Principal of Noblesville – Jake Brandau’s Blog

  • Fall Break & Field Trips

     

     

     

    As we are starting October, we have a couple dates to remember:

     

    Connor Prairie                        Tues. Oct. 9th

    PSAT testing                            Wed. Oct. 10th

    Fall Break                                 Mon Oct. 15th-19th

     

    Seniors will not have to be at school on Wed. Oct. 10th due to Sophomore and Junior PSAT testing

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Rob

    Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Jen, Krista, and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

     

    School Notes and Information:

     

    Front Office:

    Please notify Bri if you student is sick via email or phone call before 9am each day. If you student is leaving early or arriving late due to a doctor appointment please also notify us so we can accurately record their attendance. If you have any questions about the attendance policy please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

     

    Jen’s Math Class:

    My Algebra class made triangles to show Pythagorean Theorem.  Then they were the teacher for the hour.

     

    Krista’s English:

    We are starting a new unit in English, which is a biography of the students choosing. We are spending extra time learning to cite sources and putting together an MLA formatted work cited sheet.

     

    Krista’s Art:

    In art class, we have been quilling, which is an art form that uses tiny strips of paper coiled into rolls. The rolls are then used collectively to create a form.

     

    Devin:

    18/19 Missing Assignment List Procedures

     

    Turning in Assignments = Good Grades = Earning Credits = Graduation

     

    • All grades will be posted to PowerSchool Monday night
    • Students on the missing assignment list will meet with School Counselor Tuesday morning to discuss missing work and develop an action plan
    • Students choose to do their work as homework, during lunch (T, W, TH, M) or after-school tutoring (Mon-Thurs)- letting them choose allows ownership and helps with taking responsibility for their actions.
    • The list restarts every week, which allows to have a fresh start
    • Students who are on the missing assignment list frequently or who don’t make up work, will be referred to the principal/assistant principal

     

    Student Incentives

    • Each week students not on the missing assignment list will receive 1 snack from school store  
    • Every month there will be a drawing for 10 dollar gift card for students who have not more than 1 missing assignment   

     

    Rob’s English:

    In Novels this week we have started a project involving the creation of an object from the Transformers Universe.  Students will have the ability to be extremely creative yet purposeful for this project. It will involve the said creation along with a presentation covering the importance and history of the object and how it pertains to the Transformers galaxy.

     

    Josh’s Social Studies:

    This week, U.S. History will be looking at factors leading up to the Civil War. Government will be exploring how states relate to one another both inside and outside the Constitution; as well as exploring how new states may be formed within the United States. World History and Geography will continue looking at regional diversity in the United States. Work continues in Indiana History with research project exploring classic American car companies that were based out of the Hoosier State through the 1900’s such as Duesenberg and Studebaker. We will also be hosting a field trip alongside Environmental Science for this class on Tuesday (10/9) to Conner Prairie.

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • First month of school fun!

    As we are wrapping up August, we have a couple dates to remember:

    Camptown White River Canoe Trip           Wed. Aug. 29th

    School Picnic Fri. Sept. 7th

    ASVAB Testing for Juniors and Seniors    Fri. Sept. 14th

     

    Camptown Canoe Trip will be from 9am-4pm on Wed. Aug. 29th

    Transportation will be provided by the school

    Permission slips were sent home last week and please bring a sack lunch

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Rob

    Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Jen, Krista, and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

     

    School Notes and Information:

    Front Office:

    Please notify Bri if your student is sick via email or phone call before 9am each day. If you student is leaving early or arriving late due to a doctor appointment please also notify us so we can accurately record their attendance. If you have any questions about the attendance policy please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

    Krista’s English:

    We have been reading “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” in all my classes. This story chronicles the life of a boy soldier’s, Ishmael Bael, life during Sierra Leone’s civil war and his subsequent rehabilitation in the U.S. He went on to become an advocate for children affected by war. This week we will begin watching “Blood Diamond,” a movie that brings to light the personal struggle of Sierra Leone civilians. Look for a letter that was sent home Friday. We have been working specifically on historical context, author’s purpose, and figurative language.

     

    Krista’s Art:

    We have been working on the elements of art by exploring lines, shapes, forms, texture, and value. Students will be turning in a painting that exhibits the texture of some natural element. So far, I have seen a lot of trees!

     

    Dan’s PE/Health:

    This year is the first year that I will be at both Options locations. I am at Carmel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday. I am at Noblesville on Tuesdays Thursdays, and every other Friday. I am co-teaching personal finance with Angie Smith (CTE Teacher at Noblesville) and Study Skills with Lauren Bangs (Special Ed Teacher at Carmel). If you have any questions or are interested in any of my clubs feel free to let me know: dan.cousineau@optionsined.org.

    After School Tutoring/Clubs 3pm-5pm

    Every other Tuesday at Noblesville (PE Club/Tutoring)

    Every other Wednesday at Carmel (PE Club/ Tutoring)

     

    Devin:

    18/19 Missing Assignment List Procedures

     

    Turning in Assignments = Good Grades = Earning Credits = Graduation

     

    • All grades will be posted to PowerSchool Monday night
    • Students on the missing assignment list will meet with School Counselor Tuesday morning to discuss missing work and develop an action plan
    • Students choose to do their work as homework, during lunch (T, W, TH, M) or after-school tutoring (Mon-Thurs)- letting them choose allows ownership and helps with taking responsibility for their actions.
    • The list restarts every week, which allows to have a fresh start
    • Students who are on the missing assignment list frequently or who don’t make up work, will be referred to the principal/assistant principal

    Student Incentives

    • Each week student is not on the missing assignment list they will receive 1 snack from school store  
    • Every month there will be a drawing for 10 dollar gift card. Student who have not more than 1 missing assignment   

     

    Stacie’s Science:

    Science classes are very busy. Environmental science class is studying the effect of regular versus “green” detergent on the sprouting of mung beans. This experiment is long term and open ended. They should grow in their ability to understand scientific experimental and data gathering methods that scientists utilize in order to understand issues affecting our world. Biology class is conducting an experiment to examine the effect of using hand sanitizer versus soap and water on cleaning dirty hands. Ask your students how dirty our hands can get just using our phones and opening doors! ICP is honing their basic science and data interpretation skills for the first few weeks of school. This beginning unit is challenging but our students are rising to it. The Robotics students are getting organized and ready to start building and programming robots. MS STEM students are busy building a structure to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion.

     

    Josh’s Social Studies:

    Social Studies- This week, U.S. History will be covering colonial period, emphasizing how European settlement helped create cultural trends and boundaries that exist to this day. Government will be exploring the core principles of democracy, and by the end of the week we will be discussing the historical foundations of the American system. World History just finished exploring the “Why” of why the subject exists, and is now looking at Human Geography, and how geographers view humans culturally and within our environments. Indiana History is continuing with readings regarding our pioneer history, and in the next several weeks will begin exploring state government.

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Testing Time!

    It is time for Part 2 of ISTEP+ testing. On April 16th, 6th-10th graders and 11th graders who have not yet passed will be taking the ISTEP+ test. Please make sure your student is at school by 8:30 if they are testing. 9th and 12th graders will not be testing that day.

     

    ECA begins May 9th for any 12th grader that has not yet passed the ECA test.

     

    Please contact Devin(dhines@optionsined.org) or Jake(jbrandau@optionsined.org) if you have any questions about ISTEP+ or ECA testing.

     

    I am excited to introduce our new administrative assistant Bri Radke. She is taking over for Jesse Dunham. We are sad to see Jesse leave but we wish her the best in the future.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Dan and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5pm Teachers: Ryan and Josh

    Thursday: 3-5pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • SPRING BREAK!

    IT’S SPRING BREAK!!!

     

    It’s been a long haul but we made it to spring break. When we return we will have 7 weeks left. Those weeks will go very fast and we have several rounds of testing for the different grades.

     

    ISTEP+ Part 2 begins April 16th for 6th-10th graders and 11th graders who have not yet passed.

     

    ECA begins May 9th for any senior that has not yet passed the test.

     

    Devin will be sending schedules over break to all students that will be involved in testing.

    Please contact Devin(dhines@optionsined.org) or Jake(jbrandau@optionsined.org) if you have any questions about ISTEP+ or ECA testing.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Dan and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Ryan and Josh

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Rob and Ryan

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Options Charter School-Noblesville Jan. 22nd-Jan. 26th Weekly Blog

    It is National School Choice week. This is a wonderful time each year to be thankful for the opportunity that our students have to go to a different school. For parents and students to be able to have options in their school choice is a great thing for all students. While the schools in Hamilton County are very good, that environment is not for all students and school choice allows students to make a change that could potentially change their future in a positive way.

     

    We are now in full swing of the new semester. Students are getting back to business. Our goal this semester is to focus on limiting the amount of missing assignments each student has. We will be using a missing assignment list and we may be asking students to stay after school or work during lunchtime to complete missing work. Please email me with any questions about your student’s current grade or missing assignments. Please make sure you are checking Powerschool for the current grades. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that need to complete missing assignments and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Rob and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Ryan, and Rob

     

    ISTEP+ Part 1 will be coming at the end of February for all 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th grade students. Make sure that your student is prepared to take these important tests.

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Dec. 11th-15th Blog Options Noblesville

    ISTEP+ and ECA testing has arrived

     

    The Junior ISTEP+ testers have had a good week of testing. The Senior ECA testers are next week

     

    All ECA testers have been sent a testing schedule in the mail. If you have not received that, please contact your student’s advisor or you can contact me.

     

    English ECA:  Tues. Dec. 12th at 8:30am, please arrive by 8:20.

    Math ECA: Thurs. Dec. 14th at 8:30am, please arrive by 8:20.

     

    If you are an online student, please arrange to come on the above dates. If you are unable to do that, you will need to schedule an alternate date and time.

     

    Any students that are not taking the ECA tests have the morning off and will be coming to school at 12:45pm on the above dates.

     

    We have 2 weeks to go. Please make sure you are checking Powerschool for the current grades. The Powerschool link is https://optionsined.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

    If you have any questions about if or when your student is testing please call me ASAP.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Matt and Jen

    Tuesday: 3-6pm   Teachers: Rob and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-6pm Teachers: Josh and Ryan

    Thursday: 3-6pm Teachers: Ryan, and Rob

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • Fall Break is Around the Corner

    Fall Break is coming soon. This is a much needed break for students and staff. Hopefully, when everyone returns we will be able to make a strong push through the rest of the semester.

     

    Lunch Program: We are now doing weekly orders for lunches and it has been going well. Students must place their order by Wed. at noon for the following week. Please make sure you are depositing money for your student to stay in the positive balance. We will send letters home if students are in the negative.

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Oct. 11th   PSAT test(Soph. and Juniors.)

    Oct. 16th-20th  Fall Break

    Oct. 27th   Halloween Party 12-2 (Early Release at 2pm)

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. Also our clubs are during this time.  ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

     

    Monday: 3-5:00pm          Teachers: Matt and Jennifer

    Tuesday: 3-5:00pm          Teachers: Rob and Dan

    Wednesday: 3-5:00pm     Teachers: Ryan

    Thursday: 3-5:00pm         Teachers: Ryan and Rob

     

    If you have any questions, please contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

  • 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!

  • Options Charter School-Noblesville-6 Weeks Left!!

    I hope everyone had a great spring break. It was great to see all the students back this week. We have a lot of events and testing coming up.

     

    We have ISTEP+ Part 2  in the next 2 weeks for the Sophomores. They will be doing Part 2 of the ISTEP+ exam on Wednesday April 19th and Wednesday April 26th. Any seniors and juniors that have not passed the ECA exam will be taking it on Wednesday May 10th(English) or Thursday May 11th(Math).

     

    Schedules have been sent to each student that is testing. If your student is not taking either the ISTEP+ or the ECA then they will come to school at 12:30pm on Wednesday April 19th, Wednesday April 26th, Wednesday May 10th, and Thursday May 11th

     

    Please contact Melanie or Jake if you have any questions about the schedule. ISTEP+ testing is mandatory for all Sophomores.

     

    Coming Events:

     

    April 14th   White river clean-up

    April 17th   Blood drive

    May 4th     Indians Game

    May 5th     Picnic and Prom

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm   Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm   Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal

     

  • Options Noblesville

    Hello Everyone, the sophomores did a great job with ISTEP+ testing over the last 2 weeks.

     

    We have a great field trip planned for Wednesday this week. We are going to Ivy Tech from 10:00-11:00  to listen to Jordan Burnham, who is a nationally recognized motivational speaker about depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide. He has been spotlighted on ESPN and you can look up his name and learn more about what he does. We are sending out permission slips for the field trip so please return them promptly. We will be emailing a copy of the permission form also in case your student did not bring it home.

     

    Reminder: We have after-school student hours for any student that wants more time and help from our great staff. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THIS TIME.

    PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES

    Monday: 3-5pm          Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Tuesday: 3-5:30pm          Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

    Wednesday: 3-5:30pm     Teachers: Sam and Matt

    Thursday: 3-5:30pm         Teachers: Sam, Ryan, and Rob

     

    We are still enrolling for this school year. If you know of anyone that needs a new place to learn, please have them contact me at jbrandau@optionsined.org or call the school at 317-773-8659.

     

    Let your Options work for you,

     

    Jake Brandau

    Principal