Interim Principal of Noblesville – Adam Barr’s Blog

  • Pizza Party Friday!

    Between some random acts of kindness from our students in the last couple of days and a Valentine’s Day celebration yesterday with students and staff, it has been another great week at Options-Noblesville.

    To close out the week, we held a pizza party for our middle & high school January awards winners on Friday so their accomplishments could be celebrated. This is a new initiative for 2019 that we have started to reward those students that have succeeded in certain areas. I want to thank Jewel and Dan for their help on creating this new program that we are all excited about.

    As we continue to work towards serving as many Indiana students as possible, we will soon be announcing the 2019 Options Open House schedule. We will have six dates from March until June where prospective students and their families will be able to visit each campus and speak with Options team members.

    Important dates to note:

    • ISTEP+ Grade 10 (Part 1) – Testing window will run Feb. 25 until March 22
    • We will be testing Feb. 26th, 28th, March 5th, 7th
    • ISTEP+ Grade 10 (Part 2) – Testing window will start March 25th

    – Adam

  • The new Principal in Noblesville

    Ever since I first joined the Options team in 2016, I knew we could continue to do great things for Indiana students and that is still how I feel as we move forward.

    I cannot go without thanking Mike Gustin and Michelle Walden for believing in my ability to lead Options-Noblesville as the Interim Principal. I am also very appreciative to Jacob Brandau and Camille Scott for their guidance and assistance when it comes to ensuring I was ready to help Options continue to excel from my new role.

    As always, we appreciate when Options students and their families spread the word about what we provide as a free, public charter school. Visit OptionsSchools.org to schedule a campus tour or to get more information.

    I can be reached through email at abarr@optionsined.org.

    – Adam

  • Same mission, new position

    It is with bittersweet emotion that I say goodbye to the school that has been my home for 13 years. I have dedicated my career to helping at-risk youth.

    I have been helping at-risk youth face-to-face, one student, and one problem at a time. I have been lucky to be a part of the lives of countless students as a teacher and principal. They made me smile and cry as well as experiencing the pride that comes with seeing them grow and accomplish their dreams.

    I have also never met a more empathic and determined staff of professionals than the team that I have been working with over the last 13 years. They have challenged me when needed and supported me when things were tough.

    I would not be the leader that I have become without them. While I am sad to be leaving the principal’s chair and all of the day-to-day interactions that have filled my weeks, months and years. I am invigorated by the mission ahead.

    In my new role as the Chief Financial Officer of Options Charter Schools, I will continue helping at-risk youth by finding ways to expand our reach and help bring Options to towns across Indiana. The barriers to success that have blocked our students for years are also blocking students across Indiana and it is our mission to help as many students as we can.

    As I exit stage right from the school, I will be working behind the scenes to ensure your student’s experience at Options is the best that it can be. Thank you for all the support and kind words that you have given me over the years.

    Options Noblesville will now be led by Adam Barr who has been showing me to take over the Principal role. He is mission-driven and will be looking to push Options to be better and more successful. We have made several staffing moves to help build a strong staff around Adam and I am excited for what the students will achieve this semester and going forward.

    Finally, I have a request from everyone reading this. We must, as an Options community, never be shy when it comes to telling others about the great things that our students and staff are doing every day. Join me in continuing our mission of helping at-risk youth across Indiana. Belong, Believe, Achieve.

    Jake Brandau

  • Gobble! Gobble!

    Dear Parents:

     

    On Tuesday Nov. 20th at 1pm we will be having our Options Thanksgiving Dinner. The staff will be making their favorite family dishes and be serving the students a great Thanksgiving dinner. If any of you want to provide a dessert, please email me that your student will be bringing a dessert. We will be releasing at 2:30pm but all students can stay until their normal time and we will be here until 5 for any students that need to stay for their ride.

     

    Reminder: We have posted a survey for our e-learning snow day on the front page of our website, www.optionsschools.org. Please take a moment to complete this survey to provide us with feedback about how it went for you so we can work to make the process better. Thank you.

    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

     

  • 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