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    IHS Bulletin April 17, 2020
    Posted on 04/18/2020
    IHS logoMessage from Tami Brewer, Assistant Principal:

    Dear Ingraham Community,

    Community is a word we reference often without thinking about what it can truly mean. I wanted to share with you some of my experiences with the Ingraham Community over these past few weeks which have given me a new appreciation for not the noun but rather the verb of community. It has been truly an experience of people in action.

    The Bright Futures and Friends of Ingraham leadership teams have “met” virtually every week without fail and have allocated weekly funds to purchase gift cards and meet other immediate financial needs for our families and students experiencing food and housing instability. These needs were present and being attended to by our Bright Futures group prior to the COVID 19 situation and these needs have been amplified in this crisis. Ingraham parents and community partners have donated thousands of dollars (and continue to do so) to replenish our funds. These funds have been spent to purchase more grocery gift cards making this effort not a “one-time gift” but regular support to those who need it. Many of our families are struggling to put food on the table for their teens and other children in their homes. Some of our families have faced potential eviction and needed our help. Bright Futures has responded by resourcing our counselors and administrators who are taking action by meeting these needs. The INGRAHAM COMMUNITY has responded by providing the resources for this work to happen and they continue to respond.

    I would also like to highlight the tireless efforts of our Ingraham instructional assistants, teachers, counselors and support staff who have been making personal contact with students and “tracking down” each and every Ram! In this time, we must keep all students engaged in their school community and the staff have used all known methods to make this happen. Teachers have re-created classes and launched their classes into an on-line platform in record time with little to no notice at all. They have kept learning going. Our students have responded by engaging with their teachers to the extent that has been reasonably possible for them. Each student has a unique situation and circumstance. Our Ingraham staff understands this reality and continues to work to get each student “on-board”. This will take some time, but we are making progress.

    I would also like to recognize the many parents and staff who have volunteered to assist with the distribution of laptops via the district roll-out on our campus. I know of staff and parents who are working in food banks and countless other small acts of kindness and service to others. Most of these acts go without public fanfare but I want to appreciate each and every one of you who have made this time easier for each other. It is making a difference.

    In closing, we do not know exactly how school will look in the near future. Many of the details are in the process of being worked out. That will come in time and all will be addressed. However, what I do have certainty in now is our school’s ability to sustain a supportive and inclusive school COMMUNITY which is ACTIVE and delivering on our motto of…it’s a matter of PRIDE each day. May you all experience this time with our community values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Encouragement as an Ingraham Ram. Our bonds are not broken but solidified in this time of separation. To quote our fight song, “Ingraham High…our Hats are off to YOU”. I can’t wait to sing this with our students in our building again!

    Stay safe and well,
    Tami Brewer

    Ingraham High School
    Assistant Principal
    “It’s a matter of PRIDE”
    Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Encouragement

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