Director's Dispatch: Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

The teachers and staff are busy preparing the classrooms and campus for the expected 600 students who will attend ISD this year. I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome all of our returning families. I hope you had a great summer. To the new families, welcome to ISD and thank you for entrusting your children to us.


Transitioning to a new school can be stressful, so we have scheduled a number activities to help the students get settled.




Wednesday, August 15


Elementary Open House

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, all elementary students and their parents are invited to meet their teachers and visit the classrooms. This is an informal event to help the students become familiar with their new teacher and the school. The elementary students will receive an orientation from their classroom teachers on the first day of school.


Middle School Orientation

A grade 6 students, those who attended ISD in grade 5 and grade 6 student new to the school, plus students in grade 7 and 8 who are new to ISD are invited to attend an orientation session from 1:00 to 3:00. During this session, they will meet other students, visit their teachers, and learn more about the middle school. This orientation is for students only.


High School Orientation

All new students in grades 9 to 12 are invited to the high school orientation from 1:00 to 3:00 sponsored by the High School Student Council. During this session, they will meet other students, visit their teachers, and learn more about the high school. This orientation is for students only.


Middle and High School Open House

All returning students in grades 7 to 12 are invited to school between 2:30 and 3:00 to connect with their former teachers and meet the new ISD teachers. Student schedules will be available starting on Thursday morning.


Parent Information Tables

From 1:00 to 3:00, parents are invited to the conference room on the second floor of the administrative building. Representatives from the following parts of the school will be there to share information and answer any questions parents may have.

After-school activities and athletics

School cafeteria – Shady Shack

Parent-Teacher Organization

Finance office

IT Office – take photos for parent ID badges



Thursday, August 16


The first day of school is Thursday, August 16! The campus will be open at 7:45. Elementary students and parents may report to the classrooms between 8:00 and 8:30. The middle and high school students will have an assembly starting at 8:30 at the outdoor stage in the Secondary School.


The annual ISD Opening Ceremony for parents, hosted by Dr. Alan Knobloch, School Director, and Louisa Gibbs Chairperson of the ISD Board of Trustees will be from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Performing Arts Center in the Secondary School. All parents, new and returning, are invited to learn about ISD today and the plans for the future.



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