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Odds and Ends – good stuff you need to know!

February 12, 2015
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

Re-enrollment – We have had a very strong re-enrollment for next year. Currently, 85% of this year’s students have re-enrolled for next year. We are already almost to 700 students. Grade levels that are very close to being filled to capacity are first grade, second grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade. Ninth grade still has 15 opening available but we have had 44 new student inquiries for that grade alone. If you have not yet re-enrolled, please consider doing it as soon as possible. We believe that a majority of our grade levels school wide will be filled to capacity for next year.

Science Fair – After holding a school level competition here, several IRCS students went on with their science fair projects to the Regional Science Fair with some outstanding results. Taylor Bryan placed third in the Behavioral Science category. Also in the same category, Cheri Lotfi placed second. In the Environmental Science category Kristi Byun won second place. Eric Monson was our lone freshman to do a science fair project this year. He took first place in the Botany division and has been selected to go to the State Science fair! This is the first time in school history that we have had a student advance to the State competition. It will be held next month in Lakeland. We are proud of this strong showing by our students and are thankful to Mrs. Springman for the extra time and effort required of her to allow this opportunity to happen. There are a lot of behind the scenes things that must take place for our students to succeed and Mrs. Springman put in many extra hours.

Hats Off to the Girls – Our fall sports season saw some great successes in our boy’s teams. The boys cross country team finished 3rd in the state and the football team finished second. The winter sports highlights on the other hand, have belonged to the girls. The girls’ basketball team just ended their season but not before they reached the Region 3 semi-finals (the sweet sixteen). They finished their season with a 21-11 record. The girls’ soccer team went farther than any other soccer team in school history advancing to the Region 3 finals (elite eight). They captured just the second district title in the history of the school. They also set a new school mark for most wins in a season with a 16-5-1 record. The cheerleaders used a strong Regional performance to qualify to go straight to the finals at the State competition. They added their eighth Final Four finish in the last eight years. Way to go girls! We are also thankful to our coaches for the hours and hours they invest in the lives of our students.

Boosterthon – Our K - 8 grades in both the traditional school as well as Veritas participated in a “Fun Run” for grades K – 5 and a “Color Run” for grades 6 - 8. Not only was it a fun event for the students to participate in, it was also beneficial to the school as our preliminary estimates are that we will net over $20,000 to be used for the purchase of technology for our students. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this event a great success.

Bye Bye Birdie – The date is rapidly approaching for the performances of this year’s musical, Bye, Bye Birdie. Each year our drama department enthralls audiences with their performances that include acting, singing and choreography. This year promises to be no different. You won’t want to miss any of the three performances that will be staged in the Fellowship Center. You can catch these outstanding performances on Friday, February 20 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 pm or again at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Charis Bookstore. Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets (18 and under) are $8.