that all events with large attendance were postponed. The list of postponed events includes: Options-Noblesville Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 17), Options-Westfield Groundbreaking Ceremony (March 18), Options-Carmel Open House (March 18), Options-Carmel Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 20) and Options-Noblesville Open House (March 25).

    An email was sent to all Options parents outlining details of the closure and E-Learning Days. The email can be viewed here in its entirety.

     

  • Options Schools Postpones Events For COVID-19 Precautions

    NOBLESVILLE – In order to remain committed to the health and safety of students and faculty, Options Schools has postponed upcoming events with large attendance, through the end of March with the current threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    The list of postponed events currently includes: Options-Noblesville Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 17), Options-Westfield Groundbreaking Ceremony (March 18), Options-Carmel Open House (March 18), Options-Carmel Senior Institute Gallery Walk (March 20) and Options-Noblesville Open House (March 25).

    As originally scheduled, Wednesday, March 18 will remain an E-Learning Day for all Options students.

    “After consulting with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and local officials, we feel that it is in the best interest of our students and staff to temporarily postpone Options Schools events,” said Dr. Mike Gustin, Options Schools President. “At this time, we do not feel school closure is necessary. However, we are encouraging all students and staff members to practice good sanitation habits and to remain home if they are feeling ill.”

    Students concerned about their own welfare or potential exposure to family members may elect to participate in the Options’ Alternative Classroom Experience and learn from home. Parents should contact their building principal for more information on this option.

    Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any Options Schools campuses. If a case were to occur, Options would notify staff, students and parents from the involved school(s) and follow the recommendations of local, state and federal authorities. In the event schools would need to be closed for an extended period of time, Options would utilize E-Learning Days and postpone in-person meetings for Distance Education students.

    The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on Wednesday. The ISDH and Centers of Disease Control (CDC) have shared guidance based on what is known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19. Per their recommendation, Options administration will continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials.

  • Dunagan’s Principal Blog (March 2020)

    I know it is hard to believe, but we are already into the month of March. As we near the end of the 3rd quarter we have a lot of important dates coming up in the next few weeks!

    We had a great end to the month of February by spending a crisp Friday in southern Indiana at Paoli Peaks. While it allowed students to spend a day away from campus, the deeper meaning of the day is to reward students based on their achievement of certain benchmarks and by demonstrating the aforementioned academic skills. You can view a full photo gallery from the day, here. We also named 10th grader Daelyn Presswood as our February Student of the Month.

    To signify a major milestone in the history of Options Schools, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 18 to mark the beginning of the construction project that will result in a Westfield campus of Options Schools! We welcome anyone to attend the event, which will last from 1:30-2:30 PM. The groundbreaking ceremony will commence at 2 PM. The Options-Westfield site can be found off of State Road 32 and Gunther Blvd., behind Huntington Bank (3560 Westfield Rd, Westfield, IN 46074). The location is adjacent to the intersection of State Road 32 & Grassy Branch Rd.

    Important Dates:

    • March 10th-11th ISTEP+ English testing
    • March 16th Army Recruiters will be on-site during afternoon advising to speak to any interested students
    • March 17th Practice Gallery walk for SI
    • March 18th Full E-Learning day for students
    • March 18th Groundbreaking ceremony for our Westfield campus at 1:30 PM
    • March 18th Open House from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    • March 20th Gallery Walk for SI at 10:30 AM
    • March 24th-25th Cognia Review visit
    • March 30th-April 10th Spring Break

    The full 2020 Open House schedule began this week and will last until May. The full schedule of dates can be found here.

    Did you know that April 1, 2020 is Census Day? Responding to the 2020 Census is our civic duty and affects the amount of funding for our community’s public resources. To learn more, visit http://www.census.indiana.edu. Counting your child in the 2020 census could mean $10,000 of additional funding for K12 schools over the next ten years.

  • Students of the Month – February 2020

    In celebration of our February Students of the Month, get to know the four students that were selected! Each student was selected by their program’s Principal and teachers.

     

    Daelyn Presswood
    (Options-Carmel)

    Grade: 10th 

    When did you enroll at Options?
    Over a year ago in October 2018

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to play basketball, play video games & read comic books. I mainly play sports video games like NBA 2K and UFC. My cousin showed me the TV show “The Flash” and that got me hooked on comic books.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    Definitely the teachers. They make sure to help you succeed and they don’t let you fail. I also like being able to play basketball with friends at school during lunch.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I really like Social Studies with Steve and English with Gretchen. The way they teach and how they approach things is really helpful. I really enjoy reading and working on writing prompts. I also have learned a lot about history.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have learned a lot more since I have been here compared to at my old school. Personally, I used to be super serious about everything, but small classes helped me learn how to be a little more laid back.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They pay attention to each student and take interest in you as an individual because they don’t want to see me fail. Everyone is helpful, even down to our security guard. They try to help in the best way they can.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I’m not sure yet, but I want to do something where I can help other people.

     

    Ethan Howard
    (Options-Distance Education)

    Grade: 12th
    Hometown: Indianapolis

    When did you enroll at Options?
    December 2018

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    My passion is playing video games, making videos and listening to music. I also enjoy learning about airplanes and collecting airplanes. 

    What is your favorite thing about the Options Distance Education program?
    My favorite thing is how I can work any time to fit my schedule. This has made school better because I feel less rushed and can focus on one class at a time.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    My favorite subject is business because it’s interesting and I’m getting good grades in the class. This class is preparing me for my future as an entrepreneur.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I’ve improved my work ethic and my constructive writing skills. Overall, I am better at planning and managing my time.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    The teachers offer more 1-on-1 help to students to make sure they fully understand. They also help you set goals for yourself.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    After graduation, I would like to make my own company and become a pilot. If I were to make a company, it would produce movies. One day I would like to fly myself to Japan.

     

    Basim Kahn
    (Options-Noblesville Middle School)

    Grade: 8th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    At the start of this school year in August

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I enjoy playing video games, mostly Nintendo games.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I actually like going to school. You can voice your opinions; your voice Is heard, and the teachers are funny.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I would say math. I am good at it and it’s kind of easy for me.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I go to school a lot more now. I didn’t use to go as much.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They have time to help you and answer questions that anyone has. The classrooms aren’t big, so nobody is embarrassed to ask questions and the work is attainable. 

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    Probably something with building or technology. I like working with my hands and playing video games, so something that has those things would be fun.

     

    Tori Symons
    (Options-Noblesville High School)

    Grade: 10th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    In the middle of this past November

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I love photography and have been doing it for the past two years. I also know sign language and started learning that in 6th grade.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I like the extra help from all my teachers. They make time to further help me and make sure we get the best grades we can.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    English is my favorite subject. I love writing, especially poetry.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    I have definitely become more outgoing and I’m better at speaking my own voice. I used to be shyer and I have also improved in math & have a better understanding of it now. The smaller school helps me be more comfortable with speaking up and being in my own skin because you can ask questions without judgment.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    Here they take extra time to help with whatever is needed, even if they have to go over a thing in class again. Having resource teachers help me too because there is more support than I used to have.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to be a Sign Language Interpreter and I am planning on going to IUPUI because they have a good program for that.

     

     

     

  • Options Students Take to the Ski Slopes in Celebration of the Literal Ups and Downs of Life
    Options-Carmel student Dominick Andrews takes a turn while snowboarding for the first time (photo credit: Meredith Stasik)


    Story written by Meredith Stasik

    View Photo Gallery

    Options Schools are a place where students go to succeed and to learn an appreciation for hard work, grit, and determination. This has never been truer than when a group of students from the Options campus in Carmel, IN and their teachers took to the ski slopes at Paoli Peaks in Southern Indiana on crisp Friday morning in February. The students were selected based on their achievement of certain benchmarks and by demonstrating the aforementioned academic skills.

    Since this was the first time skiing for many students, and teachers, this field trip was a metaphor for the challenges of learning new skills and obtaining goals.

    Sarah Cash, teacher, lamented this idea when she said, “We love to see our students succeed but we know that the path to success isn’t a straight one. Sometimes you fall and have to pick yourself up, tend to your bruises, and keep going. That’s exactly what you do while skiing. This trip is a perfect example and real-life application of grit and determination. It was a great lesson for all of us today.”

    Not every student was quick to hit the slopes. After a lesson from the Paoli Peaks’ ski instructors, some students opted to hang back and watch the action for a while.

    Samantha Floyd was one of those students. “It was a bit scary and intimidating at first. It was cold and wet. At first, a lot of people were falling down. It just seemed hard. But then people were skiing and snowboarding longer and faster and you could tell they were having fun. It made me want to get out there and try as hard as they were!” And it was not long before Floyd did just that. She was able to snowboard down the slope on her own in no time.

    The Options Schools motto is “Believe. Belong. Achieve.” Teacher Phil Bertch exemplified this when he remarked, “Our school is huge on embracing the notion of ‘second chances’ and recognizing setbacks not as failures but an opportunity to improve. It is why many of our students end up enrolling with Options. We truly believe all of our students are capable of success. It’s about working with them and personalizing the support given to them to get them there.”

    Some students found success quicker than others. For example, student Dominick Andrews. “He took to snowboarding right away. He served as a role model and a bit of inspiration for other students,” one of his former teachers Meredith Stasik commented. “That’s one of the powerful things about the Options smaller community. We have the ability to recognize the successes of our students and allow them to serve as motivation for the rest of us.”

    Andrews added, “At first I didn’t think I was doing so well. It’s hard to tell when you are still figuring things out but then you have your teachers congratulating you and cheering you on. It gets you more excited and wanting to do more.”

    Other students like Titus Barber and Daelyn Presswood could be heard giving words of encouragement to their teachers and peers from the ski lift or coming to the aid of a fallen teacher.

    At the end of the day, each student made an attempt at least once down the hill. Everyone had their fair share of falls and bumps. Most importantly, everyone got up, mustered up their grit, and tried again. It was truly a fun-filled day that made a lasting impression on everyone in attendance and even leaving some students asking to come back again next year!

    To explore Options, visit OptionsSchools.org. With enrollment now open for the 2020-21 school year, prospective families can attend an upcoming Open House or schedule a campus tour & Principal meeting.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Options Schools sets dates for 2020 Open House schedule

    View Open House Schedule (PDF)

    In order to provide families with the opportunity to see what can be accomplished with a unique and personalized approach to education, Options Schools will be hosting 10 Open Houses in advance of the 2020-21 school year.

    Scheduled for March through May, each Open House will run from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the respective campus and meet/speak with Options Principals, teachers and other team members in order to learn more about the high-quality approach and small class sizes found at Options Schools.

    Open House Schedule (View PDF)
    Wednesday, March 4 (Carmel campus – 530 W Carmel Dr)
    Wednesday, March 11 (Noblesville campus – 9945 Cumberland Pointe Blvd)
    Wednesday, March 18 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, March 25 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, April 15 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, April 22 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, April 29 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, May 6 (Noblesville)
    Wednesday, May 13 (Carmel)
    Wednesday, May 20 (Noblesville)

    Directions to each campus can be found here, while additional information about Options, including “Our Story,” can be found here. 

    Unable to attend an Open House? No problem! Visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a private campus tour and Principal meeting.

    Applications for 2020-21 enrollment will soon be open to students new to Options Schools. For those interested, a limited number of seats remain available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

     

  • Amazon John shares passion and expertise with Options-Carmel students

    On Tuesday, students at the Carmel campus of Options Schools were able to learn a great deal from a rather entertaining and extremely knowledgeable source, Amazon John of Silly Safaris. With Silly Safaris serving as the leading provider of live animal conservation education, Amazon John spoke to all Options-Carmel students on a number of topics.

    Topics covered during the day included small business ownership in Senior Institute, dietary-related themes in Health and Wellness, and animal communication patterns in Interpersonal Communications. Having started Silly Safaris in 1997 after having previously worked at the Indianapolis Zoo, Amazon John shared his story and also brought along some of his animals. Regardless of the topic, Amazon John made sure to share some valuable advice with students, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep. Whatever you do in life, just do something that makes you happy.”

    A photo gallery from the day can be viewed at the Options Schools Facebook Page.

    We made sure to catch up with Amazon John & one of his guests, “Twinkie,” to hear more about the day.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Students of the Month – Jan. 2020

    In celebration of our January Students of the Month, get to know the four students that were selected! Each student was selected by their program’s Principal and teachers.

     

    Doug Raub
    (Options-Carmel)

    Grade: 12th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    During my Sophomore year (August 2017)

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like going to car meets and looking at different types of cars. I also am into live-streaming gaming on Fortnite.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    I like how you have 1-on-1 relationships with every teacher instead of no teachers knowing you. All of the teachers know something about you and can talk to you because they know you.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I don’t really have a favorite, but I have always liked science.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They are respectful of students and show trust in people as long as students are honest.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I am looking at enrolling at Lincoln College of Technology to study something automotive-related. I also could work for my dad’s company.

     

    Nicolas Jones
    (Options-Distance Education)

    Grade: 11th
    Hometown: Indianapolis

    When did you enroll at Options?
    September 2019

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like playing my PlayStation and working on cars and dirt bikes.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    They are willing to work with you and address your concerns.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I don’t have any favorites. I am just doing my best to succeed.

    Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
    Most definitely! I’m more focused & getting more organized

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They actually care.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I’m waiting to enroll in trade school for mechanics or HVAC.

     

    Jillian Gale
    (Options-Noblesville Middle School)

    Grade: 7th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    At the start of this school year

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I really like art and drawing pretty much anything free-hand.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    Probably just the friends I have made, the teachers and the other students.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I like math.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    They understand you and take time to hear about your situation and they try to help you through it.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I want to be a teacher. I have wanted to do that for a while because I like helping others and I like kids.

     

    Joey Kitko
    (Options-Noblesville High School)

    Grade: 11th

    When did you enroll at Options?
    I started in September 2019

    Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
    I like to learn about business, and I enjoy wrestling. I make business plans in my free time for all types of companies, but mainly in energy and producing products. I have been wrestling competitively since I was four and it is my favorite sport.

    What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
    The respect you get from teachers and the teachers have the willingness to understand situations.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    I like math and any business classes.

    What makes Options teachers different than teachers you had previously in school?
    The structure is just different and there is some more individual work that lets you work at your own pace.

    Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
    I am working to save up money to start a business in energy. I want to work with my older brother and he’s also been saving up money.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

     

  • Kickboxing World Champion speaks to Options students

    NOBLESVILLE – Actor, stuntman and former world kickboxing champion Jerry Trimble spoke to Options-Noblesville, Options-Carmel and Options-Distance Education students on Tuesday morning at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville.

    An inspiration to many, Trimble shared his story of how he was able to overcome bullying and go after his dreams of becoming a World Champion Actor and Stuntman. Using his own life as a blueprint for creating change, Trimble inspires youth to get out of their comfort zone discover their gifts and use those gifts to go after their dreams.

    With students in attendance from both Options campuses and Options Distance Education students having streamed the event, all Options students were able to hear Trimble’s story of overcoming adversity to turn his dreams into reality. Students in attendance also participated in some activities to encourage them to embrace change. Options students & parents interested in re-watching the presentation can email their respective Principal to obtain the website link.

    Following the event, Trimble recapped the event and shared some words of wisdom.

    “My intention coming in here is that I plant seeds of hope, inspiration and empowerment into each of their minds, bodies and spirit,” Trimble said. ” So when they walk out of here, they’ll know they have something special and they can tap into whatever they have. You know, it’s a process and hopefully I share my process with them so they can get something out of it to the point where they’re going, ‘Wow, I can actually, I can do that. I can do what he did. If it’s not becoming a world champion, it’s something else.'”

    The event was also covered by WISH-TV and was featured in Tuesday’s evening news broadcast.

     

    About Options Schools
    Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002.

     

  • Pennies for Patients Fundraiser

    Pennies for Patients raises money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society whose mission is to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families.

    Options-Carmel has participated in this fundraiser for many years. The school goal this year is to raise $500. The advising groups will be competing to see which group can raise the most money. The winning advising group will win a pizza party. Collection will end on Friday, January 31.

    You can help by donating online through the Pennies for Patients website or sending in money with your Options-Carmel student.

    Some important facts about Leukemia and Lymphoma:

    • Approximately every 3 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer.
    • Leukemia is the #1 most diagnosed form of childhood cancer.
    • Approximately 80% of childhood cancer survivors develop a chronic health condition from their treatment.
    • More than 1.3 million people are living with or in remission from blood cancer.
    • More than 1/3 of blood cancer patients do not survive 5 years after diagnosis.

    Please contact Gretchen at gtaylor@optionsined.org with any questions or concerns.

     

     

  • Two Open Houses set for mid-January

    At Options, every student enrolled comes with an important and valuable story that shapes their individualized learning plan. In order to continue our efforts of serving students in search of a different approach to education, Options Charter Schools will be hosting a pair of Open Houses in January.

    The Carmel campus will host an Open House on Tuesday, January 14 and the Noblesville event will be held on Wednesday, January 15. Each Open House will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the respective campus and speak in detail with Options Principals, teachers and other team members in order to learn more about the Options experience.

    Serving students in grades 6-12 at the Noblesville campus and grades 8-12 at the Carmel campus, Options Schools are free, public charter schools. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1, Options was founded in 2002 as one of the first five charter schools in the state of Indiana. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana with an online, web-based platform.

    Location information for each campus is listed below and directions to each campus can be found here.

    Unable to attend an Open House? You can visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a campus tour and information session for another day & time.

    Applications are still being accepted for the 2020 spring semester as a limited number of seats remain at each campus.

    In addition to brick and mortar campuses in Carmel & Noblesville, and the Distance Education Program, Options also serves students through ‘Options @ BACA’ and Options @ Growing Minds.

     

  • Making the Holidays merry for others

    Since Options Schools was founded in 2002, service-based learning has been a major part of the foundation upon which Options was built.

    In order to graduate from Options and receive a diploma, every senior is required to complete a service-based learning project known as Senior Institute. Through the project, students are expected to leverage the skills that they learned through their practical application experience to complete a project with minimal supervision. The Senior Institute Project provides students with an opportunity to explore an area that interests them, benefit a community, demonstrate prior learning and learn something new.

    At Options, that selfless mindset tends to stretch beyond Senior Institute students and an example of that can be found in a project that is currently in its final stages. With the Holiday season in full swing, multiple groups within Options Schools participated in community service projects to benefit local children and their families. The Options-Carmel and Options-Noblesville campuses have spent the last couple of weeks working with organizations that help make the Holidays special for local families.

    Options-Carmel paired with Foster Fairies, Inc., an organization founded in 2013 to positively impact the lives of local children in the foster care system, primarily by means of fulfilling children’s needs and wishes as well as creating opportunities for individual growth and development. Each Carmel advising group had a child to sponsor for the holiday season.

    Outside of the gift collection for Foster Fairies, another member of the Carmel team helped make an impact with help from a friend in the state of Ohio. Joe Hopper (Options-Carmel Safety Specialist) obtained several boxes full of toys that were donated by a friend who owns Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores in Ohio. The items will be donated to Toys for Tots so they can benefit a number of local children.

    Options-Noblesville paired with the Good Samaritan Network and took part in their annual Holiday iSponsorship program, which directly coordinates a large Holiday Assistance Distribution program in Hamilton County. The program provides basic holiday provisions (Holiday food, clothing, toys, meals, etc.) for countless individuals and families.

    On behalf of Foster Fairies and the Good Samaritan Network, we would like to thank all of the Options families that showed generosity by providing countless items that will help spread Holiday Cheer even further this year.

  • ‘Tis The Season! (Dunagan’s Blog)

    Hello families,

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration prior to the start of the break, and I wanted to personally thank all of the students & families that participated and helped make it a really nice event.

    We are now in the final stretch of the first semester, with finals and final projects are quickly approaching. Winter Break isn’t too far away either!

    With the holiday season upon us, we are taking part in a campus-wide community service project with Foster Fairies Inc. to benefit local children. The project involves Options-Carmel advising groups serving as sponsors for a child who will receive gifts that the child has listed on their “wish list.” We believe once our students see the needs and wants on their peers’ wish lists they will be humbled and want to continue to help those in need in the future. For more information about the program, or to get involved, email Jenny.

    I also wanted to share a reminder about the bridge program that we will be starting at Options-Carmel in January, as we will be expanding to serve students in grades 8-12 for the spring 2020 semester. As we look to the future and the opening of the Options-Westfield location in August 2021, we are excited to welcome new families into the Options Family!

    Please see the list of important dates below:
    December 2-12: Foster Fairies, Inc. donation collection
    December 13: Delivering gifts to Foster Fairies, Inc.
    December 18: Full E-Learning Day

    December 23-January 6: Winter Break (Students return on Tuesday, January 7)

    I am so excited to finish our first semester together here at Options!

    Happy Holidays!

    — Dunagan

     

  • Hello All & Hello Fall!

    Hello Fall!

    I can’t believe how quickly this semester is moving along. Yesterday made for a great start to the week following Fall Break & today, a group of English students took a field trip to Butler University to see a play where the works of Edgar Allen Poe were brought to life. In my family, we are big Disney fans, so we spent time at Walt Disney World last week during our Fall Break & of course stopped by to see Mickey Mouse, as you can see in our photo.

    Please continue to support your student by checking their grades on PowerSchool every Monday after 6:00 PM.  We have just under half of the semester left. Below you will find a list of important dates.

    • 10/30: PSAT at 8:30 AM
    • 10/31: Halloween Party – more info will be sent out
    • 11/5: Hearing Screenings for all 10th graders and any student new to Options this year
    • 11/6: Full E-Learning Day
    • 11/13: Senior Parent Night at 6:00 PM
    • 11/14: Picture Retakes at 10:00 AM
    • 11/26: Thanksgiving Feast – more info will be sent out
    • 11/27-11/29: Thanksgiving Break

    Know of someone who wants to explore Options? We still have open seats available for enrollment! Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

    Have a great end of October!

    — Dunagan

     

  • Become an Options Student Ambassador!

    Hello Families and Students.  The school year is off to a fantastic start.  We are already four weeks in!  Over the last few weeks, you have seen stories from graduates, parents, and staff about the wonderful things that happen daily at our school.  I wanted to share that we still have seats open for this school year.  If you know a student who could benefit from the relationship focus environment we create here at Options, please let us know and encourage them to reach out to learn more.  Each day they wait is a day they could already be getting an individualized education.

    For our current students and families, I wanted to share information about our student referral program. With the addition of a new student referral program, both current and prospective students of Options Schools will have opportunities to be recognized for taking an active role in growing the impact of Options.

    This program was created in order to acknowledge those students and families that continue to promote Options by spreading the word about how we serve students. Through this new program, students will be able to earn an assortment of items that include lunch account credit, Options gear and more.

    How it works:

    1.) Who can participate?
    Any student who is currently enrolled at Options Charter Schools can participate in this program.

    2.) How do we take part in the program?
    In order to receive rewards, you must spread the word about Options Schools to your neighbors, friends, and co-workers. Tell them what you love about Options and encourage them to schedule a tour. For every student you refer to us that attends our school for at least three months, the referring student will receive a $10 lunch credit!

    3.) How are the different recognition levels determined?
    Each new student, along with the student who referred them, will also receive Options gear. Lunch credit will be capped at $50 for each student, even if having referred more than five students. The student with the most referrals on March 1 and October 1 will also receive an Options Prize Pack, which will include Options-branded gear and more. (Value of prize pack contents will be less than $50)

    4.) When will lunch credit be applied to each student’s account?
    At the beginning of each month, qualifying students will have credit added to their lunch account.

    5.) How will Options know a student was referred?
    The school has a question on our online application asking, “How did you hear about Options Charter Schools?” The applicant should note the first and last name of the student who referred them.

    For additional information about the program, email Andrew Piper.

    We are extremely happy to serve our families here at Options, but would love to expand our support to more students and families in our community. 

     

     

     

  • 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 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

  • Only 5 Weeks Left of School!

    We are moving right along with only 5 ½ weeks remaining until the last day of school.  Students are working to get their coursework completed and getting ready to take their end of course assessments.  We are currently having open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year.  Please let your family and friends know about Thursday evening Open Houses beginning May 3 from 5:30-7:30.

     

    We also have several important events scheduled over the next two weeks:

     

    April 16-27–ISTEP+ Testing for sophomores and juniors

    May 3—Open House for Potential 2018-19 Students

    May 4—Picnic and Prom

    May 7-11—NWEA Testing

    May 9-18—ECA Testing

     

    Please check your email daily as we will be sending detailed information about each event!

     

     

  • April

    I can’t believe we are finished with our third quarter! Students will be on Spring Break for the next two weeks and will return to school Monday, April 9th.

    Below are a few reminders for the month of April:

     April 10th – ASVAB Practice testing for all junior students. This test may be used as a graduation requirement in lieu of passing the ISTEP+. All juniors have study packets and should be prepared to do their best on this test.

     April 16th –May 4th – ISTEP+ Part 2 for 10th graders and 11th graders that need to retest.

    April 30th – May 4th –NWEA testing. This is the progress-monitoring test used to show academic growth throughout the school year. Students need to put forth their best effort and arrive to school well rested.

     Please assist us in helping our students finish strong for the remainder of the school year. It is typical for students to feel less motivated as the school year comes to a close. We will still continue our missing assignment procedures and will keep you updated weekly on your student’s progress. Thank you so much for your support and have an amazing Spring Break!

    Camille Scott-Tolliver

    Principal

  • Welcome Back!

    We have had an amazing kickoff to the spring semester!  We just celebrated having 99% of our students earn every credit during our Fall Semester and they have made a pledge to continue to turn in every assignment for the Spring Semester.  We have enrolled several new students and our current students and staff members have welcomed them to our Options family.  I’m looking forward to a great semester.  Here are a few reminders for the month of January.

    Friday, January 19, from 12:30-3:00pm—National Popcorn Day

    We will be celebrating by watching 6 different movies in 6 different classrooms.  We will be serving popcorn and drinks as students kick back to watch their favorite movies with their teachers and friends.

    Monday, January 22-26—National School Choice Week

    We will be celebrating Options Charters School and helping students appreciate their right choose their school based on their individual needs with various events throughout the week!

    Please check your emails for our February Newsletter

    Have a great month and stay warm!

  • Fall Break Around the Corner

    Wow! Where has the time gone? We are two weeks away from Fall Break! I am so excited about our new enrollments and getting the opportunity to catch up with all of our students. We are currently having elections for our student government and preparing ideas for fundraisers for the 2017-18 school year.

    As we are preparing students to turn in assignments prior to fall break, cell phones are becoming an issue in class. Students are texting and sending videos during class time and not completing their assignments. I would appreciate your support in this effort.

    We have a very busy month ahead of us so here are a few friendly reminders:

    Students will now pre-order lunch every Tuesday for the following week. The cost of lunch, beginning Monday, October 2nd will be $3.75. Students that qualify for free lunches will not be charged and students that qualify for reduced lunches will pay $1.00. If your student orders lunch, you are responsible for the cost of the meal even if your student is absent. We will not have extra lunches for students who do not pre-order.
    Picture day is October 6th. Order forms will be going home with your students today. You can also order online at mylifetouch.com using picture day ID HM787176Y0.
    PSATs are October 11th for every sophomore and junior student
    Spirit Wear order forms are due by Friday, October 13
    Fall Break is October 16th – 20th
    Have a super week and feel free to email, cscott@optionsined.org if you have any questions or concerns!

  • New School Year!

    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 Tuesday from 5:30-7:30.

     

    Don’t forget that our annual Fall picnic will be on Friday, September 1 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. We will be located in the Picnic Shelter directly in the middle of 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 8—Half Day (12:45 dismissal) for Staff Professional Development

    September 18—NWEA Testing Begins

    September 22—Half Day (12:45 dismissal) for ISP Day

     

  • Welcome Back!!!

    We hope you had an enjoyable summer with family and friends. We are very excited about the 2017-18 school year, especially our newly renovated campuses! The construction team, administration team, and teachers have been working diligently to make sure our campuses will be ready for students. Please mark your calendars for these very important dates:

    Thursday, August 3–Back to School Night, 5:00-7:30pm

    We will be hosting a Back To School Night on Thursday, August 3 from 5:00-7:30pm at both campuses. It it is absolutely essential that both parents and students attend as we will be updating enrollment information, completing and updating school schedules, distributing chromebooks, issuing parent PowerSchool information, and answering any questions or concerns about the upcoming school year!

    Monday, August 7—First Day of School

    The first day of school is on Monday, August 7. Students, please come prepared with your school supplies and chromebooks charged and ready to go!

  • April 17-28

    I can’t believe we only have six weeks of school left for the 2016-17 school year!  We are wrapping up the semester with our “Think Strong, Be Strong, Finish Strong” theme where students are encouraged to earn all of their credits and take their time on their standardized tests.  Please contact Jenny if you need any assistance with PowerSchool logins so that you can monitor your child’s grades.  We still have after school tutoring available for the remainder of the school year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15-6:00pm.

    Summer school applications will be sent home and emailed to parents on Wednesday, April 19.  The deadline for the submission of summer school applications will be Friday, May 5.

    We have several events for the months of April & May:

    April 18-28—ISTEP+ Testing for sophomores (please have your student here by 8:20am)

    May 2-11—ECA Testing for juniors and seniors (please have your student here by 8:20am)

    May 5—Summer School applications are due

    May 5—Options School Picnic 10:00am-1:00pm at Dillon Park in Noblesville.

    May 5—Options School Prom—7:30pm-10:30 at Ivy Tech Noblesville

    Enjoy this nice spring weather and contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about our April and May events!

  • March 17-24

    Thank you for being extremely patient with our ISTEP+ testing over the past two weeks.  Sophomore students were able to complete their tests and the rest of the student body was able to work on missing assignments, projects, and even work ahead during their study hall time.

    During the week of March 20-24, we will have a building-wide effort to ensure all students have a passing grade in every class before starting spring break.  We will be asking students and parents to make adjustments in their schedules for lunch and after school tutoring.  Please email Jenny if you do not have your PowerSchool username and password to check your student’s grades.

    Here a few important dates for the month of March:

    Friday, March 17 @ 2:30pm—St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (please bring a treat to share)

    Friday, March 24—Early dismissal at 11:45am

    Friday March 24 – Friday April 7—Spring Break

    Thanks Parents for all of your support!  Have an amazing week!

    Camille

  • February 8-22

    What an amazing start to the month of February!  We are on the right track to our goal this semester, “Every student earns their credits by May 2017!” Students are monitoring their own academic progress by checking their grades on PowerSchool, meeting with teachers, working on assignments during lunch, and staying after school to make sure they have their assignments completed.  We have tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-6:00pm if you would like for your child to take advantage of working on their assignments.   Please feel free to contact the school if you need the PowerSchool information to check your child’s grades.

    We will be having a Valentine’s Day celebration on Tuesday, February 14 at 2:15pm.  Please feel free to send sweet treats to with your child and come and join us!

    We are currently in the process of preparing our sophomores for the ISTEP+ test that will take place February 27—March 10.  We will begin practice testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22.  You should be receiving an email and a letter with the exact dates and times for your sophomore student. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

    Friday, February 10—Half Day for Students (Dismissal at 11:45)

    Tuesday, February 14 @ 2:15pm—Valentine’s Day Celebration

    Monday, February 20—President’s Day (No School)

    Thanks Parents for all of your support!  Have an amazing week!

    Camille

  • January 23-February 3, 2017

    What a great start to the Spring Semester!  We are enrolling new students every week and we are still earning recovery credits daily.  Our students are working diligently to turn in their missing assignments and are spending time during lunch and after school getting help with their academic work.  We have tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-6:00pm.  Please feel free to contact the school if you need the Power School information to check your child’s grades.  We are striving for every student to earn every credit by May 2017!

    We are currently in the process of preparing our sophomores for the ISTEP+ test that will take place February 27—March 10.  Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

    Tuesday, February 7 @ 10:00am Senior Breakfast

    Tuesday, February 14 @ 2:15pm—Valentine’s Day Celebration

    Monday, February 20—President’s Day (No School)

    Thanks Parents for all of your support!  Have an amazing week!

    Camille

  • January 4-13, 2017

    Happy New Year! I hope you had a great winter break.  I am super excited to begin the spring semester.  Our students earned several credits during the fall semester and we are continuing to challenge them to remain focused!  Report cards were mailed on Tuesday, January 3.  Please contact the office if you have NOT received your child’s report card by Friday.  We may need to update your address in our data base system.

    We will be sending the January/February newsletter next week so please check your email or come in the building to pick up your copy.  We will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, unless we need to make up a snow day with in the next few days.

    Have an amazing week!

    Camille

  • November 18 -30

    Students have completed over 20 PLATO credits this month and they are working hard to finish up the semester!  We are also preparing for our annual Thanksgiving Meal on Tuesday, November 22 where we will be serving turkey breasts, green beans, mac’n cheese, corn pudding, greens, baked beans, potato salad, rolls, several desserts and a variety of drinks!  We will begin eating promptly at 11:50.

    Hopefully you have received your December newsletter via email.  If not, please stop in and grab one off of our information table in the front lobby.  Here are a few important dates for the month of November and December:

    November 21—Picture Retakes and New Student Pictures

    November 22—Thanksgiving Meal

    November 23-25—Thanksgiving Break

    December 1—Senior Class Meeting (9:15-10:am)

    December 7-9—Algebra ECA Testing

    December 12-14—English ECA Testing

    December 16—Early Dismissal 11:45 (ISP Teacher Meeting)

    Have a great week and stay warm!

  • October 31-November 4

    I can’t believe it’s November!  We are coasting through 2016 and students are continuing to work hard in the classroom.  Our seniors are getting ready to order their announcements and our underclassmen are working on their spring schedules.

    We have several important events this month so please make sure you read your monthly newsletter!  If you haven’t received your newsletter via email, please make sure you update your records with Jenny.  Here are few reminders for the first part of November:

    November 3—Senior Meeting with Herf Jones (9:15-10:15am)

    November 4—Half day (8:30-11:45am)

    November 6—Daylight Savings Time (Please remember to fall backward)

    November 8—Graduation Family Order Day (9:15-10am & 5:00-7:00pm @ Herf Jones)

    Have a great week and stay warm!


    Camille S. Scott, Ed.S

  • October 17-21

    I hope everyone had an amazing and restful fall break!  Students are back in session working hard and completing their NWEA testing.  We are also beginning our ECA/ISTEP+ tutoring for all students that have not passed the graduation qualifying exams after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  English tutoring will begin next Tuesday, October 25 from 3:15-6:00 and Math tutoring will begin next Thursday from 3:15-6:00.  Students will be reviewing similar items from the test and will practice test-taking skills.  You should be receiving an email from your child’s English or Math teacher soon!

    *If you have any family or friends in search of a small school setting and a customized education that will meet their child’s needs, please refer them to our campus.

    We will be emailing the November newsletter by Monday, October 24.  If we do not have your email address on file, please call Jenny we will upload your information in PowerSchool.  We have hard copies available on our Information Counter in the building.  Here is a list of important dates for the end of the month of October:

     Friday, October 28—Halloween Treats! (We changed the date from Monday, October 31).

  • October 3-7

    What a very exciting time for charter schools in the state of Indiana! I had the privilege of attending the leadership summit for public charter schools on Wednesday, September 28 where I was able to take part in several workshops that helped me improve my leadership and service to the faculty and students at Options-Carmel.  I am also very pleased to announce that we still have open enrollment for students.  If you have any family or friends in search of a small school setting and a customized education that will me their child’s needs, please refer them to our campus.

    The October newsletter has been sent via email to all parents that have email addresses. If we do not have your email address on file, please call Jenny we will upload your information in PowerSchool.  We have hard copies available on our Information Counter in the building.  Here is a list of important dates for the month of October:

    Monday October 10-Friday October 14—Fall Break

    Monday – Friday, October 17-21 NWEA Testing

    Wednesday, October 19—PSAT Testing (Sophomores)

    Monday, October 31—Halloween Treats!

  • WOW! Where has the time gone! We are moving forward with new enrollments, continuing our water challenge, and preparing for our September 30 tailgate party.  Students are working hard to make sure they are passing all of their classes by attending after school tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  I appreciate the parental support in this effort to maintain good academic standing for our students.

    The October newsletter has been sent via email to all parents that have email addresses. If we do not have your email address on file, please call Jenny we will upload your information in PowerSchool.  We have hard copies available on our Information Counter in the building.  Here is a list of important dates:

    Friday, September 30—Tail Gate Lunch Party

    Thursday, October 6—CRC Field Trip to IUPUI

    Friday, October 7—Picture Day

    Monday October 10-Friday October 14—Fall Break

  • September 5-9

    Wow!  Time has flown by as we begin our fifth full week of school.  Teachers and students are gearing up for the “gallon water challenge” that will begin on Tuesday, September 6.  All participants will be challenged to drink an entire gallon of water each day for thirty days.  Our physical education teacher, Adam will be keeping track of everyone as we carry our gallon water jugs around the school.  Please don’t forget about the important dates below:

    Friday, September 9th—Fall Picnic at Dillon Part (9:00-1:30)

    Friday September 16th (early release 11:45)

    Tuesday, September 21st—Parent Volunteer Organization Meeting

    September 30—Annual Tailgate Party Lunch

    After school tutoring is available every Tuesday (English), Wednesday (all subjects), and Thursday (Math) from 4:00-6:00.  Students can come to work on school assignments, work on Plato, or receive additional resources for passing state exams.  After school clubs are on Tuesdays (Game Club) and Thursdays (Sports Club) from 3:00-4:00!

    Camille—Carmel Options Principal

  • August 22-25

    It’s Week #4 and students are working hard!  I was away from the building last week and our President, Mike Gustin spent some time in the building.  I was very impressed with our students’ behavior and academic progress.  Please keep these dates in mind as we approach the month on September!  Have a great week families!

    Friday September 2nd (early release at 11:45)

    Friday September 16th (early release 11:45)

    After school tutoring is available every Tuesday (English), Wednesday (all subjects), and Thursday (Math) from 4:00-6:00.  Students can come to work on school assignments, work on Plato, or receive additional resources for passing state exams.  After school clubs are on Tuesdays (Game Club) and Thursdays (Sports Club) from 3:00-4:00!

    Camille—Carmel Options Principal

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    Wow!  All students have chrome books and we are using technology everyday in the building.  Students are receiving emails, turning in assignments, creating class projects and finishing Plato classes.  Please make sure you check your email for our newsletter.  We have several dates in September where students are released after lunch:

    Friday September 2nd (early release at 11:45)

    Friday September 16th (early release 11:45)

    After school tutoring is available every Tuesday (English), Wednesday (all subjects), and Thursday (Math) from 4:00-6:00.  Students can come to work on school assignments, work on Plato, or receive additional resources for passing state exams.  After school clubs are on Tuesdays (Game Club) and Thursdays (Sports Club) from 3:00-4:00!

    Camille—Carmel Options Principal

  • August 1-5 Weekly Blog

     

    What an amazing start to the school year! I am so excited about our new building renovations and our chrome books have just arrived. All on-campus students that have signed Chromebook policy documents will be receiving Chromebooks during week of August 8-12. If you have not signed a Chromebook policy agreement document, please come in during school business hours from 7:45-3:15.

    After school tutoring will be available beginning Monday, August 8th every Tuesday (English), Wednesday (all subjects), and Thursday (Math) from 4:00-6:00. Students can come to work on school assignments, work on Plato, or receive additional resources for passing state exams.

     

    Looking forward to a great school year full of high expectations and great academic outcomes!

     

    Camille—Carmel Options Principal

     

    Chromebooks

 

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!