As a classical school we are somewhat of an anomaly in that we have not yet adopted a school uniform policy. We have at times conversed about the possibility among the school community, but never felt the timing was right to implement. While I’m not saying this is the right time, I would like to begin a dialogue with our current families to see if it we might be getting close. I have read much on the pros and cons of school uniforms, and will present some of the case here as it applies to our context It’s not a dialogue I’ve entered without thought, and I sincerely want to know what you, the parents, are thinking AFTER you have read the pros and cons link.
Just in case you are picturing your 8th grade student hyperventilating to know I have even said the “U” word, please be aware that I’m looking toward one of the following possibilities:
1. Adopting a uniform policy for all K-8 students for the 2017-18 school year
2. Adopting a uniform policy for K-6 students for the 2017-18 school year
3. Adopting a uniform policy for K-3 students for the 2017-18 school year and adding uniform requirements per grade as they continue up through grade 8
4. Adopting a uniform policy for Kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year and adding uniform requirements per grade as they continue up through grade 8
Access a link to some of my thoughts on the pros and cons of uniforms at Island Christian Academy by clicking here. There is much on the internet to read, but many of the arguments (gangs and violence, etc..) don’t necessarily apply to ICA. I’ve delineated the concerns I think our families might have and would be very glad to hear your thoughts once you have read and thought about the topic.
Other ICA news:
Spelling Bee winners: Joyful congratulations to Shannon Justus, who has spelled her way to the regional level of the National Scripps spelling bee! Last Tuesday Shannon became our school champion and will be representing at the next level in March. Kudos as well to Henry Ohme, who came in as second top speller and will continue in Shannon’s place if she is unable to attend. Thank you both for your hard work and dedication to excellence! See the attached MT for a full list of classroom winners!
Electives Week: This week’s diversion from the usual schedule should provide for many interesting dinner table conversations. Be sure to ask your student what new skill or knowledge they have come into possession of today.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on school uniforms!
Island Christian ACademy
Decidedly Academic - Distinctively Christian.
A few of our wax museum participants
Electives week with Detective Farr from Island County
Service Project, Langley
High School students visit the capital building in Olympia
Spelling bee winners
Sno-Isle Skill Center graduate and ICA senior
Secondary Leadership Retreat
Community service project at the Island County Fairgrounds
Northwest Institute of the Literary Arts winners