A Letter to Our Team & Family

Dear KIPP Indy Team and Family,   As we welcomed students back to school last week, it was clear that the sense of urgency in our work has never been greater.  We need to ensure our students have positive self-identity along with tools to navigate through and effect change in an unjust world.  From events that have been highlighted over the summer months, including the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, to the violence that is occurring in our own neighborhood, we know that many of our students are struggling to make sense of their surroundings.   As a school community, we can and will ensure that our students feel loved and safe when they are at KIPP Indy. Safe not just from violence, but safe to know that who they are and where they come from will be embraced. Safe to voice how they feel about social issues facing their community, including police brutality, racism, and other forms of injustice. And safe that they will have teachers and administrators who respect and embrace their diverse thoughts, identities, and cultures in and out of the classroom.   KIPP Indy is committed to supporting social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and working to become a stronger voice for solving issues of injustice in our community. This school year, we created a working group to meet regularly to discuss how we can better support efforts to achieve social justice. If you have suggestions or want to learn more, please reach out to epelino@kippindy.org. We welcome and need the input of our broader school community.   Please know that KIPP...

KIPP Indy has a new playground!

On July 30, over 200 volunteers came together to build a new playground at KIPP Indy. The playground was built through a unique partnership between Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM, a national nonprofit that builds playgrounds. The playground was officially available for play during the first week of school.   KIPP Indy is thrilled to have this new playground on campus. KaBOOM! believes play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored, and, solitary to physically, mentally, and, socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids.   Our new playground at KIPP Indy is the 14th built by Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM! Delta supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.   At KIPP Indy, we’re excited that the new playground will bring more than 1,000 kids in Indianapolis one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get access to safe, balanced, and active play.   Thank you to KaBOOM! and Delta Air Lines for helping give our students a space to play!...

Meet KIPP Indy: Former KIPP Indy teacher steps into a new leadership role this year

Brittany Scherer, a former middle school humanities teacher at KIPP Indy, is taking on a leadership role as an assistant school leader at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle this year. Brittany taught eighth grade reading and literature at another school before joining KIPP Indy. She says the biggest difference between other schools and her experience here is that the bar for excellence set for both teachers and students is very high and that the school makes students feel loved. “Teachers are held to very high expectations so that they can be their best selves in front of students, from whom we demand so much… Students are working hard, but they are being praised and recognized by teachers and staff who love them.”   One of her favorite memories from her time at KIPP Indy includes a special student she had this past year who put the eighth grade team on a rollercoaster ride. She explains, “He was incredibly intelligent and curious, but he had some behavioral struggles. Our team would also see a side of him where he would refuse to enter lunch or wander the hallways without permission.” The student was at risk for being retained at one point this year due to his failing grades.   However, when students took their second round of MAP testing, an adaptive test that measures individual progress and growth taken three times during the school year, this student had achieved his growth goals in both math and reading. “When we were walking out to buses that day, this young man skipped up to me with the biggest grin on his face...