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Principal's Message


Greetings School Community,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year here at ICEF Innovation Los Angeles! I am very excited to be your principal and look forward to a productive school year. This is sure to be a great year as we continue on the journey that begin last year as I took the helm, and will end in success for all students. Building on the mission of ICEF Public Schools our vision statement is; IILA will provide a positive learning environment where scholars have access to a rigorous and innovative academic program that engages all stakeholders. As an educational community, we are dedicated to this vision. We believe that learning requires self-esteem, personal effort, mutual respect, a safe and orderly environment, adequate resources, and clear goals. We are fortunate to have an excellent teaching staff that is returning this year, along with a few excellent additions.  Our staff has been trained to support this philosophy, and we firmly believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is well-planned and focused on student achievement.

As we begin our journey into the 2019-2020 school year, we will implement a variety of strategies and techniques in an effort to assist every student in becoming a 21st Century learner. This year our focus areas will be: 

  1. Providing strategic reading, writing, and math instruction that supports the attainment of necessary literacy skills that will improve student achievement in all academic areas.
  2. An integrated S.T.E.M. curriculum with an emphasis on NGSS aligned Science and Engineering practices that will equip students with 21st century skills.
  3. Continuing innovative practices in the areas of Arts and Athletics that includes community partnerships and wellness initiatives for our students and extended families.
  4. Increased incorporation of technology into teaching and student learning experiences.
  5. Improved access to counseling, wellness and other behavioral supports as a means of limiting academic distractions.

The effort to meet each child’s needs for growth socially, emotionally and academically is ongoing and intentional in order to ensure success, one child at a time. At IILA we use formative and summative assessments to gather data on the academic growth of our students and use that data to develop appropriate classroom and individualized instruction, which is accomplished through the use of Guided Reading, Daily 5, Readers and Writers Workshop, and SWUN Math implementation. We also integrate a school-wide Character Education program with specific traits that provide opportunities for social-emotional growth. 

Our journey to success requires the efforts of all parents, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and local school community members. It is important that each stakeholder evaluates his/her role and commitment to our children, and determines the actions necessary to be a positive and productive member of our school community.

I look forward to working in partnership with you to support our students in their journey as learners. Together we will ensure that every culminating student of ICEF Innovation Los Angeles Charter School transitions into middle school adequately prepared to continue their collegial efforts.

Have a wonderful year!

Leslie Shaw-McGee
Principal