Project Discover students have spent the past four months embracing the challenge we offered them that very first week of school: Could they change the ways they have been conditioned to think about school? Could they work together to create a community where each and every student feels they can be themselves, and in the words of one of our students, even “embrace their weirdness”? Could they shake off any limitations they might have internalized about their abilities and cultivate a growth mindset instead? Could they truly see public speaking not just as a curricular requirement to be met, but instead as a chance to share their creative insights on a problem they feel passionately called to solve? Now that we have reached the end of the semester, we are thrilled to report that the answer to all of these questions is an unqualified “YES”! Our students began the semester by crafting class pledges or mottos, then spent time exploring personal passions and identifying problems that matter to them. They have resisted the all-too-familiar temptation to accept “good enough” and have instead pushed themselves—and allowed us to push them— to aim for “great” instead. Every student “embraced their productive discomfort” and gave TED-style talks which highlighted their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We could not be more proud of their accomplishments, and we hope and believe they are leaving us with new understandings about themselves and about the transformative power each of them possesses.
Students that wish to drive to and from the ILC should see Mr. Morrison for a parking pass. Students will receive a sticker that will attach to the parking pass that they receive for their home building. Fill out this parking request form and then see Mr. Morrison to pick up your sticker.
As the school year comes to an end, the ILC will be open for evening hours by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Doors will be open until 4:00pm each weekday if a student needs to stop in immediately following the school day. No weekend hours are available.
The Imagination Network at the ILC features two very unique programs. These programs fall under the umbrella we title “Academy VIBE.” VIBE consists of several classes that utilize our green screen (television) studio and our soundproof music studio. Musically gifted students join to learn about the ins and out of sound engineering as they form their own bands and perform using cover songs and original compositions. Students with a creative side that see a future in the broadcasting or journalism field join to learn about video, editing, communications, and often join with the musical side of the class to create music videos and partner projects.
Below is a PSA completed by Judy Larsen, Alyson Feasel, Michael Hogan, Zerek Metz, and Alex Stemple: