Category: middle school

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Congratulations to this year’s National Junior Honor Society Students!

By: Valerie Hoekstra

This week, we held our 2017 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony. The NJHS is the leading organization that recognizes exceptional middle school students who have successfully demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Our seventh and eighth-grade students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA average to be accepted […]

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Artwork in Action

By: Valerie Hoekstra

On Monday, September 19, Frenando Olivencia’s and his eighth grade English students participated in a global Artwork for Action: Refugees and Migrants Summit campaign. They joined World Vision’s International President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Jenkins in writing messages to the world leaders who attended the United Nations Refugees and Migrants Summit in New York […]

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A Silent Debate

By: Brett Shablak

While a silent debate might sound like an oxymoron it was a tool that I used to encourage my students to come up with ways to reduce waste in their daily lives. From thoughts on unplugging unused electronics, to changing construction materials, the sixth graders made some very viable suggestions to reduce energy costs. When […]

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Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Character

By: Valerie Hoekstra

Parents, families, students, faculty, administration and friends of Inwood Academy celebrated scholars at the 2016 National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recognizes the highest achieving students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS welcomes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Character. […]

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Middle School Debate Team News

By: Rikelma Jimenez

Are you interested in becoming a lawyer, a politician or just like to have the last word with your friends, parents and teachers? That’s what we asked our students last month and within three weeks Inwood Academy Middle School had its first debate team and were off to its first tournament. The debate team is […]

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Q&A with Valerie Hoekstra – Part 2

By: Denise Canniff

Welcome to Part 2 of the interview with Ms. Valerie Hoekstra, Inwood Academy’s Middle School Director. See Part 1 here. Q. Based on your five years of experience at Inwood Academy, are you making any major changes at the middle school? We spent a lot of time focusing on academics and trying to make it rigorous, […]

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Q&A with new Middle School Director – Part 1

By: Denise Canniff

Valerie Hoekstra has led the school’s special education and academic intervention services since Inwood Academy launched in 2010 and was named its Middle School Director in June 2015. She was one of the authors for the original Charter School Application in 2009, outlining how the school would serve students with special needs. For the past five […]

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