There was a great turnout for Wednesday night's PTA meeting, run by ICE PAC (Parent Action/Education Advocacy Committee). Thanks to everyone who showed up, especially teachers Natalie V., Vince, and Jehan and 12th graders Anna and Milena. We'll have a more detailed write-up (and maybe even some video) to post later.
In the meantime here are links to documents we passed out. (Families at the meeting asked for digital access.):
An essay from a recent ICE graduate about what she gained from her years on the 5th floor.
An article about the Consortium of schools that ICE belongs to. There are several factors that unify the Consortium schools; most well known is that they are exempt from most NY state Regents exams. While this article is from 2014, it's still largely accurate except for the number of schools in the Consortium. (It has grown to around 40.) If you want to learn even more about the Consortium, you can google New York Performance Standards Consortium or Ann Cook (executive director/co-founder).
In lieu of the Regents exams, students at Consortium schools do PBATs (performance-based assessment tasks). We handed out the rubric ICE uses to evaluate 11th graders' history PBATs.
We also had on hand a document about what "progressive education" at ICE grade by grade and overall.
Finally, we had opt out letters available for middle school families who wish to refuse the state tests (coming up in a little over a month) on behalf of their children. Digital test refusal form here.
ICE PAC always welcomes more parents/guardians on board. Send an email to: kemala AT yahoo.com